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Comprehensive Legal Review of the Canadian Legislative and Regulatory Aquaculture Framework

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published January 15, 2016
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Solicitation # : F5211-150525/A

Closing Date : January 21, 2016

Closing Time : 2:00 PM (Atlantic Standard Time)

This requirement is for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

Title: Comprehensive Legal Review of the Canadian Legislative and Regulatory Aquaculture Framework

OBJECTIVES OF THE REQUIREMENT

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is currently in the process of implementing the Aquaculture Activities Regulations, and is also developing a number of regulatory amendments to improve environmental management of the aquaculture sector. In order to solidify the commitment and direction of the Government of Canada for sustainable growth of the sector and build a coherent and adaptable federal legal framework, DFO wishes to engage the services of a Legal or Paralegal Contractor to conduct an analysis of the Canadian aquaculture legislative framework. The analysis will include a mapping exercise of the Canadian legal aquaculture framework and highlight the connections between the various acts and regulations, including how they interrelate with one another.

BACKGROUND

Aquaculture is a shared jurisdiction between the Federal and Provincial Governments. The question of a reform of the Canadian aquaculture legislative framework has been raised in a variety of documents and reports over the last 20 years. DFO is the federal lead agency in ensuring that aquaculture is managed sustainably under the Fisheries Act and its relevant regulations.

Apart from DFO, nine federal organizations are involved in regulatory roles for aquaculture, involving ten different pieces of legislation. Moreover, rapid development of the sector over the past 30 years resulted in a variety of provincial legislations and regulations.

As of today, the Canadian aquaculture regime can be summarized in three different approaches based on history and court cases. In British Columbia, DFO issues aquaculture licences and the province issues leases for sea bed use. In Prince Edward Island, DFO issues leases with provincial and industry involvement, which covers sea bed use. In the rest of Canada, provinces issue aquaculture licences and leases, but DFO provides advice to the provinces under section 35 of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act at their request.

PERIOD OF CONTRACT

The period of the Contract is from date of Contract to March 31, 2016 inclusive.

SECURITY

There is no security requirement associated with this bid solicitation.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has determined that any intellectual property rights arising from the performance of the Work under the resulting contract will belong to Canada, on the following grounds: where material developed or produced consists of material subject to copyright, with the exception of computer software and all documentation pertaining to that software.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the mandatory evaluation criteria as detailed herein. Bidders’ Proposals must clearly demonstrate that they meet all Mandatory Requirements for the proposal to be considered for further evaluation. Proposals not meeting the mandatory criteria will be excluded from further consideration.

Mandatory Criteria

M1 The Contractor must provide comprehensive résumé/curriculum vitae for the proposed resource(s).

M2 The Bidder must provide proof that the proposed resource(s) provide possess a degree from a recognized law university.

Background in aquaculture, biology, fisheries or natural resources analysis would be advantageous.

M3 The Bidder’s proposed resource must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in legal review or legislative/regulatory research analysis.

M4 The Bidder must have completed two projects in the field of the federal and provincial legislative and regulatory systems in Canada.

SELECTION METHOD

Basis of Selection – Highest Rated Within Budget

Enquiries regarding this RFP requirement are to be submitted in writing to the following:

Emmanuelle Porter

A/Senior Contracting Office

Materiel and Procurement Services

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

301 Bishop Drive

Fredericton (NB) E3C 2M6

Telephone : (506) 452-3518

Email : DFOtenders-soumissionsMPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Microplastics and Shellfish Aquaculture: Presence, Extent, Potential Impacts and Mitigation Measures

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published March 1, 2016
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Solicitation # : F5211-150439

Closing Date: March 16, 2016

Closing Time : 2:00 PM (Atlantic Standard Time)

This requirement is for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

Title: Microplastics and Shellfish Aquaculture: Presence, Extent, Potential Impacts and Mitigation Measures

OBJECTIVES OF THE REQUIREMENT

1) Determine the concentration of microplastics in clams, oysters, and mussels cultured in coastal BC.

2) Determine the concentration of microplastics in the surrounding environment.

3) Characterize the type of microplastics found and identify potential sources.

4) Evaluate depuration as a potential mechanism to eliminate microplastics.

5) Investigate the impact of microplastics on shellfish health and resilience.

Scientific research will be used to address the objectives above. Data will be collected and analyzed and results written up as articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

BACKGROUND

While large plastic debris is a known threat to marine biota, microplastics (<5 mm) have received increased attention in the last six years due to ingestion risk, persistence, and ubiquity (desforges et al., 2013). industrial residential wastewaters are major sources of microplastics containing synthetic clothing fibers, pellets (e.g. resin pellets), particles from facial cleansers (cole 2011). also formed by degradation fragmentation macroplastics (browne 2011; andrady, 2011) originating recreational, commercial, activities including aquaculture fishing industries current shellfish culturing methods involve use anti-predator netting (usually constructed plastic) for intertidal clams while oyster culture utilizes plastic fencing rafts which incorporate an abundance nylon ropes, polystyrene, various other types as floats cages (jamieson 2001; dumbauld 2009).< p>

Microplastics have been found throughout the marine environment in both sediments and water (Hidalgo-Ruz et al., 2012) and within a variety of marine taxa, including commercially-grown bivalves (Van Cauwenberghe & Janssen, 2014). Recent research found microplastics in all samples of seawater collected from sites in coastal BC, ranging from 8 to 9,179 particles/m3, but little is known about the implications for biota (Deforges et al., 2014). Harmful physical impacts on animal health have been observed in lugworms, mussels, and zooplankton (Cole et al., 2013; Bessling et al., 2013). Toxic leachate from the ingested microplastics themselves, and from waterborne pollutants that may adhere to the microplastic particles due to their hydrophobic nature, could also lead to bioaccumulation and detrimental toxic effects (Oehlmann et al., 2009). To date, no study has examined the broad-scale responses of marine bivalves to microplastic ingestion. The work proposed in this RFP will be significantly adding to this new area of research by using highly informative functional genomics to elucidate the effects of microplastics on overall animal health.

As the knowledge about microplastics has increased, so too has public concern about human consumption through seafood; particularly for filter-feeding bivalves that are natural bioaccumulators for water-borne particles and pollutants. Annual dietary exposure of microplastics for European consumers of shellfish has been estimated at up to 11,000 particles per year (Van Cauwenberghe & Janssen, 2014). The shellfish industry in BC would like to be proactive in addressing this concern by conducting research to determine the presence and extent of microplastics in shellfish and the surrounding environment, mitigation strategies, and potential health impacts. The BC Shellfish Growers Association and DFO are collaborating to conduct research examining the objectives detailed above (see 1.4).

PERIOD OF CONTRACT

The Work is anticipated to be performed from the date of Contract award to December 31, 2017

SECURITY

The Contractor/Offeror must, at all times during the performance of the Contract/Standing Offer/Supply Arrangement, hold a valid Designated Organization Screening (DOS) with approved Document Safeguarding at the level of PROTECTED A, issued by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada.

The Contractor/Offeror personnel requiring access to PROTECTED information, assets or work site(s) must EACH hold a valid RELIABILITY STATUS, granted or approved by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

The Contractor MUST NOT utilize its Information Technology systems to electronically process, produce or store PROTECTED information until the DFO or the CISD/PWGSC has issued written approval. After approval has been granted or approved, these tasks may be performed up to the level of PROTECTED A.

Subcontracts which contain security requirements are NOT to be awarded without the prior written permission of the DFO or the CISD/PWGSC.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the mandatory evaluation criteria as detailed herein. Bidders’ Proposals must clearly demonstrate that they meet all Mandatory Requirements for the proposal to be considered for further evaluation. Proposals not meeting the mandatory criteria will be excluded from further consideration.

Mandatory Criteria

M1 Bidders must demonstrate that they have a minimum of 7 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.

M2 Bidders must demonstrate ability to conduct research on shellfish aquaculture and shellfish genomics.

SELECTION METHOD

The basis of selection is Highest Compliant Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price.

Enquiries regarding this RFP requirement are to be submitted in writing to the following:

Mat Keating

Senior Contracting Officer

Materiel and Procurement Services

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

301 Bishop Drive

Fredericton (NB) E3C 2M6

Email : DFOtenders-soumissionsMPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Comparison of regulatory environmental management regimes for net pen aquaculture in Canada and the United States

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published December 11, 2015
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Solicitation # : F5211-150489A Closing Date : December 21, 2015 Closing Time : 2:00 PM (Atlantic Standard Time) This requirement is for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Title: Comparison of regulatory environmental management regimes for net pen aquaculture in Canada and the United States under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) initiative This bid solicitation cancels and supersedes previous bid solicitation numberF5211-150489 datedNovember 4, 2015with a closing of November 19, 2015 at 14:00 AST. A debriefing or feedback session will be provided upon request to bidders/suppliers who bid on the previous solicitation. OBJECTIVES OF THE REQUIREMENT To help identify areas of regulatory similarities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States Department of Commerce to assess the environmental regulatory regime for aquaculture at all levels of governments in both Canada and the United States. BACKGROUND In February 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama launched the RCC to better align regulatory systems between Canada and the United States, where appropriate, to enhance economic growth, competitiveness and job creation, while maintaining national sovereignty and high levels of protection for health, safety and environment. The initial Joint Action Plan was launched in December 2011, and it provided an opportunity to enhance Canada-United States regulatory cooperation through the identification of specific regulatory issues and challenges that departments and agencies on both sides of the border would work together to resolve or improve. The new Joint Forward Plan (http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/08/29/canada-united-states-regulatory-cooperation-council-joint-forward-plan) launched in August 2014 includes a commitment by DFO and NOAA to undertake greater cooperation in environmental management of the aquaculture sector and identify potential areas for regulatory cooperation. Under the Canada-United States RCC, DFO and NOAA have established a partnership to implement a deeper collaborative relationship and to advance regulatory cooperation for the aquaculture sector, with the aim of reducing unnecessary regulatory barriers and enhancing trade in aquaculture products between the two countries. Aquaculture Regulatory Partnership Statement: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/management-gestion/statement-declaration-eng.htm Aquaculture Technical Work Plan: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/management-gestion/reg-coop-eng.htm PERIOD OF CONTRACT The period of the Contract is from date of Contract to March 31, 2016 inclusive. SECURITY The Contractor/Offeror must, at all times during the performance of the Contract/Standing Offer/Supply Arrangement, hold a valid Facility Security Clearance at the level of RELIABILITY, with approved Document safeguarding at the level of PROTECTED B, issued by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has determined that any intellectual property rights arising from the performance of the Work under the resulting contract will belong to Canada, on the following grounds: where material developed or produced consists of material subject to copyright, with the exception of computer software and all documentation pertaining to that software. MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the mandatory evaluation criteria as detailed herein. Bidders’ Proposals must clearly demonstrate that they meet all Mandatory Requirements for the proposal to be considered for further evaluation. Proposals not meeting the mandatory criteria will be excluded from further consideration. Mandatory Criteria M1 By the close of the bid, the Bidder and its proposed resource(s) must have at least, Confidential level of security clearance as required by Public Works and Government Services Canada. M2 The Bidder must provide proof that the proposed resource(s) provide possess a degree from a recognized university in a field related to law, economics, policy or regulatory analysis. Background in fisheries/natural resources policy or law would be advantageous. *proof is to demonstrated by providing a copy of the degree M3 The Bidder’s proposed resource must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in conducting legal review or policy/regulatory research and analysis M4 The Bidder’s proposed resource must certify his/her ability to travel to/from Canada and the United States by having a valid Canadian or United States passport that has no restrictions on travel between the two countries. SELECTION METHOD The basis of selection is Highest Rated Within Budget. Enquiries regarding this RFP requirement are to be submitted in writing to the following: Jennifer Beamish Senior Contracting Office Materiel and Procurement Services Fisheries and Oceans Canada 301 Bishop Drive Fredericton (NB) E3C 2M6 Email : DFOtenders-soumissionsMPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Comprehensive Analysis of the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Legislative and Regulatory Aquaculture Regimes in Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published October 24, 2017
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This requirement is for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

Title: Comprehensive Analysis of the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Legislative and Regulatory Aquaculture Regimes in Canada

OBJECTIVES OF THE REQUIREMENT

The Government of Canada is seeking to establish a clear and transparent national legislative and regulatory framework for aquaculture that enables ordered and sustainable industry expansion, generates new investments, and creates new employment opportunities, while helping to assure Canadians that the environment is being protected. To realize these federal objectives, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is exploring legislative and regulatory reform options that build on the existing federal aquaculture regime and advance seamless operation with existing provincial and territorial regimes.

PERIOD OF THE CONTRACT

From Contract award to March 31, 2018.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Offers will be evaluated in accordance with the mandatory evaluation criteria as detailed herein. Offers must clearly demonstrate that they meet all Mandatory Requirements to be considered for further evaluation. Offers not meeting the mandatory criteria will be excluded from further consideration.

SELECTION METHOD

The basis of selection is based on Highest Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price

Enquiries regarding this RFP requirement are to be submitted in writing to the following:

Nancy Paquette

Contracting Officer

Materiel and Procurement Services

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

301 Bishop Drive

Fredericton (NB) E3C 2M6

Email : DFOtenders-soumissionsMPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Comparison of regulatory environmental management regimes for net pen aquaculture in Canada and the United States under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) initiative

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published November 4, 2015
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Solicitation # : F5211-150489 Closing Date : November 19, 2015 Closing Time : 2:00 PM (Atlantic Standard Time) This requirement is for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Title: Comparison of regulatory environmental management regimes for net pen aquaculture in Canada and the United States under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) initiative OBJECTIVES OF THE REQUIREMENT To help identify areas of regulatory similarities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States Department of Commerce to assess the environmental regulatory regime for aquaculture at all levels of governments in both Canada and the United States. BACKGROUND In February 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama launched the RCC to better align regulatory systems between Canada and the United States, where appropriate, to enhance economic growth, competitiveness and job creation, while maintaining national sovereignty and high levels of protection for health, safety and environment. The initial Joint Action Plan was launched in December 2011, and it provided an opportunity to enhance Canada-United States regulatory cooperation through the identification of specific regulatory issues and challenges that departments and agencies on both sides of the border would work together to resolve or improve. The new Joint Forward Plan (http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/08/29/canada-united-states-regulatory-cooperation-council-joint-forward-plan) launched in August 2014 includes a commitment by DFO and NOAA to undertake greater cooperation in environmental management of the aquaculture sector and identify potential areas for regulatory cooperation. Under the Canada-United States RCC, DFO and NOAA have established a partnership to implement a deeper collaborative relationship and to advance regulatory cooperation for the aquaculture sector, with the aim of reducing unnecessary regulatory barriers and enhancing trade in aquaculture products between the two countries. Aquaculture Regulatory Partnership Statement: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/management-gestion/statement-declaration-eng.htm Aquaculture Technical Work Plan: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/management-gestion/reg-coop-eng.htm PERIOD OF CONTRACT The period of the Contract is from date of Contract to March 31, 2016 inclusive. SECURITY The Contractor/Offeror must, at all times during the performance of the Contract/Standing Offer/Supply Arrangement, hold a valid Facility Security Clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL, with approved Document safeguarding at the level of PROTECTED B, issued by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has determined that any intellectual property rights arising from the performance of the Work under the resulting contract will belong to Canada, on the following grounds: where material developed or produced consists of material subject to copyright, with the exception of computer software and all documentation pertaining to that software. MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS Proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the mandatory evaluation criteria as detailed herein. Bidders’ Proposals must clearly demonstrate that they meet all Mandatory Requirements for the proposal to be considered for further evaluation. Proposals not meeting the mandatory criteria will be excluded from further consideration. Mandatory Criteria M1 By the close of the bid, the Bidder and its proposed resource(s) must have at least, Confidential level of security clearance as required by Public Works and Government Services Canada. M2 The Bidder must provide proof that the proposed resource(s) provide possess a degree from a recognized university in a field related to law, economics, policy or regulatory analysis. Background in fisheries/natural resources policy or law would be advantageous. *proof is to demonstrated by providing a copy of the degree M3 The Bidder’s proposed resource must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in conducting legal review or policy/regulatory research and analysis M4 The Bidder’s proposed resource must certify his/her ability to travel to/from Canada and the United States by having a valid Canadian or United States passport that has no restrictions on travel between the two countries. SELECTION METHOD The basis of selection is Highest Compliant Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price. Enquiries regarding this RFP requirement are to be submitted in writing to the following: Jennifer Beamish Senior Contracting Office Materiel and Procurement Services Fisheries and Oceans Canada 301 Bishop Drive Fredericton (NB) E3C 2M6 Telephone : (506) 452-3800 Email : DFOtenders-soumissionsMPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Janitorial Services: Cleaning and Housekeeping at the Centre for Aquaculture & Environmental Research (CAER) West Vancouver Laboratory Fisheries and Oceans Canada, West Vancouver, British Columbia

Fisheries & Oceans Canada | Published September 24, 2015
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Title Janitorial Services: Cleaning and Housekeeping at the Centre for Aquaculture & Environmental Research (CAER) West Vancouver Laboratory Fisheries and Oceans Canada, West Vancouver, British Columbia Location of Work, Work site and Delivery Point The West Vancouver Laboratory (WVL) is located at 4160 Marine Drive West Vancouver, BC V7V 1N6. Objectives of the Requirement A team of two janitors is required for on-going quality janitorial services at the WVL between Monday and Friday inclusive, except for government Stat holidays (including BC Family Day). The janitorial services will commence no earlier than 5pm weekdays for 4 hours a day and consist of cleaning of all exposed surfaces of the interior of buildings, including walls, floors, floor coverings, furniture, plumbing and mechanical fixtures, hand rails, grilles, and windows (inside and outside). The services should be evident in the cleanliness of the work environment, to the Facility Manager and to the employee’s working in the facility being cleaned. Security Requirements The Contractor working under this contract must hold a valid Designated Organization Screening (DOS) level issued by the Canadian and International Industrial Security Directorate (CISD) of Public Work and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for access to DFO premises. The Contractor’s resources working on this contract must EACH hold a valid RELIABILITY STATUS granted by the Canadian and International Industrial Security Directorate (CISD) of Public Work and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for access to DFO premises. Contract Period The period of the Contract will be from contract award to March 31, 2016 with the possibility of two additional one year option periods to be exercised in writing at the sole discretion of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. All cost proposals shall include prices for each year or it will be assumed the prices remain the same for the three years.
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