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Publice Notice: PARTICIPATION IN THE 2004 SHAD RESTORATION PROJECT 2004


The Marine Resources Commission invites WRITTEN RESPONSE as to the availability of as many as 10 individuals for capturing American shad (shad) from the Pamunkey River (unless otherwise directed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VDGIF) for the 2004 shad restoration project.  Project dates will be approximately March 8 through mid-May, 2004.

The procurement of services for the 2004 American Shad Restoration Project has been approved by the Commission, using its authority under Section 28.2-550 of the Code of Virginia.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:    A total of nine individuals will be selected as permitted project participants, and one individual will be selected as project alternate.  All scheduling, on a weekly and seasonal basis, will be established by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries project coordinator.  The need for participation by alternates in the project will be determined by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries project coordinator.

For fishing days during the March 8 through mid-May, 2004 period, permitted project participants shall be paid at the rate of $200.00 per fishing day,  with a fishing day generally occurring between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 12:00 midnight.

Listed below  are specific evaluation criteria, ranked by order of importance. Each respondent must indicate his or her experience or ability to meet each of these criteria.  The Commission will consider each written response to these evaluation criteria on a case-by-case basis to determine the most qualified individuals who will receive permits or alternate status for the American Shad Restoration Project.  In the event there are more than 10 equally qualified respondents, selection for the project will be made through a lottery system.  The lottery will be held on March 1st at 2:00 P.M. in the 4th floor small conference room (Library) of the  Marine Resources Commission, 2600  Washington Avenue, Newport News.  Those wishing to be present are invited to attend.  Notification of individuals chosen for this project will be in writing by mail.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA

1.    You must have participated in one or more of the 1992 through 2003 American shad restoration projects of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Marine Resources Commission.  Priority will be given to those individuals who have previously participated in this project more than one year.

2.     You must have the appropriate equipment:  a boat and two 4 1/2 - 5 1/2-inch mesh drift gill nets.

3.    You must be available to fish for shad during most of the days between mid-March and mid-May.

4    You must have experience in fishing for shad in upriver areas, using drift gill nets.

Any person interested in participating in this project should send a written response describing his or her ability to meet the above criteria.  In the response, include the name of the boat to be used and a current daytime telephone number where you can be reached. 

Written responses must be received by the main office of the Commission by 5:00 P.M., February 27, 2004 and should be sent to:

Jack G. Travelstead Chief, VMRC Fisheries Management Division,
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA  23607

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VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE DEBORAH CAWTHON (757) 247-2248 NO LESS THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TIME AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.


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