Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual Fishing Quota Program; Correction, 20526-20527 [2010-9065]

Download as PDF 20526 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 20, 2010 / Rules and Regulations § 201.17 [Amended] 37 CFR Part 201 [Docket No. RM 2010–1] Section 111 and Interest Payments AGENCY: Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: Final rule: technical amendment. SUMMARY: The Copyright Office makes a technical amendment to its rule on interest payments by cable operators. DATES: This technical amendment is effective April 20, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben E. Golant, Assistant General Counsel or Tanya M. Sandros, Deputy General Counsel, Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 707–8380. Telefax: (202) 707–8366. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Cable systems submitting statutory payments in an untimely fashion, or who have underpaid the amount due, must include the proper interest charge along with their royalties. See Assessment of Interest Regarding the Cable Compulsory License, 54 FR 14217, 14220–21 (Apr. 10, 1989). It has been the Office’s longstanding practice that interest is not due when the amount has been less than or equal to five dollars. Section 201.17(i)(2)(iii) had codified this practice. However, this rule was inadvertently removed when the Office updated its electronic funds transfer requirements four years ago. Prior to the adoption of these regulations, Section 201.17(i)(2)(iii) read as follows, ‘‘Interest is not required to be paid on any royalty underpayment or late payment from a particular accounting period if the interest charge is less than or equal to five dollars.’’ To correct this error we are amending Section 201.17(i)(4) to restore this language on the five dollar threshold. List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 201 Copyright, General provisions. Final Rule In consideration of the foregoing, part 201 of 37 CFR chapter II is amended as follows: erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES ■ PART 201—GENERAL PROVISIONS 1.The authority citation for part 201 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 17 U.S.C. 702. 13:39 Apr 19, 2010 The IFQ Program, a limited access management system for the fixed gear Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) fisheries off Alaska, was recommended by the Council in 1992 and approved by NMFS in January 1993. Initial implementing rules were published on November 9, 1993 (58 FR 59375). Fishing under the IFQ program began on March 15, 1995. The IFQ Program limits access to the halibut and sablefish fisheries to those persons holding quota share (QS) in specific management regions. The IFQ Program for the sablefish fishery is implemented by Amendment 15 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands area (BSAI), Amendment 20 to the FMP for Groundfish Fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), and implemented by Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under authority of the MagnusonStevens Act. The IFQ Program for the halibut fishery is implemented by Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under the authority of the Halibut Act. The IFQ Program’s principal management measures, with certain exceptions, were: to limit the amount of QS that could be used by any person; to limit the amount of IFQ halibut or sablefish that could be harvested on a vessel; and for catcher vessels, to require the IFQ permit holder to be onboard the vessel during fishing operations. An IFQ permit authorizes participation in fixed-gear harvests of Pacific halibut off Alaska, and most sablefish fisheries off Alaska. The requirement for the IFQ permit holder to be on board the vessel at all times during the fishing trip and to be present at the landing of fish ensures active participation in the fishery by IFQ permit holders, which has an important objective of the Council. The requirement also guaranteed the IFQ permit holder’s presence at landing for interviews by the enforcement personnel and to resolve any issues regarding QS account management, such as landing fish in excess of the permit holder’s IFQ account. Although the requirement was published in the IFQ program’s initial regulations in 1993, the regulatory text was revised at paragraph 679.42(c)(1)(ii) by a final rule (68 FR 44473) published July 29, 2003. ■ Copyright Office VerDate Nov<24>2008 Background 2. Amend § 201.17(i)(4) by adding ‘‘Interest is not required to be paid on any royalty underpayment or late payment from a particular accounting period if the interest charge is less than or equal to five dollars.’’ after ‘‘then the accrual period shall end on the date of the actual receipt by the Copyright Office.’’ LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Jkt 220001 Dated: April 14, 2010 Tanya Sandros, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office [FR Doc. 2010–8970 Filed 4–19–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410–30–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0911161406–0170–03] RIN 0648–AY37 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual Fishing Quota Program; Correction AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; correction. SUMMARY: This action corrects a final rule published on December 15, 2008, that revised the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the sablefish and halibut fisheries off Alaska. The December 2008 final rule erroneously removed a paragraph requiring the IFQ permit holder be aboard the vessel at all times during a fishing trip and be present during the landing of harvested fish. This action corrects the error by restoring the removed paragraph, thereby eliminating the public’s possible confusion about the program’s owner-on-board requirements and restoring NMFS’ ability to enforce the provision. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law. DATES: Effective April 20, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patsy A. Bearden, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Need for Correction On June 29, 2007, NMFS published a proposed rule to implement a new Internet-based fisheries landings information system, called ‘‘eLandings,’’ and revise other recordkeeping and E:\FR\FM\20APR1.SGM 20APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 20, 2010 / Rules and Regulations reporting requirements (72 FR 35748). The proposed rule also included revisions to regulations governing fishing permits, including the IFQ program permits. NMFS published a supplemental proposed rule (73 FR 55368) that further reorganized recordkeeping and reporting regulatory text, permit requirements, and integrated the electronic and nonelectronic requirements. The proposed and supplemental proposed regulatory changes were complex and technical. NMFS published a final rule (referred to below as the Interagency Electronic Reporting System (IERS) Rule) in the Federal Register on December 15, 2008 (73 FR 76136). Section 679.42(c) was among the regulations that were reorganized by the IERS Rule. The section describes conditions on the use of QS and IFQ. The IERS Rule removed all of the subparagraphs from 679.42(c) and in an attempt to streamline text, revised the paragraph. The revision resulted in the erroneous omission of the words ‘‘and must be’’ before the word ‘‘aboard’’. The resulting regulatory text requires that a valid IFQ permit be aboard the vessel, but removed in error the requirement that the holder of the permit must be aboard the vessel at all times during the fishing trip and be present during the landing. This action corrects the existing paragraph 679.42(c) by revising it. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES Classification Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator of Fisheries (AA) finds good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for public comment otherwise required by the VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:39 Apr 19, 2010 Jkt 220001 section because it is contrary to the public interest. No aspect of this action is controversial. It was not NMFS’ intent in the IERS rule to remove the requirement that QS holders who harvest halibut or sablefish with fixed gear be aboard the vessel at all times during the fishing trip and present during the landing. As discussed in the preamble above, this unintended omission was the result of the agency’s reorganization of the regulations. The agency seeks to correct immediately this error to eliminate potential confusion by the regulated public as this inadvertent omission was not discussed in the IERS preambles or analyzed in the supporting document. If left unrevised, the measure creates ambiguous guidance, and thus is likely to mislead fisheries participants and may weaken regulatory enforcement efforts. Without the holder’s presence at landings, it is difficult for NMFS enforcement officers to verify how much was caught at any particular time during a fishing trip or ensure access to the individual primarily responsible for the QS account management, such as overages. Further, the 2010 IFQ halibut and sablefish fishing season opened on March 6, 2010. If NMFS enforcement cannot verify catch amounts in the current opening, then catch-accounting managers will likely be unable to prevent overfishing or foresee excessive catches that result in harm to both IFQ holders and the biological resource. For the same reasons, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30 day delay in effective date. Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 20527 Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., do not apply. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 679 Alaska, Fisheries, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: April 14, 2010. Eric C. Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. For reasons explained in the preamble, 50 CFR part 679 is corrected by making the following correcting amendment: ■ PART 679—FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA 1. The authority citation for part 679 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 108–447. 2. In § 679.42, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows: ■ § 679.42 Limitations on use of QS and IFQ. * * * * * (c) Permit holder aboard requirement. Any individual who harvests halibut or sablefish with fixed gear must have a valid IFQ permit, and if a hired master is conducting the harvest, a valid IFQ hired master permit, and must be aboard the vessel at all times during the fishing trip and be present during the landing. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2010–9065 Filed 4–19–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\20APR1.SGM 20APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 75 (Tuesday, April 20, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-9065]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0911161406-0170-03]
RIN 0648-AY37


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual 
Fishing Quota Program; Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction.

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SUMMARY:  This action corrects a final rule published on December 15, 
2008, that revised the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the 
sablefish and halibut fisheries off Alaska. The December 2008 final 
rule erroneously removed a paragraph requiring the IFQ permit holder be 
aboard the vessel at all times during a fishing trip and be present 
during the landing of harvested fish. This action corrects the error by 
restoring the removed paragraph, thereby eliminating the public's 
possible confusion about the program's owner-on-board requirements and 
restoring NMFS' ability to enforce the provision. This action is 
intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Northern Pacific 
Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other 
applicable law.

DATES: Effective April 20, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Patsy A. Bearden, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The IFQ Program, a limited access management system for the fixed 
gear Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and sablefish 
(Anoplopoma fimbria) fisheries off Alaska, was recommended by the 
Council in 1992 and approved by NMFS in January 1993. Initial 
implementing rules were published on November 9, 1993 (58 FR 59375). 
Fishing under the IFQ program began on March 15, 1995. The IFQ Program 
limits access to the halibut and sablefish fisheries to those persons 
holding quota share (QS) in specific management regions. The IFQ 
Program for the sablefish fishery is implemented by Amendment 15 to the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands area (BSAI), Amendment 20 to the FMP for 
Groundfish Fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), and implemented by 
Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. The IFQ Program for the halibut fishery is implemented by 
Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under the authority of the 
Halibut Act.
    The IFQ Program's principal management measures, with certain 
exceptions, were: to limit the amount of QS that could be used by any 
person; to limit the amount of IFQ halibut or sablefish that could be 
harvested on a vessel; and for catcher vessels, to require the IFQ 
permit holder to be onboard the vessel during fishing operations. An 
IFQ permit authorizes participation in fixed-gear harvests of Pacific 
halibut off Alaska, and most sablefish fisheries off Alaska. The 
requirement for the IFQ permit holder to be on board the vessel at all 
times during the fishing trip and to be present at the landing of fish 
ensures active participation in the fishery by IFQ permit holders, 
which has an important objective of the Council. The requirement also 
guaranteed the IFQ permit holder's presence at landing for interviews 
by the enforcement personnel and to resolve any issues regarding QS 
account management, such as landing fish in excess of the permit 
holder's IFQ account. Although the requirement was published in the IFQ 
program's initial regulations in 1993, the regulatory text was revised 
at paragraph 679.42(c)(1)(ii) by a final rule (68 FR 44473) published 
July 29, 2003.

Need for Correction

    On June 29, 2007, NMFS published a proposed rule to implement a new 
Internet-based fisheries landings information system, called 
``eLandings,'' and revise other recordkeeping and

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reporting requirements (72 FR 35748). The proposed rule also included 
revisions to regulations governing fishing permits, including the IFQ 
program permits. NMFS published a supplemental proposed rule (73 FR 
55368) that further reorganized recordkeeping and reporting regulatory 
text, permit requirements, and integrated the electronic and non-
electronic requirements. The proposed and supplemental proposed 
regulatory changes were complex and technical. NMFS published a final 
rule (referred to below as the Interagency Electronic Reporting System 
(IERS) Rule) in the Federal Register on December 15, 2008 (73 FR 
76136).
    Section 679.42(c) was among the regulations that were reorganized 
by the IERS Rule. The section describes conditions on the use of QS and 
IFQ. The IERS Rule removed all of the sub-paragraphs from 679.42(c) and 
in an attempt to streamline text, revised the paragraph.
    The revision resulted in the erroneous omission of the words ``and 
must be'' before the word ``aboard''. The resulting regulatory text 
requires that a valid IFQ permit be aboard the vessel, but removed in 
error the requirement that the holder of the permit must be aboard the 
vessel at all times during the fishing trip and be present during the 
landing.
    This action corrects the existing paragraph 679.42(c) by revising 
it.

Classification

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator of 
Fisheries (AA) finds good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity 
for public comment otherwise required by the section because it is 
contrary to the public interest. No aspect of this action is 
controversial. It was not NMFS' intent in the IERS rule to remove the 
requirement that QS holders who harvest halibut or sablefish with fixed 
gear be aboard the vessel at all times during the fishing trip and 
present during the landing. As discussed in the preamble above, this 
unintended omission was the result of the agency's reorganization of 
the regulations. The agency seeks to correct immediately this error to 
eliminate potential confusion by the regulated public as this 
inadvertent omission was not discussed in the IERS preambles or 
analyzed in the supporting document. If left unrevised, the measure 
creates ambiguous guidance, and thus is likely to mislead fisheries 
participants and may weaken regulatory enforcement efforts. Without the 
holder's presence at landings, it is difficult for NMFS enforcement 
officers to verify how much was caught at any particular time during a 
fishing trip or ensure access to the individual primarily responsible 
for the QS account management, such as overages. Further, the 2010 IFQ 
halibut and sablefish fishing season opened on March 6, 2010. If NMFS 
enforcement cannot verify catch amounts in the current opening, then 
catch-accounting managers will likely be unable to prevent overfishing 
or foresee excessive catches that result in harm to both IFQ holders 
and the biological resource.
    For the same reasons, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3) to waive the 30 day delay in effective date.
    Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not 
required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the 
analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 
et seq., do not apply.
    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 679

    Alaska, Fisheries, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: April 14, 2010.
Eric C. Schwaab,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.

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For reasons explained in the preamble, 50 CFR part 679 is corrected by 
making the following correcting amendment:

PART 679--FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA

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1. The authority citation for part 679 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; 
Pub. L. 108-447.

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2. In Sec.  679.42, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  679.42  Limitations on use of QS and IFQ.

* * * * *
    (c) Permit holder aboard requirement. Any individual who harvests 
halibut or sablefish with fixed gear must have a valid IFQ permit, and 
if a hired master is conducting the harvest, a valid IFQ hired master 
permit, and must be aboard the vessel at all times during the fishing 
trip and be present during the landing.
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