Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 3873-3874 [2010-1324]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 15 / Monday, January 25, 2010 / Rules and Regulations 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 Statistical 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. prejudice Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC’s Motion for Stay. William T. Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission. [FR Doc. 2010–1246 Filed 1–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0810141351–9087–02] RIN 0648–XT97 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. 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) for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 A season total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas for vessels FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 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 2010 A season 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 604 metric tons (mt) 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)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the Administrator, 3873 Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that 604 mt of the 2010 A season Atka mackerel TAC for 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 zero 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 for vessels participating in the A season 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 Island District and the Bering Sea subarea. The Regional Administrator has established the opening date 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. TABLE 1. EFFECTIVE DATES AND TIMES Effective Time1 and Date Action Area From To Eastern Aleutian District (541) and the Bering Sea subarea 1200 hrs, January 20, 2010 1200 hrs, September 1, 2010 Opening the first and second directed fishery in the HLA for the Amendment 80 cooperative 542 543 1200 hrs, January 22, 2010 1200 hrs, February 7, 2010 1200 hrs, February 5, 2010 1200 hrs, February 21, 2010 Opening the first and second directed fishery in the HLA for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access sector jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES Closing Atka mackerel for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery 542 and 543 542 and 543 1200 hrs, January 22, 2010 1200 hrs, February 7, 2010 1200 hrs, February 5, 2010 1200 hrs, February 21, 2010 Opening the first directed fishery in the HLA for the vessel participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector 542 1200 hrs, January 22, 2010 1200 hrs, February 5, 2010 1Alaska local time. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(A) and § 679.20(a)(8)(iii)(B), vessels using trawl VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:20 Jan 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 gear for directed fishing for Atka mackerel have previously registered with NMFS to fish in the HLA fisheries PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 in areas 542 and 543. NMFS has randomly assigned each vessel to the directed fishery or fisheries for which E:\FR\FM\25JAR1.SGM 25JAR1 3874 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 15 / Monday, January 25, 2010 / Rules and Regulations jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with RULES they have registered. NMFS has notified each vessel owner as to which fishery each vessel has been assigned by NMFS, per a notice filed with the Federal Register on January 19, 2010. In accordance with the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009), and § 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of the A season allowance of the 2010 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 4,317 mt and 3,250 mt, respectively, for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery. The HLA limits of the A season allowance of the 2010 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 2,854 mt and 2,022 mt, respectively, for Amendment 80 cooperatives. The HLA limit of the A season allowance of the 2010 TAC in area 542 is 458 mt for the BSAI trawl limited access vessel. 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. 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. 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 2010 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 January 19, 2010. The AA also finds VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:20 Jan 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 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: January 20, 2010. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–1324 Filed 1–20–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0810141351–9087–02] RIN 0648–XT95 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Participating in the Amendment 80 Limited Access Fishery in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. SUMMARY: NMFS is closing directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery in the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 20, 2010, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2010 Pacific cod TAC allocated to vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery in the BSAI is 3,319 metric tons as established by the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009 and 74 FR 68717, December 29, 2010) and as posted as the 2010 Allocations at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ sustainablefisheries/amds/80/ 2010allocationtables.pdf. The Regional Administrator has determined that the 2010 Pacific cod TAC allocated to vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery in the BSAI will be necessary to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 0 mt and is setting aside the remaining 3,319 mt as incidental catch to support other groundfish fisheries. 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 Pacific cod by vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery 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. 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 directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery 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 January 14, 2010. 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 E:\FR\FM\25JAR1.SGM 25JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 15 (Monday, January 25, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 3873-3874]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-1324]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0810141351-9087-02]
RIN 0648-XT97


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) for vessels participating 
in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to 
prevent exceeding the 2010 A season total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka 
mackerel in these areas for 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 Statistical 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: Obren Davis, 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 2010 A season 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 604 metric tons (mt) by 
the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i) and (d)(1)(ii)(B), the 
Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has 
determined that 604 mt of the 2010 A season Atka mackerel TAC for 
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 zero 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 for vessels participating in the A season 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 Island 
District and the Bering Sea subarea. The Regional Administrator has 
established the opening date 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.

                   Table 1. Effective dates and times
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                                          Effective Time\1\ and Date
      Action              Area       -----------------------------------
                                            From               To
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Closing Atka       Eastern Aleutian         1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 mackerel for       District (541)    January 20, 2010     September 1,
 vessels            and the Bering                                 2010
 participating in      Sea subarea
 the BSAI trawl
 limited access
 fishery
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Opening the first              542          1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 and second                    543    January 22, 2010  February 5, 2010
 directed fishery                           1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 in the HLA for                       February 7, 2010     February 21,
 the Amendment 80                                                  2010
 cooperative
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Opening the first      542 and 543          1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 and second            542 and 543    January 22, 2010  February 5, 2010
 directed fishery                           1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 in the HLA for                       February 7, 2010     February 21,
 vessels                                                           2010
 participating in
 the Amendment 80
 limited access
 sector
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Opening the first              542          1200 hrs,         1200 hrs,
 directed fishery                     January 22, 2010  February 5, 2010
 in the HLA for
 the vessel
 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

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they have registered. NMFS has notified each vessel owner as to which 
fishery each vessel has been assigned by NMFS, per a notice filed with 
the Federal Register on January 19, 2010.
    In accordance with the final 2009 and 2010 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the BSAI (74 FR 7359, February 17, 2009), and Sec.  
679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1), the HLA limits of the A season allowance of the 
2010 TACs in areas 542 and 543 are 4,317 mt and 3,250 mt, respectively, 
for vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery. 
The HLA limits of the A season allowance of the 2010 TACs in areas 542 
and 543 are 2,854 mt and 2,022 mt, respectively, for Amendment 80 
cooperatives. The HLA limit of the A season allowance of the 2010 TAC 
in area 542 is 458 mt for the BSAI trawl limited access vessel. 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 2010 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 January 19, 2010. 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: January 20, 2010.
James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-1324 Filed 1-20-10; 4:15 pm]
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