Arlington, VA – Atlantic coastal states from Maine through Massachusetts have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Northern Shrimp.  The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:

Maine Department of Marine Resources
May 2, 2011; 6:00pm
Ellsworth City Hall
1 City Hall Plaza
Ellsworth, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at (207) 624-6553

May 4, 2011; 6:00pm
Portland High School Library
284 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at (207) 624-6553

May 5, 2011; 6:00pm
Rockland Middle School
30 Broadway
Rockland, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at (207) 624-6553

New Hampshire Fish and Game
May 3, 2011; 7:00pm
Urban Forestry Center
45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Contact: Doug Grout at (603) 868-1095

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
May 2, 2011; 6:00pm
Annisquam River Station
30 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Contact: Nichola Meserve at (617) 626-1531

The PID and subsequent amendment are being developed to provide managers greater flexibility in managing this fishery and maximizing its overall benefits.  Since Amendment I, approved in 2004, management measures have been limited to season length and gear restrictions.  Potential management options have been drafted from the concerns of managers and stakeholders and are outlined in the PID include, but are not limited to, (1) trip limits, (2) clarification of the fishing mortality target, (3) limited entry, (4) timely and comprehensive reporting system, (5) gear modifications to protect small shrimp and reduce bycatch, and (6) implementation of a harvest quota.

Following this initial phase of information gathering and public comment, the Commission will evaluate potential management alternatives and develop a Draft Amendment 2 for public review. Following the second public comment period, the Commission will specify management measures to be included in the final amendment. A tentative schedule for completion of Amendment 2 is included in the PID.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the PID, by either attending public hearings or providing written comments. Copies of the PID can be obtained via the Commission’s website at under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (703) 842-0740.  Public comment must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on May 20, 2011 and should be forwarded to Michael Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 842-0741 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Northern Shrimp Amend 2 PID). For more information, please contact Michael Waine at (703) 842-0740.