Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Shrimp Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Closure of the Penaeid Shrimp Fishery Off South Carolina, 16698-16699 [2011-7118]

Download as PDF 16698 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2011 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects in 46 CFR Part 170 Marine safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Vessels. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, 46 CFR part 170 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: (l) Lightweight means the displacement of a vessel with fixed ballast and with machinery liquids at operating levels but without any cargo, stores, consumable liquids, water ballast, or persons and their effects. * * * * * PART 170—STABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL INSPECTED VESSELS § 170.090 1. The authority citation for part 170 continues to read as follows: ■ [Amended] 3. In § 171.090(g), remove ‘‘http:// www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg5212.asp’’ and add, in its place, ‘‘http://www.uscg.mil/ hq/cg5/cg5212’’. ■ Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333; 46 U.S.C. 2103, 3306, 3703; E.O. 12234, 45 FR 58801, 3 CFR, 1980 Comp., p. 277; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 2. In § 170.055, revise paragraphs (k) and (l) to read as follows: Dated: March 21, 2011. Kathryn A. Sinniger, Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, United States Coast Guard. [FR Doc. 2011–7048 Filed 3–24–11; 8:45 am] ■ § 170.055 * erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE P Definitions concerning a vessel. * * * * (k) Length means the distance between fore and aft points on a vessel. The following specific terms are used and correspond to specific fore and aft points: (1) Length between perpendiculars (LBP) means the horizontal distance measured between perpendiculars taken at the forward-most and after-most points on the waterline corresponding to the deepest operating draft. For a small passenger vessel that has underwater projections extending forward of the forward-most point or aft of the after-most point on the deepest waterline of the vessel, the Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, may include the length or a portion of the length of the underwater projections in the value used for the LBP for the purposes of this subchapter. The length or a portion of the length of projections that contribute more than 2 percent of the underwater volume of the vessel is normally added to the actual LBP. (2) Length overall (LOA) means the horizontal distance between the forward-most and after-most points on the hull. (3) Length on the waterline (LWL) means the horizontal distance between the forward-most and after-most points on a vessel’s waterline. (4) Length on deck (LOD) means the length between the forward-most and after-most points on a specified deck measured along the deck, excluding sheer. (5) Load line length (LLL) has the same meaning that is provided for the term length in § 42.13–15(a) of this chapter. (6) Mean length is the average of the length between perpendiculars (LBP) and the length on deck (LOD). VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:52 Mar 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 930792–3265] RIN 0648–XA305 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Shrimp Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Closure of the Penaeid Shrimp Fishery Off South Carolina National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS closes the penaeid shrimp commercial sector to trawling, i.e., brown, pink, and white shrimp, in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off South Carolina in the South Atlantic. This closure is necessary to protect the spawning stock of white shrimp that has been severely depleted by unusually cold weather conditions. DATES: The closure is effective March 22, 2011 until the effective date of a notification of opening which will be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Branstetter, 727–570–5305; fax: 727–570–5583; e-mail: Steve.Branstetter@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: The penaeid shrimp fishery of the South Atlantic is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Council (Council) and is implemented under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Under 50 CFR 622.35(d)(1), NMFS may close the EEZ adjacent to South Atlantic states that have closed their waters to harvest of brown, pink, and white shrimp to protect the white shrimp spawning stock that has been severely depleted by cold weather. Consistent with those procedures and criteria, the state of South Carolina has determined, based on the information from standardized assessments, that unusually cold temperatures have resulted in at least an 80-percent reduction of the white shrimp populations in its state waters. South Carolina closed its waters on January 10, 2011, to the harvest of brown, pink, and white shrimp, and has requested that the Council and NMFS implement a concurrent closure of the EEZ off South Carolina. The Council convened a review panel on March 2, 2011, to evaluate the data supporting the states’ request. Based on the review panel’s recommendation, the Council approved South Carolina’s request and subsequently requested that NMFS concurrently close the EEZ off South Carolina to the harvest of brown, pink, and white shrimp. NMFS has determined that the recommended closure conforms with the procedures and criteria specified in the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and, therefore, implements the closure effective March 22, 2011. The closure will be effective until the ending date of the closure in South Carolina, but may be ended earlier based on a request from the state. In no case will the closure remain effective after June 6, 2011. NMFS will terminate the closure of the EEZ by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. During the closure, as specified in 50 CFR 622.35(d)(2), no person may: (1) Trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in the EEZ off South Carolina; (2) possess on board a fishing vessel brown, pink, or white shrimp in or from the EEZ off South Carolina unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than 4 inches (10.2 cm) are stowed below deck; or (3) for a vessel trawling within 25 nautical miles of the baseline from which the territorial sea is measured, use or have on board a trawl net with a mesh size less than 4 inches (10.2 cm), as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut. E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Classification DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the penaeid shrimp commercial sector off South Carolina constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect the severely depleted spawning stock of white shrimp off South Carolina. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially further harm the spawning stock that has been impacted due to cold weather. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is authorized by 50 CFR 622.35(d) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 22, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7118 Filed 3–22–11; 4:15 pm] erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:52 Mar 24, 2011 Jkt 223001 50 CFR Part 679 Docket No. 101126522–0640–02] RIN 0648–XA319 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2011 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 620 in the GOA. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 22, 2011 through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., May 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. 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 B season allowance of the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA is 14,232 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (76 FR 11111, March 1, 2011). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional Administrator has determined that the B season allowance of the 2011 TAC of pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 16699 Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 14,182 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 50 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA. 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 pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 21, 2011. 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: March 22, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7116 Filed 3–22–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 58 (Friday, March 25, 2011)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-7118]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 930792-3265]
RIN 0648-XA305


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Shrimp Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Closure of the Penaeid 
Shrimp Fishery Off South Carolina

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS closes the penaeid shrimp commercial sector to trawling, 
i.e., brown, pink, and white shrimp, in the exclusive economic zone 
(EEZ) off South Carolina in the South Atlantic. This closure is 
necessary to protect the spawning stock of white shrimp that has been 
severely depleted by unusually cold weather conditions.

DATES: The closure is effective March 22, 2011 until the effective date 
of a notification of opening which will be published in the Federal 
Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Branstetter, 727-570-5305; fax: 
727-570-5583; e-mail: Steve.Branstetter@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The penaeid shrimp fishery of the South 
Atlantic is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp 
Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 
622.
    Under 50 CFR 622.35(d)(1), NMFS may close the EEZ adjacent to South 
Atlantic states that have closed their waters to harvest of brown, 
pink, and white shrimp to protect the white shrimp spawning stock that 
has been severely depleted by cold weather. Consistent with those 
procedures and criteria, the state of South Carolina has determined, 
based on the information from standardized assessments, that unusually 
cold temperatures have resulted in at least an 80-percent reduction of 
the white shrimp populations in its state waters. South Carolina closed 
its waters on January 10, 2011, to the harvest of brown, pink, and 
white shrimp, and has requested that the Council and NMFS implement a 
concurrent closure of the EEZ off South Carolina. The Council convened 
a review panel on March 2, 2011, to evaluate the data supporting the 
states' request. Based on the review panel's recommendation, the 
Council approved South Carolina's request and subsequently requested 
that NMFS concurrently close the EEZ off South Carolina to the harvest 
of brown, pink, and white shrimp. NMFS has determined that the 
recommended closure conforms with the procedures and criteria specified 
in the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and, therefore, implements the 
closure effective March 22, 2011. The closure will be effective until 
the ending date of the closure in South Carolina, but may be ended 
earlier based on a request from the state. In no case will the closure 
remain effective after June 6, 2011. NMFS will terminate the closure of 
the EEZ by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the 
Federal Register.
    During the closure, as specified in 50 CFR 622.35(d)(2), no person 
may: (1) Trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in the EEZ off South 
Carolina; (2) possess on board a fishing vessel brown, pink, or white 
shrimp in or from the EEZ off South Carolina unless the vessel is in 
transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than 4 
inches (10.2 cm) are stowed below deck; or (3) for a vessel trawling 
within 25 nautical miles of the baseline from which the territorial sea 
is measured, use or have on board a trawl net with a mesh size less 
than 4 inches (10.2 cm), as measured between the centers of opposite 
knots when pulled taut.

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Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA, (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to 
close the penaeid shrimp commercial sector off South Carolina 
constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary 
because the rule itself has been subject to notice and comment, and all 
that remains is to notify the public of the closure.
    Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is 
contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately 
implement this action to protect the severely depleted spawning stock 
of white shrimp off South Carolina. Prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment would require time and would potentially further harm 
the spawning stock that has been impacted due to cold weather.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3).
    This action is authorized by 50 CFR 622.35(d) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 22, 2011.
Margo Schulze-Haugen,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-7118 Filed 3-22-11; 4:15 pm]
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