NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




American Lobster Public Hearings Schedule

Date: April 14, 1998

Dear American Lobster Permit Holder:

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces public hearings to receive comments on Federal lobster management alternatives. These alternatives are discussed in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) dated March 17, 1998. Testimony may be presented at the public hearings and written comments will be accepted through May 19, 1998 at: NMFS Northeast Region, State, Federal, and Constituent Programs Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

The dates, time, and locations of the hearings are scheduled as follows:

1. Gloucester, MA - Monday, April 27, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Fuller School Auditorium, 4 School House Road, Gloucester, MA.

2. Portland, ME - Tuesday, April 28, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Emmanuel Baptist Church Assembly Hall, 156 High Street, Portland, ME.

3. Rockland, ME - Wednesday, April 29, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Rockland District High School Auditorium, 400 Broadway, Rockland, ME.

4. Ellsworth, ME - Thursday, April 30, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Downeast Convention Center at the Holiday Inn, 215 High Street (U.S. Routes 1 and 3), Ellsworth, ME.

5. Machias, ME - Friday, May 1, 1998, 3 p.m. -- University of Maine at Machias, Reynolds Center Gym, 9 O'Brien Avenue, Machias, ME.

6. Portsmouth, NH - Tuesday, May 5, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Urban Forestry Center, 35 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH.

7. Narragansett, RI - Wednesday, May 6, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Narragansett Town Hall Assembly Room, 25 Fifth Street, Narragansett, RI.

8. Milford, CT - Thursday, May 7, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Howard Johnson Hotel, Dickens Room, 1052 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT.

9. Tom's River, NJ - Friday, May 8, 1998, 1 p.m. -- Quality Inn of Tom's River, 815 Route 37 West, Tom's River, NJ.

10. Buzzards Bay, MA - Monday, May 11, 1998, 6 p.m. -- Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Admirals Hall, Harrington Building, 101 Academy Dr., Buzzards Bay, MA.

11. Riverhead, NY - Thursday, May 14, 1998, 3 p.m. -- Ramada Inn, Exit 72, Long Island Expressway and Route 25, Riverhead, NY.

12. Manteo, NC - Monday, May 18, 1998, 5 p.m. -- North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Airport Road, Manteo, NC.

13. Ocean City, MD - Tuesday, May 19, 1998, 5 p.m. -- Sheraton Fontainebleau Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD.

Copies of the lobster DEIS may be obtained from NMFS Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 (telephone: 978-281-9327). The lobster DEIS is also available via NMFS Northeast Region Homepage on the Internet at http://www.nero.nmfs.gov/ro/doc/nr.htm.



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