Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Closure, 42610 [2010-17961]

Download as PDF 42610 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 140 / Thursday, July 22, 2010 / Rules and Regulations (3) The ‘‘on-scene representative’’ of the Captain of the Port is any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant or petty officer who has been designated by the Captain of the Port to act on his behalf. The on-scene representative of the Captain of the Port will be aboard either a Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel. (4) Vessel operators desiring to enter or operate within the safety zone shall contact the Captain of the Port Buffalo or his on-scene representative to obtain permission to do so. The Captain of the Port or his on-scene representative may be contacted via VHF Channel 16. (5) Vessel operators given permission to enter or operate in the safety zone must comply with all directions given to them by the Captain of the Port Buffalo or his on-scene representative. Dated: July 2, 2010. R.S. Burchell, Captain, U. S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Buffalo. [FR Doc. 2010–17854 Filed 7–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 0912281446–0111–02] RIN 0648–XX54 Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Closure National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. This action is necessary because the directed harvest allocation total for the second seasonal period (July 1 September 14) is projected to be reached by the effective date of this rule. From the effective date of this rule until September 15, 2010, Pacific sardine can only be harvested as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries; emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Jul 21, 2010 Jkt 220001 the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 30–percent by weight of all fish per trip. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the process of offloading at 12:01 am Pacific Daylight Time on date of closure. DATES: Effective 12:01 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) July 22, 2010, through September 14, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Lindsay, Southwest Region, NMFS, (562) 980–4034. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that based on the best available information recently obtained from the fishery and information on past effort, the directed fishing harvest allocation for the second allocation period (July 1 - September 14) will be reached and therefore directed fishing for Pacific sardine is being closed until September 15, 2010. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the process of offloading at the time of closure. From 12:01 am on the date of closure through September 14, 2010, Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries, with the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine limited to 30– percent by weight of all fish caught during a trip. NMFS manages the Pacific sardine fishery in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast (California, Oregon, and Washington) in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Annual specifications published in the Federal Register establish the harvest guideline (HG) and allowable harvest levels for each Pacific sardine fishing season (January 1 - December 31). If during any of the seasonal allocation periods the applicable adjusted directed harvest allocation is projected to be taken, only incidental harvest is allowed and, for the remainder of the period, any incidental Pacific sardine landings will be counted against that period’s incidental set aside. In the event that an incidental setaside is projected to be attained, all fisheries will be closed to the retention of Pacific sardine for the remainder of the period via appropriate rulemaking. Under 50 CFR 660.509, if the total HG or these apportionment levels for Pacific sardine are reached at any time, NMFS is required to close the Pacific sardine PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 fishery via appropriate rulemaking and it is to remain closed until it re-opens either per the allocation scheme or the beginning of the next fishing season. In accordance with § 660.509 the Regional Administrator shall publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the date of the closure of the directed fishery for Pacific sardine. The above in-season harvest restrictions are not intended to affect the prosecution of the live bait portion of the Pacific sardine fishery. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR 660.509 and is exempt from Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS 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) for the closure of the directed harvest of Pacific sardine. For the reasons set forth below, notice and comment procedures are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. For the same reasons, NMFS also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30–day delay in effectiveness for this action. This measure responds to the best available information and is necessary for the conservation and management of the Pacific sardine resource. A delay in effectiveness would cause the fishery to exceed the in-season harvest level. These seasonal harvest levels are important mechanisms in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. The established directed and incidental harvest allocations are designed to allow fair and equitable opportunity to the resource by all sectors of the Pacific sardine fishery and to allow access to other profitable CPS fisheries, such as squid and Pacific mackerel. Many of the same fishermen who harvest Pacific sardine rely on these other fisheries for a significant portion of their income. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 19, 2010. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–17961 Filed 7–21–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 140 (Thursday, July 22, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-17961]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 0912281446-0111-02]
RIN 0648-XX54


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species 
Fisheries; Closure

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 sardine off 
the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. This action is 
necessary because the directed harvest allocation total for the second 
seasonal period (July 1 - September 14) is projected to be reached by 
the effective date of this rule. From the effective date of this rule 
until September 15, 2010, Pacific sardine can only be harvested as part 
of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries; the 
incidental harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 30-percent by 
weight of all fish per trip. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in 
the process of offloading at 12:01 am Pacific Daylight Time on date of 
closure.

DATES:  Effective 12:01 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) July 22, 2010, 
through September 14, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Lindsay, Southwest Region, 
NMFS, (562) 980-4034.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that based on the 
best available information recently obtained from the fishery and 
information on past effort, the directed fishing harvest allocation for 
the second allocation period (July 1 - September 14) will be reached 
and therefore directed fishing for Pacific sardine is being closed 
until September 15, 2010. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the 
process of offloading at the time of closure. From 12:01 am on the date 
of closure through September 14, 2010, Pacific sardine may be harvested 
only as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries, 
with the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine limited to 30-percent by 
weight of all fish caught during a trip.
    NMFS manages the Pacific sardine fishery in the U.S. exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast (California, Oregon, and 
Washington) in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Annual specifications published in the 
Federal Register establish the harvest guideline (HG) and allowable 
harvest levels for each Pacific sardine fishing season (January 1 - 
December 31). If during any of the seasonal allocation periods the 
applicable adjusted directed harvest allocation is projected to be 
taken, only incidental harvest is allowed and, for the remainder of the 
period, any incidental Pacific sardine landings will be counted against 
that period's incidental set aside. In the event that an incidental 
set-aside is projected to be attained, all fisheries will be closed to 
the retention of Pacific sardine for the remainder of the period via 
appropriate rulemaking.
    Under 50 CFR 660.509, if the total HG or these apportionment levels 
for Pacific sardine are reached at any time, NMFS is required to close 
the Pacific sardine fishery via appropriate rulemaking and it is to 
remain closed until it re-opens either per the allocation scheme or the 
beginning of the next fishing season. In accordance with Sec.  660.509 
the Regional Administrator shall publish a notice in the Federal 
Register announcing the date of the closure of the directed fishery for 
Pacific sardine.
    The above in-season harvest restrictions are not intended to affect 
the prosecution of the live bait portion of the Pacific sardine 
fishery.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR 660.509 and is exempt from Office 
of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS 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) for the closure of the directed harvest of 
Pacific sardine. For the reasons set forth below, notice and comment 
procedures are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. For 
the same reasons, NMFS also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) 
to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness for this action. This 
measure responds to the best available information and is necessary for 
the conservation and management of the Pacific sardine resource. A 
delay in effectiveness would cause the fishery to exceed the in-season 
harvest level. These seasonal harvest levels are important mechanisms 
in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. 
The established directed and incidental harvest allocations are 
designed to allow fair and equitable opportunity to the resource by all 
sectors of the Pacific sardine fishery and to allow access to other 
profitable CPS fisheries, such as squid and Pacific mackerel.
    Many of the same fishermen who harvest Pacific sardine rely on 
these other fisheries for a significant portion of their income.

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

    Dated: July 19, 2010.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-17961 Filed 7-21-10; 8:45 am]
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