Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 69592-69593 [2013-27778]

Download as PDF 69592 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2013 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 12–FINAL 2013 PROHIBITED SPECIES BYCATCH ALLOWANCES FOR THE BSAI TRAWL LIMITED ACCESS SECTOR— Continued Prohibited species and area 1 BSAI trawl limited access fisheries Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 C. opilio (animals) COBLZ C. bairdi (animals) Zone 1 Zone 2 Rock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish 2 ............. Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish 3 ........................... Rockfish April 15—December 31 .................... Pacific cod ........................................................ Pollock/Atka mackerel/other species 4 ............. 0 0 5 333 230 0 0 0 2,954 197 0 0 4,828 120,705 48,282 0 0 0 60,000 5,000 0 0 1,000 50,000 5,000 Total BSAI trawl limited access PSC ....... 735 6,489 613,990 111,228 341,500 1 Refer to § 679.2 for definitions of areas. flatfish’’ for PSC monitoring includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin sole, Kamchatka flounder, and arrowtooth flounder. 3 Arrowtooth flounder for PSC monitoring includes Kamchatka flounder. 4 ‘‘Other species’’ for PSC monitoring includes skates, sculpins, sharks, squids, and octopuses. Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. 2 ‘‘Other TABLE 14—FINAL 2013 PROHIBITED SPECIES BYCATCH ALLOWANCE FOR THE BSAI AMENDMENT 80 COOPERATIVES Prohibited species and zones 1 Cooperative Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI Alaska Seafood Cooperative ........................... Alaska Groundfish Cooperative ....................... Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 1,701 757 C. opilio (animals) COBLZ 43,105 20,188 C. bairdi (animals) Zone 1 4,525,272 2,483,863 Zone 2 470,617 197,904 1,054,123 473,655 1 Refer to § 679.2 for definitions of zones. Note: Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters of groundfish dependent upon these PSC allowances. The Regional Administrator considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) The current catch and stated future harvesting intent of BSAI trawl limited access sector fisheries and, (2) the harvest capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of the Amendment 80 cooperatives that participates in this BSAI fishery. The Regional Administrator also has determined that this action will create no threats of exceeding TACs for any species or species group. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of crab PSC VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:56 Nov 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 allowances from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI. Since the fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of these fisheries, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 12, 2013. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.91 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dated: November 15, 2013. Kelly Denit, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–27779 Filed 11–15–13; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 121018563–3148–02] RIN 0648–XC971 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using jig gear, catcher vessels greater than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot gear, and catcher vessels using trawl SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20NOR1.SGM 20NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2013 / Rules and Regulations pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, American Fisheries Act (AFA) catcher/processors (C/P), Amendment 80 (A80) C/Ps, C/P vessels using pot gear, and C/P vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2013 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested. DATES: Effective November 15, 2013, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for vessels using jig gear in the BSAI is 751 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013) and reallocations (78 FR 53076, August 28, 2013). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that jig vessels will not be able to harvest 700 mt of the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(1). The 2013 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet LOA using pot gear in the BSAI is 19,434 mt as established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013). The Regional Administrator has determined that catcher vessels greater than or equal VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:56 Nov 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 to 60 feet LOA using pot gear will not be able to harvest 6,000 mt of the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(5). The 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI is 46,812 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013) and sector reallocations (78 FR 552868, August 27, 2013, and 78 FR 58955, September 25, 2013). The Regional Administrator has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 3,000 mt of the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS reallocates 9,700 mt of Pacific cod to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, AFA C/P vessels, A80 C/P vessels, C/P vessels using pot gear, and C/P vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 2013 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013) are revised as follows: 51 mt for catcher vessels using jig gear, 13,434 mt for catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet LOA using pot gear, and 43,812 mt for catcher vessels using trawl gear, 9,177 mt for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 6,740 mt for AFA C/P vessels, 37,212 mt to A80 C/P vessels, 6,070 for C/Ps using pot gear, and 115,171 to C/Ps using hook-and-line gear. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 69593 Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of Pacific cod specified from other sectors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, AFA C/P vessels, A80 C/P vessels, C/Ps using pot gear, and C/Ps using hookand-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Since these fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 12, 2013. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 15, 2013. Kelly Denit, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–27778 Filed 11–15–13; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\20NOR1.SGM 20NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 121018563-3148-02]
RIN 0648-XC971


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific 
cod from catcher vessels using jig gear, catcher vessels greater than 
60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot gear, and catcher 
vessels using trawl

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gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-
and-line or pot gear, American Fisheries Act (AFA) catcher/processors 
(C/P), Amendment 80 (A80) C/Ps, C/P vessels using pot gear, and C/P 
vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2013 total 
allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.

DATES: Effective November 15, 2013, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) according to the Fishery 
Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management 
Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in 
accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 
CFR part 679.
    The 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for 
vessels using jig gear in the BSAI is 751 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013) and reallocations 
(78 FR 53076, August 28, 2013). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
(Regional Administrator) has determined that jig vessels will not be 
able to harvest 700 mt of the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated 
to those vessels under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(1).
    The 2013 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels greater than 
or equal to 60 feet LOA using pot gear in the BSAI is 19,434 mt as 
established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013). The Regional 
Administrator has determined that catcher vessels greater than or equal 
to 60 feet LOA using pot gear will not be able to harvest 6,000 mt of 
the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(5).
    The 2013 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for 
catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI is 46,812 metric tons (mt) 
as established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013) and sector 
reallocations (78 FR 552868, August 27, 2013, and 78 FR 58955, 
September 25, 2013). The Regional Administrator has determined that 
catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 3,000 mt 
of the remaining 2013 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9).
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS reallocates 9,700 mt of Pacific cod to 
catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line 
or pot gear, AFA C/P vessels, A80 C/P vessels, C/P vessels using pot 
gear, and C/P vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands management area.
    The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 
2013 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, 
March 1, 2013) are revised as follows: 51 mt for catcher vessels using 
jig gear, 13,434 mt for catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 
feet LOA using pot gear, and 43,812 mt for catcher vessels using trawl 
gear, 9,177 mt for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using 
hook-and-line or pot gear, 6,740 mt for AFA C/P vessels, 37,212 mt to 
A80 C/P vessels, 6,070 for C/Ps using pot gear, and 115,171 to C/Ps 
using hook-and-line gear.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the reallocation of Pacific cod specified from other 
sectors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using 
hook-and-line or pot gear, AFA C/P vessels, A80 C/P vessels, C/Ps using 
pot gear, and C/Ps using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands management area. Since these fisheries are currently 
open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the 
revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for 
the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow 
the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential 
disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable 
to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most 
recent, relevant data only became available as of November 12, 2013.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: November 15, 2013.
Kelly Denit,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-27778 Filed 11-15-13; 4:15 pm]
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