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March 21, 2008

MarineFisheries Advisory


April 1st, 2nd & 3rd

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) will hold three public meetings the week of April 1st to gather comment on a public information document detailing proposed use of groundfish assistance funds. The 2008 Congressional Appropriations Conference Report set aside $13,395,000 to the Division of Marine Fisheries to alleviate economic impacts associated with Framework 42 regulations on the Massachusetts groundfish fishery.

The Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) is working with a state Drafting Group and an Industry Subcommittee to develop a final grant proposal for these funds. Preliminary recommendations for funding will be presented during the public meetings. A final grant proposal will be submitted to NOAA Fisheries by April 15th.

Public meetings are schedule for:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 (5:30PM)

Whaler Banquet and Conference Center

500 Hathaway Road, New Bedford

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 (5:30PM)

Radisson Hotel ? Plymouth Harbor

180 Water St., Plymouth

Thursday, April 3, 2008 (5:30PM)

Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station

30 Emerson Ave., Gloucester

For further information please visit the ?Groundfish Assistance Program? spotlight on our website at:
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