SSRAA and ADF&G are participating in a cooperative test fishery at Canoe Pass, located on southern Etolin Island, to establish a baseline survey. This survey is designed to evaluate the presence of non-targeted/bycatch salmon species in Canoe Pass that may occur during the normal run timing of the summer chum salmon stock during terminal fisheries.
In this cooperative agreement, SSRAA will contract purse seine vessel(s) to conduct baseline fishing using traditional seine gear. The seine activities will be conducted as a one day charter each week over a 5-week period. The contract vessel(s) will be responsible for their own crew and supplies including food, fuel, and net. (full length net and minimum 3 ½ strips in depth)
The sampling period is during statistical weeks 28 through 32, which correspond to the calendar weeks of July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and August 6th. The sampling day during the week will be timed on approximately 7 day intervals, although modifications can be made for weather delays, common property seine openings, or other unforeseen circumstances.
The contract seiner will be required to have enough deck space to accommodate 2 ADF&G personnel and fish sampling gear during the day’s activities. SSRAA will coordinate transportation for ADF&G personnel to the contract seiner. Details regarding the minimum number of sets made for each baseline sampling period, the number of additional sets, and set locations will be developed by ADF&G in an operational plan. In no case, however, will the charter extend for longer than one day fishing per week, and no berthing space or food for ADF&G personnel is required.
SSRAA requests that respondents bid on the work as a daily charter rate in a lump sum amount for one or more of the five charter days. The 5 charters can be bid at different daily rates. Single vessel and multi-vessel group proposals will be accepted. Bids will be received in writing (email accepted), due on or before 3:00 pm Monday, June 26, 2017. All inquiry phone calls and bid proposals will be kept confidential until after the bid opening at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at SSRAA administrative offices.
SSRAA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received; to negotiate different terms and conditions which may differ from the initial proposals received; and to award any contracts in a manner which is determined to be the most beneficial to SSRAA.