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Vessel for At-Sea Marine Bird Surveys on the West Coast of Vancouver Island

Solicitation number 5000054793

Publication date

Closing date and time 2020/10/15 15:00 EDT

Last amendment date



    Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) has a requirement for a scientific survey vessel, including operational crew, for vessel-based surveys of marine birds on the west coast of Vancouver Island (from mouth of Juan de Fuca north to Brooks Peninsula and 30 km offshore, and associated Vancouver Island inlets). Project objectives are to collect quantitative information regarding marine bird distribution and abundance (i.e., baseline information) across all four seasons on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Baseline information regarding the at-sea distribution and abundance of multiple marine bird species, including species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). This information will be used to inform multiple evidence-based decision making management and conservation processes, including identification of areas important to birds and enhanced emergency response and preparedness.


    The west coast Vancouver Island area includes the Canadian side of the mouth of Juan de Fuca north to Brooks Peninsula and approximately 30 kilometers offshore, and select associated Vancouver Island inlets. Vessel-based surveys involve navigation along fixed transect lines at a constant speed of 8-10 knts, with surveys to be completed during daylight hours in excellent to moderate conditions (i.e., generally < 25knts wind). Vessel operators are to take advantage of weather windows and daylight hours to complete the planned surveys. Surveys will occur from November 23, 2020 until completion of >80% survey transects, or until December 22, 2020 whichever comes first. Generally, one to two ECCC at-sea observers will work aboard the vessel, and where feasible, overnight on the survey vessel.

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Environment Canada
    Contracting authority
    Noble, Heidi
    867 Lakeshore Road
    Burlington, ON, L7S 1A1

    Buying organization(s)

    Environment Canada
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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    British Columbia
    Region of opportunity
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding

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