Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 46777-46778 [05-15961]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 154 / Thursday, August 11, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Classification DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 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) and 50 CFR 679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) as such a requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the apportionment of the non-specified reserves of groundfish to the arrowtooth flounder fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 2, 2005. 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. Under 679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until August 23, 2005. This action is required by 50 CFR 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801, et seq. Dated: August 8, 2005. Anne M. Lange, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–15962 Filed 8–8–05; 3:21 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate jul<14>2003 13:55 Aug 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126332–5039–02; I.D. 080805C] Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; modification of a closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2005 catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI to harvest their Pacific cod allocation. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), August 8, 2005, through 2400 hrs, 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 exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. NMFS closed directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46777 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-andline or pot gear in the BSAI under § 679.21(d)(1)(iii) on April 19, 2005 (70 FR 20840, April 22, 2005). NMFS has determined that as of August 2, 2005, approximately 453 metric tons of Pacific cod remain in the 2005 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. Therefore, in accordance with §§ 679.25(a)(2)(i)(C) and (a)(2)(iii)(D), and to allow the catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hookand-line or pot gear in the BSAI to harvest their Pacific cod allocation, NMFS is terminating the previous closure and is reopening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. The reopening is effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), August 8, 2005, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2005. Directed fishing by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear remains closed until August 15, 2005, when the third seasonal halibut mortality limit becomes available. 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 unduly delay the opening of the fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 2, 2005. E:\FR\FM\11AUR1.SGM 11AUR1 46778 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 154 / Thursday, August 11, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 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 § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate jul<14>2003 13:55 Aug 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dated: August 8, 2005. Anne M. Lange, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–15961 Filed 8–8–05; 3:21 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\11AUR1.SGM 11AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 154 (Thursday, August 11, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041126332-5039-02; I.D. 080805C]


Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod 
by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using 
Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; modification of a closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher 
vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using 
hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2005 
catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or 
pot gear in the BSAI to harvest their Pacific cod allocation.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), August 8, 2005, 
through 2400 hrs, 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 exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 
(FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with 
the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    NMFS closed directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels 
less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the 
BSAI under Sec.  679.21(d)(1)(iii) on April 19, 2005 (70 FR 20840, 
April 22, 2005).
    NMFS has determined that as of August 2, 2005, approximately 453 
metric tons of Pacific cod remain in the 2005 Pacific cod TAC specified 
for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line 
or pot gear in the BSAI. Therefore, in accordance with Sec. Sec.  
679.25(a)(2)(i)(C) and (a)(2)(iii)(D), and to allow the catcher vessels 
less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the 
BSAI to harvest their Pacific cod allocation, NMFS is terminating the 
previous closure and is reopening directed fishing for Pacific cod by 
catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or 
pot gear in the BSAI. The reopening is effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local 
time (A.l.t.), August 8, 2005, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 
2005.
    Directed fishing by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA 
using hook-and-line gear remains closed until August 15, 2005, when the 
third seasonal halibut mortality limit becomes available.

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 unduly delay the opening of the fishery. NMFS was unable to 
publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most 
recent, relevant data only became available as of August 2, 2005.

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    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.  679.25 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 8, 2005.
Anne M. Lange,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-15961 Filed 8-8-05; 3:21 pm]
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