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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations the acceptance and payment process and should offset any delays due to reductions in source inspections. Many DoD locations are already registered in Wide Area WorkFlow–Receipt and Acceptance, and more are being continually added. Since Wide Area WorkFlow–Receipt and Acceptance is well on the way toward full implementation, DoD believes that any economic impact on small entities will be minimal. C. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the rule does not impose any information collection requirements that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 246 Government procurement. Michele P. Peterson, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. Therefore, 48 CFR Part 246 is amended as follows: I 1. The authority citation for 48 CFR Part 246 continues to read as follows: I permit to harvest Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through March 31, 2005). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter I quota and to allow for effective management of this stock. (ii) The product being acquired— (A) Has critical characteristics; (B) Has specific features identified that make Government contract quality assurance at source necessary; or (C) Has specific acquisition concerns identified that make Government contract quality assurance at source necessary; and (iii) The contract is being awarded to— (A) A manufacturer or producer; or (B) A non-manufacturer or nonproducer and specific Government verifications have been identified as necessary and feasible to perform. I 3. Section 246.404 is added to read as follows: Effective 0001 hours, February 20, 2005, through 2400 hours, March 31, 2005. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Blackburn, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9326, Fax 978–281– 9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the Loligo squid fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for setting the annual initial specifications are described in § 648.21. The regulations at § 648.21(d)(1) allow for the previous year’s annual specifications to remain in effect if the annual specifications for the new fishing year are not published in the Federal Register prior to the start of the fishing year. The 2004 annual quota for Loligo squid was 16,872.4 mt, with 5,606.7 mt allocated to Quarter I (69 FR 4861, February 2, 2004). The annual quota in 2005 is not proposed to change from the 2004 value, but because the proposed 2005 Research Set-Aside (RSA) is greater than the 2004 RSA allocation, the individual Quarterly quotas are minimally different. The proposed rule for the 2005 annual specifications published on January 10, 2005 (70 FR 1686), with a comment period open through February 9, 2005. The proposed 2005 annual quota for Loligo squid is 16,744.9 mt. This amount is proposed to be allocated by quarter, as shown below. 246.404 Government contract quality assurance for acquisitions at or below the simplified acquisition threshold. Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or delivery orders valued at or below the simplified acquisition threshold unless the criteria at 246.402 have been met. [FR Doc. 05–3202 Filed 2–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–08–P Authority: 41 U.S.C. 421 and 48 CFR Chapter 1. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE PART 246—QUALITY ASSURANCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2. Section 246.402 is added to read as follows: 50 CFR Part 648 246.402 Government contract quality assurance at source. [Docket No. 041221358–4358–01; I.D. 021405B] Do not require Government contract quality assurance at source for contracts or delivery orders valued below $250,000, unless— (1) Mandated by DoD regulation; (2) Required by a memorandum of agreement between the acquiring department or agency and the contract administration agency; or (3) The contracting officer determines that— (i) Contract technical requirements are significant (e.g., the technical requirements include drawings, test procedures, or performance requirements); Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter I Fishery for Loligo Squid I 8543 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, February 20, 2005. Vessels issued a Federal TABLE 1.—Loligo SQUID QUARTERLY ALLOCATIONS. Quarter Percent I (Jan-Mar) II(Apr-Jun) III(Jul-Sep) IV(Oct-Dec) Total 1Quarterly VerDate jul<14>2003 Metric Tons1 33.23 17.61 17.3 31.86 100 5,564.3 2,948.8 2,896.9 5,334.9 16,744.9 allocations after 255.1 mt research set-aside deduction. 12:43 Feb 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 Research Set-aside N/A N/A N/A N/A 255.1 8544 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is harvested in Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail notification of the closure to all holders of Loligo squid permits at least 72 hours before the effective date of the closure; provide adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in the fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal Register. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer reports and other available information, has determined that 80 percent of the DAH for Loligo squid in Quarter I will be harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, February 20, 2005, the directed fishery for Loligo squid is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo during a calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 hours, April 1, 2005, when the Quarter II quota becomes available. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate jul<14>2003 12:43 Feb 18, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: February 14, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–3225 Filed 2–15–05; 2:56 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [I.D. 021505A] Fisheries off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Western Pacific Crustacean Fisheries; 2005 Bankspecific Harvest Guidelines National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of no harvest guideline for crustaceans. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that an annual harvest guideline for the commercial lobster fishery in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) will not be issued for the year 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alvin Katekaru, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, at (808)973–2937. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plan for Crustacean Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (Crustaceans FMP) at 50 CFR PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 660.50(b)(2), every year NMFS is required to publish a harvest guideline for lobster Permit Area 1, which encompasses the exclusive economic zone (0 to 200 nm from shore) around the NWHI. The fishery has been closed since 2000. This action is (a) taken as a precautionary measure to prevent overfishing of the lobster resources while NMFS conducts biological research and assessment on the lobster stocks; (b) in compliance with an order of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to keep the NWHI commercial lobster fishery closed until an environmental impact statement and a biological opinion have been prepared for the Crustaceans FMP; and (c) consistent with Executive Orders 13178 and 13196, issued in December 2000 and January 2001, respectively, that established the NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. NMFS will not publish any harvest guideline for the NWHI commercial lobster fishery for the year 2005, and no harvest of NWHI lobster resources is allowed. NMFS intends to continue to study and assess the status of the lobster populations in the NWHI and examine the resulting information to determine the appropriate direction for future fishery management actions. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 15, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–3362 Filed 2–18–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 041221358-4358-01; I.D. 021405B]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter I Fishery for 
Loligo Squid

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in 
the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, 
February 20, 2005. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo 
squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo 
squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through March 31, 
2005). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding 
its Quarter I quota and to allow for effective management of this 
stock.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, February 20, 2005, through 2400 hours, 
March 31, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Blackburn, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9326, Fax 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the Loligo squid 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require 
specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, 
allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic 
annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels 
of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for 
setting the annual initial specifications are described in Sec.  
648.21.
    The regulations at Sec.  648.21(d)(1) allow for the previous year's 
annual specifications to remain in effect if the annual specifications 
for the new fishing year are not published in the Federal Register 
prior to the start of the fishing year. The 2004 annual quota for 
Loligo squid was 16,872.4 mt, with 5,606.7 mt allocated to Quarter I 
(69 FR 4861, February 2, 2004).
    The annual quota in 2005 is not proposed to change from the 2004 
value, but because the proposed 2005 Research Set-Aside (RSA) is 
greater than the 2004 RSA allocation, the individual Quarterly quotas 
are minimally different. The proposed rule for the 2005 annual 
specifications published on January 10, 2005 (70 FR 1686), with a 
comment period open through February 9, 2005. The proposed 2005 annual 
quota for Loligo squid is 16,744.9 mt. This amount is proposed to be 
allocated by quarter, as shown below.

                                  Table 1.--Loligo Squid Quarterly Allocations.
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                         Quarter                               Percent       Metric Tons\1\   Research Set-aside
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                  I (Jan-Mar)                                        33.23           5,564.3                 N/A
                  II(Apr-Jun)                                        17.61           2,948.8                 N/A
                  III(Jul-Sep)                                        17.3           2,896.9                 N/A
                  IV(Oct-Dec)                                        31.86           5,334.9                 N/A
                  Total                                                100          16,744.9               255.1
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\1\Quarterly allocations after 255.1 mt research set-aside deduction.


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    Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid 
fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is 
harvested in Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total 
annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in 
advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, 
New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail 
notification of the closure to all holders of Loligo squid permits at 
least 72 hours before the effective date of the closure; provide 
adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in the 
fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal 
Register. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer 
reports and other available information, has determined that 80 percent 
of the DAH for Loligo squid in Quarter I will be harvested. Therefore, 
effective 0001 hours, February 20, 2005, the directed fishery for 
Loligo squid is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo 
squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo 
during a calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 
hours, April 1, 2005, when the Quarter II quota becomes available.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: February 14, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-3225 Filed 2-15-05; 2:56 pm]
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