Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested, 56047-56048 [06-8262]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Rules and Regulations documents must be notarized as specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this section. (8) Renewal. (i) Renewal of a commercial vessel moratorium permit for Gulf shrimp is contingent upon compliance with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for Gulf shrimp specified in § 622.5(a)(1)(iii). (ii) A commercial vessel moratorium permit for Gulf shrimp that is not renewed will be terminated and will not be reissued during the moratorium. 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. I 3. In § 622.5, paragraph (a)(1)(iii) is revised to read as follows: § 622.5 Recordkeeping and reporting. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 * * * * * (a) * * * (1) * * * (iii) Gulf shrimp—(A) General reporting requirement. The owner or operator of a vessel that fishes for shrimp in the Gulf EEZ or in adjoining state waters, or that lands shrimp in an adjoining state, must provide information for any fishing trip, as requested by the SRD, including, but not limited to, vessel identification, gear, effort, amount of shrimp caught by species, shrimp condition (heads on/ heads off), fishing areas and depths, and person to whom sold. (B) Electronic logbook reporting. The owner or operator of a vessel for which a Federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf shrimp has been issued and who is selected by the SRD must participate in the NMFS-sponsored electronic logbook reporting program as directed by the SRD. In addition, such owner or operator must provide information regarding the size and number of shrimp trawls deployed and the type of BRD and turtle excluder device used, as directed by the SRD. Compliance with the reporting requirements of this paragraph (a)(1)(iii)(B) is required for permit renewal. (C) Vessel and Gear Characterization Form. All owners or operators of vessels applying for or renewing a commercial vessel moratorium permit for Gulf shrimp must complete an annual Gulf Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Form. The form will be provided by NMFS at the time of permit application and renewal. Compliance with this reporting requirement is required for permit issuance and renewal. (D) Landings report. The owner or operator of a vessel for which a Federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 shrimp has been issued must annually report the permitted vessel’s total annual landings of shrimp and value, by species, on a form provided by the SRD. Compliance with this reporting requirement is required for permit renewal. * * * * * I 4. In § 622.8, paragraph (a)(5) is added to read as follows: § 622.8 At-sea observer coverage. (a) * * * (5) Gulf shrimp. A vessel for which a Federal commercial vessel permit for Gulf shrimp has been issued must carry a NMFS-approved observer, if the vessel’s trip is selected by the SRD for observer coverage. Vessel permit renewal is contingent upon compliance with this paragraph (a)(5). * * * * * [FR Doc. 06–8257 Filed 9–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 060418103–6181–02 ; I.D. 091806D] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure of spiny dogfish fishery. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the semiannual quota period, May 1, 2006 – October 31, 2006, has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, September 25, 2006, federally permitted commercial vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, or land spiny dogfish until November 1, 2006, when the Period 2 quota becomes available. Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery require publication of this notification to advise the coastal states from Maine through Florida that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish in these states. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Period 1 quota and to PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 56047 allow for effective management of this stock. DATES: Quota Period 1 for the spiny dogfish fishery is closed effective at 0001 hr local time, September 25, 2006, through 2400 hr local time October 31, 2006. Effective September 25, 2006, federally permitted dealers are also advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from federally permitted spiny dogfish vessels. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Frei, Fisheries Management Specialist, at (978) 281–9221, or Don.Frei@Noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota, which is allocated into two quota periods based upon percentages specified in the fishery management plan. The commercial quota is distributed to the coastal states from Maine through Florida, as described in § 648.230. The initial total commercial quota for spiny dogfish for the 2006 fishing year is 4 million lb (1.81 million kg) (71 FR 40436, July 17, 2006 ). The commercial quota is allocated into two periods (May 1 through October 31, and November 1 through April 30). Vessel possession limits are intended to preclude directed fishing, and they are set at 600 lb (272 kg) for both quota Periods 1 and 2. Quota period 1 is allocated 2.3 million lb (1.05 million kg)), and quota Period 2 is allocated 1.7 million lb (763,849 kg) of the commercial quota. The total quota cannot be exceeded, so landings in excess of the amount allocated to quota Period 1 have the effect of reducing the quota available to the fishery during quota Period 2. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) monitors the commercial spiny dogfish quota for each quota period and, based upon dealer reports, state data, and other available information, determines when the total commercial quota will be harvested. NMFS is required to publish a notification in the Federal Register advising and notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the Federal spiny dogfish commercial quota has been harvested and no Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish for the remainder of that quota period. Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal spiny dogfish permit holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land spiny dogfish in any state after NMFS has published notification in the E:\FR\FM\26SER1.SGM 26SER1 56048 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 26, 2006 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 Federal Register that the commercial quota has been harvested and that no commercial quota for the spiny dogfish fishery is available. Therefore, effective 0001 hr local time, September 25, 2006, landings of spiny dogfish in coastal states from Maine through Florida by vessels holding commercial Federal fisheries permits are prohibited through October 31, 2006, 2400 hr local time. The 2006 Period 2 quota will be available for commercial spiny dogfish VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:57 Sep 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 harvest on November 1, 2006. Effective September 25, 2006, federally permitted dealers are also advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from vessels issued Federal spiny dogfish permits that land in coastal states from Maine through Florida. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 20, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–8262 Filed 9–21–06; 3:24 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 186 (Tuesday, September 26, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 56047-56048]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-8262]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 060418103-6181-02 ; I.D. 091806D]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish 
Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested

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

ACTION: Closure of spiny dogfish fishery.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota 
available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the 
semi-annual quota period, May 1, 2006 - October 31, 2006, has been 
harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, September 25, 2006, 
federally permitted commercial vessels may not fish for, possess, 
transfer, or land spiny dogfish until November 1, 2006, when the Period 
2 quota becomes available. Regulations governing the spiny dogfish 
fishery require publication of this notification to advise the coastal 
states from Maine through Florida that the quota has been harvested and 
to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no 
Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish in 
these states. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from 
exceeding its Period 1 quota and to allow for effective management of 
this stock.

DATES: Quota Period 1 for the spiny dogfish fishery is closed effective 
at 0001 hr local time, September 25, 2006, through 2400 hr local time 
October 31, 2006. Effective September 25, 2006, federally permitted 
dealers are also advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from 
federally permitted spiny dogfish vessels.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Frei, Fisheries Management 
Specialist, at (978) 281-9221, or Don.Frei@Noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the spiny dogfish 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual 
specification of a commercial quota, which is allocated into two quota 
periods based upon percentages specified in the fishery management 
plan. The commercial quota is distributed to the coastal states from 
Maine through Florida, as described in Sec.  648.230.
    The initial total commercial quota for spiny dogfish for the 2006 
fishing year is 4 million lb (1.81 million kg) (71 FR 40436, July 17, 
2006 ). The commercial quota is allocated into two periods (May 1 
through October 31, and November 1 through April 30). Vessel possession 
limits are intended to preclude directed fishing, and they are set at 
600 lb (272 kg) for both quota Periods 1 and 2. Quota period 1 is 
allocated 2.3 million lb (1.05 million kg)), and quota Period 2 is 
allocated 1.7 million lb (763,849 kg) of the commercial quota. The 
total quota cannot be exceeded, so landings in excess of the amount 
allocated to quota Period 1 have the effect of reducing the quota 
available to the fishery during quota Period 2.
    The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) 
monitors the commercial spiny dogfish quota for each quota period and, 
based upon dealer reports, state data, and other available information, 
determines when the total commercial quota will be harvested. NMFS is 
required to publish a notification in the Federal Register advising and 
notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that, effective 
upon a specific date, the Federal spiny dogfish commercial quota has 
been harvested and no Federal commercial quota is available for landing 
spiny dogfish for the remainder of that quota period.
    Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal spiny dogfish permit holders 
agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land spiny dogfish in any 
state after NMFS has published notification in the

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Federal Register that the commercial quota has been harvested and that 
no commercial quota for the spiny dogfish fishery is available. 
Therefore, effective 0001 hr local time, September 25, 2006, landings 
of spiny dogfish in coastal states from Maine through Florida by 
vessels holding commercial Federal fisheries permits are prohibited 
through October 31, 2006, 2400 hr local time. The 2006 Period 2 quota 
will be available for commercial spiny dogfish harvest on November 1, 
2006. Effective September 25, 2006, federally permitted dealers are 
also advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from vessels 
issued Federal spiny dogfish permits that land in coastal states from 
Maine through Florida.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: September 20, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 06-8262 Filed 9-21-06; 3:24 pm]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-S