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Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to christian.williams@des.nh.gov. For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service
Activity:

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to modify the Lobster Conservation Management Area 4 (Inshore Northern Mid-Atlantic) seasonal closure area from February 1 through March 31 to April 30 through May 31 in an attempt to reduce fishing effort on the Southern New England American lobster stock, which is at a low level of abundance and is experiencing persistent recruitment failure.

To address the poor condition of the Southern New England lobster stock, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) enacted measures in 2012 intended to reduce fishing exploitation of the stock by 10 percent. Measures for Lobster Conservation Management Area 4 (Area 4) included a mandatory v-notching requirement of egg-bearing female lobster and an annual seasonal closure from February 1 through March 31. Subsequent analysis of the effectiveness of the February 1 through March 31 closure by the Commissionís American Lobster Technical Committee found that the closure in Area 4 achieved only a 3.7 percent reduction in effort, falling short of the required 10 percent reduction. As a result, the Technical Committee has recommended a modification of the annual seasonal closure from February 1 through March 31 to April 30 through May 31. The Technical Committee projected that this modification would achieve a 10.1 percent reduction in effort.

Comments Deadline: August 7, 2015
 
Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service
Activity: The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic, and Amendment 33 to the FMP for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The proposal considers actions pertinent to recreational fishers lawfully harvesting dolphin, wahoo, and snapper-grouper species in The Bahamas and bringing their fillets into the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Proposed actions include: 1) exempting dolphin and wahoo lawfully harvested in Bahamian waters from U.S. regulations that require them to be maintained with head and fins intact in the U.S. EEZ; 2) requiring skin to be left on the entire fillet of any dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper carcass lawfully harvested in Bahamian waters regardless of size of the fillet; and 3) counting two dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper fillets as one fish towards the bag and possession limit. Fishers lawfully harvesting dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper species in Bahamian waters would be required to stow fishing gear while transiting through the U.S. EEZ, would not be permitted to stop in the U.S. EEZ during transit from Bahamian waters, and would not be exempt from existing federal regulations regarding fishing seasons, bag limits, and size limits. Furthermore, in addition to possessing valid Bahamian cruising and fishing permits, stamped and dated passports would be required to prove that vessel passengers were in The Bahamas if the vessel is in possession of dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper fillets in the U.S. EEZ.
Comments Deadline: August 7, 2015
 

Other Public Notices - None at this time.




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