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September 13, 2013

Public Hearing on 2014 Marine Rules

October 1, 2013, in Portsmouth

CONCORD, N.H. – A public hearing on proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department marine fisheries rule s, as well as proposed rule changes for several Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)-managed species, will take place on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H.

Fishing vessel

Among other changes, the Fish and Game Department is proposing to:

  • Reduce the daily poundage of scallops that can be taken in a day in state waters from 200 pounds of shucked scallops to 75 pounds, and from 1,666 pounds to 625 pounds for scallops in the shell; change the open season for taking scallops with a dredge to December 1 to April 15; allow limited use of chafing gear on a scallop dredge;

  • Require harvest permits and logbook reports to take any commercially harvested species unless the harvest is already required to be reported under another license (e.g. lobsters) or to NOAA Fisheries Service via vessel trip reports.

Comments will also be taken on several proposed rule changes for Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission-managed species, including implementation of minimum size and possession limits for black sea bass and changes in the closure triggers for sea herring quotas. In addition, for American eels, change the size limit from 6 to 9 inches, the possession limit for recreational anglers (for bait purposes) from 50 to 25, and require pots used to harvest eels to have a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inches throughout the pot.

The complete rulemaking notices, with original and proposed rule language for these proposals, can be viewed at wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm (click on “2014 Marine Rule NOTICE" and/or "ASMFC Exempt rule NOTICE").

Written comments must be received by October 8, 2013.  Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (use subject line "Comments on Marine Rules"); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 603-271-1438.

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