Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch for Catcher Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Trawl Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska, 38936 [2010-16467]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with RULES 38936 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 7, 2010 / Rules and Regulations The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest. In the initial emergency rule published on February 10, 2010 (75 FR 6586), NMFS requested, and subsequently received, comments on the increased black sea bass TAL. NMFS considered and responded to the comments received in the preamble to this rule; no changes to the emergency action measures as a result of the comments received. The agency has the authority to extend the emergency action for up to 186 days beyond the August 9, 2010, expiration of the initial emergency action, as authorized under section 305(c)(3)(B) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. NMFS, through this action, extends the emergency action to the end of the 2010 fishing year, which ends on December 31, 2010. The measures of this emergency rule extension remain unchanged from the measures contained in the initial emergency action. If the initial emergency action were allowed to lapse, the TAL would revert back to the lower TAL of 2.71 million lb (1,229 mt). Given the nature of the commercial and recreational black sea bass fisheries, a substantial reduction of the TAL midyear would significantly complicate management of this resource and result in foregone economic opportunities for the black sea bass fisheries. Extending the provisions of the emergency rule without notice and opportunity for public comment will ensure the 2010 black sea bass fisheries continue uninterrupted and will prevent unnecessary adverse economic impacts. Therefore, for the reasons outlined above, the Assistant Administrator finds it is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest to provide any additional notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) prior to publishing the emergency rule extension. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. This rule is exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the rule is not subject to the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 06, 2010 Jkt 220001 Dated: June 29, 2010 Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator For Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–16498 Filed 7–6–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131362–0087–02] RIN 0648–XX35 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch for Catcher Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Trawl Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska 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 ocean perch by trawl catcher vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 directed fishing allowance of Pacific ocean perch for trawl catcher vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 3, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., September 1, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 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 MagnusonStevens 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 directed fishing allowance of Pacific ocean perch allocated to trawl catcher vessels participating in the entry level rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area is 392 metric tons as established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010). PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2010 directed fishing allowance of Pacific ocean perch for trawl catcher vessels participating in the entry level rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area will soon be reached. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch by trawl catcher vessels participating in the entry level rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. 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 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 ocean perch by trawl catcher vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of 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 June 30, 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 § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 1, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0910131362-0087-02]
RIN 0648-XX35


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific 
Ocean Perch for Catcher Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry 
Level Trawl Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of 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 Pacific ocean perch 
by trawl catcher vessels participating in the rockfish entry level 
fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). 
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 directed fishing 
allowance of Pacific ocean perch for trawl catcher vessels 
participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central 
Regulatory Area of the GOA.

DATES:  Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 3, 2010, 
through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., September 1, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steve Whitney, 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 2010 directed fishing allowance of Pacific ocean perch 
allocated to trawl catcher vessels participating in the entry level 
rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area is 392 metric tons as 
established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010).
    The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), 
has determined that the 2010 directed fishing allowance of Pacific 
ocean perch for trawl catcher vessels participating in the entry level 
rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area will soon be reached. 
Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(iii), NMFS is 
prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch by trawl catcher 
vessels participating in the entry level rockfish fishery in the 
Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

Classification

    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 ocean perch by trawl catcher vessels participating in the 
rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of 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 June 
30, 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: July 1, 2010.
 Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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