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December 21, 2004


Public Hearing on Proposed Marine Rules Set for January 4

DURHAM, N.H. -- A public hearing addressing proposed amendments to various marine rules will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at 7 pm at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH. The proposal would affect fishermen taking haddock or scallops, shad, lobster, dogfish or those required to submit reports of harvest taken under a harvest permit, commercial clam license or persons applying for a commercial saltwater license.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing amendments that would:

  • reduce the fillet length for haddock to correspond to the reduced length limit made previously;

  • increase the scallop dredge ring size to 4 inches and the minimum mesh size to 10 inches, beginning April 14, 2005;

  • add to the information requested on the harvest report required for persons who hold a harvest permit and persons taking sea herring, American eels, sturgeon and horseshoe crabs;

  • require report information for persons holding a commercial clam license to be filed before they can get the next year's license;

  • add to information required on the commercial saltwater license application;

  • restrict the possession and landing of shad to no more than 5% of the total landing by weight per trip;

  • restrict the amount of mature spawn herring in possession during a spawning closure;

  • require reporting for persons dealing in dogfish as well as lobster.

Click here to view the rulemaking notice form, with original and proposed rule language.

Click here to view additional marine rule amendments that will be discussed at the hearing.

WRITTEN COMMENTS must be received by January 18, 2005. Send to: comments@wildlife.state.nh.us (subject line should be "Comments on Marine Rules"); or Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax (603) 271-1438.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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