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Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
October 5, 2011 

Northern Shrimp Season-setting Hearing; Final Action on Draft Amendment

DURHAM, N.H.  – Two meetings/hearings of interest to those involved in the commercial harvest of northern shrimp will take place in New Hampshire this October:

  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Section and Advisory Panel will meet on Friday, October 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H., to review submitted public comment on Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp. The Section will consider taking final action on the Amendment following a review of submitted public comment and Advisory Panel recommendations. A draft agenda for the October 14 meeting may be viewed at www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm.

  • The Northern Shrimp Section and Advisory Panel will meet again on Friday, October 28, 2011, in Portsmouth to set the specifications for the 2011/2012 fishing season. That meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, in Portsmouth, NH. This session includes the public hearing for setting the dates for the upcoming shrimp season. A draft agenda can be viewed at www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm.

For both meetings, the Advisory Panel will meet from 9 a.m.-12 noon, while the Section meeting will take place from 1-5:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Mike Waine at ASMFC (202-289-6400; mwaine@asmfc.org) or call the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division (603-868-1095).

Directions to the Urban Forestry Center: From the Portsmouth Traffic Circle, take 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 Urban Forestry Center is on the left.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Marine Fisheries Division works closely with other states and federal agencies to protect and maintain marine resources for both commercial and recreational fisheries.  Learn more at www.fishnh.com/marine.

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