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Col. Jeffrey Gray: (603) 271-3127
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
August 18, 2003

Federal Fisheries Funds to Support Coastal Law Enforcement and Research Efforts

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has signed a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which allocates $500,000 to Fish and Game for the enforcement of Federal and State fisheries regulations offshore of the State of New Hampshire.

Key features of this jointly administered plan include: high-visibility patrols of coastal waters; random inspections of offshore fishing vessels; concentrated patrols and checkpoints; dockside inspections of commercial fishing vessel offloads; and random dealer inspections. The plan also includes public education around Federal fisheries conservation issues, laws and regulations and reporting fishing violations.

A portion of the $500,000 will be used to purchase a 26-30 foot service-ready patrol boat, to be used for marine enforcement by Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. The funds will also support the purchase of a combination law enforcement and research vessel to be used by both the Law Enforcement and Marine Fisheries Divisions. Finally, the agreement will fund hours spent by officers on enforcement and on educational and community outreach initiatives.

The goal of the agreement is to protect fisheries in the U.S. and enhance fishery conservation and management activities. This is the third year N.H. Fish and Game has entered into a relationship with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats.

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