If the director elects to contract with cooperatives or private aquaculturists for
the purpose of purchasing quality salmon smolts, contracting shall be done by a competitive
bid process. In awarding contracts to private contractors, the director shall give preference to
nonprofit corporations. The director shall establish the criteria for the contract, which shall include but
not be limited to species, size of smolt, stock composition, quantity, quality, rearing
location, release location, and other pertinent factors.
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