Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 2 Quota Harvested, 76222-76223 [06-9785]

Download as PDF 76222 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 244 / Wednesday, December 20, 2006 / Rules and Regulations NAFO Conservation and Management Measures Relevant NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures include, but are not limited to, maintenance of a fishing logbook with NAFO-designated entries; adherence to NAFO hail system requirements; presence of an on-board observer; deployment of a functioning, autonomous vessel monitoring system; and adherence to all relevant minimum size, gear, bycatch, and other requirements. Further details regarding these requirements are available from the NMFS Northeast Regional Office, and can also be found in the current NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures on the Internet (see ADDRESSES). rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES Chartering Arrangements In the event that no adequate expressions of interest in harvesting the U.S. portion of the 2007 NAFO 3L shrimp quota allocation and/or 3M shrimp effort allocation are made on behalf of U.S. vessels, expressions of interest will be considered from U.S. fishing interests intending to make use of vessels of other NAFO Parties under chartering arrangements to fish the 2007 U.S. quota allocation for 3L shrimp and/ or the effort allocation for 3M shrimp. Under NAFO rules in effect through 2007, a vessel registered to another NAFO Contracting Party may be chartered to fish the U.S. effort allocation provided that written consent for the charter is obtained from the vessel’s flag state and the U.S. allocation is transferred to that flag state. NAFO Parties must be notified of such a chartering operation through a mail notification process. A NAFO Contracting Party wishing to enter into a chartering arrangement with the United States must be in full current compliance with the requirements outlined in the NAFO Convention and Conservation and Enforcement Measures including, but not limited to, submission of the following reports to the NAFO Executive Secretary: provisional monthly catches within 30 days following the calendar month in which the catches were made; provisional daily catches of shrimp taken from Division 3L; provisional monthly fishing days in Division 3M within 30 days following the calendar month in which the catches were made; observer reports within 30 days following the completion of a fishing trip; and an annual statement of actions taken in order to comply with the NAFO Convention. Furthermore, the United States may also consider a Contracting Party’s previous compliance with the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 19, 2006 Jkt 211001 NAFO incidental catch limits, as outlined in the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures, before entering into a chartering arrangement. Expressions of interest from U.S. fishing interests intending to make use of vessels from another NAFO Contracting Party under chartering arrangements should include information required by NAFO regarding the proposed chartering operation, including: the name, registration and flag of the intended vessel; a copy of the charter; the fishing opportunities granted; a letter of consent from the vessel’s flag state; the date from which the vessel is authorized to commence fishing on these opportunities; and the duration of the charter (not to exceed six months). More details on NAFO requirements for chartering operations are available from NMFS (see ADDRESSES). In addition, expressions of interest for chartering operations should be accompanied by a detailed description of anticipated benefits to the United States. Such benefits might include, but are not limited to, the use of U.S. processing facilities/personnel; the use of U.S. fishing personnel; other specific positive effects on U.S. employment; evidence that fishing by the chartered vessel actually would take place; and documentation of the physical characteristics and economics of the fishery for future use by the U.S. fishing industry. In the event that multiple expressions of interest are made by U.S. fishing interests proposing the use of chartering operations, the information submitted regarding benefits to the United States will be used in making a selection. In the event that applications by U.S. fishing interests proposing the use of chartering operations are considered, all applicants will be made aware of the allocation decision as soon as possible. Once the allocation has been awarded for use in a chartering operation, NMFS will immediately take appropriate steps to notify NAFO and transfer the U.S. 3L shrimp quota allocation and/or the 3M shrimp effort allocation to the appropriate Contracting Party. After reviewing all requests for allocations submitted, NMFS may decide not to grant any allocations if it is determined that no requests meet the criteria described in this notice. All individuals/companies submitting expressions of interest to NMFS will be contacted if an allocation has been awarded. Please note that if the U.S. portion of the 2007 NAFO 3L shrimp quota allocation and/or 3M shrimp effort allocation is awarded to a U.S. vessel or a specified chartering PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 operation, it may not be transferred without the express, written consent of NMFS. Dated: December 14, 2006. Rebecca Lent, Director, Office of International Affairs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–21741 Filed 12–19–06; 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. 121306B] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 2 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, November 1, 2006 – April 30 , 2007, has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, December 19, 2006, federally permitted commercial vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, or land spiny dogfish until May 1, 2007, when the 2007 Period 1 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 2 quota and to allow for effective management of this stock. Quota Period 2 for the spiny dogfish fishery is closed effective at 0001 hr local time, December 19, 2006, through 2400 hr local time April 30, 2007. Effective December 19, 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, DATES: E:\FR\FM\20DER1.SGM 20DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 244 / Wednesday, December 20, 2006 / Rules and Regulations at (978) 281–9221, or Don.Frei@Noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 19, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 Federal Register that the commercial quota has been harvested and that no commercial quota for the spiny dogfish PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 76223 fishery is available. Therefore, effective 0001 hr local time, December 19, 2006, landings of spiny dogfish in coastal states from Maine through Florida by vessels holding commercial Federal fisheries permits are prohibited through April 30, 2007, 2400 hr local time. The 2007 Period 1 quota will be available for commercial spiny dogfish harvest on May 1, 2007. Effective December 19, 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: December 15, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–9785 Filed 12–15–06; 1:30 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\20DER1.SGM 20DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 244 (Wednesday, December 20, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 060418103-6181-02 ; I.D. 121306B]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish 
Fishery; Commercial Period 2 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, November 1, 2006 - April 30 , 2007, has been 
harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, December 19, 2006, 
federally permitted commercial vessels may not fish for, possess, 
transfer, or land spiny dogfish until May 1, 2007, when the 2007 Period 
1 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 2 quota and to allow for effective management of 
this stock.

DATES:  Quota Period 2 for the spiny dogfish fishery is closed 
effective at 0001 hr local time, December 19, 2006, through 2400 hr 
local time April 30, 2007. Effective December 19, 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,

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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 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, December 19, 2006, landings of spiny dogfish in 
coastal states from Maine through Florida by vessels holding commercial 
Federal fisheries permits are prohibited through April 30, 2007, 2400 
hr local time. The 2007 Period 1 quota will be available for commercial 
spiny dogfish harvest on May 1, 2007. Effective December 19, 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: December 15, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 06-9785 Filed 12-15-06; 1:30 pm]
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