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Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095 
Renée Zobel: (603) 868-1095
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
September 16, 2010                          

Spawning Closure for Atlantic Herring October 1-28, 2010

DURHAM, N.H. -- Atlantic herring (sea herring) harvesters and dealers should be aware that herring spawning areas within the jurisdiction of New Hampshire will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2010, through midnight on October 28, 2010 (pursuant to Fis 603.07).  It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess unprocessed herring during this closure.

The closure was originally scheduled to begin on September 21, 2010, but the start has been delayed because recent sampling of Atlantic herring landings indicates that herring are not yet ready to spawn. 

An exception to the rule is that any vessel may land herring taken as an incidental catch in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Spawning Area, up to a maximum of 2,000 pounds.

This spawning closure may be extended by the Executive Director if results of the herring samples collected at the end of the closure indicate spawning is ongoing.

For more information about the closure or the boundaries of the spawning area, call the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Marine Fisheries Division in Durham, N.H., at (603) 868-1095. 

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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