Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Catcher/Processor Rockfish Cooperatives in the Gulf of Alaska, 38939-38940 [2010-16486]

Download as PDF cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 7, 2010 / Rules and Regulations DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. 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. processors in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2010 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the shallow-water species fishery for catcher/processors subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 11 metric tons, for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 1, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010, as established by § 679.82(d), the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010), and as posted as the Catcher/Processor Sideboards at http:// www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(i)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2010 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the shallow-water species fishery for catcher/processors subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the shallow-water species fisheries. Consequently, in accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(ii)(A), NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery for catcher/processors subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the shallow-water species fishery for the sideboard limit are shallow-water flatfish and flathead sole. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 06, 2010 Jkt 220001 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. Notice and comment is unnecessary because there is insufficient halibut PSC sideboard limit to support a directed fishery and therefore the Regional Administrator has no discretion for any action other than to prohibit directed fishing. 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 § 679.82 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. [FR Doc. 2010–16480 Filed 7–1–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131362–0087–02] RIN 0648–XX33 Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Catcher/Processor Rockfish Cooperatives in 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 species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by catcher/ processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA. This action is necessary because the 2010 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery by catcher/ processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38939 DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. 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 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the deepwater species fishery by catcher/ processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 16 metric tons, for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 1, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010, as established by § 679.82(d), the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010), and as posted as the Catcher/Processor Sideboards at http:// www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(i)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2010 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the deepwater species fishery by catcher/ processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries. Consequently, in accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(ii)(B), NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by catcher/processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the deep-water species fishery for the sideboard limit include deep-water flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder. 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 E:\FR\FM\07JYR1.SGM 07JYR1 38940 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 7, 2010 / Rules and Regulations (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. Notice and comment is unnecessary because there is insufficient halibut PSC sideboard limit to support a directed fishery and therefore the Regional Administrator has no discretion for any action other than to prohibit directed fishing. 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 § 679.82 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. [FR Doc. 2010–16486 Filed 7–1–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131363–0087–02] RIN 0648–XX17 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Greenland Turbot in the Aleutian Islands Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area cprice-sewell on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with RULES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 06, 2010 Jkt 220001 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 Greenland turbot total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2010, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2010. Applicable beginning June 29, 2010. 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 2010 Greenland turbot TAC in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI is 1,615 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2010 Greenland turbot TAC in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 1,215 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 400 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea of 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 Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea of 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 June 28, 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: June 29, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–16192 Filed 7–1–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07JYR1.SGM 07JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0910131362-0087-02]
RIN 0648-XX33


Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water 
Species Fishery by Catcher/Processor Rockfish Cooperatives in 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 species that 
comprise the deep-water species fishery by catcher/processor rockfish 
cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central 
Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA. This action is 
necessary because the 2010 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch 
(PSC) sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery by 
catcher/processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits 
established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 
insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species 
fisheries.

DATES:  Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2010, 
through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.

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 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the 
deep-water species fishery by catcher/processor rockfish cooperatives 
subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish 
Program in the GOA is 16 metric tons, for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., 
July 1, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2010, as established 
by Sec.  679.82(d), the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for 
groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010), and as posted as 
the Catcher/Processor Sideboards at http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.82(d)(9)(i)(B), the Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2010 Pacific halibut PSC 
sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery by 
catcher/processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits 
established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 
insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species 
fisheries. Consequently, in accordance with Sec.  679.82(d)(9)(ii)(B), 
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the 
deep-water species fishery by catcher/processor rockfish cooperatives 
subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish 
Program in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the 
deep-water species fishery for the sideboard limit include deep-water 
flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder.
    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

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA

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(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. Notice and comment is unnecessary because there 
is insufficient halibut PSC sideboard limit to support a directed 
fishery and therefore the Regional Administrator has no discretion for 
any action other than to prohibit directed fishing.
    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 Sec.  679.82 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.
[FR Doc. 2010-16486 Filed 7-1-10; 4:15 pm]
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