Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery Closure, 53343 [2011-21930]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 166 / Friday, August 26, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Dated: August 12, 2011. Waverly W. Gregory, Jr., Bridge Program Manager. By direction of the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2011–21869 Filed 8–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 RIN 0648–XA658 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery Closure National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure. AGENCY: NMFS is closing the commercial fishery for porbeagle sharks. This action is necessary because landings for the 2011 fishing season have reached at least 80 percent of the available quota. DATES: The commercial porbeagle shark fishery is closed effective 11:30 p.m. local time August 29, 2011 until, and if, NMFS announces in the Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is reopened. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Peter Cooper, 301–427–8503; fax 301–713–1917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), its amendments, and its implementing regulations found at 50 CFR part 635 issued under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). Under § 635.5(b)(1), shark dealers are required to report to NMFS all sharks landed every two weeks. Dealer reports mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:41 Aug 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 for fish received between the 1st and 15th of any month must be received by NMFS by the 25th of that month. Dealer reports for fish received between the 16th and the end of any month must be received by NMFS by the 10th of the following month. Under § 635.28(b)(2), when NMFS projects that fishing season landings for a species group have reached or are about to reach 80 percent of the available quota, NMFS will file for publication with the Office of the Federal Register a closure action for that shark species group that will be effective no fewer than 5 days from the date of filing. From the effective date and time of the closure until NMFS announces in the Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is reopened, the fishery for that species group is closed, even across fishing years. On December 8, 2010 (75 FR 76302), NMFS announced that the porbeagle shark fishery for the 2011 fishing year was open and the available porbeagle shark quota was 1.6 metric tons (mt) dressed weight (dw) (3,479 lb dw). Dealer reports through the July 31, 2011, reporting period indicate that 2.3 mt dw or 147 percent of the available quota for porbeagle sharks has been landed. Dealer reports received to date indicate that 2.6 percent of the quota was landed from the opening of the fishery on January 1, 2011, through January 31, 2011; 0.4 percent of the quota was landed in March; 39 percent was landed in May; and 33 percent of the quota was landed in June. Preliminary numbers indicate that 72 percent of the quota was landed in July. The fishery has reached 147 percent of the quota, which exceeds the 80 percent limit specified in the regulations. Accordingly, NMFS is closing the commercial porbeagle shark fishery as of 11:30 p.m. local time August 29, 2011. This closure does not affect any other shark fishery. During the closure, retention of porbeagle sharks is prohibited for persons fishing aboard vessels issued a commercial shark limited access permit under 50 CFR 635.4, unless the vessel is properly permitted to operate as a PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 53343 charter vessel or headboat for HMS and is engaged in a for-hire trip, in which case the recreational retention limits for sharks and ‘‘no sale’’ provisions apply (50 CFR 635.22(a) and (c)). A shark dealer issued a permit pursuant to § 635.4 may not purchase or receive porbeagle sharks from a vessel issued an Atlantic shark limited access permit (LAP), except that a permitted shark dealer or processor may possess porbeagle sharks that were harvested, off-loaded, and sold, traded, or bartered, prior to the effective date of the closure and were held in storage. Under this closure, a shark dealer issued a permit pursuant to § 635.4 may, in accordance with state regulations, purchase or receive a porbeagle sharks if the sharks were harvested, off-loaded, and sold, traded, or bartered from a vessel that fishes only in state waters and that has not been issued an Atlantic Shark LAP, HMS Angling permit, or HMS Charter/ Headboat permit pursuant to § 635.4. Classification Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that providing for prior notice and public comment for this action is impracticable and contrary to the public interest because the fishery is currently underway, and any delay in this action would cause overharvest of the quota and be inconsistent with management requirements and objectives. If the quota is exceeded, the affected public is likely to experience reductions in the available quota and a lack of fishing opportunities in future seasons. For these reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is required under § 635.28(b)(2) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 23, 2011. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–21930 Filed 8–23–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\26AUR1.SGM 26AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

RIN 0648-XA658


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Porbeagle Shark 
Fishery Closure

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the commercial fishery for porbeagle sharks. 
This action is necessary because landings for the 2011 fishing season 
have reached at least 80 percent of the available quota.

DATES: The commercial porbeagle shark fishery is closed effective 11:30 
p.m. local time August 29, 2011 until, and if, NMFS announces in the 
Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is 
reopened.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Peter Cooper, 
301-427-8503; fax 301-713-1917.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed 
under the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP), its amendments, and its implementing 
regulations found at 50 CFR part 635 issued under authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.).
    Under Sec.  635.5(b)(1), shark dealers are required to report to 
NMFS all sharks landed every two weeks. Dealer reports for fish 
received between the 1st and 15th of any month must be received by NMFS 
by the 25th of that month. Dealer reports for fish received between the 
16th and the end of any month must be received by NMFS by the 10th of 
the following month. Under Sec.  635.28(b)(2), when NMFS projects that 
fishing season landings for a species group have reached or are about 
to reach 80 percent of the available quota, NMFS will file for 
publication with the Office of the Federal Register a closure action 
for that shark species group that will be effective no fewer than 5 
days from the date of filing. From the effective date and time of the 
closure until NMFS announces in the Federal Register that additional 
quota is available and the season is reopened, the fishery for that 
species group is closed, even across fishing years.
    On December 8, 2010 (75 FR 76302), NMFS announced that the 
porbeagle shark fishery for the 2011 fishing year was open and the 
available porbeagle shark quota was 1.6 metric tons (mt) dressed weight 
(dw) (3,479 lb dw). Dealer reports through the July 31, 2011, reporting 
period indicate that 2.3 mt dw or 147 percent of the available quota 
for porbeagle sharks has been landed. Dealer reports received to date 
indicate that 2.6 percent of the quota was landed from the opening of 
the fishery on January 1, 2011, through January 31, 2011; 0.4 percent 
of the quota was landed in March; 39 percent was landed in May; and 33 
percent of the quota was landed in June. Preliminary numbers indicate 
that 72 percent of the quota was landed in July. The fishery has 
reached 147 percent of the quota, which exceeds the 80 percent limit 
specified in the regulations. Accordingly, NMFS is closing the 
commercial porbeagle shark fishery as of 11:30 p.m. local time August 
29, 2011. This closure does not affect any other shark fishery.
    During the closure, retention of porbeagle sharks is prohibited for 
persons fishing aboard vessels issued a commercial shark limited access 
permit under 50 CFR 635.4, unless the vessel is properly permitted to 
operate as a charter vessel or headboat for HMS and is engaged in a 
for-hire trip, in which case the recreational retention limits for 
sharks and ``no sale'' provisions apply (50 CFR 635.22(a) and (c)). A 
shark dealer issued a permit pursuant to Sec.  635.4 may not purchase 
or receive porbeagle sharks from a vessel issued an Atlantic shark 
limited access permit (LAP), except that a permitted shark dealer or 
processor may possess porbeagle sharks that were harvested, off-loaded, 
and sold, traded, or bartered, prior to the effective date of the 
closure and were held in storage. Under this closure, a shark dealer 
issued a permit pursuant to Sec.  635.4 may, in accordance with state 
regulations, purchase or receive a porbeagle sharks if the sharks were 
harvested, off-loaded, and sold, traded, or bartered from a vessel that 
fishes only in state waters and that has not been issued an Atlantic 
Shark LAP, HMS Angling permit, or HMS Charter/Headboat permit pursuant 
to Sec.  635.4.

Classification

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for 
Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that providing for prior notice and public 
comment for this action is impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest because the fishery is currently underway, and any delay in 
this action would cause overharvest of the quota and be inconsistent 
with management requirements and objectives. If the quota is exceeded, 
the affected public is likely to experience reductions in the available 
quota and a lack of fishing opportunities in future seasons. For these 
reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is required 
under Sec.  635.28(b)(2) and is exempt from review under Executive 
Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 23, 2011.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-21930 Filed 8-23-11; 4:15 pm]
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