The Maine Department of Marine Resources, Bureau of Marine Science is seeking proposals to hire a fishing vessel, or vessels, to conduct bottom trawl surveys in and around Maine’s proposed offshore wind research array site, located approximately 30 nautical miles south of Boothbay Harbor.
The purpose of the surveys is to create a baseline understanding of marine resources in the research site area before construction of the array, which will help evaluate impacts on marine resources during and after construction.
The surveys will be conducted during the winter, spring, summer, and fall to evaluate marine resource populations throughout the year.
An estimated 20-30 tows each season are expected to be completed in the proposed sampling areas in and around the offshore Maine Research Array.
Bidders must provide a suitable vessel, an experienced captain with knowledge and experience operating bottom trawl gear, and 2 crew members to assist with fishing activity. The vessel must include deck and cabin space available for up to four scientific/support staff in addition to the captain and two crew members.
A current USCG Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examination Certificate is required at time of contract initiation. Previous violations of groundfish and other state and federal fishing laws, or the previous termination of a held state contract may impact eligibility as determined by the Department.
Following the initial two-year term of the contract, the Department may opt to renew the contract for seven (7) renewal periods, subject to continued availability of funding and satisfactory performance.
A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), including additional bidder requirements, can be obtained at: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/rfps. Search for RFP # 202302034