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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 [email protected]. 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 (NMFS) is proposing Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan based on the results of the 2016 stock assessment update for Atlantic dusky sharks. Based on this assessment, NMFS determined that the dusky shark stock remains overfished and is experiencing overfishing. The proposed amendment consists of commercial and recreational management measures that would reduce fishing mortality on dusky sharks and rebuild the dusky shark population.

Recreational management measures proposed in Amendment 5b include: 1) requiring HMS permit holders fishing for sharks recreationally to obtain a shark endorsement that requires completion of an online shark identification and fishing regulation training course before they would be permitted to fish for, retain, possess, or land sharks; and 2) requiring HMS permit holders that fish recreationally for sharks to use circle hooks when targeting or retaining sharks.

Commercial fishery management measures proposed in Amendment 5b include: 1) requiring all fishermen with an Atlantic shark limited access permit with pelagic longline gear onboard to release all sharks not being retained using a dehooker or cutting the gangion less than three feet from the hook; 2) requiring all HMS permitted pelagic longline, bottom longline, and shark gillnet vessel owners and operators to complete a shark identification and fishing regulation training course as a new part of all Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops; 3) requiring all HMS permitted pelagic longline, bottom longline, and shark gillnet vessels to abide by a dusky shark fleet communication and relocation protocol; and 4) requiring the use of circle hooks by all HMS directed limited access shark permit holders fishing with bottom longline gear.

Comments Deadline: December 16, 2016
 
Agency/Applicant: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Activity: The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is proposing to revise and reissue its Programmatic General Permit (PGP) for the State of New Hampshire with a series of General Permits covering activity specific-categories. The revised General Permits will continue to expedite the review of minimal impact work in coastal and inland waters and wetlands within the state while minimizing duplication between New Hampshire’s regulatory program governing work within coastal and inland waters and wetlands and the ACOE’s regulatory program. Subject to certain exclusions and conditions, the revised General Permits eliminate the need to apply for separate approval from the ACOE for most minor, non-controversial work in New Hampshire when that work is authorized by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau. The existing PGP expires August 3, 2017.
Comments Deadline: December 16, 2016

Other Public Notices - None at this time.




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