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CLOSED: Professional Services West Coast Groundfish Observer Program RFP

Submission deadline passed.
Managers of the West Coast groundfish fishery need reliable information on discarded catch in order to assess and account for total fishing mortality and to evaluate the effectiveness of management measures, including rebuilding plans for depleted stocks. During the past decade, trip limits for West Coast groundfish vessels have been substantially reduced, and trip limits have been applied to increasing numbers of species. If discard mortality is higher than currently projected, then overall fishing mortality rates will likely be higher than sustainable levels. Without current and ongoing information on the levels of catch and discard in the fishery, managers may be either overfishing or missing harvest opportunities by wide margins.

Oct. 15, 2010 alt text CLOSED: Editing Assistance for Watershed Assessment Plans RFQ

Submission deadline passed.
The Pacific States Marine Fisheriess Commission is requesting quotes for qualified individuals to assist PSMFC staff with editing watershed assessment plans.

Aug. 1, 2010 alt text CLOSED: Midwater Trawl Vessel Needed to Conduct a Research Project Testing a Bycatch Reduction Device in the Pacific Whiting Fishery off Central Oregon RFP

Submission deadline passed.
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter a stern trawling fishing vessel engaged in the Pacific whiting fishery to participate in a fisheries research project testing a Bycatch Reduction Device (BRD) designed to reduce Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, and rockfish, Sebastes spp., bycatch. This project will be a collaborative study between the PSMFC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the west coast Pacific whiting fishing industry. PSMFC and NMFS will be responsible for designing the project and providing any supplies needed to modify the BRD for the experiment. PSMFC and NMFS will provide all scientific equipment. This research charter will be conducted over two chartered trips totaling no more than 8 to 10 days at sea: one prior to the opening of the shore-based sector of the Pacific whiting fishery, and the other after the closure of the shore-based sector of the Pacific whiting fishery. One chartered vessel will be required. The actual days at sea are subject to change based upon weather, sampling logistics, and/or contingencies. Mobilization and demobilization will be conducted in Newport, OR. The mobilization time is necessary for completing the following: (1) loading gear, (2) planning use of deck space, (3) setting up electronics, and (4) orienting the scientific crew with the vessel. The demobilization time frame will include offloading and packing of scientific gear brought aboard the vessel for the project.

Mar. 8, 2010 alt text CLOSED: Director, Collaborative Fisheries Research Organization RFP

Submission deadline passed.
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) seeks a skilled, creative, and ambitious contractor to serve as the Director of a newly created Collaborative Fisheries Research (CFR) organization. The CFR organization is a partnership between PSMFC, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC).

Feb. 4, 2010 alt text CLOSED: Big Sur In-stream Flow Assessment RFP

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Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) has obtained funding from the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) to assist the California Department of Fish and Game (Department) in conducting an instream flow study in the Big Sur River and lagoon in Monterey County. PSMFC will subcontract a portion of this funding to a qualified firm to conduct portions of both Tasks 1 (Lagoon Assessment) and 2 (Habitat Suitability), including the progress reports and final reports, as outlined in Section 2.3 below. PSMFC will also hire one biologist to assist the firm in conducting Task 2 (Habitat Suitability).

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