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IPHC-2024-MR–005 IPHC Requests Tenders for the 2024 Catch Protection Study (CPS)

28 February 2024

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking to charter a longline fishing vessel to conduct ten (10) days of fishing (over a two-trip window) investigating a device intended to reduce marine mammal depredation of catch from longline gear. The purpose of the charter is to: 1) investigate the logistics of setting, fishing, and hauling an underwater shuttle catch protection device; and 2) investigate the basic performance of the gear on catch rates and fish size compared to traditional gear. This project will help refine a device that can be used in the Pacific halibut fishery to protect catch on the gear from removal or damage by whales and to potentially interrupt the cycle leading to depredation.

The IPHC will consider only those vessels with captains and crews that have recent (within five (5) years) longline fishing experience. The IPHC may require an inspection of the vessel prior to awarding the charter.

Vessels need not be licensed for Pacific halibut fishing in Canada or the USA to be eligible. The IPHC is not restricted as to nationality of the vessels it charters for operation in any region as long as customs and immigration regulations are followed.

Interested vessel owners are invited to submit tenders based upon the 2024 IPHC Catch Protection Study (CPS) Vessel Tender Specifications. The Tender Specifications and Vessel Tender Forms for this project may be downloaded and accessed directly from the IPHC website: Opportunities | IPHC (click on “IPHC Research Charters”).

The IPHC will not be obligated to accept the tender with the lowest bid or any tender received and will contract according to its best interests. Vessels will be rated using the following criteria:

  1. Seaworthiness and general condition of the vessel and its equipment;
  2. The vessel’s availability within the schedule determined solely by the IPHC Secretariat;
  3. The vessel captain’s experience and fishing record;
  4. The qualifications of the selected crew;
  5. The IPHC’s operating costs (tender amounts);
  6. Previous interactions with the IPHC and its Secretariat, experience operating as a charter vessel, scheduling flexibility, and ability to take additional Secretariat are other factors to be potentially considered in the decision-making process.

Submissions must be completed no later than 16:59 (Pacific) on 25 March 2024.

For further information please contact the IPHC Secretariat at or 206.634.1838.

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


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