Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #11-Adjustment of the Commercial Salmon Fishery from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, California, 69917-69918 [05-22863]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 222 / Friday, November 18, 2005 / Rules and Regulations announced for 2005 Ocean Salmon Fisheries. The recreational fishery from the U.S.Canada Border to Cape Alava, WA (Neah Bay Subarea), was modified by Inseason Action #8 (70 FR 55303, September 21, 2005), effective Tuesday, August 30, 2005, to be open seven days per week. All other restrictions remain in effect as announced for 2005 ocean salmon fisheries, and by previous inseason actions. On September 7, 2005, the RA consulted with representatives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by conference call. Information related to catch to date, the Chinook and coho catch rates, and effort data indicated that the Chinook catch was near the overall Chinook quota and that the Columbia River Subarea Chinook guideline had been achieved. As a result, on September 7, 2005, the states recommended, and the RA concurred, that effective Friday, September 9, 2005, the daily bag limit for the Columbia River Subarea was modified as follows: ‘‘All salmon, except no Chinook retention, two fish per day, all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.’’ All other restrictions remain in effect as announced for 2005 ocean salmon fisheries, and by previous inseason actions. The RA determined that the best available information indicated that the catch and effort data, and projections, supported the above inseason action recommended by the states. The states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with this Federal action. As provided by the inseason action procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice to fishers of the already described regulatory action was given, prior to the date the action was effective, by telephone hotline number 206–526–6667 and 800–662– 9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz. This action does not apply to other fisheries that may be operating in other areas. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory action was provided to VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:27 Nov 17, 2005 Jkt 208001 fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (70 FR 23054, May 4, 2005), the West Coast Salmon Plan, and regulations implementing the West Coast Salmon Plan 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and the state agencies had insufficient time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment between the time the fishery catch and effort data were collected to determine the extent of the fisheries, and the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to allow fishers access to the available fish at the time the fish were available. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness required under U.S.C. 553(d)(3), as a delay in effectiveness of these actions would unnecessarily limit fishers appropriately controlled access to available fish during the scheduled fishing season. This action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 14, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–22858 Filed 11–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 040429134–4135–01; I.D. 110905F] Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #11—Adjustment of the Commercial Salmon Fishery from the OregonCalifornia Border to Humboldt South Jetty, California National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, was modified to close at midnight on Friday, PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69917 September 16, 2005. This action was necessary to conform to the 2005 management goals, and the intended effect is to allow the fishery to operate within the seasons and quotas specified in the 2005 annual management measures. Closure effective 2359 hours local time (l.t.), September 16, 2005, after which the fishery will remain closed until opened through an additional inseason action for the west coast salmon fisheries, which will be published in the Federal Register, or until the effective date of the next scheduled open period announced in the 2005 annual management measures. Comments will be accepted through December 5, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments on this action must be mailed to D. Robert Lohn, Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115– 0070; or faxed to 206–526–6376; or Rod McInnis, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4132; or faxed to 562– 980–4018. Comments can also be submitted via e-mail at the 2005salmonIA11.nwr@noaa.gov address, or through the internet at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www/regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments, and include [050426117–5117–01 and/ or I.D. 110905F] in the subject line of the message. Information relevant to this document is available for public review during business hours at the Office of the Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Wright, 206–526–6140. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NMFS Regional Administrator closed the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, effective at midnight on Friday, September 16, 2005. On September 16, the Regional Administrator determined that available catch and effort data indicated that the quota of 6,000 Chinook salmon would be reached by midnight. Automatic season closures based on quotas are authorized by regulations at 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1). In the 2005 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (70 FR 23054, May 4, 2005), NMFS announced the commercial fishery in the area from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA (California Klamath Management Zone), would open September 3 through the DATES: E:\FR\FM\18NOR1.SGM 18NOR1 69918 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 222 / Friday, November 18, 2005 / Rules and Regulations earlier of September 30 or a 6,000 Chinook quota. On September 16, 2005, the Regional Administrator consulted with representatives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and California Department of Fish and Game. Information related to catch to date, the Chinook catch rate, and effort data indicated that it was likely that the Chinook quota would be reached by midnight. As a result, the State of California recommended, and the Regional Administrator concurred, that the area from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, close effective at midnight on Friday, September 16, 2005. All other restrictions that apply to this fishery remained in effect as announced in the 2005 annual management measures. The Regional Administrator determined that the best available information indicated that the catch and effort data, and projections, supported the above inseason action recommended by the state. The states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with this Federal action. As provided by the inseason VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:27 Nov 17, 2005 Jkt 208001 action procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice to fishers of the above described action was given prior to the time the action was effective by telephone hotline number 206–526– 6667 and 800–662–9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz. This action does not apply to other fisheries that may be operating in other areas. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As previously noted, actual notice of this action was provided to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (70 FR 23054, May 4, 2005), the West Coast Salmon Plan, and regulations implementing the West Coast Salmon Plan 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 notice and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and the state agency have insufficient time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment between the time the fishery catch and effort data are collected to determine the extent of the fisheries, and the time the fishery closure must be implemented to avoid exceeding the quota. Because of the rate of harvest in this fishery, failure to close the fishery upon attainment of the quota would allow the quota to be exceeded, resulting in fewer spawning fish and possibly reduced yield of the stocks in the future. For the same reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30– day delay in effectiveness required under U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 14, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–22863 Filed 11–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\18NOR1.SGM 18NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 222 (Friday, November 18, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 040429134-4135-01; I.D. 110905F]


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West 
Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action 11--Adjustment of the 
Commercial Salmon Fishery from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt 
South Jetty, California

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

ACTION:  Closure; request for comments.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS announces that the commercial salmon fishery in the area 
from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, was 
modified to close at midnight on Friday, September 16, 2005. This 
action was necessary to conform to the 2005 management goals, and the 
intended effect is to allow the fishery to operate within the seasons 
and quotas specified in the 2005 annual management measures.

DATES:  Closure effective 2359 hours local time (l.t.), September 16, 
2005, after which the fishery will remain closed until opened through 
an additional inseason action for the west coast salmon fisheries, 
which will be published in the Federal Register, or until the effective 
date of the next scheduled open period announced in the 2005 annual 
management measures. Comments will be accepted through December 5, 
2005.

ADDRESSES:  Comments on this action must be mailed to D. Robert Lohn, 
Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 7600 Sand Point 
Way N.E., Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115-0070; or faxed to 206-526-6376; or 
Rod McInnis, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 501 
W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4132; or faxed to 562-
980-4018. Comments can also be submitted via e-mail at the 
2005salmonIA11.nwr@noaa.gov address, or through the internet at the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www/regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments, and include [050426117-5117-01 
and/or I.D. 110905F] in the subject line of the message. Information 
relevant to this document is available for public review during 
business hours at the Office of the Regional Administrator, Northwest 
Region, NMFS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Christopher Wright, 206-526-6140.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NMFS Regional Administrator closed the 
commercial salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon-California Border 
to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, effective at midnight on Friday, September 
16, 2005. On September 16, the Regional Administrator determined that 
available catch and effort data indicated that the quota of 6,000 
Chinook salmon would be reached by midnight.
    Automatic season closures based on quotas are authorized by 
regulations at 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1).
    In the 2005 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries 
(70 FR 23054, May 4, 2005), NMFS announced the commercial fishery in 
the area from the Oregon-California Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA 
(California Klamath Management Zone), would open September 3 through 
the

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earlier of September 30 or a 6,000 Chinook quota.
    On September 16, 2005, the Regional Administrator consulted with 
representatives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and 
California Department of Fish and Game. Information related to catch to 
date, the Chinook catch rate, and effort data indicated that it was 
likely that the Chinook quota would be reached by midnight. As a 
result, the State of California recommended, and the Regional 
Administrator concurred, that the area from the Oregon-California 
Border to Humboldt South Jetty, CA, close effective at midnight on 
Friday, September 16, 2005. All other restrictions that apply to this 
fishery remained in effect as announced in the 2005 annual management 
measures.
    The Regional Administrator determined that the best available 
information indicated that the catch and effort data, and projections, 
supported the above inseason action recommended by the state. The 
states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of 
the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with this Federal 
action. As provided by the inseason action procedures of 50 CFR 
660.411, actual notice to fishers of the above described action was 
given prior to the time the action was effective by telephone hotline 
number 206-526-6667 and 800-662-9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to 
Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz.
    This action does not apply to other fisheries that may be operating 
in other areas.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording 
prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As 
previously noted, actual notice of this action was provided to fishers 
through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies 
with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean 
salmon fisheries (70 FR 23054, May 4, 2005), the West Coast Salmon 
Plan, and regulations implementing the West Coast Salmon Plan 50 CFR 
660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
was impracticable because NMFS and the state agency have insufficient 
time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment 
between the time the fishery catch and effort data are collected to 
determine the extent of the fisheries, and the time the fishery closure 
must be implemented to avoid exceeding the quota. Because of the rate 
of harvest in this fishery, failure to close the fishery upon 
attainment of the quota would allow the quota to be exceeded, resulting 
in fewer spawning fish and possibly reduced yield of the stocks in the 
future. For the same reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 
30-day delay in effectiveness required under U.S.C. 553(d)(3).
    This action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: November 14, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-22863 Filed 11-17-05; 8:45 am]
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