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 email@example.com. For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.
Current Federal Consistency Notices
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Activity: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing regulations to implement management measures in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan to ensure sustainable management of bluefin tuna.
The proposed management measures would reallocate the U.S. bluefin tuna quota among domestic fishing categories. The proposal would also implement several actions applicable to the pelagic longline fishery, including: individual bluefin quotas; two new Gear Restricted Areas; access to current closed areas based on performance criteria; closure of the pelagic longline fishery when annual bluefin quota is attained; elimination of target catch requirements associated with retention of incidental bluefin tuna in the pelagic longline fishery; mandatory retention of legal-sized bluefin tuna caught as bycatch; expanded monitoring requirements, including electronic monitoring via cameras and bluefin tuna catch reporting via Vessel Monitoring System (VMS); and transiting provisions for pelagic and bottom longline vessels. The proposal would also require VMS use and reporting by the Purse Seine category; change the start date of the Purse Seine category to June 1; expand Automated Catch Reporting System use to the General and Harpoon categories; and provide additional flexibilities for inseason adjustment of the General category quota and Harpoon category retention limits. Finally, it would adopt several measures not directly related to bluefin tuna management, including implementing a U.S. North Atlantic albacore tuna quota; modifying rules regarding permit category changes; and implementing minor changes in the highly migratory species regulations for administrative or clarification purposes.
Comments Deadline: November 8, 2013