Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested, 52286 [2011-21386]

Download as PDF 52286 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 162 / Monday, August 22, 2011 / Rules and Regulations State effective date State citation Title/subject Section 129.309 ............. Compliance demonstration. 6/19/10 Section 129.310 ............. Recordkeeping .............. 6/19/10 * * * * * * * * BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 110303179–1290–02] RIN 0648–XA632 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of spiny dogfish fishery. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the first semiannual quota period, May 1, 2011– October 31, 2011, has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, August 26, 2011, federally permitted spiny dogfish vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, or land spiny dogfish until November 1, 2011, when the Period 2 quota becomes available. Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery require publication of this notification to advise the coastal states from Maine through Florida that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish in these states. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Period 1 quota and to allow for effective management of this stock. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: Effective at 0001 hr local time, August 26, 2011, through 2400 hr local time October 31, 2011. DATES: 17:10 Aug 19, 2011 Additional explanation/§ 52.2063 citation 8/22/11 [Insert page number where the document begins]. 8/22/11 [Insert page number where the document begins]. * New section New section * FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2011–21262 Filed 8–19–11; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 EPA approval date Jkt 223001 Carly Knoell, (978) 281–9224, or Carly.Knoell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648, subpart L. The regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota, which is allocated into two quota periods based upon percentages specified in the fishery management plan. The fishery is managed from Maine through Florida, as described in § 648.230. The initial total commercial quota for spiny dogfish for the 2011 fishing year is 20 million lb (9,071.85 mt) (76 FR 32874, June 7, 2011). The commercial quota is allocated into two periods (May 1 through October 31, and November 1 through April 30). Vessel possession limits are set at 3,000 lb (1.36 mt) per trip for both Quota Periods 1 and 2. Quota Period 1 is allocated 11,580,000 lb (5,252.6 mt), and Quota Period 2 is allocated 8,420,000 lb (3,819.25 mt) of the commercial quota. The total quota cannot be exceeded, so landings in excess of the amount allocated to Period 1 have the effect of reducing the quota available to the fishery during Period 2. The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), monitors the commercial spiny dogfish quota for each quota period and, based upon dealer reports, state data, and other available information, determines when the total commercial quota will be harvested. NMFS is required to publish a notification in the Federal Register advising and notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the Federal spiny dogfish commercial quota has been harvested and no Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish for the remainder of that quota period. Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal spiny dogfish permit holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land spiny dogfish in any state after NMFS has published notification in the Federal Register that the commercial PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 * * quota has been harvested and that no commercial quota for the spiny dogfish fishery is available. Therefore, effective 0001 hr local time, August 26, 2011, landings of spiny dogfish in coastal states from Maine through Florida by vessels holding commercial Federal fisheries permits will be prohibited through October 31, 2011, 2400 hr local time. The 2011 Period 2 quota will be available for commercial spiny dogfish harvest on November 1, 2011. Effective August 26, 2011, federally permitted dealers are also advised that they may not purchase spiny dogfish from vessels issued Federal spiny dogfish permits that land in coastal states from Maine through Florida. 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 public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest. This action closes the spiny dogfish fishery until November 1, 2011, under current regulations. The regulations at § 648.231 require such action to ensure that spiny dogfish vessels do not exceed the 2011 Period 1 quota. Data indicating the spiny dogfish fleet will have landed the 2011 Period 1 quota have only recently become available. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the quota for Period 1 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: August 17, 2011. Galen R. Tromble, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–21386 Filed 8–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\22AUR1.SGM 22AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 110303179-1290-02]
RIN 0648-XA632


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish 
Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of spiny dogfish fishery.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota 
available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the 
first semi-annual quota period, May 1, 2011-October 31, 2011, has been 
harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, August 26, 2011, federally 
permitted spiny dogfish vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, or 
land spiny dogfish until November 1, 2011, when the Period 2 quota 
becomes available. Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery 
require publication of this notification to advise the coastal states 
from Maine through Florida that the quota has been harvested and to 
advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal 
commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish in these 
states. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding 
its Period 1 quota and to allow for effective management of this stock.

DATES: Effective at 0001 hr local time, August 26, 2011, through 2400 
hr local time October 31, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Knoell, (978) 281-9224, or 
Carly.Knoell@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the spiny dogfish 
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648, subpart L. The regulations 
require annual specification of a commercial quota, which is allocated 
into two quota periods based upon percentages specified in the fishery 
management plan. The fishery is managed from Maine through Florida, as 
described in Sec.  648.230.
    The initial total commercial quota for spiny dogfish for the 2011 
fishing year is 20 million lb (9,071.85 mt) (76 FR 32874, June 7, 
2011). The commercial quota is allocated into two periods (May 1 
through October 31, and November 1 through April 30). Vessel possession 
limits are set at 3,000 lb (1.36 mt) per trip for both Quota Periods 1 
and 2. Quota Period 1 is allocated 11,580,000 lb (5,252.6 mt), and 
Quota Period 2 is allocated 8,420,000 lb (3,819.25 mt) of the 
commercial quota. The total quota cannot be exceeded, so landings in 
excess of the amount allocated to Period 1 have the effect of reducing 
the quota available to the fishery during Period 2.
    The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), 
monitors the commercial spiny dogfish quota for each quota period and, 
based upon dealer reports, state data, and other available information, 
determines when the total commercial quota will be harvested. NMFS is 
required to publish a notification in the Federal Register advising and 
notifying commercial vessels and dealer permit holders that, effective 
upon a specific date, the Federal spiny dogfish commercial quota has 
been harvested and no Federal commercial quota is available for landing 
spiny dogfish for the remainder of that quota period.
    Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal spiny dogfish permit holders 
agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land spiny dogfish in any 
state after NMFS has published notification in the Federal Register 
that the commercial quota has been harvested and that no commercial 
quota for the spiny dogfish fishery is available. Therefore, effective 
0001 hr local time, August 26, 2011, landings of spiny dogfish in 
coastal states from Maine through Florida by vessels holding commercial 
Federal fisheries permits will be prohibited through October 31, 2011, 
2400 hr local time. The 2011 Period 2 quota will be available for 
commercial spiny dogfish harvest on November 1, 2011. Effective August 
26, 2011, federally permitted dealers are also advised that they may 
not purchase spiny dogfish from vessels issued Federal spiny dogfish 
permits that land in coastal states from Maine through Florida.

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 public comment because it would be contrary to the 
public interest. This action closes the spiny dogfish fishery until 
November 1, 2011, under current regulations. The regulations at Sec.  
648.231 require such action to ensure that spiny dogfish vessels do not 
exceed the 2011 Period 1 quota. Data indicating the spiny dogfish fleet 
will have landed the 2011 Period 1 quota have only recently become 
available. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit 
prior public comment, the quota for Period 1 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: August 17, 2011.
Galen R. Tromble,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-21386 Filed 8-19-11; 8:45 am]
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