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February 3, 2010

Public Hearing February 17, 2010, on Lobster Helper Rules

CONCORD, N.H. – A public hearing to discuss proposed rules that would affect who a person licensed to take lobsters may use as helpers on a lobster vessel, will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to readopt with amendment Fis 602.17 relative to helpers for commercially taking lobsters.  The proposed rule will allow more opportunity for a person currently holding a commercial or limited lobster license to be used as a helper on lobster vessel. The proposed rule would not apply to persons on vessels permitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to take American lobster. 

The complete rulemaking notice forms, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed on the Fish and Game website at www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Written comments must be received by March 1, 2010.  Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (with subject line “Comments on Lobster Helper Rules”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to (603) 271-1438.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.fishnh.com/marine.

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