Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter II Fishery for Loligo Squid, 21340-21341 [05-8310]

Download as PDF 21340 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Rules and Regulations EPA-APPROVED REGULATIONS IN THE MARYLAND SIP—Continued Code of Maryland administrative regulations (COMAR) citation Title/subject 10.18.08.04/26.11.08.04 ................. Visible Emissions ........... * * 26.11.09 .......................................... * * 26.11.09.05 ..................................... * 11/24/03 Additional explanation/citation at 40 CFR 52.1100 EPA approval date 4/26/05 ............................................... [Insert page number where the document begins] Revised COMAR citation; revised paragraph 26.11.08.04C. * * * * * Control of Fuel-Burning Equipment, Stationary Internal Combustion Engines, and Certain FuelBurning Installations * * Visible Emissions ........... 11/24/03 * * 26.11.10 .......................................... * * 26.11.10.03 ..................................... State effective date * * * * 4/26/05 ............................................... [Insert page number where the document begins] * * Closure. ACTION: BILLING CODE 6560–50–P NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, April 25, 2005. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through June 30, 2005). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter II quota and to allow for effective management of this stock. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, April 25, 2005, through 2400 hours, June 30, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Blackburn, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9326, Fax 978–281– 9135. 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 041221358–5065–02; I.D. 042005B] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter II Fishery for Loligo Squid National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: * Revised paragraph 26.11.10.03A(2) * SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration * * [FR Doc. 05–8317 Filed 4–25–05; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE * Revised paragraph 26.11.09.05A(3). * * * Control of Iron and Steel Production Installations * * Visible Emissions ........... 11/24/03 * * * 4/26/05 ............................................... [Insert page number where the document begins] Regulations governing the Loligo squid fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for setting the annual initial specifications are described in § 648.21. The final rule for the 2005 annual specifications published on March 21, 2005 (70 FR 13406). The 2005 annual quota for Loligo squid is 16,744.9 mt. This amount is allocated by quarter, as shown below. TABLE 1.—Loligo SQUID QUARTERLY ALLOCATIONS Percent Metric Tons1 33.23 ...................................... 17.61 ...................................... 17.3 ........................................ 31.86 ...................................... 100 ......................................... 5,564.3 ................................... 2,948.8 ................................... 2,896.9 ................................... 5,334.9 ................................... 16,744.9 ................................. Quarter I (Jan-Mar) II(Apr-Jun) III(Jul-Sep) IV (Oct-Dec) Total 1Quarterly N/A. N/A. N/A. N/A. 255.1. allocations after 255.1–mt research set-aside deduction. Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is harvested in VerDate jul<14>2003 Research Set-aside 14:19 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in advance of the PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail notification of the closure to all E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1 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 648

[Docket No. 041221358-5065-02; I.D. 042005B]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter II Fishery for 
Loligo Squid

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in 
the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, 
April 25, 2005. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo squid 
may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid 
per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through June 30, 2005). This 
action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter 
II quota and to allow for effective management of this stock.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, April 25, 2005, through 2400 hours, June 
30, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Blackburn, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9326, Fax 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the Loligo squid 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require 
specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, 
allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic 
annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels 
of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for 
setting the annual initial specifications are described in Sec.  
648.21.
    The final rule for the 2005 annual specifications published on 
March 21, 2005 (70 FR 13406). The 2005 annual quota for Loligo squid is 
16,744.9 mt. This amount is allocated by quarter, as shown below.

                                                      Table 1.--Loligo Squid Quarterly Allocations
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                            Quarter                                        Percent                   Metric Tons\1\              Research Set-aside
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                  I (Jan-Mar)                                                         33.23                       5,564.3                           N/A
                  II(Apr-Jun)                                                         17.61                       2,948.8                           N/A
                  III(Jul-Sep)                                                         17.3                       2,896.9                           N/A
                  IV (Oct-Dec)                                                        31.86                       5,334.9                           N/A
                  Total                                                                 100                      16,744.9                         255.1
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\1\Quarterly allocations after 255.1-mt research set-aside deduction.

    Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid 
fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is 
harvested in Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total 
annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in 
advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, 
New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail 
notification of the closure to all

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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]
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