U.S. seeks PIT tag producers for Columbia Basin dams

The Corps of Engineers is seeking companies capable of producing a large number of electronically read fish-tracking tags over short periods of time during the next four years for the Columbia River Basin. Responses are due Sept. 10, 2009.

The Corps’ Walla Walla District issued a sources sought notice to determine if there are an adequate number of businesses capable of providing passive integrated transponder tags for research associated with the Northwestern Divisions Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program. (Hydro Review, September 2008)

The glass-encapsulated PIT tags measure 12 millimeters by 2.1 millimeters for large salmon smolts and 8.5 millimeters by 2.12 millimeters for small smolts. As tagged fish migrate downstream, they pass through electronic integration coils at seven permanent juvenile fish detection sites at federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. (HydroWorld 7/2/09)

The supplier must be able to provide large quantities of PIT tags in a short time to meet delivery dates driven by the timing of downstream salmon migrations. The Corps said PIT tag delivery of up to 500,000 large PIT tags or 50,000 small PIT tags within two weeks have been required. A delivery delay could delay research a full year and cost millions of dollars to the federal government.

The estimated quantities of delivery are:
o Base year: 200,000 small, 2.6 million large;
o Option year 1: 225,000 small, 2.03 million large;
o Option year 2: 250,000 small, 2.02 million large;
o Option year 3: 275,000 small; 2 million large.

Expressions of interest are due by Sept. 10 to Nona Fincher, Contract Specialist, U.S. Army Engineer District, Walla Walla, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362; (1) 509-527-7218; E-mail: nona.r.fincher@usace.army.mil.

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