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Effectiveness of Observers in Visually Detecting Dead Seabirds on Open Ocean


 
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  Reference Number 231982
  Solicitation Number NRCan - 5000009279
  Organization Name Natural Resources Canada
Ressources Naturelles Canada
  Source ID FD.DP.ON.110546.C64448
  Associated Components Yes

Dates

  Published 2011-11-16
  Revised
  Closing 2011-12-07 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST

Details

  Category Special Studies and Analysis - (Not R&D)
  GSINS B1: Environmental Studies
  Region of Delivery Canada
  Region of Opportunity Canada
  Agreement Type None
  Tender Type Request for Proposal (RFP)
  Estimated Value < $100,000
  Solicitation Method Open

Notice Description

  Effectiveness of Observers in Visually Detecting Dead Seabirds on Open Ocean

The Environmental Studies Research Funds (ESRF) is a research program which sponsors environmental and social studies pertaining to the manner in which and to the terms and conditions under which petroleum exploration, development, and production activities on frontier lands should be conducted. Frontier lands, defined as those areas where Canada has the right to dispose of or exploit natural resources, are situated in the offshore areas of Canada's East and West Coasts and the areas north of 60 degrees. Environment is interpreted in the broadest possible sense and extends from the physical environmental and biological environment issues to socio-economic issues.

The ESRF are directed by a 12-member Management Board, which has representation from the federal government (4), the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (1), the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (1), the oil and gas industry (4), and the general public (2). The ESRF is administered by a small secretariat within Natural Resources Canada.

ESRF Management Board activities are supported by Regional Research Managers (RRM) for the East Coast and the North respectively. Normally, ESRF establishes a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to oversee and advise on the technical and scientific aspects of a project.

The ESRF has determined there is a requirement to investigate the concern that the number of dead seabirds detectable by visual observation in the area of an oil spill is lower than the number of birds that have actually been killed. This is deemed to be due to a number of factors e.g., scavenging; carcasses that sink etc., but also due to the difficulty of observing dead seabirds in the pelagic or open ocean environment, even by experienced observers. The development of a reliable correction factor to be used in estimating the actual number of dead seabirds in an area affected by an oil spill is critical to the process of estimating seabird mortality rates as a result of oil spills.

The purpose of this study is to address the issue of the accuracy of visual observations of seabird mortality from a vessel observation platform. The objective is to design and conduct an experiment to determine the number of simulated dead pelagic seabirds that are visually detectable in an open ocean search area in relation to a known number of simulated dead seabirds that have been released in the same area. This experiment will evaluate the ability to detect dead seabirds in a search area, the results of which will aid in the calibration of existing and/or future models or quantitative estimates of seabird mortality resulting from marine oil spills.


The period of the contract shall be for nine (9) months.


 

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Contracting Authority

  Name Ron Dickie
  Address 21 Fitzgerald Road
B1-33
  City Ottawa
  State / Province ON
  Country Canada
  Postal Code K1A 0L5
  Phone 613-948-0256
  Fax 613-948-0990
  Email Ronald.Dickie@cra-arc.gc.ca
  Website URL

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