Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Reopening of Federal Funding Opportunity, 70828-70830 [2021-26851]

Download as PDF 70828 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Notices produced by Xingmin Intelligent and imported by Trans Texas). Commerce will continue the suspension of liquidation of the subject merchandise pending the expiration of the period of appeal or, if appealed, pending a final and conclusive court decision. Specifically, we will direct CBP to suspend or continue to suspend liquidation of such entries at a zero percent cash deposit rate during the pendency of the appeals process until specific liquidation instructions are issued, and we will notify CBP that it is authorized to grant a refund of cash deposits for such entries, if requested by the importer prior to liquidation pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1520(a)(4). In the event the Court’s ruling is not appealed or, if appealed, upheld by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Commerce will instruct CBP that entries of certain steel trailer wheels 12 to 16.5 inches in diameter coated in chrome through a PVD process, which: (a) Were the subject of the Final Determination; (b) were produced and/or exported from China by Jingu, or were produced by Xingmin Intelligent and imported by Trans Texas; (c) were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after February 25, 2019 up to and including June 24, 2019; and (d) remain unliquidated as of September 4, 2020 (for wheels produced and/or exported from China by Jingu) or remain unliquidated as of November 27, 2019 (for wheels produced by Xingmin Intelligent and imported by Trans Texas); are outside of the scope of the CVD order on certain steel trailer wheels from China. Notification to Interested Parties This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 516A(c) and (e) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 24, 2021. Ryan Majerus, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations, Performing the Non-Exclusive Functions and Duties of The Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Notice; issuance of permits and permit amendments. ACTION: Notice is hereby given that permits and permit amendments have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable. SUMMARY: The permits and related documents are available for review upon written request via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shasta McClenahan, Ph.D. (Permit No. 20430–01 and 25943), Amy Hapeman (Permit No. 25563), and Sara Young (Permit No. 25770); at (301) 427–8401. [FR Doc. 2021–26998 Filed 12–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Notices were published in the Federal Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit had been submitted by the below-named applicants. To locate the Federal Register notice that announced our receipt of the application and a complete description of the activities, go to www.federalregister.gov and search on the permit number provided in Table 1 below. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB639] Marine Mammals and Endangered Species National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: TABLE 1—ISSUED PERMITS AND PERMIT AMENDMENTS khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Permit No. RTID 20430–01 ...... 0648–XE938 25563 ............ 0648–XB303 25770 ............ 0648–XB298 25943 ............ 0648–XB509 Applicant Previous Federal Register notice Issuance date James Harvey, Ph.D., Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039. NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Mammal Laboratory, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Responsible Party: John Bengtson, Ph.D.). Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (Responsible Party: Daniel Costa, Ph.D.). Stephen Trumble, Ph.D., Baylor University, 101 Bagby Ave., Waco, TX 76706. 84 FR 48600; September 16, 2019 November 30, 2021. 86 FR 43528; August 9, 2021 ........ November 8, 2021. 86 FR 42791; August 5, 2021 ........ November 19, 2021. 86 FR 57414; October 15, 2021 .... November 23, 2021. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA. Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the MMPA of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the ESA of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226), as applicable. Dated: December 8, 2021. Julia M. Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–26917 Filed 12–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB630] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Reopening of Federal Funding Opportunity National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; reopening of request for proposals to address expanded sampling of the fleet for effort monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is reopening the SUMMARY: Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES requesting proposals from highlyqualified contractors to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico Shrimp industry. DATES: This will be a 12–18 month project and a maximum $350,000 is available to fund the work. Proposal Submission Deadline: January 10, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. EST. ADDRESSES: Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 4107 W Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348– 1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carrie Simmons, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; carrie.simmons@ gulfcouncil.org; telephone: (813) 348– 1630 ext. 2310. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Deadline for Reopened Proposal Submission: Monday, January 10, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. EST The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) published a notice in the Federal Register on July 28, 2021 seeking submissions of a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico Shrimp industry (86 FR 40494). This request for submissions is hereby reopened. The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit data is no longer supported, and the server became unviable for data storage in December 2020. The Council, in coordination with NMFS, is seeking to develop a new program that will provide for continued collection, storage, and transmission of shrimp vessel position data that are used to estimate shrimping effort. This new program is intended to replace the current Shrimp ELB program which no longer transmits data through the 3G cellular network. The need for this study is to test the P-Sea WindPlot software program with a portion of the shrimp fleet in the near term to determine if it meets the needs of industry, Council, and NMFS. The newly developed program will ultimately need to meet NMFS hardware and software approval to be utilized throughout the shrimp industry. Proposals should identify by region/ state the number of vessels that will volunteer to participate in the proposed pilot program for vessel position monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed work should clearly define VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 methodology and intent for meeting the NMFS software and hardware requirements while documenting the estimated costs to the industry. The proposal should detail the methodology proposed for archiving the vessel location, data retention, and automatic transmission of the data to NMFS when within cellular/satellite range of land. The Council will develop an agreement with the selected contractor(s) with milestones and deliverables after the review and selection process. The selected contractor(s) will work with Council staff. Background During its January 2021 meeting, the Council identified unspent Council funds from the 2020 fiscal year. The Council is considering funding an expanded study that utilizes P-Sea WindPlot software as a replacement for the recently discontinued shrimp ELB program. Preliminary meetings with industry, such as the Shrimp Advisory Panel meeting suggest that a majority of the shrimp fleet currently use the P-Sea WindPlot software program, which is installed on a desktop or laptop computer housed onboard the vessel; thus, the learning curve and potential annual cellular/satellite expenses are anticipated to be minimal. Further, leaders in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry support using this type of software program. Scope of Work The contractor will be responsible for all data products outlined below and is encouraged to contribute additional products and suggestions in the proposal for this work. The selected contractor will also be responsible for presenting the mid-term and final project summary report to the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committees and to the Council. The proposed scope of work should include the following: • The proposal must consider the use of P-Sea WindPlot software to collect the vessel position data for shrimp vessels, as this is the preferred software by industry. Æ The version(s) of P-sea WindPlot required would be: WindPlot 7.29 or Windplot 7.28 versions updated later than May 2021 (contractor should include budgetary considerations for these versions in the proposal). Æ File type is binary. Currently, P-sea WindPlot collects latitude and longitude date and time stamp—every 10 minutes as the default. However, the software version listed above allow for different latitude and longitude and time stamp intervals other than 10 minutes (See the PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70829 example of DAT file contents in Attachment 1). Æ Approximate size of file that would be generated prior to data compression is estimated to be 1 megabyte for a 30day trip at sea with pings every 10 minutes. Æ The contractor may also propose testing other hardware/software options simultaneously that meet the needs of industry, Council, and NMFS. The proposal should include the rationale and viability of any other hardwaresoftware options proposed. • The proposal should detail the methodology proposed for archiving the vessel position location, data retention, security, and automatic transmission of the data to a secure server when within cellular/satellite range of land. The contractor will be requested to provide an example of a detailed authentication process since the NMFS security and authentication requirements are not yet determined for the shrimp industry. The contractor should describe a server or similar storage system that would be used to demonstrate the automatic data transmission. • The proposal should identify, by state, the number of shrimp vessels actively participating in the fishery that will volunteer to participate in the proposed work in the Gulf of Mexico. This should be a representative subsample of the fleet using a random stratified approach. • The proposed work should clearly define methodology and intent for meeting the NMFS software and hardware requirements approval process. For example, outline the methodology proposed to automatically transmit vessel position data, from the hardware/software device(s) onboard the shrimp vessel to a secure server when within cellular/satellite range. • The proposal should detail the estimated costs to the industry for hardware/software, vessel position data storage, and monthly cellular/satellite transmission fees. The proposal should outline details about analysis of data from individual position points per vessel in the program that will be synthesized into vessel effort monitoring on a monthly basis. Results and outcomes from this work will be provided to the Council and NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The contractor will be responsible for all data products outlined below and is encouraged to contribute additional products and suggestions in the proposal for this work. The selected contractor will also be responsible for presenting the mid-term and final project summary report to the Council’s E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 70830 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 236 / Monday, December 13, 2021 / Notices Scientific and Statistical Committees and to the Council. The proposed scope of work should include the following: • The proposal must consider the use of P-Sea WindPlot software to collect the vessel position data for shrimp vessels, as this is the preferred software by industry. However, the contractor may also propose testing other hardware/software options simultaneously that meet the needs of industry, Council, and NMFS. The proposal should include the rationale and viability of any other hardwaresoftware options proposed. • The proposal should detail the methodology proposed for archiving the vessel position location, data retention, security, and automatic transmission of the data to a secure server when within cellular/satellite range of land. • The proposal should identify, by state, the number of shrimp vessels actively participating in the fishery that will volunteer to participate in the proposed work in the Gulf of Mexico. This should be a representative subsample of the fleet using a random stratified approach. • The proposed work should clearly define methodology and intent for meeting the NMFS software and hardware requirements approval process. For example, outline the methodology proposed to automatically transmit vessel position data, from the hardware/software device(s) onboard the shrimp vessel to a secure server when within cellular/satellite range. • The proposal should detail the estimated costs to the industry for hardware/software, vessel position data storage, and monthly cellular/satellite transmission fees. The proposal should outline details about analysis of data from individual position points per vessel in the program that will be synthesized into vessel effort monitoring on a monthly basis. Results and outcomes from this work will be provided to the Council and NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Application Process Contractor Qualifications: The successful applicant or applicant team will have demonstrable experience in fisheries, marine ecology, spatial management, or related field. How to Apply: Applicants should submit a proposal to Gulf of Mexico VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Dec 10, 2021 Jkt 256001 Fishery Management Council by email (rfp.shrimpmonitoring@gulfcouncil.org) by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 10, 2022. Requests for additional information can also be accepted at this email address or visit our website at https:// gulfcouncil.org/about/request-forproposals/. Proposals should include the following elements and should not exceed 25 pages, excluding the Qualifications of Applicant and Letters of Support: Executive Summary: A summary of the work proposed, including a brief summary of the applicant’s qualifications. Proposed Scope of Work: See bulleted list above. Qualifications of Applicant: A summary of the qualifications of the applicant and other team members, if applicable. A curriculum vitae should be included for each individual who is expected to work on the project. Proposed Budget: A detailed budget, including the basis for the charges (e.g., hourly rates, fixed fees, approved federally negotiated overhead rate and other costs consistent with federally allowable costs for sub-contractors). Travel costs for meeting with industry volunteers should be detailed. The proposal should also budget for traveling to SSC and Council meetings to present a mid-term and a final report, for an approximate total of four inperson meetings. Letters of Support: Letters demonstrating collaboration with shrimp industry leaders will be ranked higher. Proposed Timeline: A detailed timeline for working with industry representatives, testing of hardware/ software devices, data transmission testing, data analyses, and mid-term and final reports should be provided. Applicant References: Names, titles, full addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for three clients for whom the applicant has provided similar services to those requested or are familiar with the applicant’s work and the quality of the applicant’s work products. timely manner a quality work product, references, timeline, and budget. The Council may request additional information as deemed necessary or negotiate modifications prior to providing support for a proposal. Once a proposal is selected for funding, a formal contract will be developed with the applicants. Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Next Steps Dated: December 7, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. Proposals will be evaluated based on methodology and scope outlined in the proposed work plan including but not limited to the ability to deliver, in a PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Disclaimer 1. This project is being funded by Federal funding authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through NOAA Fisheries Service and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council NOAA award number: NA20NMF4410011. Compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Pub. L. 104–208 as amended), the current requirements of the Federal Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Commerce financial assistance standard terms and conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric financial assistance administrative terms, all special award conditions specific to this award and all parts of the Uniform Guidance at Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations must be maintained. 2. The contractor is responsible for all costs conducting the work and presenting the mid-term and final results to the Scientific and Statistical Committees and Council. 3. Proposals and their accompanying documentation will not be returned, but retained as part of the Council’s administrative documents. 4. All applicants included in the proposal must disclose any conflicts of interest and/or pending civil/criminal/ fishery legal actions. 5. The Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received, negotiate with all qualified applicants, cancel or modify this request for proposals in part or in its entirety, or change the application guidelines, when it is in the best interests of the Council. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. [FR Doc. 2021–26851 Filed 12–10–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB630]


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Reopening of Federal 
Funding Opportunity

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; reopening of request for proposals to address expanded 
sampling of the fleet for effort monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico 
shrimp industry.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is reopening the

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requesting proposals from highly-qualified contractors to organize and 
expand a vessel position monitoring system for the federally permitted 
Gulf of Mexico Shrimp industry.

DATES: This will be a 12-18 month project and a maximum $350,000 is 
available to fund the work. Proposal Submission Deadline: January 10, 
2022 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

ADDRESSES: Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 
4107 W Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-
1630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carrie Simmons, Executive 
Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; 
[email protected]; telephone: (813) 348-1630 ext. 2310.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Deadline for Reopened Proposal Submission: Monday, January 10, 2022 by 
11:59 p.m. EST

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) published a 
notice in the Federal Register on July 28, 2021 seeking submissions of 
a highly-qualified contractor to organize and expand a vessel position 
monitoring system for the federally permitted Gulf of Mexico Shrimp 
industry (86 FR 40494). This request for submissions is hereby 
reopened.
    The current Gulf of Mexico electronic logbook (ELB) program that 
utilized a 3G cellular network to transmit data is no longer supported, 
and the server became unviable for data storage in December 2020.
    The Council, in coordination with NMFS, is seeking to develop a new 
program that will provide for continued collection, storage, and 
transmission of shrimp vessel position data that are used to estimate 
shrimping effort. This new program is intended to replace the current 
Shrimp ELB program which no longer transmits data through the 3G 
cellular network.
    The need for this study is to test the P-Sea WindPlot software 
program with a portion of the shrimp fleet in the near term to 
determine if it meets the needs of industry, Council, and NMFS. The 
newly developed program will ultimately need to meet NMFS hardware and 
software approval to be utilized throughout the shrimp industry.
    Proposals should identify by region/state the number of vessels 
that will volunteer to participate in the proposed pilot program for 
vessel position monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed work 
should clearly define methodology and intent for meeting the NMFS 
software and hardware requirements while documenting the estimated 
costs to the industry. The proposal should detail the methodology 
proposed for archiving the vessel location, data retention, and 
automatic transmission of the data to NMFS when within cellular/
satellite range of land.
    The Council will develop an agreement with the selected 
contractor(s) with milestones and deliverables after the review and 
selection process. The selected contractor(s) will work with Council 
staff.

Background

    During its January 2021 meeting, the Council identified unspent 
Council funds from the 2020 fiscal year. The Council is considering 
funding an expanded study that utilizes P-Sea WindPlot software as a 
replacement for the recently discontinued shrimp ELB program. 
Preliminary meetings with industry, such as the Shrimp Advisory Panel 
meeting suggest that a majority of the shrimp fleet currently use the 
P-Sea WindPlot software program, which is installed on a desktop or 
laptop computer housed onboard the vessel; thus, the learning curve and 
potential annual cellular/satellite expenses are anticipated to be 
minimal. Further, leaders in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp industry support 
using this type of software program.

Scope of Work

    The contractor will be responsible for all data products outlined 
below and is encouraged to contribute additional products and 
suggestions in the proposal for this work. The selected contractor will 
also be responsible for presenting the mid-term and final project 
summary report to the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committees 
and to the Council. The proposed scope of work should include the 
following:
     The proposal must consider the use of P-Sea WindPlot 
software to collect the vessel position data for shrimp vessels, as 
this is the preferred software by industry.
    [cir] The version(s) of P-sea WindPlot required would be: WindPlot 
7.29 or Windplot 7.28 versions updated later than May 2021 (contractor 
should include budgetary considerations for these versions in the 
proposal).
    [cir] File type is binary. Currently, P-sea WindPlot collects 
latitude and longitude date and time stamp--every 10 minutes as the 
default. However, the software version listed above allow for different 
latitude and longitude and time stamp intervals other than 10 minutes 
(See the example of DAT file contents in Attachment 1).
    [cir] Approximate size of file that would be generated prior to 
data compression is estimated to be 1 megabyte for a 30-day trip at sea 
with pings every 10 minutes.
    [cir] The contractor may also propose testing other hardware/
software options simultaneously that meet the needs of industry, 
Council, and NMFS. The proposal should include the rationale and 
viability of any other hardware-software options proposed.
     The proposal should detail the methodology proposed for 
archiving the vessel position location, data retention, security, and 
automatic transmission of the data to a secure server when within 
cellular/satellite range of land. The contractor will be requested to 
provide an example of a detailed authentication process since the NMFS 
security and authentication requirements are not yet determined for the 
shrimp industry. The contractor should describe a server or similar 
storage system that would be used to demonstrate the automatic data 
transmission.
     The proposal should identify, by state, the number of 
shrimp vessels actively participating in the fishery that will 
volunteer to participate in the proposed work in the Gulf of Mexico. 
This should be a representative subsample of the fleet using a random 
stratified approach.
     The proposed work should clearly define methodology and 
intent for meeting the NMFS software and hardware requirements approval 
process. For example, outline the methodology proposed to automatically 
transmit vessel position data, from the hardware/software device(s) 
onboard the shrimp vessel to a secure server when within cellular/
satellite range.
     The proposal should detail the estimated costs to the 
industry for hardware/software, vessel position data storage, and 
monthly cellular/satellite transmission fees. The proposal should 
outline details about analysis of data from individual position points 
per vessel in the program that will be synthesized into vessel effort 
monitoring on a monthly basis.
    Results and outcomes from this work will be provided to the Council 
and NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
    The contractor will be responsible for all data products outlined 
below and is encouraged to contribute additional products and 
suggestions in the proposal for this work. The selected contractor will 
also be responsible for presenting the mid-term and final project 
summary report to the Council's

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Scientific and Statistical Committees and to the Council. The proposed 
scope of work should include the following:
     The proposal must consider the use of P-Sea WindPlot 
software to collect the vessel position data for shrimp vessels, as 
this is the preferred software by industry. However, the contractor may 
also propose testing other hardware/software options simultaneously 
that meet the needs of industry, Council, and NMFS. The proposal should 
include the rationale and viability of any other hardware-software 
options proposed.
     The proposal should detail the methodology proposed for 
archiving the vessel position location, data retention, security, and 
automatic transmission of the data to a secure server when within 
cellular/satellite range of land.
     The proposal should identify, by state, the number of 
shrimp vessels actively participating in the fishery that will 
volunteer to participate in the proposed work in the Gulf of Mexico. 
This should be a representative subsample of the fleet using a random 
stratified approach.
     The proposed work should clearly define methodology and 
intent for meeting the NMFS software and hardware requirements approval 
process. For example, outline the methodology proposed to automatically 
transmit vessel position data, from the hardware/software device(s) 
onboard the shrimp vessel to a secure server when within cellular/
satellite range.
     The proposal should detail the estimated costs to the 
industry for hardware/software, vessel position data storage, and 
monthly cellular/satellite transmission fees. The proposal should 
outline details about analysis of data from individual position points 
per vessel in the program that will be synthesized into vessel effort 
monitoring on a monthly basis.
    Results and outcomes from this work will be provided to the Council 
and NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

Application Process

    Contractor Qualifications: The successful applicant or applicant 
team will have demonstrable experience in fisheries, marine ecology, 
spatial management, or related field.
    How to Apply: Applicants should submit a proposal to Gulf of Mexico 
Fishery Management Council by email 
([email protected]) by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 10, 
2022. Requests for additional information can also be accepted at this 
email address or visit our website at https://gulfcouncil.org/about/request-for-proposals/. Proposals should include the following elements 
and should not exceed 25 pages, excluding the Qualifications of 
Applicant and Letters of Support:
    Executive Summary: A summary of the work proposed, including a 
brief summary of the applicant's qualifications.
    Proposed Scope of Work: See bulleted list above.
    Qualifications of Applicant: A summary of the qualifications of the 
applicant and other team members, if applicable. A curriculum vitae 
should be included for each individual who is expected to work on the 
project.
    Proposed Budget: A detailed budget, including the basis for the 
charges (e.g., hourly rates, fixed fees, approved federally negotiated 
overhead rate and other costs consistent with federally allowable costs 
for sub-contractors). Travel costs for meeting with industry volunteers 
should be detailed. The proposal should also budget for traveling to 
SSC and Council meetings to present a mid-term and a final report, for 
an approximate total of four in-person meetings.
    Letters of Support: Letters demonstrating collaboration with shrimp 
industry leaders will be ranked higher.
    Proposed Timeline: A detailed timeline for working with industry 
representatives, testing of hardware/software devices, data 
transmission testing, data analyses, and mid-term and final reports 
should be provided.
    Applicant References: Names, titles, full addresses, email 
addresses, and phone numbers for three clients for whom the applicant 
has provided similar services to those requested or are familiar with 
the applicant's work and the quality of the applicant's work products.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Next Steps

    Proposals will be evaluated based on methodology and scope outlined 
in the proposed work plan including but not limited to the ability to 
deliver, in a timely manner a quality work product, references, 
timeline, and budget. The Council may request additional information as 
deemed necessary or negotiate modifications prior to providing support 
for a proposal. Once a proposal is selected for funding, a formal 
contract will be developed with the applicants.

Disclaimer

    1. This project is being funded by Federal funding authorized under 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act through 
NOAA Fisheries Service and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management 
Council NOAA award number: NA20NMF4410011. Compliance with the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Pub. L. 104-
208 as amended), the current requirements of the Federal Office of 
Management and Budget, the Department of Commerce financial assistance 
standard terms and conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
financial assistance administrative terms, all special award conditions 
specific to this award and all parts of the Uniform Guidance at Title 2 
of the Code of Federal Regulations must be maintained.
    2. The contractor is responsible for all costs conducting the work 
and presenting the mid-term and final results to the Scientific and 
Statistical Committees and Council.
    3. Proposals and their accompanying documentation will not be 
returned, but retained as part of the Council's administrative 
documents.
    4. All applicants included in the proposal must disclose any 
conflicts of interest and/or pending civil/criminal/fishery legal 
actions.
    5. The Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all 
applications received, negotiate with all qualified applicants, cancel 
or modify this request for proposals in part or in its entirety, or 
change the application guidelines, when it is in the best interests of 
the Council.
    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: December 7, 2021.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-26851 Filed 12-10-21; 8:45 am]
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