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Fish and Game seeks trawl vessel for salmon survey

January 13th | Molly Dischner, The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman Print this article   Email this article  

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for a trawler to help with Bering Sea salmon research.

Fish and Game wants a fully functional trawler to serve as living quarters and an operations base for juvenile salmon research. The team will study captured juvenile salmon and other marine life, and collect oceanographic information for up to 20 days in late August and September 2017.

The charter will begin and end in Dutch Harbor, while research will be conducted on the Northern Bering Sea Shelf.

According to the state request for bids, the vessel needs to have a Coast Guard licensed captain, and a minimum of four more crew members. The research team provided by the state is expected to include up to six state, federal, and/or university-affiliated scientific crew members.

The invitation to bid specifies that the boat must be at least 120 feet long, have the capability of fishing for 20 days, and have certain space available for sorting samples and doing research. Bids to provide a vessel and crew are due Feb. 1.


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