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Marine Institute Invites Tenders For Supply Of Survey Support Services

27th August 2015
Marine Institute Invites Tenders For Supply Of Survey Support Services

#MarineScience - The Marine Institute is inviting tenders for the supply of survey support services to Fishery Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS). The service provider will provide support to a range of fishery surveys as directed by FEAS according to FEAS Survey protocols.

FEAS also conducts a wide variety of fisheries survey research programmes throughout the year, on commercial vessels and purpose built research vessels the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager, aimed at both improving the advice and increasing our understanding of the fisheries resource and the ecosystem.

If you are tendering from a company with multiple personnel, a complete application must be submitted for each applicant.

The detailed data and information required and collated by FEAS for stock assessment includes:

  • The length distribution of landings.
  • A profile of the age structure of landings.
  • Fishery catch information.
  • The number of boats fishing in a particular area over time.
  • The catch, time spent fishing, gears used (fleet activity).
  • Information on the annual landings into each port.
  • Data from various research surveys carried out by FEAS.

Landings are sampled at ports, fishermen's co-operatives, fish processors and auction sites around the coast by contracted port samplers employed by FEAS, as well as other FEAS staff.

Catch and discards are assessed by a number of Fisheries Assessment Analysts based in the Marine Institute's port facilities at Killybegs, Ros a Mhíl, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Greencastle. These data collection programmes are conducted under the EC Data Collection Framework (EC Council Regulation 199/2008) for which the Marine Institute is the Irish national co-ordinator, working closely with Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

FEAS sea-going missions include:

  • Acoustic studies of pelagic stocks, the distribution of fish eggs, larvae and juveniles.
  • Under water TV surveys for nephrops.
  • Ground fish surveys and fish tagging studies.
  • Sampling of catch aboard commercial fishing vessels.

Summaries on the status of each commercial stock are presented annually in the The Stock Book (available on

All parties that wish to be kept informed of any clarifications and/or additional information regarding the tender should register their interest by registering on e-Tenders ( Requests for information made by telephone or to any other email address shall not be responded to.

All tenders must be received prior to 4pm on 25 September 2015. They must be submitted using the online Tender Postbox at or sent via registered post, recorded delivery or by hand to the following address:

Fisheries Sampling Services Tender
Ref: ITT15-034
Marine Institute
Co Galway

All postal tenders must include three hard copies of tender application. Written references must be included by all applicants. Please note that non-conformance with these requirements will result in disqualification, and that any information submitted may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1997.

Full details of the tender and an application form can be downloaded at the relevant links or can be found on

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MacDara Conroy

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.


At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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