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August 21, 2008            

Public Meeting on Adjusting Commercial Herring Take Restrictions

DURHAM, N.H. -- Atlantic Herring Section members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission representing the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H., to discuss "days out" measures for the remaining 2008 herring fishing season in Management Area 1A. The meeting is open to the public.

The current "days out" agreement restricts commercial herring harvesters from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts from fishing for herring on four days each week -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- in Management Area 1A (in the western half of the Gulf of Maine).  This is consistent with agreements made by Section members at the May 20, 2008, and the July 31, 2008, meetings.

The meeting on August 28, 2008, will look at adjusting the number of "days out" so that there will be 12,500 to 15,000 metric tons of Atlantic herring quota left in Management Area 1A in October 2008.

The adjustment of "days out" is in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Management Plan.  One of the provisions of the plan addresses the need to control "effort" (fishing days) in the fishery to prevent commercial fishermen from exceeding the total allowable catch for each management area and to prevent management areas from having to be closed early.

For more information about the public meeting, call N.H. Fish and Game's Region 3 office in Durham at (603) 868-1095. 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission serves as a deliberative body coordinating the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states' shared near-shore fishery resources - marine, shell and anadromous - for sustainable use. Visit www.asmfc.org.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  The Department's Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, N.H.  Visit www.FishNH.com/marine.

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