Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Crab Prohibited Species Catch Allowances in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 65973-65975 [2011-27606]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 206 / Tuesday, October 25, 2011 / Rules and Regulations cooperatives in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the Amendment 80 cooperatives to fully harvest their 2011 groundfish allocations. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101126521–0640–02] Effective October 25, 2011, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2011. DATES: RIN 0648–XA784 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Crab Prohibited Species Catch Allowances in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the 2011 crab prohibited species catch (PSC) allowances from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 65973 The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has also determined that 259,000 crabs of Zone 1 C. bairdi tanner crab PSC, 750,000 crabs of Zone 2 C. bairdi tanner crab PSC, 37,000 crabs of Zone 1 red king crab PSC, and 1,300,000 crabs of C. opilio Bycatch Limitation Zone (COBLZ) C. opilio tanner crab PSC from the BSAI trawl limited access sector will not be needed to support BSAI trawl limited access fisheries. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.91(f)(5), NMFS is reallocating these crab PSC amounts from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI. In accordance with § 679.91(f)(1), NMFS will reissue cooperative quota permits for the reallocated crab PSC following the procedures set forth in § 679.91(f)(4) and § 679.91(f)(5). The harvest specifications for crab PSC allowances included in the final harvest specifications for crab in the BSAI (76 FR 11139, March 1, 2011) are modified as follows in Tables 8a, 8c, and 8d: TABLE 8a—FINAL 2011 AND 2012 APPORTIONMENT OF PROHIBITED SPECIES CATCH ALLOWANCES TO NON-TRAWL GEAR, THE CDQ PROGRAM, AMENDMENT 80, AND THE BSAI TRAWL LIMITED ACCESS SECTORS Total nontrawl PSC PSC species Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI ......................... Herring (mt) BSAI ........................................ Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 1 ............... C. opilio (animals) COBLZ 2 ........................ C. bairdi crab (animals) Zone 1 2 ................ C. bairdi crab (animals) Zone 2 .................. 900 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Non-trawl PSC remaining after CDQ PSQ 1 Total trawl PSC 832 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,675 2,273 197,000 8,310,480 830,000 2,520,000 Amendment 80 sector Trawl PSC remaining after CDQ PSQ 1 CDQ PSQ reserve 1 3,349 n/a 175,921 7,421,259 741,190 2,250,360 393 n/a 21,079 889,221 88,810 269,640 BSAI trawl limited access fishery 2011 2012 2011 2012 2,375 n/a 130,432 5,175,381 590,608 1,315,966 2,325 n/a 87,925 3,647,549 312,115 532,660 875 n/a 16,797 1,085,193 89,285 303,394 875 n/a 53,797 2,385,193 348,285 1,053,394 1 Section 679.21(e)(3)(i)(A)(2) allocates 326 mt of the trawl halibut mortality limit and § 679.21(e)(4)(i)(A) allocates 7.5 percent, or 67 mt, of the non-trawl halibut mortality limit as the PSQ reserve for use by the groundfish CDQ program. The PSQ reserve for crab species is 10.7 percent of each crab PSC limit. 2 Refer to § 679.2 for definitions of zones. 3 Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. TABLE 8c—FINAL 2011 AND 2012 PROHIBITED SPECIES BYCATCH ALLOWANCES FOR THE BSAI TRAWL LIMITED ACCESS SECTOR AND NON-TRAWL FISHERIES Prohibited species and area 1 BSAI trawl limited access fisheries Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI C. opilio (animals) COBLZ C. bairdi (animals) Zone 1 Zone 2 2011 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Yellowfin sole ....................................................................... Rock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish 2 ................................. Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish 3 ............................................... Rockfish April 15–December 31 .......................................... Pacific cod ........................................................................... Pollock/Atka mackerel/other species ................................... 167 0 0 5 453 250 14,799 0 0 0 1,873 125 1,022,610 0 0 1,738 43,460 17,384 75,172 0 0 0 13,027 1,086 289,709 0 0 244 12,219 1,222 Total BSAI trawl limited access PSC ........................... 875 16,797 1,085,193 89,285 303,394 Non-trawl fisheries Catcher/ processor Pacific cod—Total ................................................................ January 1–June 10 ....................................................... June 10–August 15 ...................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Oct 24, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 760 455 190 Fmt 4700 Catcher vessel 15 10 3 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 65974 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 206 / Tuesday, October 25, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Non-trawl fisheries August 15–December 31 .............................................. 115 2 Other non-trawl—Total ........................................................ May 1–December 31 .................................................... Groundfish pot and jig .................................................. Sablefish hook-and-line ................................................ 58 58 Exempt Exempt Total non-trawl PSC ..................................................... 833 Prohibited species and area 1 BSAI trawl limited access fisheries Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI C. opilio (animals) COBLZ C. bairdi (animals) Zone 1 Zone 2 2012 Yellowfin sole ....................................................................... Rock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish 2 ................................. Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish 3 ............................................... Rockfish April 15–December 31 .......................................... Pacific cod ........................................................................... Pollock/Atka mackerel/other species 4 ................................. 167 0 0 5 453 250 47,397 0 0 0 6,000 400 2,247,640 0 0 3,821 95,523 38,209 293,234 0 0 0 50,816 4,235 1,005,879 0 0 849 42,424 4,242 Total BSAI trawl limited access PSC ........................... 875 53,797 2,385,193 348,285 1,053,394 Non-trawl fisheries Catcher/ processor Pacific cod—Total ................................................................ January 1–June 10 ....................................................... June 10–August 15 ...................................................... August 15–December 31 .............................................. Catcher vessel 760 455 190 115 15 10 3 2 Other non-trawl—Total ........................................................ May 1–December 31 .................................................... Groundfish pot and jig .................................................. Sablefish hook-and-line ................................................ 58 58 Exempt Exempt Total non-trawl PSC ..................................................... 833 1 Refer to § 679.2 for definitions of areas. 2 ‘‘Other flatfish’’ for PSC monitoring includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin sole, Kamchatka flounder, and arrowtooth flounder. 3 Arrowtooth flounder for PSC monitoring includes Kamchatka flounder. 4 ‘‘Other species’’ for PSC monitoring includes sculpins, sharks, skates, and octopuses. 5 Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. TABLE 8d—FINAL 2011 PROHIBITED SPECIES BYCATCH ALLOWANCE FOR THE BSAI AMENDMENT 80 COOPERATIVES Prohibited species and zones 1 Alaska Seafood Cooperative ............................................... Alaska Groundfish Cooperative ........................................... 1 Refer Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 Halibut ≤mortality (mt) BSAI Cooperative 1,643 732 88,830 41,602 C. opilio (animals) COBLZ 3,341,355 1,834,026 C. bairdi (animals) Zone 1 415,769 174,839 Zone 2 907,979 407,987 to § 679.2 for definitions of zones. apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES 2 Sector This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters of groundfish dependent upon these PSC allowances. The Regional Administrator considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) The current catch and stated future harvesting intent of BSAI trawl limited access sector fisheries and, (2) the harvest capacity and stated intent VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Oct 24, 2011 Jkt 226001 on future harvesting patterns of the Amendment 80 cooperatives that participates in this BSAI fishery. The Regional Administrator also has determined that this action will create no threats of exceeding TACs for any species or species group. PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 206 / Tuesday, October 25, 2011 / Rules and Regulations U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of crab PSC allowances from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI. Since the fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of these fisheries, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 17, 2011. 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 § 679.91 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 20, 2011. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–27606 Filed 10–20–11; 4:15 pm] erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Oct 24, 2011 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101126521–0640–02] RIN 0648–XA783 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian district (BS/EAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 20, 2011, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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 TAC of Atka mackerel, in the BS/EAI, allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery was established as a directed fishing allowance of 2,859 metric tons by the final 2011 and 2012 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 65975 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (76 FR 11139, March 1, 2011). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the BS/EAI by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. After the effective dates 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 a requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the closure of the Atka mackerel fishery in the BS/EAI for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 19, 2011. 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 is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 20, 2011. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–27609 Filed 10–20–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 101126521-0640-02]
RIN 0648-XA784


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Crab Prohibited Species Catch Allowances in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the 2011 
crab prohibited species catch (PSC) allowances from the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 
cooperatives in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area 
(BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the Amendment 80 cooperatives 
to fully harvest their 2011 groundfish allocations.

DATES: Effective October 25, 2011, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2011.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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 Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has also determined that 
259,000 crabs of Zone 1 C. bairdi tanner crab PSC, 750,000 crabs of 
Zone 2 C. bairdi tanner crab PSC, 37,000 crabs of Zone 1 red king crab 
PSC, and 1,300,000 crabs of C. opilio Bycatch Limitation Zone (COBLZ) 
C. opilio tanner crab PSC from the BSAI trawl limited access sector 
will not be needed to support BSAI trawl limited access fisheries. 
Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.91(f)(5), NMFS is reallocating 
these crab PSC amounts from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the 
Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.91(f)(1), NMFS will reissue 
cooperative quota permits for the reallocated crab PSC following the 
procedures set forth in Sec.  679.91(f)(4) and Sec.  679.91(f)(5).
    The harvest specifications for crab PSC allowances included in the 
final harvest specifications for crab in the BSAI (76 FR 11139, March 
1, 2011) are modified as follows in Tables 8a, 8c, and 8d:

 Table 8a--Final 2011 and 2012 Apportionment of Prohibited Species Catch Allowances to Non-Trawl Gear, the CDQ Program, Amendment 80, and the BSAI Trawl
                                                                 Limited Access Sectors
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                                                           Non-trawl                                        Amendment 80 sector     BSAI trawl limited
                                                              PSC                  Trawl PSC    CDQ PSQ  ------------------------     access fishery
                 PSC species                  Total non-   remaining     Total     remaining    reserve                          -----------------------
                                               trawl PSC   after CDQ   trawl PSC   after CDQ      \1\        2011        2012
                                                            PSQ \1\                 PSQ \1\                                          2011        2012
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Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI.................         900         832       3,675       3,349         393       2,375       2,325         875         875
Herring (mt) BSAI...........................         n/a         n/a       2,273         n/a         n/a         n/a         n/a         n/a         n/a
Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 \1\..........         n/a         n/a     197,000     175,921      21,079     130,432      87,925      16,797      53,797
C. opilio (animals) COBLZ \2\...............         n/a         n/a   8,310,480   7,421,259     889,221   5,175,381   3,647,549   1,085,193   2,385,193
C. bairdi crab (animals) Zone 1 2...........         n/a         n/a     830,000     741,190      88,810     590,608     312,115      89,285     348,285
C. bairdi crab (animals) Zone 2.............         n/a         n/a   2,520,000   2,250,360     269,640   1,315,966     532,660     303,394   1,053,394
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\1\ Section 679.21(e)(3)(i)(A)(2) allocates 326 mt of the trawl halibut mortality limit and Sec.   679.21(e)(4)(i)(A) allocates 7.5 percent, or 67 mt,
  of the non-trawl halibut mortality limit as the PSQ reserve for use by the groundfish CDQ program. The PSQ reserve for crab species is 10.7 percent of
  each crab PSC limit.
\2\ Refer to Sec.   679.2 for definitions of zones.
\3\ Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.


          Table 8c--Final 2011 and 2012 Prohibited Species Bycatch Allowances for the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Sector and Non-Trawl Fisheries
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                                                                                                     Prohibited species and area \1\
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                                                                                                        Red king                   C. bairdi (animals)
                      BSAI trawl limited access fisheries                         Halibut mortality       crab      C. opilio  -------------------------
                                                                                      (mt) BSAI        (animals)    (animals)
                                                                                                         Zone 1       COBLZ        Zone 1       Zone 2
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                                                                          2011
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Yellowfin sole................................................................                   167       14,799    1,022,610       75,172      289,709
Rock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish \2\....................................                     0            0            0            0            0
Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish \3\...............................................                     0            0            0            0            0
Rockfish April 15-December 31.................................................                     5            0        1,738            0          244
Pacific cod...................................................................                   453        1,873       43,460       13,027       12,219
Pollock/Atka mackerel/other species...........................................                   250          125       17,384        1,086        1,222
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    Total BSAI trawl limited access PSC.......................................                   875       16,797    1,085,193       89,285      303,394
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Non-trawl fisheries                                                          Catcher/    Catcher
                                                                            processor     vessel
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Pacific cod--Total........................................................        760         15
    January 1-June 10.....................................................        455         10
    June 10-August 15.....................................................        190          3

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    August 15-December 31.................................................        115          2
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Other non-trawl--Total....................................................           58
 
    May 1-December 31.....................................................           58
 
    Groundfish pot and jig................................................         Exempt
 
    Sablefish hook-and-line...............................................         Exempt
 
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    Total non-trawl PSC...................................................           833
 
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                                                                                                     Prohibited species and area \1\
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                                                                                                        Red king                   C. bairdi (animals)
                      BSAI trawl limited access fisheries                         Halibut mortality       crab      C. opilio  -------------------------
                                                                                      (mt) BSAI        (animals)    (animals)
                                                                                                         Zone 1       COBLZ        Zone 1       Zone 2
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                                                                          2012
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Yellowfin sole................................................................                   167       47,397    2,247,640      293,234    1,005,879
Rock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish \2\....................................                     0            0            0            0            0
Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish \3\...............................................                     0            0            0            0            0
Rockfish April 15-December 31.................................................                     5            0        3,821            0          849
Pacific cod...................................................................                   453        6,000       95,523       50,816       42,424
Pollock/Atka mackerel/other species \4\.......................................                   250          400       38,209        4,235        4,242
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    Total BSAI trawl limited access PSC.......................................                   875       53,797    2,385,193      348,285    1,053,394
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Non-trawl fisheries                                                          Catcher/    Catcher
                                                                            processor     vessel
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Pacific cod--Total........................................................        760         15
    January 1-June 10.....................................................        455         10
    June 10-August 15.....................................................        190          3
    August 15-December 31.................................................        115          2
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Other non-trawl--Total....................................................           58
 
    May 1-December 31.....................................................           58
 
    Groundfish pot and jig................................................         Exempt
 
    Sablefish hook-and-line...............................................         Exempt
 
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    Total non-trawl PSC...................................................           833
 
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 \1\ Refer to Sec.   679.2 for definitions of areas.
\2\ ``Other flatfish'' for PSC monitoring includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot,
  rock sole, yellowfin sole, Kamchatka flounder, and arrowtooth flounder.
\3\ Arrowtooth flounder for PSC monitoring includes Kamchatka flounder.
\4\ ``Other species'' for PSC monitoring includes sculpins, sharks, skates, and octopuses.
\5\ Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.


        Table 8d--Final 2011 Prohibited Species Bycatch Allowance for the BSAI Amendment 80 Cooperatives
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                                                         Prohibited species and zones \1\
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           Cooperative                Halibut      Red king crab     C. opilio          C. bairdi (animals)
                                  mortality (mt)  (animals) Zone     (animals)   -------------------------------
                                       BSAI              1             COBLZ          Zone 1          Zone 2
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Alaska Seafood Cooperative......           1,643          88,830       3,341,355         415,769         907,979
Alaska Groundfish Cooperative...             732          41,602       1,834,026         174,839         407,987
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\1\ Refer to Sec.   679.2 for definitions of zones.
\2\ Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.

    This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters of 
groundfish dependent upon these PSC allowances. The Regional 
Administrator considered the following factors in reaching this 
decision: (1) The current catch and stated future harvesting intent of 
BSAI trawl limited access sector fisheries and, (2) the harvest 
capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of the 
Amendment 80 cooperatives that participates in this BSAI fishery. The 
Regional Administrator also has determined that this action will create 
no threats of exceeding TACs for any species or species group.

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

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U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to 
the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to 
the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the 
most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the 
reallocation of crab PSC allowances from the BSAI trawl limited access 
sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI. Since the 
fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the 
industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is 
necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of 
these fisheries, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, 
and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as 
processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for 
public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became 
available as of October 17, 2011.
    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.  679.91 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: October 20, 2011.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-27606 Filed 10-20-11; 4:15 pm]
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