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January 16, 2004

WANTED: N.H. Candidates for Fishery Management Council

DURHAM, N.H. -- The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the upcoming vacancies on the New England Fishery Management Council. New Hampshire's obligatory seat and two at-large seats will be filled in 2004.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on Tuesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. Potential candidates should be prepared to present their qualifications at the session. Interested candidates should contact John Nelson, Chief of Marine Fisheries for New Hampshire Fish and Game, at (603) 868-1095.

Interviews will be conducted by the Marine Advisory Board and representatives of the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen Association and New Hampshire Coastal Conservation Association. The public is invited to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions of any candidate.

The process of filling council seats requires the governor of each New England state to submit names to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for consideration. The State of New Hampshire uses a public process to recommend individuals for the Governor to consider for submission.

The New England Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional councils established by federal legislation in 1976, is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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