Proposed Fish and Game rule changes relative to Atlantic salmon broodstock fishing, bait fish, zebra mussels, fishing tournaments, and fish importation will be discussed at a public hearing on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. These rules would affect persons importing fish into New Hampshire, fishing for brood stock salmon, or conducting a fishing tournament.

The current rules pertaining to fishing tournaments, broodstock Atlantic salmon and some of the baitfish rules are being re-adopted without changes to prevent these rules from expiring. The rules pertaining to zebra mussels are being adopted as previously effective.

Other changes include reorganizing the structure of the rules relative to baitfish and the importation of finfish and making amendments to rules relative to pathological and annual inspections for the import of fish.

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language for these proposals, can be viewed at (click on “Fish Health and Miscellaneous Rules”).

Written comments must be received by January 24, 2013. Send to: (use subject line “Comments on Fish/Misc Rules”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to 603-271-1438.

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