Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter two vessels to participate in a fisheries research project in 2006. The project will be in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The timeline for the project will be approximately September 25 through October 9 and will require two chartered vessels. These dates are subject to change based upon weather, logistical, or other contingencies. Mobilization and demobilization for both charters will be conducted at Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, CA. The mobilization timeframe is necessary for completing the following tasks: (1) loading gear, (2) planning use of deck space, (3) setting up electronics, and (4) orientating the scientific crew with the vessel. The demobilization timeframe will include cleaning, unloading, and packing any scientific gear brought aboard the vessel for the project.
The Contractor agrees to furnish a vessel, crew, fuel, and bait necessary for sampling between 20 and 120 fathoms in the Pacific Ocean for bocaccio and other shelf rockfish. The Captain and crew for all selected vessels will support the scientific party in the use of hook and line fishing gear deployed via rods and reels. In an effort to standardize gear, NMFS will supply the fishing gear that will be used during the survey. Section 3.4 describes this gear.
A portion of this project will involve the operation of an underwater video camera sled, and all camera-related activities will be conducted on the same vessel. The Captain and crew of the vessel selected to carry the camera sled will assist in the deployment and retrieval of an underwater camera sled outfitted with a video system and oceanographic sensors (See Attachment 5.8). The equipment mounted on the sled provides real-time video and oceanographic data to the monitor and associated computer equipment mounted in the vessel’s cabin.
Rationalization Program over a 6-year period to accommodate the specific dynamics and needs of the BSAI crab fisheries. The BSAI Crab Rationalization Program is comprised of a number of novel aspects, and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Council) is interested in ensuring that it will be able to adequately assess the impact of the Program on affected parties. Existing data collection programs do not provide the employment, cost and sales data necessary to understand the economic performance of crab fishermen and processors, let alone to determine how this performance has changed after rationalization, or what aspects of these changes are specifically attributable to crab rationalization. Therefore, the Council has recommended that a mandatory economic data collection program be developed. This data collection program will substantially reduce the analytical difficulties that were encountered when attempting to examine the effects of the halibut/sablefish IFQ program and the American Fisheries Act.
The Council has expressed a desire to monitor, among other things, how the economic returns of various stakeholders in BSAI crab fisheries are affected by rationalization. This requires the collection of historic data as well as annual data to not only better understand the economic performance of crab fishery participants, but to isolate the effects attributable to the Program. Economic data reports (EDRs) that ask questions about harvesters’ and processors’ crab operations were specifically developed for the crab fisheries to fill this knowledge gap.
The EDRs were distributed in March 2005 to all fishers and processors that had participated in the crab fisheries in 1998, 2001, or 2004. The EDRs were due by August 2005 and have since undergone entry into an electronic database. In order to ensure that the data submitted by respondents in the EDRs is accurate, we would like to develop and implement an EDR review and verification system. This system will involve reviewing the data contained within submitted EDRs, conducting verification audits for those EDRs containing odd or suspicious data values, and conducting random audits for a certain percentage of submitted EDRs. In this RFP we are seeking your ideas on how you would develop such a system and what it would cost to implement and conduct the process.