Managing Our Marine Resources: N.H. Fish and Game's Role

The Marine Fisheries Division of the N.H. Fish and Game Department takes charge of overseeing and regulating both recreational and commercial marine fishing activities within the salt waters of the state. Here's an overview of our responsibilities and collaborations:

Jurisdiction:

  • State waters encompass all areas within 3 miles of the coastline, while the region between 3 and 200 miles from shore falls under Federal government jurisdiction.
  • Our division conducts scientific research and monitoring efforts to assess marine resources and habitat, as well as to manage fishery resources within state waters.

Collaborative Efforts:

  • We collaborate with other states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the New England Fisheries Management Council to manage marine species across their entire range.
  • The ASMFC, founded in 1942, serves as a collaborative platform for 15 Atlantic coast states to coordinate the conservation and management of shared near-shore fishery resources.
  • Represented by three commissioners, including one from Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division, New Hampshire actively participates in ASMFC initiatives focused on more than 27 species, such as lobster, striped bass, and bluefish.

New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC):

  • Established in 1976, NEFMC is responsible for managing living marine resources in Federal waters off the New England coastline, spanning between 3 and 200 miles offshore.
  • NEFMC develops fishery management plans for various species, including groundfish, scallops, Atlantic sea herring, and Atlantic salmon, which are then approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
  • With three representatives, including the head of our Marine Division and two local fishermen, New Hampshire actively contributes to NEFMC's efforts in ensuring sustainable fishing practices and habitat preservation.

New Hampshire Managing Marine Resources

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