Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer, 76424-76425 [2012-31216]

Download as PDF 76424 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 249 / Friday, December 28, 2012 / Rules and Regulations * Elevation in feet (NGVD) + Elevation in feet (NAVD) # Depth in feet above ground ∧ Elevation in meters (MSL) modified Flooding source(s) Location of referenced elevation Tributary 2 ............................. Approximately 70 feet downstream of the railroad ...... Approximately 950 feet downstream of B Street ......... +1356 +1353 Approximately 600 feet downstream of the railroad .... Communities affected +1360 City of Snyder, Unincorporated Areas of Kiowa County. * National Geodetic Vertical Datum. + North American Vertical Datum. # Depth in feet above ground. ∧ Mean Sea Level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 meter. ADDRESSES City of Snyder Maps are available for inspection at City Hall, 721 E Street, Snyder, OK 73566. Unincorporated Areas of Kiowa County Maps are available for inspection at the Kiowa County Courthouse, 316 South Main Street, Hobart, OK 73651. Wayne County, West Virginia, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA–B–1229 Big Sandy River .................... At the Ohio River confluence ....................................... +550 Town of Fort Gay, Unincorporated Areas of Wayne County. Mill Creek (backwater effects from Tug Fork). Tug Fork ................................ At the Tug Fork confluence .......................................... From the Tug Fork confluence to approximately 1.1 miles upstream of the Tug Fork confluence. At the Big Sandy River confluence .............................. Approximately 0.5 mile upstream of the Big Sandy River confluence. +575 +575 Town of Fort Gay. +575 +575 Town of Fort Gay. * National Geodetic Vertical Datum. + North American Vertical Datum. # Depth in feet above ground. ∧ Mean Sea Level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 meter. ADDRESSES Town of Fort Gay Maps are available for inspection at the Town Hall, 3407 Wayne Street, Fort Gay, WV 25514. Unincorporated Areas of Wayne County Maps are available for inspection at the Wayne County Courthouse, 700 Hendricks Street, Wayne, WV 25570. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, ‘‘Flood Insurance.’’) James A. Walke, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2012–31289 Filed 12–27–12; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 120201086–2418–02] RIN 0648–XC394 BILLING CODE 9110–12–P Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the State of Florida is transferring a portion of its 2012 commercial bluefish quota to the State of New York. By this action, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:32 Dec 27, 2012 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved. DATES: Effective December 21, 2012, through December 31, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Bari, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9224. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the bluefish 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 Florida through Maine. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state are described in § 648.162. The final rule implementing Amendment 1 to the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan, which was published on July 26, 2000 (65 FR 45844), E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 249 / Friday, December 28, 2012 / Rules and Regulations provided a mechanism for bluefish 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 bluefish commercial quota under § 648.162(e). The Regional Administrator is required to consider the criteria in § 648.162(e)(1) in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations. Florida has agreed to transfer 50,000 lb (22,680 kg) of its 2012 commercial quota to New York. This transfer was prompted by the diligent efforts of state officials in New York not to exceed the commercial bluefish quota. The Regional Administrator has determined that the criteria set forth in § 648.162(e)(1) have been met. The revised bluefish quotas for calendar year 2012 are: Florida, 987,894 lb (448,101 kg); and New York, 1,121,466 lb (508,688 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: December 21, 2012. Emily H. Menashes, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–31216 Filed 12–21–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 111207737–2141–02] RIN 0648–XC415 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:32 Dec 27, 2012 Jkt 229001 vessels using pot gear and catcher vessels less than 50 feet length overall using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2012 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested. DATES: Effective December 26, 2012, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.L.t.), December 31, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (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. Regulations governing sideboard protections for GOA groundfish fisheries appear at subpart B of 50 CFR part 680. The 2012 Pacific cod total allowable catch specified for catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA is 14,154 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2012 and 2013 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (77 FR 15194, March 14, 2012), after a 1,627 mt apportionment to the trawl catcher vessel sector under the Central GOA Rockfish Program (§ 679.81(c)(4)(ii)) and a 1,800 mt reallocation to the pot and jig gear sectors (77 FR 67579, November 13, 2012). The Administrator, Alaska Region (Regional Administrator) has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 950 mt of the 2012 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(12)(i)(B)(4). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(12)(ii)(B), the Regional Administrator has also determined that the pot sector and the less than 50 ft. length overall (LOA) catcher vessel using hook-and-line gear sector currently have the capacity to harvest this excess allocation and reallocates 750 mt to vessels using pot gear and 200 mt to less than 50 ft. LOA catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear. The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 2012 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (77 FR 15194, March 14, 2012), as adjusted by the 1,800 mt reallocation to PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 76425 the pot and jig gear sectors (77 FR 67579, November 13, 2012), are revised as follows: 13,204 mt for catcher vessels using trawl gear, 14,005 mt for vessels using pot gear, and 6,374 mt to less than 50 ft. LOA catcher vessels using hookand-line gear. This action does not reduce the Pacific cod apportionment (1,627 mt) made to the trawl catcher vessel sector operating under the Central GOA Rockfish Program. 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 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 Pacific cod specified from catcher vessels using trawl gear to vessels using pot gear and less than 50 ft. LOA catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear. Since the fishery is 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 this fishery, 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 December 20, 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. 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: December 21, 2012. Emily H. Menashes, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–31228 Filed 12–26–12; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 249 (Friday, December 28, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 120201086-2418-02]
RIN 0648-XC394


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Bluefish Fishery; 
Quota Transfer

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the State of Florida is transferring a 
portion of its 2012 commercial bluefish quota to the State of New York. 
By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised 
commercial quota for each state involved.

DATES: Effective December 21, 2012, through December 31, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Bari, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9224.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the bluefish 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 Florida through Maine. The process to set the 
annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state are 
described in Sec.  648.162.
    The final rule implementing Amendment 1 to the Bluefish Fishery 
Management Plan, which was published on July 26, 2000 (65 FR 45844),

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provided a mechanism for bluefish 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 bluefish commercial quota under 
Sec.  648.162(e). The Regional Administrator is required to consider 
the criteria in Sec.  648.162(e)(1) in the evaluation of requests for 
quota transfers or combinations.
    Florida has agreed to transfer 50,000 lb (22,680 kg) of its 2012 
commercial quota to New York. This transfer was prompted by the 
diligent efforts of state officials in New York not to exceed the 
commercial bluefish quota. The Regional Administrator has determined 
that the criteria set forth in Sec.  648.162(e)(1) have been met. The 
revised bluefish quotas for calendar year 2012 are: Florida, 987,894 lb 
(448,101 kg); and New York, 1,121,466 lb (508,688 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: December 21, 2012.
Emily H. Menashes,
Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-31216 Filed 12-21-12; 4:15 pm]
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