Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 52478-52479 [2010-21259]

Download as PDF 52478 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 165 / Thursday, August 26, 2010 / Rules and Regulations milliseconds in total within a one hour time period. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2010–21011 Filed 8–25–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131363–0087–02] RIN 0648–XY45 Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; modification of a closure. AGENCY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear specified for the BSAI. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), August 27, 2010, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2010. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., September 10, 2010. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648– XY45, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802. • Fax: (907) 586–7557. • Hand delivery to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK. All comments received are a part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:57 Aug 25, 2010 Jkt 220001 period has closed. Comment will generally be posted without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone 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. NMFS closed directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI under § 679.20(d)(1)(iii) on May 19, 2010 (75 FR 28502, May 21, 2010). NMFS has determined that as of August 20, 2010, approximately 500 metric tons of Pacific cod remain in the 2010 Pacific cod apportionment for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-andline or pot gear in the BSAI. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(i), (a)(2)(i)(C), and (a)(2)(iii)(D), and to fully use the 2010 TAC of Pacific cod in the BSAI, NMFS is terminating the previous closure and is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the opening of the Pacific cod fishery by Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet and processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 20, 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. Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the fishery for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI to be harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until September 10, 2010. This action is required by § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 23, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–21260 Filed 8–23–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODES S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 Classification [Docket No. 0910131363–0087–02] 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 RIN 0648–XY44 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\26AUR1.SGM 26AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 165 / Thursday, August 26, 2010 / Rules and Regulations NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from trawl catcher vessels to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-andline or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the C season apportionment of the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod established for trawl catcher vessels to be harvested. DATES: Effective August 23, 2010, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 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 C season apportionment of the 2010 Pacific cod TAC specified for trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI is 4,996 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010), for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., June 10, mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:57 Aug 25, 2010 Jkt 220001 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 1, 2010. The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that trawl catcher vessels will not be able to harvest 500 mt of the C season apportionment of the 2010 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS apportions 500 mt of Pacific cod from the C season trawl catcher vessel apportionment to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010) are revised as follows: 4,496 mt to the C season apportionment for trawl catcher vessels and 5,098 mt to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 52479 responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of Pacific cod specified from trawl catcher vessels to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. Since the trawl catcher vessel Pacific cod fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of August 20, 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: August 23, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–21259 Filed 8–23–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\26AUR1.SGM 26AUR1

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[FR Doc No: 2010-21259]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0910131363-0087-02]
RIN 0648-XY44


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION:  Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific 
cod from trawl catcher vessels to catcher vessels less than 60 feet 
(18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in 
the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action 
is necessary to allow the C season apportionment of the 2010 total 
allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod established for trawl catcher 
vessels to be harvested.

DATES:  Effective August 23, 2010, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 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 C season apportionment of the 2010 Pacific cod TAC specified 
for trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI is 4,996 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010), for the period 
1200 hrs, A.l.t., June 10, 2010, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 1, 
2010.
    The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that trawl 
catcher vessels will not be able to harvest 500 mt of the C season 
apportionment of the 2010 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels 
under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A). Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS apportions 500 mt of Pacific cod from the C 
season trawl catcher vessel apportionment to catcher vessels less than 
60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear.
    The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 
harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 
12, 2010) are revised as follows: 4,496 mt to the C season 
apportionment for trawl catcher vessels and 5,098 mt to catcher vessels 
less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear.

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 reallocation of Pacific cod specified from trawl 
catcher vessels to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using 
hook-and-line or pot gear. Since the trawl catcher vessel Pacific cod 
fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the 
industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is 
necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of 
this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and 
to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as 
processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for 
public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became 
available as of August 20, 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: August 23, 2010.
Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-21259 Filed 8-23-10; 4:15 pm]
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