U.S. sets deadline for PIT tag testing query in Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a new deadline for information on firms able to supply passive integrated transponder tags over three years for research by the Corps Northwestern Division’s Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program. Responses are due Sept. 11.

The Corps’ Walla Walla District previously said it planned to issue a solicitation for PIT tags and invited prospective suppliers to submit detailed statements of their firms’ capabilities to supply the tags.

Passive integrated transponder transmitters have been used extensively to track fish as they travel past radio receivers in hydroelectric projects on the mainstem Columbia River. The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $3 million contract in 2011 to Biomark Inc. to supply PIT tags and related equipment for fish studies in 17 western states.

The Corps said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a series of tests to evaluate how well new tag models would perform in the current network of “interrogation systems.” Tests performed on the tags are physical and electrical parameters, ranges under different noise levels, maximum read speed, and effect of tag grouping on reading efficiencies. Testing is conducted in laboratories and in the field.

The Corps seeks suppliers able to produce large quantities of PIT tags in a short time to accommodate timing of migrating juvenile salmonids and research activities.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. W912EF12R0036 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses now are due by 2 p.m., Pacific time, Sept. 11. For information, contact Vicky Challis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, 201 N. Third Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876; (1) 509-527-7210; E-mail: vicky.r.challis@usace.army.mil.

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