CLOSED: Vessel Needed for Testing an Excluder in the Groundfish Bottom Trawl Flatfish Fishery
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The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter one vessel to participate in a research project looking to evaluate the efficacy of a flexible sorting grid excluder designed to reduce sablefish, rockfish, and Pacific halibut bycatch in the west coast groundfish bottom trawl directed flatfish fishery (i.e. vessels targeting Dover sole, petrale sole, rex sole, English sole, etc.). This project seeks to conduct 10 sample days (depending on charter rate) between 15 May and 30 September 2014. PSMFC will be responsible for designing the project and providing all scientific equipment needed for the project. The Contractor agrees to furnish a vessel, crew, bottom trawl, and all additional gear necessary for bottom trawling for groundfish species. PSMFC will supply the excluder to be tested. The Captain and crew of the vessel selected will assist in the deployment and retrieval of an underwater video camera and oceanographic sensors. The Captain and crew must be available during all scientific operations. In order to ensure full use of each sample day, the captain and crew should make any necessary transit arrangements in order to begin fishing operations at the start of each sample day. All fishing will occur during daylight hours.
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Original posting date: 4.1.2014 Download RFP
Apr. 1, 2014