Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2011 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amount, 467-469 [2010-33306]

Download as PDF 467 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 3—FINAL 2010 AND 2011 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA) 1—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] 2010 A season 1 Area and sector 2010 Allocations Unlisted C/P Limit 4 .. AFA Motherships ..... Excessive Harvesting Limit 5 .................... Excessive Processing Limit 6 ........ Total Bering Sea DFA ............... Aleutian Islands subarea 1 .................... CDQ DFA ................. ICA ........................... Aleut Corporation ..... Bogoslof District ICA 7 ..................... SCA harvest limit 2 A season DFA 2011 A season 1 2010 B season 1 2011 Allocations B season DFA A season DFA 2011 B season 1 SCA harvest limit 2 B season DFA 1,414 70,693 562 28,097 n/a 19,668 852 42,596 2,186 109,300 874 43,720 n/a 30,604 1,312 65,580 123,714 n/a n/a n/a 191,274 n/a n/a n/a 212,080 n/a n/a n/a 327,899 n/a n/a n/a 706,932 280,973 196,681 425,959 1,092,996 437,198 306,039 655,798 19,000 1,900 1,600 15,500 n/a 760 800 15,500 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,140 800 0 19,000 1,900 1,600 15,500 n/a 760 800 15,500 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,140 800 0 50 n/a n/a n/a 150 n/a n/a n/a 1 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the Bering Sea subarea pollock, after subtraction for the CDQ DFA (10 percent) and the ICA (3 percent), is allocated as a DFA as follows: Inshore sector—50 percent, catcher/processor sector (C/P)—40 percent, and mothership sector—10 percent. In the Bering Sea subarea, 40 percent of the DFA is allocated to the A season (January 20–June 10) and 60 percent of the DFA is allocated to the B season (June 10–November 1). Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second the ICA (1,600 mt), is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a directed pollock fishery. In the AI subarea, the A season is allocated 40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the directed pollock fishery. 2 In the Bering Sea subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector’s annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before April 1. The remaining 12 percent of the annual DFA allocated to the A season may be taken outside of SCA before April 1 or inside the SCA after April 1. If less than 28 percent of the annual DFA is taken inside the SCA before April 1, the remainder will be available to be taken inside the SCA after April 1. 3 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/processors shall be available for harvest only by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/processors. 4 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/ processors sector’s allocation of pollock. 5 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6), NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 6 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7), NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 7 The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only and are not apportioned by season or sector. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES 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 require the Bering Sea pollock harvests to be lower than the appropriate allocations for pollock based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 15, 2010, and additional time for prior public comment would result in VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Jan 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 conservation concerns for the ESAlisted Steller sea lions. 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. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 20, 2011. This action is required by § 679.22 and § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 29, 2010. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–33303 Filed 12–30–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131363–0087–02] RIN 0648–XA120 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2011 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amount National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) amount for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1 468 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations determined this TAC is incorrectly specified. This action will ensure the BSAI Pacific cod TAC is the appropriate amount, based on the best available scientific information for Pacific cod in the BSAI. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 5, 2011, until the effective date of the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications for BSAI groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 20, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send comments to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648–XA120, 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 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: Steve Whitney, 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 (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 2011 Pacific cod TAC in the BSAI was set at 207,580 metric tons (mt) by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specification for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010). In December 2010, the Council recommended a 2011 Pacific cod TAC of 227,950 mt for the BSAI. This amount is more than the 207,580 mt established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specification for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010). The TAC recommended by the Council is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2010, which NMFS has determined is the best available scientific information for this fishery. Regulations at § 679.20(a)(7)(i)(B) apportion the Pacific cod TAC allocated to the Bering Sea directed Pacific cod fisheries seasonally to distribute catch over time because Pacific cod is a principal prey species for Steller sea lions listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The first seasonal apportionment can be harvested quickly, and must reflect the TAC based on the best available scientific information to provide the opportunity to harvest available TAC in a manner consistent with the established Steller sea lion protection measures. In accordance with § 679.25(a)(2)(i)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, based on the November 2010 SAFE report for this fishery, the current BSAI Pacific cod TAC is incorrectly specified. Consequently, the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2011 Pacific cod TAC to 227,950 mt in the BSAI. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(7), Table 5b of the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010) is revised for the 2011 Pacific cod TAC consistent with this adjustment. TABLE 5b—FINAL 2011 GEAR SHARES AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF THE BSAI PACIFIC COD TAC [Amounts are in metric tons] Gear sector Share of gear sector total Percent Seasonal apportionment Share of sector total Dates Amount 100 227,950 n/a n/a ................................................. n/a CDQ ..................................................... Total hook-and-line/pot gear ................ Hook-and-line/pot ICA 1 ........................ Hook-and-line/pot sub-total .................. Hook-and-line catcher/processor ......... 10.7 60.8 n/a n/a 48.7 24,391 123,764 500 123,264 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 98,733 Hook-and-line catcher vessel ≥ 60 ft LOA. Pot catcher/processor .......................... WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES Total TAC ...................................... 0.2 n/a 405 1.5 n/a 3,041 Pot catcher vessel ≥ 60 ft LOA ............ 8.4 n/a 17,030 Catcher vessel < 60 ft LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. Trawl catcher vessel ............................ 2 n/a 4,055 see § 679.20(a)(7)(i)(B) ................. n/a ................................................. see § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(B) ................ n/a ................................................. Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Jun 10–Dec 31 .............................. Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Jun 10–Dec 31 .............................. Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Sept 1–Dec 31 .............................. Jan 1–Jun 10 ................................ Sept 1–Dec 31 .............................. n/a ................................................. n/a n/a n/a n/a 50,354 48,379 207 199 1,551 1,490 8,685 8,345 n/a 22.1 44,987 n/a AFA trawl catcher/processor ................ 2.3 4,682 n/a Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................. Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................. Jun 10–Nov 1 ................................ Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................. Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................. Jun 10–Nov 1 ................................ 33,290 4,949 6,748 3,511 1,170 0 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:26 Jan 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 3 / Wednesday, January 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations 469 TABLE 5B—FINAL 2011 GEAR SHARES AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF THE BSAI PACIFIC COD TAC—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] Gear sector Share of gear sector total Percent Seasonal apportionment Share of sector total Amendment 80 ..................................... 13.4 27,277 n/a Alaska Groundfish Cooperative 2 ......... n/a n/a 5,079 Alaska Seafood Cooperative 2 ............. n/a ........................ 22,198 Jig ......................................................... 1.4 2,850 n/a Dates Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................. Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................. Jun 10–Nov 1 ................................ Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................. Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................. Jun 10–Nov 1 ................................ Jan 20–Apr 1 ................................. Apr 1–Jun 10 ................................. Jun 10–Nov 1 ................................ Jan 1–Apr 30 ................................. Apr 30–Aug 31 .............................. Aug 31–Dec 31 ............................. Amount 20,458 6,819 0 3,809 1,270 0 16,649 5,550 0 1,710 570 570 1 The ICA for the hook-and-line and pot sectors will be deducted from the aggregate portion of Pacific cod TAC allocated to the hook-and-line and pot sectors. The Regional Administrator approves an ICA of 500 mt for 2011 based on anticipated incidental catch in these fisheries. 2 Two Amendment 80 cooperatives have formed for 2011, rather than a single cooperative. The Alaska Groundfish Cooperative category replaces a category designated as ‘‘Amendment 80 limited access.’’ Table 5b is updated to reflect this change. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES 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 require harvests lower than the appropriate allocations for Pacific cod, based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 15, 2010, and additional time for prior public comment would result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions. 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. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 20, 2011. This action is required by § 679.22 and § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:20 Jan 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 Dated: December 29, 2010. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–33306 Filed 12–30–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 0910131362–0087–02] RIN 0648–XA119 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2011 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 5, 2011, until the effective date of the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 20, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send comments to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648–XA119, 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 period has closed. Comments 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 DATES: E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 3 (Wednesday, January 5, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 467-469]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-33306]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 0910131363-0087-02]
RIN 0648-XA120


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2011 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod 
Total Allowable Catch Amount

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) amount 
for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod fishery. 
This action is necessary because NMFS has

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determined this TAC is incorrectly specified. This action will ensure 
the BSAI Pacific cod TAC is the appropriate amount, based on the best 
available scientific information for Pacific cod in the BSAI. This 
action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery 
Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Management Area.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 5, 2011, 
until the effective date of the final 2011 and 2012 harvest 
specifications for BSAI groundfish, unless otherwise modified or 
superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal 
Register.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 20, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska 
Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, 
identified by RIN 0648-XA120, 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 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: Steve Whitney, 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 
(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 2011 Pacific cod TAC in the BSAI was set at 207,580 metric tons 
(mt) by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specification for groundfish in 
the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010).
    In December 2010, the Council recommended a 2011 Pacific cod TAC of 
227,950 mt for the BSAI. This amount is more than the 207,580 mt 
established by the final 2010 and 2011 harvest specification for 
groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 12, 2010). The TAC 
recommended by the Council is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery 
Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2010, which NMFS has 
determined is the best available scientific information for this 
fishery.
    Regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(i)(B) apportion the Pacific cod 
TAC allocated to the Bering Sea directed Pacific cod fisheries 
seasonally to distribute catch over time because Pacific cod is a 
principal prey species for Steller sea lions listed as endangered under 
the Endangered Species Act. The first seasonal apportionment can be 
harvested quickly, and must reflect the TAC based on the best available 
scientific information to provide the opportunity to harvest available 
TAC in a manner consistent with the established Steller sea lion 
protection measures.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(2)(i)(B), the Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, 
based on the November 2010 SAFE report for this fishery, the current 
BSAI Pacific cod TAC is incorrectly specified. Consequently, the 
Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2011 Pacific cod TAC to 227,950 
mt in the BSAI.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(7), Table 5b of the final 2010 and 2011 
harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (75 FR 11778, March 
12, 2010) is revised for the 2011 Pacific cod TAC consistent with this 
adjustment.

              Table 5b--Final 2011 Gear Shares and Seasonal Allowances of the BSAI Pacific Cod TAC
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                                     Seasonal apportionment
          Gear sector               Percent      Share of gear     Share of    ---------------------------------
                                                 sector total    sector total         Dates           Amount
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    Total TAC.................             100         227,950             n/a  n/a.............             n/a
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CDQ...........................            10.7          24,391             n/a  see Sec.                     n/a
                                                                                 679.20(a)(7)(i)
                                                                                 (B).
Total hook-and-line/pot gear..            60.8         123,764             n/a  n/a.............             n/a
Hook-and-line/pot ICA \1\.....             n/a             500             n/a  see Sec.                     n/a
                                                                                 679.20(a)(7)(ii
                                                                                 )(B).
Hook-and-line/pot sub-total...             n/a         123,264             n/a  n/a.............             n/a
Hook-and-line catcher/                    48.7             n/a          98,733  Jan 1-Jun 10....          50,354
 processor.                                                                     Jun 10-Dec 31...          48,379
Hook-and-line catcher vessel               0.2             n/a             405  Jan 1-Jun 10....             207
 [gteqt] 60 ft LOA.                                                             Jun 10-Dec 31...             199
Pot catcher/processor.........             1.5             n/a           3,041  Jan 1-Jun 10....           1,551
                                                                                Sept 1-Dec 31...           1,490
Pot catcher vessel [gteqt] 60              8.4             n/a          17,030  Jan 1-Jun 10....           8,685
 ft LOA.                                                                        Sept 1-Dec 31...           8,345
Catcher vessel < 60 ft LOA                   2             n/a           4,055  n/a.............             n/a
 using hook-and-line or pot
 gear.
 Trawl catcher vessel.........            22.1          44,987             n/a  Jan 20-Apr 1....          33,290
                                                                                Apr 1-Jun 10....           4,949
                                                                                Jun 10-Nov 1....           6,748
AFA trawl catcher/processor...             2.3           4,682             n/a  Jan 20-Apr 1....           3,511
                                                                                Apr 1-Jun 10....           1,170
                                                                                Jun 10-Nov 1....               0

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Amendment 80..................            13.4          27,277             n/a  Jan 20-Apr 1....          20,458
                                                                                Apr 1-Jun 10....           6,819
                                                                                Jun 10-Nov 1....               0
Alaska Groundfish Cooperative              n/a             n/a           5,079  Jan 20-Apr 1....           3,809
 \2\.                                                                           Apr 1-Jun 10....           1,270
                                                                                Jun 10-Nov 1....               0
Alaska Seafood Cooperative \2\             n/a  ..............          22,198  Jan 20-Apr 1....          16,649
                                                                                Apr 1-Jun 10....           5,550
                                                                                Jun 10-Nov 1....               0
 Jig..........................             1.4           2,850             n/a  Jan 1-Apr 30....           1,710
                                                                                Apr 30-Aug 31...             570
                                                                                Aug 31-Dec 31...             570
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\1\ The ICA for the hook-and-line and pot sectors will be deducted from the aggregate portion of Pacific cod TAC
  allocated to the hook-and-line and pot sectors. The Regional Administrator approves an ICA of 500 mt for 2011
  based on anticipated incidental catch in these fisheries.
\2\ Two Amendment 80 cooperatives have formed for 2011, rather than a single cooperative. The Alaska Groundfish
  Cooperative category replaces a category designated as ``Amendment 80 limited access.'' Table 5b is updated to
  reflect this change.

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 require harvests lower than the appropriate allocations for 
Pacific cod, based on the best scientific information available. NMFS 
was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
December 15, 2010, and additional time for prior public comment would 
result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions.
    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.
    Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit 
written comments on this action to the above address until January 20, 
2011.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.22 and Sec.  679.25 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: December 29, 2010.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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