PRIOR INFORMATION NOTICE – Operation of Cornaa Fish Farm

Expressions of Interest

The Isle of Man Government owns and currently operates a freshwater fish farm at Cornaa, near Maughold on the east coast of the Island. Rainbow trout are bred and reared at the farm for the purpose of stocking the Island’s recreational reservoir fishery, which has an excellent reputation among resident and visiting anglers for quality fishing in picturesque surroundings.

The farm has in the recent past been leased to a company specialising in the production of rainbow trout eggs for the global market, with site rental offset by the tenant producing and delivering stockfish to the six reservoirs in accordance with a schedule and condition index provided by the Fisheries Division of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA).

Due to the tenant’s recent departure, the DEFA wishes to explore the market, to identify interest from an experienced commercial enterprise with appropriate expertise and experience to lease the farm, potentially under a similar arrangement. The farm and reservoir stocking operations are currently run by three experienced members of staff, who are presently employed by DEFA.

The following summarises DEFA’s requirements of a new tenant for Cornaa fish farm:

– Produce the following numbers of rainbow trout per year for the purpose of restocking for recreational angling:

– 17,500 minimum size 2lb

– 2,000 fish minimum size 4lb

– 400 fish minimum size 7lb

– Deliver fish to the six reservoirs according to a programme specified by DEFA.

Responding to this Prior Information Notice

Interested parties are invited to submit a brief summary of their experience, capability and proposal.

By responding to this request it must be understood that, at this stage, the Department are only exploring options, no commitment is intended or implied and this request may or may not progress through to a competitive tender exercise. An invitation to tender may follow this Prior Information Notice, but the Department is not under any obligation to issue invitations to responders to the Notice.

Please be aware that neither the Department, Procurement Services nor any other part of Isle of Man Government, or any other organisation assisting the Government with the procurement process, will accept any liability or any charges for expenses or losses incurred by any interested party as a result of responding to this enquiry.


In order to participate in this competitive exercise, your organisation must be registered on the Isle of Man Government’s Procurement Portal. If you have not previously registered, please visit and select ‘Register’ from the menu on the left side of the Home Page.

Once you have registered your organisation you should select this tender from the list of ‘Current Tenders’ and ‘View Details’ then click ‘Express Interest’ at the bottom of the page. Once you have clicked on \’Express Interest\’ a \’Form of Acknowledgement\’ tab will appear. This tab will provide a copy of the \’Appeals Procedure\’ to be downloaded. In order to progress to the next stage of the process you will need to \’Opt-In\’, complete the \’Form of Acknowledgment\’ questionnaire, upload your PIN Response document and click ‘Submit Return’ before the deadline as detailed below.

Should you have any difficulty in using the website or registering your interest in this way, please contact


Expressions of interest must be submitted through the above Portal by noon on Friday 21st August 2020.


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