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Doug Grout : (603) 868-1095
Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095
July 26, 2011

Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting August 1, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section will hold a meeting on Monday, August 1, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., to discuss the allowable number of ‘days out’ for commercial Atlantic herring (sea herring) harvesters.  The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia.  Those of the public who cannot attend the meeting may participate by calling in to (888) 394-8197 and entering the code 815277.  Presentations will be available via webinar at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/439834014.

The purpose of this call is to review updated 2011 Area 1A catch rates and discuss ‘days out’ for the remainder of the June 1-September 30 season.

The public is invited to participate and public comment will be taken as time permits.  For more information, please contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at cvonderweidt@asmfc.org or (703) 842-0740 or Doug Grout at (603) 868-1095.

Vessels may currently land Atlantic herring from Area 1A from Monday through Thursday, and are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
    
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 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.  The Department's Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, N.H.  Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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