Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Reduction of Winter I Commercial Possession Limit, 13463-13464 [E8-5047]

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E8–5052 Filed 3–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 13463 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 071030625–7696–02] RIN 0648–XG20 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Reduction of Winter I Commercial Possession Limit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces the reduction of the scup coastwide commercial possession limit from Maine through North Carolina for the Winter I period. Regulations governing the scup fishery require publication of this notification to advise the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina that 80 percent of the commercial quota allocated to the Winter I period is projected to be harvested and to announce that the possession limit for a Federal vessel permit holder is reduced to 1,000 lb (454 kg) of scup per trip. This possession limit will remain in effect until the end of the Winter I period (through April 30, 2008) or until the Winter I quota allocation has been fully harvested, which ever occurs first. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, March 16, 2008, through April 30, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9244. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the scup fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at § 648.120(c) require the Northeast Regional Administrator to publish annual scup quota allocations and the percentage of landings attained during the Winter I period at which the possession limits would be reduced. On December 31, 2007, NMFS published the final rule for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass specifications in the Federal Register (72 FR 74197). This final rule requires NMFS to publish a notification in the Federal Register advising and notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that the commercial scup possession limit will be reduced once 80 percent of the Winter I Period quota is projected to be harvested. Based upon recent projections, the Regional Administrator anticipates that the 80 E:\FR\FM\13MRR1.SGM 13MRR1 13464 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 50 / Thursday, March 13, 2008 / Rules and Regulations percent of the Federal commercial quota of 2,388,611 lb (1,083 mt) for the 2008 Winter I period will be harvested by March 15, 2008. Therefore, to maintain the integrity of the 2009 Winter I period quota by avoiding quota overages, the commercial scup possession limit will be reduced from 30,000 lb (13,608 kg) to 1,000 lb (454 kg) of scup per trip. This possession limit will remain in effect until the end of the Winter I period (through April 30, 2008) or until the Winter I quota allocation has been fully harvested, which ever occurs first. 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: March 10, 2008. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–5047 Filed 3–12–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 071106671–8010–02] RIN 0648–XG28 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; closure. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:22 Mar 12, 2008 Jkt 214001 (GOA). This action is necessary because the first seasonal apportionment of the 2008 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 10, 2008, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., April 1, 2008. 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 first seasonal apportionment of the 2008 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallowwater species fishery in the GOA is 450 metric tons as established by the 2008 and 2009 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (73 FR 10562, February 27, 2008), for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., January 20, 2008, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., April 1, 2008. In accordance with § 679.21(d)(7)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the first seasonal apportionment of the 2008 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl shallow-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. 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.’’ This inseason adjustment does not apply to fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 fishing for pollock. This inseason adjustment does not apply to vessels fishing under a cooperative quota permit in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Pilot Program for the Central GOA. 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 the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 7, 2008. 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 § 679.21 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 7, 2008. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 08–1018 Filed 3–10–08; 1:50 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\13MRR1.SGM 13MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 071030625-7696-02]
RIN 0648-XG20


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; 
Reduction of Winter I Commercial Possession Limit

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the reduction of the scup coastwide commercial 
possession limit from Maine through North Carolina for the Winter I 
period. Regulations governing the scup fishery require publication of 
this notification to advise the coastal states from Maine through North 
Carolina that 80 percent of the commercial quota allocated to the 
Winter I period is projected to be harvested and to announce that the 
possession limit for a Federal vessel permit holder is reduced to 1,000 
lb (454 kg) of scup per trip. This possession limit will remain in 
effect until the end of the Winter I period (through April 30, 2008) or 
until the Winter I quota allocation has been fully harvested, which 
ever occurs first.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, March 16, 2008, through April 30, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9244.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the scup fishery are 
found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at Sec.  648.120(c) require 
the Northeast Regional Administrator to publish annual scup quota 
allocations and the percentage of landings attained during the Winter I 
period at which the possession limits would be reduced. On December 31, 
2007, NMFS published the final rule for the summer flounder, scup, and 
black sea bass specifications in the Federal Register (72 FR 74197). 
This final rule requires NMFS to publish a notification in the Federal 
Register advising and notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit 
holders that the commercial scup possession limit will be reduced once 
80 percent of the Winter I Period quota is projected to be harvested. 
Based upon recent projections, the Regional Administrator anticipates 
that the 80

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percent of the Federal commercial quota of 2,388,611 lb (1,083 mt) for 
the 2008 Winter I period will be harvested by March 15, 2008. 
Therefore, to maintain the integrity of the 2009 Winter I period quota 
by avoiding quota overages, the commercial scup possession limit will 
be reduced from 30,000 lb (13,608 kg) to 1,000 lb (454 kg) of scup per 
trip. This possession limit will remain in effect until the end of the 
Winter I period (through April 30, 2008) or until the Winter I quota 
allocation has been fully harvested, which ever occurs first.

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: March 10, 2008.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E8-5047 Filed 3-12-08; 8:45 am]
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