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Partnership Agreement to Operate and Manage McKernan Hatchery

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000543480

Bid Title: Partnership Agreement to Operate and Manage McKernan Hatchery

Agency Bid No. Title: 16-00016

Received Date: 04/14/2016

Close Date: 04/27/2016

Purchase Type: Term:

Delivery Point: McKernan Hatchery, W 411 Deyette Road, Shelton, Washington, 98584

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 04/18/2016 04:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:. SCOPE OF WORKPurposeThe purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify qualified entities to enter a partnership agreement per section 77.95.320 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the continued operation of McKernan Hatcherys chum salmon production. The McKernan Hatchery is located in Mason County at W. 411 Deyette Road, Shelton WA 98584.IntroductionWDFW has owned and operated McKernan Hatchery since 1979. WDFW primarily raises juvenile chum salmon at this hatchery. Upon their return, Chum salmon produced and released from McKernan support a state licensed and tribal commercial fishery valued at an estimated $3-5 million annually.Prior to July 2010, WDFW funded McKernan Hatchery operations primarily through use of state general funds. In the 2009-2011 biennium WDFWs allocation of state general funds was reduced such that WDFW considered stopping production and closing McKernan Hatchery. Also, in 2009 RCW 77.95.320 (Chapter 340, Laws of 2009) was signed into law; this statute allows the creation of WDFW partnership agreements to address funding issues at WDFW hatcheries in Hood Canal.After discussions with the fish harvesting community, WDFW issued an RFP and later entered a contract with the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA). Under the contract PSVOA arranged to provide WDFW the necessary funding to allow WDFW to operate McKernan Hatchery during the state fiscal years 2010 through 2015 (July 1,2010 through June 30, 2015). PSVOA and WDFW agreed to extend the contract one more year ending June 30, 2016. PSVOA has since notified WDFW that PSVOA will not be funding WDFWs McKernan Hatchery chum production after June 30, 2016. WDFW does not have state funds to continue the operation of McKernan hatcherys chum production.Summary of OpportunityWDFW is seeking a partner to either a) provide funding for the continued WDFW operation of McKernan Hatchery; or b) under WDFW oversight take over the day-to-day operations of McKernan Hatchery in order to continue the hatcherys chum salmon production. WDFW will consider all proposals with a preference towards the partner that best provides for the optimal use of McKernan Hatchery while assuring fish quality, environmental compliance and facility maintenance. Notwithstanding the above, in the case of roughly equivalent proposals:WDFW has a strong preference for selecting a partner that provides funding to WDFW for WDFWs continued operation of McKernan Hatchery; rather than having a partner take over day-to-day operations.WDFW desires a partnership agreement with an initial term of five (5) years, with the possibility of a five (5) year mutually agreed extension.WDFW prefers to maintain, at least, the current fish production level and, at least, the current staffing levels. Production and staffing levels are identified in the Statement of Work.WDFW believes the operation of McKernan Hatchery by WDFW staff provides the best opportunity for success in meeting cost effective and quality fish production program goals and objectives. WDFWs operation of the facility also provides for efficient use of WDFW resources in regional hatchery operations and production due to WDFWs ability to share staff between Hood Canal hatcheries during peak workloads periods. Details about McKernan Hatchery operations, output, restrictions and other requirements can be found in the Exhibit E (McKernan Hatchery Operations and Funding Information).In their proposal, Applicants are required to submit a thorough business plan that will detail how they propose to fund hatchery operations at McKernan Hatchery. The sale of surplus salmon carcass and eggs may provide some funding to assist a partner in funding hatchery operations. A cost recovery fishery is not currently an option as the funding mechanism, but may become available.RCW 77.95.320 provides that a partnership agreement may include provision for sale of hatchery surplus salmon, including eggs and carcasses. Hatchery surplus salmon, including eggs and carcasses are property of the state. McKernan Hatchery often has returns of hatchery surplus salmon, but the numbers vary and are uncertain year to year. WDFW may make provision in a partnership agreement for the sale of these resources with the sale proceeds to be used to fund McKernan Hatchery operations. An Applicant may propose a term including of the sale of the surplus salmon, which should include reporting to WDFW of the sales and proceeds. In selecting a contract partner, WDFW may decide WDFW would prefer to manage the sale of surplus salmon returns and account for the recovered value as a credit toward McKernan Hatchery operations.

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Product Code: 95840

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: State of Washington - Department of Fish and Wildlife

State: Washington

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Jeff Hugdahl

Phone: 360-902-2230

Fax: 360-902-2941




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