Data Collection Programme for Marine Conservation Zones

Data Collection Programme for Marine Conservation Zones

The work will be undertaken via marine surveys and the programme will be conducted in close consultation with Defra, Natural England, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the Environment Agency (EA), and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs).

Defra R&D Data Collection Programme FY2013/14 for recommended Marine Conservation Zones (rMCZ)

Reference number: MPM/rMCZ 2013-14

Deadline date:06/01/2014

This deadline is for… Electronic Tender Submission

Contract value:£0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England UK Coastal Areas

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

 

Description of the contract

As part of the implementation by HM Government of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, a network of conservation sites, intended to conserve or improve the UK marine environment, is being created in British seas. The network will comprise European Marine Sites, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar sites and Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). Marine Conservation Zones conserve the diversity of nationally rare, threatened and representative habitats and species. The zones were designated as the culmination of a process closely involving stakeholders. In September 2011, four stakeholder-led regional projects proposed 127 sites for Marine Conservation Zones. These were reviewed by the independent Marine Protected Areas Science Advisory Panel, which advised Defra that there were gaps in the evidence used to support the recommendations. In November 2011, the minister announced that Defra would designate sites in tranches and fund additional survey work to support MCZ designations. On 21 November 2013, the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) designated the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones containing 27 sites. To ensure that the supporting evidence base is sufficient for the purpose, and building upon the success of similar programmes conducted in the two previous years, Defra are (where appropriate) commissioning the collection of additional evidence by means of marine surveys from a number of pre-defined rMCZs during the current financial year (FY2013/14). As an executive agency of Defra, Cefas will act as R&D Programme Managers for this work. Cefas’ main responsibilities will be to co-ordinate the collection of scientifically robust and cost-effective evidence from within a selection of rMCZs during the remainder of FY2013/14 and to manage the delivery of the resulting survey / data outputs. The work will be undertaken via marine surveys and the programme will be conducted in close consultation with Defra, Natural England, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the Environment Agency (EA), and the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs).

 

Classification of the contract

03000000 Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria below:

Priority Description of criteria Percentage weighting
0 Most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the contract documents 0.00

Estimated length of contract: 2 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name James Parker

Organisation name Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science

Address , NR33 0HT

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How to apply

Please forward all tenders and enquiries to MCZ@Cefas.co.uk

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