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CLOSED: Shelf Rockfish 06

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) intends to charter two vessels to participate in a fisheries research project in 2006. The project will be in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The timeline for the project will be approximately September 25 through October 9 and will require two chartered vessels. These dates are subject to change based upon weather, logistical, or other contingencies. Mobilization and demobilization for both charters will be conducted at Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, CA. The mobilization timeframe is necessary for completing the following tasks: (1) loading gear, (2) planning use of deck space, (3) setting up electronics, and (4) orientating the scientific crew with the vessel. The demobilization timeframe will include cleaning, unloading, and packing any scientific gear brought aboard the vessel for the project.

The Contractor agrees to furnish a vessel, crew, fuel, and bait necessary for sampling between 20 and 120 fathoms in the Pacific Ocean for bocaccio and other shelf rockfish. The Captain and crew for all selected vessels will support the scientific party in the use of hook and line fishing gear deployed via rods and reels. In an effort to standardize gear, NMFS will supply the fishing gear that will be used during the survey. Section 3.4 describes this gear.

A portion of this project will involve the operation of an underwater video camera sled, and all camera-related activities will be conducted on the same vessel. The Captain and crew of the vessel selected to carry the camera sled will assist in the deployment and retrieval of an underwater camera sled outfitted with a video system and oceanographic sensors (See Attachment 5.8). The equipment mounted on the sled provides real-time video and oceanographic data to the monitor and associated computer equipment mounted in the vessel’s cabin.

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