Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 57262-57263 [E9-26584]

Download as PDF 57262 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 213 / Thursday, November 5, 2009 / Rules and Regulations catcher vessels ≥60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0810141351–9087–02] RIN 0648–XS72 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 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 ft (≥18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2009 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to catcher vessels ≥60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 2, 2009, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI 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 2009 Pacific cod TAC allocated as a directed fishing allowance to catcher vessels ≥60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using hookand-line gear in the BSAI is 314 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that the 2009 Pacific cod directed fishing allowance allocated to catcher vessels ≥60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:36 Nov 04, 2009 Jkt 220001 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 Pacific cod by catcher vessels ≥60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 30, 2009. 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 section 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 02, 2009. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–26696 Filed 11–2–09; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0801041351–9087–02] RIN 0648–XS69 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating projected unused amounts of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear, catcher vessels using pot gear, catcher vessels using hook and line gear, and vessels using jig to catcher/processors using pot gear and catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). These actions are necessary to allow the 2009 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested. DATES: Effective October 30, 2009, until 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI 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 2009 Pacific cod TAC in the BSAI is 176,540 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009). Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(7)(ii) and the reallocation on September 17, 2009 (74 FR 48170, September 22, 2009), the allocations of the Pacific cod TAC are 77,725 mt to catcher/processors using hook–and–line gear, 2,852 mt to catcher/processors using pot gear, 11,873 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear, 314 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook and line gear, and 30,641 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear. The allocation to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hookand-line or pot gear is 4,737 mt after two reallocations (74 FR 9965, March 9, 2009 and 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009). The allocation to vessels using jig gear is 57 mt after three reallocations (74 FR 9965, March 9, 2009, 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009, and 74 FR 48170, September 22, 2009). As of October 20, 2009, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear will not be able to harvest E:\FR\FM\05NOR1.SGM 05NOR1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 213 / Thursday, November 5, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 5,000 mt of Pacific cod. The Regional Administrator has determined that the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of the other catcher vessel sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to fully harvest this amount of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(C), NMFS is reallocating 698 mt of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear to catcher/processors using pot gear and 4,302 mt of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear to catcher/ processors using hook-and-line gear. The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 901 mt of Pacific cod allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional Administrator has determined that the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of the jig or other catcher vessel sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) or trawl sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is reallocating 901 mt of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear to catcher/processers using hookand-line gear. The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hookand-line gear will not be able to harvest 312 mt of Pacific cod allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional Administrator has determined that the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of the jig or other catcher vessel sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is reallocating 312 mt of Pacific cod from catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear to catcher/processers using hookand-line gear. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:36 Nov 04, 2009 Jkt 220001 The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hookand-line or pot gear will not be able to harvest 303 mt of Pacific cod allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional Administrator has determined that the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of the jig or other catcher vessel sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is reallocating 303 mt of Pacific cod from catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear to catcher/processers using hook-and-line gear. The Regional Administrator also has determined that vessels using jig gear will be unable to harvest 32 mt of Pacific cod. The Regional Administrator has determined that catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hookand-line or pot gear will be unable to harvest additional Pacific cod. Additionally, the Regional Administrator has determined that other catcher vessel sectors as described in § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) will be unable to harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C) and § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS is reallocating 32 mt of Pacific cod allocated to jig vessels to catcher/ processors using hook-and-line gear. The allocations for Pacific cod specified in the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009) and subsequent three reallocations (74 FR 9965, March 9, 2009, 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009, and 74 FR 48170, September 22, 2009) are revised as follows: 83,575 mt to catcher/ processor vessels using hook-and-line gear, 3,550 mt to catcher/processor vessels using pot gear, 6,873 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) length overall using pot gear, 2 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) length overall using hook and line gear, 29,740 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear, 4,434 to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear and 25 mt to vessels using jig gear. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 57263 This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters dependent upon Pacific cod in this area. The Regional Administrator considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) the current catch of Pacific cod by the applicable BSAI sectors and, (2) the harvest capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of vessels in the sectors participating in this fishery. 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 reallocation of Pacific cod. Since the fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 29, 2009. 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 § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 30, 2009 Emily H. Menashes Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–26584 Filed 10–30–09; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\05NOR1.SGM 05NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0801041351-9087-02]
RIN 0648-XS69


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific cod 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; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating projected unused amounts of Pacific cod 
from catcher vessels using trawl gear, catcher vessels using pot gear, 
catcher vessels using hook and line gear, and vessels using jig to 
catcher/processors using pot gear and catcher/processors using hook-
and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area 
(BSAI). These actions are necessary to allow the 2009 total allowable 
catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested.

DATES: Effective October 30, 2009, until 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 
31, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI 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 2009 Pacific cod TAC in the BSAI is 176,540 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009). Pursuant to 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii) and the reallocation on September 17, 2009 (74 
FR 48170, September 22, 2009), the allocations of the Pacific cod TAC 
are 77,725 mt to catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear, 2,852 mt 
to catcher/processors using pot gear, 11,873 mt to catcher vessels 
greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) 
using pot gear, 314 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 
feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook and line gear, 
and 30,641 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear.
    The allocation to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA 
using hook-and-line or pot gear is 4,737 mt after two reallocations (74 
FR 9965, March 9, 2009 and 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009). The allocation 
to vessels using jig gear is 57 mt after three reallocations (74 FR 
9965, March 9, 2009, 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009, and 74 FR 48170, 
September 22, 2009).
    As of October 20, 2009, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS 
(Regional Administrator), has determined that catcher vessels greater 
than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using pot gear will not be able 
to harvest

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5,000 mt of Pacific cod. The Regional Administrator has determined that 
the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of 
the other catcher vessel sectors as described in Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has 
determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to 
fully harvest this amount of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(C), NMFS is reallocating 698 mt of Pacific cod 
allocated to catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using 
pot gear to catcher/processors using pot gear and 4,302 mt of Pacific 
cod allocated to catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA 
using pot gear to catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear.
    The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels 
using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 901 mt of Pacific cod 
allocated to those vessels under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional 
Administrator has determined that the projected unharvested amount is 
unlikely to be harvested by any of the jig or other catcher vessel 
sectors as described in Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) or trawl sectors as 
described in Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B). Additionally, the Regional 
Administrator has determined that catcher/processors using pot gear 
will be unable to harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. 
Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is 
reallocating 901 mt of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl 
gear to catcher/processers using hook-and-line gear.
    The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels 
greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear will not be 
able to harvest 312 mt of Pacific cod allocated to those vessels under 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional Administrator has determined that 
the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by any of 
the jig or other catcher vessel sectors as described in Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has 
determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to 
harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance 
with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is reallocating 312 mt of Pacific 
cod from catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-
and-line gear to catcher/processers using hook-and-line gear.
    The Regional Administrator also has determined that catcher vessels 
less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear will not 
be able to harvest 303 mt of Pacific cod allocated to those vessels 
under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii). The Regional Administrator has determined 
that the projected unharvested amount is unlikely to be harvested by 
any of the jig or other catcher vessel sectors as described in Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A). Additionally, the Regional Administrator has 
determined that catcher/processors using pot gear will be unable to 
harvest any additional amounts of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance 
with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS is reallocating 303 mt of Pacific 
cod from catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hook-and-
line or pot gear to catcher/processers using hook-and-line gear.
    The Regional Administrator also has determined that vessels using 
jig gear will be unable to harvest 32 mt of Pacific cod. The Regional 
Administrator has determined that catcher vessels less than 60 feet 
(18.3m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear will be unable to harvest 
additional Pacific cod. Additionally, the Regional Administrator has 
determined that other catcher vessel sectors as described in Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) will be unable to harvest any additional amounts 
of Pacific cod. Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C) 
and Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS is reallocating 32 mt of Pacific 
cod allocated to jig vessels to catcher/processors using hook-and-line 
gear.
    The allocations for Pacific cod specified in the final 2009 and 
2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, 
February 17, 2009) and subsequent three reallocations (74 FR 9965, 
March 9, 2009, 74 FR 19021, April 27, 2009, and 74 FR 48170, September 
22, 2009) are revised as follows: 83,575 mt to catcher/processor 
vessels using hook-and-line gear, 3,550 mt to catcher/processor vessels 
using pot gear, 6,873 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 
feet (18.3 m) length overall using pot gear, 2 mt to catcher vessels 
greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) length overall using hook and 
line gear, 29,740 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear, 4,434 to 
catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using hook-and-line or 
pot gear and 25 mt to vessels using jig gear.
    This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters 
dependent upon Pacific cod in this area. The Regional Administrator 
considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) the 
current catch of Pacific cod by the applicable BSAI sectors and, (2) 
the harvest capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of 
vessels in the sectors participating in this fishery.

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 reallocation of Pacific cod. Since the fishery is 
currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as 
to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to 
allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, 
to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid 
potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS 
was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
October 29, 2009.
    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: October 30, 2009
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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