Western Pacific Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; 2011-12 Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures, 54715 [2011-22591]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2011 / Rules and Regulations (A) * * * (1) Between 42° N. lat. (California/ Oregon border) and 40°10.00′ N. lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 14, 2011 through October 31, 2011 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through May 13 and from November 1 through December 31 in 2011) and from May 12, 2012 through October 31, 2012 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through May 11 and from November 1 through December 31 in 2012). (2) Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 38°57.50′ N. lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 14, 2011 through August 15, 2011 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through May 13 and August 16 through December 31 in 2011) and from May 12, 2012 through August 15, 2012 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through May 11 and August 16 through December 31 in 2012). (3) Between 38°57.50′ N. lat. and 37°11′ N. lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from June 1 through December 31 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through May 31). (4) Between 37°11′ N. lat. and 34°27′ N. lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through April 30). (5) South of 34°27′ N. lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from March 1 through December 31 (i.e. it’s closed from January 1 through February 28). * * * * * [FR Doc. 2011–22584 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 665 [Docket No. 110711384–1534–02] RIN 0648–XA470 Western Pacific Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; 2011– 12 Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final specifications. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with RULES AGENCY: In this rule, NMFS specifies a quota of 325,000 lb of Deep 7 bottomfish SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:31 Sep 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 in the main Hawaiian Islands for the 2011–12 fishing year, based on an annual catch limit of 346,000 lb. The expected impact of this action is longterm sustainability of Hawaii bottomfish. The final specifications are effective October 3, 2011. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Hawaiian Archipelago and associated Environmental Impact Statement are available from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220, fax 808– 522–8226, or http://www.wpcouncil.org. Copies of the environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for this action are available from http:// www.regulations.gov, or Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, NMFS PIR Sustainable Fisheries, 808–944–2108. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 3, 2011, NMFS published proposed specifications that are finalized here, and a request for public comments (76 FR 46719). Additional background information on this action is found in the preamble to the proposed specifications, and is not repeated here. Through this action, NMFS is specifying a quota (annual catch target, ACT) of 325,000 lb (147,418 kg) for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) for the 2011–12 fishing year, based on an annual catch limit (ACL) of 346,000 lb (156,943 kg). The MHI Management Subarea is the portion of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone around the Hawaiian Archipelago lying to the east of 161°20′ W. longitude. The Deep 7 bottomfish are onaga (Etelis coruscans), ehu (E. carbunculus), gindai (Pristipomoides zonatus), kalekale (P. sieboldii), opakapaka (P. filamentosus), lehi (Aphareus rutilans), and hapuupuu (Epinephelus quernus). The Council recommended the quota and ACL based on the best available scientific, commercial, and other information, taking into account the associated risk of overfishing. The MHI bottomfish fishery reopens on September 1, 2011. NMFS will monitor the fishery, and if the quota is projected to be reached before August 31, 2012, NMFS will close the noncommercial and commercial fisheries for Deep 7 bottomfish in Federal waters through August 31, 2012. During a fishery closure for Deep 7 bottomfish, PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 54715 no person may fish for, possess, or sell any of these fish in the MHI, except as otherwise authorized by law. Specifically, fishing for, and the resultant possession or sale of, Deep 7 bottomfish by vessels legally registered to Pacific Remote Island Areas bottomfish fishing permits, and conducted in compliance with all laws and regulations, are not affected by the closure. There is no prohibition on fishing for or selling other non-Deep 7 bottomfish species throughout the year. All other management measures continue to apply in the MHI bottomfish fishery. Comments and Responses The comment period for the proposed specifications ended on August 18, 2011. NMFS received no comments, and so is adapting the specifications unchanged from the proposal. Changes From the Proposed Specifications There are no changes in the final specifications. Classification The Regional Administrator, NMFS PIR, determined that this action is necessary for the conservation and management of MHI bottomfish, and that it is consistent with the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other applicable laws. The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration during the proposed specification stage that this action would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The factual basis for the certification was published in the proposed specifications and is not repeated here. No comments were received regarding this certification. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis was not required, and none was prepared. This action is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 30, 2011. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–22591 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 665

[Docket No. 110711384-1534-02]
RIN 0648-XA470


Western Pacific Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; 
2011-12 Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish Annual Catch Limits and 
Accountability Measures

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

ACTION: Final specifications.

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SUMMARY: In this rule, NMFS specifies a quota of 325,000 lb of Deep 7 
bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands for the 2011-12 fishing year, 
based on an annual catch limit of 346,000 lb. The expected impact of 
this action is long-term sustainability of Hawaii bottomfish.

DATES: The final specifications are effective October 3, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Hawaiian 
Archipelago and associated Environmental Impact Statement are available 
from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 
Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808-522-8220, fax 808-
522-8226, or http://www.wpcouncil.org. Copies of the environmental 
assessment and finding of no significant impact for this action are 
available from http://www.regulations.gov, or Michael D. Tosatto, 
Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 
Kapiolani Blvd. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, NMFS PIR Sustainable 
Fisheries, 808-944-2108.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 3, 2011, NMFS published proposed 
specifications that are finalized here, and a request for public 
comments (76 FR 46719). Additional background information on this 
action is found in the preamble to the proposed specifications, and is 
not repeated here.
    Through this action, NMFS is specifying a quota (annual catch 
target, ACT) of 325,000 lb (147,418 kg) for Deep 7 bottomfish in the 
main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) for the 2011-12 fishing year, based on an 
annual catch limit (ACL) of 346,000 lb (156,943 kg). The MHI Management 
Subarea is the portion of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone around the 
Hawaiian Archipelago lying to the east of 161[deg]20' W. longitude. The 
Deep 7 bottomfish are onaga (Etelis coruscans), ehu (E. carbunculus), 
gindai (Pristipomoides zonatus), kalekale (P. sieboldii), opakapaka (P. 
filamentosus), lehi (Aphareus rutilans), and hapuupuu (Epinephelus 
quernus). The Council recommended the quota and ACL based on the best 
available scientific, commercial, and other information, taking into 
account the associated risk of overfishing.
    The MHI bottomfish fishery reopens on September 1, 2011. NMFS will 
monitor the fishery, and if the quota is projected to be reached before 
August 31, 2012, NMFS will close the non-commercial and commercial 
fisheries for Deep 7 bottomfish in Federal waters through August 31, 
2012. During a fishery closure for Deep 7 bottomfish, no person may 
fish for, possess, or sell any of these fish in the MHI, except as 
otherwise authorized by law. Specifically, fishing for, and the 
resultant possession or sale of, Deep 7 bottomfish by vessels legally 
registered to Pacific Remote Island Areas bottomfish fishing permits, 
and conducted in compliance with all laws and regulations, are not 
affected by the closure. There is no prohibition on fishing for or 
selling other non-Deep 7 bottomfish species throughout the year. All 
other management measures continue to apply in the MHI bottomfish 
fishery.

Comments and Responses

    The comment period for the proposed specifications ended on August 
18, 2011. NMFS received no comments, and so is adapting the 
specifications unchanged from the proposal.

Changes From the Proposed Specifications

    There are no changes in the final specifications.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, NMFS PIR, determined that this action 
is necessary for the conservation and management of MHI bottomfish, and 
that it is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act and other applicable laws.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce 
certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration during the proposed specification stage that this action 
would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. The factual basis for the certification was published 
in the proposed specifications and is not repeated here. No comments 
were received regarding this certification. As a result, a regulatory 
flexibility analysis was not required, and none was prepared.
    This action is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 30, 2011.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-22591 Filed 9-1-11; 8:45 am]
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