Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase, 5413-5414 [2012-2474]

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Licensees using other antennas must maintain in their station records either the antenna manufacturer’s data on the antenna gain or calculations of the antenna gain. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2012–2477 Filed 2–2–12; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 6712–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Feb 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 001005281–0369–02] RIN 0648–XA974 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason trip limit increase. AGENCY: NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial sector for king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone to 75 fish per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit increase is necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits of the quota. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2012, through March 31, 2012, unless changed by further notification in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, telephone: (727) 824– 5305, fax: (727) 824–5308, email: Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov. The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia) is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Based on the Councils’ recommended total allowable catch and the allocation ratios in the FMP, on April 30, 2001 (66 FR 17368, March 30, 2001), NMFS implemented a commercial quota of 2.25 million lb (1.02 million kg) for the eastern zone (Florida) of the Gulf migratory group of king mackerel. That quota is further divided into separate quotas for the Florida east coast subzone and the northern and southern Florida west coast subzones. The quota implemented for the Florida east coast SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5413 subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,020 kg) (50 CFR 622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(1)). In accordance with 50 CFR 622.44(a)(2)(i)(B)(2), beginning on February 1, if less than 75 percent of the Florida east coast subzone quota has been harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that subzone may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 75 fish per day. The 75-fish daily trip limit will continue until a closure of the subzone’s fishery has been effected or the fishing year ends on March 31. NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the quota for Gulf group king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone will not be reached before February 1, 2012. Accordingly, a 75-fish trip limit applies to vessels in this fishery for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the Florida east coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2012. The 75-fish trip limit will remain in effect until the fishery closes or until the end of the current fishing season (March 31, 2012) for this subzone. From November 1 through March 31, the Florida east coast subzone of the Gulf group king mackerel is that part of the eastern zone north of 25°20.4′ N. lat. (a line directly east from the Miami-Dade County, FL, boundary). 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 in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such prior notice and opportunity for public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule itself already has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the trip limit increase. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment for this trip limit increase is contrary to the public interest because it requires time, thus delaying fishermen’s ability to catch more king mackerel than the present trip limit allows and preventing fishermen from reaping the socioeconomic benefits derived from this increase in daily catch. As this action allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and may go into effect on its effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\03FER1.SGM 03FER1 5414 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 23 / Friday, February 3, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 553(d)(1). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 31, 2012. Steven Thur, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–2474 Filed 1–31–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 101029427–0609–02] RIN 0648–XA946 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is retroactively transferring a portion of its 2011 commercial summer flounder quota to tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Feb 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 the Commonwealth of Virginia. By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved. DATES: Effective December 9, 2011, through December 31, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Bari, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9224. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states from North Carolina through Maine. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state are described in § 648.100. The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, which was published on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for summer flounder quota to be transferred from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.100(d). The Regional Administrator is required to consider the criteria set forth in § 648.100(d)(3) in PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations. North Carolina has agreed to transfer 155,187 lb (70,392 kg) of its 2011 commercial quota to Virginia. This transfer was prompted by summer flounder landings of a number of North Carolina vessels that were granted safe harbor in Virginia due to hazardous shoaling in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, between December 9, 2011, and December 13, 2011, thereby requiring a quota transfer to account for an increase in Virginia’s landings that would have otherwise accrued against the North Carolina quota. The Regional Administrator has determined that the criteria set forth in § 648.100(d)(3) have been met. The revised summer flounder quotas for calendar year 2011 are: North Carolina, 3,160,384 lb (1,433,526 kg); and Virginia, 5,296,694 lb (2,402,540 kg). Classification This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 31, 2012. Steven Thur, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–2482 Filed 2–2–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\03FER1.SGM 03FER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 001005281-0369-02]
RIN 0648-XA974


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason trip limit increase.

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SUMMARY: NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial sector for 
king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone to 75 fish per day in 
or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit increase is 
necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits of the quota.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 1, 2012, 
through March 31, 2012, unless changed by further notification in the 
Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, telephone: (727) 824-
5305, fax: (727) 824-5308, email: Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic 
fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia) is managed under the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils 
(Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    Based on the Councils' recommended total allowable catch and the 
allocation ratios in the FMP, on April 30, 2001 (66 FR 17368, March 30, 
2001), NMFS implemented a commercial quota of 2.25 million lb (1.02 
million kg) for the eastern zone (Florida) of the Gulf migratory group 
of king mackerel. That quota is further divided into separate quotas 
for the Florida east coast subzone and the northern and southern 
Florida west coast subzones. The quota implemented for the Florida east 
coast subzone is 1,040,625 lb (472,020 kg) (50 CFR 
622.42(c)(1)(i)(A)(1)).
    In accordance with 50 CFR 622.44(a)(2)(i)(B)(2), beginning on 
February 1, if less than 75 percent of the Florida east coast subzone 
quota has been harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that 
subzone may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in 
amounts not exceeding 75 fish per day. The 75-fish daily trip limit 
will continue until a closure of the subzone's fishery has been 
effected or the fishing year ends on March 31.
    NMFS has determined that 75 percent of the quota for Gulf group 
king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone will not be reached 
before February 1, 2012. Accordingly, a 75-fish trip limit applies to 
vessels in this fishery for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the 
Florida east coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, February 
1, 2012. The 75-fish trip limit will remain in effect until the fishery 
closes or until the end of the current fishing season (March 31, 2012) 
for this subzone. From November 1 through March 31, the Florida east 
coast subzone of the Gulf group king mackerel is that part of the 
eastern zone north of 25[deg]20.4' N. lat. (a line directly east from 
the Miami-Dade County, FL, boundary).

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 in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such 
procedures are unnecessary because the rule itself already has been 
subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the 
public of the trip limit increase. Allowing prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment for this trip limit increase is contrary 
to the public interest because it requires time, thus delaying 
fishermen's ability to catch more king mackerel than the present trip 
limit allows and preventing fishermen from reaping the socioeconomic 
benefits derived from this increase in daily catch.
    As this action allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king 
mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the 
Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and 
may go into effect on its effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C.

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553(d)(1). This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.43(a) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: January 31, 2012.
Steven Thur,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-2474 Filed 1-31-12; 4:15 pm]
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