Vessel Needed for Codend Selectivity Study in the Groundfish Bottom Trawl FisheryDeadline for written questions: 3.19.2015
Deadline for submissions: 3.30.2015
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter one vessel to participate in a research project seeking to examine the size-selection characteristics between 4.5” and 5.0” T90 mesh, and 4.5” diamond mesh codends (BK measurements) and evaluate their efficacy at reducing discards of juvenile rockfishes and sablefish, and unmarketable-sized fishes in the west coast groundfish bottom trawl fishery. T90 mesh is conventional diamond mesh that has been turned 90 o in orientation. This project seeks to conduct 12 sample days (depending on charter rate) between 15 April and 30 September 2015. 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 codends to be tested. 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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