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March 17, 2008

Public Hearing on Draft Addendum XII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster

DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)'s Draft Addendum XII to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.

Addendum XII would affect those who fish for lobster.  The proposal would establish protocols for the consistent application of trap transferability programs for the plan's lobster conservation management areas (LCMAs). This addendum addresses issues that arise when fishing privileges are transferred, either when whole businesses are transferred, when dual state/federal permits are split, or when individual trap allocations are transferred as part of a trap transferability program.
 
For more information about the hearing, please call the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division at (603) 868-1096.

To view the Draft Addendum, visit www.asmfc.org and click on "public input."

Written public comment on the proposal will be accepted until April 11, 2008.  Comments should be directed to Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for Management, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC  20005, or email tkerns@asmfc.org.

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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