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[FR Doc. 06–7949 Filed 9–20–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 9110–12–P [Docket No. 060216044–6044–01; I.D. 091806B] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Shallow-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; opening; request for comments. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Sep 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 SUMMARY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 0700 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t), September 20, 2006. This adjustment is necessary to allow a 12–hour fishery for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to resume, without exceeding the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA. Effective 0700 hours, A.l.t., September 20, 2006, through 1900 hours, A.l.t., September 20, 2006. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., October 3, 2006. DATES: E:\FR\FM\21SER1.SGM 21SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 183 / Thursday, September 21, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Walsh. Comments may be submitted by: • Mail to: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802; • Hand delivery to the Federal Building, 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, Alaska; • FAX to 907–586–7557; • E-mail to shallowtrawl2@noaa.gov and include in the subject line of the email comment the document identifier: goaswx4sroc (E-mail comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 megabytes); or Webform at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions at that site for submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallowwater species fishery in the GOA is 900 metric tons (mt) as established by the 2006 and 2007 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (71 FR 10870, March 3, 2006). NMFS closed directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA under § 679.21(d)(7)(i) on September 1, 2006 (71 FR 51784, August 31, 2006) and September 6, 2006 (71 FR 53339, September 11, 2006). As of September 15, NMFS has determined that 206 mt of halibut bycatch allowance for the fishery remains. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(i) and 679.25(a)(2)(i)(A), NMFS is adjusting the trawl shallowwater species fishery in the GOA by rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Sep 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 opening the fishery at 0700 hrs, A.l.t., September 20, 2006, and prohibiting directed fishing for shallow-water species by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA at 1900 hrs, A.l.t., September 20, 2006. This action has the effect of opening the fishery for 12 hours. Regulations at § 679.23(b) specify that the time of all openings and closures of fishing seasons other than the beginning and end of the calendar fishing year is 1200 hrs, A.l.t. Current information shows the expected trawl Pacific halibut bycatch rates observed in groundfish fisheries during the fourth season in the GOA to be 300 mt per day. The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl fisheries could be exceeded if a 24–hour fishery were allowed to occur. NMFS intends that the halibut bycatch allowance not be exceeded and, therefore, will not allow a 24–hour directed fishery. NMFS is taking this action to allow a controlled fishery to occur, thereby preventing the overharvest of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl shallow-water species fishery designated in accordance with the 2006 and 2007 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (71 FR 10870, March 3, 2006) and § 679.21(d). In accordance with § 679.25(a)(2)(iii), NMFS has determined that prohibiting directed fishing at 1900 hrs, A.l.t., September 20, 2006, after a 12 hour opening is the least restrictive management adjustment to allow the fishing industry opportunity to harvest species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery without exceeding the fourth seasonal apportionment of the 2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA. Pursuant to § 679.25(b)(5), NMFS has considered data regarding inseason prohibited species bycatch rates observed in groundfish fisheries in the GOA in making this adjustment. The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery are pollock, Pacific cod, shallowwater flatfish, flathead sole, Atka mackerel, skates and ‘‘other species.’’ After the effective date of this closure, the maximum retainable amounts at PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55135 § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the opening of the fishery, not allow the full utilization of the species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery, and therefore reduce the public’s ability to use and enjoy the fishery resource. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of September 15, 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. Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the shallowwater species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to be harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until October 3, 2006. This action is required by § 679.21 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 18, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–7939 Filed 9–18–06; 2:59 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\21SER1.SGM 21SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 060216044-6044-01; I.D. 091806B]


Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Shallow-
Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska

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

ACTION:  Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; opening; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for species that comprise the 
shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf 
of Alaska (GOA), effective 0700 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t), 
September 20, 2006. This adjustment is necessary to allow a 12-hour 
fishery for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by 
vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to resume, without exceeding the 
2006 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallow-water 
species fishery in the GOA.

DATES:  Effective 0700 hours, A.l.t., September 20, 2006, through 1900 
hours, A.l.t., September 20, 2006.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., October 3, 2006.

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ADDRESSES:  Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
Attn: Ellen Walsh. Comments may be submitted by:
     Mail to: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802;
     Hand delivery to the Federal Building, 709 West 9th 
Street, Room 420A, Juneau, Alaska;
     FAX to 907-586-7557;
     E-mail to shallowtrawl2@noaa.gov and include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the document identifier: goaswx4sroc 
(E-mail comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 
megabytes); or
    Webform at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jennifer Hogan, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the 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 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the 
shallow-water species fishery in the GOA is 900 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the 2006 and 2007 harvest specifications for groundfish 
of the GOA (71 FR 10870, March 3, 2006). NMFS closed directed fishing 
for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels 
using trawl gear in the GOA under Sec.  679.21(d)(7)(i) on September 1, 
2006 (71 FR 51784, August 31, 2006) and September 6, 2006 (71 FR 53339, 
September 11, 2006).
    As of September 15, NMFS has determined that 206 mt of halibut 
bycatch allowance for the fishery remains. Therefore, in accordance 
with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(i) and 679.25(a)(2)(i)(A), NMFS is adjusting 
the trawl shallow-water species fishery in the GOA by opening the 
fishery at 0700 hrs, A.l.t., September 20, 2006, and prohibiting 
directed fishing for shallow-water species by vessels using trawl gear 
in the GOA at 1900 hrs, A.l.t., September 20, 2006. This action has the 
effect of opening the fishery for 12 hours. Regulations at Sec.  
679.23(b) specify that the time of all openings and closures of fishing 
seasons other than the beginning and end of the calendar fishing year 
is 1200 hrs, A.l.t. Current information shows the expected trawl 
Pacific halibut bycatch rates observed in groundfish fisheries during 
the fourth season in the GOA to be 300 mt per day. The Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2006 Pacific halibut 
bycatch allowance specified for the trawl fisheries could be exceeded 
if a 24-hour fishery were allowed to occur. NMFS intends that the 
halibut bycatch allowance not be exceeded and, therefore, will not 
allow a 24-hour directed fishery.
    NMFS is taking this action to allow a controlled fishery to occur, 
thereby preventing the overharvest of the Pacific halibut bycatch 
allowance specified for the trawl shallow-water species fishery 
designated in accordance with the 2006 and 2007 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the GOA (71 FR 10870, March 3, 2006) and Sec.  
679.21(d). In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(2)(iii), NMFS has 
determined that prohibiting directed fishing at 1900 hrs, A.l.t., 
September 20, 2006, after a 12 hour opening is the least restrictive 
management adjustment to allow the fishing industry opportunity to 
harvest species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery without 
exceeding the fourth seasonal apportionment of the 2006 Pacific halibut 
bycatch allowance for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA. 
Pursuant to Sec.  679.25(b)(5), NMFS has considered data regarding 
inseason prohibited species bycatch rates observed in groundfish 
fisheries in the GOA in making this adjustment.
    The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water 
species fishery are pollock, Pacific cod, shallow-water flatfish, 
flathead sole, Atka mackerel, skates and ``other species.''
    After the effective date of this closure, the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the opening of the fishery, not allow the full utilization 
of the species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water 
species fishery, and therefore reduce the public's ability to use and 
enjoy the fishery resource. NMFS was unable to publish a notice 
providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant 
data only became available as of September 15, 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.
    Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the shallow-
water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to be 
harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory 
schedule. Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to 
submit written comments on this action to the above address until 
October 3, 2006.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.21 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: September 18, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 06-7939 Filed 9-18-06; 2:59 pm]
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