Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources; Correction, 33390-33398 [05-11392]

Download as PDF 33390 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to April 22 and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. * * * * * [FR Doc. 05–11391 Filed 6–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 679 and 680 [Docket No. 040831251–5138–04; I.D. 082504A] RIN 0648–AS47 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS issues this final rule, correcting amendment to the regulations governing the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab fisheries. This action is necessary to clarify procedures and to correct discrepancies provided in a previous rulemaking. This final rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crabs (FMP), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law. DATES: Effective April 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patsy A. Bearden, 907–586–7008 or patsy.bearden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In January 2004, the U.S. Congress amended section 313(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–199, section 801). As amended, section 313(j)(1) requires the Secretary of Commerce to approve and implement by regulation the Crab Rationalization Program (Program), as it was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) between June 2002 and April 2003, and all trailing amendments, including those reported to Congress on May 6, 2003. In June 2004, the Council consolidated its actions on the Program into the Council VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 motion, which is contained in its entirety in Amendment 18. Additionally, in June 2004, the Council developed Amendment 19, which represents minor changes necessary to implement the Program. The Notice of Availability for these amendments was published in the Federal Register on September 1, 2004 (69 FR 53397). NMFS published a proposed rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 on October 29, 2004 (69 FR 63200). NMFS approved Amendments 18 and 19 on November 19, 2004. NMFS published a final rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 on March 2, 2005 (70 FR 10174). NMFS also published a final rule (March 18, 2005; 70 FR 13097) to correct OMB control numbers provided in the final rule dated March 2, 2005 (70 FR 10174). Need for Corrections NOAA seeks to ensure the final rule (March 2, 2005; 70 FR 10174) conforms to the statutory requirements and intent of the Program, to provide clarification regarding the Program’s regulatory requirements, and to correct minor technical errors. 1. Statutory Conformance Corrections These corrections are made to sections of the rule that do not currently conform to the statutory requirements of the Program. Some of the dates specified in the final rule for qualifying years and eligibility years were incorrect. This correction ensures that the final rule conforms to statutory requirements. Table 7 to Part 680 For the Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR) Quota Share (QS) fishery, the participation seasons for Catcher Vessel Crew (CVC) and Catcher/processor Crew (CPC) QS are corrected by adding the year 1999 and removing the year 2002. On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph (3) is removed. On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph (2) is redesignated as paragraph (3), ‘‘October 15, 2001 through October 18, 2001.’’ On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph (1) is redesignated as paragraph (2), ‘‘October 16, 2000 through October 20, 2000.’’ On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, a new paragraph (1) is added, ‘‘October 15, 1999 through October 20, 1999.’’ For the Bering Sea snow crab (BSS) QS fishery, the 1998 qualifying year for QS and the 1998 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS are corrected. On page 10293, row 2 (BSS), columns B and C, paragraphs (3) are amended by removing ‘‘March 21, 1998’’ and adding in its place ‘‘March 20, 1998.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 For the Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST) QS fishery, the qualifying years for CVC and CPC QS are corrected. The 1991/ 1992 year was inadvertently omitted from the qualifying years and is added by this rule. The year November 1, 1993 through November 10, 1993 is combined with the year November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994. On page 10293, row 3 (BST), column B, paragraphs (2) and (3) are combined as new paragraph (3), ‘‘November 1, 1993 through November 10, 1993, and November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994.’’ On page 10293, row 3 (BST), column B, paragraph (1) is redesignated as paragraph (2), ‘‘November 15, 1992 through March 31, 1993.’’ On page 10293, row 3 (BST), column B, new paragraph (1) is added, ‘‘November 15, 1991 through March 31, 1992.’’ This date was inadvertently omitted in the final rule. For the Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab QS fishery (EAG), the date for the 2000 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS is corrected. On page 10294, row 4 (EAG), column C, paragraph (5) is amended by removing ‘‘September 25, 2000’’ and adding in its place ‘‘September 24, 2000.’’ For the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab QS fishery (WAG), the date for the 1997/1998 qualifying year for QS, the date for the 2000/2001 qualifying year for QS, 2000/2001 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS, and the 2000/2001 recent participation season for CVC and CPC QS are corrected. On page 10294, row 7 (WAG), column B, paragraph (2) is amended by removing ‘‘August 21, 1998’’ and adding in its place ‘‘August 31, 1998.’’ On page 10294, row 7 (WAG), columns B and C, paragraphs (5) and column D, paragraph (2), are amended by removing ‘‘March 28, 2001’’ and adding in its place ‘‘May 28, 2001.’’ For the Western Aleutian Islands red king crab QS fishery (WAI), the date for the 1993/1994 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS is corrected and two typographical errors are corrected. On page 10295, row 8 (WAI), column C, paragraph (2) is amended by removing ‘‘November 1, 1995’’ and adding in its place ‘‘November 1, 1993.’’ On page 10295, row 8 (WAI), column C, the introductory paragraph is amended by removing a duplicate paragraph ‘‘3 of the 4 seaons beginning on:’’ On page 10295, row 8 (WAI), column D, the introductory paragraph is amended by removing ‘‘fishiers’’ and adding in its place ‘‘fisheries.’’ Table 9 to Part 680 For the Bering Sea Tanner crab QS fishery (BSS), the date of the 1998 initial E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations issuance of crab PQS is corrected. On page 10295, row 2 Bering Sea snow crab (BSS), column B, season (2) is amended by removing ‘‘March 21, 1998’’ and adding in its place ‘‘March 20, 1998.’’ 2. Regulatory Intent Corrections and Clarifications These corrections are clarifications that explain regulatory changes that are more substantive than typographical/ editorial type corrections. Preamble, Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program Wording in the preamble of the proposed rule (69 FR 63200) regarding crab issues in the CDQ Program was correct. However, in two places, wording in the final rule regarding these same issues was inadvertently changed from ‘‘IFQ’’ to read ‘‘quotas’’ and ‘‘quota.’’ This rule corrects those two errors. On page 10176, column 3, 21 lines after the heading, Community Development Quota Program and Community Allocations, replace ‘‘when IFQ have been reached’’ with ‘‘when quotas have been reached.’’ On page 10176, column 3, 22 lines after the heading, Community Development Quota Program and Community Allocations, remove ‘‘associated with IFQ overages’’ and replace it with ‘‘associated with quota overages.’’ Section 680.6 Crab Economic Data Report (EDR) Section 680.6 is corrected by removing the phrase ‘‘whether OUR CRAB or THEIR CRAB’’ to remove potential double counting activities during custom processing. This phrase was removed from the EDRs, but inadvertently was not removed from the regulations. The phrase ‘‘whether OUR CRAB or THEIR CRAB’’ is removed at the following locations: On page 10253, column 3, paragraph 680.6(c)(5)(xii); On page 10255, column 1, paragraph 680.6(d)(4)(xii); On page 10256, column 3, paragraph 680.6(e)(5)(ix); On page 10257, column 3, paragraph 680.6(f)(4)(ix); On page 10259, column 2, paragraph 680.6(g)(5)(ix); and On page 10260, column 1, paragraph 680.6(h)(4)(ix). On page 10260, column 1, paragraph 680.6(h)(4)(viii) is amended by removing ‘‘over all vessel activities’’ and adding in its place ‘‘over all plant activities.’’ VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 Section 680.7 Prohibitions On page 10261, column 1, paragraphs 680.7(e)(3) and (e)(4) are removed. Paragraph (e)(3) prohibits the receipt of Class B IFQ by transfer if a person holds PQS or IPQ. Paragraph (e)(4) prohibits the receipt of Class B IFQ by transfer if you are affiliated with a person who holds PQS or IPQ. At page 10186, column 1, 3rd full paragraph, halfway down, the clear intent of NMFS is to allow this same receipt of Class B IFQ by transfer. ‘‘The Annual Application for IFQ or IPQ’’ requires each applicant to annually submit their affidavit and provides a reasonable assurance that if affiliation were to change in mid-season, those changes will be reflected in the affidavit for the following year. NMFS established a time period from shortly after the annual application is due until IFQ and IPQ is issued in which no transfers of IFQ or IPQ will be approved (see paragraph 680.41(b)(4)). This will provide NMFS with time to review the affiliation information, determine the amount of Class A IFQ and Class B IFQ to be issued to each IFQ holder, and to issue that IFQ and IPQ. Once issued, transfers could occur that could result in Class B IFQ being transferred to IPQ holders or their affiliates. Because NMFS is modifying the way in which Class A IFQ and Class B IFQ is allocated to PQS or IPQ holders and their affiliates, this would be permitted. Section 680.21 Crab Harvesting Cooperatives In the proposed rule, paragraph 680.21(f)(1) stated that ‘‘transfers of QS that occur after the June 30 deadline’’ . . . ‘‘will not be reflected in the type or amount of IFQ permit issued to the cooperative for the subsequent fishing season.’’ A new crab fishing year begins each July 1; therefore this paragraph speaks to the next fishing season. This text was revised in the final rule, paragraph 680.21(d)(1) to state that ‘‘transfers of QS that occur after the August 1 deadline’’ . . . ‘‘will not be reflected in the type or amount of IFQ permit issued to the crab harvesting cooperative for the subsequent fishing season.’’ When the date changed from June 30 to August 1, the term ‘‘subsequent’’ inadvertently was not changed to read ‘‘current,’’ to reflect that a new fishing year had begun. On page 10269, column 1, paragraph 680.21(d)(1) is amended by removing ‘‘subsequent fishing season’’ and adding in its place ‘‘current fishing season.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 33391 Section 680.40 Quota Share (QS), Processor QS (PQS), Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ), and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) Issuance NMFS is removing a 60 day notification deadline at Section 680.40(f)(3)(i). These regulations require that an application for PQS based on legal processing that occurred in an Eligible Crab Community (ECC), other than Adak, must include an affidavit signed by the applicant stating that notice has been provided to the ECC of the applicant’s intent to apply for PQS 60 days prior to the end of the application period for receiving PQS or QS. The requirement that this notice be provided to the ECC 60 days prior to the end of the application period is being removed. The application period was specified in the Federal Register on March 8, 2004 (70 FR 11194). The application period ends on June 3, 2005. The date 60 days prior to the end of the application period is April 4, 2005. NMFS is removing a similar 60 day notification deadline at Section 680.40(f)(3)(ii). These regulations require that an application for PQS based on legal processing that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska north of a line at 56°20′ N. lat. must include an affidavit signed by the applicant stating that notice has been provided to the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough of the applicant’s intent to apply for PQS 60 days prior to the end of the application period for receiving PQS or QS. The requirement that this notification must have been provided to the ECC 60 days prior to the end of the application period is being removed. The notification deadline was intended to ensure that potential PQS holders contacted ECCs in a timely fashion so that right of first refusal contracts specified under section 313(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act could be completed among the ECC entities selected by the ECCs and PQS holders prior to the end of the application period and the issuance of PQS. This deadline would unduly restrict potential PQS holders and contravenes the Magnuson-Stevens Act as amended by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108–199). The 60- day deadline provided in the final rule is not specified in the Magnuson-Stevens Act amendment and nothing in that amendment would limit the ability of potential PQS holders to receive PQS if notice of the intent to apply for PQS is not provided. This notification deadline was not intended to serve as a mechanism to preclude the ability of potential PQS holders to receive PQS if E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 33392 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations they did not meet the notification deadline. This correction must be made prior to the end of the application period (June 3, 2005). Table 14a to Part 679 Section 680.42 Limitations on Use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ Table 14b to Part 679 Under the final rule regulatory text, NMFS is concerned that the use caps could be interpreted in a way that could allow substantially more consolidation than the Council intended, and more specifically, it is not consistent with the preamble language where NMFS makes a specific reference to affiliation. This final rule corrects the wording to be more specific. On page 10288, column 2, paragraph 680.42(a)(4)(iii) is amended by removing ‘‘A non-individual person that holds PQS would be limited to a QS and IFQ cap that would be calculated based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or IFQ held by any entity in which that PQS holder has a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect ownership interest.’’ and adding in its place ‘‘A non-individual person that holds PQS, and all affiliates of that person, is limited to a QS and IFQ use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.’’ On page 10288, column 3, paragraph 680.42(b)(3)(iii) is amended by removing ‘‘A person that holds PQS would be limited to a PQS use cap that would be calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS holder and all PQS held by any entity in which that PQS holder has a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect ownership interest.’’ and adding in its place ‘‘A person that holds PQS is limited to a PQS use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS holder and all PQS held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.’’ On page 10288, column 3, paragraph 680.42(b)(3)(iv) is amended by removing ‘‘A person that holds IPQ would be limited to an IPQ use cap that would be calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ holder and all IPQ held by any entity in which that IPQ holder has a 10 percent or greater direct or indirect ownership interest.’’ and adding in its place ‘‘A person that holds IPQ is limited to an IPQ use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ holder and all IPQ held by any affiliate of the IPQ holder.’’ 3. Technical Corrections The following typographical and editorial corrections are made in this rule. VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 On page 10239, the ADF&G code for ‘‘Other Alaska’’ is amended by removing ‘‘UNK’’ and adding in its place ‘‘OAK.’’ On page 10239, the NMFS code for ‘‘Other California’’ is amended by removing ‘‘1599’’ and adding in its place ‘‘599.’’ Table 7 to Part 680 On page 10294, column D, row 6, a ‘‘period’’ is added after the last word ‘‘fisheries.’’ Section 680.5 Recordkeeping and Reporting (R&R) On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(H) is amended by removing the reference to ‘‘§ 680.5(d)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(e).’’ On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(I) is amended by removing the reference to ‘‘§ 680.5(e)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(f).’’ On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(J) is amended by removing the reference to ‘‘§ 680.5(f)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(g).’’ On page 10247, column 2, paragraph 680.5(b)(4) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraphs (c)(7), (c)(8), or (c)(9)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraphs (d)(7), (d)(8), or (d)(9).’’ On page 10248, column 2, paragraphs 680.5(d)(5) and (d)(6) are amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraph (b)(5)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (b)(7).’’ On page 10248, column 2, paragraph 680.5(d)(7) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraph (c)(11)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(9).’’ On page 10248, column 2, paragraph 680.5(d)(8) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraph (c)(7)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(7).’’ On page 10248, column 3, paragraph 680.5(d)(9) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraph (c)(7)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(7).’’ Section 680.7 Prohibitions On page 10260, column 3, paragraph 680.7(c)(1) is amended by removing ‘‘BSAI crab’’ and adding in its place ‘‘CR crab.’’ On page 10260, column 3, paragraph 680.7(c)(2) is amended by removing ‘‘IFQ crab’’ and adding in its place ‘‘CR crab.’’ Section 680.20 Arbitration System On page 10267, column 1, paragraph 680.20(h)(4)(iv) is amended by removing ‘‘would be’’ and adding in its place ‘‘will be.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Section 680.23 Equipment and Operational Requirements On page 10273, column 3, paragraph 680.23(g)(5)(iv) is amended by removing ‘‘paragraph (e)(3)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (f)(3).’’ Section 680.40 Quota Share (QS), Processor QS (PQS), Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ), and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) Issuance On page 10281, column 1, paragraph 680.40(h)(4) is amended by removing ‘‘would be’’ and adding in its place ‘‘will be.’’ On page 10281, column 2, paragraph 680.40(h)(5) is amended by removing ‘‘would be’’ and adding in its place ‘‘will be.’’ Section 680.42 Limitations on Use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ On page 10287, column 3, paragraph 680.42(a)(2) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘(b)(1)(ii)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘(a)(1)(ii).’’ On page 10287, column 3, paragraph 680.42(a)(2) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘(b)(3)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘(a)(3).’’ On page 10288, column 2, paragraph 680.42(a)(5) is amended by removing reference to ‘‘paragraph (b)’’ and adding in its place ‘‘paragraph (a).’’ 4. Correction to Information About OMB Control Number 0648–0518 Incorrect burden estimates for 4 of the Economic Data Reports (EDRs) were provided in the final rule, although the correct burden estimates are given in the individual EDRs and in the PRA support statement. On page 10231, column 3, the EDR burden estimates are corrected as follows: remove 25 hours for Catcher processor annual EDR and replace it with 12.5 hours; remove 15 hours for Catcher vessel annual EDR and replace it with 7.5 hours; remove duplicate phrase ‘‘15 hours for Catcher vessel annual EDR;’’ remove 15 hours for the Stationary crab floating processor historical EDR and replace it with 20 hours; remove 15 hours for the Stationary crab floating processor annual EDR and replace it with 10 hours; remove 15 hours for Shoreside crab processor historical EDR and replace it with 20 hours. and remove 15 hours for Shoreside crab processor annual EDR and replace it with 10 hours. Classification The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that this final rule is necessary for the conservation and management of the BSAI crab fisheries. E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 33393 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations The Regional Administrator also has determined that this final rule is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866. Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., are inapplicable. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C.553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA) finds good cause to waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. Through this action, NOAA seeks to ensure that the final rule conforms to the statutory requirements and intent of the Program, provide clarification regarding the Program’s regulatory requirements and correct minor technical errors. Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest for the following reasons. First, corrections to ensure the rule’s conformance with the Program’s statutory requirements are nondiscretionary. As such, prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are unnecessary as the agency has no choice but to ensure its regulations are consistent with the statute. Second, corrections and clarifications to ensure the rule’s compliance with the intent of the Program must be made immediately in order to provide the regulated community with adequate and accurate information to, among other things, apply for participation in the Program prior to the closing of the application date (June 3, 2005). Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on these measures are impracticable and contrary to the public interest because the time necessary to provide such procedures would lead to the realization of the very harm sought to be avoided by this rule. In contrast, waiving those procedures does not affect the eligibility of those otherwise eligible under the regulations as originally promulgated and ensures that all parties who might be eligible are aware of that fact prior to the close of the application period. Finally, the editorial changes made by this rule are non-substantive. As a result, prior notice and an opportunity for comment on these changes are unnecessary. The non-substantive changes made by this rule are not subject to the 30-day delay in effective date requirement of 5 VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 U.S.C. 553(d). With respect to those substantive changes made by this rule, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). The waiver of the 30-day delay in effective date requirement of 5 U.S.C. 553(d) is necessary to provide the regulated community with timely, adequate and accurate information to, among other things, apply for participation in the program prior to the closing of the application date (June 3, 2005). A 30day delay in the effective date of this notice would lead to the realization of the very harm sought to avoided by this rule. Waiving the 30-day delay in effective date requirement does not effect the eligibility of those otherwise eligible under the regulations as originally promulgated and ensures all parties who might be eligible are aware of that fact prior to the close of the application period. TABLE 14A TO PART 679—PORT OF LANDING CODES1: ALASKA—Continued NMFS Code ADF&G Code Atka 107 ATK Auke Bay 136 JNU Beaver Inlet 119 DUT Bethel 302 BET Captains Bay 119 DUT Chefornak 189 CHF Chignik 113 CHG Cordova 115 COR Craig 116 CRG Dillingham 117 DIL Douglas 136 JNU Dutch Harbor/Unalaska 119 DUT Egegik 122 EGE Ekuk 303 EKU Elfin Cove 123 ELF For the reasons discussed in the preamble, 50 CFR parts 679 and 680 are corrected by making the following correcting amendments: Emmonak 304 EMM Excursion Inlet 124 XIP False Pass 125 FSP PART 679—FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA Fairbanks 305 FBK Galena 306 GAL I 1. The authority citation for part 679 continues to read as follows: Glacier Bay 307 GLB Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., 1801 et seq., and 3631 et seq.; Title II of Division C, Pub. L. 105–277; Sec. 3027, Pub. L. 106–31, 113 Stat. 57; 16 U.S.C. 1540(f). Glennallen 308 GLN Gustavus 127 GUS Haines 128 HNS Halibut Cove 130 HBC Homer 132 HOM Hoonah 133 HNH Hydaburg 309 HYD List of Subjects in 50 CFR Parts 679 and 680 Alaska, Fisheries, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: May 27, 2005. William T. Hogarth, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. I 2. In part 679, revise Table 14a to Part 679 to read as follows: I PO 00000 TABLE 14A TO PART 679—PORT OF LANDING CODES1: ALASKA Port Name NMFS Code ADF&G Code Adak 186 ADA Hyder 134 HDR Akutan, Akutan Bay 101 AKU Juneau 136 JNU Alitak 103 ALI Kake 137 KAK Anchorage 105 ANC Kaltag 310 KAL Angoon 106 ANG Kasilof 138 KAS Aniak 300 ANI Kenai 139 KEN Anvik 301 ANV Kenai River 139 KEN Port Name Frm 00059 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 33394 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 14A TO PART 679—PORT OF TABLE 14A TO PART 679—PORT OF TABLE 14A TO PART 679—PORT OF LANDING CODES1: ALASKA—ContinLANDING CODES1: ALASKA—ContinLANDING CODES1: ALASKA—Continued ued ued NMFS Code ADF&G Code St. George 170 STG PBG St. Mary 319 STM 158 PAL St. Paul 172 STP Port Armstrong 315 PTA Tee Harbor 136 JNU KLA Port Bailey 159 PTB Tenakee Springs 174 TEN 146 KOD Port Graham 160 GRM Togiak 176 TOG Kotzebue 311 KOT Port Lions 316 LIO Toksook Bay 177 TOB Mekoryuk 147 MEK Port Moller 317 MOL Tununak 178 TUN Metlakatla 148 MET Port Protection 161 PRO Ugashik 320 UGA Moser Bay 312 MOS Quinhagak 187 QUK Unalakleet 321 UNA Naknek 149 NAK Sand Point 164 SPT Valdez 181 VAL Nenana 313 NEN Savoonga 165 SAV Wasilla 322 WAS Nikiski (or Nikishka) 150 NIK Selawik 326 SWK Whittier 183 WHT Ninilchik 151 NIN Seldovia 166 SEL Wrangell 184 WRN Nome 152 NOM Seward 167 SEW Yakutat 185 YAK NMFS Code ADF&G Code NMFS Code ADF&G Code Ketchikan 141 KTN Pelican 155 PEL King Cove 142 KCO Petersburg 156 King Salmon 143 KNG Port Alexander Kipnuk 144 KIP Klawock 145 Kodiak Port Name Port Name Port Name 1To Nunivak Island 314 NUN Sitka 168 SIT Old Harbor 153 OLD Skagway 169 SKG report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location code number, use the code for ‘‘Other Alaska’’ code ‘‘499’’ or ‘‘OAK.’’ Other Alaska1 499 OAK Soldotna 318 SOL I 3. In part 679, revise Table 14b to Part 679 to read as follows: TABLE 14B TO PART 679—PORT OF LANDING CODES: NON-ALASKA (CALIFORNIA, CANADA, OREGON, WASHINGTON) Port State or Country CALIFORNIA Port Name NMFS Code ADF&G Code EUR 599 OCA 899 OCN Port Edward 802 PRU Prince Rupert 802 PRU Astoria 600 AST Newport 603 NPT Other Oregon1 699 OOR Portland 323 POR Warrenton 604 WAR Anacortes 700 ANA Bellingham 702 BEL Blaine 717 BLA Everett 704 EVT Other OREGON WASHINGTON VerDate jul<14>2003 500 Other California1 CANADA Eureka 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 Canada1 PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 33395 TABLE 14B TO PART 679—PORT OF LANDING CODES: NON-ALASKA (CALIFORNIA, CANADA, OREGON, WASHINGTON)— Continued Port State or Country Port Name NMFS Code ADF&G Code La Conner 708 LAC Olympia 324 OLY 799 OWA Seattle 715 SEA Tacoma 325 TAC Other Washington1 1To report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location code number, use the code for ‘‘Other California,’’ ‘‘Other Oregon,’’ ‘‘Other Washington,’’ or Other Canada’’ at which the landing occurs. PART 680—SHELLFISH FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA 4. The authority citation for part 680 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862. § 680.5 § 680.7 [Corrected] 5. Correct § 680.5 as follows: a. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(H), remove ‘‘§ 680.5(d)’’ and add in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(e)’’; b. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(I), remove ‘‘§ 680.5(e)’’ and add in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(f)’’; c. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(J), remove ‘‘§ 680.5(f)’’ and add in its place ‘‘§ 680.5(g)’’; d. Paragraph (b)(4), remove ‘‘paragraphs (c)(7), (c)(8), or (c)(9)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraphs (d)(7), (d)(8), or (d)(9)’’; e. Paragraphs (d)(5) and (d)(6), remove ‘‘paragraph (b)(5)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraph (b)(7)’’; f. Paragraph (d)(7)(vii), remove ‘‘paragraph (c)(11)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(9)’’; g. Paragraph (d)(8), remove ‘‘paragraph (c)(7)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(7)’’; and h. Paragraph (d)(9), remove ‘‘paragraph (c)(7)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraph (d)(7).’’ I 6. Correct § 680.6 as follows: 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 § 680.20 [Corrected] 8. In § 680.20, paragraph (h)(4)(iv), remove ‘‘would be’’ and add in its place ‘‘will be.’’ I § 680.21 [Corrected] 9. In § 680.21, paragraph (d)(1), remove ‘‘subsequent fishing season’’ and add in its place ‘‘current fishing season.’’ I § 680.40 [Corrected] 10. Correct § 680.40 as follows: a. Paragraphs (f)(3)(i) and (f)(3)(ii), remove ‘‘60 days prior to the end of the application period’’; and b. Paragraphs (h)(4) and (h)(5), remove ‘‘would be’’ and add in its place ‘‘will be.’’ I § 680.42 [Corrected] 11. Correct § 680.42 as follows: a. Paragraph (a)(2), remove ‘‘(b)(1)(ii)’’ and add in its place ‘‘(a)(1)(ii)’’ and I [Corrected] VerDate jul<14>2003 [Corrected] 7. Correct § 680.7 as follows: a. Paragraph (c)(1), remove ‘‘BSAI crab’’ and add in its place ‘‘CR crab’’; b. Paragraph (c)(2), remove ‘‘IFQ crab’’ and add in its place ‘‘CR crab’’; and c. Remove paragraphs (e)(3) and (e)(4). I I § 680.6 a. Remove the phrase ‘‘whether OUR CRAB or THEIR CRAB,’’ from wherever it appears in the section; and b. Paragraph (h)(4)(viii), remove ‘‘over all vessel activities’’ and add in its place ‘‘over all plant activities.’’ Jkt 205250 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 remove ‘‘(b)(3)’’ and add in its place ‘‘(a)(3)’’; and b. Paragraph (a)(5), remove ‘‘paragraph (b)’’ and add in its place ‘‘paragraph (a).’’ I 12. In § 680.42, revise paragraphs (a)(4)(iii), (b)(3)(iii), and (b)(3)(iv) to read as follows: § 680.42 Limitations on use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ. (a) * * * (4) * * * (iii) A non-individual person that holds PQS, and all affiliates of that person, is limited to a QS and IFQ use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder. * * * * * (b) * * * (3) * * * (iii) A person that holds PQS is limited to a PQS use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS holder and all QS or IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder. (iv) A person that holds IPQ is limited to an IPQ use cap that is calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ holder and all IPQ held by any affiliate of the IPQ holder. * * * * * I 13. Revise Table 7 to Part 680 to read as follows: E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 33396 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 7 TO PART 680—INITIAL ISSUANCE OF CRAB QS BY CRAB QS FISHERY Column A: Crab QS Fisheries Column B: Qualifying Years for QS Column C: Eligibility Years for CVC and CPC QS Column D: Recent Participation Seasons for CVC and CPC QS Column E: Subset of Qualifying Years For each crab QS fishery the Regional Administrator shall calculate (see § 680.40(c)(2)): QS for any qualified person based on that person’s total legal landings of crab in each of the crab QS fisheries for any: In addition, each person receiving CVC and CPC QS must have made at least one landing per year, as recorded on a State of Alaska fish ticket, in any three years during the base period described below: In addition, each person receiving CVC or CPC QS, must have made at least one landing, as recorded on a State of Alaska fish ticket, in at least 2 of the last 3 fishing seasons in each of the crab QS fisheries as those seasons are described below: The maximum number of qualifying years that can be used to calculate QS for each QS fishery is: 1. Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR) 4 years of the 5-year QS base period beginning on: (1) November 1-5, 1996; (2) November 1-5, 1997; (3) November 1-6, 1998; (4) October 15-20, 1999; (5) October 16-20, 2000. 3 years of the 5-year QS base period beginning on: (1) November 1-5, 1996; (2) November 1-5, 1997; (3) November 1-6, 1998; (4) October 15-20, 1999; (5) October 16-20, 2000. (1) October 15-20, 1999. (2) October 16-20, 2000. (3) October 15-18, 2001. 4 years 2. Bering Sea snow crab (BSS) 4 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) January 15, 1996 through February 29, 1996; (2) January 15, 1997 through March 21, 1997; (3) January 15, 1998 through March 20, 1998; (4) January 15, 1999 through March 22, 1999; (5) April 1-8, 2000. 3 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) January 15, 1996 through February 29, 1996; (2) January 15, 1997 through March 21, 1997; (3) January 15, 1998 through March 20, 1998; (4) January 15, 1999 through March 22, 1999; (5) April 1-8, 2000. (1) April 1-8, 2000. (2) January 15, 2001 through February 14, 2001. (3) January 15, 2002 through February 8, 2002. 4 years 3. Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST) 4 of the 6 seasons beginning on: (1) November 15, 1991 through March 31, 1992; (2) November 15, 1992 through March 31, 1993; (3) November 1-10, 1993, and November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994; (4) November 1-21, 1994; (5) November 1-16, 1995; (6) November 1-5, 1996 and November 1527, 1996. 3 of the 6 seasons beginning on: (1) November 15, 1991 through March 31, 1992; (2) November 15, 1992 through March 31, 1993; (3) November 1-10, 1993, and November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994; (4) November 1-21, 1994; (5) November 1-16, 1995; (6) November 1-5, 1996 and November 1527, 1996. In any 2 of the last 3 seasons prior to June 10, 2002 in the Eastern Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Western Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Bering Sea snow crab, or Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. 4 years VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 33397 TABLE 7 TO PART 680—INITIAL ISSUANCE OF CRAB QS BY CRAB QS FISHERY—Continued Column A: Crab QS Fisheries Column B: Qualifying Years for QS Column C: Eligibility Years for CVC and CPC QS Column D: Recent Participation Seasons for CVC and CPC QS 4. Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab (EAG) 5 years of the 5-year base period beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through December 25, 1996; (2) September 1, 1997 though November 24, 1997; (3) September 1, 1998 through November 7, 1998; (4) September 1, 1999 through October 25, 1999; (5) August 15, 2000 through September 24, 2000. 3 years of the 5-year base period beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through December 25, 1996; (2) September 1, 1997 though November 24, 1997; (3) September 1, 1998 through November 7, 1998; (4) September 1, 1999 through October 25, 1999; (5) August 15, 2000 through September 24, 2000. (1) September 1 1999 through October 25, 1999. (2) August 15, 2000 through September 24, 2000. (3) August 15, 2001 through September 10, 2001. 5 years 5. Pribilof red king and blue king crab (PIK) 4 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) September 15- 21, 1994; (2) September 15-22, 1995; (3) September 15-26, 1996; (4) September 15-29, 1997; (5) September 15-28, 1998. 3 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) September 15-21, 1994; (2) September 15-22, 1995; (3) September 15-26, 1996; (4) September 15-29, 1997; (5) September 15-28, 1998. In any 2 of the last 3 seasons prior to June 10, 2002 in the Eastern Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Western Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Bering Sea snow crab, or Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries, except that persons applying for an allocation to receive QS based on legal landings made aboard a vessel less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA at the time of harvest are exempt from this requirement. 4 years 6. St. Matthew blue king crab (SMB) 4 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) September 15-22, 1994; (2) September 15-20, 1995; (3) September 15-23, 1996; (4) September 15-22, 1997; (5) September 15-26, 1998. 3 years of the 5-year period beginning on: (1) September 15-22, 1994; (2) September 15-20, 1995; (3) September 15-23, 1996; (4) September 15-22, 1997; (5) September 15-26, 1998. In any 2 of the last 3 seasons prior to June 10, 2002 in the Eastern Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Western Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Bering Sea snow crab, or Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. 4 years 7. Western Aleutian Islands brown king crab (WAG) 5 of the 5 seasons beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through August 31, 1997; (2) September 1, 1997 though August 31, 1998; (3) September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999; (4) September 1, 1999 through August 14, 2000; (5) August 15, 2000 through May 28, 2001. 3 of the 5 seasons beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through August 31, 1997; (2) September 1, 1997 though August 31, 1998; (3) September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999; (4) September 1, 1999 through August 14, 2000; (5) August 15, 2000 through May 28, 2001. (1) September 1 1999 through August 14, 2000. (2) August 15, 2000 through May 28, 2001. (3) August 15 2001 through March 30, 2002. 5 years VerDate jul<14>2003 15:35 Jun 07, 2005 Jkt 205250 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08JNR1.SGM 08JNR1 Column E: Subset of Qualifying Years 33398 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 109 / Wednesday, June 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 7 TO PART 680—INITIAL ISSUANCE OF CRAB QS BY CRAB QS FISHERY—Continued Column B: Qualifying Years for QS Column C: Eligibility Years for CVC and CPC QS Column D: Recent Participation Seasons for CVC and CPC QS 3 of the 4 seasons beginning on: (1) November 1, 1992 through January 15, 1993; (2) November 1, 1993 through February 15, 1994; (3) November 1-28, 1994; (4) November 1, 1995 through February 13, 1996. 3 of the 4 seasons beginning on: (1) November 1, 1992 through January 15, 1993; (2) November 1, 1993 through February 15, 1994; (3) November 1-28, 1994; (4) November 1, 1995 through February 13, 1996. In any 2 of the last 3 seasons prior to June 10, 2002 in the Eastern Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Western Aleutian Island golden (brown) king crab, Bering Sea snow crab, or Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. Column A: Crab QS Fisheries 8. Western Aleutian Islands red king crab (WAI) Column E: Subset of Qualifying Years 3 years 14. In part 680, revise Table 9 to Part 680 to read as follows: I TABLE 9 TO PART 680—INITIAL ISSUANCE OF CRAB PQS BY CRAB QS FISHERY Column A: For each crab QS fishery Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR) Column B: The Regional Administrator shall calculate PQS for any qualified person based on that person’s total legal purchase of crab in each of the crab QS fisheries for any... 3 years of the 3-year QS base period beginning on: (1) November 1-5, 1997; (2) November 1-6, 1998; and (3) October 15-20, 1999. Bering Sea snow crab (BSS) 3 years of the 3-year period beginning on: (1) January 15, 1997 through March 21, 1997; (2) January 15, 1998 through March 20, 1998; and (3) January 15, 1999 through March 22, 1999. Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST) Equivalent to 50 percent of the total legally processed crab in the Bering Sea snow crab fishery during the qualifying years established for that fishery, and 50 percent of the totally legally processed crab in the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery during the qualifying years established for that fishery. Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab (EAG) 4 years of the 4-year base period beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through December 25, 1996; (2) September 1, 1997 though November 24, 1997; (3) September 1, 1998 through November 7, 1998; and (4) September 1, 1999 through October 25, 1999. Pribilof Islands red and blue king crab (PIK) 3 years of the 3-year period beginning on: (1) September 15-26, 1996; (2) September 15-29, 1997; and (3) September 15-28, 1998. St. Matthew blue king crab (SMB) 3 years of the 3-year period beginning on: (1) September 15- 23, 1996; (2) September 15-22, 1997; and (3) September 15-26, 1998. Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab (WAG) 4 years of the 4-year base period beginning on: (1) September 1, 1996 through August 31, 1997; (2) September 1, 1997 though August 31, 1998; (3) September 1, 1998 through August 31, 1999; and (4) September 1, 1999 through August 14, 2000. Western Aleutian Islands red king crab (WAI) Equivalent to the total legally processed crab in the Western Aleutian Islands golden (brown) king crab fishery during the qualifying years established for that fishery. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Parts 679 and 680

[Docket No. 040831251-5138-04; I.D. 082504A]
RIN 0648-AS47


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources; 
Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues this final rule, correcting amendment to the 
regulations governing the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab 
fisheries. This action is necessary to clarify procedures and to 
correct discrepancies provided in a previous rulemaking. This final 
rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Fishery 
Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner 
Crabs (FMP), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law.

DATES: Effective April 1, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patsy A. Bearden, 907-586-7008 or 
patsy.bearden@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In January 2004, the U.S. Congress amended section 313(j) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 
2004 (Pub. L. 108-199, section 801). As amended, section 313(j)(1) 
requires the Secretary of Commerce to approve and implement by 
regulation the Crab Rationalization Program (Program), as it was 
approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) 
between June 2002 and April 2003, and all trailing amendments, 
including those reported to Congress on May 6, 2003. In June 2004, the 
Council consolidated its actions on the Program into the Council 
motion, which is contained in its entirety in Amendment 18. 
Additionally, in June 2004, the Council developed Amendment 19, which 
represents minor changes necessary to implement the Program. The Notice 
of Availability for these amendments was published in the Federal 
Register on September 1, 2004 (69 FR 53397). NMFS published a proposed 
rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 on October 29, 2004 (69 FR 
63200). NMFS approved Amendments 18 and 19 on November 19, 2004. NMFS 
published a final rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 on March 2, 
2005 (70 FR 10174). NMFS also published a final rule (March 18, 2005; 
70 FR 13097) to correct OMB control numbers provided in the final rule 
dated March 2, 2005 (70 FR 10174).

Need for Corrections

    NOAA seeks to ensure the final rule (March 2, 2005; 70 FR 10174) 
conforms to the statutory requirements and intent of the Program, to 
provide clarification regarding the Program's regulatory requirements, 
and to correct minor technical errors.

1. Statutory Conformance Corrections

    These corrections are made to sections of the rule that do not 
currently conform to the statutory requirements of the Program. Some of 
the dates specified in the final rule for qualifying years and 
eligibility years were incorrect. This correction ensures that the 
final rule conforms to statutory requirements.
Table 7 to Part 680
    For the Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR) Quota Share (QS) fishery, 
the participation seasons for Catcher Vessel Crew (CVC) and Catcher/
processor Crew (CPC) QS are corrected by adding the year 1999 and 
removing the year 2002. On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph 
(3) is removed. On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph (2) is 
redesignated as paragraph (3), ``October 15, 2001 through October 18, 
2001.'' On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, paragraph (1) is 
redesignated as paragraph (2), ``October 16, 2000 through October 20, 
2000.'' On page 10293, row 1 (BBR), column D, a new paragraph (1) is 
added, ``October 15, 1999 through October 20, 1999.''
    For the Bering Sea snow crab (BSS) QS fishery, the 1998 qualifying 
year for QS and the 1998 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS are 
corrected. On page 10293, row 2 (BSS), columns B and C, paragraphs (3) 
are amended by removing ``March 21, 1998'' and adding in its place 
``March 20, 1998.''
    For the Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST) QS fishery, the qualifying 
years for CVC and CPC QS are corrected. The 1991/1992 year was 
inadvertently omitted from the qualifying years and is added by this 
rule. The year November 1, 1993 through November 10, 1993 is combined 
with the year November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994. On page 10293, 
row 3 (BST), column B, paragraphs (2) and (3) are combined as new 
paragraph (3), ``November 1, 1993 through November 10, 1993, and 
November 20, 1993 through January 1, 1994.'' On page 10293, row 3 
(BST), column B, paragraph (1) is redesignated as paragraph (2), 
``November 15, 1992 through March 31, 1993.'' On page 10293, row 3 
(BST), column B, new paragraph (1) is added, ``November 15, 1991 
through March 31, 1992.'' This date was inadvertently omitted in the 
final rule.
    For the Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab QS fishery (EAG), 
the date for the 2000 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS is corrected. 
On page 10294, row 4 (EAG), column C, paragraph (5) is amended by 
removing ``September 25, 2000'' and adding in its place ``September 24, 
2000.''
    For the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab QS fishery (WAG), 
the date for the 1997/1998 qualifying year for QS, the date for the 
2000/2001 qualifying year for QS, 2000/2001 eligibility year for CVC 
and CPC QS, and the 2000/2001 recent participation season for CVC and 
CPC QS are corrected. On page 10294, row 7 (WAG), column B, paragraph 
(2) is amended by removing ``August 21, 1998'' and adding in its place 
``August 31, 1998.'' On page 10294, row 7 (WAG), columns B and C, 
paragraphs (5) and column D, paragraph (2), are amended by removing 
``March 28, 2001'' and adding in its place ``May 28, 2001.''
    For the Western Aleutian Islands red king crab QS fishery (WAI), 
the date for the 1993/1994 eligibility year for CVC and CPC QS is 
corrected and two typographical errors are corrected. On page 10295, 
row 8 (WAI), column C, paragraph (2) is amended by removing ``November 
1, 1995'' and adding in its place ``November 1, 1993.'' On page 10295, 
row 8 (WAI), column C, the introductory paragraph is amended by 
removing a duplicate paragraph ``3 of the 4 seaons beginning on:'' On 
page 10295, row 8 (WAI), column D, the introductory paragraph is 
amended by removing ``fishiers'' and adding in its place ``fisheries.''
Table 9 to Part 680
    For the Bering Sea Tanner crab QS fishery (BSS), the date of the 
1998 initial

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issuance of crab PQS is corrected. On page 10295, row 2 Bering Sea snow 
crab (BSS), column B, season (2) is amended by removing ``March 21, 
1998'' and adding in its place ``March 20, 1998.''

2. Regulatory Intent Corrections and Clarifications

    These corrections are clarifications that explain regulatory 
changes that are more substantive than typographical/editorial type 
corrections.
Preamble, Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program
    Wording in the preamble of the proposed rule (69 FR 63200) 
regarding crab issues in the CDQ Program was correct. However, in two 
places, wording in the final rule regarding these same issues was 
inadvertently changed from ``IFQ'' to read ``quotas'' and ``quota.'' 
This rule corrects those two errors.
    On page 10176, column 3, 21 lines after the heading, Community 
Development Quota Program and Community Allocations, replace ``when IFQ 
have been reached'' with ``when quotas have been reached.''
    On page 10176, column 3, 22 lines after the heading, Community 
Development Quota Program and Community Allocations, remove 
``associated with IFQ overages'' and replace it with ``associated with 
quota overages.''
Section 680.6 Crab Economic Data Report (EDR)
    Section 680.6 is corrected by removing the phrase ``whether OUR 
CRAB or THEIR CRAB'' to remove potential double counting activities 
during custom processing. This phrase was removed from the EDRs, but 
inadvertently was not removed from the regulations. The phrase 
``whether OUR CRAB or THEIR CRAB'' is removed at the following 
locations:
    On page 10253, column 3, paragraph 680.6(c)(5)(xii);
    On page 10255, column 1, paragraph 680.6(d)(4)(xii);
    On page 10256, column 3, paragraph 680.6(e)(5)(ix);
    On page 10257, column 3, paragraph 680.6(f)(4)(ix);
    On page 10259, column 2, paragraph 680.6(g)(5)(ix); and
    On page 10260, column 1, paragraph 680.6(h)(4)(ix).
    On page 10260, column 1, paragraph 680.6(h)(4)(viii) is amended by 
removing ``over all vessel activities'' and adding in its place ``over 
all plant activities.''
Section 680.7 Prohibitions
    On page 10261, column 1, paragraphs 680.7(e)(3) and (e)(4) are 
removed. Paragraph (e)(3) prohibits the receipt of Class B IFQ by 
transfer if a person holds PQS or IPQ. Paragraph (e)(4) prohibits the 
receipt of Class B IFQ by transfer if you are affiliated with a person 
who holds PQS or IPQ. At page 10186, column 1, 3rd full paragraph, 
halfway down, the clear intent of NMFS is to allow this same receipt of 
Class B IFQ by transfer. ``The Annual Application for IFQ or IPQ'' 
requires each applicant to annually submit their affidavit and provides 
a reasonable assurance that if affiliation were to change in mid-
season, those changes will be reflected in the affidavit for the 
following year. NMFS established a time period from shortly after the 
annual application is due until IFQ and IPQ is issued in which no 
transfers of IFQ or IPQ will be approved (see paragraph 680.41(b)(4)). 
This will provide NMFS with time to review the affiliation information, 
determine the amount of Class A IFQ and Class B IFQ to be issued to 
each IFQ holder, and to issue that IFQ and IPQ. Once issued, transfers 
could occur that could result in Class B IFQ being transferred to IPQ 
holders or their affiliates. Because NMFS is modifying the way in which 
Class A IFQ and Class B IFQ is allocated to PQS or IPQ holders and 
their affiliates, this would be permitted.
Section 680.21 Crab Harvesting Cooperatives
    In the proposed rule, paragraph 680.21(f)(1) stated that 
``transfers of QS that occur after the June 30 deadline'' . . . ``will 
not be reflected in the type or amount of IFQ permit issued to the
    cooperative for the subsequent fishing season.'' A new crab fishing 
year begins each July 1; therefore this paragraph speaks to the next 
fishing season. This text was revised in the final rule, paragraph 
680.21(d)(1) to state that ``transfers of QS that occur after the 
August 1 deadline'' . . . ``will not be reflected in the type or amount 
of IFQ permit issued to the crab harvesting cooperative for the 
subsequent fishing season.'' When the date changed from June 30 to 
August 1, the term ``subsequent'' inadvertently was not changed to read 
``current,'' to reflect that a new fishing year had begun. On page 
10269, column 1, paragraph 680.21(d)(1) is amended by removing 
``subsequent fishing season'' and adding in its place ``current fishing 
season.''
Section 680.40 Quota Share (QS), Processor QS (PQS), Individual Fishing 
Quota (IFQ), and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) Issuance
    NMFS is removing a 60 day notification deadline at Section 
680.40(f)(3)(i). These regulations require that an application for PQS 
based on legal processing that occurred in an Eligible Crab Community 
(ECC), other than Adak, must include an affidavit signed by the 
applicant stating that notice has been provided to the ECC of the 
applicant's intent to apply for PQS 60 days prior to the end of the 
application period for receiving PQS or QS. The requirement that this 
notice be provided to the ECC 60 days prior to the end of the 
application period is being removed. The application period was 
specified in the Federal Register on March 8, 2004 (70 FR 11194). The 
application period ends on June 3, 2005. The date 60 days prior to the 
end of the application period is April 4, 2005.
    NMFS is removing a similar 60 day notification deadline at Section 
680.40(f)(3)(ii). These regulations require that an application for PQS 
based on legal processing that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska north of 
a line at 56[deg]20' N. lat. must include an affidavit signed by the 
applicant stating that notice has been provided to the City of Kodiak 
and Kodiak Island Borough of the applicant's intent to apply for PQS 60 
days prior to the end of the application period for receiving PQS or 
QS. The requirement that this notification must have been provided to 
the ECC 60 days prior to the end of the application period is being 
removed.
    The notification deadline was intended to ensure that potential PQS 
holders contacted ECCs in a timely fashion so that right of first 
refusal contracts specified under section 313(j) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act could be completed among the ECC entities selected by the 
ECCs and PQS holders prior to the end of the application period and the 
issuance of PQS. This deadline would unduly restrict potential PQS 
holders and contravenes the Magnuson-Stevens Act as amended by Congress 
in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108-199). 
The 60- day deadline provided in the final rule is not specified in the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act amendment and nothing in that amendment would 
limit the ability of potential PQS holders to receive PQS if notice of 
the intent to apply for PQS is not provided. This notification deadline 
was not intended to serve as a mechanism to preclude the ability of 
potential PQS holders to receive PQS if

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they did not meet the notification deadline. This correction must be 
made prior to the end of the application period (June 3, 2005).
Section 680.42 Limitations on Use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ
    Under the final rule regulatory text, NMFS is concerned that the 
use caps could be interpreted in a way that could allow substantially 
more consolidation than the Council intended, and more specifically, it 
is not consistent with the preamble language where NMFS makes a 
specific reference to affiliation. This final rule corrects the wording 
to be more specific. On page 10288, column 2, paragraph 
680.42(a)(4)(iii) is amended by removing ``A non-individual person that 
holds PQS would be limited to a QS and IFQ cap that would be calculated 
based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or 
IFQ held by any entity in which that PQS holder has a 10 percent or 
greater direct or indirect ownership interest.'' and adding in its 
place ``A non-individual person that holds PQS, and all affiliates of 
that person, is limited to a QS and IFQ use cap that is calculated 
based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or 
IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.''
    On page 10288, column 3, paragraph 680.42(b)(3)(iii) is amended by 
removing ``A person that holds PQS would be limited to a PQS use cap 
that would be calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS 
holder and all PQS held by any entity in which that PQS holder has a 10 
percent or greater direct or indirect ownership interest.'' and adding 
in its place ``A person that holds PQS is limited to a PQS use cap that 
is calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS holder and 
all PQS held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.''
    On page 10288, column 3, paragraph 680.42(b)(3)(iv) is amended by 
removing ``A person that holds IPQ would be limited to an IPQ use cap 
that would be calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ 
holder and all IPQ held by any entity in which that IPQ holder has a 10 
percent or greater direct or indirect ownership interest.'' and adding 
in its place ``A person that holds IPQ is limited to an IPQ use cap 
that is calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ holder 
and all IPQ held by any affiliate of the IPQ holder.''

3. Technical Corrections

    The following typographical and editorial corrections are made in 
this rule.
Table 14a to Part 679
    On page 10239, the ADF&G code for ``Other Alaska'' is amended by 
removing ``UNK'' and adding in its place ``OAK.''
Table 14b to Part 679
    On page 10239, the NMFS code for ``Other California'' is amended by 
removing ``1599'' and adding in its place ``599.''
Table 7 to Part 680
    On page 10294, column D, row 6, a ``period'' is added after the 
last word ``fisheries.''
Section 680.5 Recordkeeping and Reporting (R&R)
    On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(H) is amended by removing 
the reference to ``Sec.  680.5(d)'' and adding in its place ``Sec.  
680.5(e).''
    On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(I) is amended by removing 
the reference to ``Sec.  680.5(e)'' and adding in its place ``Sec.  
680.5(f).''
    On page 10247, paragraph 680.5(a)(2)(i)(J) is amended by removing 
the reference to ``Sec.  680.5(f)'' and adding in its place ``Sec.  
680.5(g).''
    On page 10247, column 2, paragraph 680.5(b)(4) is amended by 
removing reference to ``paragraphs (c)(7), (c)(8), or (c)(9)'' and 
adding in its place ``paragraphs (d)(7), (d)(8), or (d)(9).''
    On page 10248, column 2, paragraphs 680.5(d)(5) and (d)(6) are 
amended by removing reference to ``paragraph (b)(5)'' and adding in its 
place ``paragraph (b)(7).''
    On page 10248, column 2, paragraph 680.5(d)(7) is amended by 
removing reference to ``paragraph (c)(11)'' and adding in its place 
``paragraph (d)(9).''
    On page 10248, column 2, paragraph 680.5(d)(8) is amended by 
removing reference to ``paragraph (c)(7)'' and adding in its place 
``paragraph (d)(7).''
    On page 10248, column 3, paragraph 680.5(d)(9) is amended by 
removing reference to ``paragraph (c)(7)'' and adding in its place 
``paragraph (d)(7).''
Section 680.7 Prohibitions
    On page 10260, column 3, paragraph 680.7(c)(1) is amended by 
removing ``BSAI crab'' and adding in its place ``CR crab.''
    On page 10260, column 3, paragraph 680.7(c)(2) is amended by 
removing ``IFQ crab'' and adding in its place ``CR crab.''
Section 680.20 Arbitration System
    On page 10267, column 1, paragraph 680.20(h)(4)(iv) is amended by 
removing ``would be'' and adding in its place ``will be.''
Section 680.23 Equipment and Operational Requirements
    On page 10273, column 3, paragraph 680.23(g)(5)(iv) is amended by 
removing ``paragraph (e)(3)'' and adding in its place ``paragraph 
(f)(3).''
Section 680.40 Quota Share (QS), Processor QS (PQS), Individual Fishing 
Quota (IFQ), and Individual Processor Quota (IPQ) Issuance
    On page 10281, column 1, paragraph 680.40(h)(4) is amended by 
removing ``would be'' and adding in its place ``will be.''
    On page 10281, column 2, paragraph 680.40(h)(5) is amended by 
removing ``would be'' and adding in its place ``will be.''
Section 680.42 Limitations on Use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ
    On page 10287, column 3, paragraph 680.42(a)(2) is amended by 
removing reference to ``(b)(1)(ii)'' and adding in its place 
``(a)(1)(ii).''
    On page 10287, column 3, paragraph 680.42(a)(2) is amended by 
removing reference to ``(b)(3)'' and adding in its place ``(a)(3).''
    On page 10288, column 2, paragraph 680.42(a)(5) is amended by 
removing reference to ``paragraph (b)'' and adding in its place 
``paragraph (a).''

4. Correction to Information About OMB Control Number 0648-0518

    Incorrect burden estimates for 4 of the Economic Data Reports 
(EDRs) were provided in the final rule, although the correct burden 
estimates are given in the individual EDRs and in the PRA support 
statement. On page 10231, column 3, the EDR burden estimates are 
corrected as follows: remove 25 hours for Catcher processor annual EDR 
and replace it with 12.5 hours; remove 15 hours for Catcher vessel 
annual EDR and replace it with 7.5 hours; remove duplicate phrase ``15 
hours for Catcher vessel annual EDR;'' remove 15 hours for the 
Stationary crab floating processor historical EDR and replace it with 
20 hours; remove 15 hours for the Stationary crab floating processor 
annual EDR and replace it with 10 hours; remove 15 hours for Shoreside 
crab processor historical EDR and replace it with 20 hours. and remove 
15 hours for Shoreside crab processor annual EDR and replace it with 10 
hours.

Classification

    The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), 
has determined that this final rule is necessary for the conservation 
and management of the BSAI crab fisheries.

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The Regional Administrator also has determined that this final rule is 
consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for the 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.
    Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not 
required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the 
analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 
et seq., are inapplicable.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C.553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for 
Fisheries, NOAA (AA) finds good cause to waive prior notice and an 
opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment 
would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public 
interest. Through this action, NOAA seeks to ensure that the final rule 
conforms to the statutory requirements and intent of the Program, 
provide clarification regarding the Program's regulatory requirements 
and correct minor technical errors. Prior notice and an opportunity for 
public comment on this action would be impracticable, unnecessary, and 
contrary to the public interest for the following reasons. First, 
corrections to ensure the rule's conformance with the Program's 
statutory requirements are non-discretionary. As such, prior notice and 
an opportunity for public comment are unnecessary as the agency has no 
choice but to ensure its regulations are consistent with the statute. 
Second, corrections and clarifications to ensure the rule's compliance 
with the intent of the Program must be made immediately in order to 
provide the regulated community with adequate and accurate information 
to, among other things, apply for participation in the Program prior to 
the closing of the application date (June 3, 2005). Prior notice and an 
opportunity for public comment on these measures are impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest because the time necessary to provide 
such procedures would lead to the realization of the very harm sought 
to be avoided by this rule. In contrast, waiving those procedures does 
not affect the eligibility of those otherwise eligible under the 
regulations as originally promulgated and ensures that all parties who 
might be eligible are aware of that fact prior to the close of the 
application period. Finally, the editorial changes made by this rule 
are non-substantive. As a result, prior notice and an opportunity for 
comment on these changes are unnecessary.
    The non-substantive changes made by this rule are not subject to 
the 30-day delay in effective date requirement of 5 U.S.C. 553(d). With 
respect to those substantive changes made by this rule, the AA also 
finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of 
under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). The waiver of the 30-day delay in effective 
date requirement of 5 U.S.C. 553(d) is necessary to provide the 
regulated community with timely, adequate and accurate information to, 
among other things, apply for participation in the program prior to the 
closing of the application date (June 3, 2005). A 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this notice would lead to the realization of the very 
harm sought to avoided by this rule. Waiving the 30-day delay in 
effective date requirement does not effect the eligibility of those 
otherwise eligible under the regulations as originally promulgated and 
ensures all parties who might be eligible are aware of that fact prior 
to the close of the application period.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Parts 679 and 680

    Alaska, Fisheries, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: May 27, 2005.
William T. Hogarth,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.

0
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, 50 CFR parts 679 and 680 are 
corrected by making the following correcting amendments:

PART 679--FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA

0
1. The authority citation for part 679 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., 1801 et seq., and 3631 et 
seq.; Title II of Division C, Pub. L. 105-277; Sec. 3027, Pub. L. 
106-31, 113 Stat. 57; 16 U.S.C. 1540(f).

0
2. In part 679, revise Table 14a to Part 679 to read as follows:

         Table 14a to Part 679--Port of Landing Codes\1\: Alaska
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                          NMFS    ADF&G
                       Port Name                          Code     Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Adak                                                        186      ADA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Akutan, Akutan Bay                                          101      AKU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alitak                                                      103      ALI
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anchorage                                                   105      ANC
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Angoon                                                      106      ANG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aniak                                                       300      ANI
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Anvik                                                       301      ANV
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Atka                                                        107      ATK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Auke Bay                                                    136      JNU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Beaver Inlet                                                119      DUT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bethel                                                      302      BET
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Captains Bay                                                119      DUT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Chefornak                                                   189      CHF
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Chignik                                                     113      CHG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cordova                                                     115      COR
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Craig                                                       116      CRG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dillingham                                                  117      DIL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Douglas                                                     136      JNU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska                                       119      DUT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Egegik                                                      122      EGE
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ekuk                                                        303      EKU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Elfin Cove                                                  123      ELF
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Emmonak                                                     304      EMM
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Excursion Inlet                                             124      XIP
------------------------------------------------------------------------
False Pass                                                  125      FSP
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fairbanks                                                   305      FBK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Galena                                                      306      GAL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Glacier Bay                                                 307      GLB
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Glennallen                                                  308      GLN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gustavus                                                    127      GUS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Haines                                                      128      HNS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Halibut Cove                                                130      HBC
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Homer                                                       132      HOM
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hoonah                                                      133      HNH
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hydaburg                                                    309      HYD
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hyder                                                       134      HDR
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Juneau                                                      136      JNU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kake                                                        137      KAK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kaltag                                                      310      KAL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kasilof                                                     138      KAS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kenai                                                       139      KEN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kenai River                                                 139      KEN
------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Ketchikan                                                   141      KTN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
King Cove                                                   142      KCO
------------------------------------------------------------------------
King Salmon                                                 143      KNG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kipnuk                                                      144      KIP
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Klawock                                                     145      KLA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kodiak                                                      146      KOD
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kotzebue                                                    311      KOT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mekoryuk                                                    147      MEK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Metlakatla                                                  148      MET
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Moser Bay                                                   312      MOS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Naknek                                                      149      NAK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nenana                                                      313      NEN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nikiski (or Nikishka)                                       150      NIK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ninilchik                                                   151      NIN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nome                                                        152      NOM
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nunivak Island                                              314      NUN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Old Harbor                                                  153      OLD
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Other Alaska\1\                                             499      OAK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pelican                                                     155      PEL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Petersburg                                                  156      PBG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Alexander                                              158      PAL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Armstrong                                              315      PTA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Bailey                                                 159      PTB
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Graham                                                 160      GRM
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Lions                                                  316      LIO
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Moller                                                 317      MOL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Port Protection                                             161      PRO
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quinhagak                                                   187      QUK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sand Point                                                  164      SPT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Savoonga                                                    165      SAV
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Selawik                                                     326      SWK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Seldovia                                                    166      SEL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Seward                                                      167      SEW
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sitka                                                       168      SIT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Skagway                                                     169      SKG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Soldotna                                                    318      SOL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
St. George                                                  170      STG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
St. Mary                                                    319      STM
------------------------------------------------------------------------
St. Paul                                                    172      STP
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tee Harbor                                                  136      JNU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tenakee Springs                                             174      TEN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Togiak                                                      176      TOG
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Toksook Bay                                                 177      TOB
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tununak                                                     178      TUN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ugashik                                                     320      UGA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Unalakleet                                                  321      UNA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Valdez                                                      181      VAL
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wasilla                                                     322      WAS
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Whittier                                                    183      WHT
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wrangell                                                    184      WRN
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Yakutat                                                     185     YAK
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\To report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location
  code number, use the code for ``Other Alaska'' code ``499'' or
  ``OAK.''


0
3. In part 679, revise Table 14b to Part 679 to read as follows:

  Table 14b to Part 679--Port of Landing Codes: Non-Alaska (California,
                       Canada, Oregon, Washington)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Port State or Country        Port Name      NMFS Code    ADF&G Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
CALIFORNIA                     Eureka         500           EUR
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Other          599           OCA
                                California\1
                                \
------------------------------------------------------------------------
CANADA                         Other          899           OCN
                                Canada\1\
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Port Edward    802           PRU
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Prince Rupert  802           PRU
------------------------------------------------------------------------
OREGON                         Astoria        600           AST
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Newport        603           NPT
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Other          699           OOR
                                Oregon\1\
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Portland       323           POR
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Warrenton      604           WAR
------------------------------------------------------------------------
WASHINGTON                     Anacortes      700           ANA
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Bellingham     702           BEL
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Blaine         717           BLA
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Everett        704           EVT
                              ------------------------------------------

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                               La Conner      708           LAC
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Olympia        324           OLY
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Other          799           OWA
                                Washington\1
                                \
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Seattle        715           SEA
                              ------------------------------------------
                               Tacoma         325           TAC
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\To report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location
  code number, use the code for ``Other California,'' ``Other Oregon,''
  ``Other Washington,'' or Other Canada'' at which the landing occurs.

PART 680--SHELLFISH FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF 
ALASKA

0
4. The authority citation for part 680 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862.


Sec.  680.5  [Corrected]

0
5. Correct Sec.  680.5 as follows:
    a. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(H), remove ``Sec.  680.5(d)'' and add in its 
place ``Sec.  680.5(e)'';
    b. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(I), remove ``Sec.  680.5(e)'' and add in its 
place ``Sec.  680.5(f)'';
    c. Paragraph (a)(2)(i)(J), remove ``Sec.  680.5(f)'' and add in its 
place ``Sec.  680.5(g)'';
    d. Paragraph (b)(4), remove ``paragraphs (c)(7), (c)(8), or 
(c)(9)'' and add in its place ``paragraphs (d)(7), (d)(8), or (d)(9)'';
    e. Paragraphs (d)(5) and (d)(6), remove ``paragraph (b)(5)'' and 
add in its place ``paragraph (b)(7)'';
    f. Paragraph (d)(7)(vii), remove ``paragraph (c)(11)'' and add in 
its place ``paragraph (d)(9)'';
    g. Paragraph (d)(8), remove ``paragraph (c)(7)'' and add in its 
place ``paragraph (d)(7)''; and
    h. Paragraph (d)(9), remove ``paragraph (c)(7)'' and add in its 
place ``paragraph (d)(7).''


Sec.  680.6  [Corrected]

0
6. Correct Sec.  680.6 as follows:
    a. Remove the phrase ``whether OUR CRAB or THEIR CRAB,'' from 
wherever it appears in the section; and
    b. Paragraph (h)(4)(viii), remove ``over all vessel activities'' 
and add in its place ``over all plant activities.''


Sec.  680.7  [Corrected]

0
7. Correct Sec.  680.7 as follows:
    a. Paragraph (c)(1), remove ``BSAI crab'' and add in its place ``CR 
crab'';
    b. Paragraph (c)(2), remove ``IFQ crab'' and add in its place ``CR 
crab''; and
    c. Remove paragraphs (e)(3) and (e)(4).


Sec.  680.20  [Corrected]

0
8. In Sec.  680.20, paragraph (h)(4)(iv), remove ``would be'' and add 
in its place ``will be.''


Sec.  680.21  [Corrected]

0
9. In Sec.  680.21, paragraph (d)(1), remove ``subsequent fishing 
season'' and add in its place ``current fishing season.''


Sec.  680.40  [Corrected]

0
10. Correct Sec.  680.40 as follows:
    a. Paragraphs (f)(3)(i) and (f)(3)(ii), remove ``60 days prior to 
the end of the application period''; and
    b. Paragraphs (h)(4) and (h)(5), remove ``would be'' and add in its 
place ``will be.''


Sec.  680.42  [Corrected]

0
11. Correct Sec.  680.42 as follows:
    a. Paragraph (a)(2), remove ``(b)(1)(ii)'' and add in its place 
``(a)(1)(ii)'' and remove ``(b)(3)'' and add in its place ``(a)(3)''; 
and
    b. Paragraph (a)(5), remove ``paragraph (b)'' and add in its place 
``paragraph (a).''

0
12. In Sec.  680.42, revise paragraphs (a)(4)(iii), (b)(3)(iii), and 
(b)(3)(iv) to read as follows:


Sec.  680.42  Limitations on use of QS, PQS, IFQ, and IPQ.

    (a) * * *
    (4) * * *
    (iii) A non-individual person that holds PQS, and all affiliates of 
that person, is limited to a QS and IFQ use cap that is calculated 
based on the sum of all QS or IFQ held by that PQS holder and all QS or 
IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.
* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (iii) A person that holds PQS is limited to a PQS use cap that is 
calculated based on the sum of all PQS held by that PQS holder and all 
QS or IFQ held by any affiliate of the PQS holder.
    (iv) A person that holds IPQ is limited to an IPQ use cap that is 
calculated based on the sum of all IPQ held by that IPQ holder and all 
IPQ held by any affiliate of the IPQ holder.
* * * * *

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13. Revise Table 7 to Part 680 to read as follows:

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                       Table 7 to Part 680--Initial Issuance of Crab QS by Crab QS Fishery
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Column C:        Column D: Recent
                                        Column B:      Eligibility Years     Participation      Column E: Subset
    Column A: Crab QS Fisheries      Qualifying Years   for CVC and CPC   Seasons for CVC and    of Qualifying
                                          for QS               QS                CPC QS              Years
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
For each crab QS fishery the        QS for any         In addition, each  In addition, each    The maximum
 Regional Administrator shall        qualified person   person receiving   person receiving     number of
 calculate (see Sec.                 based on that      CVC and CPC QS     CVC or CPC QS,       qualifying years
 680.40(c)(2)):                      person's total     must have made     must have made at    that can be used
                                     legal landings     at least one       least one landing,   to calculate QS
                                     of crab in each    landing per        as recorded on a     for each QS
                                     of the crab QS     year, as           State of Alaska      fishery is:
                                     fisheries for      recorded on a      fish ticket, in at
                                     any:               State of Alaska    least 2 of the
                                                        fish ticket, in    last 3 fishing
                                                        any three years    seasons in each of
                                                        during the base    the crab QS
                                                        period described   fisheries as those
                                                        below:             seasons are
                                                                           described below:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR)  4 years of the 5-  3 years of the 5-   (1) October 15-20,  4 years
                                     year QS base       year QS base       1999.
                                     period beginning   period beginning   (2) October 16-20,
                                     on:                on:                2000.
                                     (1) November 1-    (1) November 1-    (3) October 15-18,
                                     5, 1996;           5, 1996;           2001.
                                     (2) November 1-    (2) November 1-
                                     5, 1997;           5, 1997;
                                     (3) November 1-    (3) November 1-
                                     6, 1998;           6, 1998;
                                     (4) October 15-    (4) October 15-
                                     20, 1999;          20, 1999;
                                     (5) October 16-    (5) October 16-
                                     20, 2000.          20, 2000.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2. Bering Sea snow crab (BSS)       4 years of the 5-  3 years of the 5-   (1) April 1-8,      4 years
                                     year period        year period        2000.
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      (2) January 15,
                                     (1) January 15,    (1) January 15,    2001 through
                                     1996 through       1996 through       February 14, 2001.
                                     February 29,       February 29,       (3) January 15,
                                     1996;              1996;              2002 through
                                     (2) January 15,    (2) January 15,    February 8, 2002.
                                     1997 through       1997 through
                                     March 21, 1997;    March 21, 1997;
                                     (3) January 15,    (3) January 15,
                                     1998 through       1998 through
                                     March 20, 1998;    March 20, 1998;
                                     (4) January 15,    (4) January 15,
                                     1999 through       1999 through
                                     March 22, 1999;    March 22, 1999;
                                     (5) April 1-8,     (5) April 1-8,
                                     2000.              2000.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
3. Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST)     4 of the 6         3 of the 6         In any 2 of the      4 years
                                     seasons            seasons            last 3 seasons
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      prior to June 10,
                                     (1) November 15,   (1) November 15,   2002 in the
                                     1991 through       1991 through       Eastern Aleutian
                                     March 31, 1992;    March 31, 1992;    Island golden
                                     (2) November 15,   (2) November 15,   (brown) king crab,
                                     1992 through       1992 through       Western Aleutian
                                     March 31, 1993;    March 31, 1993;    Island golden
                                     (3) November 1-    (3) November 1-    (brown) king crab,
                                     10, 1993, and      10, 1993, and      Bering Sea snow
                                     November 20,       November 20,       crab, or Bristol
                                     1993 through       1993 through       Bay red king crab
                                     January 1, 1994;   January 1, 1994;   fisheries.
                                     (4) November 1-    (4) November 1-
                                     21, 1994;          21, 1994;
                                     (5) November 1-    (5) November 1-
                                     16, 1995;          16, 1995;
                                     (6) November 1-    (6) November 1-
                                     5, 1996 and        5, 1996 and
                                     November 15-27,    November 15-27,
                                     1996.              1996.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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4. Eastern Aleutian Islands golden  5 years of the 5-  3 years of the 5-   (1) September 1     5 years
 king crab (EAG)                     year base period   year base period   1999 through
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      October 25, 1999.
                                     (1) September 1,   (1) September 1,   (2) August 15,
                                     1996 through       1996 through       2000 through
                                     December 25,       December 25,       September 24,
                                     1996;              1996;              2000.
                                     (2) September 1,   (2) September 1,   (3) August 15,
                                     1997 though        1997 though        2001 through
                                     November 24,       November 24,       September 10,
                                     1997;              1997;              2001.
                                     (3) September 1,   (3) September 1,
                                     1998 through       1998 through
                                     November 7,        November 7,
                                     1998;              1998;
                                     (4) September 1,   (4) September 1,
                                     1999 through       1999 through
                                     October 25,        October 25,
                                     1999;              1999;
                                     (5) August 15,     (5) August 15,
                                     2000 through       2000 through
                                     September 24,      September 24,
                                     2000.              2000.
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5. Pribilof red king and blue king  4 years of the 5-  3 years of the 5-  In any 2 of the      4 years
 crab (PIK)                          year period        year period        last 3 seasons
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      prior to June 10,
                                     (1) September 15-  (1) September 15-  2002 in the
                                      21, 1994;         21, 1994;          Eastern Aleutian
                                     (2) September 15-  (2) September 15-  Island golden
                                     22, 1995;          22, 1995;          (brown) king crab,
                                     (3) September 15-  (3) September 15-  Western Aleutian
                                     26, 1996;          26, 1996;          Island golden
                                     (4) September 15-  (4) September 15-  (brown) king crab,
                                     29, 1997;          29, 1997;          Bering Sea snow
                                     (5) September 15-  (5) September 15-  crab, or Bristol
                                     28, 1998.          28, 1998.          Bay red king crab
                                                                           fisheries, except
                                                                           that persons
                                                                           applying for an
                                                                           allocation to
                                                                           receive QS based
                                                                           on legal landings
                                                                           made aboard a
                                                                           vessel less than
                                                                           60 feet (18.3 m)
                                                                           LOA at the time of
                                                                           harvest are exempt
                                                                           from this
                                                                           requirement.
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6. St. Matthew blue king crab       4 years of the 5-  3 years of the 5-  In any 2 of the      4 years
 (SMB)                               year period        year period        last 3 seasons
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      prior to June 10,
                                     (1) September 15-  (1) September 15-  2002 in the
                                     22, 1994;          22, 1994;          Eastern Aleutian
                                     (2) September 15-  (2) September 15-  Island golden
                                     20, 1995;          20, 1995;          (brown) king crab,
                                     (3) September 15-  (3) September 15-  Western Aleutian
                                     23, 1996;          23, 1996;          Island golden
                                     (4) September 15-  (4) September 15-  (brown) king crab,
                                     22, 1997;          22, 1997;          Bering Sea snow
                                     (5) September 15-  (5) September 15-  crab, or Bristol
                                     26, 1998.          26, 1998.          Bay red king crab
                                                                           fisheries.
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7. Western Aleutian Islands brown   5 of the 5         3 of the 5          (1) September 1     5 years
 king crab (WAG)                     seasons            seasons            1999 through
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      August 14, 2000.
                                     (1) September 1,   (1) September 1,   (2) August 15,
                                     1996 through       1996 through       2000 through May
                                     August 31, 1997;   August 31, 1997;   28, 2001.
                                     (2) September 1,   (2) September 1,   (3) August 15 2001
                                     1997 though        1997 though        through March 30,
                                     August 31, 1998;   August 31, 1998;   2002.
                                     (3) September 1,   (3) September 1,
                                     1998 through       1998 through
                                     August 31, 1999;   August 31, 1999;
                                     (4) September 1,   (4) September 1,
                                     1999 through       1999 through
                                     August 14, 2000;   August 14, 2000;
                                     (5) August 15,     (5) August 15,
                                     2000 through May   2000 through May
                                     28, 2001.          28, 2001.
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8. Western Aleutian Islands red     3 of the 4         3 of the 4         In any 2 of the      3 years
 king crab (WAI)                     seasons            seasons            last 3 seasons
                                     beginning on:      beginning on:      prior to June 10,
                                     (1) November 1,    (1) November 1,    2002 in the
                                     1992 through       1992 through       Eastern Aleutian
                                     January 15,        January 15,        Island golden
                                     1993;              1993;              (brown) king crab,
                                     (2) November 1,    (2) November 1,    Western Aleutian
                                     1993 through       1993 through       Island golden
                                     February 15,       February 15,       (brown) king crab,
                                     1994;              1994;              Bering Sea snow
                                     (3) November 1-    (3) November 1-    crab, or Bristol
                                     28, 1994;          28, 1994;          Bay red king crab
                                     (4) November 1,    (4) November 1,    fisheries.
                                     1995 through       1995 through
                                     February 13,       February 13,
                                     1996.              1996.
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14. In part 680, revise Table 9 to Part 680 to read as follows:

                      Table 9 to Part 680--Initial Issuance of Crab PQS by Crab QS Fishery
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                                           Column B:  The Regional Administrator shall calculate PQS for any
 Column A:  For each crab QS fishery    qualified person based on that person's total legal purchase of crab in
                                                       each of the crab QS fisheries for any...
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Bristol Bay red king crab (BBR)        3 years of the 3-year QS base period beginning on:
                                       (1) November 1-5, 1997;
                                       (2) November 1-6, 1998; and
                                       (3) October 15-20, 1999.
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Bering Sea snow crab (BSS)            3 years of the 3-year period beginning on:
                                       (1) January 15, 1997 through March 21, 1997;
                                       (2) January 15, 1998 through March 20, 1998; and
                                       (3) January 15, 1999 through March 22, 1999.
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Bering Sea Tanner crab (BST)          Equivalent to 50 percent of the total legally processed crab in the Bering
                                       Sea snow crab fishery during the qualifying years established for that
                                       fishery, and 50 percent of the totally legally processed crab in the
                                       Bristol Bay red king crab fishery during the qualifying years established
                                       for that fishery.
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Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king  4 years of the 4-year base period beginning on:
 crab (EAG)                            (1) September 1, 1996 through December 25, 1996;
                                       (2) September 1, 1997 though November 24, 1997;
                                       (3) September 1, 1998 through November 7, 1998; and
                                       (4) September 1, 1999 through October 25, 1999.
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Pribilof Islands red and blue king    3 years of the 3-year period beginning on:
 crab (PIK)                            (1) September 15-26, 1996;
                                       (2) September 15-29, 1997; and
                                       (3) September 15-28, 1998.
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