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CONTACT:
Doug Grout, NHFG: 603-868-1095
Tina Berger, ASMFC: 703-842-0740
February 13, 2012

Conference Call to Discuss Closure Date for Northern Shrimp: February 15, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. -- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section will meet via conference call on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm., to discuss potential closure dates for the Northern Shrimp Fishery.

Preliminary landing projections by the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee suggest that landings are quickly approaching 95% of the total allowable catch for 2012. The Section will likely take action to determine a closure date for the fishery during the call in order to prevent significant overages that may occur by keeping the fishery open.

Meeting materials will be posted to the meetings page at www.asmfc.org as soon as available.

Procedures for public comment during the call will be detailed at the beginning on the conference call. Interested stakeholders may listen in on the conference call at 1-888-394-8197 (Passcode: 499811).  

For more information, please contact Robert Beal, Director, Interstate Fisheries Management Program, at (703) 842-0740 or rbeal@asmfc.org.

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