John Nelson: (603) 868-1095
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
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
- 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
- restrict the amount of mature
spawn herring in possession during a spawning closure;
- require reporting for persons dealing in dogfish as well as lobster.
WRITTEN COMMENTS must be received by January 18, 2005. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org (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.