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Bruce Smith 603-868-1095
Jane Vachon 603-271-3211 
February 1, 2012

Public Hearing on Two Proposed Great Bay Shellfish Operations: March 9 in Durham, NH

DURHAM, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing regarding two proposed marine aquaculture applications for licensing on Friday, March 9, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m.  The hearing will be held at Fish and Game’s Region 3 Office, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H. 03824.  The public is welcome to attend the hearing and comment on the proposed aquaculture plans.

At 9:00 a.m., the application of Christopher J. Phillips of the Great Bay Oyster Co. in Dover will be heard regarding his proposed three-acre bottom culture operation of American oyster and hard clam. The proposed location is along the Dover Point shore of the Lower Little Bay, about 50 meters offshore the Scammel Bridge on Route 4.

At 10:00 a.m., the application of Krystin Ward of Choice Oysters, LLC, of Portsmouth will be heard on her proposed one-acre bottom culture site for American oyster and hard clam. The proposed location is at the north side of the mouth of the Oyster River in Durham.

Detailed plans for both proposed aquaculture operations are available for public review at the Fish and Game Region 3 Office in Durham or online by clicking on the following links:

Written comments on the proposed license may be submitted at the hearing or thereafter until March 23, 2012.  Written comments may be: (1) mailed to the Executive Director, New Hampshire Fire and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; (2) faxed to Fish and Game at 603-271-1438; or (3) emailed to bruce.smith@wildlife.nh.gov.

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