Manufacture of PIT Tag Antennas for the John Day Lock and Dam Fish Ladders

Deadline for written questions: 7.12.2016
Deadline for submissions: 7.18.2016

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to procure the professional services of a manufacturer to build PIT tag antennas. These antennas will collect data in both of the (currently unmonitored) fish ladders at John Day Dam.

PSMFC is seeking proposals to build and test PIT tag antennas and build guides for concrete preparation. The successful respondent must have experience in PIT tag antenna design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance as well as a proven track record for the consideration of future needs and functionality.

Posted: 7.8.2016


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Acoustic Assessment of the Distribution and Abundance of Widow Rockfish

Deadline for written questions: 12.23.2014
Deadline for submissions: 1.15.2015

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter a vessel to
participate in a pilot research project to examine the distribution and abundance of
widow rockfish at selected survey sites off of Oregon and Washington. This project
will be in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). NMFS and
PSMFC will be responsible for the Project Design and will provide all necessary
scientific deck equipment. The Contractor, will support the scientific operations as the
Project Design requires. The project will take place in a late February to early April
2015 window, depending upon coordinating the project between the scientific crew
and vessel availability. Mobilization and demobilization for the charter will be
conducted from Newport, OR. The goal is to complete up to 21 sampling days.

Posted: 12.9.2014

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CLOSED: Electronic Monitoring Systems for U.S. West Coast and Alaska Fishing Vessels

Submission deadline past

This document provides a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electronic monitoring (EM) camera
system provider(s) to employ EM among vessels operating off the U.S. West Coast and in
Alaskan waters. Although camera systems may be very similar between regions, logistics and
application will be different between the two regions and as such, specific details are separated
among regions.

Q&A Responses – posted 8.11.2014, updated 8.22.2014

Posted: 7.24.2014

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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.

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), wishes to obtain the services of approximately forty (40) at-sea fishery observers to work on vessels off the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. The vessels designated to carry observers will be selected by NMFS, and will be required to carry those observers while fishing for groundfish during the assigned period. The observers will work at the direction of NMFS field program coordinators. Observers will collect scientific, management, and other data through on-board interviews of vessel captains and crew, observations of fishing operations, measurements of selected portions of the catch and fishing gear, and collection of samples. While at sea and before the conclusion of each deployment, observers will follow the procedures detailed in the West Coast Groundfish Observer Manual to obtain data and collect samples. Observers will record data on appropriate forms or enter data electronically using a laptop computer provided by NMFS or PSMFC. Observers will be debriefed approximately once every 2 months. The database will be used to prepare reports for use by state, commission, fishery management council, and federal fishery biologists and managers.

Q&A Responses – posted 11.9.2010

Original posting date: 10.15.10

CLOSED: West Coast Governers’ Agreement on Ocean Health Action Plan RFP

Submission deadline passed.

In 2006, the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA). The Agreement launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast, as called for in the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.

The Agreement seeks to advance the goals of:
(1) ensuring clean coastal waters and beaches;
(2) protecting and restoring ocean and coastal habitats;
(3) promoting the effective implementation of ecosystem-based management;
(4) reducing adverse impacts of offshore development;
(5) increasing ocean awareness and literacy among residents;
(6) expanding ocean and coastal scientific information, research, and monitoring; and
(7) fostering sustainable economic development in our communities.

The Agreement also underscores the importance of managing activities that affect our oceans on an ecosystem basis. That is, managing human activities and their impact on ocean resources in a way that accounts for the relationships among all ecosystem components, including people and other species and the environment in which we live. In addition, the states committed to the development of an action plan with specific actions to address the seven priority areas, which was completed in 2008. Each of the seven priority areas identified in the agreement is addressed in a separate section within the action plan. Following the release of the Action Plan in 2008, ten Action Coordination Teams (ACTs) were formed to develop work plans for implementing the Action Plan. The ACTs are composed of representatives from each of the three states, federal government, tribal governments, academia, industry, and non-profit organizations. Eight of the work plans were finalized in May 2010 and the remaining two drafts will be released for public comment Summer 2010 (work plans are available at

Original posting date: 7.1.2010