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December 5, 2011

Public Hearing on Marine Rules, Lamprey River Set for January 3, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rule changes on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H. 03801. The proposed rules would affect persons taking marine species and anglers fishing in the freshwater section of the Lamprey River near Wiswall Dam in Durham, N.H.

Fish and Game is proposing to:

  • Readopt with amendment Fis 402.07 to close the freshwater in the area 50 feet above the Wiswall Dam on the Lamprey River in Durham year round and 200 feet below the dam April 1 through July 31;

  • Readopt with amendment Fis 603.09 to close the portion of the Gulf of Maine Cod Spawning Protection Area described in 50 CFR 648.81 (o) (1) that is in the jurisdiction of the state to the taking and possession of groundfish.

  • Readopt without change various marine rules and definitions for coastal waters.

The proposed rule, with original and proposed language, may be found at www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

In addition to the proposals above, the Department is also proposing to adopt Fis 604.05 to close the tidal portion of the Oyster River and its tributaries to the taking of river herring by any method.  This proposal is exempt from the rulemaking process but requires a public hearing.

Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted by January 17, 2012; e-mail to comments@wildlife.nh.gov (please put "Comment on Marine Rules" in subject line); fax to (603) 271-1438; or mail to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

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 New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. For more information about N.H. Fish and Game's Marine Division, visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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