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January 27, 2004

PUBLIC MEETING ON HERRING FEB. 10

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectionís Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting regarding the ASMFCís proposed modifications to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 at the Divisionís Nacote Creek Research Station, Milepost 51, Route 9 in Port Republic, Atlantic County.

Modifications will address the implementation of a limited access program for the species to ensure healthy stocks as well as identify maximum sustainable yield, management area boundaries and spawning restrictions. Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut will also hold public meetings on these issues.

A copy of the proposed changes can be obtained by calling Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator Megan Gamble at 202-289-6400, or e-mailing mgamble@asmfc.org, or via the Commissionís website at www.asmfc.org under Public Input. Written comments will be accepted until March 5, 2004 and should be forwarded to Ms. Gamble at 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005 or faxed to 202-289-6051.


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