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December 15, 2006

Commercial Spiny Dogfish Fishery to Close December 19, 2006

DURHAM, N.H. -- Commercial fish harvesters are advised that the allowable spiny dogfish quota for Period 2 has been reached. Therefore, in accordance with National Marine Fisheries Service guidelines, the New Hampshire fishery for spiny dogfish will be closed in both state and federal waters effective December 19, 2006. No person or vessel shall take, land or possess spiny dogfish in New Hampshire waters from 12:01 a.m. on December 19, 2006, through 12:01 a.m. on May 1, 2007, at which time the Period 1 quota for the 2007 fishing year becomes available.

Under the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish, all states are required to close their fisheries when the federal fishery is closed. These measures are intended to avoid the over-harvest of spiny dogfish and to provide protection for the inshore component of spiny dogfish stocks.

During any closure of the spiny dogfish fishery, dogfish may be taken only by angling, for personal use only, and may not be sold.

Questions about the dogfish closure may be directed to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Marine Division at (603) 868-1095.

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

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