Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #4 and #5, 35153-35154 [2013-13986]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 113 / Wednesday, June 12, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Office’’ in both places that they appear and by adding, in each place, the words ‘‘Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Office’’. § 84.48 [Amended] 17. Amend § 84.48, paragraph (a)(5), by removing the words ‘‘Federal Aid program’’ and by adding, in their place, the words ‘‘Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program’’. ■ § 84.49 18. Amend § 84.49, by removing the words ‘‘the Washington Office’’ in both places they appear and by adding, in each place, the word ‘‘Headquarters’’. PART 85—CLEAN VESSEL ACT GRANT PROGRAM 20. Amend § 85.21 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ Application procedures. (a) Eligible applicants will submit their proposals to the appropriate regional office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Coastal States submitting proposals for both the coastal zone and the inland portion of their States must submit two separate proposals. The regional office addresses are provided at 50 CFR 2.2. Telephone and fax numbers of the regional offices follow: Region Wildlife and sport fish restoration telephone number Wildlife and sport fish restoration fax number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 503–231–6128 505–248–7465 612–713–5130 404–679–4159 413–253–8508 303–236–4411 907–786–3545 916–414–6509 503–231–6996 505–248–7471 612–713–5290 404–679–4160 413–253–8487 303–236–8192 907–786–3575 916–978–6155 * § 85.31 * * * ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES [Amended] 14:54 Jun 11, 2013 Subsistence resource regions. * * * * (b) You may obtain maps delineating the boundaries of subsistence resource regions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Alaska Regional Office address provided at 50 CFR 2.2(g). * * * * * ■ 25. Amend § 100.23 by: ■ a. Removing the second sentence of paragraph (a); and ■ b. Adding paragraph (b) to read as follows: § 100.23 Rural determinations. * * * * * (b) You may obtain maps delineating the boundaries of nonrural areas from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Alaska Regional Office address provided at 50 CFR 2.2(g). Dated: May 28, 2013. Rachel Jacobson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. 2013–13902 Filed 6–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 130108020–3409–01] Jkt 229001 Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #4 and #5 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Modification of fishing seasons and landing and possession limits; request for comments. ACTION: SUMMARY: NOAA Fisheries announces two inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial fisheries in the area from U.S./Canada Border to Queets River. DATES: The effective dates for the inseason actions are set out in this document under the heading Inseason Actions. Comments will be accepted through June 27, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2012–0248, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA–NMFS–2012– 0248, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA, 98115–6349 • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Peggy Mundy Instructions: 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 by NMFS. 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, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. 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, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206–526–4323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background RIN 0648–XC705 AGENCY: 22. Amend § 85.47 by: a. Removing the number ‘‘80.26’’ wherever it appears in paragraph (a), (b), ■ ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 24. Amend § 100.22 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: ■ 50 CFR Part 660 [Amended] 21. Amend § 85.31 by: a. Removing the words ‘‘Division of Federal Aid’’ in both places they appear and by adding, in each place, the words ‘‘Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs’’; and ■ b. Removing the words ‘‘Washington Office’’ and by adding, in their place, the word ‘‘Headquarters’’. ■ ■ § 85.47 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3, 472, 551, 668dd, 3101–3126; 18 U.S.C. 3551–3586; 43 U.S.C. 1733. * Authority: 16 U.S.C. 777g(c). * 23. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows: § 100.22 19. The authority citation for part 85 continues to read as follows: ■ .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... PART 100—SUBSISTENCE MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS FOR PUBLIC LANDS IN ALASKA ■ [Amended] ■ § 85.21 (c), and by adding, in each place, the number ‘‘80.99’’; and ■ b. Amending paragraph (c) by removing the words ‘‘Federal Aid’’ and by adding, in their place, the words ‘‘Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration’’. 35153 In the 2013 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), NMFS announced the commercial and recreational fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to the U.S./ Mexico Border, beginning May 1, 2013, and 2014 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2014. These management measures include a May– June guideline of 8,700 Chinook salmon E:\FR\FM\12JNR1.SGM 12JNR1 35154 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 113 / Wednesday, June 12, 2013 / Rules and Regulations in the area between the U.S./Canada Border and the Queets River, with provisions for an inseason conference call when it is projected that 6,525 Chinook will be landed in this area to consider modifying the open period and adding a landing and possession limit to ensure the 8,700 Chinook guideline is not exceeded (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013). NMFS is authorized to implement inseason management actions to modify fishing seasons and quotas as necessary to provide fishing opportunity while meeting management objectives for the affected species (50 CFR 660.409). Inseason actions in the salmon fishery may be taken directly by NMFS (50 CFR 660.409(a)—Fixed inseason management provisions) or upon consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 660.409(b)—Flexible inseason management provisions). Prior to taking flexible inseason action, the Regional Administrator (RA) consults with the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)). Management of the salmon fisheries is generally divided into two geographic areas: north of Cape Falcon (U.S./ Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon) and south of Cape Falcon (Cape Falcon, Oregon to the U.S./Mexico Border). The inseason actions in this document apply north of Cape Falcon. Inseason Action ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Inseason Action #4 The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on May 20, 2013. The information considered during this consultation related to catch and effort to date in the commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada Border to the Queets River. Inseason action #4 closed the commercial salmon fishery in this area at 11:59 p.m. (midnight), May 20, 2013 due to projected attainment of the 6,525 interim guideline for Chinook salmon catch in the area and to provide a more complete accounting of the catch VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:54 Jun 11, 2013 Jkt 229001 to date before proceeding with additional fisheries. On May 20, 2013, the states recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action #4 took effect on May 20, 2013, and remained in effect until May 24, 2013. Inseason action to modify quotas and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i). Inseason Action #5 The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and ODFW on May 23, 2013. The information considered during this consultation related to catch and effort to date in the commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada Border to the Queets River. Inseason action #5 reopened the commercial salmon fishery in this area at 12:01 a.m. (midnight), May 24, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. (midnight), May 28, 2013 with a landing and possession limit of 28 Chinook salmon per vessel. Vessels that fish during this open period and north of the Queets River are limited to a total landing and possession limit of 28 Chinook regardless of area of catch until the catch from their trip has been delivered. This action was taken to allow access to remaining salmon quota in the area without exceeding the quota. On May 23, 2013, the state of Washington recommended this action and the RA concurred; inseason action #5 took effect on May 24, 2013, and remained in effect through May 28, 2013. Inseason action to modify quotas and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i). All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as announced for the 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries and 2014 fisheries opening prior to May 1, 2014 (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013). The RA determined that the best available information indicated that catch and effort projections supported the above inseason actions recommended by the State of Washington. The state manages the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with these Federal actions. As provided by the inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice of the described regulatory actions was given, prior to the time the action was effective, by telephone PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 hotline number 206–526–6667 and 800– 662–9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF–FM and 2182 kHz. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory actions was provided to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. These actions comply with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), the West Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (Salmon FMP), and regulations implementing the Salmon FMP, 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and the state agencies had insufficient time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment between the time the catch and effort projections were developed and fisheries impacts calculated, and the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to ensure that fisheries are managed based on the best available scientific information, thus allowing fishers access to the available fish at the time the fish were available while ensuring that quotas are not exceeded. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), as a delay in effectiveness of these actions would allow fishing at levels inconsistent with the goals of the Salmon FMP and the current management measures. These actions are authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and are exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 7, 2013. Kara Meckley, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–13986 Filed 6–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\12JNR1.SGM 12JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 130108020-3409-01]
RIN 0648-XC705


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast 
Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions 4 and 5

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

ACTION: Modification of fishing seasons and landing and possession 
limits; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NOAA Fisheries announces two inseason actions in the ocean 
salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial 
fisheries in the area from U.S./Canada Border to Queets River.

DATES: The effective dates for the inseason actions are set out in this 
document under the heading Inseason Actions. Comments will be accepted 
through June 27, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, 
by any one of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, 
Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA, 98115-
6349
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Peggy Mundy
    Instructions: 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 by NMFS. 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, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. 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, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In the 2013 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries 
(78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), NMFS announced the commercial and 
recreational fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to the 
U.S./Mexico Border, beginning May 1, 2013, and 2014 salmon seasons 
opening earlier than May 1, 2014. These management measures include a 
May-June guideline of 8,700 Chinook salmon

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in the area between the U.S./Canada Border and the Queets River, with 
provisions for an inseason conference call when it is projected that 
6,525 Chinook will be landed in this area to consider modifying the 
open period and adding a landing and possession limit to ensure the 
8,700 Chinook guideline is not exceeded (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013).
    NMFS is authorized to implement inseason management actions to 
modify fishing seasons and quotas as necessary to provide fishing 
opportunity while meeting management objectives for the affected 
species (50 CFR 660.409). Inseason actions in the salmon fishery may be 
taken directly by NMFS (50 CFR 660.409(a)--Fixed inseason management 
provisions) or upon consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management 
Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 
660.409(b)--Flexible inseason management provisions). Prior to taking 
flexible inseason action, the Regional Administrator (RA) consults with 
the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and 
the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)).
    Management of the salmon fisheries is generally divided into two 
geographic areas: north of Cape Falcon (U.S./Canada Border to Cape 
Falcon, Oregon) and south of Cape Falcon (Cape Falcon, Oregon to the 
U.S./Mexico Border). The inseason actions in this document apply north 
of Cape Falcon.

Inseason Action

Inseason Action 4

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, Washington 
Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Oregon Department of Fish 
and Wildlife (ODFW) on May 20, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch and effort to date in the commercial salmon fishery from the 
U.S./Canada Border to the Queets River. Inseason action 4 
closed the commercial salmon fishery in this area at 11:59 p.m. 
(midnight), May 20, 2013 due to projected attainment of the 6,525 
interim guideline for Chinook salmon catch in the area and to provide a 
more complete accounting of the catch to date before proceeding with 
additional fisheries. On May 20, 2013, the states recommended this 
action and the RA concurred; inseason action 4 took effect on 
May 20, 2013, and remained in effect until May 24, 2013. Inseason 
action to modify quotas and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(i).

Inseason Action 5

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on May 23, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch and effort to date in the commercial salmon fishery from the 
U.S./Canada Border to the Queets River. Inseason action 5 
reopened the commercial salmon fishery in this area at 12:01 a.m. 
(midnight), May 24, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. (midnight), May 28, 2013 
with a landing and possession limit of 28 Chinook salmon per vessel. 
Vessels that fish during this open period and north of the Queets River 
are limited to a total landing and possession limit of 28 Chinook 
regardless of area of catch until the catch from their trip has been 
delivered. This action was taken to allow access to remaining salmon 
quota in the area without exceeding the quota. On May 23, 2013, the 
state of Washington recommended this action and the RA concurred; 
inseason action 5 took effect on May 24, 2013, and remained in 
effect through May 28, 2013. Inseason action to modify quotas and/or 
fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).
    All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as 
announced for the 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries and 2014 fisheries 
opening prior to May 1, 2014 (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013).
    The RA determined that the best available information indicated 
that catch and effort projections supported the above inseason actions 
recommended by the State of Washington. The state manages the fisheries 
in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic 
zone in accordance with these Federal actions. As provided by the 
inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice of the 
described regulatory actions was given, prior to the time the action 
was effective, by telephone hotline number 206-526-6667 and 800-662-
9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 
16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording 
prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As 
previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory actions was provided 
to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. These 
actions comply with the requirements of the annual management measures 
for ocean salmon fisheries (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), the West Coast 
Salmon Fishery Management Plan (Salmon FMP), and regulations 
implementing the Salmon FMP, 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice 
and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and 
the state agencies had insufficient time to provide for prior notice 
and the opportunity for public comment between the time the catch and 
effort projections were developed and fisheries impacts calculated, and 
the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to 
ensure that fisheries are managed based on the best available 
scientific information, thus allowing fishers access to the available 
fish at the time the fish were available while ensuring that quotas are 
not exceeded. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effectiveness required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), as a delay in 
effectiveness of these actions would allow fishing at levels 
inconsistent with the goals of the Salmon FMP and the current 
management measures.
    These actions are authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and are 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: June 7, 2013.
Kara Meckley,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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