CONTACT:
Doug Grout, New Hampshire Fish and Game Marine Division: (603) 868-1095
Christopher Vonderweidt, ASMFC: (202) 289-6400
July 31, 2009

Public Meeting August 3 on Adjustments to Commercial Herring Take Restrictions

DURHAM, N.H. -- A public meeting to discuss whether adjustments are needed to the allowable "days out" measures for commercial herring harvesters during the 2009 fishing season will be held on Monday, August 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H.  Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section Members from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts will participate. The meeting is open to the public.

The number of allowable "days out" is adjusted with the aim of keeping commercial fishermen from exceeding the total allowable catch for Management Area 1A to avoid having to close the fishery early.

The current "days out" agreement prohibits herring harvesters from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts from landing herring caught in Management Area 1A five days of the week (landing is currently prohibited on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

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 coordinates 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 marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.  The Department's Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, N.H.  Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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