Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Tilefish Fishery; Quota Harvested for Part-time Category, 12808 [05-5223]

Download as PDF 12808 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 16, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 6. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Florida, is amended by removing Channel 236A and adding Channel 236C3 at Ebro. I 7. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Georgia, is amended by removing Channel 282C and adding Channel 282C0 at Augusta. I 8. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Kansas, is amended by removing Channel 280A and adding Channel 280C3 at Fort Scott and by removing Channel 246C3 and adding Channel 246C2 at Hutchinson. I 9. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Mississippi, is amended by removing Channel 237A and adding Channel 239A at Amory. I 10. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Utah, is amended by removing Channel 264C2 and adding Channel 263C at Monroe. I Federal Communications Commission. John A. Karousos, Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau. [FR Doc. 05–5170 Filed 3–15–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 010319075–1217–02; I.D. 030905G] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Tilefish Fishery; Quota Harvested for Part-time Category National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the percentage of the tilefish annual total allowable landings (TAL) available to the Part-time permit category for the 2005 fishing year has been harvested. Commercial vessels fishing under the Part-time tilefish category may not harvest tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit for the remainder of the 2005 fishing year (through October 31, 2005). Regulations governing the tilefish fishery require publication of this notification to advise the public of this closure. DATES: Effective 0001 hrs local time, March 19, 2005, through 2400 hrs local time, October 31, 2005. VerDate jul<14>2003 13:50 Mar 15, 2005 Jkt 205001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian R. Hooker, Fishery Policy Analyst, at (978) 281–9220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the tilefish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual specification of a TAL for federally permitted tilefish vessels harvesting tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit. The Golden Tilefish Management Unit is defined as an area of the Atlantic Ocean from the latitude of the VA and NC border (36°33.36′ N. lat.), extending eastward from the shore to the outer boundary of the exclusive economic zone, and northward to the U.S.-Canada border. After 5 percent of the TAL is deducted to reflect landings by vessels issued an open-access Incidental permit category, and after up to 3 percent of the TAL is set aside for research purposes, should research TAL be set aside, the remaining TAL is distributed among three tilefish limited access permit categories: Full-time tier 1 category (66 percent), Full-time tier 2 category (15 percent), and the Part-time category (19 percent). The TAL for tilefish for the 2005 fishing year was set at 1.995 million lb (905,172 kg) and then adjusted downward by 5 percent to 1,895,250 lb (859,671 kg) to account for incidental catch. There was no research set-aside for the 2005 fishing year. Thus, the Parttime permit category quota for the 2005 fishing year, which is equal to 19 percent of the TAL, is 360,098 lb (163,338 kg). However, as a result of the Part-time permit category exceeding the quota during the 2004 fishing year by 16,264 lb (7,377 kg) the adjusted Parttime category quota for the 2005 fishing year is 343,843 lb (155,961 kg). Notification of the 2004 Part-time permit category overage and the adjusted quota for the 2005 fishing year was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2004 (69 FR 62001). The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) monitors the commercial tilefish quota for each fishing year using dealer reports, vessel catch reports, and other available information to determine when the quota for each limited access permit category is projected to have been harvested. NMFS is required to publish notification in the Federal Register notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the tilefish TAL for the specific limited access category has been harvested and no commercial quota is available for harvesting tilefish by that category for the remainder of the PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 fishing year, from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit. The Regional Administrator has determined, based upon dealer reports and other available information, that the 2005 tilefish TAL for the Part-time category has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hrs local time, March 19, 2005, further landings of tilefish harvested from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit by tilefish vessels holding Part-time category Federal fisheries permits are prohibited through October 31, 2005. The 2006 fishing year for commercial tilefish harvest will open on November 1, 2005. Federally permitted dealers are also advised that, effective March 19, 2005, they may not purchase tilefish from Part-time category federally permitted tilefish vessels who land tilefish harvested from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit for the remainder of the 2005 fishing year (through October 31, 2005). 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: March 10, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–5223 Filed 3–11–05; 2:39 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 020718172–2303–02; I.D. 030905B] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 ft (18.3 m) LOA Using Jig or Hook-and-Line Gear in the Bogoslof Pacific Cod Exemption Area in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 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 catcher vessels less than 60 ft (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using jig or hook-and-line gear in the Bogoslof Pacific cod exemption area of the Bering Sea and E:\FR\FM\16MRR1.SGM 16MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 16, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 010319075-1217-02; I.D. 030905G]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Tilefish Fishery; 
Quota Harvested for Part-time Category

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the percentage of the tilefish annual 
total allowable landings (TAL) available to the Part-time permit 
category for the 2005 fishing year has been harvested. Commercial 
vessels fishing under the Part-time tilefish category may not harvest 
tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit for the 
remainder of the 2005 fishing year (through October 31, 2005). 
Regulations governing the tilefish fishery require publication of this 
notification to advise the public of this closure.

DATES: Effective 0001 hrs local time, March 19, 2005, through 2400 hrs 
local time, October 31, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian R. Hooker, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, at (978) 281-9220.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the tilefish fishery 
are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual 
specification of a TAL for federally permitted tilefish vessels 
harvesting tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit. 
The Golden Tilefish Management Unit is defined as an area of the 
Atlantic Ocean from the latitude of the VA and NC border (36[deg]33.36' 
N. lat.), extending eastward from the shore to the outer boundary of 
the exclusive economic zone, and northward to the U.S.-Canada border. 
After 5 percent of the TAL is deducted to reflect landings by vessels 
issued an open-access Incidental permit category, and after up to 3 
percent of the TAL is set aside for research purposes, should research 
TAL be set aside, the remaining TAL is distributed among three tilefish 
limited access permit categories: Full-time tier 1 category (66 
percent), Full-time tier 2 category (15 percent), and the Part-time 
category (19 percent).
    The TAL for tilefish for the 2005 fishing year was set at 1.995 
million lb (905,172 kg) and then adjusted downward by 5 percent to 
1,895,250 lb (859,671 kg) to account for incidental catch. There was no 
research set-aside for the 2005 fishing year. Thus, the Part-time 
permit category quota for the 2005 fishing year, which is equal to 19 
percent of the TAL, is 360,098 lb (163,338 kg). However, as a result of 
the Part-time permit category exceeding the quota during the 2004 
fishing year by 16,264 lb (7,377 kg) the adjusted Part-time category 
quota for the 2005 fishing year is 343,843 lb (155,961 kg). 
Notification of the 2004 Part-time permit category overage and the 
adjusted quota for the 2005 fishing year was published in the Federal 
Register on October 22, 2004 (69 FR 62001).
    The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) 
monitors the commercial tilefish quota for each fishing year using 
dealer reports, vessel catch reports, and other available information 
to determine when the quota for each limited access permit category is 
projected to have been harvested. NMFS is required to publish 
notification in the Federal Register notifying commercial vessels and 
dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the 
tilefish TAL for the specific limited access category has been 
harvested and no commercial quota is available for harvesting tilefish 
by that category for the remainder of the fishing year, from within the 
Golden Tilefish Management Unit.
    The Regional Administrator has determined, based upon dealer 
reports and other available information, that the 2005 tilefish TAL for 
the Part-time category has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 
hrs local time, March 19, 2005, further landings of tilefish harvested 
from within the Golden Tilefish Management Unit by tilefish vessels 
holding Part-time category Federal fisheries permits are prohibited 
through October 31, 2005. The 2006 fishing year for commercial tilefish 
harvest will open on November 1, 2005. Federally permitted dealers are 
also advised that, effective March 19, 2005, they may not purchase 
tilefish from Part-time category federally permitted tilefish vessels 
who land tilefish harvested from within the Golden Tilefish Management 
Unit for the remainder of the 2005 fishing year (through October 31, 
2005).

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: March 10, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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