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IPHC-2023-MR-014 Attention Salmon Processors – Chum and Pink Salmon Needed for the IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS)

04 October 2023

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will require approximately 33 tonnes (66,000 pounds) of chum salmon and 33 tonnes (66,000 pounds) of pink salmon for the 2024 Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS). Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC quality requirements and standardisation exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chum and pink.

Chum salmon requirements:

  • Headed and gutted (H&G)
  • Individually quick frozen (IQF).
  • minimum grade is semi-bright #2s (ASMI grade A-E).
  • 2 to 3 kg (4 to 6 lb) and 3 to 4 kg (6 to 9 lb) preferred; >4 kg (>9 lb) considered.
  • Fish will be inspected by the IPHC Secretariat prior to purchase to ensure that the flesh is firm and has been processed in a manner that maintains the required quality.
  • Fish must be toted in ~0.5 tonne (1,200 lb) fiber totes.
  • Information on the month of capture, the run for each unit/tote of fish purchased, and tote weight is required. Also, the labeling of totes as IPHC specific product before shipment preferred.
  • Must have been caught and processed no earlier than June 2023.

 

Pink salmon requirements:

  • Headed and gutted (H&G)
  • Individually quick frozen (IQF).
  • minimum grade is semi-bright #2s (ASMI grade A-E).
  • 1 to 3 kg (2 to 6 lb) and 3 to 4 kg (6 to 9 lb) preferred.
  • Fish will be inspected by the IPHC Secretariat prior to purchase to ensure that the flesh is firm and has been processed in a manner that maintains the required quality.
  • Fish must be toted in ~0.5 tonne (1,200 lb) fiber totes.
  • Information on the month of capture, the run for each unit/tote of fish purchased, and tote weight is required. Also, the labeling of totes as IPHC specific product before shipment preferred.
  • Must have been caught and processed no earlier than June 2023.

 

The IPHC will consider quantity offered, size, quality, price, and preseason storage location when making purchases. To be included in purchase negotiations, complete the information on the second page of this announcement and submit it to the IPHC Secretariat via e-mail: secretariat@iphc.int  by 11:59pm Pacific Time on 20 October 2023. Purchase agreements will be released to the parties by 27 October 2023.  

 

As part of our planning, the IPHC would also like information on timing, quantity, and location availability of chum salmon and pink salmon between the dates of 1 June and 31 August 2024. This will assist the IPHC in determining possible in-season purchases.

Considerations

During May 2024, fish is shipped to ports specified by the IPHC for the 2024 FISS. Estimated fish needs in 2024 are listed below:

If you would like to be included in purchase negotiations, please complete the following table:

If you can provide chum or pink salmon between 1 June and 31 August 2024, please expand on estimated quantity, timeframe and location. If you offer additional services with your submission or offer in-season chum or pink salmon, please include an explanation with your response. Vendors who can provide cold storage from time of purchase until shipment may be preferred.

    IPHC Secretariat
    International Pacific Halibut Commission
    2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
    Seattle, WA 98199-1287
    206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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