NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




1998 Surf Clam/Ocean Quahog Tag Purchases

Date: October 20, 1997

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY TO RECEIVE YOUR 1998 TAG ALLOCATION

Dear Atlantic Surfclam/Ocean Quahog Allocation Owner:

This is to inform you that allocation owners must now purchase their Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog tags according to the following procedures.

Tags have been assigned to you based upon the proposed specifications for the 1998 fishery, which are scheduled to be published shortly in the Federal Register. A preprinted order form for your tags is enclosed with this letter. To order your tags, please return the enclosed preprinted form to NMFS along with a check or money order payable to NATIONAL BAND AND TAG COMPANY for the amount indicated on the form, which corresponds to the cost for the number of tags which have been initially allocated to you. The price for each tag is $0.14. Orders must be placed for both Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog tags at the same time.

To insure that you have your tags by January 1, 1998, please submit your order before November 21, 1997. If for any reason the final overall quotas published in the Federal Register differ from those proposed, we will require that you return excess tags, or order additional tags.

Your initial allocation permit is also enclosed in this packet. Please retain this permit and examine your tag shipment upon receipt to assure that the tags received correspond to the tags shown on your initial allocation permit. If you have questions or problems concerning the tags received, please contact David Gouveia at (508) 281-9280.

If your address has changed in the past year, please note the correction on the order form so we can correct our records. Remember, the tags are for the 1998 fishery and may not be used for fishing activities conducted in 1997.



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