Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for New Jersey, 76617 [06-9811]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Rules and Regulations the General and the HMS Charter/ Headboat sectors, the retention limits must be adjusted as expeditiously as possible so the impacted sectors can benefit from the adjustment. Therefore, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment. For all of the above reasons, and because this action relieves a restriction (i.e., current default retention limit is one fish per vessel/trip but this action increases that limit and allows retention of more fish), there is also good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness. This action is being taken under 50 CFR 635.23(a)(4) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: December 15, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–21866 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 051104293–5344–02; I.D. 111406C] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for New Jersey National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Closure of commercial fishery. AGENCY: cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with RULES SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the summer flounder commercial quota VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:33 Dec 20, 2006 Jkt 211001 available to New Jersey has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in New Jersey for the remainder of calendar year 2006, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery require publication of this notification to advise New Jersey that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in New Jersey. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, December 21, 2006, through 2400 hours, December 31, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Potts, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9341 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned on a percentage basis among the coastal states from North Carolina through Maine. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.100. The initial total commercial quota for summer flounder for the 2006 calendar year was set equal to 14,154,000 lb (6,420 mt) (70 FR 77061, December 29, 2005). The percent allocated to vessels landing summer flounder in New Jersey is 16.72499 percent, resulting in a commercial quota of 2,367,255 lb (1,073,787 kg). The 2006 allocation was reduced to 2,331,554 lb (1,057,593 kg) due to research set-aside. Section 648.101(b) requires the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) to monitor state commercial quotas and to determine when a state’s commercial quota has been harvested. NMFS then PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 76617 publishes a notification in the Federal Register to advise the state and to notify Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the state’s commercial quota has been harvested and no commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in that state. The Regional Administrator has determined, based upon dealer reports and other available information, that New Jersey has harvested its quota for 2006. The regulations at § 648.4(b) provide that Federal permit holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land summer flounder in any state that the Regional Administrator has determined no longer has commercial quota available. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, December 21, 2006, further landings of summer flounder in New Jersey by vessels holding summer flounder commercial Federal fisheries permits are prohibited for the remainder of the 2006 calendar year, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer and is announced in the Federal Register. Effective 0001 hours, December 21, 2006, federally permitted dealers are also notified that they may not purchase summer flounder from federally permitted vessels that land in New Jersey for the remainder of the calendar year, or until additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. 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. 06–9811 Filed 12–18–06; 2:45 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 245 (Thursday, December 21, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 76617]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 051104293-5344-02; I.D. 111406C]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder 
Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for New Jersey

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

ACTION: Closure of commercial fishery.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the summer flounder commercial quota 
available to New Jersey has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial 
Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land 
summer flounder in New Jersey for the remainder of calendar year 2006, 
unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from 
another state. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery 
require publication of this notification to advise New Jersey that the 
quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer 
permit holders that no commercial quota is available for landing summer 
flounder in New Jersey.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, December 21, 2006, through 2400 hours, 
December 31, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Potts, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9341

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual 
specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned on a percentage 
basis among the coastal states from North Carolina through Maine. The 
process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to 
each state is described in Sec.  648.100.
    The initial total commercial quota for summer flounder for the 2006 
calendar year was set equal to 14,154,000 lb (6,420 mt) (70 FR 77061, 
December 29, 2005). The percent allocated to vessels landing summer 
flounder in New Jersey is 16.72499 percent, resulting in a commercial 
quota of 2,367,255 lb (1,073,787 kg). The 2006 allocation was reduced 
to 2,331,554 lb (1,057,593 kg) due to research set-aside.
    Section 648.101(b) requires the Administrator, Northeast Region, 
NMFS (Regional Administrator) to monitor state commercial quotas and to 
determine when a state's commercial quota has been harvested. NMFS then 
publishes a notification in the Federal Register to advise the state 
and to notify Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that, effective 
upon a specific date, the state's commercial quota has been harvested 
and no commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in 
that state. The Regional Administrator has determined, based upon 
dealer reports and other available information, that New Jersey has 
harvested its quota for 2006.
    The regulations at Sec.  648.4(b) provide that Federal permit 
holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land summer 
flounder in any state that the Regional Administrator has determined no 
longer has commercial quota available. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, 
December 21, 2006, further landings of summer flounder in New Jersey by 
vessels holding summer flounder commercial Federal fisheries permits 
are prohibited for the remainder of the 2006 calendar year, unless 
additional quota becomes available through a transfer and is announced 
in the Federal Register. Effective 0001 hours, December 21, 2006, 
federally permitted dealers are also notified that they may not 
purchase summer flounder from federally permitted vessels that land in 
New Jersey for the remainder of the calendar year, or until additional 
quota becomes available through a transfer from another state.

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. 06-9811 Filed 12-18-06; 2:45 pm]
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