Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Species in the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/“Other Flatfish” Fishery Category by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 21341 [05-8309]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 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 II will be harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, April 25, 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, July 1, 2005, when the Quarter III 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: April 20, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–8310 Filed 4–21–05; 2:50 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. 042105B] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Species in the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/‘‘Other Flatfish’’ Fishery Category by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate jul<14>2003 14:19 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. SUMMARY: NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/ flathead sole/‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the second seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category in the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), April 22, 2005, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 5, 2005. 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 second seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category in the BSAI, for the period April 1, 2005 through July 5, 2005, is 164 metric tons as established by the 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005). In accordance with § 679.21(e)(7)(v), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the amount of the second seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category in the BSAI has been caught. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 21341 Consequently, NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/ flathead sole/‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in 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 directed fishing for species in the rock sole/flathead sole/ ‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in 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. This action is required by § 679.21 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 21, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–8309 Filed 4–21–05; 2:50 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041126332-5039-02; I.D. 042105B]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Species in 
the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/``Other Flatfish'' Fishery Category by 
Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management 
Area

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/
flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category by vessels using 
trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area 
(BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the second 
seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified 
for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery 
category in the BSAI.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), April 22, 2005, 
through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 5, 2005.

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 second seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch 
allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other 
flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI, for the period April 1, 2005 
through July 5, 2005, is 164 metric tons as established by the 2005 and 
2006 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 
8979, February 24, 2005).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.21(e)(7)(v), the Administrator, Alaska 
Region, NMFS, has determined that the amount of the second seasonal 
apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the 
trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category in 
the BSAI has been caught. Consequently, NMFS is closing directed 
fishing for species in the rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' 
fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI.
    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 delay the closure of directed fishing for species in the rock 
sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category by vessels using 
trawl gear in 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.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.21 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: April 21, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-8309 Filed 4-21-05; 2:50 pm]
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