Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase, 4039 [05-1610]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 18 / Friday, January 28, 2005 / Rules and Regulations FR 17368, March 30, 2001) NMFS by removing Channel 243A at Corydon, and by adding Lanesville, Channel 243A. implemented a commercial quota of 2.25 million lb (1.02 million kg) for the Federal Communications Commission. eastern zone (Florida) of the Gulf John A. Karousos, migratory group of king mackerel. That Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media quota is further divided into separate Bureau. quotas for the Florida east coast subzone [FR Doc. 05–1604 Filed 1–27–05; 8:45 am] and the northern and southern Florida BILLING CODE 6712–01–P west coast subzones. The quota implemented for the Florida east coast subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,020 kg) (50 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE CFR 622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(1)). In accordance with 50 CFR National Oceanic and Atmospheric 622.44(a)(2)(i), beginning on February 1, Administration if less than 75 percent of the Florida east coast subzone’s quota has been 50 CFR Part 622 harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that subzone’s EEZ may be [Docket No. 001005281–0369–02; I.D. possessed on board or landed from a 012105A] permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 75 fish per day. The 75–fish Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of daily trip limit will continue until a Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal closure of the subzone’s fishery has Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip been affected or the fishing year ends on March 31, 2005. Limit Increase NMFS has determined that 75 percent AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries of the quota for Gulf group king Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and mackerel for vessels using hook-andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA), line gear in the Florida east coast Commerce. subzone was not reached before February 1, 2005. Accordingly, a 75–fish ACTION: Inseason action; trip limit trip limit applies to vessels in the increase. commercial hook-and-line fishery for SUMMARY: NMFS increases the trip limit king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the in the commercial hook-and-line fishery Florida east coast subzone effective for king mackerel in the Florida east 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2005. coast subzone from 50 to 75 fish per day The 75–fish trip limit will remain in in or from the exclusive economic zone effect until the fishery closes or until the (EEZ). This trip limit increase is end of the current fishing season (March necessary to maximize the 31, 2005) for this subzone. From socioeconomic benefits of the quota. November 1 through March 31, the Florida east coast subzone of the Gulf DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., group king mackerel is that part of the local time, February 1, 2005, through eastern zone north of 25°20.4′ N. lat. (a March 31, 2005. line directly east from the Miami-Dade FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: County, FL, boundary). Steve Branstetter, telephone: 727–570– 5305, fax: 727–570–5583, e-mail: Classification Steve.Branstetter@noaa.gov. This action responds to the best available information recently obtained SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish from the fishery. The Assistant (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cero, Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, (AA) finds good cause to waive the cobia, little tunny, and, in the Gulf of requirement to provide prior notice and Mexico only, dolphin and bluefish) is opportunity for public comment managed under the Fishery pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 Management Plan for the Coastal U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such prior notice Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf and opportunity for public comment is of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). unnecessary and contrary to the public The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of interest. Such procedures are Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) and is unnecessary because the rule itself implemented under the authority of the already has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to Magnuson-Stevens Fishery notify the public of the trip limit Conservation and Management Act increase. Allowing prior notice and (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations opportunity for public comment is at 50 CFR part 622. Based on the Councils’ recommended contrary to the public interest because it requires time, thus delaying fishermen’s total allowable catch and the allocation ratios in the FMP, on April 30, 2001 (66 ability to catch more king mackerel than VerDate jul<14>2003 14:20 Jan 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 4039 the present trip limit allows and preventing fishermen from reaping the socioeconomic benefits derived from this increase in daily catch. As this actions allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and may go into effect on its effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 24, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–1610 Filed 1–25–05; 3:08 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041202339–4339–01; I.D. 012405C] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 interim total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 26, 2005, until superseded by the notice of 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications of groundfish of the GOA, which will be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone E:\FR\FM\28JAR1.SGM 28JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 18 (Friday, January 28, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-1610]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 001005281-0369-02; I.D. 012105A]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Inseason action; trip limit increase.

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SUMMARY: NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line 
fishery for king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone from 50 to 
75 fish per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip 
limit increase is necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits of 
the quota.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2005, 
through March 31, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Branstetter, telephone: 727-570-
5305, fax: 727-570-5583, e-mail: Steve.Branstetter@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic 
fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cero, cobia, little tunny, and, 
in the Gulf of Mexico only, dolphin and bluefish) is managed under the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils 
(Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    Based on the Councils' recommended total allowable catch and the 
allocation ratios in the FMP, on April 30, 2001 (66 FR 17368, March 30, 
2001) NMFS implemented a commercial quota of 2.25 million lb (1.02 
million kg) for the eastern zone (Florida) of the Gulf migratory group 
of king mackerel. That quota is further divided into separate quotas 
for the Florida east coast subzone and the northern and southern 
Florida west coast subzones. The quota implemented for the Florida east 
coast subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,020 kg) (50 CFR 
622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(1)).
    In accordance with 50 CFR 622.44(a)(2)(i), beginning on February 1, 
if less than 75 percent of the Florida east coast subzone's quota has 
been harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that subzone's 
EEZ may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in 
amounts not exceeding 75 fish per day. The 75-fish daily trip limit 
will continue until a closure of the subzone's fishery has been 
affected or the fishing year ends on March 31, 2005.
    NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the quota for Gulf group 
king mackerel for vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Florida east 
coast subzone was not reached before February 1, 2005. Accordingly, a 
75-fish trip limit applies to vessels in the commercial hook-and-line 
fishery for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the Florida east coast 
subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2005. The 75-fish 
trip limit will remain in effect until the fishery closes or until the 
end of the current fishing season (March 31, 2005) for this subzone. 
From November 1 through March 31, the Florida east coast subzone of the 
Gulf group king mackerel is that part of the eastern zone north of 
25[deg]20.4' N. lat. (a line directly east from the Miami-Dade County, 
FL, boundary).

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA, (AA) finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such 
procedures are unnecessary because the rule itself already has been 
subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the 
public of the trip limit increase. Allowing prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest 
because it requires time, thus delaying fishermen's ability to catch 
more king mackerel than the present trip limit allows and preventing 
fishermen from reaping the socioeconomic benefits derived from this 
increase in daily catch.
    As this actions allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king 
mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the 
Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and 
may go into effect on its effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(1). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: January 24, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-1610 Filed 1-25-05; 3:08 pm]
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