CONTACT:
Doug Grout, New Hampshire Fish and Game Marine Division: (603) 868-1095
Christopher Vonderweidt (re: sea herring), ASMFC: (202) 289-6400
November 3, 2009

Marine Conference Call on Sea Herring Landing Days November 12

DURHAM, N.H. -- Commercial harvesters of Atlantic herring (sea herring) should note that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section will hold a “days out” conference call on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. to review catch rates and make adjustments as necessary to the current agreement of two landing days per week.  The public is invited to join the call, and public comment will be taken as time permits.  To join, call (888) 481-5653 and provide the conference code 8742. 

During a recent “days out” conference call held on October 26, 2009, Commissioners from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts reviewed the June through September sea herring catch rates and discussed possible adjustments to allow for the full harvest of the 2009 Area 1A quota. The Commissioners provided members of the public with an opportunity to increase landing days, but industry participants on the call unanimously supported continuing with two landing days until landings data from the first two weeks of October becomes available.  Therefore, the Area 1A commercial fishery continues under the previous agreement of two landing days per week, allowing vessels to land on Monday and Tuesday only. Fixed-gear fishermen may remove and land herring from the gear (weirs and stop seines) on the closed days. 

For more information, contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at cvonderweidt@asmfc.org or (202) 289-6400, or the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division 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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