Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 51242-51243 [E8-20251]

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E8–20167 Filed 8–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 071106673–8011–02] RIN 0648–XK14 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closures and openings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. NMFS is also announcing the opening and closing dates of the first and second directed fisheries within the harvest limit area (HLA) in areas 542 and 543. These actions are necessary to conduct directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA in areas 542 and 543. DATES: The effective dates are provided in Table 1 under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this temporary action. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 907–586–7228. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone 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 2008 TAC of Atka mackerel for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea was established as 319 metric tons (mt) by the 2008 and 2009 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (73 FR 10160, February 26, 2008), reallocation (73 FR 44173, July 30, 2008), and correction (73 FR 47559, August 14, 2008). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that 159 mt of the 2008 Atka mackerel TAC allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea will be necessary as incidental catch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 160 mt. 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 Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(C), the Regional Administrator is opening the first directed fisheries for Atka mackerel within the HLA in areas 542 and 543, 48 hours after prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea. The Regional Administrator has established the opening dates for the second HLA directed fisheries as 48 hours after the last closure of the first HLA fisheries in either area 542 or 543. Consequently, NMFS is opening and closing directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the periods listed under Table 1 of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 2, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 51243 TABLE 1. EFFECTIVE DATES AND TIMES Effective Date1 Action Area From To Prohibiting Atka mackerel by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea 1200 hrs, September 1, 2008 1200 hrs, November 1, 2008 Opening the first and second directed fisheries in the HLA for the Amendment 80 cooperative 542 and 543 1200 hrs, September 3, 2008 1200 hrs, September 13, 2008 542 and 543 1200 hrs, September 15, 2008 1200 hrs, September 25, 2008 542 and 543 1200 hrs, September 3, 2008 1200 hrs, September 11, 2008 542 and 543 1200 hrs, September 13, 2008 1200 hrs, September 21, 2008 542 1200 hrs, September 3, 2008 1200 hrs, September 13, 2008 Opening the first and second directed fisheries in the HLA for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access sector Opening the first directed fishery in the HLA for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector erowe on PROD1PC64 with RULES 1Alaska local time In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(A) and § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(B), vessels using trawl gear for directed fishing for Atka mackerel have previously registered with NMFS to fish in the HLA fisheries in areas 542 and 543. NMFS has randomly assigned each vessel to the directed fishery or fisheries for which they have registered. NMFS has notified each vessel owner as to which fishery each vessel has been assigned by NMFS (73 FR 47852, August 11, 2008). In accordance with the final 2008 and 2009 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (73 FR 10160, February 26, 2008), revision (73 FR 44173, July 30, 2008), and correction (73 FR 47559, August 14, 2008), and § 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of the B season allowance of the 2008 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 3,843 mt and 2,789 mt, respectively, for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery. The HLA limits of the B season allowance of the 2008 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 2,534 mt and 1,735 mt, respectively, for Amendment 80 cooperatives. The HLA limit of the B season allowance of the 2008 TACs in area 542 is 130 mt for the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(E), the Regional Administrator has established the closure dates of the Atka mackerel directed fisheries in the HLA for areas 542 and 543 based on the amount of the harvest limit and the estimated fishing capacity of the vessels assigned to the respective fisheries. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:28 Aug 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the dates and times listed in Table 1 of this notice. After the effective dates of these closures, the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. 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. Classification Dated: August 27, 2008. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–20251 Filed 8–27–08; 4:15 pm] 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 a 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 Atka mackerel fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery and the opening and closing of the fisheries for the HLA limits established for area 542 and area 543 pursuant to the 2008 Atka mackerel TAC. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 25, 2008. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 071106673–8011–02] RIN 0648–XK13 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels 60 ft (18.3 m) LOA and Longer Using Hook-and-Line Gear in 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: E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 071106673-8011-02]
RIN 0648-XK14


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka 
Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closures and openings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the 
Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in 
the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to 
prevent exceeding the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel 
in these areas by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited 
access fishery. NMFS is also announcing the opening and closing dates 
of the first and second directed fisheries within the harvest limit 
area (HLA) in areas 542 and 543. These actions are necessary to conduct 
directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA in areas 542 and 543.

DATES: The effective dates are provided in Table 1 under the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this temporary action.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Hogan, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI exclusive economic zone 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 2008 TAC of Atka mackerel for vessels participating in the BSAI 
trawl limited access fishery in the Eastern Aleutian District and the 
Bering Sea subarea was established as 319 metric tons (mt) by the 2008 
and 2009 final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (73 FR 
10160, February 26, 2008), reallocation (73 FR 44173, July 30, 2008), 
and correction (73 FR 47559, August 14, 2008).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the 
Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has 
determined that 159 mt of the 2008 Atka mackerel TAC allocated to 
vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the 
Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea will be necessary 
as incidental catch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. 
Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed 
fishing allowance of 160 mt. In accordance with Sec.  
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 Eastern Aleutian District and 
the Bering Sea subarea by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl 
limited access fishery.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(iii)(C), the Regional 
Administrator is opening the first directed fisheries for Atka mackerel 
within the HLA in areas 542 and 543, 48 hours after prohibiting 
directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Eastern Aleutian District and 
the Bering Sea subarea. The Regional Administrator has established the 
opening dates for the second HLA directed fisheries as 48 hours after 
the last closure of the first HLA fisheries in either area 542 or 543. 
Consequently, NMFS is opening and closing directed fishing for Atka 
mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in accordance with the periods 
listed under Table 1 of this notice.

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                   Table 1. Effective dates and times
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                                               Effective Date\1\
      Action              Area       -----------------------------------
                                            From               To
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Prohibiting Atka   Eastern Aleutian   1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 mackerel by        District and the   September 1,      November 1,
 vessels            Bering Sea         2008              2008
 participating in   subarea
 the BSAI trawl
 limited access
 fishery
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Opening the first  542 and 543        1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 and second                            September 3,      September 13,
 directed                              2008              2008
 fisheries in the
 HLA for the
 Amendment 80
 cooperative
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                   542 and 543        1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
                                       September 15,     September 25,
                                       2008              2008
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Opening the first  542 and 543        1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 and second                            September 3,      September 11,
 directed                              2008              2008
 fisheries in the
 HLA for vessels
 participating in
 the Amendment 80
 limited access
 sector
                  ------------------------------------------------------
                   542 and 543        1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
                                       September 13,     September 21,
                                       2008              2008
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Opening the first  542                1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 directed fishery                      September 3,      September 13,
 in the HLA for                        2008              2008
 vessels
 participating in
 the BSAI trawl
 limited access
 sector
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\1\Alaska local time

    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(iii)(A) and Sec.  
679.20(a)(8)(iii)(B), vessels using trawl gear for directed fishing for 
Atka mackerel have previously registered with NMFS to fish in the HLA 
fisheries in areas 542 and 543. NMFS has randomly assigned each vessel 
to the directed fishery or fisheries for which they have registered. 
NMFS has notified each vessel owner as to which fishery each vessel has 
been assigned by NMFS (73 FR 47852, August 11, 2008).
    In accordance with the final 2008 and 2009 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the BSAI (73 FR 10160, February 26, 2008), revision 
(73 FR 44173, July 30, 2008), and correction (73 FR 47559, August 14, 
2008), and Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of the B season 
allowance of the 2008 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 3,843 mt and 2,789 
mt, respectively, for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited 
access fishery. The HLA limits of the B season allowance of the 2008 
TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 2,534 mt and 1,735 mt, respectively, for 
Amendment 80 cooperatives. The HLA limit of the B season allowance of 
the 2008 TACs in area 542 is 130 mt for the BSAI trawl limited access 
fishery. In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(8)(iii)(E), the Regional 
Administrator has established the closure dates of the Atka mackerel 
directed fisheries in the HLA for areas 542 and 543 based on the amount 
of the harvest limit and the estimated fishing capacity of the vessels 
assigned to the respective fisheries. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting 
directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the HLA of areas 542 and 543 in 
accordance with the dates and times listed in Table 1 of this notice.
    After the effective dates of these closures, the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  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 a 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 Atka mackerel fishery in the Eastern 
Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea for vessels participating 
in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery and the opening and closing of 
the fisheries for the HLA limits established for area 542 and area 543 
pursuant to the 2008 Atka mackerel TAC. NMFS was unable to publish a 
notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, 
relevant data only became available as of August 25, 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 Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 27, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-20251 Filed 8-27-08; 4:15 pm]
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