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Regional or Local Number: DFO-PAF SARA 224

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-PAF SARA 224 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Authorized representatives of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will carry out opportunistic biosampling, key morphometric measurements and genetic analysis when basking sharks are caught incidentally during RV surveys in order to collect information on basking sharks. The ultimate goal of the activities is to assist in the recovery of this species by gaining population, life history, diet, feeding characteristics, and contaminant analysis information.

Start Date: 2011-06-03   End Date: 2014-06-01

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

(a) all reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: • Impacts on the listed species are unlikely. There are no alternative methods for obtaining the desired information. (b) all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals: • Impacts on the listed species are unlikely. However, mitigation measures to reduce harm include: • prioritizing live release of any basking sharks incidentally caught • prioritizing biosampling to occur, with the most important measurements/ sampling taking precedence over measurements/ sampling lower on the list ( so that researchers/ observers can release sharks at any point) • following procedures that have been used on many occasions by other researchers, and that have been shown to have no detectable negative impact on other elasmobranchs species or on the species in question • using gear that has been used previously for sampling this species, and has been shown to have no detectable negative effects • only having trained researchers or trained at-sea observers carry out the biosampling (c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: • The activities will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Sampling will occur only incidentally, and priority will be given to the live release of any basking sharks.

Contact Person(s)
Species at Risk Regional Manager
Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4
Tel: 604-666-7907

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