U.S. seeks 50,000 PIT tags for fish passage studies in Columbia hydropower system

The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks bids from small businesses to supply 50,000 passive integrated transponder tags for use in fish passage studies in the federal Columbia River Basin hydropower system. Bids are due March 19.

NMFS seeks delivery of 500 trays of 100 pre-loaded PIT tags per tray for delivery to 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collected information in January on small businesses able to install a system in a Lower Granite spillway to monitor PIT tags in migrating fish.

PIT tags have been used extensively to track fish as they travel past radio receivers in hydroelectric projects on the Columbia River. NMFS said a pre-loaded tagging system is needed for use in 50,000 juvenile salmon that will be traveling through Lower Granite Dam and other parts of the Columbia River system in 2013.

In a solicitation set aside for small businesses, NMFS said it requires each tag to be inserted into a 12-gage veterinary-grade needle assembly that includes a self-contained push-rod, a mechanism that will retain the tag in the needle, and a hub that can be inserted into an injection device. The pre-loaded tags are needed no later than April 5.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. WRAD131262 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Questions may be submitted by e-mail or fax to the address below until 11 a.m., Pacific time, March 13.

Bids are due by e-mail or fax by noon, Pacific time, March 19 to William Bell, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way, Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115-6349; (1) 206-526-4425; Fax: (1) 206-526-6205; E-mail: bill.bell@noaa.gov.

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