Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Closure, 51097 [2013-20303]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 20, 2013 / Rules and Regulations federally permitted dealers are also notified that they may not purchase summer flounder from federally permitted vessels that land in Massachusetts for the remainder of the calendar year, or until additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2013. James P. Burgess, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20300 Filed 8–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 121210694–3514–02] RIN 0648–XC783 Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Closure National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. This action is necessary because the directed harvest allocation total for the second seasonal period (July 1– September 14) is projected to be reached by the effective date of this rule. From the effective date of this rule until September 15, 2013, Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries; the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 40-percent by weight of all fish per trip. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the process of offloading at sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:41 Aug 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, August 22, 2013. DATES: Effective 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) August 22, 2013, through 11:59 p.m., September 14, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Lindsay, Southwest Region, NMFS, (562) 980–4034. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that based on the best available information recently obtained from the fishery and information on past fishing effort, the directed fishing harvest allocation for the second allocation period (July 1– September 14) will be reached and therefore directed fishing for Pacific sardine is being closed until September 15, 2013. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the process of offloading at the time of closure. From 12:01 a.m., August 22, through September 14, 2013, Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries, with the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine limited to 40percent by weight of all fish caught during a trip. NMFS manages the Pacific sardine fishery in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast (California, Oregon, and Washington) in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Annual specifications published in the Federal Register establish the allowable harvest levels (ie. annual catch limit/harvest guideline (HG)) for each Pacific sardine fishing season (January 1–December 31). If during any of the seasonal allocation periods the applicable adjusted directed harvest allocation is projected to be taken, and the fishery is closed, only incidental harvest is allowed. For the remainder of the period, any incidental Pacific sardine landings will be counted against that period’s incidental set aside. In the event that an incidental set-aside is projected to be attained, all fisheries will be closed to the retention of Pacific sardine for the remainder of the period via appropriate rulemaking. Under 50 CFR 660.509, if the total HG or these apportionment levels for Pacific sardine are reached at any time, NMFS is required to close the Pacific sardine fishery via appropriate rulemaking and PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 51097 it is to remain closed until it re-opens either per the allocation scheme or the beginning of the next fishing season. In accordance with § 660.509 the Regional Administrator shall publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the date of the closure of the directed fishery for Pacific sardine. The above in-season harvest restrictions are not intended to affect the prosecution of the live bait portion of the Pacific sardine fishery. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR 660.509 and is exempt from Office of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS 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) for the closure of the directed harvest of Pacific sardine. For the reasons set forth below, notice and comment procedures are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. For the same reasons, NMFS also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness for this action. This measure responds to the best available information and is necessary for the conservation and management of the Pacific sardine resource. A delay in effectiveness would cause the fishery to exceed the in-season harvest level. These seasonal harvest levels are important mechanisms in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. The established directed and incidental harvest allocations are designed to allow fair and equitable opportunity to the resource by all sectors of the Pacific sardine fishery and to allow access to other profitable CPS fisheries, such as squid and Pacific mackerel. Many of the same fishermen who harvest Pacific sardine rely on these other fisheries for a significant portion of their income. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2013. James P. Burgess, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20303 Filed 8–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\20AUR1.SGM 20AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 121210694-3514-02]
RIN 0648-XC783


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species 
Fisheries; Closure

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific sardine off 
the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. This action is 
necessary because the directed harvest allocation total for the second 
seasonal period (July 1-September 14) is projected to be reached by the 
effective date of this rule. From the effective date of this rule until 
September 15, 2013, Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of 
the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries; the incidental 
harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 40-percent by weight of all 
fish per trip. Fishing vessels must be at shore and in the process of 
offloading at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, August 22, 2013.

DATES: Effective 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) August 22, 
2013, through 11:59 p.m., September 14, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Lindsay, Southwest Region, 
NMFS, (562) 980-4034.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that based on the 
best available information recently obtained from the fishery and 
information on past fishing effort, the directed fishing harvest 
allocation for the second allocation period (July 1-September 14) will 
be reached and therefore directed fishing for Pacific sardine is being 
closed until September 15, 2013. Fishing vessels must be at shore and 
in the process of offloading at the time of closure. From 12:01 a.m., 
August 22, through September 14, 2013, Pacific sardine may be harvested 
only as part of the live bait fishery or incidental to other fisheries, 
with the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine limited to 40-percent by 
weight of all fish caught during a trip.
    NMFS manages the Pacific sardine fishery in the U.S. exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast (California, Oregon, and 
Washington) in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Annual specifications published in the 
Federal Register establish the allowable harvest levels (ie. annual 
catch limit/harvest guideline (HG)) for each Pacific sardine fishing 
season (January 1-December 31). If during any of the seasonal 
allocation periods the applicable adjusted directed harvest allocation 
is projected to be taken, and the fishery is closed, only incidental 
harvest is allowed. For the remainder of the period, any incidental 
Pacific sardine landings will be counted against that period's 
incidental set aside. In the event that an incidental set-aside is 
projected to be attained, all fisheries will be closed to the retention 
of Pacific sardine for the remainder of the period via appropriate 
rulemaking.
    Under 50 CFR 660.509, if the total HG or these apportionment levels 
for Pacific sardine are reached at any time, NMFS is required to close 
the Pacific sardine fishery via appropriate rulemaking and it is to 
remain closed until it re-opens either per the allocation scheme or the 
beginning of the next fishing season. In accordance with Sec.  660.509 
the Regional Administrator shall publish a notice in the Federal 
Register announcing the date of the closure of the directed fishery for 
Pacific sardine.
    The above in-season harvest restrictions are not intended to affect 
the prosecution of the live bait portion of the Pacific sardine 
fishery.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR 660.509 and is exempt from Office 
of Management and Budget review under Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS 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) for the closure of the directed harvest of 
Pacific sardine. For the reasons set forth below, notice and comment 
procedures are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. For 
the same reasons, NMFS also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) 
to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness for this action. This 
measure responds to the best available information and is necessary for 
the conservation and management of the Pacific sardine resource. A 
delay in effectiveness would cause the fishery to exceed the in-season 
harvest level. These seasonal harvest levels are important mechanisms 
in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. 
The established directed and incidental harvest allocations are 
designed to allow fair and equitable opportunity to the resource by all 
sectors of the Pacific sardine fishery and to allow access to other 
profitable CPS fisheries, such as squid and Pacific mackerel. Many of 
the same fishermen who harvest Pacific sardine rely on these other 
fisheries for a significant portion of their income.

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

    Dated: August 15, 2013.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-20303 Filed 8-19-13; 8:45 am]
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