CONTACT:
Christopher Vonderweidt, ASMFC: (202) 289-6400
Doug Grout, New Hampshire Fish and Game Marine Division: (603) 868-1095
September 1, 2009

Atlantic Herring Section to Hold 'Days Out' Conference Call September 2, 2009, to Review Area 1A Catch Rates - Public Invited to Participate
                                                                
DURHAM, N.H. -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section will hold a conference call on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 3:00 p.m., to discuss the allowable number of "days out" for commercial herring harvesters.

The purpose of this call is to review updated 2009 Area 1A catch rates and consider whether adjustments are necessary to allow for full harvest of the June-September quota, and prevent an overage that would reduce the October-December quota.  Poor weather conditions have caused lower than expected catch rates and the current harvest is around 4,000 metric tons less than predicted.  The Section will consider whether the current agreement of two landings days (5 days out) is sufficient to guarantee full harvest of the June-September quota.  The Section agreed to hold a conference call because there is insufficient time to hold a meeting before spawning closures begin in early September, and the end of the quota period on September 30, 2009. 

The public is invited to join the call and public comment will be taken as time permits.  To join, please call (866)-931-7845 and enter 363443 as the conference code.  For more information, please contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at cvonderweidt@asmfc.org  or (202) 289-6400.
    
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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