Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter I Fishery for Loligo Squid, 7443-7444 [06-1305]

Download as PDF wwhite on PROD1PC65 with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Rules and Regulations action, the aggregated right whales would be vulnerable to entanglement, which could cause serious injury and mortality. Additionally, right whales would likely move to another location between the time NMFS approved the action creating the DAM restricted zone and the time it went into effect, thereby rendering the action obsolete and ineffective. Nevertheless, NMFS recognizes the need for fishermen to have time to either modify or remove (if not in compliance with the required restrictions) their gear from a DAM zone once one is approved. Thus, NMFS makes this action effective 2 days after the date of publication of this document in the Federal Register. NMFS determined that the regulations establishing the DAM program and actions such as this one taken pursuant to those regulations are consistent to the maximum extent practicable with the enforceable policies of the approved coastal management program of the U.S. Atlantic coastal states. This determination was submitted for review by the responsible state agencies under section 307 of the Coastal Zone Management Act. Following state review of the regulations creating the DAM program, no state disagreed with NMFS’ conclusion that the DAM program is consistent to the maximum extent practicable with the enforceable policies of the approved coastal management program for that state. The DAM program under which NMFS is taking this action contains policies with federalism implications warranting preparation of a federalism assessment under Executive Order 13132. Accordingly, in October 2001 and March 2003, the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, Department of Commerce, provided notice of the DAM program and its amendments to the appropriate elected officials in states to be affected by actions taken pursuant to the DAM program. Federalism issues raised by state officials were addressed in the final rules implementing the DAM program. A copy of the federalism Summary Impact Statement for the final rules is available upon request (ADDRESSES). The rule implementing the DAM program has been determined to be not significant under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq. and 50 CFR 229.32(g)(3) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:25 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: February 8, 2006. James W. Balsiger, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–1306 Filed 2–8–06; 2:02 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 051209329–5329–01; I.D. 020306B] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter I Fishery for Loligo Squid National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, February 13, 2006. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through March 31, 2006). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter I quota and to allow for effective management of this stock. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, February 13, 2006, through 2400 hours, March 31, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Frei, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9221, Fax 978–281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the Loligo squid fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for setting the annual initial specifications are described in § 648.21. The regulations at § 648.21(d)(1) allow for the previous year’s annual specifications to remain in effect if the annual specifications for the new fishing year are not published in the Federal Register prior to the start of the PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 7443 fishing year. The 2005 annual quota for Loligo squid was 16,744.9 mt, with 5,564.3 mt allocated to Quarter I (70 FR 13406, March 21,2005). The allowable biological catch in 2006 is not proposed to change from the 2005 value, but because the proposed 2006 Research Set-Aside (RSA) is greater than the 2005 RSA allocation, the initial optimum yield and the individual quarterly quotas are minimally different. The proposed rule for the 2006 annual specifications published on December 27, 2005 (70 FR 76436), with a comment period that ended January 11, 2006. The proposed 2006 annual quota for Loligo squid is 16,872.50 mt. This amount is proposed to be allocated by quarter, as shown below. TABLE. 1 Loligo SQUID QUARTERLY ALLOCATIONS. Quarter Percent Metric Tons1 Research Setaside I (Jan-Mar) 33.23 5,606.70 N/A II (Apr-Jun) 17.61 2,971.30 N/A III (Jul-Sep) 17.3 2,918.90 N/A IV (Oct31.86 5,375.60 N/A Dec) Total 100 16,872.50 127.5 1Quarterly allocations after 127.5 mt research set-aside deduction. Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is harvested in Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail notification of the closure to all holders of Loligo squid permits at least 72 hours before the effective date of the closure; provide adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in the fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal Register. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer reports and other available information, has determined that 80 percent of the DAH for Loligo squid in Quarter I will be harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, February 13, 2006, the directed fishery for Loligo squid is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo during a calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 hours, April 1, 2006, when the Quarter II quota becomes available. E:\FR\FM\13FER1.SGM 13FER1 7444 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Dated: February 7, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 051209329-5329-01; I.D. 020306B]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter I Fishery for 
Loligo Squid

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

ACTION: Closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in 
the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, 
February 13, 2006. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo 
squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo 
squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through March 31, 
2006). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding 
its Quarter I quota and to allow for effective management of this 
stock.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, February 13, 2006, through 2400 hours, 
March 31, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Frei, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9221, Fax 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the Loligo squid 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require 
specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, 
allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic 
annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels 
of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The procedures for 
setting the annual initial specifications are described in Sec.  
648.21.
    The regulations at Sec.  648.21(d)(1) allow for the previous year's 
annual specifications to remain in effect if the annual specifications 
for the new fishing year are not published in the Federal Register 
prior to the start of the fishing year. The 2005 annual quota for 
Loligo squid was 16,744.9 mt, with 5,564.3 mt allocated to Quarter I 
(70 FR 13406, March 21,2005).
    The allowable biological catch in 2006 is not proposed to change 
from the 2005 value, but because the proposed 2006 Research Set-Aside 
(RSA) is greater than the 2005 RSA allocation, the initial optimum 
yield and the individual quarterly quotas are minimally different. The 
proposed rule for the 2006 annual specifications published on December 
27, 2005 (70 FR 76436), with a comment period that ended January 11, 
2006. The proposed 2006 annual quota for Loligo squid is 16,872.50 mt. 
This amount is proposed to be allocated by quarter, as shown below.

              Table. 1 Loligo Squid Quarterly Allocations.
 
                                                  Metric       Research
             Quarter                Percent       Tons\1\     Set-aside
 
I (Jan-Mar)                       33.23        5,606.70      N/A
II (Apr-Jun)                      17.61        2,971.30      N/A
III (Jul-Sep)                     17.3         2,918.90      N/A
IV (Oct-Dec)                      31.86        5,375.60      N/A
Total                             100          16,872.50     127.5
 
\1\Quarterly allocations after 127.5 mt research set-aside deduction.

    Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed Loligo squid 
fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the quarterly allocation is 
harvested in Quarters I, II, and III, and when 95 percent of the total 
annual DAH has been harvested. NMFS is further required to notify, in 
advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, 
New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail 
notification of the closure to all holders of Loligo squid permits at 
least 72 hours before the effective date of the closure; provide 
adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in the 
fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal 
Register. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer 
reports and other available information, has determined that 80 percent 
of the DAH for Loligo squid in Quarter I will be harvested. Therefore, 
effective 0001 hours, February 13, 2006, the directed fishery for 
Loligo squid is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for Loligo 
squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo 
during a calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 
hours, April 1, 2006, when the Quarter II quota becomes available.

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Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: February 7, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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