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September 29, 2003
Volume 33, Number 265
Division of Fish and Wildlife

Contact: Roy Miller, Fisheries Administrator, phone: 302-739-3441
or Jason Gleockler, Communications Office, phone: 302-739-4506

Public Hearing Set for Oct. 1 on Lotteries for Commercial Gill Net Permits and Authorization for Commercial Hook and Line Permits and Commercial Crab Dredge Licenses

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, will hold a public hearing beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 to establish procedures for conducting the first and subsequent lotteries of available commercial gill net permits and authorization for commercial hook and line permits and commercial dredge licenses. The hearing will be held in DNREC's auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

The Division is proposing that the first lottery for available licenses be held on the first day the new regulations go into effect Jan. 2, 2004 and that subsequent lotteries be held the first working day in January of each year thereafter, as long as one or more licenses are available.

Lottery participants would include current participants in the apprentice program who have completed the required and properly documented 150 days of commercial fishing activities over no less than a 2-year period dating from the specific date the applicant signed up as an apprentice.

Individuals may present their opinions and evidence by writing the Fisheries Section, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by email to roy.miller@state.de.us. The record will remain open for written or e-mail comments until 4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, 2003.

For additional information about the public hearing or regulations, call the Fisheries Section, (302) 739-3441.

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