Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; “Other Flatfish” in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and Greenland Turbot in the Aleutian Island Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 46641-46642 [2012-19146]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Public Participation: The www.regulations.gov Web site is generally available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. You can obtain electronic submission and retrieval help and guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of that Web site, and at DOT’s http:// docketsinfo.dot.gov Web site. If you want us to notify you that we received your comments, please include a selfaddressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments online. Alternative Media Broadcasts During and Immediately After the Listening Sessions For the regulatory guidance issued on June 5, 2012, concerning oilfield hours-ofservice exceptions: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, phone (202) 366–4325, email MCPSD@dot.gov. For the listening sessions: Ms. Shannon Watson, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, phone (202) 385–2395, email shannon. watson@dot.gov. If you need sign language assistance to participate in a listening session, please contact Shannon Watson at (202) 385–2395, or email shannon.watson@ dot.gov, no later than 10 days prior to the listening session. Issued on: August 2, 2012. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FMCSA will provide webcast information for each listening session. Prior to each session, the Agency will post the web address for the live webcast, and instructions on how to participate at FMCSA’s Web site, www. fmcsa.dot.gov. After each listening session, FMCSA will place a full transcript of the listening session in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. [FR Doc. 2012–19303 Filed 8–2–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 111213751–2102–02] RIN 0648–XC082 Background emcdonald@gpo.gov on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; ‘‘Other Flatfish’’ in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and Greenland Turbot in the Aleutian Island Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area AGENCY: On June 5, 2012, FMCSA published a notice in the Federal Register concerning regulatory guidance about the ‘‘oilfield operations’’ exceptions in 49 CFR 395.1(d) (77 FR 33098). The regulatory guidance, effective June 5, 2012, was issued to ensure consistent understanding and application of the regulatory exceptions. Several groups or organizations have requested that the Agency extend the comment period and consider holding a listening session(s). The FMCSA announces (1) an extension of the comment period for the submission of written comments in response to the June 5, 2012, notice, and (2) listening sessions on the regulatory guidance. Listening Sessions The listening sessions are open to the public. Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to 5 minutes, but are not required to pre-register. The public may submit material to the FMCSA staff at the session for inclusion in the docket, FMCSA–2012–0183. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:44 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for comments. NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of ‘‘other flatfish’’ in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) and Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Island subarea of the BSAI. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI. DATES: Effective August 1, 2012 through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, December 31, 2012. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, August 16, 2012. SUMMARY: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2012–0125, by any of the following methods: ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46641 • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ‘‘submit a comment’’ icon, then enter NOAA–NMFS–2012–0125 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ icon on that line. • Mail: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. • Fax: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Fax comments to 907– 586–7557. • Hand delivery to the Federal Building: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Deliver comments to 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK. Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. 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 E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1 46642 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Rules and Regulations emcdonald@gpo.gov on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES 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 2012 ITAC of ‘‘other flatfish’’ in the BSAI was established as 2,720 metric tons (mt), and the 2012 ITAC of Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Island subarea was established as 2,066 mt by the final 2012 and 2013 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (77 FR 10669, February 23, 2012). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(3), the Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has reviewed the most current available data and finds that the ITAC for ‘‘other flatfish’’ and the ITAC for Aleutian Island subarea Greenland turbot in the BSAI needs to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve in order to promote efficiency in the utilization of fishery resources in the BSAI and allow fishing operations to continue. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions from the non-specified reserve of groundfish 480 mt to the ‘‘other flatfish’’ ITAC and 364 mt to the Aleutian Island subarea Greenland turbot ITAC in the BSAI. This apportionment is consistent with § 679.20(b)(1)(i) and does not result in overfishing of a target species because the revised ITAC is equal to or less than the specifications of the acceptable biological catch in the final 2012 and VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:44 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 2013 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (77 FR 10669, February 23, 2012). The harvest specification for the 2012 ITAC included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI is revised as follows: 3,200 mt for ‘‘other flatfish’’ and 2,430 mt for Aleutian Island subarea Greenland turbot in the BSAI. Classification On June 27, 2012, the public in the Alaska Region was notified of the reallocation of Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea and of ‘‘other flatfish’’ in the BSAI, through local information bulletins. This action implements those reallocations. 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) and § 679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) 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 apportionment of the non-specified PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 reserves of groundfish to the ‘‘other flatfish’’ fishery and the Aleutian Islands subarea Greenland turbot fishery in the BSAI. 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 and processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of June 22, 2012. 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. Under § 679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until August 16, 2012. 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: August 1, 2012. Lindsay Fullenkamp, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–19146 Filed 8–1–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\06AUR1.SGM 06AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 151 (Monday, August 6, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 46641-46642]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-19146]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 111213751-2102-02]
RIN 0648-XC082


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; ``Other 
Flatfish'' in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and 
Greenland Turbot in the Aleutian Island Subarea of the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the 
initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of ``other flatfish'' in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) and Greenland 
turbot in the Aleutian Island subarea of the BSAI. This action is 
necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended 
to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for 
the BSAI.

DATES: Effective August 1, 2012 through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, 
December 31, 2012. Comments must be received at the following address 
no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, August 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by 
NOAA-NMFS-2012-0125, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To 
submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ``submit a 
comment'' icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0125 in the keyword search. 
Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and 
click on the ``Submit a Comment'' icon on that line.
     Mail: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, 
AK 99802-1668.
     Fax: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Fax comments to 907-586-7557.
     Hand delivery to the Federal Building: Address written 
comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, 
Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen 
Sebastian. Deliver comments to 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, 
AK.
    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above 
methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and 
considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public 
record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible.
    Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise 
sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments 
(enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). 
Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word 
or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

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

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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 2012 ITAC of ``other flatfish'' in the BSAI was established as 
2,720 metric tons (mt), and the 2012 ITAC of Greenland turbot in the 
Aleutian Island subarea was established as 2,066 mt by the final 2012 
and 2013 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (77 FR 
10669, February 23, 2012). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(3), the 
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has reviewed the most 
current available data and finds that the ITAC for ``other flatfish'' 
and the ITAC for Aleutian Island subarea Greenland turbot in the BSAI 
needs to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve in order to 
promote efficiency in the utilization of fishery resources in the BSAI 
and allow fishing operations to continue.
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions 
from the non-specified reserve of groundfish 480 mt to the ``other 
flatfish'' ITAC and 364 mt to the Aleutian Island subarea Greenland 
turbot ITAC in the BSAI. This apportionment is consistent with Sec.  
679.20(b)(1)(i) and does not result in overfishing of a target species 
because the revised ITAC is equal to or less than the specifications of 
the acceptable biological catch in the final 2012 and 2013 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (77 FR 10669, February 23, 
2012).
    The harvest specification for the 2012 ITAC included in the harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI is revised as follows: 3,200 
mt for ``other flatfish'' and 2,430 mt for Aleutian Island subarea 
Greenland turbot in the BSAI.

Classification

    On June 27, 2012, the public in the Alaska Region was notified of 
the reallocation of Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea 
and of ``other flatfish'' in the BSAI, through local information 
bulletins. This action implements those reallocations.
    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) and Sec.  679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) 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 apportionment of the non-specified 
reserves of groundfish to the ``other flatfish'' fishery and the 
Aleutian Islands subarea Greenland turbot fishery in the BSAI. 
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 and processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice 
providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant 
data only became available as of June 22, 2012.
    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.
    Under Sec.  679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to 
submit written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until August 16, 
2012.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 1, 2012.
Lindsay Fullenkamp,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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