Request for Proposals – Effort displacement and performance of Hawaii longline fisheries due to a time-varying area closure inside Hawaii’s Exclusive Economic Zone (Proposals due by Dec. 16, 2019)

Request for Proposals

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Council) is soliciting proposals for a contractor to design and conduct an analytical framework to model changes in fishery performance of longline fisheries subject to a time-area closure within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the Main Hawaiian Islands.

For this Request for Proposals (RFP), we invite proposals that address an overarching goal to quantify effort displacement (in terms of travel time/distance), impacts on fishing performance due to inter-fleet competition with other foreign fisheries outside of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Hawaii when areas of the EEZ are prohibited. The project will address loss of fishing opportunity due to fleet bypassing EEZ waters around fleet disembarkation (specifically 50 to 200 miles) due to closures. Specific objectives include: (1) Determine the effects  of time-area closures inside the Hawaii EEZ on its intended conservation objectives, (2) Determine the effects of time-area closures inside the Hawaii EEZ on a variety of management performance metrics – including those outside of the intended objectives – such as catch rates of target species and economic costs/benefits, (3) Quantify competing fishing intensity in proximity to the Hawaii longline fleet prior to and during time-area closures inside the Hawaii EEZ, and (4) Provide visualization of the impacts on the closure on Hawaii fleet dynamics.

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