Deadline for written questions: 03.20.2023
Deadline for submission of proposals: 03.29.2023
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter one vessel for up to 8 sample days (depending on charter rate) to assist in a study comparing semi-demersal longline gear to conventional demersal longline gear and its effect on Pacific halibut and yelloweye rockfish catches in International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Area 2A. The timeline to complete this work is between 01 May and 31 October 2023. PSMFC will be responsible for designing the project and providing all scientific equipment needed for the project. A Contractor that can provide tori lines, 12-18 skates of groundline gear (each skate 1,800’ in total length), and a sufficient number of buoys, anchors, and flagsticks for the 12-18 skates is highly desired. PSMFC will supply the gangions (snap gear design), hook, floats for semi-demersal longline configuration, and all scientific equipment needed for the study. The captain and crew must be available during all scientific operations. To ensure full use of each sample day, the captain and crew should make any necessary transit arrangements to begin fishing operations at the start of each sample day. All fishing will occur during daylight hours.