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Herring hearing set for April 25 in Mystic

Mystic - National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the New England Fishery Management Council will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Hilton Hotel, 20 Coogan Boulevard, to obtain public input on measures proposed for inclusion in Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan.

Amendment 5 measures could include adjustments to the fishery management program, reporting requirements and measures to address trip notification, carrier vessels and transfers of herring at-sea. A catch monitoring program also is being considered as well as measures to address river herring bycatch and criteria for midwater trawl vessel access to the year-round groundfish closed areas.

For information, contact Paul Howard, executive director of the New England Fishery Management Council, at (978) 465-0492.

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