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April 26, 2010                                                                           

Emergency Public Hearing to Consider Closing 2009/2010 Northern Shrimp Fishery

Durham, N.H. – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (AMFSC)’s Northern Shrimp Section will hold a meeting and public hearing via conference call on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., to review preliminary northern shrimp landings data and determine whether action is needed to prevent significant landings overages that might occur if the fishery continues through May 29, 2010. 

The Northern Shrimp Section set the 2009/2010 fishing season at 180 days with the intention that landings would not exceed 4,900 metric tons. Preliminary landings data indicate that the harvest is now 4,953 metric tons. This public hearing will serve as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's public hearing pursuant to RSA 211:62V to consider an early closure of the northern shrimp fishery.

Persons from the public may listen in on the conference call at 1-888-481-5653 (conference ID#: 8742).  Procedures for soliciting public comment during the call will be detailed at the beginning of the conference call. If you know in advance that you would like to submit public comment, please email Braddock Spear at bspear@asmfc.org. For more information, please contact Braddock Spear, AMFSC Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Policy, at 202-289-6400.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protection of coastal fishery resources.  The Commission serves as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species.  Visit www.asmfc.org.

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