Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Catcher Vessels in the Gulf of Alaska, 39790 [2011-17041]

Download as PDF 39790 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 130 / Thursday, July 7, 2011 / Rules and Regulations vessels participating in the entry level rockfish fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA, because there is no available allocation for directed fishing. 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. Notice and comment is unnecessary because there is no available fish for an allocation and therefore the Regional Administrator has no discretion for any action other than to prohibit directed fishing. 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 § 679.83 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 1, 2011. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–17047 Filed 7–1–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101126522–0640–02] wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 RIN 0648–XA536 Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Catcher Vessels 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 species that comprise the SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:26 Jul 06, 2011 Jkt 223001 deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA. This action is necessary because the 2011 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2011, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. 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 2011 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the deepwater species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 22 metric tons, for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 1, 2011, through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2011, as established by § 679.82(d)(8)(i) and the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (76 FR 11111, March 1, 2011). In accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(i)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2011 Pacific halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the deepwater species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deepwater species fisheries. Consequently, in accordance with § 679.82(d)(9)(ii)(B), NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the deepwater species fishery for the sideboard limit include deep-water flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 § 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. Notice and comment is unnecessary because there is insufficient halibut PSC sideboard limit to support a directed fishery and therefore the Regional Administrator has no discretion for any action other than to prohibit directed fishing. 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 § 679.82 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 30, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–17041 Filed 7–1–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101126522–0640–02] RIN 0648–XA543 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch for Catcher Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Trawl Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of 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 Pacific ocean perch by trawl catcher vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07JYR1.SGM 07JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 130 (Thursday, July 7, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 39790]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17041]



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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



50 CFR Part 679



[Docket No. 101126522-0640-02]

RIN 0648-XA536




Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water 

Species Fishery by Catcher Vessels in the Gulf of Alaska



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 species that comprise 

the deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard 

limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish 

Program in the GOA. This action is necessary because the 2011 Pacific 

halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) sideboard limit specified for 

the deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard 

limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 

insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species 

fisheries.



DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 1, 2011, 

through 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2011.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.



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 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 halibut PSC sideboard limit specified for the 

deep-water species fishery for catcher vessels subject to sideboard 

limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is 

22 metric tons, for the period 1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 1, 2011, through 

1200 hrs, A.l.t., July 31, 2011, as established by Sec.  

679.82(d)(8)(i) and the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications for 

groundfish of the GOA (76 FR 11111, March 1, 2011).

    In accordance with Sec.  679.82(d)(9)(i)(B), the Administrator, 

Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the 2011 Pacific halibut PSC 

sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery for 

catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the 

Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support 

directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries. Consequently, in 

accordance with Sec.  679.82(d)(9)(ii)(B), NMFS is prohibiting directed 

fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery for 

catcher vessels subject to sideboard limits established under the 

Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA. The species and species groups 

that comprise the deep-water species fishery for the sideboard limit 

include deep-water flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder.

    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 

amounts at Sec.  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. Notice and comment is unnecessary 

because there is insufficient halibut PSC sideboard limit to support a 

directed fishery and therefore the Regional Administrator has no 

discretion for any action other than to prohibit directed fishing.

    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 Sec.  679.82 and is 

exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.



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



    Dated: June 30, 2011.

Margo Schulze-Haugen,

Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 

Fisheries Service.

[FR Doc. 2011-17041 Filed 7-1-11; 4:15 pm]

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