Specifications include, but are not limited to: In accordance with the terms and conditions of ITB 190000045, provide to ADF&G qualified crab
observers (as defined on p. 11) for deployment on crab catcher vessels in selected Bering Sea crab fisheries.
These fisheries may include Bristol Bay red king, Bering Sea snow and Bering Sea Tanner crab. Deployed
observers will sample harvest and bycatch according to ADF&G-assigned sampling protocols, collect fishery
management and research data, and observe fishing activities.
The contractor, after a minimum of 10 days notification from ADF&G, will provide crab observers to selected
C/Vs. The contractor must submit to ADF&G each observer assignment for a C/V deployment and the vessel’s
planned port of departure and delivery before the assignment can be approved. ADF&G reserves the right to
disallow any observer assignments.
An onboard commercial crab fisheries observer must be able to work long hours on the deck of a crab fishing
vessel in inclement weather and be physically able to carry out duties specified in the Crab Observer Training
and Deployment Manual (available upon request) or by ADF&G crab observer program staff. Observers must
not be incapacitated by chronic or debilitating seasickness. An observer must not have a physical or mental
illness or injury which could become aggravated from performing observer duties, jeopardize the safety of the
observer or the vessel’s crew, or prevent the observer from performing assigned duties to the standards of the
ADF&G crab observer program (available in Crab Observer Training and Deployment Manual). Observers
must have good interpersonal skills and mental stamina for living and working in a remote location with a
fishing vessel crew. Observers must be able to assert themselves diplomatically with vessel crew concerning
sampling protocols and regulatory compliance. Exposure to blood or body fluids may exist in a remote emergency First Aid/CPR situation. Biological sampling duties could include the use of sharp instruments such
as needles or knives or small amounts of chemical preservatives such as ethanol or formalin.