Tender – Panel for the supply of commercial fishing vessel charter to support BIM Fisheries Conservation projects on mitigation of seabed impacts and carbon emissions

A key element of the EU Common Fisheries Policy is the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of a landing obligation. BIMs Fisheries Conservation team provides a range of services to fishers to assist the wild fisheries sector fish more effectively, profitably, and sustainably. We work directly with industry to reduce seabed impacts and improve carbon efficiency in the fishing sector. Potential gear related methods include lowering drag through reduced netting, improved gear hydrodynamics, off-bottom fishing methods, enhanced monitoring of gear performance, and improved catch detection.

The purpose of this competition is to appoint a panel of suitably qualified vessels to assist in this work on full charter basis. Candidates will be required to provide information on their vessels and meet minimum criteria in relation to their suitability to participate in BIM gear trials. As specific technical trials arise, a mini competition will be run between successful candidates.

Established in August 2021, the panel is operational for a maximum of 5 years (or maximum expenditure of €214,000, whichever is the earliest).

Suitably qualified vessel owners may apply for inclusion on this panel (during the above period) by completing the Qualification Questionnaire available below and submitting it by email to: geartrials@bim.ie


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