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Doug Grout, NHFG (603) 868-1095                
Christopher Vonderweidt, ASMFC (202) 289-6400 
April 26, 2010

Public Meeting May 14 on Commercial Herring Landing Days Restrictions

DURHAM, N.H. -- A public meeting to discuss the allowable landing days for commercial Atlantic herring (sea herring) harvesters during the 2010 fishing season will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.  Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts will participate. The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, call New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Marine Fisheries Chief Doug Grout at 603-868-1095. 

A total catch of 26,546 metric tons from Area 1A is allowed for the upcoming season.  Seasonal quotas are set to make 72.8% of this catch available from June 1 to September 30, and 27.2% of the catch available from October 1 through December 31, 2010. 

The number of allowable landing days during the season for Atlantic herring is adjusted with the aim of keeping commercial fishermen from exceeding the total allowable catch for Management Area 1A, to avoid having to close the fishery early.

Until the season commences, fishermen are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring harvested from Area 1A.

Directions to the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.:  From Portsmouth Traffic Circle: Take the Route 1 Bypass South exit off of circle. You will merge with Route 1 and go through five sets of lights. Take a left at the sixth light onto Elwyn Road. The Urban Forestry Center will be your first left.

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

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 the Fish and Game Region 3 Office in Durham, N.H.  Visit

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