Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
October 20, 2011
Northern Shrimp Hearing Location Change; Shrimp Harvest Reductions Considered
DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing and meeting to set dates and specifications for the 2011/2012 northern shrimp fishing season in conjunction with a meeting of the ASMFC Northern Shrimp Section and Advisory Panel on Friday, October 28, 2011, in Portsmouth.
Note that the location for the meeting has been changed by the Section in order to give the industry and interested parties a greater opportunity to provide public input and attend the meeting. It will now be held at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, 100 Deer Street at 100 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801; 603-422-9225.
The Advisory Panel will meet from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The Northern Shrimp Section meeting will take place from 1-5:30 p.m. A draft agenda may be viewed at www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm.
The Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section recently approved Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Northern Shrimp, which includes new management tools including trip limits, trap limits, and days out of the fishery that will provide the Section the ability to slow catch rates throughout the season. The Amendment also includes provisions for a more timely and comprehensive harvest reporting system, and allows for the initiation of a limited entry program to be pursued through the adaptive management addendum process.
A preliminary northern shrimp stock assessment shows that the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. Additionally, shrimp abundance in the western Gulf of Maine has declined steadily since 2006. For these and other reasons, the Section will be considering a significantly reduced harvest limit for the 2011/2012 fishing season. For details, see http://www.asmfc.org/press_releases/2011/pr38NorthenShrimpAm2.pdf.
For more information, contact Mike Waine at ASMFC (202-289-6400; email@example.com) or call Doug Grout at N.H. Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division (603-868-1095).
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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