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Doug Grout : (603) 868-1095
Renée Zobel: (603) 868-1095
August 25, 2011

Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting September 12, 2011                                  

DURHAM, N.H. -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section will hold a meeting on Monday, September 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the allowable number of ‘days out’ for commercial herring harvesters.  The meeting will be held at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth NH, 03801.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss ‘days out’ measures in Area 1A for the October 1 - December 31, 2011, 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 taken from Area 1A on any day of the week through the remainder of the June 1-September 30 season.  Landings will be monitored closely and landing days will be reduced if necessary. 

Directions to the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.:  From Portsmouth Traffic Circle, take the Route 1 Bypass South exit off circle. Merge with Route 1 and go through five traffic lights. Turn left at sixth light onto Elwyn Road. 

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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