Specifications include, but are not limited to:
The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game is Soliciting Bids for on board crab observers during the Aleutian Islands crab
Commercial Fishing Services for Shellfish.
In accordance with the terms and conditions of ITB 190000044, provide to ADF&G certified crab observers for
deployment on crab catcher vessels in the Aleutian Islands golden king crab fisheries for 50 percent of the total golden
king crab weight harvested by each vessel during each of three trimesters dated August 1 through October 31, November
1 through January 31, and February 1 through April 30 [5 AAC 39.645 (d)(4)(A)(ii, iii)] or comparable trimesters should
regulatory season dates change as specified in 5 AAC 34.610(b).. Deployed observers will sample harvest and bycatch
according to ADF&G-assigned sampling protocols, collect fishery management and research data, and observe fishing
Vessels participating in the Aleutian Islands golden king crab fisheries will provide to the contractor their fishing plans and
observer needs for the season with a minimum of 14 days notification before the first observed trip for the season. The
contractor must submit to ADF&G each observer assignment for a C/V deployment before the assignment; ADF&G
reserves the right to disallow any observer assignment.
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.