Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program, 34551-34552 [E9-16811]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 135 / Thursday, July 16, 2009 / Notices percent natural honey by weight, and flavored honey. The subject merchandise includes all grades and colors of honey whether in liquid, creamed, comb, cut comb, or chunk form, and whether packaged for retail or in bulk form. The merchandise under the scope of the order is currently classifiable under subheadings 0409.00.00, 1702.90.90, and 2106.90.99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). 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Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This notice is issued and published in accordance with section 351.213(d)(4) of the Department’s regulations and sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Dated: July 8, 2009. John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. E9–16956 Filed 7–15–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ16 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of fee percentage. SUMMARY: NMFS publishes a notification of a zero (0) percent fee for cost recovery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program. This action is intended to provide holders of crab allocations with the fee percentage for the 2009/2010 crab fishing year. DATES: The Crab Rationalization Program Registered Crab Receiver permit holder is responsible for PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34551 submitting the fee liability payment to NMFS on or before July 31, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Aberle or Gretchen Harrington, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background NMFS Alaska Region administers the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program (Program) in the North Pacific. Fishing under the Program began in August 15, 2005. Regulations implementing the Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 680. The Program is a limited access system authorized by section 313(j) of the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson–Stevens Act). The Program includes a cost recovery provision to collect fees to recover the actual costs directly related to the management and enforcement of the Program. NMFS developed the cost recovery provision to conform to statutory requirements and to partially reimburse the agency for the unique added costs of management and enforcement of the Program. Section 313(j) of the Magnuson–Stevens Act provided supplementary authority to section 304(d)(2)(A) and additional detail for cost recovery provisions specific to the Program. The cost recovery provision allows collection of 133 percent of the actual management, data collecting, and enforcement costs up to three percent of the ex–vessel value of crab harvested under the Program. Additionally, section 313(j) requires the harvesting and processing sectors to each pay half the cost recovery fees. Catcher/processor quota share holders are required to pay the full fee percentage for crab processed at sea. A crab allocation holder generally incurs a cost recovery fee liability for every pound of crab landed. The crab allocations include Individual Fishing Quota, Crew Individual Fishing Quota, Individual Processing Quota, Community Development Quota, and the Adak community allocation. The Registered Crab Receiver (RCR) permit holder must collect the fee liability from the crab allocation holder who is landing crab. Additionally, the RCR permit holder must collect his or her own fee liability for all crab delivered to the RCR. The RCR permit holder is responsible for submitting this payment to NMFS on or before the due date of July 31, following the crab fishing year in which landings of crab were made. The dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the fee percentage (not to exceed three percent) E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 34552 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 135 / Thursday, July 16, 2009 / Notices by the ex–vessel value of crab debited from the allocation. Specific details on the Program’s cost recovery provision may be found in the implementing regulations set forth at 50 CFR 680.44. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 0907021106–91110–01] Fee Percentage Each year, NMFS calculates and publishes in the Federal Register the fee percentage according to the factors and methodology described in Federal regulations at § 680.44(c)(2). The formula for determining the fee percentage is the ‘‘direct program costs’’ divided by ‘‘value of the fishery,’’ where ‘‘direct program costs’’ are the direct program costs for the Program for the previous fiscal year, and ‘‘value of the fishery’’ is the ex–vessel value of the catch subject to the crab cost recovery fee liability for the current year. The fee percentage has declined over time because of a variety of factors including the increasing value of the fishery due to increased total allowable catch limits for various crab species such as Bristol Bay red king crab (Paralithodes camtshaticus) and Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio), increased ex–vessel price per pound of crab relative to previous years, and decreased management costs relative to previous years primarily due to decreased staff and contract costs. Because by regulation the fee percentage is established in the first quarter of a crab fishery year based on the fishery value and the costs of the prior year, fee collections for any given year may be less than, or greater than, the actual costs and fishery value for that year. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of costs to value for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 crab fishing years was 3.0 percent and 1.05 percent, respectively. These fee levels have resulted in a fee collection greater than the actual management, data collection, and enforcement costs for the 2008/2009 crab fishing year. Therefore, fee revenues remain to cover projected actual costs for 2009/2010. As a result, NMFS has determined that the fee percentage will be 0 percent for the 2009/2010 crab fishing year. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862 et seq. Dated: July 9, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–16811 Filed 7–15–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:08 Jul 15, 2009 Jkt 217001 RIN 0648–ZC09 Northeast Region Fishing Gear Exchange Project AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of funding availability. SUMMARY: Right, humpback and fin whales, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, are occasionally injured or killed through incidental entanglement in fishing gear. Based on gear retrieved from entangled whales, interactions can occur with any component of the fishing gear, including buoy lines, groundlines, gillnet floatlines, and surface systems. Provisions of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) require that permit holders using trap/pot and gillnet gear comply with requirements designed to reduce the serious injury and mortality of large whales. One such gear modification requires the use of sinking groundlines. Other risk reduction measures include adding weak links to fixed fishing gear which can assist entangled whales in breaking free after an interaction has occurred. NMFS is providing financial assistance in the form of a grant to support the development and implementation of a fishing gear exchange project for Lobster Management Areas 2 and 3 in the Northeast Region. This document describes how to submit proposals for funding and how NMFS will determine which proposals will be funded; this document should be read in its entirety prior to the submission of a proposal. This project will support NOAA’s mission goal to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management. DATES: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service or received by http:// www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 30, 2009. Use of U.S. Mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt. Please note that it may take Grants.gov up to two business days to validate or reject an application. Please keep this in mind when developing your submission timeline. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ADDRESSES: The Full Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement and application instructions for this grant program are available through the Grants.gov website at http:// www.grants.gov. For applicants without internet access, an application package may be obtained by contacting Amanda Johnson, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Suite 04–400, Gloucester, MA 01930; Phone: 978–282–8463, E–mail: Amanda.Johnson@noaa.gov. Applications should be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov. Those applicants without internet access may submit a hard copy (by postal mail or commercial delivery) to: NMFS Northeast Regional Office, Attn: Amanda Johnson, 55 Great Republic Drive, Suite 04–400, Gloucester, MA 01930. No other methods of submission are permissible without explicit NOAA approval. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions regarding this proposal solicitation, please contact Amanda Johnson at the NOAA/NMFS/ Northeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 55 Great Republic Drive, Suite 04–400, Gloucester, MA 01930, by phone at 978–282–8463, or by email at Amanda.Johnson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The principal objective of the Northeast Region Fishing Gear Exchange Project is to implement a voluntary fishing gear exchange project in which participating fishing industry members regulated by the ALWTRP are provided with financial assistance to comply with the ALWTRP’s sinking groundline and weak link requirements. Another objective of this project is to develop a plan for recycling the collected floating groundline to ensure that none of the lines are returned to the ocean for any purpose, fishing or otherwise. A third objective is to work cooperatively with participating industry members to collect gear configuration information via a gear survey. For a proposal to be competitive, it must demonstrate a clear process for developing and implementing a successful fishing gear exchange project. This includes notifying, registering, and communicating with participating fishing industry members; approximating the amount of floating groundline to be exchanged and determining an assigned price per pound for the delivered groundline; working with gear manufacturers and E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 135 (Thursday, July 16, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XQ16


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program

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

ACTION: Notification of fee percentage.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes a notification of a zero (0) percent fee for 
cost recovery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab 
Rationalization Program. This action is intended to provide holders of 
crab allocations with the fee percentage for the 2009/2010 crab fishing 
year.

DATES: The Crab Rationalization Program Registered Crab Receiver permit 
holder is responsible for submitting the fee liability payment to NMFS 
on or before July 31, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Aberle or Gretchen 
Harrington, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    NMFS Alaska Region administers the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Crab Rationalization Program (Program) in the North Pacific. Fishing 
under the Program began in August 15, 2005. Regulations implementing 
the Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 680.
    The Program is a limited access system authorized by section 313(j) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act). The Program includes a cost recovery provision 
to collect fees to recover the actual costs directly related to the 
management and enforcement of the Program. NMFS developed the cost 
recovery provision to conform to statutory requirements and to 
partially reimburse the agency for the unique added costs of management 
and enforcement of the Program. Section 313(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act provided supplementary authority to section 304(d)(2)(A) and 
additional detail for cost recovery provisions specific to the Program. 
The cost recovery provision allows collection of 133 percent of the 
actual management, data collecting, and enforcement costs up to three 
percent of the ex-vessel value of crab harvested under the Program. 
Additionally, section 313(j) requires the harvesting and processing 
sectors to each pay half the cost recovery fees. Catcher/processor 
quota share holders are required to pay the full fee percentage for 
crab processed at sea.
    A crab allocation holder generally incurs a cost recovery fee 
liability for every pound of crab landed. The crab allocations include 
Individual Fishing Quota, Crew Individual Fishing Quota, Individual 
Processing Quota, Community Development Quota, and the Adak community 
allocation. The Registered Crab Receiver (RCR) permit holder must 
collect the fee liability from the crab allocation holder who is 
landing crab. Additionally, the RCR permit holder must collect his or 
her own fee liability for all crab delivered to the RCR. The RCR permit 
holder is responsible for submitting this payment to NMFS on or before 
the due date of July 31, following the crab fishing year in which 
landings of crab were made.
    The dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the 
fee percentage (not to exceed three percent)

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by the ex-vessel value of crab debited from the allocation. Specific 
details on the Program's cost recovery provision may be found in the 
implementing regulations set forth at 50 CFR 680.44.

Fee Percentage

    Each year, NMFS calculates and publishes in the Federal Register 
the fee percentage according to the factors and methodology described 
in Federal regulations at Sec.  680.44(c)(2). The formula for 
determining the fee percentage is the ``direct program costs'' divided 
by ``value of the fishery,'' where ``direct program costs'' are the 
direct program costs for the Program for the previous fiscal year, and 
``value of the fishery'' is the ex-vessel value of the catch subject to 
the crab cost recovery fee liability for the current year.
    The fee percentage has declined over time because of a variety of 
factors including the increasing value of the fishery due to increased 
total allowable catch limits for various crab species such as Bristol 
Bay red king crab (Paralithodes camtshaticus) and Bering Sea Snow crab 
(Chionoecetes opilio), increased ex-vessel price per pound of crab 
relative to previous years, and decreased management costs relative to 
previous years primarily due to decreased staff and contract costs. 
Because by regulation the fee percentage is established in the first 
quarter of a crab fishery year based on the fishery value and the costs 
of the prior year, fee collections for any given year may be less than, 
or greater than, the actual costs and fishery value for that year.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of costs to value for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 crab 
fishing years was 3.0 percent and 1.05 percent, respectively. These fee 
levels have resulted in a fee collection greater than the actual 
management, data collection, and enforcement costs for the 2008/2009 
crab fishing year. Therefore, fee revenues remain to cover projected 
actual costs for 2009/2010. As a result, NMFS has determined that the 
fee percentage will be 0 percent for the 2009/2010 crab fishing year.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862 et seq.

    Dated: July 9, 2009.
Kristen C. Koch,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-16811 Filed 7-15-09; 8:45 am]
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