Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Central Aleutian District, 8749-8750 [05-3440]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 6. Anglers may only use non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors within impounded waters. * * * * * 4. In § 32.34, on page 236, under ‘‘Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the second column, the second paragraph B.1 through 3 and paragraph C is removed. n 5. In § 32.40, on page 270, the entry for ‘‘Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge’’ is added after the introductory paragraph, and on page 272, under ‘‘Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’’ paragraph D is added after paragraph C.11 to read as follows: n § 32.40 * Massachusetts. * * * * Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge A. Hunting of Migratory Game Birds. [Reserved] B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved] D. Sport Fishing. Fishing is permitted in designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: 1. Fishing is permitted along the main channel of the Sudbury River, Concord River and along designated banks of Heard Pond with the following exception: Fishing is not permitted within refuge impoundments. 2. Only foot access is permitted. * * * * * 2. From March 15 through June 30, we allow fishing from the Wilna Pond pier only (no boat or bank fishing). 3. During the period when we open the Wilna Tract for deer hunting, we will close it to all other uses, including fishing. 4. We prohibit fishing by any means other than by use of one or more attended poles with hook and line attached. 5. We prohibit the use of lead fishing tackle. 6. We require catch and release fishing only for largemouth bass. Anglers may take other finfish species in accordance with State regulations. 7. We prohibit the take of any reptile, amphibian, or invertebrate species for use as bait or for any other purpose. 8. We prohibit the use of live minnows as bait. 9. We prohibit use of boats propelled by gasoline motors, sail, or mechanically operated paddle wheel. We only permit cartop boats; and we prohibit trailers. 10. Prescheduled environmental education field trips will have priority over other uses, including sport fishing, on the Wilna Pond pier at all times. [FR Doc. 05–55501 Filed 2–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Parker River National Wildlife Refuge * * * * 50 CFR Part 679 * D. Sport Fishing. Saltwater fishing is permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions: 1. We allow saltwater fishing on the ocean beach and the surrounding waters of the Broad Sound. 2. A permit is required for night fishing and for the use of over-the-sand surf-fishing vehicles. * * * * * 6. In § 32.46, on page 297, under ‘‘North Platte National Wildlife Refuge’’ the second paragraph B.‘‘Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]’’ is removed. n 7. In § 32.66, on page 362, under ‘‘Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge’’ after paragraph C.10 add text to paragraph D to read as follows: n § 32.66 * Virginia. * * * * Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge * * * * * D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on designated areas of Wilna Pond in Richmond County subject to the following conditions: 1. As we implement the new fishing program at Wilna Pond, we intend to be open on a daily basis, legal sunrise to legal sunset. If unexpected law enforcement issues arise, we may restrict hours of access for fishing. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:23 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 [Docket No. 041202338–4338–01; I.D. 021605A] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Central Aleutian District AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the interim 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel specified for the Central Aleutian District. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 17, 2005, until superseded by the notice of final 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications of groundfish for the BSAI, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 8749 BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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 interim 2005 TAC of Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI is 13,218 metric tons (mt) as established by the interim 2005 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (69 FR 76780, December 23, 2004). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the interim 2005 TAC specified for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District will be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 13,000 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 218 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 will be reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI. 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 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 the fisheries under the interim 2005 TAC of Atka mackerel specified for the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI. 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. E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1 8750 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 23, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Dated: February 16, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–3440 Filed 2–17–05; 3:07 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate jul<14>2003 16:23 Feb 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 23, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 8749-8750]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-3440]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041202338-4338-01; I.D. 021605A]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka 
Mackerel in the Central Aleutian District

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 Atka mackerel in the 
Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding 
the interim 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel specified 
for the Central Aleutian District.

DATES:  Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 17, 
2005, until superseded by the notice of final 2005 and 2006 harvest 
specifications of groundfish for the BSAI, 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 
BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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 interim 2005 TAC of Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian 
District of the BSAI is 13,218 metric tons (mt) as established by the 
interim 2005 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (69 FR 
76780, December 23, 2004).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska 
Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the interim 
2005 TAC specified for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District 
will be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing 
a directed fishing allowance of 13,000 mt, and is setting aside the 
remaining 218 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 will be 
reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka 
mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI.
    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 the fisheries under the interim 2005 TAC of 
Atka mackerel specified for the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI.
    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.

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    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: February 16, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-3440 Filed 2-17-05; 3:07 pm]
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