Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction, 9976-9977 [06-1859]

Download as PDF 9976 State Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 39 / Tuesday, February 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations City/town/county #Depth in feet above ground. *Elevation in feet (NGVD) Modified ♦Elevation in feet (NAVD) Modified Source of flooding Location Cottonwood Creek ............... Approximately 800 feet upstream of the confluence with Silva Creek. Approximately 190 feet upstream of Cain Drive. Approximately 210 feet downstream of U.S. Route 180. Approximately 6,100 feet upstream of U.S. Route 180. Approximately 1,200 feet upstream of 32nd Street. Approximately 3,770 feet upstream of confluence of Tributary 8 to Pinos Altos Creek. Approximately 16,260 feet upstream of the confluence with Maude’s Creek. Approximately 17,340 feet upstream of the confluence with Maude’s Creek. Approximately 590 feet upstream of U.S. Route 180. Approximately 5,020 feet upstream of 32nd Street Bypass. At the confluence with Pinos Altos Creek ....... ♦5,953 Approximately 1,310 feet upstream of 40th Street. ♦6,145 Maude’s Creek ..................... Pinos Altos Creek ................ Tributary 2 to Maude’s Creek (Lower Reach). Tributary 2 to Maude’s Creek (Upper Reach). Tributary 2 to Maude’s Creek (Upper Reach). Tributary 8 to Pinos Altos Creek. ♦6,067 ♦6,000 ♦6,125 ♦6,042 ♦6,141 ♦5,853 ♦5,868 ♦6,047 ♦6,227 ♦6,053 ADDRESS: Maps are available for inspection at the City Annex Building, 1211 North Hudson Street, Silver City, New Mexico. ♦North American Vertical Datum of 1988. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, ‘‘Flood Insurance.’’) Dated: February 2, 2006. David I. Maurstad, Acting Director, Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 06–1823 Filed 2–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 001005281–0369–02; I.D. 022306B] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS reduces the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line fishery 16:27 Feb 27, 2006 The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cero, cobia, little tunny, and, in the Gulf of Mexico only, dolphin and bluefish) is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. On April 27, 2000, NMFS implemented the final rule (65 FR SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 50 CFR Part 622 VerDate Aug<31>2005 for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone to 500 lb (227 kg) of king mackerel per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 25, 2006, through June 30, 2006, unless changed by further notification in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Branstetter, telephone 727–824– 5305, fax 727–824–5308, e-mail steve.branstetter@noaa.gov. Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 16336, March 28, 2000) that divided the Florida west coast subzone of the eastern zone into northern and southern subzones, and established their separate quotas. The quota for the hook-and-line fishery in the southern Florida west coast subzone is 520,312 lb (236,010 kg)(50 CFR 622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(2)(i)). In accordance with 50 CFR 622.44(a)(2)(ii)(B)(2), from the date that 75 percent of the southern Florida west coast subzone’s quota has been harvested until a closure of the subzone’s fishery has been effected or the fishing year ends, king mackerel in or from the EEZ may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 500 lb (227 kg) per day. NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the quota for Gulf group king mackerel from the southern Florida west coast subzone has been reached. Accordingly, a 500–lb (227–kg) trip limit applies to vessels in the commercial fishery for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the southern Florida west coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 25, 2006. The 500– lb (227–kg) trip limit will remain in effect until the fishery closes or until the end of the current fishing year (June 30, 2006), whichever occurs first. The Florida west coast subzone is that part of the eastern zone located south E:\FR\FM\28FER1.SGM 28FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 39 / Tuesday, February 28, 2006 / Rules and Regulations and west of 25°20.4′ N. lat. (a line directly east from the Miami-Dade County, Florida, boundary) along the west coast of Florida to 87°31′06″ W. long. (a line directly south from the Alabama/Florida boundary). The Florida west coast subzone is divided into northern and southern subzones. From November 1 through March 31, the southern subzone is designated as the area extending south and west from 25°20.4′ N. lat. to 26°19.8′ N. lat. (a line directly west from the Lee/Collier County, Florida boundary), i.e., the area off Collier and Monroe Counties. Based on the current total allowable catch and the allocation ratios, the quota for the southern Florida west coast subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,010 kg). The subzone’s quota is further divided into two equal 520,312–lb (236,010–kg) quotas for vessels fishing with either run-around gillnets or hook-and-line gear. Classification sroberts on PROD1PC70 with RULES 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)(3)(B) as such prior notice and opportunity for public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself already has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action in order to protect the fishery since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment will require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30–day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:27 Feb 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: February 23, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–1859 Filed 2–23–06; 1:10 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 041126333–5040–02 ; I.D. 022206C] Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Shallow-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the first seasonal apportionment of the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 23, 2006, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., April 1, 2006. 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 first seasonal apportionment of the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallowwater species fishery in the GOA is 450 metric tons as established by the 2005 and 2006 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (70 FR 8958, February 24, 2005), for the period 1200 PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 9977 hrs, A.l.t., January 20, 2006, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., April 1, 2006. In accordance with § 679.21(d)(7)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the first seasonal apportionment of the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl shallow-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery are pollock, Pacific cod, shallowwater flatfish, flathead sole, Atka mackerel, skates and ‘‘other species.’’ This closure does not apply to fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock. 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 the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. 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 § 679.21 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 22, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–1858 Filed 2–23–06; 1:10 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\28FER1.SGM 28FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 001005281-0369-02; I.D. 022306B]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction

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

ACTION:  Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS reduces the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line 
fishery for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone to 
500 lb (227 kg) of king mackerel per day in or from the exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect 
the Gulf king mackerel resource.

DATES:  This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 25, 
2006, through June 30, 2006, unless changed by further notification in 
the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steve Branstetter, telephone 727-824-
5305, fax 727-824-5308, e-mail steve.branstetter@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic 
fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, cero, cobia, little tunny, and, 
in the Gulf of Mexico only, dolphin and bluefish) is managed under the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils 
(Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    On April 27, 2000, NMFS implemented the final rule (65 FR 16336, 
March 28, 2000) that divided the Florida west coast subzone of the 
eastern zone into northern and southern subzones, and established their 
separate quotas. The quota for the hook-and-line fishery in the 
southern Florida west coast subzone is 520,312 lb (236,010 kg)(50 CFR 
622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(2)(i)).
    In accordance with 50 CFR 622.44(a)(2)(ii)(B)(2), from the date 
that 75 percent of the southern Florida west coast subzone's quota has 
been harvested until a closure of the subzone's fishery has been 
effected or the fishing year ends, king mackerel in or from the EEZ may 
be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not 
exceeding 500 lb (227 kg) per day.
    NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the quota for Gulf group 
king mackerel from the southern Florida west coast subzone has been 
reached. Accordingly, a 500-lb (227-kg) trip limit applies to vessels 
in the commercial fishery for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the 
southern Florida west coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, 
February 25, 2006. The 500-lb (227-kg) trip limit will remain in effect 
until the fishery closes or until the end of the current fishing year 
(June 30, 2006), whichever occurs first.
    The Florida west coast subzone is that part of the eastern zone 
located south

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and west of 25[deg]20.4' N. lat. (a line directly east from the Miami-
Dade County, Florida, boundary) along the west coast of Florida to 
87[deg]31'06'' W. long. (a line directly south from the Alabama/Florida 
boundary). The Florida west coast subzone is divided into northern and 
southern subzones. From November 1 through March 31, the southern 
subzone is designated as the area extending south and west from 
25[deg]20.4' N. lat. to 26[deg]19.8' N. lat. (a line directly west from 
the Lee/Collier County, Florida boundary), i.e., the area off Collier 
and Monroe Counties. Based on the current total allowable catch and the 
allocation ratios, the quota for the southern Florida west coast 
subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,010 kg). The subzone's quota is further 
divided into two equal 520,312-lb (236,010-kg) quotas for vessels 
fishing with either run-around gillnets or hook-and-line gear.

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)(3)(B) as such prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such 
procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself already has 
been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify 
the public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need 
to immediately implement this action in order to protect the fishery 
since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the 
quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment will require 
time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the 
established quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds 
good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this 
action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: February 23, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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