Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska, 66561-66562 [E8-26701]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 218 / Monday, November 10, 2008 / Rules and Regulations dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with RULES summary document of the Report and Order, In the Matter of the Third Periodic Review of the Commission’s Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television, MB Docket No. 07–91, FCC 07–228, at 73 FR 5634. The Ordering Clause of the Report and Order stated that the Commission would publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing when OMB approval for this rule section has been received and when the revised rule will take effect. This notice is consistent with the statement in the Report and Order. DATES: Effective November 10, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, please contact Evan Baranoff, Evan.Baranoff@fcc.gov, or Kim Matthews, Kim.Matthews@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418– 2120. 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Synopsis As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), the Commission is notifying the public that it received OMB approval on October 31, 2008, for the information collection requirement(s) contained in the Commission’s rules at 47 CFR 73.624(g). Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a current, valid OMB Control Number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number is 3060– 0906 and the total annual reporting burden for respondents for this collection of information is as follows: OMB Control Number: 3060–0906. OMB Approval Date: 10/31/2008. Expiration Date: 10/31/2011. Title: Annual DTV Report, FCC Form 317; 47 CFR Section 73.624(g). Form Number: FCC Form 317. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit entities; Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents/Responses: 1,815 respondents; 3,630 responses. Estimated Hours per Response: 2.0 hours–4.0 hours Frequency of Response: Recordkeeping requirement; Annual reporting requirement. Total Annual Burden: 10,890 hours. Annual Burden Cost: $181,500. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. The statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in Sections 154(i), 303, 336 and 403 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Nature and Extend of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this collection of information. Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Needs and Uses: Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power television broadcast stations must transmit only in digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. On December 22, 2007, the Commission adopted a Report and Order In the matter of the Third Periodic Review of the Commission’s Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television, MB Docket No. 07–91, FCC 07–228, to establish the rules, policies and procedures necessary to complete the nation’s transition to DTV. Specifically, as a result of the Report and Order, DTV stations that are permittees must comply with the requirements for feeable ancillary or supplementary services in section 73.624(g) (using FCC Form 317). Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–26738 Filed 11–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 66561 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 071106671–8010–02] RIN 0648–XL65 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), except for directed fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock. This closure also does not apply to fishing by vessels participating in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Pilot Program for the Central GOA. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2008 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limit specified for vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 6, 2008, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 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 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 Pacific halibut PSC limit for vessels using trawl gear was established as 2,000 metric tons by the 2008 and 2009 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (73 FR 10562, February 27, 2008). In accordance with § 679.21(d)(7)(i), the Regional Administrator has determined that the 2008 Pacific halibut PSC limit allocated to vessels using trawl gear in the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA, except for directed fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in E:\FR\FM\10NOR1.SGM 10NOR1 66562 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 218 / Monday, November 10, 2008 / Rules and Regulations those portions of the GOA that remain open to directed fishing for pollock. This closure also does not apply to fishing by vessels participating in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Pilot Program for the Central GOA. Classification dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with RULES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:24 Nov 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 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 closing directed fishing for groundfish 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 November 4, 2008. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: November 5, 2008. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–26701 Filed 11–5–08; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\10NOR1.SGM 10NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 071106671-8010-02]
RIN 0648-XL65


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Trawl Gear 
in the Gulf of Alaska

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by vessels 
using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), except for directed 
fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those 
portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock. This closure 
also does not apply to fishing by vessels participating in the 
cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Pilot Program for the Central GOA. 
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2008 Pacific halibut 
prohibited species catch (PSC) limit specified for vessels using trawl 
gear in the GOA.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 6, 
2008, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 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 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 Pacific halibut PSC limit for vessels using trawl gear was 
established as 2,000 metric tons by the 2008 and 2009 harvest 
specifications for groundfish of the GOA (73 FR 10562, February 27, 
2008).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.21(d)(7)(i), the Regional 
Administrator has determined that the 2008 Pacific halibut PSC limit 
allocated to vessels using trawl gear in the GOA will soon be reached. 
Therefore, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish by 
vessels using trawl gear in the GOA, except for directed fishing for 
pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in

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those portions of the GOA that remain open to directed fishing for 
pollock. This closure also does not apply to fishing by vessels 
participating in the cooperative fishery in the Rockfish Pilot Program 
for the Central GOA.

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 closing directed fishing for groundfish 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 November 4, 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.  679.21 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: November 5, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-26701 Filed 11-5-08; 4:15 pm]
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