Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska, 13119-13120 [05-5345]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 52 / Friday, March 18, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Dated: March 14, 2005. Rebecca Lent, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. 13119 6. In § 660.394, revise paragraph A.l.t., March 10, 2005. This adjustment (m)(149) through (164) to read as follows: is necessary to allow the fishing industry opportunity to harvest pollock § 660.394 Latitude/longitude coordinates without exceeding the B season defining the 180–fm (329–m) through 250– allowance of the 2005 total allowable fm (457–m) depth contours. catch (TAC) of pollock specified for I Accordingly, 50 CFR part 660 is * * * * * Statistical Area 630 of the GOA. corrected by making the following (m) * * * correcting amendments: DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, A.l.t., March (149) 38°46.81′ N. lat., 123°51.49′ W. 10, 2005, until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., March long.; PART 660—FISHERIES OFF WEST 10, 2005. Comments must be received at (150) 38°45.28′ N. lat., 123°51.55′ W. COAST STATES AND IN THE the following address no later than 4:30 long.; WESTERN PACIFIC p.m., A.l.t., March 29, 2005. (151) 38°42.76′ N. lat., 123°49.73′ W. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue long.; I 1. The authority citation for part 660 Salveson, Assistant Regional (152) 38°41.53′ N. lat., 123°47.80′ W. continues to read as follows: Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries long.; Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. (153) 38°41.41′ N. lat., 123°46.74′ W. Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: I 2. In § 660.302, in the definition for long.; Lori Durall. Comments may be ‘‘North-South management area,’’ the (154) 38°38.01′ N. lat., 123°45.74′ W. submitted by: second paragraph (1)(i) and paragraphs • Mail to: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK long.; (1)(ii) through (iv) are correctly (155) 38°37.19′ N. lat., 123°43.98′ W. 99802; redesignated as paragraphs (1)(ii) • Hand delivery to the Federal long.; through (v) and republished to read as (156) 38°35.26′ N. lat., 123°41.99′ W. Building, 709 West 9th Street, Room follows: long.; 420A, Juneau, Alaska; (157) 38°33.38′ N. lat., 123°41.76′ W. • FAX to 907–586–7557; § 660.302 Definitions. • E-mail to G63plk2s12@noaa.gov and long.; * * * * * include in the subject line of the e-mail (158) 38°19.95′ N. lat., 123°32.90′ W. North-South management area * * * comment the document identifier: long.; (1) * * * (159) 38°14.38′ N. lat., 123°25.51′ W. g63plk2s12 (E-mail comments, with or (ii) Columbia. (A) The northern limit long.; without attachments, are limited to 5 is 47°30′ N. lat. (160) 38°09.39′ N. lat., 123°24.39′ W. megabytes); or (B) The southern limit is 43°00′ N. lat. long.; • Webform at the Federal eRulemaking (iii) Eureka. (A) The northern limit is (161) 38°10.09′ N. lat., 123°27.21′ W. Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the 43°00′ N. lat. instructions at that site for submitting (B) The southern limit is 40°30′ N. lat. long.; (162) 38°03.76′ N. lat., 123°31.90′ W. comments. (iv) Monterey. (A) The northern limit long.; is 40°30′ N. lat. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh (163) 38°02.06′ N. lat., 123°31.26′ W. (B) The southern limit is 36°00′ N. lat. Keaton, 907–586–7228. (v) Conception. (A) The northern limit long.; and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS (164) 38°00.00′ N. lat., 123°29.56′ W. is 36°00′ N. lat. manages the groundfish fishery in the long. (B) The southern limit is the U.S.GOA exclusive economic zone Mexico International Boundary, which * * * * * according to the Fishery Management is a line connecting the following [FR Doc. 05–5350 Filed 3–17–05; 8:45 am] Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of coordinates in the order listed: BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Point N. Lat. W. Long. under authority of the MagnusonDEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Stevens Fishery Conservation and 1 32°35.37′ 117°27.82′ 2 32°37.62′ 117°49.52′ Management Act. Regulations governing National Oceanic and Atmospheric 3 31°07.97′ 118°36.30′ fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance Administration 4 30°32.52′ 121°51.97′ with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. 50 CFR Part 679 * * * * * The B season allowance of the 2005 [Docket No. 041126333–5040–02; I.D. TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 § 660.373 [Corrected] 030805C] of the GOA is 2,021 metric tons (mt) as I 3. In § 660.373, amend paragraph (b)(4) established by the 2005 and 2006 so that the words ‘‘managmenet’’ and Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic harvest specifications for groundfish of ‘‘fishey’’ are correctly spelled as Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical the GOA (70 FR 8958, February 24, ‘‘management and ‘‘fishery,’’ Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska 2005). In accordance with respectively. § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B) the Administrator, AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional § 660.384 [Corrected] Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Administrator), hereby decreases the B Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I 4. In § 660.384, amend paragraph (c)(3) season pollock TAC by 283 mt, the so that the references to ‘‘Hexogrammos’’ Commerce. or ‘‘Hexogrammas’’ in the introductory ACTION: Inseason adjustment; request for amount the A season allowance of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 was text and in (c)(3)(i)(B) are correctly comments. exceeded. The revised B season spelled as ‘‘Hexagrammos.’’ SUMMARY: NMFS issues an inseason allowance of the pollock TAC in § 660.393 [Corrected] adjustment opening directed fishing for Statistical Area 630 is therefore 1,738 mt I 5. In § 660.393, redesignate paragraphs pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the (2,021 mt minus 283 mt). (i) and (j) as (j) and (k), respectively, and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 12 hours In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), redesignate the second occurrence of effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time the Regional Administrator, has paragraph (h) as paragragh (i). (A.l.t.), March 10, 2005, until 2400 hrs, determined that the B season allowance VerDate jul<14>2003 16:00 Mar 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 I PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\18MRR1.SGM 18MRR1 13120 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 52 / Friday, March 18, 2005 / Rules and Regulations of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 1,538 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 200 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. Regulations at § 679.23(b) specify that the time of all openings and closures of fishing seasons other than the beginning and end of the calendar fishing year is 1200 hrs, A.l.t. Current information shows the catching capacity of vessels catching pollock for processing by the inshore component in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA is about 4,000 mt per day. The Regioanl Administrator has determined that the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 would be exceeded if a 24hour fishery were allowed to occur. NMFS intends that the seasonal allowance not be exceeded and, therefore, will not allow a 24-hour directed fishery. NMFS, in accordance with §§ 679.25(a)(1)(i), (a)(2)(i)(A), and (a)(2)(i)(C), is adjusting the directed fishery for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA by opening the fishery at 1200 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005, and closing the fishery at 2400 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005, at which time directed fishing for pollock will be prohibited. This action has the effect of opening the fishery for 12 hours. NMFS is taking this action to allow a controlled fishery to occur, thereby preventing the overharvest of the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 designated in accordance with the 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (70 FR 8958, February 24, 2005) and § 679.20(a)(5)(iii). In accordance with § 679.25(a)(2)(iii)(C), NMFS has determined that prohibiting directed fishing at 2400 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005, after a 12 hour opening is the least restrictive management adjustment to achieve the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA. Pursuant to § 679.25(b)(2), NMFS has considered data regarding catch per unit of effort and rate of harvest in making this adjustment. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 14:42 Mar 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 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 prevent the full utilization of the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 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. Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA to be harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until March 29, 2005. This action is required by §§ 679.20 and 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 11, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–5345 Filed 3–14–05; 4:33 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126332–5039–02; I.D. 031505B] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of 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 closing directed fishing for yellowfin sole by vessels using trawl gear in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 (Zone 1) of the Bering Sea and PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 bycatch allowance of red king crab specified for the trawl yellowfin sole fishery in Zone 1. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 16, 2005, until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Furuness, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone 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. In accordance with § 679.21(e)(3)(iv)(B)(1), the 2005 red king crab bycatch allowance specified for Zone 1 of the BSAI trawl yellowfin sole fishery is 33,843 animals as established by the 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005). In accordance with § 679.21(e)(7)(ii), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2005 bycatch allowance of red king crab specified for the trawl yellowfin sole fishery in Zone 1 of the BSAI has been reached. Consequently, the Regional Administrator is closing directed fishing for yellowfin sole by vessels using trawl gear in Zone 1 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 a 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 trawl yellowfin sole fishery in Zone 1 of the BSAI. E:\FR\FM\18MRR1.SGM 18MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 52 (Friday, March 18, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041126333-5040-02; I.D. 030805C]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in 
Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska

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

ACTION: Inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues an inseason adjustment opening directed fishing 
for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 12 
hours effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 10, 2005, 
until 2400 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005. This adjustment is necessary to 
allow the fishing industry opportunity to harvest pollock without 
exceeding the B season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch 
(TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005, until 2400 hrs, 
A.l.t., March 10, 2005. Comments must be received at the following 
address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., March 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
Attn: Lori Durall. Comments may be submitted by:
     Mail to: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802;
     Hand delivery to the Federal Building, 709 West 9th 
Street, Room 420A, Juneau, Alaska;
     FAX to 907-586-7557;
     E-mail to G63plk2s12@noaa.gov and include in the subject 
line of the e-mail comment the document identifier: g63plk2s12 (E-mail 
comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 megabytes); or
     Webform at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: 
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone 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 B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical 
Area 630 of the GOA is 2,021 metric tons (mt) as established by the 
2005 and 2006 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (70 FR 
8958, February 24, 2005). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B) 
the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), hereby 
decreases the B season pollock TAC by 283 mt, the amount the A season 
allowance of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 was exceeded. The 
revised B season allowance of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 
is therefore 1,738 mt (2,021 mt minus 283 mt).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional 
Administrator, has determined that the B season allowance

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of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA will soon 
be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a 
directed fishing allowance of 1,538 mt, and is setting aside the 
remaining 200 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish 
fisheries.
    Regulations at Sec.  679.23(b) specify that the time of all 
openings and closures of fishing seasons other than the beginning and 
end of the calendar fishing year is 1200 hrs, A.l.t. Current 
information shows the catching capacity of vessels catching pollock for 
processing by the inshore component in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA 
is about 4,000 mt per day. The Regioanl Administrator has determined 
that the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical 
Area 630 would be exceeded if a 24-hour fishery were allowed to occur. 
NMFS intends that the seasonal allowance not be exceeded and, 
therefore, will not allow a 24-hour directed fishery. NMFS, in 
accordance with Sec. Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(i), (a)(2)(i)(A), and 
(a)(2)(i)(C), is adjusting the directed fishery for pollock in 
Statistical Area 630 of the GOA by opening the fishery at 1200 hrs, 
A.l.t., March 10, 2005, and closing the fishery at 2400 hrs, A.l.t., 
March 10, 2005, at which time directed fishing for pollock will be 
prohibited. This action has the effect of opening the fishery for 12 
hours.
    NMFS is taking this action to allow a controlled fishery to occur, 
thereby preventing the overharvest of the B season allowance of the 
2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 designated in accordance 
with the 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA 
(70 FR 8958, February 24, 2005) and Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iii). In 
accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(2)(iii)(C), NMFS has determined that 
prohibiting directed fishing at 2400 hrs, A.l.t., March 10, 2005, after 
a 12 hour opening is the least restrictive management adjustment to 
achieve the B season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in 
Statistical Area 630 of the GOA. Pursuant to Sec.  679.25(b)(2), NMFS 
has considered data regarding catch per unit of effort and rate of 
harvest in making this adjustment.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec. 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 prevent the full utilization of the B season allowance of the 
2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 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.
    Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the B season 
allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA 
to be harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the 
regulatory schedule. Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are 
invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address 
until March 29, 2005.
    This action is required by Sec. Sec.  679.20 and 679.25 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 11, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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