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, 4039-4040 [05-1611]

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 4040 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 18 / Friday, January 28, 2005 / Rules and Regulations according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2005 interim TAC of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA is 13,733 metric tons (mt), as established by the 2005 interim harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (69 FR 74455, December 14, 2004). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2005 interim TAC of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional VerDate jul<14>2003 14:20 Jan 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 12,733 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 1,000 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, 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 GOA. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. 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 at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the closure of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30 day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 25, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–1611 Filed 1–25–05; 3:08 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\28JAR1.SGM 28JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 18 (Friday, January 28, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 4039-4040]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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

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

ACTION: Closure.

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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

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according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of 
Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council 
under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in 
accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 
CFR part 679.
    The 2005 interim TAC of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching 
Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central 
Regulatory Area of the GOA is 13,733 metric tons (mt), as established 
by the 2005 interim harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA 
(69 FR 74455, December 14, 2004).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska 
Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2005 
interim TAC of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod 
for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area 
of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator 
is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 12,733 mt, and is 
setting aside the remaining 1,000 mt as bycatch to support other 
anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with Sec.  
679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed 
fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, 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 GOA.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

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 at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the closure of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching 
Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central 
Regulatory Area of the GOA.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30 day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: January 25, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-1611 Filed 1-25-05; 3:08 pm]
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