Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock from the Aleutian Islands Subarea to the Bering Sea Subarea, 35558-35561 [05-12205]

Download as PDF 35558 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Rules and Regulations allocation scheme, in order to reduce the amount of fish that must be discarded as bycatch in the commercial fishery in states with relatively low summer flounder quotas. The transfer of quota from donor states will allow recipient states to marginally increase trip limits, thereby decreasing the amount of summer flounder discarded at sea. The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the FMP that was published on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for summer flounder quota to be transferred from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the approval of the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.100(d). The Regional Administrator is required to consider the criteria set forth in § 648.100(d)(3) in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations. The Regional Administrator has reviewed those criteria and approved the quota transfer requests submitted by the State of Rhode Island. Consistent with Addendum XV, Rhode Island, a designated ‘‘donor state,’’ has voluntarily employed the quota transfer provisions of the FMP to transfer a total of 50,186 lb (22,764 kg) to be allocated as follows: Maine 937 lb (425 kg); Connecticut 13,095 lb (5,940 kg); New York 9,763 lb (4,428 kg); Delaware 2,887 lb (1,310); Maryland 13,230 lb (6,001 kg); and Massachusetts 10,274 lb (4,660 kg) (see Table 1). In addition, this action corrects a previous quota transfer involving North Carolina and Maryland published on June 7, 2005 (70 FR 33042). This previous quota transfer notice effected an Addendum XV transfer from North Carolina to Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Maryland. In agreeing to this previous transfer, Maryland accepted only half of the quota offered by North Carolina, but the transfer published on June 7, 2005, inadvertently transferred to Maryland the full amount offered by North Carolina (23,153 lb (10,502 kg)). Therefore, this action deducts half of this amount (11,577 lb (5,251 kg)) from Maryland and restores the same amount to North Carolina. The corrected quotas involved in that transfer are listed in Table 1. TABLE 1. SUMMER FLOUNDER COMMERCIAL QUOTA TRANSFERS 2005 Quota1 Amount Transferred State lb -50,186 937 10,274 13,095 9,763 2,887 13,230 0 Rhode Island Maine Massachusetts Connecticut New York Delaware2 Maryland3 North Carolina 1 2 3 kg lb -22,764 425 4,660 5,940 4,428 1,310 6,001 0 kg 2,818,232 11,459 1,209,499 446,313 1,404,519 -47,415 388,534 4,597,745 1,278,350 5,198 548,629 202,448 637,090 -21,507 176,239 2,085,537 2005 Revised Quota lb 2,768,046 12,396 1,219,773 459,408 1,414,282 -44,528 390,187 4,609,322 kg 1,255,586 5,623 553,289 208,387 641,518 -20,198 176,989 2,090,788 Reflects quotas as published on June 7, 2005 (70 FR 33042), inclusive of previous Addendum XV and ‘‘safe harbor’’ transfers. Landings of summer flounder in Delaware by vessels holding commercial Federal fisheries permits are prohibited for the 2005 calendar year. Maryland net change between transfer (13,230 lb (6,001 kg)) and revision (-11,577 lb (5,251 kg)) is 1,673 lb (759 kg). Classification DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 15, 2005. Anne M. Lange, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–12204 Filed 6–16–05; 12:58 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S [Docket No. 041126332–5039–02; I.D. 061405B] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock from the Aleutian Islands Subarea to the Bering Sea Subarea National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Community Development Quota (CDQ), incidental catch allowance (ICA) and non-CDQ pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. These actions are necessary to allow the 2005 total allowable catch VerDate jul<14>2003 15:18 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (TAC) of pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea to be harvested. DATES: Effective June 21, 2005, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the 2005 A season allowance of non-CDQ pollock is 9,800 metric tons (mt), the ICA of pollock is 1,200 mt, and the CDQ pollock is 760 mt, as established by the 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005), E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 35559 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Rules and Regulations for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., January 1, 2005, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., June 10, 2005. As of May 21, 2005, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that the following A season apportionments of pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested: 9,600 of non-CDQ pollock, 460 mt of ICA pollock and 760 mt of CDQ pollock. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 9,600 mt of non-CDQ pollock and 760 mt of CDQ pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea B season allocations. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(ii), NMFS reallocates 460 mt from the Aleutian Islands subarea pollock ICA to the B season non-CDQ directed pollock fishery. Also, the Regional Administrator has determined that the B season ICA is in excess of the necessary amount and is reallocating the excess B season apportionment of the ICA to the directed pollock fishery. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(ii), NMFS reallocates 140 mt from the B season apportionment of the Aleutian Islands subarea pollock ICA to the B season non-CDQ directed pollock fishery. Furthermore, the Regional Administrator has determined through consultation with the Aleut Corporation and the CDQ groups that 4,900 mt of the B season non-CDQ pollock and 1,140 mt of the B season CDQ pollock allocations in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS apportions 4,900 mt of non-CDQ pollock and 1,140 mt of CDQ pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea B season allocations. Table 3 has been revised to reflect this reallocation. The harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005) are revised as follows: 200 mt to the A season allowance of non-CDQ pollock, 740 mt to the A season allowance of ICA pollock, 0 mt to the A season allowance of CDQ pollock, 1,000 mt to the B season allowance of non-CDQ pollock, 660 to the B season allowance of ICA pollock, and 0 mt to the B season allowance of CDQ pollock. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5), Tables 3 and 10 are revised for the 2005 B season consistent with this reallocation. Footnote 1 continues to state the allocations under regulations at § 679.20(a)(5). TABLE 3—2005 AND 2006 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA)1 [Amounts are in metric tons] 2005 A season1 Area and sector 2005 Allocations 2005 B season1 ..... 59,140 ..... 257,215 205,772 188,281 17,491 1,029 51,443 ..... ..... 573,570 ..... 41,398 ..... 180,050 144,040 ..... ..... ..... 36,010 ..... ..... 401,498 ..... 90,610 ..... 393,072 314,458 287,729 26,729 1,572 78,614 ..... ..... 876,754 ..... ..... 740 200 ..... ..... ..... ..... 10 Bogoslof District ICA7 B season DFA 2,600 ..... 1,400 1,200 Aleutian Islands subarea1 CDQ DFA ICA Aleut Corporation SCA harvest limit2 1,478,500 147,850 44,577 643,037 514,429 470,703 43,726 2,572 128,607 225,063 385,822 1,433,923 Bering Sea subarea CDQ DFA ICA1 AFA Inshore AFA Catcher/Processors3 Catch by C/Ps Catch by CVs3 Unlisted C/P Limit4 AFA Motherships Excessive Harvesting Limit5 Excessive Processing Limit6 Total Bering Sea DFA A season DFA ..... ..... 2006 A season1 2006 Allocations 2006 B season1 A season DFA SCA harvest limit2 B season DFA 1,487,756 148,776 44,856 647,062 517,650 473,650 44,000 2,588 129,412 226,472 388,237 1,487,756 ..... 59,510 ..... 258,825 207,060 189,460 17,600 1,035 51,765 ..... ..... 577,160 ..... 41,657 ..... 181,177 144,942 ..... ..... ..... 36,235 ..... ..... 404,012 ..... 89,265 ..... 388,237 310,590 284,190 26,400 1,553 77,647 ..... ..... 865,740 ..... ..... 660 1,000 19,000 1,900 2,000 15,100 ..... 760 1,200 9,800 ..... ..... ..... ..... ..... 1,140 800 5,300 ..... 10 ..... ..... ..... 1Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the Bering Sea subarea pollock after subtraction for the CDQ DFA - 10 percent and the ICA - 3.35 percent, the pollock TAC is allocated as a DFA as follows: inshore component - 50 percent, catcher/processor component - 40 percent, and mothership component - 10 percent. In the Bering Sea subarea, the A season, January 20 - June 10, is allocated 40 percent of the DFA and the B season, June 10 - November 1 is allocated 60 percent of the DFA. The Aleutian Islands (AI) directed pollock fishery allocation to the Aleut Corporation remains after first subtracting for the CDQ DFA - 10 percent and second the ICA - 2,000 mt. The Aleut Corporation directed pollock fishery is closed to directed fishing until the management provisions for the AI directed pollock fishery become effective under Amendment 82. In the AI subarea, the A season is allocated 40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the directed pollock fishery. 2In the Bering Sea subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector’s annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before April 1. The remaining 12 percent of the annual DFA allocated to the A season may be taken outside of SCA before April 1 or inside the SCA after April 1. If 28 percent of the annual DFA is not taken inside the SCA before April 1, the remainder is available to be taken inside the SCA after April 1. 3Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/processors shall be available for harvest only by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/processors. 4Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/processors sector’s allocation of pollock. 5Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6) NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5 percent of the sum of the pollock DFAs. 6Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7) NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0 percent of the sum of the pollock DFAs. 7The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only, and are not apportioned by season or sector. VerDate jul<14>2003 15:18 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 35560 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 10—2005 AND 2006 BERING SEA SUBAREA INSHORE COOPERATIVE ALLOCATIONS [Amounts are in metric tons] Sum of member vessel’s official catch histories1 Cooperative name and member vessels Akutan Catcher Vessel Association ALDEBARAN, ARCTIC EXPLORER, ARCTURUS, BLUE FOX, CAPE KIWANDA, COLUMBIA, DOMINATOR, EXODUS, FLYING CLOUD, GOLDEN DAWN, GOLDEN PISCES, HAZEL LORRAINE, INTREPID EXPLORER, LESLIE LEE, LISA MELINDA, MARK I, MAJESTY, MARCY J, MARGARET LYN, NORDIC EXPLORER, NORTHERN PATRIOT, NORTHWEST EXPLORER, PACIFIC RAM, PACIFIC VIKING, PEGASUS, PEGGY JO, PERSEVERANCE, PREDATOR, RAVEN, ROYAL AMERICAN, SEEKER, SOVEREIGNTY, TRAVELER, VIKING EXPLORER Percentage of inshore sector allocation 2005 Annual cooperative allocation 2006 Annual cooperative allocation 245,922 28.130% 182,925 182,018 Arctic Enterprise Association BRISTOL EXPLORER, OCEAN EXPLORER, PACIFIC EXPLORER 36,807 4.210% 27,378 27,242 Northern Victor Fleet Cooperative ANITA J, COLLIER BROTHERS, COMMODORE, EXCALIBUR II, GOLDRUSH, HALF MOON BAY, MISS BERDIE, NORDIC FURY, PACIFIC FURY, POSEIDON, ROYAL ATLANTIC, SUNSET BAY, STORM PETREL 73,656 8.425% 54,788 54,516 Peter Pan Fleet Cooperative AJ, AMBER DAWN, AMERICAN BEAUTY, ELIZABETH F, MORNING STAR, OCEAN LEADER, OCEANIC, PACIFIC CHALLENGER, PROVIDIAN, TOPAZ, WALTER N 23,850 2.728% 17,740 17,652 Unalaska Cooperative ALASKA ROSE, BERING ROSE, DESTINATION, GREAT PACIFIC, MESSIAH, MORNING STAR, MS AMY, PROGRESS, SEA WOLF, VANGUARD, WESTERN DAWN 106,737 12.209% 79,395 79,001 UniSea Fleet Cooperative ALSEA, AMERICAN EAGLE, ARGOSY, AURIGA, AURORA, DEFENDER, GUN-MAR, MAR-GUN, NORDIC STAR, PACIFIC MONARCH, SEADAWN, STARFISH, STARLITE, STARWARD 213,521 24.424% 158,824 158,037 Westward Fleet Cooperative ALASKAN COMMAND, ALYESKA, ARCTIC WIND, CAITLIN ANN, CHELSEA K, DONA MARTITA, FIERCE ALLEGIANCE, HICKORY WIND, OCEAN HOPE 3, PACIFIC KNIGHT, PACIFIC PRINCE, VIKING, WESTWARD I 173,744 19.874% 129,236 128,595 0 0.00% 0 0 874,238 100% 650,287 647,062 Open access AFA vessels Total inshore allocation 1According to regulations at § 679.62(e)(1), the individual catch history for each vessel is equal to the vessel’s best 2 of 3 years inshore pollock landings from 1995 through 1997 and includes landings to catcher/processors for vessels that made 500 or more mt of landings to catcher/processors from 1995 through 1997. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would VerDate jul<14>2003 15:18 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 delay the reallocation of Aleutian Islands subarea pollock to the Bering Sea subarea B season. At the end of May 2005, NMFS was notified by the Aleut Corporation and the CDQ groups that the pollock allocations in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Since the B season opens June 10, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea subarea B season allocations. Immediate notification is necessary in order to allow an orderly transition into the B season and to provide timely information to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery thereby allowing the industry to PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 plan for the fishing season and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Dated: June 14, 2005. John H. Dunnigan Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–12205 Filed 6–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate jul<14>2003 15:18 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 35561

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 21, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 35558-35561]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12205]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041126332-5039-02; I.D. 061405B]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pollock from the Aleutian Islands Subarea to the Bering Sea Subarea

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Community 
Development Quota (CDQ), incidental catch allowance (ICA) and non-CDQ 
pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. 
These actions are necessary to allow the 2005 total allowable catch 
(TAC) of pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea to be harvested.

DATES: Effective June 21, 2005, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2005.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the 
North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations 
governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at 
subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the 2005 A season allowance of 
non-CDQ pollock is 9,800 metric tons (mt), the ICA of pollock is 1,200 
mt, and the CDQ pollock is 760 mt, as established by the 2005 and 2006 
final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, 
February 24, 2005),

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for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., January 1, 2005, through 1200 hrs, 
A.l.t., June 10, 2005.
    As of May 21, 2005, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
(Regional Administrator) has determined that the following A season 
apportionments of pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be 
harvested: 9,600 of non-CDQ pollock, 460 mt of ICA pollock and 760 mt 
of CDQ pollock. Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 9,600 mt of non-CDQ pollock 
and 760 mt of CDQ pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 
Bering Sea subarea B season allocations. In accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(ii), NMFS reallocates 460 mt from the Aleutian 
Islands subarea pollock ICA to the B season non-CDQ directed pollock 
fishery.
    Also, the Regional Administrator has determined that the B season 
ICA is in excess of the necessary amount and is reallocating the excess 
B season apportionment of the ICA to the directed pollock fishery. In 
accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(ii), NMFS reallocates 140 
mt from the B season apportionment of the Aleutian Islands subarea 
pollock ICA to the B season non-CDQ directed pollock fishery.
    Furthermore, the Regional Administrator has determined through 
consultation with the Aleut Corporation and the CDQ groups that 4,900 
mt of the B season non-CDQ pollock and 1,140 mt of the B season CDQ 
pollock allocations in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be 
harvested. Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), 
NMFS apportions 4,900 mt of non-CDQ pollock and 1,140 mt of CDQ pollock 
from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea B season 
allocations. Table 3 has been revised to reflect this reallocation.
    The harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands 
subarea included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005) are revised as follows: 200 mt to 
the A season allowance of non-CDQ pollock, 740 mt to the A season 
allowance of ICA pollock, 0 mt to the A season allowance of CDQ 
pollock, 1,000 mt to the B season allowance of non-CDQ pollock, 660 to 
the B season allowance of ICA pollock, and 0 mt to the B season 
allowance of CDQ pollock.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5), Tables 3 and 10 are revised for the 
2005 B season consistent with this reallocation. Footnote 1 continues 
to state the allocations under regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(5).

        TABLE 3--2005 AND 2006 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA)\1\
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                         2005 A season\1\      2005 B                      2006 A season\1\      2006 B
                                                                      ---------------------- season\1\                  ---------------------- season\1\
                   Area and sector                          2005                     SCA    -----------       2006                     SCA    ----------
                                                        Allocations     A season   harvest    B season    Allocations     A season   harvest    B season
                                                                          DFA      limit\2\     DFA                         DFA      limit\2\     DFA
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Bering Sea subarea                                          1,478,500      .....      .....      .....        1,487,756      .....      .....      .....
 CDQ DFA                                                      147,850     59,140     41,398     90,610          148,776     59,510     41,657     89,265
 ICA\1\                                                        44,577      .....      .....      .....           44,856      .....      .....      .....
 AFA Inshore                                                  643,037    257,215    180,050    393,072          647,062    258,825    181,177    388,237
 AFA Catcher/Processors\3\                                    514,429    205,772    144,040    314,458          517,650    207,060    144,942    310,590
 Catch by C/Ps                                                470,703    188,281      .....    287,729          473,650    189,460      .....    284,190
 Catch by CVs\3\                                               43,726     17,491      .....     26,729           44,000     17,600      .....     26,400
 Unlisted C/P Limit\4\                                          2,572      1,029      .....      1,572            2,588      1,035      .....      1,553
AFA Motherships                                               128,607     51,443     36,010     78,614          129,412     51,765     36,235     77,647
Excessive Harvesting Limit\5\                                 225,063      .....      .....      .....          226,472      .....      .....      .....
Excessive Processing Limit\6\                                 385,822      .....      .....      .....          388,237      .....      .....      .....
Total Bering Sea DFA                                        1,433,923    573,570    401,498    876,754        1,487,756    577,160    404,012    865,740
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Aleutian Islands subarea\1\                                     2,600      .....      .....      .....           19,000      .....      .....      .....
 CDQ DFA                                                        .....      .....      .....      .....            1,900        760      .....      1,140
 ICA                                                            1,400        740      .....        660            2,000      1,200      .....        800
 Aleut Corporation                                              1,200        200      .....      1,000           15,100      9,800      .....      5,300
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Bogoslof District ICA\7\                                           10      .....      .....      .....               10      .....      .....      .....
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\1\Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the Bering Sea subarea pollock after subtraction for the CDQ DFA - 10 percent and the ICA - 3.35 percent, the
  pollock TAC is allocated as a DFA as follows: inshore component - 50 percent, catcher/processor component - 40 percent, and mothership component - 10
  percent. In the Bering Sea subarea, the A season, January 20 - June 10, is allocated 40 percent of the DFA and the B season, June 10 - November 1 is
  allocated 60 percent of the DFA. The Aleutian Islands (AI) directed pollock fishery allocation to the Aleut Corporation remains after first
  subtracting for the CDQ DFA - 10 percent and second the ICA - 2,000 mt. The Aleut Corporation directed pollock fishery is closed to directed fishing
  until the management provisions for the AI directed pollock fishery become effective under Amendment 82. In the AI subarea, the A season is allocated
  40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the directed pollock fishery.
\2\In the Bering Sea subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector's annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before April 1. The remaining 12 percent of
  the annual DFA allocated to the A season may be taken outside of SCA before April 1 or inside the SCA after April 1. If 28 percent of the annual DFA
  is not taken inside the SCA before April 1, the remainder is available to be taken inside the SCA after April 1.
\3\Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/processors shall be available for harvest only
  by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/processors.
\4\Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/
  processors sector's allocation of pollock.
\5\Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6) NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5 percent of the sum of the pollock DFAs.
\6\Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7) NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0 percent of the sum of the pollock DFAs.
\7\The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only, and are
  not apportioned by season or sector.


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                   TABLE 10--2005 AND 2006 BERING SEA SUBAREA INSHORE COOPERATIVE ALLOCATIONS
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                        Sum of member       Percentage of      2005 Annual        2006 Annual
Cooperative name and member vessels   vessel's official    inshore sector      cooperative        cooperative
                                      catch histories\1\     allocation         allocation         allocation
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Akutan Catcher Vessel Association    245,922              28.130%           182,925            182,018
ALDEBARAN, ARCTIC EXPLORER,
 ARCTURUS, BLUE FOX, CAPE KIWANDA,
 COLUMBIA, DOMINATOR, EXODUS,
 FLYING CLOUD, GOLDEN DAWN, GOLDEN
 PISCES, HAZEL LORRAINE, INTREPID
 EXPLORER, LESLIE LEE, LISA
 MELINDA, MARK I, MAJESTY, MARCY J,
 MARGARET LYN, NORDIC EXPLORER,
 NORTHERN PATRIOT, NORTHWEST
 EXPLORER, PACIFIC RAM, PACIFIC
 VIKING, PEGASUS, PEGGY JO,
 PERSEVERANCE, PREDATOR, RAVEN,
 ROYAL AMERICAN, SEEKER,
 SOVEREIGNTY, TRAVELER, VIKING
 EXPLORER
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Arctic Enterprise Association        36,807               4.210%            27,378             27,242
BRISTOL EXPLORER, OCEAN EXPLORER,
 PACIFIC EXPLORER
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Northern Victor Fleet Cooperative    73,656               8.425%            54,788             54,516
ANITA J, COLLIER BROTHERS,
 COMMODORE, EXCALIBUR II, GOLDRUSH,
 HALF MOON BAY, MISS BERDIE, NORDIC
 FURY, PACIFIC FURY, POSEIDON,
 ROYAL ATLANTIC, SUNSET BAY, STORM
 PETREL
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Peter Pan Fleet Cooperative          23,850               2.728%            17,740             17,652
AJ, AMBER DAWN, AMERICAN BEAUTY,
 ELIZABETH F, MORNING STAR, OCEAN
 LEADER, OCEANIC, PACIFIC
 CHALLENGER, PROVIDIAN, TOPAZ,
 WALTER N
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Unalaska Cooperative                 106,737              12.209%           79,395             79,001
ALASKA ROSE, BERING ROSE,
 DESTINATION, GREAT PACIFIC,
 MESSIAH, MORNING STAR, MS AMY,
 PROGRESS, SEA WOLF, VANGUARD,
 WESTERN DAWN
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UniSea Fleet Cooperative             213,521              24.424%           158,824            158,037
ALSEA, AMERICAN EAGLE, ARGOSY,
 AURIGA, AURORA, DEFENDER, GUN-MAR,
 MAR-GUN, NORDIC STAR, PACIFIC
 MONARCH, SEADAWN, STARFISH,
 STARLITE, STARWARD
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Westward Fleet Cooperative           173,744              19.874%           129,236            128,595
ALASKAN COMMAND, ALYESKA, ARCTIC
 WIND, CAITLIN ANN, CHELSEA K, DONA
 MARTITA, FIERCE ALLEGIANCE,
 HICKORY WIND, OCEAN HOPE 3,
 PACIFIC KNIGHT, PACIFIC PRINCE,
 VIKING, WESTWARD I
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Open access AFA vessels              0                    0.00%             0                  0
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Total inshore allocation             874,238              100%              650,287            647,062
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\1\According to regulations at Sec.   679.62(e)(1), the individual catch history for each vessel is equal to the
  vessel's best 2 of 3 years inshore pollock landings from 1995 through 1997 and includes landings to catcher/
  processors for vessels that made 500 or more mt of landings to catcher/processors from 1995 through 1997.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the reallocation of Aleutian Islands subarea pollock to the 
Bering Sea subarea B season. At the end of May 2005, NMFS was notified 
by the Aleut Corporation and the CDQ groups that the pollock 
allocations in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. 
Since the B season opens June 10, it is important to immediately inform 
the industry as to the final Bering Sea subarea B season allocations. 
Immediate notification is necessary in order to allow an orderly 
transition into the B season and to provide timely information to allow 
for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery thereby 
allowing the industry to plan for the fishing season and avoid 
potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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


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    Dated: June 14, 2005.
John H. Dunnigan
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 05-12205 Filed 6-20-05; 8:45 am]
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