Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Directed Butterfish Fishery, 39313-39314 [2011-16885]

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ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for butterfish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest butterfish may not retain or land more than 250 lb (0.11 mt) of butterfish per trip for the remainder of the year SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:43 Jul 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 (through December 31, 2011). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its domestic annual harvest (DAH) of 495 mt, and to allow for effective management of this stock. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011, through 2400 hours, December 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsey Feldman, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–675–2179, Fax 978–281– 9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the butterfish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require specifications for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, allowable biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels of foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The procedures for setting the annual initial specifications are described in § 648.21. The 2011 specification of DAH for butterfish is 495 mt (76 FR 8306, February 14, 2011). Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed butterfish fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the total annual DAH has been harvested. If 80 percent of the butterfish DAH is projected to be landed prior to October 1, a 250-lb (0.11-mt) incidental butterfish possession limit is put in effect for the remainder of the year, and PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 if 80 percent of the butterfish DAH is projected to be landed on or after October 1, a 600-lb (0.27-mt) incidental butterfish possession limit is put in effect for the remainder of the year. NMFS is further required to notify, in advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils; mail notification of the closure to all holders of butterfish permits at least 72 hr before the effective date of the closure; provide adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in the fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal Register. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer reports and other available information, has determined that 80 percent of the DAH for butterfish in 2011 fishing year will be harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011, the directed fishery for the butterfish fishery is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for butterfish may not retain or land more than 250 lb (0.11 mt) of butterfish per trip or calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen effective 0001 hours, January 1, 2012, when the 2012 DAH becomes available. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1 39314 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2011 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest. This action closes the butterfish fishery until January 1, 2012, under current regulations. The regulations at § 648.21 require such action to ensure that butterfish vessels do not exceed the 2011 DAH. Data indicating the butterfish fleet will have landed at least 80 percent of the 2011 DAH have only VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:43 Jul 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 recently become available. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the quota for this year will be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the FMP. The AA further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness period for the reasons stated above. PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 29, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16885 Filed 6–30–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 129 (Wednesday, July 6, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39313-39314]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-16885]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 100804323-0569-02]
RIN 0648-XA523


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Directed Butterfish 
Fishery

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the directed fishery for butterfish in the 
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, July 
6, 2011. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest butterfish may not 
retain or land more than 250 lb (0.11 mt) of butterfish per trip for 
the remainder of the year (through December 31, 2011). This action is 
necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its domestic annual 
harvest (DAH) of 495 mt, and to allow for effective management of this 
stock.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011, through 2400 hours, December 
31, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsey Feldman, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-675-2179, Fax 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the butterfish fishery 
are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require specifications 
for maximum sustainable yield, initial optimum yield, allowable 
biological catch, domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual 
processing, joint venture processing, and total allowable levels of 
foreign fishing for the species managed under the Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The procedures for 
setting the annual initial specifications are described in Sec.  
648.21. The 2011 specification of DAH for butterfish is 495 mt (76 FR 
8306, February 14, 2011).
    Section 648.22 requires NMFS to close the directed butterfish 
fishery in the EEZ when 80 percent of the total annual DAH has been 
harvested. If 80 percent of the butterfish DAH is projected to be 
landed prior to October 1, a 250-lb (0.11-mt) incidental butterfish 
possession limit is put in effect for the remainder of the year, and if 
80 percent of the butterfish DAH is projected to be landed on or after 
October 1, a 600-lb (0.27-mt) incidental butterfish possession limit is 
put in effect for the remainder of the year. NMFS is further required 
to notify, in advance of the closure, the Executive Directors of the 
Mid-Atlantic, New England, and South Atlantic Fishery Management 
Councils; mail notification of the closure to all holders of butterfish 
permits at least 72 hr before the effective date of the closure; 
provide adequate notice of the closure to recreational participants in 
the fishery; and publish notification of the closure in the Federal 
Register.
    The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, based on dealer reports 
and other available information, has determined that 80 percent of the 
DAH for butterfish in 2011 fishing year will be harvested. Therefore, 
effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011, the directed fishery for the 
butterfish fishery is closed and vessels issued Federal permits for 
butterfish may not retain or land more than 250 lb (0.11 mt) of 
butterfish per trip or calendar day. The directed fishery will reopen 
effective 0001 hours, January 1, 2012, when the 2012 DAH becomes 
available.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good 
cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the 
opportunity for

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public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest. 
This action closes the butterfish fishery until January 1, 2012, under 
current regulations. The regulations at Sec.  648.21 require such 
action to ensure that butterfish vessels do not exceed the 2011 DAH. 
Data indicating the butterfish fleet will have landed at least 80 
percent of the 2011 DAH have only recently become available. If 
implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior public 
comment, the quota for this year will be exceeded, thereby undermining 
the conservation objectives of the FMP. The AA further finds, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed 
effectiveness period for the reasons stated above.

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

    Dated: June 29, 2011.
Margo Schulze-Haugen,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-16885 Filed 6-30-11; 4:15 pm]
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