Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A, 54739 [2011-22585]

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[FR Doc. 2011–22487 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES RIN 0648–XA640 Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:37 Sep 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 Notice of guideline harvest level. NMFS provides notice of the 2011 Pacific halibut guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport fishery in International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This notice is necessary to meet the regulatory requirement to publish notice announcing the GHLs and to inform the public about the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for halibut. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for participants in the guided sport fishery. The 2011 GHLs remain the same as the 2010 GHLs; the Area 2C GHL is 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt); and the Area 3A GHL is 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt). DATES: The GHLs are effective February 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. This period is specified by IPHC as the sport fishing season in all waters in and off Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Aberle, (907) 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 54739 limited access program for the guided sport halibut fishery in Areas 2C and 3A on January 5, 2010 (75 FR 554). As of February 1, 2011, this program limits the number of charter vessels that may participate in the guided sport halibut fishery in these areas. On July 22, 2011, NMFS published proposed regulations that would implement a catch sharing plan to allocate an annual halibut catch limit, established by the IPHC, between the guided sport and commercial fisheries in Areas 2C and 3A (76 FR 44156). If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, this new allocation program would not be effective before 2012. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq. Dated: August 30, 2011. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–22585 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Background RIN 0648–XA675 In 2003, NMFS implemented a final rule (68 FR 47256, August 8, 2003) to establish GHLs for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) harvested by the guided sport fishery in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Regulations implementing the GHLs have been amended twice. In 2008, the GHL table was corrected at 50 CFR 300.65(c)(1) (73 FR 30504, May 28, 2008). In 2009, regulatory provisions were amended for NMFS’ annual publication of the GHL notice and to clarify NMFS’ authority to take action at any time to limit the guided sport angler catch to the GHL (74 FR 21194, May 6, 2009). This notice is consistent with § 300.65(c) and announces the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for Pacific halibut in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Regulations at § 300.65(c)(1) specify the GHLs based on the total constant exploitation yield (CEY) that is established annually by the IPHC. The total CEY for 2011 is 5,390,000 lbs (2,444.9 mt) in Area 2C, and 23,520,000 lbs (10,668.5 mt) in Area 3A. The corresponding GHLs are 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt) in Area 2C, and 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt) in Area 3A. The GHLs in Areas 2C and 3A did not change from the 2010 level. NMFS may take action at any time to limit the guided sport halibut harvest to as close to the GHL as practicable (50 CFR 300.65(c)(3)). NMFS published a final rule implementing the charter halibut Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee of the MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings. DATES: The SSC will meet Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 22 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 telephone: (410) 522–7377. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore PhD, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the SSC meeting SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA640


Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided 
Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut 
Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A

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

ACTION: Notice of guideline harvest level.

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SUMMARY: NMFS provides notice of the 2011 Pacific halibut guideline 
harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport fishery in International 
Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast 
Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This notice is necessary to 
meet the regulatory requirement to publish notice announcing the GHLs 
and to inform the public about the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport 
fishery for halibut. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for 
participants in the guided sport fishery. The 2011 GHLs remain the same 
as the 2010 GHLs; the Area 2C GHL is 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt); and the 
Area 3A GHL is 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt).

DATES: The GHLs are effective February 1, 2011, through December 31, 
2011. This period is specified by IPHC as the sport fishing season in 
all waters in and off Alaska.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Aberle, (907) 586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In 2003, NMFS implemented a final rule (68 FR 47256, August 8, 
2003) to establish GHLs for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) 
harvested by the guided sport fishery in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. 
Regulations implementing the GHLs have been amended twice. In 2008, the 
GHL table was corrected at 50 CFR 300.65(c)(1) (73 FR 30504, May 28, 
2008). In 2009, regulatory provisions were amended for NMFS' annual 
publication of the GHL notice and to clarify NMFS' authority to take 
action at any time to limit the guided sport angler catch to the GHL 
(74 FR 21194, May 6, 2009).
    This notice is consistent with Sec.  300.65(c) and announces the 
2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for Pacific halibut in IPHC 
Areas 2C and 3A. Regulations at Sec.  300.65(c)(1) specify the GHLs 
based on the total constant exploitation yield (CEY) that is 
established annually by the IPHC. The total CEY for 2011 is 5,390,000 
lbs (2,444.9 mt) in Area 2C, and 23,520,000 lbs (10,668.5 mt) in Area 
3A. The corresponding GHLs are 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt) in Area 2C, and 
3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt) in Area 3A. The GHLs in Areas 2C and 3A did 
not change from the 2010 level. NMFS may take action at any time to 
limit the guided sport halibut harvest to as close to the GHL as 
practicable (50 CFR 300.65(c)(3)).
    NMFS published a final rule implementing the charter halibut 
limited access program for the guided sport halibut fishery in Areas 2C 
and 3A on January 5, 2010 (75 FR 554). As of February 1, 2011, this 
program limits the number of charter vessels that may participate in 
the guided sport halibut fishery in these areas. On July 22, 2011, NMFS 
published proposed regulations that would implement a catch sharing 
plan to allocate an annual halibut catch limit, established by the 
IPHC, between the guided sport and commercial fisheries in Areas 2C and 
3A (76 FR 44156). If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, this new 
allocation program would not be effective before 2012.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.

    Dated: August 30, 2011.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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