Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Fisheries, 12142-12143 [05-4832]

Download as PDF 12142 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 47 / Friday, March 11, 2005 / Rules and Regulations The Department of Justice is finalizing without change the interim final rule with request for comments published at 68 FR 66534, on November 26, 2003. The interim final rule implemented changes to the government-wide nonprocurement debarment and suspension common rule (NCR) and the associated rule on drug-free workplace requirements. The NCR sets forth the common policies and procedures that Federal Executive branch agencies must use in taking suspension or debarment actions. It also establishes procedures for participants and Federal agencies in entering covered transactions. SUMMARY: This final rule is effective April 11, 2005. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Fallowfield, Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 305–2534. (This is not a toll-free number.) E-mail: Linda.Fallowfield@usdoj.gov. On November 26, 2003, at 68 FR 65534, a number of Federal agencies jointly published a final government-wide nonprocurement debarment and suspension common rule (NCR). At that time, because the Department of Justice (the Department) had not previously proposed changes to the NCR along with the other participating agencies, the Department adopted the NCR on an interim final basis. This interim final rule also separated the Department’s drug-free workplace requirements from the uniform requirements on debarment and suspension. The Department did not receive any comments and is now finalizing without change the common rule it adopted on November 26, 2003. The NCR promotes consistency within the Federal Government and provides uniform requirements for debarment and suspension by Executive branch agencies to protect assistance, loans, benefits, and other nonprocurement activities from waste, fraud, abuse, and poor performance, similar to the system used for Federal procurement activities under Subpart 9.4 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Drug-free workplace requirements were moved from 28 CFR part 67 to 28 CFR part 83. This places the requirements nearer other requirements used predominantly by award officials. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate jul<14>2003 17:11 Mar 10, 2005 Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 Regulatory Certifications Final rule. Jkt 205001 Executive Order 12866 This regulation has been drafted and reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ section 1(b), Principles of Regulation. The Department has determined that this rule is a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), Regulatory Planning and Review, and accordingly this rule has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Executive Order 13132 This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 251 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. 5 U.S.C. 804. This rule will not result in: an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreignbased companies in domestic and export markets. List of Subjects This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, it is determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Attorney General, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), has reviewed this regulation, and by approving it, certifies that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: this rule addresses Federal agency procedures for suspension and debarment, and it clarifies current requirements under the Nonprocurement Common Rule for Debarment and Suspension by reorganizing information and presenting that information in a plain language, question-and-answer format. 28 CFR Part 67 Administrative practice and procedure, Government contracts, Grant programs, Loan programs, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Technical assistance, Drug abuse. 28 CFR Part 83 Administrative practice and procedure, Drug abuse, Grant programs, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. I Accordingly, the interim final rule amending 28 CFR Parts 67 and 83, which was published at 68 FR 66534 on November 26, 2003, is adopted as a final rule without change. Dated: March 7, 2005. Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General. [FR Doc. 05–4850 Filed 3–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995 [I.D. 030405B] This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Paperwork Reduction Act This rule does not impose additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS has determined that the available Angling category Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota for the 2004 fishing year (June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005) is projected to be reached by March 11, 2005. Therefore, the Angling category BFT fishery will close, coastwide, effective March 11, 2005. This action is E:\FR\FM\11MRR1.SGM 11MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 47 / Friday, March 11, 2005 / Rules and Regulations being taken to prevent overharvest of the adjusted Angling category quota of 299.6 metric tons (mt). DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, March 11, 2005, through May 31, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: HMS Management Division at 978–281– 9260. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of BFT by persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas among the various domestic fishing categories and are specified annually under 50 CFR 635.23(b) and 635.27(a). Angling Category Closure NMFS is required, under 50 CFR 635.28 (a)(1), to file with the Office of the Federal Register for publication, notification of closure when a BFT quota is reached, or is projected to be reached. On and after the effective date and time of such closure notification, for the remainder of the fishing year, or for a specified period as indicated in the notification, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing BFT under that quota category is prohibited until the opening of the subsequent quota period, or until such date as specified in the notification. The 2004 final initial BFT quota specifications issued pursuant to 635.27, set an Angling category quota of 76.5 mt to be harvested from the regulatory area during the 2004 fishing year (70 FR 10896, March 7, 2005). On December 10, 2004, NMFS transferred a total of 223.1 mt from the General category to the Angling category establishing an adjusted Angling category BFT quota of 299.6 mt for the 2004 fishing year (69 FR 71732). Based on the available Angling category quota and preliminary information regarding recreational BFT landings for the 2004 fishing year, NMFS projects that the available Angling category quota will be reached by March 11, 2005. Therefore, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling, and HMS Charter/Headboat categories, must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time March 11, 2005, in all areas. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the VerDate jul<14>2003 17:11 Mar 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 available quota established for the Angling category. Atlantic HMS Angling and HMS Charter/Headboat category permit holders may tag and release BFT of all sizes while the Angling quota category is closed, subject to the requirements of the tag-and-release program at § 635.26. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that it is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to provide prior notice of, and an opportunity for public comment on, this action. Based on the available Angling category quota for the 2004 fishing year and the most recent information regarding recreational BFT landings, this closure is necessary to prevent overharvest of the adjusted Angling category quota. This fishery is currently underway and delaying this action would be contrary to the public interest as it will result in additional recreational BFT landings, potentially contributing to an overharvest of the adjusted Angling category quota. Therefore, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment. For all of the above reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the delay in effectiveness of this action. NMFS provides notification of closures by publishing the closure notice in the Federal Register, faxing notification to individuals on the HMS FAX Network and know fishery representatives, announcing the notice on the Atlantic Tunas Information Lines, posting the closure notice on www.nmfspermits.com, and announcing the notice over the NOAA Weather radio channel. This action is being taken under 50 CFR 635.23(a)(4) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: March 7, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–4832 Filed 3–8–05; 12:58 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 12143 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126332–5039–02; I.D. 112204C] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2005 and 2006 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document corrects a February 24, 2005, final rule that implements 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications, reserves, and apportionments thereof, Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, and associated management measures for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). Specifically, this document corrects errors in Tables 12 and 13 to the final specifications. DATES: Effective at 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 24, 2005, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2006. Copies of the Final Environmental Assessment and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis prepared for this action are available from Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802, Attn: Lori Durall, or from the Alaska Region website at www.fakr.noaa.gov. Copies of the final 2004 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report for the groundfish resources of the GOA, dated November 2004, are available from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, West 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99510–2252, (907–271–2809) or from its website at www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Furuness, 907–586–7228, or email at mary.furuness@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS published 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications, reserves, and apportionments thereof, Pacific halibut PSC limits, and associated management measures for the groundfish fishery of the GOA on February 24, 2005 (70 FR 8958). That rule lists sideboard limitations for non-exempt American Fisheries Act catcher vessels in the GOA. This document corrects the final rule by reflecting accurately all of the ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\11MRR1.SGM 11MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 47 (Friday, March 11, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

[I.D. 030405B]


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Fisheries

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS has determined that the available Angling category 
Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota for the 2004 fishing year (June 1, 
2004 May 31, 2005) is projected to be reached by March 11, 2005. 
Therefore, the Angling category BFT fishery will close, coastwide, 
effective March 11, 2005. This action is

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being taken to prevent overharvest of the adjusted Angling category 
quota of 299.6 metric tons (mt).

DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, March 11, 2005, through May 
31, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: HMS Management Division at 978-281-
9260.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority 
of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of BFT by persons and vessels 
subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR part 635. Section 
635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended by the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas among the various 
domestic fishing categories and are specified annually under 50 CFR 
635.23(b) and 635.27(a).

Angling Category Closure

    NMFS is required, under 50 CFR 635.28 (a)(1), to file with the 
Office of the Federal Register for publication, notification of closure 
when a BFT quota is reached, or is projected to be reached. On and 
after the effective date and time of such closure notification, for the 
remainder of the fishing year, or for a specified period as indicated 
in the notification, fishing for, retaining, possessing, or landing BFT 
under that quota category is prohibited until the opening of the 
subsequent quota period, or until such date as specified in the 
notification.
    The 2004 final initial BFT quota specifications issued pursuant to 
635.27, set an Angling category quota of 76.5 mt to be harvested from 
the regulatory area during the 2004 fishing year (70 FR 10896, March 7, 
2005). On December 10, 2004, NMFS transferred a total of 223.1 mt from 
the General category to the Angling category establishing an adjusted 
Angling category BFT quota of 299.6 mt for the 2004 fishing year (69 FR 
71732). Based on the available Angling category quota and preliminary 
information regarding recreational BFT landings for the 2004 fishing 
year, NMFS projects that the available Angling category quota will be 
reached by March 11, 2005. Therefore, fishing for, retaining, 
possessing, or landing BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the 
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling, and HMS Charter/
Headboat categories, must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time March 11, 
2005, in all areas. The intent of this closure is to prevent 
overharvest of the available quota established for the Angling 
category. Atlantic HMS Angling and HMS Charter/Headboat category permit 
holders may tag and release BFT of all sizes while the Angling quota 
category is closed, subject to the requirements of the tag-and-release 
program at Sec.  635.26.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that it 
is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to provide prior 
notice of, and an opportunity for public comment on, this action. Based 
on the available Angling category quota for the 2004 fishing year and 
the most recent information regarding recreational BFT landings, this 
closure is necessary to prevent overharvest of the adjusted Angling 
category quota.
    This fishery is currently underway and delaying this action would 
be contrary to the public interest as it will result in additional 
recreational BFT landings, potentially contributing to an overharvest 
of the adjusted Angling category quota. Therefore, the AA finds good 
cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the 
opportunity for public comment. For all of the above reasons, there is 
good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the delay in effectiveness of 
this action.
    NMFS provides notification of closures by publishing the closure 
notice in the Federal Register, faxing notification to individuals on 
the HMS FAX Network and know fishery representatives, announcing the 
notice on the Atlantic Tunas Information Lines, posting the closure 
notice on www.nmfspermits.com, and announcing the notice over the NOAA 
Weather radio channel.
    This action is being taken under 50 CFR 635.23(a)(4) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 7, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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