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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Notices

Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, the New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) provides the public with opportunities to comment on activities requiring federal consistency review, proposed changes to Coastal Program rules, and draft plans. Please see below for current public notices and comment periods.

Federal Consistency Public Notices

Pursuant to Section 307(c) of the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NHCP has received consistency requests for the following proposed activities. Public Notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Consistency Regulations (15 C.F.R. Part 930).

Written comments may be submitted to the NHCP, Pease Field Office, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Comments may also be submitted electronically to For additional information, please contact Christian Williams at (603) 559-0025.

Current Federal Consistency Notices

Agency/Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service

The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing Amendment 6 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The purpose of the proposed amendment is to add blueline tile fish to the golden tilefish FMP, and to implement catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures for blueline and golden tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. The measures are designed to constrain fishing mortality on blueline tilefish and effectively conserve and manage the blueline tilefish fishery in waters north of North Carolina.

Currently there is no permanent federal management of blueline tilefish north of North Carolina. In recent years catch has increased in the Mid-Atlantic without any restrictions in federal waters, and the long-lived and sedentary nature of blueline tilefish likely make them susceptible to overfishing. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council manages blueline tilefish south of Virginia and several Mid-Atlantic states, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, have enacted tilefish regulations that apply to vessels landing in their states.

Comments Deadline: July 7, 2017
Agency/Applicant: Unitil Corporation

Unitil Corporation is proposing to relocate approximately 1,000 linear feet of 10-inch diameter gas pipeline located entirely within the right-of-way of the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover, to accommodate widening of the Turnpike.

As the project involves an interstate natural gas main, it is subject to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. Specifically, the project qualifies under FERC's automatic blanket certification process, which requires compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Comments Deadline: July 7, 2017

Other Public Notices - None at this time.

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