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December 17, 2007           

Public Hearing on January 2 on Public Information Document for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring

DURHAM, N.H. -- People interested in river herring (alewives and blueback herring) and those who fish in New Hampshire state waters for river herring may be interested in attending an upcoming public hearing regarding management of the fishery.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Public Information Document for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan to Shad and River Herring on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center at 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H.

Stocks of river herring have been declining or remain depressed at stable levels.  River herring stocks are a multi-jurisdictional resource occurring in both rivers and coastal waters.  Four states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and North Carolina) have closed their river herring fisheries. 

The Public Information Document was developed to address concerns about whether the management program is adequate to ensure survival and enhancement of depressed stocks or the maintenance of presently stable stocks.  The scheduled hearing will be the initial phase of information gathering and public comment. 

Copies of the Public Information Documents can be obtained by contacting the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission at 202-289-6400 or via their website at www.asmfc.org (click here and on "Breaking News").

For more information about the hearing, please call the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division at (603) 868-1095.

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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