ATTENTION BAIT SUPPLIERS AND SALMON PROCESSORS
Bait Needed for 2011 IPHC Stock Assessment Survey
290,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Contact IPHC by July 15th

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is currently acquiring bait for the 2011 survey season. To be included in purchase negotiations, interested suppliers must contact Evangeline White at the IPHC via phone (206) 634-1838 ext. 202; fax: (206) 632-2983; or e-mail by July 15th. Please note that to provide a more timely process for suppliers, the Commission is changing its bait procurement procedure and will consider proposals on an as-received schedule. However, the Commission is not required to accept the lowest or any of the bids received. Purchases will be negotiated over two-week increments beginning immediately as bait needs are filled.

Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC bait quality requirements and standardization exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chums. Bait specifications are summarized below.

The IPHC will consider quantity offered, size, quality, price per pound, shipping and storage costs, and preseason storage location when making purchases. Suppliers able to offer shipping and preseason or inseason storage options are encouraged to do so. Consideration will also be given for bids incorporating the possibility of deferring all or a portion of payment until bait is removed from the storage facility. Bait may be inspected for quality prior to making a purchase.

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Bruce M. Leaman
Executive Director
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983

 

Bait Specifications

Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC bait quality requirements and standardization exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chums.

Chum salmon requirements:

  • Headed and gutted (H&G)
  • Individually quick frozen (IQF).
  • The minimum grade is semi-bright #2s (ASMI grade A-E). Fish of a higher quality are acceptable but not preferred over the minimum quality.
  • IPHC prefers 6/9s and 4/6s will be considered; 9-ups will not be considered.
  • Bait may be inspected by IPHC staff prior to purchase to ensure that the flesh is firm and has been processed in a manner that maintains the required quality.
  • Bait must be toted in ~1,000 lb fiber totes.
  • Information on the month of capture and the run for each unit/tote of bait purchased is required.
  • The salmon must have been caught and processed no earlier than June 2010.

Considerations:

  1. During May of 2011, bait will be shipped to ports specified by the IPHC for the 2011 stock assessment survey. Vendors who are able to provide cold storage from time of purchase until shipment may be preferred, but there is no requirement to provide storage or transportation services.
  2. Predicted bait needs in 2011 are listed below:
    Port lbs Port lbs
    Alitak 11,000 St. Paul 8,000
    Dutch Harbor 41,000 Valdez/Cordova  5,000
    Homer/Seward 48,000 Yakutat 10,000
    Juneau 5,000 Astoria 4,000
    Ketchikan 23,000 Newport 7,000
    King Cove 10,000 Bellingham 7,000
    Kodiak 29,000 Prince Rupert, BC 18,000
    Petersburg 10,000 Port Hardy, BC 14,000
    Sand Point 22,000 Vancouver, BC 10,000
    Sitka 5,000

    Bids including transportation to and storage in these ports may be given preference.
  3. Chums must have been caught and processed no earlier than June 2010.