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Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
21/00739 The Monitoring Program for Escaped Farmed Salmon — Part 3
Monitoring of escaped farmed salmon in the river systems is combined in a national monitoring program, led and coordinated by Havforskningsinstituttet (the Institute of Marine Research). The goal for the program is to coordinate and quality assure the entire process from planning and collection of data about the occurrence of escaped salmon in the river systems, to reporting of the results of the surveys. The reporting must, as far as possible, describe the number and proportion of escaped farmed salmon in individual river systems and how these are distributed in the river system. Furthermore, possible regional differences must be highlighted, and the reporting must be suitable for answering important administrative questions.
In order to implement the monitoring program with sufficient coverage in river systems in all regions in Norway, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research wants to enter into a contract with suppliers of suitable data sets that can contribute to describing the situation with regard to occurrence and quantity of escaped farmed salmon. The contracts include participation in analysis of data sets, reporting and further development of the program. Experience and scientific publication, within relevant disciplines for the monitoring program, is crucial for the selection of supplier, as well as what data the individual actors have available.
Rådgivende Biologer AS will deliver the processed data concerning occurrence of escaped farmed salmon in river systems, based on samples from sport fishing and drift counting. In 2019, Rådgivende Biologer AS delivered data from data from scale analysis of 4 715 samples from sport fishing and data from 21 rivers where drift counting was carried out. The scope of the delivery will vary from year to year, but the umber of samples taken in 2019 gives a clear indication of the number of samples anticipated to be made available for the monitoring program. Data from the sport fishing is collected from rivers in the area from Sørlandet to Møre, and in this region it is primarily Rådgivende Biologer AS that has relevant data sets from the sport fishing. Rådivende Biologer AS has for a number of years been an important supplier of data to monitoring of escaped farmed salmon, also before the current program was established. Rådgivende Biologer AS has a lot of relevant knowledge about the occurrence of escaped farmed salmon in river systems and also has good knowledge of the local conditions in the rivers where samples from sport fishing are collected or drift counts are carried out. Rådgivende Biologer AS is also an important contributor to the analysis of data and further development of the Monitoring Program, including writing the annual report to the Directorate of Fisheries.
Section IV: Procedure
The monitoring program needs to use all relevant data sets that contribute to describing the distribution of escaped farmed salmon in river systems in Norway. Examples of such data sets are
for e.g. classification of sport fishing catches such as wild salmon or escaped farmed salmon based on scale analysis, data from classification of potential brood stock in rivers with cultivation measures, data from drift counting in river systems where fish in rivers are recorded and classified as wild salmon or escaped farmed salmon, data from autumn fishing carried out to estimate the proportion of escaped farmed salmon in river systems, and data from other surveys that can contribute to mapping the proportion of escaped farmed salmon in the river systems. Where data is collected from will not be decided by The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, we must therefore cooperate with actors who have relevant data sets for the river systems that are relevant to the monitoring program. The service that specifically is procured in this connection is processing of data in defined format, and analysis of the data sets. It is important that the supplier of data sets participates in analysis of the data, this is particularly related to local knowledge developed over time in individual river systems. The data sets are analysed with different statistical tools suitable to describe condition and development in relation to the proportion of escaped farmed salmon in the river systems, and the participants in the program must have good statistics
competence. Furthermore, participants in the monitoring program contribute to writing annual reports to The Directorate of Fisheries. Based on the above, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research considers the terms in The Public Procurement Regulation § 13-4, b) 2 met.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information