Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Adjustment of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, 13777-13781 [06-2616]

Download as PDF 13777 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 52 / Friday, March 17, 2006 / Rules and Regulations exceeded. Table 1 listed incorrect individual state commercial quota allocations in the columns entitled ‘‘2006 Commercial Quota (lb) with Research Set-Aside’’ and ‘‘2006 Commercial Quota (kg) with Research Set-Aside.’’ The amounts that appear in the row entitled ‘‘Total’’ remain the same. The following corrections are made: 1. On page 9473, Table 1. Commercial State-by-State Allocations for 2006 as Adjusted by the Research Set-Aside (RSA) is corrected to read as follows: TABLE 1. CORRECTED COMMERCIAL STATE-BY-STATE ALLOCATIONS FOR 2006 AS ADJUSTED BY THE RSA States Quota 2006 Commercial Quota Percent Share erjones on PROD1PC68 with RULES 1 Metric (kg) 0.6685 0.4145 6.7167 6.8081 1.2663 10.3851 14.8162 1.8782 3.0018 11.8795 32.0608 0.0352 0.0095 10.0597 100.0001 ME NH MA RI CT NY NJ DE MD VA NC SC GA FL Total (lb) 54,022 33,496 542,783 550,169 102,331 839,230 1,197,311 151,779 242,578 959,994 2,590,864 2,845 768 812,934 8,081,096 2006 Commercial Quota (lb) 2006 Commercial Quota (kg) With Research SetAside With Research SetAside 24,504 15,194 246,205 249,555 46,417 380,672 543,097 68,847 110,033 435,450 1,175,208 1,290 348 368,744 3,665,561 53,230 33,005 534,823 542,101 100,830 826,923 1,179,753 149,553 239,021 945,915 2,552,869 2,803 756 801,012 7,962,586 24,145 14,971 242,592 245,893 45,736 375,086 535,127 67,836 108,418 429,060 1,157,962 1,271 343 363,333 3,611,769 tons and kilograms are as converted from pounds and may not necessarily add due to rounding. The Assistant Administrator for fisheries, NOAA (AA) finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This rule corrects a calculation error in the state allocations for bluefish in the final rule published on February 24, 2006 (71 FR 9471). When the final state allocations where calculated to reflect the new transfer amount, NMFS inadvertently made an error in calculation; i.e., the table that revised the individual state quota allocations carried over a conversion factor that did not correctly account for the RSA quota based on the new proportion (recreational/commercial split). Providing for a public comment period for this rule would prevent the correction of the aforementioned final rule before it becomes effective. Publication of incorrect state quota allocations could cause some unnecessary confusion among those states whose allocation is different from the levels previously calculated. The correction provides a slightly higher allocation to each of the states. The AA further finds pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) good cause to waive the thirty (30) delayed effectiveness period for the reasons stated above. This rule corrects a calculation error in the state allocations for bluefish in the final rule published on February 24, 2006 (71 FR 9471). When the final state allocations were calculated to reflect the new VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 transfer amount, NMFS inadvertently made an error in calculation; i.e., the table that revised the individual state quota allocations carried over a conversion factor that did not correctly account for the RSA quota based on the new proportion (recreational/ commercial split). Providing for a 30– day delay in effectiveness for this rule would prevent the correction of the aforementioned final rule before it becomes effective. Publication of incorrect state quota allocations could cause some unnecessary confusion among those states whose allocation is different from the levels previously calculated. This rule has been determined to be not significant under Executive Order 12866. Dated: March 13, 2006. James W. Balsiger, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–2617 Filed 3–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 060216045–6045–01; I.D. 031406B] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Adjustment of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) amount in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Pacific cod acceptable biological catch (ABC) in the BSAI and is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI (FMP). DATES: Effective March 14, 2006, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI according to the FMP prepared by E:\FR\FM\17MRR1.SGM 17MRR1 13778 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 52 / Friday, March 17, 2006 / Rules and Regulations the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (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 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006) establish the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod ABCs as 194,000 metric tons (mt) and 148,000 mt, respectively. The TACs are set equal to the ABCs for Pacific cod in the BSAI. On March 1, 2006, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced by emergency regulation, a Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL), west of 170 degrees west longitude in the Aleutian Islands subarea, equal to 3% of the Pacific cod ABC in the BSAI established in the final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10984, March 3, 2006). As of March 1, 2006, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that the current TACs are incorrectly specified and an adjustment is necessary to prevent exceeding the ABC. The best available scientific information for the Pacific cod fisheries in the BSAI indicates that the addition of a state waters GHL in the Aleutian Islands subarea would result in overall harvest amounts that exceed the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod ABCs in the BSAI. The Council, its Advisory Panel, and its Scientific and Statistical Committee have determined that the acceptable harvest level for the combined State and Federal Pacific cod fisheries should not exceed the ABC since this could result in an unacceptable change in the biological stock status of Pacific cod in the BSAI. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(iii) and (2)(iv), the Regional Administrator adjusts the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod TACs in the BSAI. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(7), Tables 1, 2, 5, 12, and 14 of the 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006) are revised for the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod TACs consistent with this adjustment. TABLE 1.—2006 AND 2007 OVERFISHING LEVEL (OFL), ACCEPTABLE BIOLOGICAL CATCH (ABC), TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC), INITIAL TAC (ITAC), AND CDQ RESERVE ALLOCATION OF GROUNDFISH IN THE BSAI 1 [Amounts are in metric tons] 2006 Species 2007 Area OFL ABC TAC ITAC 2 Squid ..................................... Other species 8 ..................... BS 2 ........ AI 2 ......... Bogoslof BSAI ....... BS .......... AI ............ BSAI ....... EAI/BS ... CAI ......... WAI ........ BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BS .......... AI ............ BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BS .......... EAI ......... CAI ......... WAI ........ BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BSAI ....... BS .......... AI ............ BSAI ....... BSAI ....... 2,090,000 39,100 50,600 230,000 3,680 3,740 130,000 n/a n/a n/a 144,000 150,000 14,200 n/a n/a 166,000 71,800 24,200 237,000 17,600 n/a n/a n/a n/a 10,100 774 299 1,870 n/a n/a 2,620 89,404 1,930,000 29,400 5,500 194,000 3,060 3,100 110,000 21,780 46,860 41,360 121,000 126,000 2,740 1,890 850 136,000 59,800 18,100 188,000 14,800 2,960 3,256 3,212 5,372 8,530 580 224 1,400 810 590 1,970 58,882 1,485,000 19,000 10 188,180 2,820 3,000 63,000 7,500 40,000 15,500 95,701 41,500 2,740 1,890 850 13,000 19,500 3,500 8,000 12,600 1,400 3,080 3,035 5,085 4,500 580 224 1,050 460 590 1,275 29,000 1,336,500 17,100 10 159,953 2,327 2,438 53,550 6,375 34,000 13,175 81,346 35,275 2,329 1,607 723 11,050 16,575 2,975 6,800 10,710 1,190 2,618 2,580 4,322 3,825 493 190 893 391 502 1,084 24,650 Total ............................... ................ 3,476,987 3,013,086 1,994,180 1,770,073 Pollock 4 ................................ Pacific cod ............................ Sablefish 5 ............................. Atka mackerel ....................... Yellowfin sole ........................ Rock sole .............................. Greenland turbot ................... Arrowtooth flounder .............. Flathead sole ........................ Other flatfish 6 ....................... Alaska plaice ......................... Pacific ocean perch .............. Northern rockfish .................. Shortraker rockfish ................ Rougheye rockfish ................ Other rockfish 7 ..................... CDQ 3 OFL ABC TAC ITAC 2 148,500 1,900 n/a 14,114 388 499 4,725 563 3,000 1,163 7,178 3,113 206 142 64 975 1,463 263 600 945 105 231 228 381 338 44 17 79 35 44 n/a 2,175 1,930,000 39,100 50,600 176,000 3,260 3,300 107,000 n/a n/a n/a 137,000 145,000 13,400 n/a n/a 174,000 67,900 24,200 231,000 17,600 n/a n/a n/a n/a 9,890 774 299 1,870 n/a n/a 2,620 89,404 1,790,000 29,400 5,500 148,000 2,700 2,740 91,000 18,020 38,760 34,220 116,000 122,000 2,630 1,815 815 142,000 56,600 18,100 183,000 14,800 2,960 3,256 3,212 5,375 8,320 580 224 1,400 810 590 1,970 62,950 1,500,000 19,000 10 143,560 2,700 2,740 63,000 7,500 38,000 17,500 107,641 44,000 2,630 1,815 815 18,000 22,000 5,000 15,000 14,800 2,960 3,256 3,212 5,372 5,000 580 224 1,400 810 590 1,275 27,000 1,350,000 17,100 10 122,026 1,148 582 53,550 6,375 32,300 14,875 91,495 37,400 2,236 1,543 693 15,300 18,700 4,250 12,750 12,580 2,516 2,768 2,730 4,566 4,250 493 190 1,190 689 502 1,084 22,950 150,000 1,900 n/a 10,767 101 51 4,725 563 2,850 1,313 8,073 3,300 197 136 61 1,350 1,650 375 1,125 1,110 222 244 241 403 375 44 17 105 61 44 n/a 2,025 187,522 3,224,217 2,799,914 1,995,560 1,769,284 187,290 erjones on PROD1PC68 with RULES 1 These CDQ 3 amounts apply to the entire BSAI management area unless otherwise specified. With the exception of pollock, and for the purpose of these harvest specifications, the Bering Sea (BS) subarea includes the Bogoslof District. 2 Except for pollock and the portion of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line and pot gear, 15 percent of each TAC is put into a reserve. The ITAC for each species is the remainder of the TAC after the subtraction of these reserves. 3 Except for pollock, squid and the hook-and-line or pot gear allocation of sablefish, one half of the amount of the TACs placed in reserve, or 7.5 percent of the TACs, is designated as a CDQ reserve for use by CDQ participants (see §§ 679.20(b)(1)(iii) and 679.31). 4 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(1), the annual Bering Sea pollock TAC after subtraction for the CDQ directed fishing allowance¥10 percent and the ICA¥3.35 percent, is further allocated by sector for a directed pollock fishery as follows: Inshore¥50 percent; catcher/processor¥40 percent; and motherships¥10 percent. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance¥10 percent and second for the ICA¥1,800 mt, is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a directed pollock fishery. 5 Twenty percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line gear or pot gear and 7.5 percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to trawl gear is reserved for use by CDQ participants (see § 679.20(b)(1)(iii)). 6 ‘‘Other flatfish’’ includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin sole, arrowtooth flounder and Alaska plaice. 7 ‘‘Other rockfish’’ includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, northern, shortraker, and rougheye rockfish. 8 ‘‘Other species’’ includes sculpins, sharks, skates and octopus. Forage fish, as defined at § 679.2, are not included in the ‘‘other species’’ category. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\17MRR1.SGM 17MRR1 13779 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 52 / Friday, March 17, 2006 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 2.—2006 AND 2007 APPORTIONMENT OF RESERVES TO ITAC CATEGORIES [Amounts are in metric tons] 2006 reserve amount Species—area or subarea 2006 final ITAC 2007 reserve amount 2007 final ITAC Atka mackerel—Eastern Aleutian District and Bering Sea subarea ............................... Atka mackerel—Central Aleutian District ........................................................................ Atka mackerel—Western Aleutian District ....................................................................... Pacific ocean perch—Eastern Aleutian District ............................................................... Pacific ocean perch—Central Aleutian District ................................................................ Pacific ocean perch—Western Aleutian District .............................................................. Pacific cod—BSAI ............................................................................................................ Shortraker rockfish—BSAI ............................................................................................... Rougheye rockfish—BSAI ............................................................................................... Northern rockfish—BSAI .................................................................................................. Other rockfish—Bering Sea subarea ............................................................................... 563 3,000 1,163 231 228 381 14,113 44 17 338 35 6,938 37,000 14,338 2,849 2,808 4,703 174,066 537 207 4,163 426 563 2,850 1,313 244 241 403 10,767 44 17 375 61 6,938 35,150 16,188 3,012 2,971 4,969 132,793 537 207 4,625 750 Total .......................................................................................................................... 20,113 248,035 16,878 208,140 TABLE 5.—2006 AND 2007 GEAR SHARES AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF THE BSAI PACIFIC COD ITAC [Amounts are in metric tons] Gear sector Total hook-and-line/pot gear Hook-and-line/pot ICA ......... Hook-and-line/pot subtotal .. Hook-and-line C/P ............... Hook-and-line CV ................ Pot C/P ................................ Pot CV ................................. CV < 60 feet LOA using Hook-and-line or Pot gear. Total Trawl Gear .......... Trawl CV ...................... Trawl CP ...................... Jig ........................................ Amount 2007 share of gear sector total 2007 subtotal percentages for gear sectors 2007 share of gear sector total n/a .................... n/a .................... n/a .................... Jan 1–Jun 10 ... June 10–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun 10 ... June 10–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun 10 ... Sept 1–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun 10 ... Sept 1–Dec 31 n/a .................... n/a n/a n/a 42,372 28,248 159 106 1,749 1,165 7,945 5,296 n/a 67,724 n/a 67,224 n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a n/a n/a n/a 80 .............. 0.3 .............. 3.3 .............. 15 .............. 1.4 n/a 40,906 n/a n/a 40,906 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a .................... Jan 20–Apr 1 ... Apr 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Nov 1 ... Jan 20–Apr 1 ... Apr 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Nov 1 ... Jan 1–Apr 30 ... Apr 30–Aug 31 Aug 31–Dec 31 n/a 28,634 4,091 8,181 20,453 12,272 8,181 1,393 696 1,392 62,413 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 2,656 .............. .............. n/a n/a .................... n/a 132,793 2006 share of gear sector total 2006 subtotal percentages for gear sectors 2006 share of gear sector total Date 51 n/a n/a n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a 88,774 n/a 88,274 n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a .............. n/a n/a n/a n/a 80 .............. 0.3 .............. 3.3 .............. 15 .............. 1.4 n/a 500 n/a 70,619 .............. 265 .............. 2,913 .............. 13,241 .............. 1,236 47 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 2 .............. .............. 81,811 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 3,481 .............. .............. n/a 50 .............. .............. 50 .............. .............. n/a n/a n/a 100 174,066 n/a Percent Total ...................... 2006 seasonal apportionment 1 2007 seasonal apportionment 1 Date Amount n/a 500 n/a 53,780 .............. 202 .............. 2,218 .............. 10,084 .............. 941 n/a .................... n/a .................... n/a .................... Jan 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun10 .... Sept 1–Dec 31 Jan 1–Jun 10 ... Sept 1–Dec 31 n/a .................... n/a n/a n/a 32,268 21,512 121 81 1,331 887 6,050 4,033 n/a n/a 50 .............. .............. 50 .............. .............. n/a n/a n/a n/a 31,206 n/a n/a 31,206 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a .................... Jan 20–Apr 1 ... Apr 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Nov 1 ... Jan 20–Apr 1 ... Apr 1–Jun 10 ... Jun 10–Nov 1 ... Jan 1–Apr 30 ... Apr 30–Aug 31 Aug 31–Dec 31 n/a 21,844 3,121 6,241 15,603 9,362 6,241 1,062 531 1,062 n/a n/a n/a .................... n/a 1 For most non-trawl gear the first season is allocated 60 percent of the ITAC and the second season is allocated 40 percent of the ITAC. For jig gear, the first season and third seasons are each allocated 40 percent of the ITAC and the second season is allocated 20 percent of the ITAC. No seasonal harvest constraints are imposed for the Pacific cod fishery by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. For trawl gear, the first season is allocated 60 percent of the ITAC and the second and third seasons are each allocated 20 percent of the ITAC. The trawl catcher vessels’ allocation is further allocated as 70 percent in the first season, 10 percent in the second season and 20 percent in the third season. The trawl catcher/processors’ allocation is allocated 50 percent in the first season, 30 percent in the second season and 20 percent in the third season. Any unused portion of a seasonal Pacific cod allowance will be reapportioned to the next seasonal allowance. TABLE 12.—2006 AND 2007 LISTED BSAI AMERICAN FISHERIES ACT CATCHER/PROCESSOR GROUNDFISH SIDEBOARD LIMITS [Amounts are in metric tons] 1995–1997 erjones on PROD1PC68 with RULES Target species Area Pacific cod trawl ............................................. Sablefish trawl ................................................ Atka mackerel ................................................. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 16, 2006 Retained catch BSAI ............. BS ................ AI .................. Central AI ..... A season 1 .... HLA limit 2 .... B season 1 .... Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Total catch Ratio of retained catch to total catch 2006 ITAC available to trawl C/Ps 48,177 497 145 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.258 0.016 0.000 n/a 0.115 n/a 0.115 40,906 1,199 638 n/a 18,500 11,100 18,500 12,424 8 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\17MRR1.SGM 2006 C/P sideboard limit 10,554 19 0 n/a 2,128 1,277 2,128 17MRR1 2007 ITAC available to trawl C/Ps 31,206 1,148 582 n/a 17,575 10,545 17,575 2007 C/P sideboard limit 8,051 18 0 n/a 2,021 1,213 2,021 13780 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 52 / Friday, March 17, 2006 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 12.—2006 AND 2007 LISTED BSAI AMERICAN FISHERIES ACT CATCHER/PROCESSOR GROUNDFISH SIDEBOARD LIMITS—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] 1995–1997 Target species Area Yellowfin sole .................................................. Rock sole ........................................................ Greenland turbot ............................................. Arrowtooth flounder ........................................ Flathead sole .................................................. Alaska plaice .................................................. Other flatfish ................................................... Pacific ocean perch ........................................ Northern rockfish ............................................ Shortraker rockfish ......................................... Rougheye rockfish .......................................... Other rockfish ................................................. Squid ............................................................... Other species ................................................. Retained catch HLA limit 2 .... Western AI ... A season 1 .... HLA limit 2 .... B season 1 .... HLA limit 2 .... BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BS ................ AI .................. BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BS ................ Eastern AI .... Central AI ..... Western AI ... BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BSAI ............. BS ................ AI .................. BSAI ............. BSAI ............. Total catch Ratio of retained catch to total catch 2006 ITAC available to trawl C/Ps n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 435,788 169,362 17,305 4,987 33,987 52,755 9,438 52,298 4,879 6,179 5,698 13,598 13,040 2,811 2,811 621 806 3,328 68,672 n/a n/a 0.200 n/a 0.200 n/a 0.230 0.037 0.007 0.005 0.002 0.036 0.001 0.058 0.002 0.020 0.001 0.004 0.007 0.018 0.018 0.029 0.027 0.022 0.008 11,100 n/a 7,169 4,301 7,169 4,301 81,346 35,275 1,607 723 11,050 16,575 6,800 2,975 1,190 2,849 2,808 4,703 4,163 537 207 426 502 1,084 24,650 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 100,192 6,317 121 23 76 1,925 14 3,058 12 125 3 54 91 50 50 18 22 73 553 2006 C/P sideboard limit 2007 ITAC available to trawl C/Ps 1,277 n/a 1,434 860 1,434 860 18,710 1,305 11 4 22 597 7 173 2 57 3 19 29 10 4 12 14 24 197 10,545 n/a 8,094 4,856 8,094 4,856 91,495 37,400 1,543 693 15,300 18,700 12,750 4,250 2,516 3,012 2,971 4,969 4,625 537 207 750 502 1,084 22,950 2007 C/P sideboard limit 1,213 n/a 1,619 971 1,619 971 21,044 1,384 11 3 31 673 13 247 5 60 3 20 32 10 4 22 14 24 184 1 The seasonal apportionment of Atka mackerel in the open access fishery is 50 percent in the A season and 50 percent in the B season. Listed AFA catcher/processors are limited to harvesting no more than zero in the Eastern Aleutian District and Bering Sea subarea, 20 percent of the annual ITAC specified for the Western Aleutian District, and 11.5 percent of the annual ITAC specified for the Central Aleutian District. 2 Harvest Limit Area (HLA) limit refers to the amount of each seasonal allowance that is available for fishing inside the HLA (see § 679.2). In 2006 and 2007, 60 percent of each seasonal allowance is available for fishing inside the HLA in the Western and Central Aleutian Districts. TABLE 14.—2006 AND 2007 BSAI AMERICAN FISHERIES ACT CATCHER VESSEL SIDEBOARD LIMITS [Amounts are in metric tons] Species Fishery by area/season/processor/gear Pacific cod .................................... BSAI .............................................. Jig gear ......................................... Hook-and-line CV ......................... Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Jun 10–Dec 31 ............................. Pot gear CV .................................. Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Sept 1–Dec 31 .............................. CV < 60 feet LOA using hookand-line or pot gear. Trawl gear CV .............................. Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................ Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................ Jun 10–Nov 1 ............................... BS trawl gear ................................ AI trawl gear ................................. Eastern AI/BS ............................... Jig gear ......................................... Other gear .................................... Jan 1–Apr 15 ................................ Sept 1–Nov 1 ................................ Central AI ...................................... Jan–Apr 15 ................................... HLA limit ....................................... Sept 1–Nov 1 ................................ HLA limit ....................................... Western AI .................................... Jan–Apr 15 ................................... Sablefish ....................................... erjones on PROD1PC68 with RULES Atka mackerel ............................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Ratio of 1995–1997 AFA CV catch to 1995–1997 TAC 2006 initial TAC 2006 catcher vessel sideboard limits 2007 initial TAC 2007 catcher vessel sideboard limits n/a 0.0000 n/a 0.0006 0.0006 n/a 0.0006 0.0006 0.0006 n/a 3,481 n/a 159 106 n/a 7,945 5,296 1,236 n/a 0 n/a 0 0 n/a 5 3 1 n/a 2,656 n/a 121 81 n/a 6,050 4,033 941 n/a 0 n/a 0 0 n/a 4 2 1 n/a 0.8609 0.8609 0.8609 0.0906 0.0645 n/a 0.0031 n/a 0.0032 0.0032 n/a 0.0001 0.0001 0.0001 0.0001 n/a 0.0000 n/a 28,634 4,091 8,181 1,199 638 n/a 69 n/a 3,434 3,434 n/a 18,500 11,100 18,500 11,100 n/a 7,169 n/a 24,651 3,522 7,043 109 41 n/a 0 n/a 11 11 n/a 2 1 2 1 n/a 0 n/a 21,844 3,121 6,241 1,148 582 n/a 69 n/a 3,434 3,434 n/a 17,575 10,545 17,575 10,545 n/a 8,094 n/a 18,805 2,687 5,373 104 38 n/a 0 n/a 11 11 n/a 2 1 2 1 n/a 0 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\17MRR1.SGM 17MRR1 13781 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 52 / Friday, March 17, 2006 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 14.—2006 AND 2007 BSAI AMERICAN FISHERIES ACT CATCHER VESSEL SIDEBOARD LIMITS—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] Fishery by area/season/processor/gear Species Yellowfin sole ................................ Rock sole ...................................... Greenland Turbot ......................... Arrowtooth flounder ...................... Alaska plaice ................................ Other flatfish ................................. Pacific ocean perch ...................... Northern rockfish .......................... Shortraker rockfish ....................... Rougheye rockfish ........................ Other rockfish ............................... Squid ............................................. Other species ............................... Flathead Sole ............................... HLA limit ....................................... Sept 1–Nov 1 ................................ HLA limit ....................................... BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BS ................................................. AI .................................................. BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BS ................................................. Eastern AI ..................................... Central AI ...................................... Western AI .................................... BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BS ................................................. AI .................................................. BSAI .............................................. BSAI .............................................. BS trawl gear ................................ Classification erjones on PROD1PC68 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)(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 adjustment of the 2006 and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 Ratio of 1995–1997 AFA CV catch to 1995–1997 TAC n/a 0.0000 n/a 0.0647 0.0341 0.0645 0.0205 0.0690 0.0441 0.0441 0.1000 0.0077 0.0025 0.0000 0.0084 0.0037 0.0037 0.0048 0.0095 0.3827 0.0541 0.0505 4,301 7,169 4,301 81,346 35,275 1,607 723 11,050 6,800 2,975 1,190 2,849 2,808 4,703 4,163 537 207 426 502 1,084 24,650 16,575 2007 Pacific cod TACs to account for the state waters GHL in the Aleutian Islands subarea. On March 1, 2006, ADF&G announced the state waters GHL in the Aleutian Islands subarea. Since the 2006 fisheries are currently underway and the 2006 and 2007 TACs are jointly established, it is necessary to immediately adjust the TACs to avoid overharvesting gear shares and seasonal allowances of Pacific cod in the BSAI. Immediate adjustment is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, allow the industry to plan for the remainder of the 2006 and 2007 fishing seasons, and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet and processors. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2006 catcher vessel sideboard limits 2006 initial TAC 2007 initial TAC 0 0 0 5,263 1,203 104 15 762 300 131 119 22 7 0 35 2 1 2 5 415 1,334 837 2007 catcher vessel sideboard limits 4,856 8,094 4,856 91,495 37,400 1,543 693 15,300 12,750 4,250 2,516 3,012 2,971 4,969 4,625 537 207 750 502 1,084 22,950 18,700 0 0 0 5,920 1,275 100 14 1,056 562 187 252 23 7 0 39 2 1 4 5 415 1,242 944 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 § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 14, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 52 (Friday, March 17, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13777-13781]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 060216045-6045-01; I.D. 031406B]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Adjustment 
of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) 
amount in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). 
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Pacific cod 
acceptable biological catch (ABC) in the BSAI and is consistent with 
the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish 
of the BSAI (FMP).

DATES: Effective March 14, 2006, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI according to the FMP prepared by

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the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (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 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006) establish the 2006 and 2007 
Pacific cod ABCs as 194,000 metric tons (mt) and 148,000 mt, 
respectively. The TACs are set equal to the ABCs for Pacific cod in the 
BSAI.
    On March 1, 2006, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced 
by emergency regulation, a Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL), 
west of 170 degrees west longitude in the Aleutian Islands subarea, 
equal to 3% of the Pacific cod ABC in the BSAI established in the final 
harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10984, March 
3, 2006).
    As of March 1, 2006, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
(Regional Administrator) has determined that the current TACs are 
incorrectly specified and an adjustment is necessary to prevent 
exceeding the ABC. The best available scientific information for the 
Pacific cod fisheries in the BSAI indicates that the addition of a 
state waters GHL in the Aleutian Islands subarea would result in 
overall harvest amounts that exceed the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod ABCs 
in the BSAI. The Council, its Advisory Panel, and its Scientific and 
Statistical Committee have determined that the acceptable harvest level 
for the combined State and Federal Pacific cod fisheries should not 
exceed the ABC since this could result in an unacceptable change in the 
biological stock status of Pacific cod in the BSAI. Therefore, in 
accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii) and (2)(iv), the Regional 
Administrator adjusts the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod TACs in the BSAI.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(7), Tables 1, 2, 5, 12, and 14 of the 
2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI 
(71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006) are revised for the 2006 and 2007 Pacific 
cod TACs consistent with this adjustment.

  Table 1.--2006 and 2007 Overfishing Level (OFL), Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), Total Allowable Catch (TAC), Initial TAC (ITAC), and CDQ Reserve
                                                        Allocation of Groundfish in the BSAI \1\
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                     2006                                                   2007
           Species                 Area    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               OFL        ABC        TAC      ITAC \2\   CDQ \3\      OFL        ABC        TAC      ITAC \2\   CDQ \3\
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Pollock \4\..................  BS \2\.....  2,090,000  1,930,000  1,485,000  1,336,500    148,500  1,930,000  1,790,000  1,500,000  1,350,000    150,000
                               AI \2\.....     39,100     29,400     19,000     17,100      1,900     39,100     29,400     19,000     17,100      1,900
                               Bogoslof...     50,600      5,500         10         10        n/a     50,600      5,500         10         10        n/a
Pacific cod..................  BSAI.......    230,000    194,000    188,180    159,953     14,114    176,000    148,000    143,560    122,026     10,767
Sablefish \5\................  BS.........      3,680      3,060      2,820      2,327        388      3,260      2,700      2,700      1,148        101
                               AI.........      3,740      3,100      3,000      2,438        499      3,300      2,740      2,740        582         51
Atka mackerel................  BSAI.......    130,000    110,000     63,000     53,550      4,725    107,000     91,000     63,000     53,550      4,725
                               EAI/BS.....        n/a     21,780      7,500      6,375        563        n/a     18,020      7,500      6,375        563
                               CAI........        n/a     46,860     40,000     34,000      3,000        n/a     38,760     38,000     32,300      2,850
                               WAI........        n/a     41,360     15,500     13,175      1,163        n/a     34,220     17,500     14,875      1,313
Yellowfin sole...............  BSAI.......    144,000    121,000     95,701     81,346      7,178    137,000    116,000    107,641     91,495      8,073
Rock sole....................  BSAI.......    150,000    126,000     41,500     35,275      3,113    145,000    122,000     44,000     37,400      3,300
Greenland turbot.............  BSAI.......     14,200      2,740      2,740      2,329        206     13,400      2,630      2,630      2,236        197
                               BS.........        n/a      1,890      1,890      1,607        142        n/a      1,815      1,815      1,543        136
                               AI.........        n/a        850        850        723         64        n/a        815        815        693         61
Arrowtooth flounder..........  BSAI.......    166,000    136,000     13,000     11,050        975    174,000    142,000     18,000     15,300      1,350
Flathead sole................  BSAI.......     71,800     59,800     19,500     16,575      1,463     67,900     56,600     22,000     18,700      1,650
Other flatfish \6\...........  BSAI.......     24,200     18,100      3,500      2,975        263     24,200     18,100      5,000      4,250        375
Alaska plaice................  BSAI.......    237,000    188,000      8,000      6,800        600    231,000    183,000     15,000     12,750      1,125
Pacific ocean perch..........  BSAI.......     17,600     14,800     12,600     10,710        945     17,600     14,800     14,800     12,580      1,110
                               BS.........        n/a      2,960      1,400      1,190        105        n/a      2,960      2,960      2,516        222
                               EAI........        n/a      3,256      3,080      2,618        231        n/a      3,256      3,256      2,768        244
                               CAI........        n/a      3,212      3,035      2,580        228        n/a      3,212      3,212      2,730        241
                               WAI........        n/a      5,372      5,085      4,322        381        n/a      5,375      5,372      4,566        403
Northern rockfish............  BSAI.......     10,100      8,530      4,500      3,825        338      9,890      8,320      5,000      4,250        375
Shortraker rockfish..........  BSAI.......        774        580        580        493         44        774        580        580        493         44
Rougheye rockfish............  BSAI.......        299        224        224        190         17        299        224        224        190         17
Other rockfish \7\...........  BSAI.......      1,870      1,400      1,050        893         79      1,870      1,400      1,400      1,190        105
                               BS.........        n/a        810        460        391         35        n/a        810        810        689         61
                               AI.........        n/a        590        590        502         44        n/a        590        590        502         44
Squid........................  BSAI.......      2,620      1,970      1,275      1,084        n/a      2,620      1,970      1,275      1,084        n/a
Other species \8\............  BSAI.......     89,404     58,882     29,000     24,650      2,175     89,404     62,950     27,000     22,950      2,025
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    Total....................  ...........  3,476,987  3,013,086  1,994,180  1,770,073    187,522  3,224,217  2,799,914  1,995,560  1,769,284   187,290
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\1\ These amounts apply to the entire BSAI management area unless otherwise specified. With the exception of pollock, and for the purpose of these
  harvest specifications, the Bering Sea (BS) subarea includes the Bogoslof District.
\2\ Except for pollock and the portion of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line and pot gear, 15 percent of each TAC is put into a reserve. The
  ITAC for each species is the remainder of the TAC after the subtraction of these reserves.
\3\ Except for pollock, squid and the hook-and-line or pot gear allocation of sablefish, one half of the amount of the TACs placed in reserve, or 7.5
  percent of the TACs, is designated as a CDQ reserve for use by CDQ participants (see Sec.  Sec.   679.20(b)(1)(iii) and 679.31).
\4\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(1), the annual Bering Sea pollock TAC after subtraction for the CDQ directed fishing allowance-10 percent and
  the ICA-3.35 percent, is further allocated by sector for a directed pollock fishery as follows: Inshore-50 percent; catcher/processor-40 percent; and
  motherships-10 percent. Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ
  directed fishing allowance-10 percent and second for the ICA-1,800 mt, is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a directed pollock fishery.
\5\ Twenty percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line gear or pot gear and 7.5 percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to trawl gear is
  reserved for use by CDQ participants (see Sec.   679.20(b)(1)(iii)).
\6\ ``Other flatfish'' includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin
  sole, arrowtooth flounder and Alaska plaice.
\7\ ``Other rockfish'' includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, northern, shortraker, and rougheye rockfish.
\8\ ``Other species'' includes sculpins, sharks, skates and octopus. Forage fish, as defined at Sec.   679.2, are not included in the ``other species''
  category.


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                      Table 2.--2006 and 2007 Apportionment of Reserves to ITAC Categories
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                  2006                      2007
                  Species--area or subarea                      reserve    2006  final    reserve    2007  final
                                                                 amount        ITAC        amount        ITAC
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Atka mackerel--Eastern Aleutian District and Bering Sea               563        6,938          563        6,938
 subarea....................................................
Atka mackerel--Central Aleutian District....................        3,000       37,000        2,850       35,150
Atka mackerel--Western Aleutian District....................        1,163       14,338        1,313       16,188
Pacific ocean perch--Eastern Aleutian District..............          231        2,849          244        3,012
Pacific ocean perch--Central Aleutian District..............          228        2,808          241        2,971
Pacific ocean perch--Western Aleutian District..............          381        4,703          403        4,969
Pacific cod--BSAI...........................................       14,113      174,066       10,767      132,793
Shortraker rockfish--BSAI...................................           44          537           44          537
Rougheye rockfish--BSAI.....................................           17          207           17          207
Northern rockfish--BSAI.....................................          338        4,163          375        4,625
Other rockfish--Bering Sea subarea..........................           35          426           61          750
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    Total...................................................       20,113      248,035       16,878      208,140
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                                                    Table 5.--2006 and 2007 Gear Shares and Seasonal Allowances of the BSAI Pacific Cod ITAC
                                                                                  [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                          2006        2006       2006     2006 seasonal  apportionment \1\     2007        2007       2007     2007 seasonal  apportionment \1\
                                                        share of    subtotal   share of ------------------------------------ share of    subtotal   share of -----------------------------------
   Gear sector                   Percent                  gear    percentages    gear                                          gear    percentages    gear
                                                         sector     for gear    sector     Date             Amount            sector     for gear    sector     Date             Amount
                                                          total     sectors      total                                         total     sectors      total
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Total hook-and-    51.................................    88,774         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a.....................    67,724         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a
     line/pot gear
Hook-and-line/pot  n/a................................       n/a         n/a        500       n/a  n/a.....................       n/a         n/a        500       n/a  n/a
      ICA
Hook-and-line/pot  n/a................................    88,274         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a.....................    67,224         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a
 subtotal
Hook-and-line C/P  n/a................................       n/a          80     70,619    Jan 1-  42,372..................       n/a          80     53,780    Jan 1-  32,268
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                               Jun 10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........  ........  June 10-  28,248..................  ........  ...........  ........   Jun 10-  21,512
                                                                                           Dec 31                                                               Dec 31
Hook-and-line CV   n/a................................       n/a         0.3        265    Jan 1-  159.....................       n/a         0.3        202    Jan 1-  121
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                               Jun 10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........  ........  June 10-  106.....................  ........  ...........  ........   Jun 10-  81
                                                                                           Dec 31                                                               Dec 31
   Pot C/P         n/a................................       n/a         3.3      2,913    Jan 1-  1,749...................       n/a         3.3      2,218    Jan 1-  1,331
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                                Jun10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........  ........   Sept 1-  1,165...................  ........  ...........  ........   Sept 1-  887
                                                                                           Dec 31                                                               Dec 31
  Pot CV           n/a................................       n/a          15     13,241    Jan 1-  7,945...................       n/a          15     10,084    Jan 1-  6,050
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                               Jun 10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........  ........   Sept 1-  5,296...................  ........  ...........  ........   Sept 1-  4,033
                                                                                           Dec 31                                                               Dec 31
CV < 60 feet LOA   n/a................................       n/a         1.4      1,236       n/a  n/a.....................       n/a         1.4        941       n/a  n/a
 using Hook-and-
 line or Pot gear
    Total Trawl    47.................................    81,811         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a.....................    62,413         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a
     Gear.
    Trawl CV.....  ...................................  ........          50     40,906   Jan 20-  28,634..................  ........          50     31,206   Jan 20-  21,844
                                                                                            Apr 1                                                                Apr 1
                   ...................................  ........  ...........       n/a    Apr 1-  4,091...................  ........  ...........       n/a    Apr 1-  3,121
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                               Jun 10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........       n/a   Jun 10-  8,181...................  ........  ...........       n/a   Jun 10-  6,241
                                                                                            Nov 1                                                                Nov 1
    Trawl CP.....  ...................................  ........          50     40,906   Jan 20-  20,453..................  ........          50     31,206   Jan 20-  15,603
                                                                                            Apr 1                                                                Apr 1
                   ...................................  ........  ...........       n/a    Apr 1-  12,272..................  ........  ...........       n/a    Apr 1-  9,362
                                                                                           Jun 10                                                               Jun 10
                   ...................................  ........  ...........       n/a   Jun 10-  8,181...................  ........  ...........       n/a   Jun 10-  6,241
                                                                                            Nov 1                                                                Nov 1
     Jig           2..................................     3,481         n/a        n/a    Jan 1-  1,393...................     2,656         n/a        n/a    Jan 1-  1,062
                                                                                           Apr 30                                                               Apr 30
                   ...................................  ........         n/a        n/a   Apr 30-  696.....................  ........         n/a        n/a   Apr 30-  531
                                                                                           Aug 31                                                               Aug 31
                   ...................................  ........         n/a        n/a   Aug 31-  1,392...................  ........         n/a        n/a   Aug 31-  1,062
                                                                                           Dec 31                                                               Dec 31
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        Total....  100................................   174,066         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a.....................   132,793         n/a        n/a       n/a  n/a
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\1\ For most non-trawl gear the first season is allocated 60 percent of the ITAC and the second season is allocated 40 percent of the ITAC. For jig gear, the first season and third seasons are
  each allocated 40 percent of the ITAC and the second season is allocated 20 percent of the ITAC. No seasonal harvest constraints are imposed for the Pacific cod fishery by catcher vessels
  less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. For trawl gear, the first season is allocated 60 percent of the ITAC and the second and third seasons are each allocated 20
  percent of the ITAC. The trawl catcher vessels' allocation is further allocated as 70 percent in the first season, 10 percent in the second season and 20 percent in the third season. The
  trawl catcher/processors' allocation is allocated 50 percent in the first season, 30 percent in the second season and 20 percent in the third season. Any unused portion of a seasonal Pacific
  cod allowance will be reapportioned to the next seasonal allowance.


                        Table 12.--2006 and 2007 Listed BSAI American Fisheries Act Catcher/Processor Groundfish Sideboard Limits
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                             1995-1997
                                                              ---------------------------------------  2006 ITAC                 2007 ITAC
                                                                                           Ratio of    available     2006 C/P    available     2007 C/P
            Target species                      Area             Retained                  retained   to trawl C/   sideboard   to trawl C/   sideboard
                                                                  catch     Total catch    catch to        Ps         limit          Ps         limit
                                                                                         total catch
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Pacific cod trawl....................  BSAI..................       12,424       48,177        0.258       40,906       10,554       31,206        8,051
Sablefish trawl......................  BS....................            8          497        0.016        1,199           19        1,148           18
                                       AI....................            0          145        0.000          638            0          582            0
Atka mackerel........................  Central AI............          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                                       A season \1\..........          n/a          n/a        0.115       18,500        2,128       17,575        2,021
                                       HLA limit \2\.........          n/a          n/a          n/a       11,100        1,277       10,545        1,213
                                       B season \1\..........          n/a          n/a        0.115       18,500        2,128       17,575        2,021

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                                       HLA limit \2\.........          n/a          n/a          n/a       11,100        1,277       10,545        1,213
                                       Western AI............          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                                       A season \1\..........          n/a          n/a        0.200        7,169        1,434        8,094        1,619
                                       HLA limit \2\.........          n/a          n/a          n/a        4,301          860        4,856          971
                                       B season \1\..........          n/a          n/a        0.200        7,169        1,434        8,094        1,619
                                       HLA limit \2\.........          n/a          n/a          n/a        4,301          860        4,856          971
Yellowfin sole.......................  BSAI..................      100,192      435,788        0.230       81,346       18,710       91,495       21,044
Rock sole............................  BSAI..................        6,317      169,362        0.037       35,275        1,305       37,400        1,384
Greenland turbot.....................  BS....................          121       17,305        0.007        1,607           11        1,543           11
                                       AI....................           23        4,987        0.005          723            4          693            3
Arrowtooth flounder..................  BSAI..................           76       33,987        0.002       11,050           22       15,300           31
Flathead sole........................  BSAI..................        1,925       52,755        0.036       16,575          597       18,700          673
Alaska plaice........................  BSAI..................           14        9,438        0.001        6,800            7       12,750           13
Other flatfish.......................  BSAI..................        3,058       52,298        0.058        2,975          173        4,250          247
Pacific ocean perch..................  BS....................           12        4,879        0.002        1,190            2        2,516            5
                                       Eastern AI............          125        6,179        0.020        2,849           57        3,012           60
                                       Central AI............            3        5,698        0.001        2,808            3        2,971            3
                                       Western AI............           54       13,598        0.004        4,703           19        4,969           20
Northern rockfish....................  BSAI..................           91       13,040        0.007        4,163           29        4,625           32
Shortraker rockfish..................  BSAI..................           50        2,811        0.018          537           10          537           10
Rougheye rockfish....................  BSAI..................           50        2,811        0.018          207            4          207            4
Other rockfish.......................  BS....................           18          621        0.029          426           12          750           22
                                       AI....................           22          806        0.027          502           14          502           14
Squid................................  BSAI..................           73        3,328        0.022        1,084           24        1,084           24
Other species........................  BSAI..................          553       68,672        0.008       24,650          197       22,950         184
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\1\ The seasonal apportionment of Atka mackerel in the open access fishery is 50 percent in the A season and 50 percent in the B season. Listed AFA
  catcher/processors are limited to harvesting no more than zero in the Eastern Aleutian District and Bering Sea subarea, 20 percent of the annual ITAC
  specified for the Western Aleutian District, and 11.5 percent of the annual ITAC specified for the Central Aleutian District.
\2\ Harvest Limit Area (HLA) limit refers to the amount of each seasonal allowance that is available for fishing inside the HLA (see Sec.   679.2). In
  2006 and 2007, 60 percent of each seasonal allowance is available for fishing inside the HLA in the Western and Central Aleutian Districts.


              Table 14.--2006 and 2007 BSAI American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Sideboard Limits
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                   Ratio of
                                                  1995-1997                    2006                      2007
                               Fishery by area/     AFA CV        2006       catcher        2007       catcher
           Species             season/processor/   catch to   initial TAC     vessel    initial TAC     vessel
                                     gear         1995-1997                 sideboard                 sideboard
                                                     TAC                      limits                    limits
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Pacific cod..................  BSAI............          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jig gear........       0.0000        3,481            0        2,656            0
                               Hook-and-line CV          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan 1-Jun 10....       0.0006          159            0          121            0
                               Jun 10-Dec 31...       0.0006          106            0           81            0
                               Pot gear CV.....          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan 1-Jun 10....       0.0006        7,945            5        6,050            4
                               Sept 1-Dec 31...       0.0006        5,296            3        4,033            2
                               CV < 60 feet LOA       0.0006        1,236            1          941            1
                                using hook-and-
                                line or pot
                                gear.
                               Trawl gear CV...          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan 20-Apr 1....       0.8609       28,634       24,651       21,844       18,805
                               Apr 1-Jun 10....       0.8609        4,091        3,522        3,121        2,687
                               Jun 10-Nov 1....       0.8609        8,181        7,043        6,241        5,373
Sablefish....................  BS trawl gear...       0.0906        1,199          109        1,148          104
                               AI trawl gear...       0.0645          638           41          582           38
Atka mackerel................  Eastern AI/BS...          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jig gear........       0.0031           69            0           69            0
                               Other gear......          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan 1-Apr 15....       0.0032        3,434           11        3,434           11
                               Sept 1-Nov 1....       0.0032        3,434           11        3,434           11
                               Central AI......          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan-Apr 15......       0.0001       18,500            2       17,575            2
                               HLA limit.......       0.0001       11,100            1       10,545            1
                               Sept 1-Nov 1....       0.0001       18,500            2       17,575            2
                               HLA limit.......       0.0001       11,100            1       10,545            1
                               Western AI......          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a          n/a
                               Jan-Apr 15......       0.0000        7,169            0        8,094            0

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                               HLA limit.......          n/a        4,301            0        4,856            0
                               Sept 1-Nov 1....       0.0000        7,169            0        8,094            0
                               HLA limit.......          n/a        4,301            0        4,856            0
Yellowfin sole...............  BSAI............       0.0647       81,346        5,263       91,495        5,920
Rock sole....................  BSAI............       0.0341       35,275        1,203       37,400        1,275
Greenland Turbot.............  BS..............       0.0645        1,607          104        1,543          100
                               AI..............       0.0205          723           15          693           14
Arrowtooth flounder..........  BSAI............       0.0690       11,050          762       15,300        1,056
Alaska plaice................  BSAI............       0.0441        6,800          300       12,750          562
Other flatfish...............  BSAI............       0.0441        2,975          131        4,250          187
Pacific ocean perch..........  BS..............       0.1000        1,190          119        2,516          252
                               Eastern AI......       0.0077        2,849           22        3,012           23
                               Central AI......       0.0025        2,808            7        2,971            7
                               Western AI......       0.0000        4,703            0        4,969            0
Northern rockfish............  BSAI............       0.0084        4,163           35        4,625           39
Shortraker rockfish..........  BSAI............       0.0037          537            2          537            2
Rougheye rockfish............  BSAI............       0.0037          207            1          207            1
Other rockfish...............  BS..............       0.0048          426            2          750            4
                               AI..............       0.0095          502            5          502            5
Squid........................  BSAI............       0.3827        1,084          415        1,084          415
Other species................  BSAI............       0.0541       24,650        1,334       22,950        1,242
Flathead Sole................  BS trawl gear...       0.0505       16,575          837       18,700          944
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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 adjustment of the 2006 and 2007 Pacific cod TACs to 
account for the state waters GHL in the Aleutian Islands subarea. On 
March 1, 2006, ADF&G announced the state waters GHL in the Aleutian 
Islands subarea. Since the 2006 fisheries are currently underway and 
the 2006 and 2007 TACs are jointly established, it is necessary to 
immediately adjust the TACs to avoid overharvesting gear shares and 
seasonal allowances of Pacific cod in the BSAI. Immediate adjustment is 
necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of 
this fishery, allow the industry to plan for the remainder of the 2006 
and 2007 fishing seasons, and avoid potential disruption to the fishing 
fleet and processors.
    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 Sec.  679.25 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 14, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 06-2616 Filed 3-14-06; 2:34 pm]
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