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Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
July 8, 2010           

Atlantic Herring Landing Days Announced

DURHAM, N.H. – Allowable landing days for Atlantic herring (sea herring) in the coming weeks were set this week by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioners from the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. There will be four landing days (Monday – Thursday) during the weeks of July 12 and July 19, 2010; and three landing days (Monday – Wednesday) the weeks of July 26 and August 2, 2010.  Specific days that are open to landing under this agreement are July 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and August 2, 3, 4.  All other days are considered ‘days out’ during this time period.

Commissioners had previously agreed to set 2 landing days from June 1 – July 6 and then hold another ‘days out’ meeting on July 7, 2010 to review catch rates and set ‘days out’ for the remainder of the June 1 – September 30 quota period.  As of July 3, 2010, actual catch is roughly 3,000 metric tons below the projected catch.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Herring Section members will hold another ‘days out’ meeting the week of August 2, 2010, to review catch rates and adjust ‘days out’ accordingly.  The public will be notified of the meeting details when the time and date have been finalized.  
       
Vessels are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring on a ‘day out’ of the fishery. 

For more information contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Marine Fisheries Division at 603-868-1095.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission serves as a deliberative body coordinating the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states' shared near-shore fishery resources 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.  Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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