Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska Plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 28285-28286 [06-4553]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Rules and Regulations restrictions on transfer in paragraph (r)(1) of this section, and are subject to the renewal requirements in paragraph (r)(2) of this section. (1) Transfer of permits—(i) Permits without a historical captain endorsement. A charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish that does not have a historical captain endorsement is fully transferable, with or without sale of the permitted vessel, except that no transfer is allowed to a vessel with a greater authorized passenger capacity than that of the vessel to which the moratorium permit was originally issued, as specified on the face of the permit being transferred. An application to transfer a permit to an inspected vessel must include a copy of that vessel’s current USCG Certificate of Inspection (COI). A vessel without a valid COI will be considered an uninspected vessel with an authorized passenger capacity restricted to six or fewer passengers. (ii) Permits with a historical captain endorsement. A charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish that has a historical captain endorsement may only be transferred to a vessel operated by the historical captain, cannot be transferred to a vessel with a greater authorized passenger capacity than that of the vessel to which the moratorium permit was originally issued, as specified on the face of the permit being transferred, and is not otherwise transferable. (iii) Procedure for permit transfer. To request that the RA transfer a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish, the owner of the vessel who is transferring the permit and the owner of the vessel that is to receive the transferred permit must complete the transfer information on the reverse side of the permit and return the permit and a completed application for transfer to the RA. See paragraph (g)(1) of this section for additional transfer-related requirements applicable to all permits issued under this section. (2) Renewal. (i) Renewal of a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish is contingent upon the permitted vessel and/or captain, as appropriate, being included in an active survey frame for, and, if selected to report, providing the information required in one of the approved fishing data surveys. Surveys include, but are not limited to— (A) NMFS’ Marine Recreational Fishing Vessel Directory Telephone Survey (conducted by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission); (B) NMFS’ Southeast Headboat Survey (as required by § 622.5(b)(1); VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:11 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 (C) Texas Parks and Wildlife Marine Recreational Fishing Survey; or (D) A data collection system that replaces one or more of the surveys in paragraph (r)(2)(i)(A),(B), or (C) of this section. (ii) A charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish that is not renewed or that is revoked will not be reissued. A permit is considered to be not renewed when an application for renewal, as required, is not received by the RA within 1 year of the expiration date of the permit. (3) Requirement to display a vessel decal. Upon renewal or transfer of a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf coastal migratory pelagic fish or Gulf reef fish, the RA will issue the owner of the permitted vessel a vessel decal for the applicable permitted fishery or fisheries. The vessel decal must be displayed on the port side of the deckhouse or hull and must be maintained so that it is clearly visible. § 622.42 [Amended] 4. In § 622.42, paragraph (a)(3) is removed. I [FR Doc. 06–4554 Filed 5–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 060216045–6045–01; I.D. 051006A] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska Plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve of groundfish to the Alaska plaice initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the fishery to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI. DATES: Effective May 16, 2006 through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, December 31, 2006. Comments must be received at PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 28285 the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, May 26, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Records Officer. Comments may be submitted by: • Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802; • Hand delivery: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, Alaska; • FAX: 907–586–7557; • E-mail: bsairelakpl@noaa.gov and include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the document identifier: bsairelakpl. Email comments with or without attachments are limited to 5 megabytes. • Webform at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions at that site for submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2006 ITAC of Alaska plaice in the BSAI was established as 6,800 metric tons by the 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the ITAC for Alaska plaice in the BSAI needs to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve in order to continue operations. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions 7,000 metric tons from the non-specified reserve of groundfish to the Alaska plaice ITAC in the BSAI for a revised total of 13,800 mt. This apportionment is consistent with § 679.20(b)(1)(ii) and does not result in overfishing of a target species because the revised ITAC is equal to or less than the specification of the acceptable biological catch (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 E:\FR\FM\16MYR1.SGM 16MYR1 28286 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 94 / Tuesday, May 16, 2006 / Rules and Regulations cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with RULES requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 50 CFR 679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) as such a 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 apportionment of the non-specified reserves of groundfish to the Alaska VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:11 May 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 plaice fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of May 3, 2006. 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. Under 679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to submit written PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 comments on this action (see until May 26, 2006. This action is required by 50 CFR 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. ADDRESSES) Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801, et seq. Dated: May 10, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–4553 Filed 5–11–06; 1:10 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\16MYR1.SGM 16MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 060216045-6045-01; I.D. 051006A]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska 
Plaice in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve of 
groundfish to the Alaska plaice initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in 
the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action 
is necessary to allow the fishery to continue operating. It is intended 
to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for 
the BSAI.

DATES: Effective May 16, 2006 through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, 
December 31, 2006. Comments must be received at the following address 
no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, May 26, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
Attn: Records Officer. Comments may be submitted by:
     Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802;
     Hand delivery: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, 
Alaska;
     FAX: 907-586-7557;
     E-mail: bsairelakpl@noaa.gov and include in the subject 
line of the e-mail comment the document identifier: bsairelakpl. Email 
comments with or without attachments are limited to 5 megabytes.
     Webform at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: 
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 
(FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with 
the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    The 2006 ITAC of Alaska plaice in the BSAI was established as 6,800 
metric tons by the 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006). The Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the ITAC for Alaska plaice in 
the BSAI needs to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve in 
order to continue operations.
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions 
7,000 metric tons from the non-specified reserve of groundfish to the 
Alaska plaice ITAC in the BSAI for a revised total of 13,800 mt. This 
apportionment is consistent with Sec.  679.20(b)(1)(ii) and does not 
result in overfishing of a target species because the revised ITAC is 
equal to or less than the specification of the acceptable biological 
catch (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006).

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

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requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 50 CFR 
679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) as such a 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 apportionment of the non-specified reserves of 
groundfish to the Alaska plaice fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a 
notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, 
relevant data only became available as of May 3, 2006.
    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.
    Under 679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to submit 
written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until May 26, 2006.
    This action is required by 50 CFR 679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: May 10, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 06-4553 Filed 5-11-06; 1:10 pm]
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