At present a requirement exists for Catch Sampling Services.
Contractors will be required to go to sea aboard commercial fishing vessels in order to sample and record fishery catch data as directed by Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services according to FEAS catch sampling protocols. This data includes but is not exclusive to: Recording of catch information, recording of discard information, recording of fishing gear and locations, recording of incidental by-catch information, recording of environmental information, identification of fish and benthos and recording of length measurements,
• Contractors will provide clear and legible data sheets with the all of the trip information and return this data to the MI
• The contractor may be required to bring ashore biological samples for further analysis by Marine Institute personnel
• The contractor when directed shall bring ashore samples of catch and landings from the Nephrops directed fishery.
• Contractors will take biological samples from any incidental by-catch (tissue/blubber samples) and will bring ashore other samples as directed
A detailed technical description is available in the attached Invitation to Tender document.