Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 48485-48486 [E6-13790]

Download as PDF 48485 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 161 / Monday, August 21, 2006 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 10—2006 AND 2007 BERING SEA SUBAREA INSHORE COOPERATIVE ALLOCATIONS [Amounts are in metric tons] Sum of member vessel’s official catch histories1 (mt) 2006 Annual cooperative allocation (mt) 2007 Annual cooperative allocation (mt) 31.145 204830 203,186 Arctic Enterprise Association 1.146 7,535 7,476 Northern Victor Fleet Cooperative 8.412 55,326 54,879 Peter Pan Fleet Cooperative 2.876 18,916 18,763 Unalaska Cooperative 12.191 80,173 79,533 UniSea Fleet Cooperative 25.324 166,549 165,211 Westward Fleet Cooperative 18.906 124,336 123,340 0 0 0 100 657,666 652,388 Cooperative name and member vessels Percentage of inshore sector allocation Akutan Catcher Vessel Association Open access AFA vessels Total inshore allocation 875,572 1According rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES to regulations at § 679.62(e)(1), the individual catch history for each vessel is equal to the vessel’s best 2 of 3 years inshore pollock landings from 1995 through 1997 and includes landings to catcher/processors for vessels that made 500 or more mt of landings to catcher/processors from 1995 through 1997.≤ 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 reallocation of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands pollock. Since the pollock fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea subarea pollock allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery; allow the industry to plan for the fishing season and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors; and provide opportunity to harvest increased B season pollock allocations while value is optimum. 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 is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Aug 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–7052 Filed 8–16–06; 2:14 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 060216045–6045–01; I.D. 081406C] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closures and openings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel with gears other than jig gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas. NMFS is also announcing the opening and closing dates of the first and second PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 directed fisheries within the harvest limit area (HLA) in Statistical Areas 542 and 543. These actions are necessary to prevent exceeding the HLA limits established for the Central (area 542) and Western (area 543) Aleutian Districts pursuant to the 2006 Atka mackerel TAC. DATES: The effective dates are provided in Table 1 under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this temporary action. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 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 TAC of Atka mackerel specified for other gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea was established as 6,868 metric tons (mt) by the 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10899, March 3, 2006). See § 679.20(a)(8)(ii) and (c)(3)(iii). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that 500 mt of the 2006 Atka E:\FR\FM\21AUR1.SGM 21AUR1 48486 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 161 / Monday, August 21, 2006 / Rules and Regulations mackerel TAC for other gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea will be necessary as incidental catch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 6,368 mt. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel by vessels using other gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(C), the Regional Administrator is opening the first directed fisheries for Atka mackerel within the HLA in areas 542 and 543, 48 hours after the closure of the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea Atka mackerel directed fishery. The Regional Administrator has established the opening date for the second HLA directed fisheries as 48 hours after the last closure of the first HLA fisheries in either area 542 or 543. Consequently, NMFS is opening and closing directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the periods listed under Table 1 of this notice. TABLE 1. EFFECTIVE DATES AND TIMES Effective Date1 Action Area From To Closing Atka Mackerel with gears other than jiggear Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea 1200 hrs, September 2, 2006 2400 hrs, December 31, 2006 Opening the first directed fishery in the HLA 542 1200 hrs, September 4, 2006 1200 hrs, September 11, 2006 543 1200 hrs, September 4, 2006 1200 hrs, September 11, 2006 542 1200 hrs, September 13, 2006 1200 hrs, September 20, 2006 543 1200 hrs, September 13, 2006 1200 hrs, September 20, 2006 Opening the second directed fishery in the HLA 1Alaska local time≤ rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii), vessels using trawl gear for directed fishing for Atka mackerel have previously registered with NMFS to fish in the HLA fisheries in areas 542 and/ or 543. NMFS has randomly assigned each vessel to the directed fishery or fisheries for which they have registered. NMFS has notified each vessel owner as to which fishery each vessel has been assigned by NMFS (71 FR 46409, August 14, 2006). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of the B season allowance of the 2006 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 11,100 mt and 4,301 mt, respectively. Based on those limits and the proportion of the number of vessels in each fishery compared to the total number of vessels participating in the HLA directed fishery for area 542 or 543, the harvest limit for each HLA directed fishery in areas 542 and 543 are as follows: for the first directed fishery in area 542, 5,550 mt; for the first directed fishery in area 543, 2,151 mt; for the second directed fishery in area 542, 5,550 mt; and for the second directed fishery in area 543, 2,150 mt. In accordance with VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Aug 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(E), the Regional Administrator has establish the closure dates of the Atka mackerel directed fisheries in the HLA for areas 542 and 543 based on the amount of the harvest limit and the estimated fishing capacity of the vessels assigned to the respective fisheries. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the dates and times listed in Table 1 of this notice. 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) 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 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 timely fashion and would delay the closure of the Atka mackerel fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea and the opening and closing of the fisheries for the HLA limits established for area 542 and area 543 pursuant to the 2006 Atka mackerel TAC. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 14, 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. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–13790 Filed 8–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\21AUR1.SGM 21AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 060216045-6045-01; I.D. 081406C]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka 
Mackerel 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; closures and openings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel with 
gears other than jig gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the 
Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management 
area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 
total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas. NMFS is 
also announcing the opening and closing dates of the first and second 
directed fisheries within the harvest limit area (HLA) in Statistical 
Areas 542 and 543. These actions are necessary to prevent exceeding the 
HLA limits established for the Central (area 542) and Western (area 
543) Aleutian Districts pursuant to the 2006 Atka mackerel TAC.

DATES: The effective dates are provided in Table 1 under the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this temporary action.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 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 TAC of Atka mackerel specified for other gear in the 
Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea was established as 
6,868 metric tons (mt) by the 2006 and 2007 final harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10899, March 3, 2006). 
See Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(ii) and (c)(3)(iii).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the 
Acting Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has 
determined that 500 mt of the 2006 Atka

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mackerel TAC for other gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the 
Bering Sea subarea will be necessary as incidental catch to support 
other anticipated groundfish fisheries. Therefore, the Regional 
Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 6,368 mt. 
In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator 
finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. 
Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel by 
vessels using other gear in the Eastern Aleutian District and the 
Bering Sea subarea.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(iii)(C), the Regional 
Administrator is opening the first directed fisheries for Atka mackerel 
within the HLA in areas 542 and 543, 48 hours after the closure of the 
Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea Atka mackerel 
directed fishery. The Regional Administrator has established the 
opening date for the second HLA directed fisheries as 48 hours after 
the last closure of the first HLA fisheries in either area 542 or 543. 
Consequently, NMFS is opening and closing directed fishing for Atka 
mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the periods 
listed under Table 1 of this notice.

                   Table 1. Effective dates and times
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                                               Effective Date\1\
      Action              Area       -----------------------------------
                                            From               To
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Closing Atka       Eastern Aleutian   1200 hrs,         2400 hrs,
 Mackerel with      District and the   September 2,      December 31,
 gears other than   Bering Sea         2006              2006
 jiggear            subarea
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Opening the first  542                1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 directed fishery                      September 4,      September 11,
 in the HLA                            2006              2006
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                   543                1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
                                       September 4,      September 11,
                                       2006              2006
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Opening the        542                1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 second directed                       September 13,     September 20,
 fishery in the                        2006              2006
 HLA
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                   543                1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
                                       September 13,     September 20,
                                       2006              2006
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\1\Alaska local time>

    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(iii), vessels using trawl 
gear for directed fishing for Atka mackerel have previously registered 
with NMFS to fish in the HLA fisheries in areas 542 and/or 543. NMFS 
has randomly assigned each vessel to the directed fishery or fisheries 
for which they have registered. NMFS has notified each vessel owner as 
to which fishery each vessel has been assigned by NMFS (71 FR 46409, 
August 14, 2006).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of 
the B season allowance of the 2006 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 11,100 
mt and 4,301 mt, respectively. Based on those limits and the proportion 
of the number of vessels in each fishery compared to the total number 
of vessels participating in the HLA directed fishery for area 542 or 
543, the harvest limit for each HLA directed fishery in areas 542 and 
543 are as follows: for the first directed fishery in area 542, 5,550 
mt; for the first directed fishery in area 543, 2,151 mt; for the 
second directed fishery in area 542, 5,550 mt; and for the second 
directed fishery in area 543, 2,150 mt. In accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(8)(iii)(E), the Regional Administrator has establish the 
closure dates of the Atka mackerel directed fisheries in the HLA for 
areas 542 and 543 based on the amount of the harvest limit and the 
estimated fishing capacity of the vessels assigned to the respective 
fisheries. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka 
mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the dates 
and times listed in Table 1 of this notice.

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) 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 closure of the Atka mackerel 
fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea and 
the opening and closing of the fisheries for the HLA limits established 
for area 542 and area 543 pursuant to the 2006 Atka mackerel TAC. NMFS 
was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
August 14, 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.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 15, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-13790 Filed 8-18-06; 8:45 am]
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