International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2014 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, 63562-63563 [2014-25293]

Download as PDF 63562 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 2. Amend § 76.110 by revising the first sentence to read as follows: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE § 76.110 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 50 CFR Part 300 48 CFR Parts 2 and 4 RIN 0648–XD504 [FAC 2005–77; FAR Case 2012–023; Correction; Docket 2012–0023, Sequence 1] International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2014 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean RIN 9000–AM60 AGENCY: ■ Substitutions. 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AGENCY: SUMMARY: [Removed] ■ § 76.130 Federal Acquisition Regulation; Uniform Procurement Identification; Correction [FR Doc. 2014–25416 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–EP–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 [Docket No. 130717632–4285–02] National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure. Because the 2014 catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to be reached, NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2014. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch limit established by the InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C–13–01, which governs tuna conservation in the EPO from 2014–2016. DATES: Effective October 31, 2014, through December 31, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–980–4036. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is managed, in part, under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 (Act), 16 U.S.C. 951–962. Under the Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry out recommendations of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). The United States is a member of the IATTC, which was established under the Convention for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission signed in 1949 (Convention) to provide an international agreement to ensure the effective international conservation and management of highly migratory species of fish in the IATTC Convention Area. The IATTC Convention Area includes the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the Act appear at 50 CFR part 300, subpart C. Those regulations implement recommendations of the IATTC for the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations conservation and management of highly migratory fish resources in the EPO. The IATTC adopted Resolution C–13– 01, which establishes an annual catch limit of bigeye tuna for large U.S. longline vessels. For calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, the catch of bigeye tuna by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the United States that are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 500 metric tons per year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS implemented this catch limit by noticeand-comment rulemaking under the Act (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25). NMFS monitored the retained catches of bigeye tuna using logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information from the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, and determined that the 2014 catch limit is expected to be reached on October 31, 2014. In accordance with 50 CFR 300.25(b), this Federal Register notice announces that the U.S. longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the IATTC Convention Area will be closed for vessels over 24 meters in overall length starting on October 31, 2014, through the end of the 2014 calendar year. The 2015 fishing year is scheduled to open on January 1, 2015. The bigeye tuna catch limit for longline vessels over 24 meters in overall length for 2015 will be 500 metric tons. During the closure, a U.S. fishing vessel over 24 meters in overall length may not be used to retain on board, transship, or land bigeye tuna captured by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area, except as follows: • Any bigeye tuna already on board a fishing vessel upon the effective date of the prohibitions may be retained on board, transshipped, and/or landed, to the extent authorized by applicable laws and regulations, provided that they are landed within 14 days after the prohibitions become effective, that is, by November 14, 2014. • In the case of a vessel that has declared to NMFS that the current trip type is shallow-set longlining, the 14day limit is waived, but the number of bigeye tuna retained on board, transshipped, or landed must not exceed the number on board the vessel upon the effective date of the prohibitions, as recorded by the NMFS observer on board the vessel. • Bigeye tuna caught by longline gear used on a vessel of the United States over 24 meters in the IATTC Convention Area may not be transshipped to a fishing vessel unless that fishing vessel is operated in compliance with a valid permit issued under 50 CFR 660.707 or VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 665.801 (the rule implementing Resolution C–13–1 incorrectly cited § 665.21, which has been re-codified as § 665.801). • A fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters, other than a vessel for which a declaration has been made to NMFS that the current trip is shallowsetting, may not be used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline gear both inside and outside the IATTC Convention Area during the same fishing trip, with the exception of a fishing trip during which the prohibitions were put into effect. • If a vessel over 24 meters that is not on a declared shallow-set trip is used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline gear outside the IATTC Convention Area and the vessel enters the IATTC Convention Area at any time during the same fishing trip, the longline gear on the fishing vessel must be stowed in a manner so as not to be readily available for fishing. Specifically, the hooks, branch lines, and floats must be stowed and not available for immediate use, and any power-operated mainline hauler on deck must be covered in such a manner that it is not readily available for use. Classification There is good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). This action is based on the best available information and is necessary for the conservation and management of bigeye tuna. Compliance with the notice and comment requirement would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest because NMFS would be unable to ensure that the 2014 bigeye tuna catch limit applicable to large longline vessels is not exceeded. The annual catch limit is an important mechanism to ensure that the United States complies with its international obligations in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. Moreover, NMFS previously solicited public comments on the rule that established the catch limit (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014), including a provision for issuing a notice to close the fishery, if necessary, to prevent exceeding the catch limit. For the same reasons, there is good cause to establish an effective date less than 30 days after date of publication of this notice. This action is required by § 300.25(b) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951–962 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63563 Dated: October 15, 2014. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25293 Filed 10–21–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 140624530–4848–01] RIN 0648–XD354 Revisions to Framework Adjustment 51 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2014 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary final rule; adjustment to specifications. AGENCY: Based on the final Northeast multispecies sector rosters, we are adjusting the fishing year 2014 specification of annual catch limits for commercial groundfish vessels, as well as sector annual catch entitlements for groundfish stocks by adding carried over catch from fishing year 2013 and reducing quotas for some stocks by the amount of overages exceeding their limits in fishing year 2013, among other adjustments. This revision to fishing year 2014 catch levels is necessary to account for changes in the number of participants electing to fish in sectors. DATES: Effective October 23, 2014, through April 30, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Murphy, Sector Policy Analyst, (978) 281–9122. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The New England Fishery Management Council developed Amendment 16 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), in part, to establish a process for setting groundfish annual catch limits (also referred to as ACLs or catch limits) and accountability measures. The Council has a biennial review process to develop catch limits and revise management measures. Framework Adjustment 51 and concurrent emergency actions set annual catch limits for nine groundfish stocks and three jointly managed U.S./ Canada stocks for fishing years 2014– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

[Docket No. 130717632-4285-02]
RIN 0648-XD504


International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2014 Bigeye Tuna 
Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure.

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SUMMARY: Because the 2014 catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to 
be reached, NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for 
bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern 
Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2014. This action is necessary 
to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch limit 
established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in 
Resolution C-13-01, which governs tuna conservation in the EPO from 
2014-2016.

DATES: Effective October 31, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS West Coast 
Region, 562-980-4036.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is 
managed, in part, under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 (Act), 16 
U.S.C. 951-962. Under the Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry 
out recommendations of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
(IATTC) that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). The 
United States is a member of the IATTC, which was established under the 
Convention for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission signed in 1949 (Convention) to provide an international 
agreement to ensure the effective international conservation and 
management of highly migratory species of fish in the IATTC Convention 
Area.
    The IATTC Convention Area includes the waters of the eastern 
Pacific Ocean (EPO) bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50[deg] 
N. and 50[deg] S. parallels, and the 150[deg] W. meridian. Regulations 
governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the Act appear at 
50 CFR part 300, subpart C. Those regulations implement recommendations 
of the IATTC for the

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conservation and management of highly migratory fish resources in the 
EPO.
    The IATTC adopted Resolution C-13-01, which establishes an annual 
catch limit of bigeye tuna for large U.S. longline vessels. For 
calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, the catch of bigeye tuna by 
longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the 
United States that are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 
500 metric tons per year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS 
implemented this catch limit by notice-and-comment rulemaking under the 
Act (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25).
    NMFS monitored the retained catches of bigeye tuna using logbook 
data submitted by vessel captains and other available information from 
the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, and determined 
that the 2014 catch limit is expected to be reached on October 31, 
2014. In accordance with 50 CFR 300.25(b), this Federal Register notice 
announces that the U.S. longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the IATTC 
Convention Area will be closed for vessels over 24 meters in overall 
length starting on October 31, 2014, through the end of the 2014 
calendar year. The 2015 fishing year is scheduled to open on January 1, 
2015. The bigeye tuna catch limit for longline vessels over 24 meters 
in overall length for 2015 will be 500 metric tons.
    During the closure, a U.S. fishing vessel over 24 meters in overall 
length may not be used to retain on board, transship, or land bigeye 
tuna captured by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area, except as 
follows:
     Any bigeye tuna already on board a fishing vessel upon the 
effective date of the prohibitions may be retained on board, 
transshipped, and/or landed, to the extent authorized by applicable 
laws and regulations, provided that they are landed within 14 days 
after the prohibitions become effective, that is, by November 14, 2014.
     In the case of a vessel that has declared to NMFS that the 
current trip type is shallow-set longlining, the 14-day limit is 
waived, but the number of bigeye tuna retained on board, transshipped, 
or landed must not exceed the number on board the vessel upon the 
effective date of the prohibitions, as recorded by the NMFS observer on 
board the vessel.
     Bigeye tuna caught by longline gear used on a vessel of 
the United States over 24 meters in the IATTC Convention Area may not 
be transshipped to a fishing vessel unless that fishing vessel is 
operated in compliance with a valid permit issued under 50 CFR 660.707 
or 665.801 (the rule implementing Resolution C-13-1 incorrectly cited 
Sec.  665.21, which has been re-codified as Sec.  665.801).
     A fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters, 
other than a vessel for which a declaration has been made to NMFS that 
the current trip is shallow-setting, may not be used to fish in the 
Pacific Ocean using longline gear both inside and outside the IATTC 
Convention Area during the same fishing trip, with the exception of a 
fishing trip during which the prohibitions were put into effect.
     If a vessel over 24 meters that is not on a declared 
shallow-set trip is used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline 
gear outside the IATTC Convention Area and the vessel enters the IATTC 
Convention Area at any time during the same fishing trip, the longline 
gear on the fishing vessel must be stowed in a manner so as not to be 
readily available for fishing. Specifically, the hooks, branch lines, 
and floats must be stowed and not available for immediate use, and any 
power-operated mainline hauler on deck must be covered in such a manner 
that it is not readily available for use.

Classification

    There is good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). This action is based on 
the best available information and is necessary for the conservation 
and management of bigeye tuna. Compliance with the notice and comment 
requirement would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest 
because NMFS would be unable to ensure that the 2014 bigeye tuna catch 
limit applicable to large longline vessels is not exceeded. The annual 
catch limit is an important mechanism to ensure that the United States 
complies with its international obligations in preventing overfishing 
and managing the fishery at optimum yield. Moreover, NMFS previously 
solicited public comments on the rule that established the catch limit 
(79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014), including a provision for issuing a 
notice to close the fishery, if necessary, to prevent exceeding the 
catch limit. For the same reasons, there is good cause to establish an 
effective date less than 30 days after date of publication of this 
notice.
    This action is required by Sec.  300.25(b) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951-962 et seq.

    Dated: October 15, 2014.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
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