January 25, 2017
DOD RSOI Humpback Whale Tagging
Department of Defense RSOI
REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF INTEREST WITHIN THE COOPERATIVE ECOSYSTEM STUDIES UNIT
PROJECT TO BE INITIATED IN 2017
Project Title: Humpback Whale Tagging in Support of Marine Mammal Monitoring Across Multiple Navy Training Areas in the Pacific Ocean
Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) will address measures in support of marine mammal monitoring across multiple Navy training areas in the Pacific Ocean. Approximately $ 280,000.00 is expected to be available to support the base requirements of this project. Approximately $ 230,000.00 is expected to be available to support the base option requirements of this project.
The Department of the Navy (DoN) is seeking statements of interest that address the Navy’s monitoring requirements for humpback whales across multiple training ranges in the Pacific Ocean. Generally, the Navy’s BASE monitoring requirements include: (1) deployment of deep-implant satellite tags on humpback whales in Hawaii during the winter/spring 2017; (2) collect tissue samples simultaneously during tagging efforts; and (3) prepare a preliminary summary. Six OPTIONAL requirements include: (1) perform tissue sample genetic analyses; (2) conduct a technical analysis of tag data and compile that information in a draft and final report; (3) procure additional satellite tags; (4) deploy additional deep-implant satellite tags on humpback whales off Oregon during the summer/fall and collect tissue samples; (5) perform tissue sample genetic analyses on summer/fall collections; and (6) conduct a technical analysis of summer/fall tag data and compile that information into the report from the OPTIONAL reporting task.
Please find the full RSOI announcement and 6 enclosures here, including seven additional documents added on 1/31/2017.