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Renee Zobel: (603) 868-1095
April 9, 2012

Date and Location Changed for Atlantic Herring Days Out Meeting: Now Set for April 17, 2012, in Durham, N.H.

DURHAM, N.H. -- The date and location have changed for the upcoming Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Herring Section meeting to discuss the allowable "days out" measures for 2012 commercial Atlantic herring harvesters.  The meeting will now take place on April 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Region 3 Office, 225 Main Street, Durham, N.H., 03824.

The meeting had previously been scheduled for April 16 in Portsmouth.

The 2012 Area 1A allowable catch was set at 24,668 metric tons and seasonal quotas of 72.8% available from June 1 - September 30, and 27.2% available from October 1 - December 30, 2012.

The public is invited to participate and public comment will be taken as time permits.  For more information, please contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at cvonderweidt@asmfc.org or (703) 842-0740; or Doug Grout, N.H. Fish and Game Marine Fisheries Chief, at (603) 868-1095.

Vessels are prohibited from landing more than 2,000 pounds of Atlantic herring in Area 1A until June 1, 2012.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission coordinates the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states' shared near-shore fishery resources -- marine, shell and anadromous -- for sustainable use.  Visit www.asmfc.org.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.  The Department's Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, N.H.  Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.

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