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Regional or Local Number: 46582

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 46582 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Environmental DNA (eDNA) methods are being developed to aid in the assessment and monitoring of species that are rare or difficult to observe directly. Effective eDNA programs require the development of reference primers (based on sample tissues/DNA obtained directly from target species) to accurately detect when target species are present in the environment. This project will collect DNA from water and genetic material from dead specimens of species at risk for development of an environmental DNA (eDNA) primer or to test the efficacy of an existing primer. The collection of the eDNA samples will take place in the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site, the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Point Pelee National Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Elk Island National Park and the Rouge National Urban Park.

Start Date: 2021-02-01   End Date: 2021-03-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta
  • Ontario

Affected Species:

Alternatives: Alternatives to this project would be to collect DNA from live animals. This was deemed unnecessary at this time and the scope was deemed narrow enough to limit developing primers from animals that are found dead in the parks. This limits the impacts on living animals and was determined to be the best alternative. Mitigations: No animals will be trapped or killed for the purpose of this project and only animals that are already dead will be sampled. Jeopardy: This project will not jeopardize survival or recovery of the species. Once established, the eDNA methods developed through this study will positively impact the survival and recovery of these species by establishing less invasive population assessment tools.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273

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