PROVIDE A STUDY ON ECONOMIC, SPATIAL AND OTHER IMPACTS OF NEW SALMON FARMING OPERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) | Published July 3, 2012 - Deadline July 17, 2012
This is a combined synopsis / solicitation for service to provide a study on economic, spatial and other impacts of new salmon farming operations in the United States.
The NWFSC provides scientific and technical support to NMFS for the management, Background conservation, and wise use of the Northwest region's marine and anadromous resources, as well as to support aquaculture policy and inform regulations.
A better and broader understanding of economic, spatial and other impacts of fish farms is critical to informed public debate about and policy making for United States aquaculture. The objective of this project is to develop reliable, useful and credible information about economic, spatial and other impacts of new salmon farming operations in the United States.
The project will provide three products: 1) a research report, 2) a four-page summary report, and 3) a spreadsheet model of economics of a typical salmon farm.
The project is intended in part as a demonstration of how information on economic and spatial impacts of salmon farming can be developed and presented for US aquaculture. Assuming that the project is successful and the information is useful, similar studies and products could be developed for other types of aquaculture using the material provided under this contract.
Prepare descriptive information about what modern salmon farming operations actually look like-for the type(s) of operations that would most likely be used for future expansion of US farmed salmon production. This will include pictures of "typical" farms, information about the kinds of locations where farms are typically placed, the types of water and current conditions required, size and depth of pens, types of shore facilities, the ages and sizes at which fish are put in the pens and harvested, among other relevant factors. The overall purpose is to give the reader/viewer enough background to have a reasonable concept of salmon farming in the US.
Prepare "Rules of thumb" for economic, spatial and other impacts per thousand metric tons of production. Often when people need information they don't need all the details. They want some basic "rules of thumb" they can use to make reasonable general estimates-or to check assertions made by others. The rules of thumb will be scaled to per thousand metric tons of production, and will describe the following aspects of expanding United States farmed salmon production:
• The number of jobs created at the farm level, and secondary and support industry levels such as food processing, hatcheries, feed production, equipment manufacturing, etc.
• The income earned in these jobs
• Measurement of economic activity generated per thousand metric tons of salmon produced.
• The area of water required for net pens and farm leases
• Other potential variables of interest
Prepare an Excel spreadsheet/model of a typical salmon farm with production and cost assumptions; and accompanying sensitivity analysis. The spreadsheet will be in a format that can be used by others to run alternative scenarios illustrating the effects of different assumptions about costs or other parameters, or to adapt the spreadsheet to another species (e.g., sablefish). It will include Profit & Loss and cash flow worksheets.
Describe economic, spatial and other impacts of production at levels which would replace 25%, 50% and 100% of U.S. imports of farmed salmon.
Develop economic and spatial impact estimates in three ways, all of which will be fully documented in the research report:
• From "bottom-up" estimates of the area, employment, and payroll associated with "typical" new farms, multiplied by the ratio of assumed farm production to 1000 metric tons. These will be developed based on an economic model (or models) of a "typical" salmon farm (or farms) or using current technology-the types of farms that would be developed if production is expanded.
• From "top-down" estimates of the total area, employment and payroll associated with existing farms in the United States and other developed countries, divided by total national production in thousands of metric tons
• From estimates reported in existing studies of economic impacts of aquaculture in the United States and other developed countries.
The report must be an objective and impartial analysis based on the best available information. Although the research is clearly relevant to current policy issues facing U.S. salmon farmers and the aquaculture industry, the vendor will not address policy issues or make any policy recommendations.
Contractor shall produce three products: a Research Report, a Summary Report, and an Excel Model
Research Report. This will be a fully documented, but still easy-to-read report (estimated 20-40 pages in length), fully documenting all of the analysis for the project.
Summary Report. This will be an illustrated report summarizing the key findings of the project, intended for distribution to a broad audience. The report should include the following: (a) description of a typical salmon farming operation; (b) presentation of a simple model of economic and spatial impacts of a farm; (c) summarization of key findings of economic studies of salmon farming; and (d) summarized "rules of thumb" for the economic and spatial impacts per 1000 metric tons and the total economic and spatial impacts of replacing 25%, 50% and 100% of US farmed salmon imports.
Excel Model. Contractor shall provide a spreadsheet model of the economics of a typical salmon farm. The spreadsheet should include production and cost assumptions; revenue projections; and accompanying sensitivity analysis. The spreadsheet must be in a format that can be used by others to run alternative scenarios or to adapt the spreadsheet to another species (e.g., sablefish).
Project duration: six months from date of award
First rough drafts of the reports for NOAA review is due within four months from date of award. Final reports and the Excel Model are due at the end of the project period.
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Important criteria for award selection are as follows:
The contractor shall:
• Have collaborative working relationship with a US salmon farm,
• Have demonstrated expertise with salmon economic studies,
• Prior performance in these areas (provide documentation in the form of resumes or curriculum vitae)
• Be able to complete the work within the time frame specified in this SOW.
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estimated value of less than $150,000.
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