#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 www.marine.ie).
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 (http://www.etenders.gov.ie). 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 www.etenders.gov.ie or sent via registered post, recorded delivery or by hand to the following address:
Fisheries Sampling Services Tender
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.