Tender – Establishment of a panel for the supply of marine samples to support BIM’s Seafood Technical Services projects

Category 1 – Provision of seawater and/or species samples using basic fieldwork equipment such as plankton nets for larval collection, fixing agents and environmental loggers.

Category 2 – Basic analysis of condition index or meat content of commercially relevant bivalve species using standard methodologies as directed by BIM.


BIM’s Seafood Technical Services Unit co-ordinates data collection, analysis and dissemination of results for the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAFM), Marine Institute (MI) and the seafood industry. Data generated contributes to programmes aiming to improve aquaculture husbandry practices, fisheries management and the overall commercial competitiveness and sustainability of the sector, particularly, but not exclusively, in the delivery of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.


BIM relies on the support of industry to meet the sampling requirements associated with this work, particularly given the extensive distribution of aquaculture and inshore fisheries activities around the Irish coast and the range of services requiring data collection.

A panel of experienced samplers is being established for the period April 2021 to April 2026 (or maximum expenditure of €214,000, whichever is the earliest).

The samplers drawn from the proposed panel will provide samples in accordance with BIM’s requirements from within their particular area of operation.


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