The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting seven public hearings to solicit comments on the alternatives under consideration in Draft Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. More specifically, the Council is seeking feedback from the public on which alternatives should be selected and why. These hearings are being held by the Council in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The Council plans to take final action on the amendment during its September 2018 meeting in Plymouth, MA.
This issue is of great importance to Maine lobstermen and their herring bait supply. Please make every effort to attend one of the two public hearings in Maine and submit written comments if you cannot attend.
Rockport, ME – Thursday, May 24, Samoset
Resort, 220 Warrenton Street, 6 p.m.
Portland, ME – Tuesday, June 12, Holiday Inn by
the Bay, 88 Spring Street, 4 p.m., NOTE: This
hearing will begin immediately following the
close of business at the New England Fishery
Management Council meeting
Documents will be posted on the Council’s website Or click on the picture to the right for more information. For questions, contact the NEFMC office at (978) 465-0492.
Members of the public may submit oral and/or written comments at any of the public hearings or submit written comments directly to the Council. Written comments must be received on or before close of business, Monday, June 25, 2018. Please note on your correspondence “DEIS for Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP”. Written comments received on or before Monday, June 25, 2018 at close of business, as well as comments provided at the hearings, will be reviewed by the Council’s Herring Committee and full Council at subsequent meetings. Written comments should be sent to:
Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director
New England Fishery Management Council
50 Water Street, Mill 2
Newburyport, MA 01950
Fax (978) 465–3116