Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall and Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 6230 [06-1107]

Download as PDF 6230 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 25 / Tuesday, February 7, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Species Vertebrate population where endangered or threatened Historic range Common name * Scientific name * * * Status When listed * * * E * 748 * Critical habitat * Special rules * CLAMS * Abalone, white ......... * * Haliotis sorenseni ... * * Dated: January 23, 2006. Sara Prigan, Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Register Liaison. [FR Doc. 06–1081 Filed 2–6–06; 8:45 am] 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126332–5039–02; I.D. 020106A] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall and Using 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; closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) and longer using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2006 Pacific cod allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod specified for catcher vessels using pot gear in the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 3, 2006, though 1200 hrs, A.l.t., June 10, 2006. dsatterwhite on PROD1PC65 with RULES Josh 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. The A season allowance of the 2006 Pacific cod TAC allocated to catcher vessels using pot gear in the BSAI is 8,234 metric tons as established by the 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005). See § 679.20(c)(3)(iii), (c)(5), (a)(7)(i)(A), and (a)(7)(i)(C)(1)(iv). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the A season allowance of the 2006 Pacific cod TAC allocated to catcher vessels using pot gear in the BSAI has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA and longer using pot gear in the BSAI. Vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear in the BSAI may continue to participate in the directed fishery for Pacific cod under a separate Pacific cod allocation to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Jkt 208001 * Keaton, 907–586–7228. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 16:29 Feb 06, 2006 * NA ........................... FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 * North America (West Coast from Point Conception, CA, U.S.A., to Punta Abreojos, Baja California, Mexico). PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * NA NA * 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 Pacific cod by catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA and longer using pot gear in the BSAI. 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: February 1, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–1107 Filed 2–2–06; 2:06 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\07FER1.SGM 07FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 041126332-5039-02; I.D. 020106A]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod 
by Catcher Vessels 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall and Using 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; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by 
catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) and 
longer using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management 
area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season 
allowance of the 2006 Pacific cod allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod 
specified for catcher vessels using pot gear in the BSAI.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 3, 
2006, though 1200 hrs, A.l.t., June 10, 2006.

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.
    The A season allowance of the 2006 Pacific cod TAC allocated to 
catcher vessels using pot gear in the BSAI is 8,234 metric tons as 
established by the 2005 and 2006 final harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (70 FR 8979, February 24, 2005). See Sec.  
679.20(c)(3)(iii), (c)(5), (a)(7)(i)(A), and (a)(7)(i)(C)(1)(iv).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the A season allowance of the 
2006 Pacific cod TAC allocated to catcher vessels using pot gear in the 
BSAI has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed 
fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA and 
longer using pot gear in the BSAI. Vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) 
LOA using pot gear in the BSAI may continue to participate in the 
directed fishery for Pacific cod under a separate Pacific cod 
allocation to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using 
hook-and-line or pot gear.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  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 Pacific cod by catcher vessels 60 feet (18.3 
m) LOA and longer using pot gear in the BSAI.
    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.

    Dated: February 1, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 06-1107 Filed 2-2-06; 2:06 pm]
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