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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

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 For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing the Generic Accountability Measures and Dolphin Allocation Amendment, which includes Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Golden Crab Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, and Amendment 8 to the FMP for the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic. The proposal would modify accountability measures for black grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, shallow-water grouper complex, mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, snappers complex, bar jack, greater amberjack, jacks complex, red porgy, porgies complex, gag, golden tilefish, gray triggerfish, hogfish, scamp, Atlantic spadefish, wreckfish (recreational), and golden crab (commercial).

The proposal would also revise commercial and recreational sector allocations for dolphin. Specifically, NMFS’ preferred alternative would increase the commercial sector allocation from 7.54% to 10% and reduce the recreational sector allocation at from 92.46% to 90%.

Comments Deadline: April 17, 2015
Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service
Activity: NMFS is proposing to amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. The proposal would: 1) establish two new gear marking areas for both gillnets and traps/pots fished in Jeffreys Ledge and Jordan Basin; 2) establish a ¼ mile buffer for waters surrounding the Isle of Shoals and Matinicus Island group in Maine waters where fishing is exempt from the minimum number of traps per trawl requirement; and 3) modify the required minimum number of traps per trawl in Rhode Island state waters and portions of Massachusetts state waters. The purpose of NMFS’ proposal is to address safety and economic concerns raised by the fishing industry.
Comments Deadline: April 17, 2015
Agency/Applicant: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Activity: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to make repairs to several sections of the north jetty at the inlet to Hampton Harbor that incurred damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. These damaged sections have resulted in decreased functionality of the jetty and in an overall loss of protection to the harbor. The proposed work involves reconstructing the sections of the jetty that were damaged to pre-storm conditions and authorized dimensions. Work will be conducted within the same footprint of the existing jetty and will take place from both land and water. A staging area and beach access route will be established at the southern end of Hampton Beach State Park for land-based repair work. A second staging area for water-based work will be established at the northern end of the parking lot by the Hampton State Pier. Work from the water will take place using a barge mounted crane or excavator, with stone being delivered from the mainland or by barge. Work is anticipated to begin in September 2015 and is anticipated to take approximately four months to complete.
Comments Deadline: April 17, 2015

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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