|RFx ID :||21816356|
|Tender Name :||ZBD2019-11 Further development of Electronic Automated Reporting System (EARS) to improve seabird bycatch monitoring|
|Reference # :||O - ZBD2019-11|
|Open Date :||Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Close Date :||Monday, 18 November 2019 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Exemption Reason :||None|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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Further develop the EARS mitigation monitoring system concept, starting with the current movement sensor, RFID and GPS solutions to a stage where the system is suitable for at sea trials on a distant waters commercial surface longline vessel.
Conduct pre-high seas trials on a domestic New Zealand surface longline or equivalent vessel and demonstrate reporting capacity of EARS system.
The opportunity lies in managing the declining population of Antipodean Albatross by intervening with threats on the high seas. The use of mitigation techniques have been shown to reduce seabird bycatch by up to 80-90% if used appropriately (e.g. Melvin et al 2004). We are concentrating on the monitoring of the international high seas longline fishing fleets due to the current uncertainty around mitigation usage and the evidence that they are likely to be the major cause of Antipodean albatross mortality from incidental bycatch. While we acknowledge that other factors may play a role in their decline, reducing bycatch mortality is the one place where current technology and management strategies can be applied.