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State of Maine
Department of Marine Resources
2018 Maine Lobster Research Collaborative
The State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources, is seeking proposals for research programs that contribute to components of the new Lobster Collaborative. The awarded projects will be part of the initial two years and will include required quarterly discussions to develop specific integrated goals, review progress, and work to advance objectives for future projects.
A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml
Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330. Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on January 16, 2018, when they will be opened. Proposals not received at the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.
The lobster fishery is Maine’s most valuable fishery with a landed value of more than $533 million, representing 74% of the value of all marine commercial fisheries landings in 2016. The lobster fishery is a critical piece of the economy in nearly every community along the coast. Recently, there are signs that the Gulf of Maine ecosystem may be changing, which will likely have an impact on the lobster resource and fishery on which these communities depend. The Department is charged with conserving and developing Maine’s marine resources, conducting and sponsoring scientific research, and promoting and developing Maine’s coastal fishing industries. For these reasons, the Department wishes to dedicate significant research dollars toward a better understanding of the lobster resource, fishery, and industry and the potential changes ahead.
See the whole document here: RFP201711190 – Lobster Research Collaborative