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.
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