Fisheries Off West Coast States; Notice of Availability of Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Management Plan, 33432-33433 [E6-9027]

Download as PDF 33432 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 111 / Friday, June 9, 2006 / Proposed Rules reached—300 lb (136 kg). However, if 75 percent of the fishing year quota has not been taken on or before September 1, the trip limit will not be reduced. The Assistant Administrator, by filing a notification of trip limit change with the Office of the Federal Register, will effect a trip limit change specified in this paragraph when the applicable conditions have been taken. (iii) See § 622.43(a)(5) for the limitations regarding golden tilefish after the fishing year quota is reached. (3) Snowy grouper. (i) During the 2006 fishing year, until the quota specified in § 622.42(e)(1)(i) is reached—275 lb (125 kg). (ii) During the 2007 fishing year, until the quota specified in § 622.42(e)(1)(ii) is reached—175 lb (79 kg). (iii) During the 2008 and subsequent fishing years, until the quota specified in § 622.42(e)(1)(iii) is reached—100 lb (45 kg). (iv) See § 622.43(a)(5) for the limitations regarding snowy grouper after the fishing year quota is reached. (4) Red porgy. (i) From May 1 through December 31—120 fish. (ii) From January 1 through April 30, the seasonal harvest limit specified in § 622.36(b)(5) applies. (iii) See § 622.43(a)(5) for the limitations regarding red porgy after the fishing year quota is reached. (5) Greater amberjack. Until the fishing year quota specified in § 622.42(e)(3) is reached, 1,000 lb (454 kg). See § 622.43(a)(5) for the limitations regarding greater amberjack after the fishing year quota is reached. * * * * * 10. In § 622.45, paragraph (d)(8) is added to read as follows: § 622.45 Restrictions on sale/purchase. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with PROPOSALS1 * * * * * (d) * * * (8) No person may sell or purchase a snowy grouper, golden tilefish, greater amberjack, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, or red porgy harvested from or possessed in the South Atlantic by a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snappergrouper has been issued for the remainder of the fishing year after the applicable commercial quota for that species specified in § 622.42(e) has been reached. The prohibition on sale/ purchase during these periods does not apply to such of the applicable species that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the applicable commercial VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:34 Jun 08, 2006 Jkt 208001 quota being reached and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. * * * * * [FR Doc. E6–9028 Filed 6–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [I.D. 060606A] RIN 0648–AU12 Fisheries Off West Coast States; Notice of Availability of Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Management Plan National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Availability of an amendment to a fishery management plan; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Secretarial review. Amendment 18 would modify the FMP to implement a bycatch minimization program for the Pacific coast groundfish fisheries. Amendment 18 is intended to respond to court orders in to establish a bycatch minimization program in the FMP. DATES: Comments on Amendment 18 must be received on or before August 8, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by I.D number 060606A by any of the following methods: • E-mail: Amendment18.nwr@noaa.gov. Include the I.D. number in the subject line of the message. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Yvonne deReynier. • Mail: D. Robert Lohn, Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, Attn: Yvonne deReynier, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115– 0070. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yvonne deReynier (Northwest Region, NMFS), phone: 206–526–6129; fax: 206– 526–6736; and e-mail: yvonne.dereynier@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: This Federal Register document PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 is also accessible via the internet at the website of the Office of the Federal Register: https://www.access.gpo.gov/sudocs/aces/aces140.html. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) requires that each regional fishery management council submit any FMP or plan amendment it prepares to NMFS for review and approval, disapproval, or partial approval. The Magnuson-Stevens Act also requires that NMFS, upon receiving an FMP or amendment, immediately publish a notice that the FMP or amendment is available for public review and comment. NMFS will consider the public comments received during the comment period described above in determining whether to approve Amendment 18 to the FMP. Amendment 18 would modify the FMP to implement a bycatch minimization program. Over the past several years, the Council and NMFS have managed the groundfish fisheries with a broad suite of bycatch minimization policies that would be formally organized and brought into the FMP through Amendment 18. This FMP amendment would also set the Council’s future plans for bycatch minimization programs into the FMP to provide comprehensive direction for its current and future bycatch minimization efforts in Pacific Coast groundfish fishery management. Amendment 18 is intended to respond to court orders in Pacific Marine Conservation Council v. Evans, 200 F.Supp.2d 1194 (N.D. Calif. 2002) to establish a bycatch minimization program in the FMP. NMFS has previously complied with the court’s orders from this same case under Amendment 16-1 to the FMP, in which it established a standardized bycatch reporting methodology as a required element of the FMP. Regulations to implement Amendment 18 would, among other measures: require species co-occurrence ratios to be used in setting trip limits and other management measures; authorize the use of area closures as routine management measures to protect all species, not just overfished species; and, require vessels that participate in open access groundfish fisheries to carry observers when directed by NMFS. NMFS welcomes comments on the proposed FMP amendment through the end of the comment period. A proposed rule to implement Amendment 18 has been submitted for Secretarial review and approval. NMFS expects to publish and request public review and comment on proposed regulations to implement Amendment 18 in the near future. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 111 (Friday, June 9, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: E6-9027]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[I.D. 060606A]
RIN 0648-AU12


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Notice of Availability of 
Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Management Plan

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

ACTION: Availability of an amendment to a fishery management plan; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council) has submitted Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Secretarial review. Amendment 18 
would modify the FMP to implement a bycatch minimization program for 
the Pacific coast groundfish fisheries. Amendment 18 is intended to 
respond to court orders in to establish a bycatch minimization program 
in the FMP.

DATES: Comments on Amendment 18 must be received on or before August 8, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by I.D number 060606A by 
any of the following methods:
     E-mail: Amendment18.nwr@noaa.gov. Include the I.D. number 
in the subject line of the message.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Yvonne deReynier.
     Mail: D. Robert Lohn, Administrator, Northwest Region, 
NMFS, Attn: Yvonne deReynier, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 
98115-0070.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yvonne deReynier (Northwest Region, 
NMFS), phone: 206-526-6129; fax: 206-526-6736; and e-mail: 
yvonne.dereynier@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: This Federal Register 
document is also accessible via the internet at the website of the 
Office of the Federal Register: https://www.access.gpo.gov/su-docs/aces/
aces140.html.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act) requires that each regional fishery management 
council submit any FMP or plan amendment it prepares to NMFS for review 
and approval, disapproval, or partial approval. The Magnuson-Stevens 
Act also requires that NMFS, upon receiving an FMP or amendment, 
immediately publish a notice that the FMP or amendment is available for 
public review and comment. NMFS will consider the public comments 
received during the comment period described above in determining 
whether to approve Amendment 18 to the FMP.
    Amendment 18 would modify the FMP to implement a bycatch 
minimization program. Over the past several years, the Council and NMFS 
have managed the groundfish fisheries with a broad suite of bycatch 
minimization policies that would be formally organized and brought into 
the FMP through Amendment 18. This FMP amendment would also set the 
Council's future plans for bycatch minimization programs into the FMP 
to provide comprehensive direction for its current and future bycatch 
minimization efforts in Pacific Coast groundfish fishery management. 
Amendment 18 is intended to respond to court orders in Pacific Marine 
Conservation Council v. Evans, 200 F.Supp.2d 1194 (N.D. Calif. 2002) to 
establish a bycatch minimization program in the FMP. NMFS has 
previously complied with the court's orders from this same case under 
Amendment 16-1 to the FMP, in which it established a standardized 
bycatch reporting methodology as a required element of the FMP. 
Regulations to implement Amendment 18 would, among other measures: 
require species co-occurrence ratios to be used in setting trip limits 
and other management measures; authorize the use of area closures as 
routine management measures to protect all species, not just overfished 
species; and, require vessels that participate in open access 
groundfish fisheries to carry observers when directed by NMFS.
    NMFS welcomes comments on the proposed FMP amendment through the 
end of the comment period. A proposed rule to implement Amendment 18 
has been submitted for Secretarial review and approval. NMFS expects to 
publish and request public review and comment on proposed regulations 
to implement Amendment 18 in the near future. Public comments on the 
proposed rule

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must be received by the end of the comment period on the amendment to 
be considered in the approval/disapproval decision on the amendment. 
All comments received by the end of the comment period for the 
amendment, whether specifically directed to the amendment or the 
proposed rule, will be considered in the approval/disapproval decision.

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

    Dated: June 6, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-9027 Filed 6-8-06; 8:45 am]
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