Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pelagic Shelf Rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska, 39639-39640 [2010-16913]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 132 / Monday, July 12, 2010 / Rules and Regulations erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES The 2010 northern rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries that are subject to sideboard limits in the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the Western Regulatory Area is 159 metric tons (mt). The sideboard limit is established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010) and as posted as the 2010 Rockfish Program Catcher/Processor Sideboards at http:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(7)(i)(A), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2010 northern rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 139 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 20 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(7)(ii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the northern rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area. 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 northern rockfish sideboard limit for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of July 6, 2010. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:18 Jul 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 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 § 679.82 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 7, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–16916 Filed 7–7–10; 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–XX49 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pelagic Shelf Rockfish in the Western 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 pelagic shelf rockfish by catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries that are subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 sideboard limits of pelagic shelf rockfish established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 7, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 39639 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 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/ processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries that are subject to sideboard limits in the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the Western Regulatory Area is 36 mt. The sideboard limit is established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010) and as posted as the 2010 Rockfish Program Catcher/ Processor Sideboards at http:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(7)(i)(A), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2010 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 26 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 10 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.82(d)(7)(ii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area. 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 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit for catcher/ processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area. NMFS was E:\FR\FM\12JYR1.SGM 12JYR1 39640 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 132 / Monday, July 12, 2010 / Rules and Regulations erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of July 6, 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:18 Jul 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 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 § 679.82 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 7, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–16913 Filed 7–7–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\12JYR1.SGM 12JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 132 (Monday, July 12, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39639-39640]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-16913]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0910131362-0087-02]
RIN 0648-XX49


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pelagic 
Shelf Rockfish in the Western 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 pelagic shelf 
rockfish by catcher/processors participating in the limited access or 
opt-out fisheries that are subject to sideboard limits established 
under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the Western 
Regulatory Area of the GOA. This action is necessary to prevent 
exceeding the 2010 sideboard limits of pelagic shelf rockfish 
established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access 
or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

DATES:  Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 7, 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 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit established for 
catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out 
fisheries that are subject to sideboard limits in the Central GOA 
Rockfish Program in the Western Regulatory Area is 36 mt. The sideboard 
limit is established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications 
for groundfish of the GOA (75 FR 11749, March 12, 2010) and as posted 
as the 2010 Rockfish Program Catcher/Processor Sideboards at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.82(d)(7)(i)(A), the Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 
2010 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit established for catcher/
processors participating in the limited access or opt-out fisheries in 
the Western Regulatory Area will soon be reached. Therefore, the 
Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 
26 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 10 mt as bycatch to support 
other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with Sec.  
679.82(d)(7)(ii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed 
fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting 
directed fishing for the pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit 
established for catcher/processors participating in the limited access 
or opt-out fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area.
    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, (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 pelagic shelf rockfish sideboard limit for 
catcher/processors participating in the limited access or opt-out 
fisheries in the Western Regulatory Area. NMFS was

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unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because 
the most recent, relevant data only became available as of July 6, 
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.  679.82 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: July 7, 2010.
Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-16913 Filed 7-7-10; 4:15 pm]
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