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June 21, 2013

Marine Rule Hearing on Atlantic Menhaden

July 8, 2013, in Durham, N.H.

DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rules on July 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Region 3 Office, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H. The hearing is an opportunity to provide public comment on proposed new rules for Atlantic menhaden, including a daily trip limit and dealer reporting requirements.

The new rules for menhaden are being proposed so that the state will be in compliance with Amendment 2 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic menhaden. The Amendment established a 170,800 MT total allowable catch (TAC) beginning in 2013. The TAC represents a 20% reduction from the average of landings from 2009-2011.

The complete proposed rule, with original and proposed rule language, may be found at wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Written comments on the new rules may be submitted by July 12, 2013. E-mail to comments@wildlife.nh.gov (please put "Comment on Marine Rules" in subject line); fax to (603) 271-1438; or mail to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. For more information about N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Division, visit wildnh.com/marine.

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