Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska, 53312 [05-55510]

Download as PDF 53312 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 173 / Thursday, September 8, 2005 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126333–5040–02; I.D. 090205A] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the C season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 610 of the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 3, 2005, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., October 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The C season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA is 10,155 metric tons (mt) as established by the 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (70 FR 8958, February 24, 2005). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<18>2005 18:14 Sep 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 Administrator), hereby increases the C season pollock allowance by 395 mt, the remaining amount of the A and B season allowance of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 610. The revised C season allowance of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 610 is therefore 10,550 mt (10,155 mt plus 395 mt). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional Administrator has determined that the C season allowance of the 2005 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 10,500 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 50 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the closure of pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish an action providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 31, 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. Dated: September 2, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–17800 Filed 9–2–05; 2:32 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska CFR Correction In Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 600 to end, revised as of October 1, 2004, § 679.22 is corrected by reinstating paragraph (b)(5) as follows: § 679.22 Closures. * * * * * (b) * * * (5) Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve. (i) No vessel required to have a Federal fisheries permit under § 679.4(b) may fish for groundfish or anchor in the Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve, as described in Figure 18 to this part. (ii) No vessel required to have on board an IFQ halibut permit under § 679.4(d) may fish for halibut or anchor in the Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve, as described in Figure 18 to this part. [FR Doc. 05–55510 Filed 9–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D E:\FR\FM\08SER1.SGM 08SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska

CFR Correction

    In Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 600 to end, 
revised as of October 1, 2004, Sec.  679.22 is corrected by reinstating 
paragraph (b)(5) as follows:


Sec.  679.22  Closures.

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    (b) * * *
    (5) Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve. (i) No vessel required to have 
a Federal fisheries permit under Sec.  679.4(b) may fish for groundfish 
or anchor in the Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve, as described in Figure 
18 to this part.
    (ii) No vessel required to have on board an IFQ halibut permit 
under Sec.  679.4(d) may fish for halibut or anchor in the Sitka 
Pinnacles Marine Reserve, as described in Figure 18 to this part.

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