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February 18, 2011

Closure Date Set for Northern Shrimp Fishery

DURHAM, N.H. – At a meeting today, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section took emergency action to approve an early closure for the 2010/2011 northern shrimp season.  In response to the Section's decision to close the fishery, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Executive Director Glenn Normandeau announced that the northern shrimp season in New Hampshire waters will be closed as of Monday, February 28, 2011, at 11:59 p.m., in accordance with RSA 211:62 V.

The closure is necessary to avoid significant landings overages that would likely occur if the shrimp harvest had continued through the end of the season on April 15.  Preliminary landings data showed that the northern shrimp harvest for the season had already exceeded the 4,000 metric-ton harvest limit recommended by the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee last fall.  Projections provided by the Technical Committee indicated landing could go as high as 7,000 metric tons if the early closure was not implemented.

“Harvest rates have been much higher than in recent years likely due to good abundance levels and higher prices being paid for shrimp this season,” said Doug Grout, Chief of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division and current Chairman of the Northern Shrimp Section. “We needed to take this action today to maintain the population level in future years.”

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.

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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