Cheri Patterson: (603) 898-1095
Paul Sanderson: (603) 271-3511
November 20, 2019

DURHAM, NH — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine bait rules on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwin Road, Portsmouth, NH.

The Department will be taking public comment on proposed rules to reduce the risk of viral agents, parasites, and nuisance species being transferred into New Hampshire waters via bait, thereby enhancing the protection of the marine resources of the state. The proposed marine bait rules include:

  • Restrictions on the purchase, sale, and use of marine bait.
  • Requisite to obtain a Marine Bait Permit and mandatory reporting for marine bait dealers.
  • An approved list of marine baits allowed in NH waters.
  • Definitions of terms in the proposed marine bait rules.

The initial proposal and rulemaking notices may be viewed at (select “Fis 600 Marine Bait Dealer”.)

Written public comments on the proposals may be submitted until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019. Written comments may be mailed to the NH Fish and Game Department, Attn: Paul Sanderson, Esq., 11 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH, 03301, faxed to (603) 271-5829, or e-mailed to