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Doug Grout, NHFG: 603-868-1095
Cheri Patterson, NHFG 603-868-1095           
Tina Berger, ASMFC: 202-289-6400  
February 15, 2012                                                        

Northern Shrimp Fishery to Close February 17, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. -- At a meeting today, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section took action to close the 2012 northern shrimp season.  In response to the Section's decision to close the fishery, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Executive Director Glenn Normandeau announced that the northern shrimp season in New Hampshire waters will be closed as of Friday, February 17, 2012, at 11:59 p.m., in accordance with Fis 607.01.

The closure is necessary to avoid significant landings overages that would likely occur if the shrimp harvest had continued through the end of the season on April 15.  Preliminary landings data showed that the northern shrimp harvest for the season has reached 95% of the total allowable catch of 2,211 metric tons, the harvest limit established by the Section earlier this year. 

“We needed to take this action today to maintain the population level in future years,” said Section Chair Terry Stockwell of Maine. "With below-average strength of upcoming year classes and the potential for restricted seasons in the near future, we remain concerned about status of the northern shrimp resource."

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protection of coastal fishery resources.  The Commission serves as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species.  Visit www.asmfc.org.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit www.fishnh.com/marine.

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