Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #3 - Adjustment of the Commercial Salmon Fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon, 56411-56412 [E6-15900]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 27, 2006 / Rules and Regulations these actions would limit fishers appropriately controlled access to available fish during the scheduled fishing season by unnecessarily maintaining two restrictions. These actions are authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and are exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 22, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–15870 Filed 9–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 060427113–6113–01; I.D. 092106E] Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #3 – Adjustment of the Commercial Salmon Fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Modification of fishing seasons; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, OR, was modified such that the fishery did not reopen on June 17, 2006, as scheduled and remained closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. The fishery then reopened on June 27 through midnight June 30, 2006, with a 20–Chinook per vessel possession and landing limit for the four day open period. On June 15, 2006, NMFS determined that available catch and effort data indicated that the quota of 22, 450 Chinook salmon for May and June would be exceeded unless modified by inseason action. This action was necessary to conform to the 2006 management goals. DATES: Closure effective 2359 hours local time (l.t.), June 17, 2006, after which the fishery remained closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. The fishery then reopened as scheduled on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 through 2359 hours local time (l.t.) June 30, 2006. The fishery was then again closed until the sroberts on PROD1PC70 with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Sep 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 effective date of the next scheduled open period announced in the 2006 annual management measures. Comments will be accepted through October 12, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments on this action must be mailed to D. Robert Lohn, Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115– 0070; or faxed to 206–526–6376; or Rod McInnis, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4132; or faxed to 562– 980–4018. Comments can also be submitted via e-mail at the 2006salmonIA3.nwr@noaa.gov address, or through the internet at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments, and include [060427113–6113–01 and/ or I.D. 092106E] in the subject line of the message. Information relevant to this document is available for public review during business hours at the Office of the Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McAvinchey, 206–526–4323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the 2006 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (71 FR 26254, May 4, 2006), NMFS announced the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, OR, would open May 1 through earlier of June 30 or a 22,450 Chinook quota; open May 1–2 with a 75 Chinook per vessel landing and possession limit for the 2–day open period; beginning May 6, open Saturday through Tuesday with an 80–Chinook per vessel possession and landing limit for each 4– day open period. If sufficient quota remains to prosecute openings prior to the June 24–27 open period, the remaining quota would be provided for a June 27–30 open period with a per vessel land and possession limit to be determined inseason. On June 15, 2006, the Regional Administrator (RA) consulted with representatives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Information related to catch to date, the Chinook catch rate, and effort data indicated that there was insufficient Chinook remaining in the quota to allow for the fishery to continue as scheduled. As a result, the states recommended, and the Regional Administrator concurred, that the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 56411 Falcon, OR, would not reopen as scheduled on June 17, and would remain closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. The fishery then reopened on June 27 through midnight June 30, 2006, with a 20–Chinook per vessel possession and landing limit for the four day open period. All other restrictions that apply to this fishery remained in effect as announced in the 2006 annual management measures. This action was necessary to conform to the 2006 management goals, and the intended effect was to allow the fishery to operate within the seasons and quotas specified in the 2006 annual management measures. Automatic season closures based on quotas are authorized by regulations at 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1). The RA determined that the best available information indicated that the catch and effort data, and projections, supported the above inseason action recommended by the states. The states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with this Federal action. As provided by the inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice to fishers of the above described action was given prior to the time the action was effective by telephone hotline number 206–526– 6667 and 800–662–9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz. This action does not apply to other fisheries that may be operating in other areas. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As previously noted, actual notice of this action was provided to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (71 FR 26254, May 4, 2006), the West Coast Salmon Plan, and regulations implementing the West Coast Salmon Plan 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and the state agency have insufficient time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment between the time the fishery catch and effort data are collected to determine the extent of the fisheries, and the time the fishery closure must be implemented to avoid exceeding the E:\FR\FM\27SER1.SGM 27SER1 56412 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 27, 2006 / Rules and Regulations quota. Because of the rate of harvest in this fishery, failure to modify the fishing schedule would allow the quota to be exceeded, resulting in fewer spawning fish and possibly reduced yield of the stocks in the future. For the same reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30–day delay in effectiveness required under U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 22, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–15900 Filed 9–26–06; 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. 092106G] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with RULES SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 Atka VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Sep 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 mackerel total allowable catch (TAC) in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), September 23, 2006, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI 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 Atka mackerel TAC in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI is 37,000 metric tons (mt) as established by the 2006 and 2007 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (71 FR 10894, March 3, 2006). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2006 Atka mackerel TAC in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 36,990 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 10 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. 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 in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at §§ 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 closure of Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of September 21, 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: September 21, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–8285 Filed 9–22–06; 1:02 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\27SER1.SGM 27SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 060427113-6113-01; I.D. 092106E]


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West 
Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action 3 - Adjustment of the 
Commercial Salmon Fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, 
Oregon

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

ACTION:  Modification of fishing seasons; request for comments.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS announces that the commercial salmon fishery in the area 
from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, OR, was modified such that 
the fishery did not reopen on June 17, 2006, as scheduled and remained 
closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. The fishery then reopened on June 
27 through midnight June 30, 2006, with a 20-Chinook per vessel 
possession and landing limit for the four day open period. On June 15, 
2006, NMFS determined that available catch and effort data indicated 
that the quota of 22, 450 Chinook salmon for May and June would be 
exceeded unless modified by inseason action. This action was necessary 
to conform to the 2006 management goals.

DATES:  Closure effective 2359 hours local time (l.t.), June 17, 2006, 
after which the fishery remained closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. 
The fishery then reopened as scheduled on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 
through 2359 hours local time (l.t.) June 30, 2006. The fishery was 
then again closed until the effective date of the next scheduled open 
period announced in the 2006 annual management measures. Comments will 
be accepted through October 12, 2006.

ADDRESSES:  Comments on this action must be mailed to D. Robert Lohn, 
Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 7600 Sand Point 
Way N.E., Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115-0070; or faxed to 206-526-6376; or 
Rod McInnis, Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, NOAA, 501 
W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4132; or faxed to 562-
980-4018. Comments can also be submitted via e-mail at the 
2006salmonIA3.nwr@noaa.gov address, or through the internet at the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments, and include [060427113-6113-01 
and/or I.D. 092106E] in the subject line of the message. Information 
relevant to this document is available for public review during 
business hours at the Office of the Regional Administrator, Northwest 
Region, NMFS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McAvinchey, 206-526-4323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the 2006 annual management measures for 
ocean salmon fisheries (71 FR 26254, May 4, 2006), NMFS announced the 
commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S.-Canada Border to 
Cape Falcon, OR, would open May 1 through earlier of June 30 or a 
22,450 Chinook quota; open May 1-2 with a 75 Chinook per vessel landing 
and possession limit for the 2-day open period; beginning May 6, open 
Saturday through Tuesday with an 80-Chinook per vessel possession and 
landing limit for each 4-day open period. If sufficient quota remains 
to prosecute openings prior to the June 24-27 open period, the 
remaining quota would be provided for a June 27-30 open period with a 
per vessel land and possession limit to be determined inseason.
    On June 15, 2006, the Regional Administrator (RA) consulted with 
representatives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Washington 
Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Department of Fish and 
Wildlife. Information related to catch to date, the Chinook catch rate, 
and effort data indicated that there was insufficient Chinook remaining 
in the quota to allow for the fishery to continue as scheduled. As a 
result, the states recommended, and the Regional Administrator 
concurred, that the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the 
U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, OR, would not reopen as scheduled on 
June 17, and would remain closed through Monday, June 26, 2006. The 
fishery then reopened on June 27 through midnight June 30, 2006, with a 
20-Chinook per vessel possession and landing limit for the four day 
open period. All other restrictions that apply to this fishery remained 
in effect as announced in the 2006 annual management measures.
    This action was necessary to conform to the 2006 management goals, 
and the intended effect was to allow the fishery to operate within the 
seasons and quotas specified in the 2006 annual management measures. 
Automatic season closures based on quotas are authorized by regulations 
at 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1).
    The RA determined that the best available information indicated 
that the catch and effort data, and projections, supported the above 
inseason action recommended by the states. The states manage the 
fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive 
economic zone in accordance with this Federal action. As provided by 
the inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice to 
fishers of the above described action was given prior to the time the 
action was effective by telephone hotline number 206-526-6667 and 800-
662-9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on 
Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz. This action does not apply to other 
fisheries that may be operating in other areas.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording 
prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As 
previously noted, actual notice of this action was provided to fishers 
through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies 
with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean 
salmon fisheries (71 FR 26254, May 4, 2006), the West Coast Salmon 
Plan, and regulations implementing the West Coast Salmon Plan 50 CFR 
660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
was impracticable because NMFS and the state agency have insufficient 
time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment 
between the time the fishery catch and effort data are collected to 
determine the extent of the fisheries, and the time the fishery closure 
must be implemented to avoid exceeding the

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quota. Because of the rate of harvest in this fishery, failure to 
modify the fishing schedule would allow the quota to be exceeded, 
resulting in fewer spawning fish and possibly reduced yield of the 
stocks in the future. For the same reasons, the AA also finds good 
cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness required under U.S.C. 
553(d)(3).
    This action is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: September 22, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-15900 Filed 9-26-06; 8:45 am]
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