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Roe Herring Catch Sampling Land Based

Solicitation number 30003619

Publication date

Closing date and time 2023/02/17 13:00 EST


    TITLE: Roe Herring Catch Sampling Land Based


    British Columbia herring stocks are managed as five major and two minor stock areas. Accordingly, catch and survey information is collected independently for each of these seven areas and science advice is provided on the same scale. All available biological data on spawn deposition, size and age composition of the spawning stocks, as well as commercial harvest data, are used to determine current abundance levels.

    Biological samples are collected from both commercial catch and from the test fishery program. The herring samples collected are processed and the following data is obtained: Fish length, weight, sex, age, and maturity. Subsequently these sources of data are compiled and used as the information on mean weight-at-age and catch-at-age data that are the essential input data for the annual stock assessment model for BC herring.

    The commercial roe herring fishery occurs in five stock areas determined by major herring stocks; Prince Rupert District, Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, West Coast of Vancouver Island, and Strait of Georgia. Roe herring fisheries are only planned for stock areas that are forecast to be above the commercial fishery cut-off, and depend on available abundance. The roe herring fishery takes place as the herring gather to spawn during late February to mid or late March in southern BC, and mid- March to mid-April in northern BC. Opening dates and times for the commercial fishery are announced on the fishing grounds once the roe has matured to optimum quality. Specific fishing locations are determined by major concentrations of fish and the potential for the highest roe yield.

    This contract is to conduct catch sampling of all roe (commercial) herring fisheries in British Columbia. These samples are a critical part of the annual stock assessment for BC herring.


    For the contractor to conduct catch sampling of all open roe fisheries on the BC Coast. Specifically, the contractor should obtain 20 representative samples from each seine opening, and 15 representative samples from each gillnet opening, such that the sampling reflects both the temporal and spatial distribution of the fisheries. No duplicate samples.

    Samples of roe herring landings will be collected in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Occasional sampling may also be required at Ucluelet, Port Hardy, or French Creek, in accordance with the following instructions. These samples will then be used by DFO as part of the annual herring stock assessment.


    The contract is for a period of one (1) years, from the contract award to January 31, 2024 with the option to extend the contract for four (4) one (1) year period.

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    Trade agreements

    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
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    • Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)
    • Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA)
    • Atlantic Procurement Agreement
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    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    200 Kent St, Station 13E228
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E6
    Contracting authority
    Busungu, Pascal
    301 Bishop DriveFredericton NBE3C 2M6CA

    Buying organization(s)

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    200 Kent St, Station 13E228
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E6
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    Summary information

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