Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper/Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction, 16571 [E8-6434]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Rules and Regulations New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; fax (202) 366–4566; e-mail, ‘‘InformationResourcesManager@phmsa .dot.gov’’. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: § 195.452 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Amended] 28. Section 195.452(m) is amended by removing the words, ‘‘Room 7128, 400 Seventh Street SW.’’ and adding in their place the words ‘‘1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.’’ I PART 199—DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING 29. The authority citation for part 199 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5103, 60102, 60104, 60108, 60117, and 60118; 49 CFR 1.53. 30. In 49 CFR part 199, remove the words ‘‘Room 7128, 400 Seventh Street, SW.’’ and add in their place the words ‘‘PHP–60, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE’’ in the following places: I a. Section 199.119(b); and I b. Section 199.229(c). I Issued in Washington, DC on March 18, 2008. Carl T. Johnson, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–5926 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 060525140–6221–02] RIN 0648–XG34 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper/ Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; trip limit reduction. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS reduces the commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic to 300 lb (136 kg) per trip in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the South Atlantic golden tilefish resource. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, April 6, 2008, through December 31, 2008, unless changed by further notification in the Federal Register. 16:25 Mar 27, 2008 Jkt 214001 The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Resources of the South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Under 50 CFR 622.44(c)(2), NMFS is required to reduce the trip limit in the commercial fishery for golden tilefish from 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) to 300 lb (136 kg) per trip when 75 percent of the fishing year quota is met, by filing a notification to that effect in the Federal Register. Based on current statistics, NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the available commercial quota of 295,000 lb (133,810 kg), gutted weight, for golden tilefish will be reached on or before April 6, 2008. Accordingly, NMFS is reducing the commercial golden tilefish trip limit to 300 lb (136 kg) in the South Atlantic EEZ from 12:01 a.m., local time, on April 6, 2008, until the quota is reached and the fishery closes or 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2009, whichever occurs first. Classification 50 CFR Part 622 VerDate Aug<31>2005 Susan Gerhart, telephone 727–824– 5305, fax 727–824–5308, e-mail susan.gerhart@noaa.gov. This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest, because the rule itself already has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the trip limit reduction. NMFS also finds good cause that the implementation of this action cannot be delayed for 30 days. There is a need to implement this measure immediately to prevent an overrun of the commercial fishery for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic, given the capacity of the fishing fleet to harvest the quota quickly. Any delay in implementing this action would be contrary to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the FMP. Accordingly, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d), a delay in the effective date is waived. PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 16571 This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 24, 2008. Alan D. Risenhoover Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–6434 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 071004577–8124–02] RIN 0648–AW13 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Total Allowable Catches for Eastern Georges Bank Cod, Eastern Georges Bank Haddock, and Georges Bank Yellowtail Flounder in the U.S./ Canada Management Area for Fishing Year 2008 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; specifications. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The following Total Allowable Catches (TACs) in the U.S./ Canada Management Area are implemented for the 2008 fishing year (FY): 667 mt of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod, 8,050 mt of Eastern GB haddock, and 1,950 mt of GB yellowtail flounder. These TACs may be adjusted during FY 2008, if NMFS determines that the harvest of these stocks in FY 2007 exceeded the TACs specified for FY 2007. Further, NMFS is postponing the FY 2008 opening of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area until August 1, 2008, for trawl vessels. Longline gear vessels are allowed to fish in the Eastern U.S./ Canada Area during the May through July 2008 period with a cap on the amount of cod caught during this period set at 5 percent of the cod TAC (i.e., 33.4 mt). The intent of this action is to provide for the conservation and management of the three shared stocks of fish, as required by the regulations implementing the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. DATES: This rule is effective May 1, 2008, through April 30, 2009. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Transboundary Management Guidance Committee’s (TMGC’s) 2007 Guidance E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 060525140-6221-02]
RIN 0648-XG34


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Snapper/Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; trip limit reduction.

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SUMMARY: NMFS reduces the commercial trip limit for golden tilefish in 
the South Atlantic to 300 lb (136 kg) per trip in or from the exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect 
the South Atlantic golden tilefish resource.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, April 6, 2008, 
through December 31, 2008, unless changed by further notification in 
the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, telephone 727-824-5305, 
fax 727-824-5308, e-mail susan.gerhart@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-
Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by 
the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented under 
the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 
622.
    Under 50 CFR 622.44(c)(2), NMFS is required to reduce the trip 
limit in the commercial fishery for golden tilefish from 4,000 lb 
(1,814 kg) to 300 lb (136 kg) per trip when 75 percent of the fishing 
year quota is met, by filing a notification to that effect in the 
Federal Register. Based on current statistics, NMFS has determined that 
75 percent of the available commercial quota of 295,000 lb (133,810 
kg), gutted weight, for golden tilefish will be reached on or before 
April 6, 2008. Accordingly, NMFS is reducing the commercial golden 
tilefish trip limit to 300 lb (136 kg) in the South Atlantic EEZ from 
12:01 a.m., local time, on April 6, 2008, until the quota is reached 
and the fishery closes or 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2009, 
whichever occurs first.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA, finds good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary 
and contrary to the public interest, because the rule itself already 
has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to 
notify the public of the trip limit reduction.
    NMFS also finds good cause that the implementation of this action 
cannot be delayed for 30 days. There is a need to implement this 
measure immediately to prevent an overrun of the commercial fishery for 
golden tilefish in the South Atlantic, given the capacity of the 
fishing fleet to harvest the quota quickly. Any delay in implementing 
this action would be contrary to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the FMP. 
Accordingly, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d), a delay in the effective date is 
waived.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 24, 2008.
Alan D. Risenhoover
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E8-6434 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]
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