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2013 ALWTRP Public Hearings for the Vertical Line Rule

NMFS is holding public  hearings during August and September. The hearings are an opportunity for public to provide feedback on proposed conservation measures intended to reduce the risk of serious injury and mortality of large whales due to entanglements in vertical lines.

As a result of public input received during the DEIS scoping process, in the summer of 2011, NMFS developed six alternatives  to modify the Plan. Although NMFS identified six alternatives, one of which is preferred, public comments are sought on all the alternatives. After considering comments received on the DEIS and proposed rule, NMFS will select one of the alternatives for implementation in the final rule.

Schedule of hearings:




Meeting Summary

Machias, ME

August 5th, 6-9 pm

University of Maine at Machias
Science Bldg, 116 O'Brien Avenue

 Public Hearing Summary

Ellsworth, ME

August 6th, 6-9 pm

Ellsworth Public Library
20 State Street 

  Public Hearing Summary

Rockland, ME

August 7th, 6-9pm

Oceanside East High School
400 Broadway

  Public Hearing Summary

Portland, ME

August 8th, 6-9pm

City Hall, State of ME room
389 Congress Street

  Public Hearing Summary

Chatham, MA

August 13th, 6-9 pm

Community Center
702 Main Street

  Public Hearing Summary

Plymouth, MA

August 14th, 6-9 pm

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street

  Public Hearing Summary

Narragansett, RI

August 15th, 6-9 pm

URI Campus, Coastal Institute Bldg
215 South Ferry Road

  Public Hearing Summary

Gloucester, MA

August 19th, 6-9 pm

NOAA Regional Office
55 Great Republic Dr

  Public Hearing Summary

Portsmouth, NH

August 20th, 5-8 pm

Urban Forestry Center
27 Elwyn Road

  Public Hearing Summary

Wilmington, NC

August 26th , 5:30- 7:30 pm

New Hanover Public Main Library
201 Chestnut St

  Public Hearing Summary

Virginia Beach, VA

August 27th, 6-9 pm

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 VA Beach Blvd

  Public Hearing Summary

Manahawkin, NJ

August 28th, 6-9 pm

Stafford Township Hall
260 E. Bay Ave.

  Public Hearing Summary

Ormond Beach, FL

September 9th,  4:30-6:30 pm

Ormond Beach Public Library
30 S Beach St.

  Public Hearing Summary

Jacksonville, FL

September 10th, 5-7 pm

Port Authority
2831 Talleyrand Avenue

  Public Hearing Summary

Brunswick, GA

September 11th, 5-7 pm

Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
1 Conservation Way

  Public Hearing Summary

Charleston, SC

September 12th, 5-7 pm

SCDNR Marine Resources Research Institute
217 Ft. Johnson Rd

  Public Hearing Summary

Hearing Materials:

How do I provide comments?

  1. Provide verbal comments at one of the hearings in your area.
  2. Provide written comments via-
    1. fax: (978) 281-9394
    2. mail to:
      • Mary Colligan, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources
        National Marine Fisheries Service
        55 Great Republic Drive
        Gloucester, MA 01930
        Attn:  ALWTRP Large Whale Rule
    1. electronic submission:  Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0095 click the “Comment Now!” icon; or
    2. email to: