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September 28, 2007

Commercial Spiny Dogfish Fishery to Close Wednesday, October 3, 2007

DURHAM, N.H. - Commercial fish harvesters are advised that the allowable spiny dogfish quota for the 2007/2008 fishing season (through April 30, 2008) has been reached.  Therefore, the New Hampshire fishery for spiny dogfish will be closed in both state and federal waters effective Wednesday, October 3, 2007.  No person or vessel shall take, land or possess spiny dogfish in New Hampshire waters from 12:01 a.m. on October 3, 2007, through 12:01 a.m. on May 1, 2008.  At that time the Period 1 quota for the 2008/2009 fishing year will become available.

In accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish, 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 Fisheries 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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