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January 3, 2000

For more information contact:
Bruce Freeman at 609-292-2083

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (commission) will host a public meeting on proposed changes to the Horseshoe Crab Fishery Management Plan on Tuesday, January 11 at 7 p.m. in Pomona, Atlantic County. The proposed changes include several options for the implementation of a coastwide landings cap for the commercial horseshoe crab bait fishery prior to the beginning of the 2000 fishing season.

The meeting will be held at Stockton College's A-Wing Lecture Hall in Pomona. State public hearings will also be held in Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia in early January.

For a copy of proposed changes, call Jeanette Braxton at 202-289-6400 or visit the commission's web site at Comments will be accepted until Jan. 21, 2000.