Fish And Game Hold Hearings On Fishing Relief Funds

Sep 15, 2014

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are holding two hearings on a draft plan to distribute $1.1 million in economic relief funds to the state's groundwater fishing industry.

The hearings will be held Monday and Tuesday night at 6 at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

Monday's meeting focuses on the commercial groundfish industry and Tuesday's on the for-hire groundfish industry.

In September 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast after research showed several key fish stocks, such as cod and flounder, were not rebuilding despite catch limits. The declaration also predicted those species would continue to decline.

Officials say the draft plan was developed from numerous ideas presented to Fish and Game during the summer. The plan includes eligibility criteria and allocation formulas.