Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for the Remainder of the 2011 Fishery, 68658 [2011-28769]

Download as PDF 68658 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2011 / Rules and Regulations emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES fish for, possess, or land Atlantic herring with no possession restrictions; vessels issued a Limited Access Incidental Catch Herring Permit are authorized to fish for, possess, or land up to 55,000 lb (25 mt); and vessels issued an open access herring permit may not fish for, possess, or land more than 6,600 lb (3 mt) of Atlantic herring in Area 3. At 0001 hr November 10, 2011, all federally permitted herring vessels will again be prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 2,000 lb (907.2-kg) of herring, per trip or calendar day, in or from Area 3, through December 31, 2011. Vessels transiting Area 3 with more than 2,000 lb (907.2-kg) of herring on board may do so, provided such herring was not caught in Area 3 and that all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use, as required by § 648.23(b). Effective 0001 hr, November 7, 2011, federally permitted dealers are advised that they may purchase more than 2,000 lb (907.2-kg) of Atlantic herring caught in Area 3 by federally permitted vessels until 0001 hr November 10, 2011. At 0001 hrs November 10, 2011, federally permitted dealers will again be prohibited from purchasing herring from federally permitted herring vessels that harvest more than 2,000 lb (907.2kg) of herring from Area 3, through 2400 hr local time, December 31, 2011. Classification This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under E.O. 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 impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This action temporarily removes the 2,000-lb (907.2-kg) herring trip limit in Area 3 from November 7 until November 10, 2011. As of 0001 hr November 10, 2011, the Area 3 trip limit will again be reduced to 2,000 lb (907.2kg) per trip or calendar day, through December 31, 2011. The Atlantic herring fishery opened for the 2011 fishing year at 0001 hrs on January 1, 2011. The Atlantic herring fleet was prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 2,000 lb (907.2 mt) per trip or calendar day on October 3, 2011, based on projections that 95 percent of the available Area 3 herring quota had been harvested. Catch data indicating the Atlantic herring fleet did not harvest the full amount of available quota have only very recently become available. If implementation of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Nov 04, 2011 Jkt 226001 this temporary removal of the 2,000 lb (907.2-kg) trip limit is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the remaining quota may not be fully harvested before the end of the 2011 fishing year on December 31. If public comment and the 30-day delayed effectiveness period is allowed, this action may re-open the directed herring fishery after the herring have moved out of Area 3. Given the seasonal nature of the herring fishery, this would make this action ineffective. The AA 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: November 2, 2011. Steven Thur, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–28767 Filed 11–2–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 RIN 0648–BA01 [Docket No. 100804324–1265–02] Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for the Remainder of the 2011 Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Agency determination. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the provisions implemented in a final rule published on May 11, 2011, pursuant to NFMS’ emergency authority under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) will remain in effect for the remainder of the 2011 groundfish fishery. The provisions included a new rebuilding plan for petrale sole, revised rebuilding plans for other overfished species, and revised status determination criteria, harvest specifications and a precautionary harvest control rule for assessed flatfish species. This announcement is required in order to maintain the current rebuilding plans, harvest specifications and harvest control rule for assessed flatfish species. DATES: Effective on November 7, 2011. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Background information and documents are available from William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115–0070; or by phone at (206) 526–6150. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Williams, (206) 526–4646; (fax) (206) 526–6736; Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov ADDRESSES: NMFS published a final rule establishing harvest specifications and management measures for most species (75 FR 27508, May 11, 2011), in part pursuant to NMFS’ emergency authority under section 305(c) of the MSA. Specifically, that action amended 50 CFR part 660 to establish new and revised rebuilding plans, establish harvest specifications consistent with those rebuilding plans and new flatfish harvest proxies. Further background information for that action is provided in the preamble text of the May 11, 2011, final rule and in the supporting documents for that action, and is not repeated here. Opportunity for public comment on the May 11, 2011, final rule was provided. One comment was received on that rule that was not relevant to the emergency provisions. Therefore, this document announces the agency determination to continue through December 31, 2011, the measures set forth in the May 11, 2011, rule at § 660.40 and Table 2a to part 660, subpart C. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. and 16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. Dated: November 2, 2011. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–28769 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101126521–0640–02] RIN 0648–XA812 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

RIN 0648-BA01
[Docket No. 100804324-1265-02]


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Harvest 
Specifications and Management Measures for the Remainder of the 2011 
Fishery

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

ACTION: Agency determination.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the provisions implemented in a final rule 
published on May 11, 2011, pursuant to NFMS' emergency authority under 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) will 
remain in effect for the remainder of the 2011 groundfish fishery. The 
provisions included a new rebuilding plan for petrale sole, revised 
rebuilding plans for other overfished species, and revised status 
determination criteria, harvest specifications and a precautionary 
harvest control rule for assessed flatfish species. This announcement 
is required in order to maintain the current rebuilding plans, harvest 
specifications and harvest control rule for assessed flatfish species.

DATES: Effective on November 7, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Background information and documents are available from 
William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 
7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070; or by phone at (206) 
526-6150.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Williams, (206) 526-4646; (fax) 
(206) 526-6736; Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS published a final rule establishing 
harvest specifications and management measures for most species (75 FR 
27508, May 11, 2011), in part pursuant to NMFS' emergency authority 
under section 305(c) of the MSA. Specifically, that action amended 50 
CFR part 660 to establish new and revised rebuilding plans, establish 
harvest specifications consistent with those rebuilding plans and new 
flatfish harvest proxies. Further background information for that 
action is provided in the preamble text of the May 11, 2011, final rule 
and in the supporting documents for that action, and is not repeated 
here.
    Opportunity for public comment on the May 11, 2011, final rule was 
provided. One comment was received on that rule that was not relevant 
to the emergency provisions.
    Therefore, this document announces the agency determination to 
continue through December 31, 2011, the measures set forth in the May 
11, 2011, rule at Sec.  660.40 and Table 2a to part 660, subpart C.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. and 16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq.

    Dated: November 2, 2011.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-28769 Filed 11-4-11; 8:45 am]
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