Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects

Deadline for written questions: 3.22.2019
Deadline for submissions: 4.15.2019

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), in cooperation and funding from the
NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, will be issuing approximately $640,000 in grants to fund
marine aquaculture pilot projects focusing on sustainable aquatic farming techniques and
regional business practices to grow U.S. domestic seafood.

Posted: 3.1.2019

PSMFC Aquaculture RFP Q&A 3-29-19

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FY2019 Request Regional Oyster Aquaculture Research Consortia

Deadline for written questions: 2.22.2019
Deadline for submissions: 3.15.2019

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), in cooperation and funding from the
NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, will be issuing approximately $875,000 in grants to fund
Regional Oyster Aquaculture Research Consortia in the U.S. West Coast states of Alaska,
California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Hawaii and U. S. Pacific Islands.

Posted: 2.1.2019

Oyster RFP Q&A 3-1-19

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Endangered Species Act Consultations, National Environmental Policy Reviews, and Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMPs) Development for CDFW’s Mokelumne Hatchery Chinook Program

Deadline for written questions: 10.19.2018
Deadline for submissions: 11.2.2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and western states and tribes are working
together to complete Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations and National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) for hatchery
programs. The U.S. Congress has directed NMFS to reduce the HGMP backlog.

There is a widely recognized need to determine the status of hatchery programs and the impacts
that such programs may have on the ESA status of listed populations. As such, the completion of
baseline program documentation via completion of Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans
(HGMPs) is an essential step in completing this analysis. The ultimate goal is for the assessment
of the threats and contributions to recovery posed by hatchery programs for salmon and steelhead
is used to inform the ESA delisting decisions that will need to be made for each ESA listed
salmon ESU and steelhead DPS. The following framework shows the framework used by
NMFS to assess hatchery programs in the larger context of recovery planning and
implementation and ultimate ESA delisting decisions by NMFS.

Posted: 10.1.2018

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Coordinator for the California Fish Passage Forum

Deadline for written questions: 6.29.2018
Deadline for submissions: Extended to 7.30.2018

The California Fish Passage Forum (Forum), a recognized Fish Habitat Partnership (FHP) under
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP), is seeking a
part-time coordinator to work with Forum membership in advancing and further developing the
partnership. Additionally, with the assistance of a capable coordinator the Forum expects to
develop a much stronger presence at all levels and increase interactions with the NFHAP
National Board and Staff along with other NFHAP FHPs.

Posted: 6.6.2018

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Coordinator for Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP)

Deadline for written questions: 6.29.2018
Deadline for submissions: Extended to 7.30.2018

PMEP, a recognized Fish Habitat Partnership (FHP) under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP), is seeking a half -time coordinator/staffer to work
with the PMEP Steering Committee and its sub-committees to advance and further its mission
and goals.

PMEP’s current mission is to protect, enhance, and restore ecological processes and habitats to
sustain healthy native fish communities and support sustainable human uses that depend on
healthy fish populations. PMEP is in the process of finalizing an update to its strategic plan that
will more specifically target its work to provide science, data, and funding to conserve and
restore West Coast nearshore and estuarine fish habitat.

Posted: 6.6.2018

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Ocean Shrimp Trawl Vessel Needed for Eulachon LED Bycatch Project

Deadline for written questions: 4.20.2018
Deadline for submissions: 4.27.2018

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter one ocean
shrimp trawl vessel (equipped with a double-rigged trawl configuration) to participate in a
research project looking to measure the overall effectiveness of LED fishing lights to
reduce eulachon and other fish bycatch in the ocean shrimp trawl fishery. To determine the
degree that eulachon and other fishes avoid trawl entrainment in response to the LEDs, the
trawls will be fished without sorting grid BRDs. This technique would retain all fishes and
shrimp that enter the trawl and provide a direct catch comparison between the treatment
and control trawl. This project seeks to conduct 8 sample days (depending on charter rate)
between 15 June and 30 September 2018. PSMFC and the Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife (ODFW) will be responsible for designing the project and providing all scientific
equipment needed for the project. The Contractor agrees to furnish a vessel, crew, two
well-matched ocean shrimp trawls, ice, and all additional gear necessary for ocean shrimp
trawling. The Captain and crew of the vessel selected will assist in the deployment and
retrieval of LED lights, recording inclinometers, 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. This project will be a collaborative study between the PSMFC,
ODFW, and ocean shrimp trawl fishermen.

Posted: 3.28.2018

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Vessel Needed for Collecting Seafloor Images Using DIDSON and Video Imagery

Deadline for written questions: 3.16.2018
Deadline for submissions: 3.23.2018

This work will make tows with a sled equipped with DIDSON and video imaging
equipment to collect seafloor images across the swept area of a bottom trawl
equipped with elevated trawl sweeps (designed to reduce seafloor contact and
interactions with small macroinvertebrates [e.g., Dungeness crab, Echinoderms]).
The DIDSON sonar and video imaging will be used to estimate the degree of
seafloor contact made by examining the cross-section of the sweeps disc tracks
formed on the seafloor and the texture of the seafloor between the disc tracks.

Posted: 3.1.2018

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Vessel Needed for Elevated Trawl Sweeps Study in the Groundfish Bottom Trawl Fishery

Deadline for written questions: 3.16.2018
Deadline for submissions: 3.23.2018

This study will evaluate the efficacy of elevated trawl sweeps in the West Coast LE
groundfish bottom trawl fishery. Specifically, this research will compare the catch
efficiencies between two alternative elevated sweep designs (designed to reduce
seafloor contact and interactions with small macroinvertebrates [e.g., Dungeness
crab, Echinoderms]) and the conventional continuous bottom-tending sweep used in
the fishery.

Posted: 3.1.2018

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Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects

Deadline for written questions: 1.5.2018
Deadline for submissions: 2.1.2018

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), in cooperation and funding from the
NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, will be issuing approximately $450,000 in grants to
fund marine aquaculture pilot projects focusing on sustainable aquatic farming techniques and
regional business practices to grow U.S. domestic seafood.

The geographic scope of the proposed projects is for the U.S. West Coast states of Alaska,
California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Hawaii and U. S. Pacific Islands. The primary
location of the proposed projects must be in the marine waters/estuarine environment.

Posted: 12.1.2017

Aquaculture Pilot Projects Q&A

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Analysis and Regulatory Development for Revisions to the American Fisheries Act and Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Catch Shares Programs in the Federal Fisheries Off Alaska

Deadline for written questions: 12.13.2017
Deadline for submissions: 12.29.2017

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) seeks a contractor to provide
technical and analytical support necessary for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), Alaska Region, to manage catch share programs in the federal
fisheries off Alaska.

This project has three tasks:

1. Preparation of analytical documents to support fishery management plan and/or
regulatory amendments to the American Fisheries Act (AFA) and Halibut and
Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) catch share programs identified
following recent program reviews.

2. Assistance with preparation of the proposed and final rule documents for
regulations to revise the AFA and IFQ Programs that arise from task 1.

3. Preparation of analytical documents for additional revisions to the AFA
and IFQ Programs that develop as a result of tasks 1 and 2 or are
prioritized by NMFS in the future.

Posted: 11.30.2017

RFP IFQ Analysys Q&A Final

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