Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Skate Fishery; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan, 18002-18003 [2014-07120]

Download as PDF 18002 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Proposed Rules TABLE 9—SUMMARY OF 2014 AND 2015 CATCH LIMITS Summer flounder 2014 ABC (mt) .......................................................................................................... ABC (lb) ........................................................................................................... Commercial ACL (mt) ...................................................................................... Commercial ACL (lb) ....................................................................................... Recreational ACL (mt) ..................................................................................... Recreational ACL (lb) ...................................................................................... Commercial ACT (mt) ...................................................................................... Commercial ACT (lb) ....................................................................................... Recreational ACT (mt) ..................................................................................... Recreational ACT (lb) ...................................................................................... Commercial Quota (mt) ................................................................................... Commercial Quota (lb) ..................................................................................... RHL (mt) .......................................................................................................... RHL (lb) ........................................................................................................... Commercial Quota (mt) less RSA ................................................................... Commercial Quota (lb) less RSA .................................................................... RHL (mt) less RSA .......................................................................................... RHL (lb) less RSA ........................................................................................... Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 25, 2014. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–07123 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 140304191–4191–01] RIN 0648–BE04 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Skate Fishery; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR); request for comments. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: At the request of the New England Fishery Management Council, this notice announces a control date that may be applicable to limiting the number of participants in the skate fishery for uses other than bait. NMFS intends this notice to promote awareness of possible rulemaking, alert interested parties of potential eligibility SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 9,950 21,935,995 5,837 12,868,382 4,113 9,067,613 5,837 12,868,382 4,113 9,067,613 4,914 10,834,470 3,277 7,225,253 4,767 10,509,436 3,179 7,008,495 criteria for future access, and discourage speculative entry into and/or investment in the skate fishery while the New England Fishery Management Council and NMFS consider if and how participation in the skate fishery should be controlled. DATES: March 31, 2014, shall be known as the ‘‘control date’’ for the skate fishery for uses other than bait, and may be used as a reference date for future management measures related to the maintenance of a fishery with characteristics consistent with the Council’s objectives and applicable Federal laws. Written comments must be received on or before April 30, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2014–0038, by any of the following methods: D Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20140038, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. D Mail: Submit written comments to John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, ‘‘Comments on Skate Control Date.’’ Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. We may not consider comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Scup 2015 2015 10,329 22,771,547 6,049 13,335,762 4,280 9,435,785 6,049 13,335,762 4,280 9,435,785 5,021 11,068,569 3,347 7,379,804 4,870 10,736,512 3,247 7,158,410 Black sea bass 2015 15,320 33,774,819 11,950 26,345,240 3,370 7,429,578 11,950 26,345,240 3,370 7,429,578 9,632 21,234,834 3,084 6,797,965 9,343 20,597,789 2,991 6,594,026 2,494 5,498,329 1,180 2,601,455 1,314 2,896,874 1,180 2,601,455 1,314 2,896,874 1,016 2,204,988 1,058 2,331,900 986 2,173,758 1,026 2,261,943 received after the end of the comment period. 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.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). We accept attachments to electronic comments only in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Bari, Fisheries Management Specialist, 978–281–9224. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2003, NMFS implemented the Northeast Skate Fishery Management Plan (Skate FMP) to manage a complex of seven skate species in the Northeast Region: Winter (Leucoraja ocellata), little (L. erinacea), thorny (Amblyraja radiata), barndoor (Dipturus laevis), smooth (Malacoraja senta), clearnose (Raja eglanteria), and rosette (L. garmani). The FMP established biological reference points and overfishing definitions for each species, and other management measures designed to rebuild species that were considered overfished (barndoor and thorny). Regulations for the skate fishery are found at 50 CFR part 684, subpart O. There are two distinct skate fisheries managed under the FMP: A skate wing fishery, which harvest the pectoral fins of large skates (primarily winter skate) E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Proposed Rules emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS for foreign and domestic food markets; and a bait skate fishery, which targets whole little skate to be sold primarily for bait in the American lobster fishery. A control date for the bait skate fishery was established on July 30, 2009 (74 FR 37978), in anticipation of the changes to the skate fishery as part of Amendment 3 to the Skate FMP. Control dates are used to establish a date after which those who enter a fishery may not be guaranteed access to that fishery if access to it is limited by regulation. Amendment 3 (75 FR 34049), was finalized on June 16, 2010, and established a rebuilding plan for smooth skate, implemented annual catch limits and accountability measures, and established new management measures for the bait skate fishery, including seasonal quotas and reduced possession limits. On February 11, 2014, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) requested that NMFS publish this control date for the Northeast skate complex fishery. This new control date will apply to participants in the skate VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 fishery that do not fish for bait skates, but for skate wings. This new control date will also cover all other uses of skate, including food and any potential future use of a skate product. The number of skate permits has fluctuated over time, and the Council is concerned that conditions in other fisheries may shift effort onto skates before a limited entry program can be established. This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is intended to discourage new or speculative entry into the skate fishery while controlled access restrictions are considered by the Council. The date upon which this notice is published shall be known as the ‘‘control date,’’ which is intended to distinguish established participants from new or speculative entrants to the fishery. This notification establishes March 31, 2014, as the new control date for potential use in determining historical or traditional participation in skate fishery. Establishing a control date does not commit the Council or NMFS to develop any particular management PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 18003 regime or criteria for participation in this fishery. In the future, the Council may choose a different control date, or a management program that does not make use of any control date. Any future action by NMFS will be taken pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This notification also gives the public notice that interested participants should locate and preserve records that substantiate and verify their participation in the skate fishery. This notification and control date do not impose any legal obligations, requirements, or expectation. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 25, 2014. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–07120 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 61 (Monday, March 31, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18002-18003]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07120]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 140304191-4191-01]
RIN 0648-BE04


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate 
Complex Fishery; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting 
Entry to the Skate Fishery; Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management 
Plan

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

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR); request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: At the request of the New England Fishery Management Council, 
this notice announces a control date that may be applicable to limiting 
the number of participants in the skate fishery for uses other than 
bait. NMFS intends this notice to promote awareness of possible 
rulemaking, alert interested parties of potential eligibility criteria 
for future access, and discourage speculative entry into and/or 
investment in the skate fishery while the New England Fishery 
Management Council and NMFS consider if and how participation in the 
skate fishery should be controlled.

DATES: March 31, 2014, shall be known as the ``control date'' for the 
skate fishery for uses other than bait, and may be used as a reference 
date for future management measures related to the maintenance of a 
fishery with characteristics consistent with the Council's objectives 
and applicable Federal laws. Written comments must be received on or 
before April 30, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by 
NOAA-NMFS-2014-0038, by any of the following methods:
    [ssquf] Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to 
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0038, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
    [ssquf] Mail: Submit written comments to John K. Bullard, Regional 
Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic 
Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, 
``Comments on Skate Control Date.''
    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above 
methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and 
considered by NMFS. We may not consider comments sent by any other 
method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end 
of the comment period. 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.) submitted voluntarily by the 
sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will 
accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you 
wish to remain anonymous). We accept attachments to electronic comments 
only in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file 
formats.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2003, NMFS implemented the Northeast 
Skate Fishery Management Plan (Skate FMP) to manage a complex of seven 
skate species in the Northeast Region: Winter (Leucoraja ocellata), 
little (L. erinacea), thorny (Amblyraja radiata), barndoor (Dipturus 
laevis), smooth (Malacoraja senta), clearnose (Raja eglanteria), and 
rosette (L. garmani). The FMP established biological reference points 
and overfishing definitions for each species, and other management 
measures designed to rebuild species that were considered overfished 
(barndoor and thorny). Regulations for the skate fishery are found at 
50 CFR part 684, subpart O.
    There are two distinct skate fisheries managed under the FMP: A 
skate wing fishery, which harvest the pectoral fins of large skates 
(primarily winter skate)

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for foreign and domestic food markets; and a bait skate fishery, which 
targets whole little skate to be sold primarily for bait in the 
American lobster fishery. A control date for the bait skate fishery was 
established on July 30, 2009 (74 FR 37978), in anticipation of the 
changes to the skate fishery as part of Amendment 3 to the Skate FMP. 
Control dates are used to establish a date after which those who enter 
a fishery may not be guaranteed access to that fishery if access to it 
is limited by regulation. Amendment 3 (75 FR 34049), was finalized on 
June 16, 2010, and established a rebuilding plan for smooth skate, 
implemented annual catch limits and accountability measures, and 
established new management measures for the bait skate fishery, 
including seasonal quotas and reduced possession limits.
    On February 11, 2014, the New England Fishery Management Council 
(Council) requested that NMFS publish this control date for the 
Northeast skate complex fishery. This new control date will apply to 
participants in the skate fishery that do not fish for bait skates, but 
for skate wings. This new control date will also cover all other uses 
of skate, including food and any potential future use of a skate 
product. The number of skate permits has fluctuated over time, and the 
Council is concerned that conditions in other fisheries may shift 
effort onto skates before a limited entry program can be established. 
This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is intended to discourage 
new or speculative entry into the skate fishery while controlled access 
restrictions are considered by the Council. The date upon which this 
notice is published shall be known as the ``control date,'' which is 
intended to distinguish established participants from new or 
speculative entrants to the fishery.
    This notification establishes March 31, 2014, as the new control 
date for potential use in determining historical or traditional 
participation in skate fishery. Establishing a control date does not 
commit the Council or NMFS to develop any particular management regime 
or criteria for participation in this fishery. In the future, the 
Council may choose a different control date, or a management program 
that does not make use of any control date. Any future action by NMFS 
will be taken pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act.
    This notification also gives the public notice that interested 
participants should locate and preserve records that substantiate and 
verify their participation in the skate fishery.
    This notification and control date do not impose any legal 
obligations, requirements, or expectation.

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

    Dated: March 25, 2014.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-07120 Filed 3-28-14; 8:45 am]
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