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Doug Grout (603) 868-1095
Jane Vachon (603) 271 3211
September 30, 2009

Public Hearing on Draft Addendums to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster, Atlantic Striped Bass, and Shad and River Herring

DURHAM, N.H. -- Atlantic coast states from Maine through North Carolina have scheduled hearings to gather public comment on proposed changes to the Interstate Fishery Management Plans for several species. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will host the public hearings addressing the proposals on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H.:

  • 6:30 p.m.: Draft Addendum XV to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster; The Draft Addendum proposes to maintain the historic level of trap fishing effort (2004 - 2008) and curtail a potential influx of new federal lobster vessels in Lobster Conservation Management Area 1 federal waters fishery (3 - 200 miles from shore).

  • 7:00 p.m.: Draft Addendum II to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass; The draft Addendum proposes to allow unused coastal commercial quota of striped bass to be rolled over from one year to the next.

  • 7:30 p.m.: Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring. The Draft Amendment proposes a suite of monitoring and management measures to protect, enhance, and restore American shad stocks to sustainable levels.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the proposed changes, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments.  Copies of the Draft Addendums and Amendment and instructions for submitting written comments are available via the Commission's website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News. Public comment will be accepted until October 9, 2009, regarding lobster; October 16 for striped bass; and October 22 for shad and river herring.

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

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