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Tina Berger, ASMFC: 202-289-6400
Doug Grout, NHFG: 603-868-1095
March 16, 2010

N.H. Hearing Scheduled on Atlantic Sea Herring Draft Addenda II & III

DURHAM, N.H. -- New Hampshire's hearing to gather public comment on Draft Addenda II and III to Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Sea Herring will be held on Monday, April 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H. For more information on the New Hampshire hearing, contact New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Marine Chief Doug Grout at (603) 868-1095. Additional hearings are being held in Maine and Massachusetts.

Draft Addendum II was designed to mirror the New England Fishery Management Council's Amendment 4 and proposes changes to the specifications' definitions (and associated acronyms) as well as the process to set specifications. The Draft Addendum also proposes annual payback measures for total allowable catch overages that correspond with accountability measures in Amendment 4.

Draft Addendum III was designed to address concerns raised by small mesh bottom trawl (SMBT) vessels regarding the "days out" provision in Amendment 2. The Draft Addendum proposes possession limits and/or alternate days out for SMBT vessels fishing in Area 1A. It also contains options to establish a SMBT quota and restrict the fishery seasonally and spatially to discourage new participation.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addenda, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addenda will be available on March 16 via the Commission's website at http://www.asmfc.org under Breaking News, or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2010, and should be forwarded to Christopher Vonderweidt, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Addenda II & III).

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