Electronic Monitoring Systems for Alaska Pot Gear Vessels

Deadline for written questions: 10.14.2016
Deadline for submissions: 10.28.2016

This document provides a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electronic monitoring (EM) camera system provider(s) to employ EM among vessels fishing with pot gear and operating in Alaskan waters.

Beginning in 2013, a restructured funding and deployment system for observer coverage in the North Pacific Groundfish and Pacific halibut fisheries extended observer coverage requirements to a wider range of vessels than had been previously included in the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program. A percentage of vessels included in this extended coverage may be unable to accommodate an observer onboard to meet the observer coverage requirements primarily due to vessel size or space available for observer sampling duties. To address this challenge, a component of the restructured program includes provisions for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to develop and incorporate electronic video monitoring as a means of meeting coverage requirements if NMFS determines an observer cannot be accommodated on these vessels. In addition, development of electronic video monitoring for use on larger vessels to supplement observer data collection activities may be required, inclusive of electronic monitoring of trawl and pot vessels.

Posted: 9.23.2016


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Vessel Needed for Selective Flatfish Trawl LED Light Study in Groundfish Fishery

Deadline for written questions: 2.22.2016
Deadline for submissions: 3.4.2016

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter one vessel to
participate in a research project looking to evaluate if simple enhancements to the visibility of a
selective flatfish trawl headrope can improve bycatch reduction for darkblotched and other slope
rockfishes. This project seeks to conduct 12 sample days (depending on charter rate) between 15
March and 30 September 2016.
PSMFC will provide the selective flatfish trawl, codend, and all
scientific equipment needed for the project. The Contractor agrees to furnish a vessel, crew, and
any additional gear necessary for bottom trawling for groundfish species. 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 .

Posted: 2.8.2015

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