Amendment 4 to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Seagrass Management, 33255-33259 [2013-13194]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 12. Remove and reserve Table 50 to part 679. ■ [FR Doc. 2013–13196 Filed 6–3–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 120718255–3500–02] RIN 0648–BC38 Amendment 4 to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Seagrass Management National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 4 to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan (FMP) of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule removes seagrass species from the Coral FMP. The purpose of this rule and Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP is to address the future management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). DATES: This rule is effective July 5, 2013. Electronic copies of Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP, which include an Environmental Assessment, a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, a regulatory impact review, and a fishery impact statement, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at: https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/ index.html. ADDRESSES: wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria del Mar Lopez, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, telephone: 727– 824–5305, or email: Maria.Lopez@noaa.gov. Seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ are managed under the Coral FMP. The Coral FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented under the authority of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jun 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 Magnuson-Stevens Act by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. On February 25, 2013, NMFS published a notice of availability for Amendment 4 and requested comments (78 FR 12703). On March 6, 2013, NMFS published a proposed rule for Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP and requested public comments (78 FR 14503). The proposed rule and Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP outline the rationale for the actions contained in this final rule. Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP was approved by the Secretary of Commerce on May 23, 2013. A summary of the actions implemented by this final rule is provided below. This final rule removes seagrass species from the Coral FMP. The Council determined that Federal management of these seagrass species is unnecessary because there is no known harvest of seagrasses, and these species occur predominantly in Puerto Rico commonwealth and USVI territorial waters (state waters). In addition, seagrasses are designated as essential fish habitat (EFH) for stocks within the four Council FMPs (Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, and Coral) and as habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC) within special areas in state waters, and will continue to be protected by these designations. Other Changes Contained in This Final Rule In 50 CFR part 622, Appendix A, NMFS removes the text regarding aquarium trade species as being in the ‘‘data collection’’ category in the Coral FMP and the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI FMP (Table 1 and Table 2). NMFS has also determined that the description of waypoints B and C in the Puerto Rico Management Area (in Table 1) and waypoints B and C in the St. Thomas/St. John Management Area (in Table 3), as well as the boundary line that connects these two waypoints, were incorrectly described in the final rule for the 2010 Caribbean ACL Amendment. NMFS removes the description for points B and C in Appendix E, and maintains just the waypoints because they are sufficient descriptions of the boundary in those instances. NMFS also revises the description of the boundary line that connects waypoints B and C in Appendix E to be ‘‘the 3-nautical mile Territorial boundary of the St. Thomas/ St. John island group’’ instead of ‘‘the EEZ/Territorial boundary,’’ to be PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 33255 consistent with the Council’s intent for the specification of these Caribbean island management areas. Additionally, NMFS has determined that two boundary lines, one in the St. Croix Management Area (in Table 2) and one in the St. Thomas/St. John Management Area (in Table 3), were incorrectly described as the ‘‘EEZ/Territorial boundary’’ and are revised to ‘‘International/EEZ boundary.’’ These revisions are consistent with the Council’s intent for the specification of these Caribbean island management areas. Comments and Responses NMFS received a total of three comments on Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP and the proposed rule. A Federal agency had no comments on the actions in Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP. One comment was unrelated to the actions in Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP. The specific comment related to the actions contained in the amendment or the proposed rule is summarized and responded to below. Comment: Seagrasses are important fish breeding habitat and in addition to being protected from harvest, they should also be protected from physical damage (e.g., sand harvesting, anchoring, mooring, traps). Response: NMFS agrees that seagrasses are important fish habitats. However, because there is no known direct harvest of seagrasses and these species occur predominately in state waters, the Council determined that Federal management of these species would serve no useful purpose. That decision does not mean that seagrasses are unprotected. Seagrass habitat is already protected by EFH and HAPC designations in the four Caribbean Fishery Management Council FMPs (Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, and Coral). This rule will not affect those EFH and HAPC designations. To the extent that seagrasses are present in Federal waters, this habitat is protected by anchoring restrictions in some areas and yearround prohibitions on the use of pots, traps, bottom longlines, gillnets, or trammel nets in Federal closed areas. Other management measures, such as the prohibition on the use of chemicals, plant or plant-derived toxins, and explosives to harvest reef-associated species, as well as restricting to handheld dip nets and slurp guns the allowable gear for collecting marine aquarium fishes, provide direct and indirect physical benefits to the seagrass E:\FR\FM\04JNR1.SGM 04JNR1 33256 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations habitat by protecting it from the adverse effects of specific fishing gear. Appendix A to Part 622—Species Tables Changes From the Proposed Rule Table 1 of Appendix A to Part 622— Caribbean Coral Reef Resources I. Coelenterates—Phylum Coelenterata A. Hydrocorals—Class Hydrozoa 1. Hydroids—Order Anthoathecata Family Milleporidae Millepora spp., Fire corals Family Stylasteridae Stylaster roseus, Rose lace corals B. Anthozoans—Class Anthozoa 1. Soft corals—Order Alcyonacea Family Anthothelidae Erythropodium caribaeorum, Encrusting gorgonian Iciligorgia schrammi, Deepwater sea fan Family Briareidae Briareum asbestinum, Corky sea finger Family Clavulariidae Carijoa riisei Telesto spp. 2. Gorgonian corals—Order Gorgonacea Family Ellisellidae Ellisella spp., Sea whips Family Gorgoniidae Gorgonia flabellum, Venus sea fan G. mariae, Wide-mesh sea fan G. ventalina, Common sea fan Pseudopterogorgia acerosa, Sea plume P. albatrossae P. americana, Slimy sea plume P. bipinnata, Bipinnate plume P. rigida Pterogorgia anceps, Angular sea whip P. citrina, Yellow sea whip Family Plexauridae Eunicea calyculata, Warty sea rod E. clavigera E. fusca, Doughnut sea rod E. knighti E. laciniata E. laxispica E. mammosa, Swollen-knob E. succinea, Shelf-knob sea rod E. touneforti Muricea atlantica M. elongata, Orange spiny rod M. laxa, Delicate spiny rod M. muricata, Spiny sea fan M. pinnata, Long spine sea fan Muriceopsis spp. M. flavida, Rough sea plume M. sulphurea Plexaura flexuosa, Bent sea rod P. homomalla, Black sea rod Plexaurella dichotoma, Slit-pore sea rod P. fusifera P. grandiflora P. grisea P. nutans, Giant slit-pore Pseudoplexaura crucis P. flagellosa P. porosa, Porous sea rod P. wagenaari 3. Hard Corals—Order Scleractinia Family Acroporidae Acropora cervicornis, Staghorn coral A. palmata, Elkhorn coral A. prolifera, Fused staghorn Family Agaricidae Agaricia agaricites, Lettuce leaf coral A. fragilis, Fragile saucer A. lamarcki, Lamarck’s sheet A. tenuifolia, Thin leaf lettuce In 50 CFR Part 622 Appendix A Tables 1 and 2, NMFS has identified several species names that contained misspellings. These misspellings are corrected in this final rule. Classification The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined that the actions contained in this final rule are consistent with Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable law. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration during the proposed rule stage that this action would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The factual basis for this certification was published in the proposed rule and is not repeated here. No comments were received regarding the certification and NMFS has not received any new information that would affect its determination. No changes to the final rule were made in response to public comments. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis was not required and none was prepared. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622 Fisheries, Fishing, Puerto Rico, Seagrass, Virgin Islands. Dated: May 30, 2013. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR Part 622 is amended as follows: PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC 1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 2. In Appendix A to part 622, Tables 1 and 2 are revised to read as follows: ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jun 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Leptoseris cucullata, Sunray lettuce Family Astrocoeniidae Stephanocoenia michelinii, Blushing star Family Caryophylliidae Eusmilia fastigiata, Flower coral Tubastrea aurea, Cup coral Family Faviidae Cladocora arbuscula, Tube coral Colpophyllia natans, Boulder coral Diploria clivosa, Knobby brain coral D. labyrinthiformis, Grooved brain D. strigosa, Symmetrical brain Favia fragum, Golfball coral Manicina areolata, Rose coral M. mayori, Tortugas rose coral Montastrea annularis, Boulder star coral M. cavernosa, Great star coral Solenastrea bournoni, Smooth star coral Family Meandrinidae Dendrogyra cylindrus, Pillar coral Dichocoenia stellaris, Pancake star D. stokesi, Elliptical star Meandrina meandrites, Maze coral Family Mussidae Isophyllastrea rigida, Rough star coral Isophyllia sinuosa, Sinuous cactus Mussa angulosa, Large flower coral Mycetophyllia aliciae, Thin fungus coral M. danae, Fat fungus coral M. ferox, Grooved fungus M. lamarckiana, Fungus coral Scolymia cubensis, Artichoke coral S. lacera, Solitary disk Family Oculinidae Oculina diffusa, Ivory bush coral Family Pocilloporidae Madracis decactis, Ten-ray star coral M. mirabilis, Yellow pencil Family Poritidae Porites astreoides, Mustard hill coral P. branneri, Blue crust coral P. divaricata, Small finger coral P. porites, Finger coral Family Rhizangiidae Astrangia solitaria, Dwarf cup coral Phyllangia americana, Hidden cup coral Family Siderastreidae Siderastrea radians, Lesser starlet S. siderea, Massive starlet 4. Black Corals—Order Antipatharia Antipathes spp., Bushy black coral Stichopathes spp., Wire coral II. [Reserved] Aquarium Trade Species in the Caribbean Coral FMP I. Sponges—Phylum Porifera A. Demosponges—Class Demospongiae Amphimedon compressa, Erect rope sponge Chondrilla nucula, Chicken liver sponge Cinachyrella alloclada Geodia neptuni, Potato sponge Haliclona spp., Finger sponge Myriastra spp. Niphates digitalis, Pink vase sponge N. erecta, Lavender rope sponge Spinosella plicifera S. vaginalis Tethya crypta II. Coelenterates—Phylum Coelenterata A. Anthozoans—Class Anthozoa 1. Anemones—Order Actiniaria Aiptasia tagetes, Pale anemone Bartholomea annulata, Corkscrew anemone Condylactis gigantea, Giant pink-tipped anemone E:\FR\FM\04JNR1.SGM 04JNR1 wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Heteractis lucida, Knobby anemone Lebrunia spp., Staghorn anemone Stichodactyla helianthus, Sun anemone 2. Colonial Anemones—Order Zoanthidea Zoanthus spp., Sea mat 3. False Corals—Order Corallimorpharia Discosoma spp. (formerly Rhodactis), False coral Ricordea florida, Florida false coral III. Annelid Worms—Phylum Annelida A. Polychaetes—Class Polychaeta Family Sabellidae, Feather duster worms Sabellastarte spp., Tube worms S. magnifica, Magnificent duster Family Serpulidae Spirobranchus giganteus, Christmas tree worm IV. Mollusks—Phylum Mollusca A. Gastropods—Class Gastropoda Family Elysiidae Tridachia crispata, Lettuce sea slug Family Olividae Oliva reticularis, Netted olive Family Ovulidae Cyphoma gibbosum, Flamingo tongue B. Bivalves—Class Bivalvia Family Limidae Lima spp., Fileclams L. scabra, Rough fileclam Family Spondylidae Spondylus americanus, Atlantic thorny oyster C. Cephalopods—Class Cephalopoda 1. Octopuses—Order Octopoda Family Octopodidae Octopus spp. (except the Common octopus, O. vulgaris) V. Arthropods—Phylum Arthropoda A. Crustaceans—Subphylum Crustacea 1. Decapods—Order Decapoda Family Alpheidae Alpheus armatus, Snapping shrimp Family Diogenidae Paguristes spp., Hermit crabs P. cadenati, Red reef hermit Family Grapsidae Percnon gibbesi, Nimble spray crab Family Hippolytidae Lysmata spp., Peppermint shrimp Thor amboinensis, Anemone shrimp Family Majidae, Coral crabs Mithrax spp., Clinging crabs M. cinctimanus, Banded clinging M. sculptus, Green clinging Stenorhynchus seticornis, Yellowline arrow Family Palaemonida Periclimenes spp., Cleaner shrimp Family Squillidae, Mantis crabs Gonodactylus spp. Lysiosquilla spp. Family Stenopodidae, Coral shrimp Stenopus hispidus, Banded shrimp S. scutellatus, Golden shrimp VI. Echinoderms—Phylum Echinodermata A. Feather stars—Class Crinoidea Analcidometra armata, Swimming crinoid Davidaster spp., Crinoids Nemaster spp., Crinoids B. Sea stars—Class Asteroidea Astropecten spp., Sand stars Linckia guildingii, Common comet star Ophidiaster guildingii, Comet star Oreaster reticulatus, Cushion sea star C. Brittle and basket stars—Class Ophiuroidea VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jun 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 Astrophyton muricatum, Giant basket star Ophiocoma spp., Brittlestars Ophioderma spp., Brittlestars O. rubicundum, Ruby brittlestar D. Sea Urchins—Class Echinoidea Diadema antillarum, Long-spined urchin Echinometra spp., Purple urchin Eucidaris tribuloides, Pencil urchin Lytechinus spp., Pin cushion urchin Tripneustes ventricosus, Sea egg E. Sea Cucumbers—Class Holothuroidea Holothuria spp., Sea cucumbers VII. Chordates—Phylum Chordata A. Tunicates—Subphylum Urochordata Table 2 of Appendix A to Part 622— Caribbean Reef Fish Lutjanidae—Snappers Unit 1 Black snapper, Apsilus dentatus Blackfin snapper, Lutjanus buccanella Silk snapper, Lutjanus vivanus Vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens Wenchman, Pristipomoides aquilonaris Unit 2 Cardinal, Pristipomoides macrophthalmus Queen snapper, Etelis oculatus Unit 3 Gray snapper, Lutjanus griseus Lane snapper, Lutjanus synagris Mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis Dog snapper, Lutjanus jocu Schoolmaster, Lutjanus apodus Mahogany snapper, Lutjanus mahogoni Unit 4 Yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus Serranidae—Sea basses and Groupers Unit 1 Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus Unit 2 Goliath grouper, Epinephelus itajara Unit 3 Coney, Epinephelus fulvus Graysby, Epinephelus cruentatus Red hind, Epinephelus guttatus Rock hind, Epinephelus adscensionis Unit 4 Black grouper, Mycteroperca bonaci Red grouper, Epinephelus morio Tiger grouper, Mycteroperca tigris Yellowfin grouper, Mycteroperca venenosa Unit 5 Misty grouper, Epinephelus mystacinus Yellowedge grouper, Epinephelus flavolimbatus Haemulidae—Grunts White grunt, Haemulon plumierii Margate, Haemulon album Tomtate, Haemulon aurolineatum Bluestriped grunt, Haemulon sciurus French grunt, Haemulon flavolineatum Porkfish, Anisotremus virginicus Mullidae—Goatfishes Spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus Yellow goatfish, Mulloidichthys martinicus Sparidae—Porgies Jolthead porgy, Calamus bajonado Sea bream, Archosargus rhomboidalis Sheepshead porgy, Calamus penna Pluma, Calamus pennatula Holocentridae—Squirrelfishes Blackbar soldierfish, Myripristis jacobus Bigeye, Priacanthus arenatus Longspine squirrelfish, Holocentrus rufus Squirrelfish, Holocentrus adscensionis PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 33257 Malacanthidae—Tilefishes Blackline tilefish, Caulolatilus cyanops Sand tilefish, Malacanthus plumieri Carangidae—Jacks Blue runner, Caranx crysos Horse-eye jack, Caranx latus Black jack, Caranx lugubris Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana Bar jack, Caranx ruber Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili Yellow jack, Caranx bartholomaei Scaridae—Parrotfishes Blue parrotfish, Scarus coeruleus Midnight parrotfish, Scarus coelestinus Princess parrotfish, Scarus taeniopterus Queen parrotfish, Scarus vetula Rainbow parrotfish, Scarus guacamaia Redfin parrotfish, Sparisoma rubripinne Redtail parrotfish, Sparisoma chrysopterum Stoplight parrotfish, Sparisoma viride Redband parrotfish, Sparisoma aurofrenatum Striped parrotfish, Scarus croicensis Acanthuridae—Surgeonfishes Blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus Ocean surgeonfish, Acanthurus bahianus Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus Balistidae—Triggerfishes Ocean triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen Queen triggerfish, Balistes vetula Sargassum triggerfish, Xanthichthys ringens Monacanthidae—Filefishes Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus Whitespotted filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus Black durgon, Melichthys niger Ostraciidae—Boxfishes Honeycomb cowfish, Lactophrys polygonia Scrawled cowfish, Lactophrys quadricornis Trunkfish, Lactophrys trigonus Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis Smooth trunkfish, Lactophrys triqueter Labridae—Wrasses Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus Puddingwife, Halichoeres radiatus Spanish hogfish, Bodianus rufus Pomacanthidae—Angelfishes Queen angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris Gray angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru Aquarium Trade Species in the Caribbean Reef Fish FMP: Frogfish, Antennarius spp. Flamefish, Apogon maculatus Conchfish, Astrapogon stellatus Redlip blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus Peacock flounder, Bothus lunatus Longsnout butterflyfish, Chaetodon aculeatus Foureye butterflyfish, Chaetodon capistratus Spotfin butterflyfish, Chaetodon ocellatus Banded butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus Redspotted hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus pinos Flying gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans Atlantic spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber Neon goby, Gobiosoma oceanops Rusty goby, Priolepis hipoliti Royal gramma, Gramma loreto Creole wrasse, Clepticus parrae Yellowcheek wrasse, Halichoeres cyanocephalus Yellowhead wrasse, Halichoeres garnoti Clown wrasse, Halichoeres maculipinna E:\FR\FM\04JNR1.SGM 04JNR1 33258 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Pearly razorfish, Hemipteronotus novacula Green razorfish, Hemipteronotus splendens Bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum Chain moray, Echidna catenata Green moray, Gymnothorax funebris Goldentail moray, Gymnothorax miliaris Batfish, Ogcocephalus spp. Goldspotted eel, Myrichthys ocellatus Yellowhead jawfish, Opistognathus aurifrons Dusky jawfish, Opistognathus whitehursti Cherubfish, Centropyge argi Rock beauty, Holacanthus tricolor Sergeant major, Abudefduf saxatilis Blue chromis, Chromis cyanea Sunshinefish, Chromis insolata Yellowtail damselfish, Microspathodon chrysurus Dusky damselfish, Pomacentrus fuscus Beaugregory, Pomacentrus leucostictus Bicolor damselfish, Pomacentrus partitus Threespot damselfish, Pomacentrus planifrons Glasseye snapper, Priacanthus cruentatus High-hat, Equetus acuminatus Jackknife-fish, Equetus lanceolatus Spotted drum, Equetus punctatus Scorpaenidae—Scorpionfishes Butter hamlet, Hypoplectrus unicolor Swissguard basslet, Liopropoma rubre Greater soapfish, Rypticus saponaceus Orangeback bass, Serranus annularis Lantern bass, Serranus baldwini Tobaccofish, Serranus tabacarius Harlequin bass, Serranus tigrinus Chalk bass, Serranus tortugarum Caribbean tonguefish, Symphurus arawak Seahorses, Hippocampus spp. Pipefishes, Syngnathus spp. Sand diver, Synodus intermedius Sharpnose puffer, Canthigaster rostrata Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix * * * * * 3. Appendix E to part 622 is revised to read as follows: ■ Appendix E to Part 622—Caribbean Island/Island Group Management Areas Table 1 of Appendix E to Part 622— Coordinates of the Puerto Rico Management Area. The Puerto Rico management area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points. Point North latitude West longitude A (intersects with the International/EEZ boundary) ........................................................................................... B ......................................................................................................................................................................... From Point B, proceed southerly along the 3-nautical mile Territorial boundary of the St. Thomas/St. John island group to Point C. C ........................................................................................................................................................................ D ........................................................................................................................................................................ E ......................................................................................................................................................................... F ......................................................................................................................................................................... From Point F, proceed southwesterly, then northerly, then easterly, and finally southerly along the International/EEZ boundary to Point A. A (intersects with the International/EEZ boundary) ........................................................................................... 19°37′29″ 18°25′46.3015″ 65°20′57″ 65°06′31.866″ 18°13′59.0606″ 18°01′16.9636″ 17°30′00.000″ 16°02′53.5812″ 65°05′33.058″ 64°57′38.817″ 65°20′00.1716″ 65°20′00.1716″’ 19°37′29″ 65°20′57″ Table 2 of Appendix E to Part 622— Coordinates of the St. Croix Management Area. The St. Croix management area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following points. Point North latitude G ........................................................................................................................................................................ From Point G, proceed easterly, then southerly, then southwesterly along the International/EEZ boundary to Point F. F ......................................................................................................................................................................... E ......................................................................................................................................................................... D ........................................................................................................................................................................ G ........................................................................................................................................................................ Table 3 of Appendix E to Part 622— Coordinates of the St. Thomas/St. John Management Area. West longitude 18°03′03″ 64°38′03″ 16°02′53.5812″ 17°30′00.000″ 18°01′16.9636″ 18°03′03″ 65°20′00.1716″ 65°20′00.1716″ 64°57′38.817″ 64°38′03″ North latitude West longitude connecting, in order, the following points. The St. Thomas/St. John management area is bounded by rhumb lines wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES Point A (intersects with the International/EEZ boundary) ........................................................................................... From Point A, proceed southeasterly along the International/EEZ boundary to Point G. G ........................................................................................................................................................................ D ........................................................................................................................................................................ C ........................................................................................................................................................................ From Point C, proceed northerly along the 3-nautical mile Territorial boundary of the St. Thomas/St. John island group to Point B. B ......................................................................................................................................................................... A (intersects with the International/EEZ boundary) ........................................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jun 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\04JNR1.SGM 19°37′29″ 65°20′57″ 18°03′03″ 18°01′16.9636″ 18°13′59.0606″ 64°38′03″ 64°57′38.817″ 65°05′33.058″ 18°25′46.3015″ 19°37′29″ 65°06′31.866″ 65°20′57″ 04JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 107 / Tuesday, June 4, 2013 / Rules and Regulations [FR Doc. 2013–13194 Filed 6–3–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 121004516–3498–02] RIN 0648–BC64 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS implements management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule establishes a closure date for the 2013 recreational sector for the harvest of gag based on the projected annual catch target (ACT), and reduces the geographic extent of the recreational shallow-water grouper (SWG) fixed seasonal closure. In the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), SWG consists of gag, red grouper, black grouper, scamp, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper. The purpose of this rule is to help achieve optimum yield (OY) for the Gulf gag and other SWG resources and prevent overfishing from the stocks in the SWG complex. DATES: This rule is effective July 5, 2013. Electronic copies of the framework action, which includes an environmental assessment, regulatory impact review, and Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at https:// sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/ GrouperSnapperandReefFish.htm. ADDRESSES: wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Hood, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, telephone 727–824–5305; email: Peter.Hood@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reef fish fishery of the Gulf includes SWG and is managed under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented through regulations at 50 CFR part 622 under the authority of VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jun 03, 2013 Jkt 229001 the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). On February 21, 2013, NMFS published a proposed rule for the framework action and requested public comments (78 FR 12012). The proposed rule and the framework action outline the rationale for the actions contained in this final rule. A summary of the actions implemented by this final rule are provided below. This final rule: (1) Establishes a closure date for the recreational sector for the harvest of gag based on when the ACT is projected to be reached, rather than closing on November 1, 2013, as prescribed under current regulations; and (2) modifies the geographic extent of the recreational SWG fixed seasonal closure, which occurs from February 1 through March 31, each year, to allow recreational SWG fishing within Federal waters shoreward of the 20-fathom boundary during the closure. Both measures are intended to prevent overfishing of gag. However, while the second measure will reduce restrictions on fishermen wanting to harvest SWG in nearshore waters during the closure, the reduction in the geographic extent of the closure still provides some spawning season protection for several SWG species, but provides a better opportunity for the recreational sector to achieve OY from the stocks in the SWG complex in the Gulf. Management Measures Contained in This Final Rule Recreational Gag Fishing Season The recreational gag fishing season opens on July 1, each year. Currently, the season closes on November 1, each year, and remains closed until the following July. This final rule sets the closure date of the recreational sector for gag based on when the ACT is projected to be reached. NMFS will monitor recreational gag landings inseason and if NMFS projects the recreational gag ACL will be reached before the expected ACT closure date, NMFS may publish a different closure date in the Federal Register. Given a 2013 ACT of 1.287 million lb (0.584 million kg), gutted weight, and assuming compatible state regulations, NMFS projected at the time of the proposed rule that the recreational gag fishing season would remain open until sometime between November 11 and December 3, 2013. In 2013, four Gulf coast counties in Florida established recreational gag fishing seasons in state waters that are inconsistent with the 2013 Federal season. All other Gulf coast counties are consistent with the PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 33259 season for Federal waters. Therefore, the effect of these inconsistent seasons on gag harvest has been factored into projections of how long the Federal season may remain open based on the ACT. Using updated landings data, NMFS now projects the ACT for the recreational sector for gag will be reached on December 3, 2013. Therefore, the recreational sector for gag will open at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 1, 2013, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, December 3, 2013, unless NMFS determines, using in-season landings data, that the ACL will be reached before December 3, 2013, at which time NMFS will publish a new closure date in the Federal Register. During the closure, the bag and possession limit of gag in or from the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is zero. For persons in the Gulf on board a vessel for which a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued, this bag and possession limit applies without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e. in state or Federal waters. The recreational sector for gag will reopen on July 1, 2014, the start of the 2014 recreational fishing season. Recreational SWG Fixed Seasonal Closure This final rule modifies the geographic extent of the February 1 through March 31 recreational SWG fixed seasonal closure, so that it applies only to Federal waters seaward of the 20-fathom boundary as established by the coordinates in 50 CFR 622.34(d). This modification will continue to provide protection for spawning gag as well as for other SWG species that spawn in waters deeper than 20 fathoms in February and March, while allowing fishermen to harvest SWG shoreward of the 20-fathom contour. The coordinates of the boundary follow the 20-fathom reef fish bottom longline boundary from the Florida Keys north and west to Cape San Blas, as specified in Table 1 of Appendix B to 50 CFR Part 622. However, where the longline boundary moves out to 50 fathoms west of Cape San Blas, this rule establishes new 20fathom boundary coordinates for waters off Cape San Blas to the U.S. and Mexico border. Comments and Reponses NMFS received a total of 23 individual comments on the framework action and the proposed rule. Seven individual comments supported all or a part of the rule. One Federal agency indicated they had no objection to the framework action or the rule. The E:\FR\FM\04JNR1.SGM 04JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 120718255-3500-02]
RIN 0648-BC38


Amendment 4 to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and 
Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands; Seagrass Management

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 4 to the 
Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management 
Plan (FMP) of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral 
FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Caribbean Fishery Management 
Council (Council). This final rule removes seagrass species from the 
Coral FMP. The purpose of this rule and Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP is 
to address the future management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean 
exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

DATES: This rule is effective July 5, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP, which 
include an Environmental Assessment, a Regulatory Flexibility Act 
analysis, a regulatory impact review, and a fishery impact statement, 
may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at: https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria del Mar Lopez, Southeast 
Regional Office, NMFS, telephone: 727-824-5305, or email: 
Maria.Lopez@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ are 
managed under the Coral FMP. The Coral FMP was prepared by the Council 
and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by 
regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    On February 25, 2013, NMFS published a notice of availability for 
Amendment 4 and requested comments (78 FR 12703). On March 6, 2013, 
NMFS published a proposed rule for Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP and 
requested public comments (78 FR 14503). The proposed rule and 
Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP outline the rationale for the actions 
contained in this final rule. Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP was approved 
by the Secretary of Commerce on May 23, 2013. A summary of the actions 
implemented by this final rule is provided below.
    This final rule removes seagrass species from the Coral FMP. The 
Council determined that Federal management of these seagrass species is 
unnecessary because there is no known harvest of seagrasses, and these 
species occur predominantly in Puerto Rico commonwealth and USVI 
territorial waters (state waters). In addition, seagrasses are 
designated as essential fish habitat (EFH) for stocks within the four 
Council FMPs (Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Reef 
Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Spiny Lobster Fishery of 
Puerto Rico and the USVI, and Coral) and as habitat areas of particular 
concern (HAPC) within special areas in state waters, and will continue 
to be protected by these designations.

Other Changes Contained in This Final Rule

    In 50 CFR part 622, Appendix A, NMFS removes the text regarding 
aquarium trade species as being in the ``data collection'' category in 
the Coral FMP and the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI FMP 
(Table 1 and Table 2).
    NMFS has also determined that the description of waypoints B and C 
in the Puerto Rico Management Area (in Table 1) and waypoints B and C 
in the St. Thomas/St. John Management Area (in Table 3), as well as the 
boundary line that connects these two waypoints, were incorrectly 
described in the final rule for the 2010 Caribbean ACL Amendment. NMFS 
removes the description for points B and C in Appendix E, and maintains 
just the waypoints because they are sufficient descriptions of the 
boundary in those instances. NMFS also revises the description of the 
boundary line that connects waypoints B and C in Appendix E to be ``the 
3-nautical mile Territorial boundary of the St. Thomas/St. John island 
group'' instead of ``the EEZ/Territorial boundary,'' to be consistent 
with the Council's intent for the specification of these Caribbean 
island management areas. Additionally, NMFS has determined that two 
boundary lines, one in the St. Croix Management Area (in Table 2) and 
one in the St. Thomas/St. John Management Area (in Table 3), were 
incorrectly described as the ``EEZ/Territorial boundary'' and are 
revised to ``International/EEZ boundary.'' These revisions are 
consistent with the Council's intent for the specification of these 
Caribbean island management areas.

Comments and Responses

    NMFS received a total of three comments on Amendment 4 to the Coral 
FMP and the proposed rule. A Federal agency had no comments on the 
actions in Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP. One comment was unrelated to 
the actions in Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP. The specific comment 
related to the actions contained in the amendment or the proposed rule 
is summarized and responded to below.
    Comment: Seagrasses are important fish breeding habitat and in 
addition to being protected from harvest, they should also be protected 
from physical damage (e.g., sand harvesting, anchoring, mooring, 
traps).
    Response: NMFS agrees that seagrasses are important fish habitats. 
However, because there is no known direct harvest of seagrasses and 
these species occur predominately in state waters, the Council 
determined that Federal management of these species would serve no 
useful purpose. That decision does not mean that seagrasses are 
unprotected. Seagrass habitat is already protected by EFH and HAPC 
designations in the four Caribbean Fishery Management Council FMPs 
(Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Reef Fish Fishery 
of Puerto Rico and the USVI, Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and 
the USVI, and Coral). This rule will not affect those EFH and HAPC 
designations. To the extent that seagrasses are present in Federal 
waters, this habitat is protected by anchoring restrictions in some 
areas and year-round prohibitions on the use of pots, traps, bottom 
longlines, gillnets, or trammel nets in Federal closed areas. Other 
management measures, such as the prohibition on the use of chemicals, 
plant or plant-derived toxins, and explosives to harvest reef-
associated species, as well as restricting to hand-held dip nets and 
slurp guns the allowable gear for collecting marine aquarium fishes, 
provide direct and indirect physical benefits to the seagrass

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habitat by protecting it from the adverse effects of specific fishing 
gear.

Changes From the Proposed Rule

    In 50 CFR Part 622 Appendix A Tables 1 and 2, NMFS has identified 
several species names that contained misspellings. These misspellings 
are corrected in this final rule.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
that the actions contained in this final rule are consistent with 
Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other 
applicable law.
    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce 
certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration during the proposed rule stage that this action would 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. The factual basis for this certification was published in the 
proposed rule and is not repeated here. No comments were received 
regarding the certification and NMFS has not received any new 
information that would affect its determination. No changes to the 
final rule were made in response to public comments. As a result, a 
regulatory flexibility analysis was not required and none was prepared.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622

    Fisheries, Fishing, Puerto Rico, Seagrass, Virgin Islands.

    Dated: May 30, 2013.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, performing the functions and 
duties of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR Part 622 is amended 
as follows:

PART 622--FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC

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1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. In Appendix A to part 622, Tables 1 and 2 are revised to read as 
follows:

Appendix A to Part 622--Species Tables

Table 1 of Appendix A to Part 622--Caribbean Coral Reef Resources

I. Coelenterates--Phylum Coelenterata
    A. Hydrocorals--Class Hydrozoa
    1. Hydroids--Order Anthoathecata
    Family Milleporidae
    Millepora spp., Fire corals
    Family Stylasteridae
    Stylaster roseus, Rose lace corals
    B. Anthozoans--Class Anthozoa
    1. Soft corals--Order Alcyonacea
    Family Anthothelidae
    Erythropodium caribaeorum, Encrusting gorgonian
    Iciligorgia schrammi, Deepwater sea fan
    Family Briareidae
    Briareum asbestinum, Corky sea finger
    Family Clavulariidae
    Carijoa riisei
    Telesto spp.
    2. Gorgonian corals--Order Gorgonacea
    Family Ellisellidae
    Ellisella spp., Sea whips
    Family Gorgoniidae
    Gorgonia flabellum, Venus sea fan
    G. mariae, Wide-mesh sea fan
    G. ventalina, Common sea fan
    Pseudopterogorgia acerosa, Sea plume
    P. albatrossae
    P. americana, Slimy sea plume
    P. bipinnata, Bipinnate plume
    P. rigida
    Pterogorgia anceps, Angular sea whip
    P. citrina, Yellow sea whip
    Family Plexauridae
    Eunicea calyculata, Warty sea rod
    E. clavigera
    E. fusca, Doughnut sea rod
    E. knighti
    E. laciniata
    E. laxispica
    E. mammosa, Swollen-knob
    E. succinea, Shelf-knob sea rod
    E. touneforti
    Muricea atlantica
    M. elongata, Orange spiny rod
    M. laxa, Delicate spiny rod
    M. muricata, Spiny sea fan
    M. pinnata, Long spine sea fan
    Muriceopsis spp.
    M. flavida, Rough sea plume
    M. sulphurea
    Plexaura flexuosa, Bent sea rod
    P. homomalla, Black sea rod
    Plexaurella dichotoma, Slit-pore sea rod
    P. fusifera
    P. grandiflora
    P. grisea
    P. nutans, Giant slit-pore
    Pseudoplexaura crucis
    P. flagellosa
    P. porosa, Porous sea rod
    P. wagenaari
    3. Hard Corals--Order Scleractinia
    Family Acroporidae
    Acropora cervicornis, Staghorn coral
    A. palmata, Elkhorn coral
    A. prolifera, Fused staghorn
    Family Agaricidae
    Agaricia agaricites, Lettuce leaf coral
    A. fragilis, Fragile saucer
    A. lamarcki, Lamarck's sheet
    A. tenuifolia, Thin leaf lettuce
    Leptoseris cucullata, Sunray lettuce
    Family Astrocoeniidae
    Stephanocoenia michelinii, Blushing star
    Family Caryophylliidae
    Eusmilia fastigiata, Flower coral
    Tubastrea aurea, Cup coral
    Family Faviidae
    Cladocora arbuscula, Tube coral
    Colpophyllia natans, Boulder coral
    Diploria clivosa, Knobby brain coral
    D. labyrinthiformis, Grooved brain
    D. strigosa, Symmetrical brain
    Favia fragum, Golfball coral
    Manicina areolata, Rose coral
    M. mayori, Tortugas rose coral
    Montastrea annularis, Boulder star coral
    M. cavernosa, Great star coral
    Solenastrea bournoni, Smooth star coral
    Family Meandrinidae
    Dendrogyra cylindrus, Pillar coral
    Dichocoenia stellaris, Pancake star
    D. stokesi, Elliptical star
    Meandrina meandrites, Maze coral
    Family Mussidae
    Isophyllastrea rigida, Rough star coral
    Isophyllia sinuosa, Sinuous cactus
    Mussa angulosa, Large flower coral
    Mycetophyllia aliciae, Thin fungus coral
    M. danae, Fat fungus coral
    M. ferox, Grooved fungus
    M. lamarckiana, Fungus coral
    Scolymia cubensis, Artichoke coral
    S. lacera, Solitary disk
    Family Oculinidae
    Oculina diffusa, Ivory bush coral
    Family Pocilloporidae
    Madracis decactis, Ten-ray star coral
    M. mirabilis, Yellow pencil
    Family Poritidae
    Porites astreoides, Mustard hill coral
    P. branneri, Blue crust coral
    P. divaricata, Small finger coral
    P. porites, Finger coral
    Family Rhizangiidae
    Astrangia solitaria, Dwarf cup coral
    Phyllangia americana, Hidden cup coral
    Family Siderastreidae
    Siderastrea radians, Lesser starlet
    S. siderea, Massive starlet
    4. Black Corals--Order Antipatharia
    Antipathes spp., Bushy black coral
    Stichopathes spp., Wire coral
II. [Reserved]
Aquarium Trade Species in the Caribbean Coral FMP
I. Sponges--Phylum Porifera
    A. Demosponges--Class Demospongiae
    Amphimedon compressa, Erect rope sponge
    Chondrilla nucula, Chicken liver sponge
    Cinachyrella alloclada
    Geodia neptuni, Potato sponge
    Haliclona spp., Finger sponge
    Myriastra spp.
    Niphates digitalis, Pink vase sponge
    N. erecta, Lavender rope sponge
    Spinosella plicifera
    S. vaginalis
    Tethya crypta
II. Coelenterates--Phylum Coelenterata
    A. Anthozoans--Class Anthozoa
    1. Anemones--Order Actiniaria
    Aiptasia tagetes, Pale anemone
    Bartholomea annulata, Corkscrew anemone
    Condylactis gigantea, Giant pink-tipped anemone

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    Heteractis lucida, Knobby anemone
    Lebrunia spp., Staghorn anemone
    Stichodactyla helianthus, Sun anemone
    2. Colonial Anemones--Order Zoanthidea
    Zoanthus spp., Sea mat
    3. False Corals--Order Corallimorpharia
    Discosoma spp. (formerly Rhodactis), False coral
    Ricordea florida, Florida false coral
III. Annelid Worms--Phylum Annelida
    A. Polychaetes--Class Polychaeta
    Family Sabellidae, Feather duster worms
    Sabellastarte spp., Tube worms
    S. magnifica, Magnificent duster
    Family Serpulidae
    Spirobranchus giganteus, Christmas tree worm
IV. Mollusks--Phylum Mollusca
    A. Gastropods--Class Gastropoda
    Family Elysiidae
    Tridachia crispata, Lettuce sea slug
    Family Olividae
    Oliva reticularis, Netted olive
    Family Ovulidae
    Cyphoma gibbosum, Flamingo tongue
    B. Bivalves--Class Bivalvia
    Family Limidae
    Lima spp., Fileclams
    L. scabra, Rough fileclam
    Family Spondylidae
    Spondylus americanus, Atlantic thorny oyster
    C. Cephalopods--Class Cephalopoda
    1. Octopuses--Order Octopoda
    Family Octopodidae
    Octopus spp. (except the Common octopus, O. vulgaris)
V. Arthropods--Phylum Arthropoda
    A. Crustaceans--Subphylum Crustacea
    1. Decapods--Order Decapoda
    Family Alpheidae
    Alpheus armatus, Snapping shrimp
    Family Diogenidae
    Paguristes spp., Hermit crabs
    P. cadenati, Red reef hermit
    Family Grapsidae
    Percnon gibbesi, Nimble spray crab
    Family Hippolytidae
    Lysmata spp., Peppermint shrimp
    Thor amboinensis, Anemone shrimp
    Family Majidae, Coral crabs
    Mithrax spp., Clinging crabs
    M. cinctimanus, Banded clinging
    M. sculptus, Green clinging
    Stenorhynchus seticornis, Yellowline arrow
    Family Palaemonida
    Periclimenes spp., Cleaner shrimp
    Family Squillidae, Mantis crabs
    Gonodactylus spp.
    Lysiosquilla spp.
    Family Stenopodidae, Coral shrimp
    Stenopus hispidus, Banded shrimp
    S. scutellatus, Golden shrimp
VI. Echinoderms--Phylum Echinodermata
    A. Feather stars--Class Crinoidea
    Analcidometra armata, Swimming crinoid
    Davidaster spp., Crinoids
    Nemaster spp., Crinoids
    B. Sea stars--Class Asteroidea
    Astropecten spp., Sand stars
    Linckia guildingii, Common comet star
    Ophidiaster guildingii, Comet star
    Oreaster reticulatus, Cushion sea star
    C. Brittle and basket stars--Class Ophiuroidea
    Astrophyton muricatum, Giant basket star
    Ophiocoma spp., Brittlestars
    Ophioderma spp., Brittlestars
    O. rubicundum, Ruby brittlestar
    D. Sea Urchins--Class Echinoidea
    Diadema antillarum, Long-spined urchin
    Echinometra spp., Purple urchin
    Eucidaris tribuloides, Pencil urchin
    Lytechinus spp., Pin cushion urchin
    Tripneustes ventricosus, Sea egg
    E. Sea Cucumbers--Class Holothuroidea
    Holothuria spp., Sea cucumbers
VII. Chordates--Phylum Chordata
    A. Tunicates--Subphylum Urochordata

Table 2 of Appendix A to Part 622--Caribbean Reef Fish

    Lutjanidae--Snappers
Unit 1
    Black snapper, Apsilus dentatus
    Blackfin snapper, Lutjanus buccanella
    Silk snapper, Lutjanus vivanus
    Vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens
    Wenchman, Pristipomoides aquilonaris
Unit 2
    Cardinal, Pristipomoides macrophthalmus
    Queen snapper, Etelis oculatus
Unit 3
    Gray snapper, Lutjanus griseus
    Lane snapper, Lutjanus synagris
    Mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis
    Dog snapper, Lutjanus jocu
    Schoolmaster, Lutjanus apodus
    Mahogany snapper, Lutjanus mahogoni
Unit 4
    Yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus
Serranidae--Sea basses and Groupers
Unit 1
    Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus
Unit 2
    Goliath grouper, Epinephelus itajara
Unit 3
    Coney, Epinephelus fulvus
    Graysby, Epinephelus cruentatus
    Red hind, Epinephelus guttatus
    Rock hind, Epinephelus adscensionis
Unit 4
    Black grouper, Mycteroperca bonaci
    Red grouper, Epinephelus morio
    Tiger grouper, Mycteroperca tigris
    Yellowfin grouper, Mycteroperca venenosa
Unit 5
    Misty grouper, Epinephelus mystacinus
    Yellowedge grouper, Epinephelus flavolimbatus
Haemulidae--Grunts
    White grunt, Haemulon plumierii
    Margate, Haemulon album
    Tomtate, Haemulon aurolineatum
    Bluestriped grunt, Haemulon sciurus
    French grunt, Haemulon flavolineatum
    Porkfish, Anisotremus virginicus
Mullidae--Goatfishes
    Spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus
    Yellow goatfish, Mulloidichthys martinicus
Sparidae--Porgies
    Jolthead porgy, Calamus bajonado
    Sea bream, Archosargus rhomboidalis
    Sheepshead porgy, Calamus penna
    Pluma, Calamus pennatula
Holocentridae--Squirrelfishes
    Blackbar soldierfish, Myripristis jacobus
    Bigeye, Priacanthus arenatus
    Longspine squirrelfish, Holocentrus rufus
    Squirrelfish, Holocentrus adscensionis
Malacanthidae--Tilefishes
    Blackline tilefish, Caulolatilus cyanops
    Sand tilefish, Malacanthus plumieri
Carangidae--Jacks
    Blue runner, Caranx crysos
    Horse-eye jack, Caranx latus
    Black jack, Caranx lugubris
    Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana
    Bar jack, Caranx ruber
    Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili
    Yellow jack, Caranx bartholomaei
Scaridae--Parrotfishes
    Blue parrotfish, Scarus coeruleus
    Midnight parrotfish, Scarus coelestinus
    Princess parrotfish, Scarus taeniopterus
    Queen parrotfish, Scarus vetula
    Rainbow parrotfish, Scarus guacamaia
    Redfin parrotfish, Sparisoma rubripinne
    Redtail parrotfish, Sparisoma chrysopterum
    Stoplight parrotfish, Sparisoma viride
    Redband parrotfish, Sparisoma aurofrenatum
    Striped parrotfish, Scarus croicensis
Acanthuridae--Surgeonfishes
    Blue tang, Acanthurus coeruleus
    Ocean surgeonfish, Acanthurus bahianus
    Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus
Balistidae--Triggerfishes
    Ocean triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen
    Queen triggerfish, Balistes vetula
    Sargassum triggerfish, Xanthichthys ringens
Monacanthidae--Filefishes
    Scrawled filefish, Aluterus scriptus
    Whitespotted filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus
    Black durgon, Melichthys niger
Ostraciidae--Boxfishes
    Honeycomb cowfish, Lactophrys polygonia
    Scrawled cowfish, Lactophrys quadricornis
    Trunkfish, Lactophrys trigonus
    Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis
    Smooth trunkfish, Lactophrys triqueter
Labridae--Wrasses
    Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus
    Puddingwife, Halichoeres radiatus
    Spanish hogfish, Bodianus rufus
Pomacanthidae--Angelfishes
    Queen angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris
    Gray angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus
    French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru
Aquarium Trade Species in the Caribbean Reef Fish FMP:
    Frogfish, Antennarius spp.
    Flamefish, Apogon maculatus
    Conchfish, Astrapogon stellatus
    Redlip blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus
    Peacock flounder, Bothus lunatus
    Longsnout butterflyfish, Chaetodon aculeatus
    Foureye butterflyfish, Chaetodon capistratus
    Spotfin butterflyfish, Chaetodon ocellatus
    Banded butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus
    Redspotted hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus pinos
    Flying gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans
    Atlantic spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber
    Neon goby, Gobiosoma oceanops
    Rusty goby, Priolepis hipoliti
    Royal gramma, Gramma loreto
    Creole wrasse, Clepticus parrae
    Yellowcheek wrasse, Halichoeres cyanocephalus
    Yellowhead wrasse, Halichoeres garnoti
    Clown wrasse, Halichoeres maculipinna

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    Pearly razorfish, Hemipteronotus novacula
    Green razorfish, Hemipteronotus splendens
    Bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum
    Chain moray, Echidna catenata
    Green moray, Gymnothorax funebris
    Goldentail moray, Gymnothorax miliaris
    Batfish, Ogcocephalus spp.
    Goldspotted eel, Myrichthys ocellatus
    Yellowhead jawfish, Opistognathus aurifrons
    Dusky jawfish, Opistognathus whitehursti
    Cherubfish, Centropyge argi
    Rock beauty, Holacanthus tricolor
    Sergeant major, Abudefduf saxatilis
    Blue chromis, Chromis cyanea
    Sunshinefish, Chromis insolata
    Yellowtail damselfish, Microspathodon chrysurus
    Dusky damselfish, Pomacentrus fuscus
    Beaugregory, Pomacentrus leucostictus
    Bicolor damselfish, Pomacentrus partitus
    Threespot damselfish, Pomacentrus planifrons
    Glasseye snapper, Priacanthus cruentatus
    High-hat, Equetus acuminatus
    Jackknife-fish, Equetus lanceolatus
    Spotted drum, Equetus punctatus
    Scorpaenidae--Scorpionfishes
    Butter hamlet, Hypoplectrus unicolor
    Swissguard basslet, Liopropoma rubre
    Greater soapfish, Rypticus saponaceus
    Orangeback bass, Serranus annularis
    Lantern bass, Serranus baldwini
    Tobaccofish, Serranus tabacarius
    Harlequin bass, Serranus tigrinus
    Chalk bass, Serranus tortugarum
    Caribbean tonguefish, Symphurus arawak
    Seahorses, Hippocampus spp.
    Pipefishes, Syngnathus spp.
    Sand diver, Synodus intermedius
    Sharpnose puffer, Canthigaster rostrata
    Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix
* * * * *

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3. Appendix E to part 622 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix E to Part 622--Caribbean Island/Island Group Management Areas

Table 1 of Appendix E to Part 622--Coordinates of the Puerto Rico 
Management Area.

    The Puerto Rico management area is bounded by rhumb lines 
connecting, in order, the following points.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Point                North latitude        West longitude
------------------------------------------------------------------------
A (intersects with the        19[deg]37'29''        65[deg]20'57''
 International/EEZ boundary).
B...........................  18[deg]25'46.3015''   65[deg]06'31.866''
From Point B, proceed
 southerly along the 3-
 nautical mile Territorial
 boundary of the St. Thomas/
 St. John island group to
 Point C.
C...........................  18[deg]13'59.0606''   65[deg]05'33.058''
D...........................  18[deg]01'16.9636''   64[deg]57'38.817''
E...........................  17[deg]30'00.000''    65[deg]20'00.1716''
F...........................  16[deg]02'53.5812''   65[deg]20'00.1716'''
From Point F, proceed
 southwesterly, then
 northerly, then easterly,
 and finally southerly along
 the International/EEZ
 boundary to Point A.
A (intersects with the        19[deg]37'29''        65[deg]20'57''
 International/EEZ boundary).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Table 2 of Appendix E to Part 622--Coordinates of the St. Croix 
Management Area.

    The St. Croix management area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, 
in order, the following points.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Point                North latitude        West longitude
------------------------------------------------------------------------
G...........................  18[deg]03'03''        64[deg]38'03''
From Point G, proceed
 easterly, then southerly,
 then southwesterly along
 the International/EEZ
 boundary to Point F.
F...........................  16[deg]02'53.5812''   65[deg]20'00.1716''
E...........................  17[deg]30'00.000''    65[deg]20'00.1716''
D...........................  18[deg]01'16.9636''   64[deg]57'38.817''
G...........................  18[deg]03'03''        64[deg]38'03''
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Table 3 of Appendix E to Part 622--Coordinates of the St. Thomas/St. 
John Management Area.

    The St. Thomas/St. John management area is bounded by rhumb lines 
connecting, in order, the following points.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Point                North latitude        West longitude
------------------------------------------------------------------------
A (intersects with the        19[deg]37'29''        65[deg]20'57''
 International/EEZ boundary).
From Point A, proceed
 southeasterly along the
 International/EEZ boundary
 to Point G.
G...........................  18[deg]03'03''        64[deg]38'03''
D...........................  18[deg]01'16.9636''   64[deg]57'38.817''
C...........................  18[deg]13'59.0606''   65[deg]05'33.058''
From Point C, proceed
 northerly along the 3-
 nautical mile Territorial
 boundary of the St. Thomas/
 St. John island group to
 Point B.
B...........................  18[deg]25'46.3015''   65[deg]06'31.866''
A (intersects with the        19[deg]37'29''        65[deg]20'57''
 International/EEZ boundary).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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