CONTACT:
Doug Grout, New Hampshire Fish and Game Marine Division: (603) 868-1095
Christopher Vonderweidt (re: sea herring), ASMFC: (202) 289-6400
Brad Spear (re: northern shrimp) ASMFC: (202) 289-6400
October 23, 2009

Marine Meetings on Sea Herring Landing Days and Northern Shrimp Season Setting

DURHAM, N.H. – Two upcoming meetings will affect commercial harvesters of Atlantic herring (sea herring) and northern shrimp, species that are managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC): 

ATLANTIC HERRING CONFERENCE CALL – OCTOBER 26: The ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section will hold a “days out” conference call on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 9:30 a.m.  The purpose of this call is to consider whether adjustments are necessary to allow for full harvest of the October 1 – December 31 herring quota.  Poor weather conditions have caused lower-than-expected catch rates and concern has been raised that the herring may move offshore before fishermen are able to harvest the full Area 1A quota.  The Section will consider adjustments to the current agreement of two landings 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.  For more information, contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at cvonderweidt@asmfc.org or (202) 289-6400.

SHRIMP SEASON SETTING MEETING – OCTOBER 29: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing and season-setting meeting for the northern shrimp fishing season, in conjunction with a meeting of the ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine.  For more information, contact Brad Spear, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at bspear@asmfc.org or (202) 289-6400.

For information about either meeting, the public may also call 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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