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, 63563-63577 [2014-25307]

Download as PDF 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 63564 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES 2015. Recently, we partially approved Framework 51, which became effective on May 1, 2014 (79 FR 22421; April 22, 2014), and also approved fishing year 2014 sector operations plans and allocations (79 FR 23278; April 28, 2014; ‘‘sector rule’’). A sector receives an allocation of each stock, or annual catch entitlement (referred to as ACE, or allocation), based on its members’ catch histories. State-operated permit banks also receive an allocation that can be transferred to qualifying sector vessels (for more information, see the final rule implementing Amendment 17 (77 FR 16942; March 23, 2012)). The sum of all sector and state-operated permit bank allocations is referred to as the sector sub-ACL in the FMP. Whatever groundfish allocation remains after sectors and state-operated permit banks receive their allocations is then allocated to vessels not enrolled in a sector (referred to as the common pool). This allocation is also referred to as the common pool sub-ACL. This rule adjusts the both the sector and common pool fishing year 2014 sub-ACLs based VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 on final sector membership, which was established as of May 1, 2014. Permitted vessels that wish to fish in a sector must enroll by December 1 of each year, with the fishing year beginning the following May 1 and lasting through April 30 of the next year. However, due to a delay in distributing each vessel’s potential contribution to a sector’s quota for fishing year 2014, we extended the deadline to join a sector until March 6, 2014. Because of this extended deadline, and the fact that vessels had until April 30, 2014, to drop out of a sector and fish in the common pool, fishing year 2013 membership was used to estimate sector ACEs in the Framework 51 final rule. The fishing year 2014 sector final rule, which published later than the Framework 51 final rule, used March 6, 2014, rosters to estimate sector ACEs. The final number of permits enrolled in a sector or state-operated permit bank for fishing year 2014 is 845, which is 4 less than the March 6, 2013, roster. All sector allocations assume that each NE PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 multispecies vessel enrolled in a sector has a valid permit for fishing year 2014. Tables 1, 2, and 3 (below) explain the revised fishing year 2014 allocations as a percentage and absolute amount (in metric tons and pounds). Table 4 compares the preliminary allocations based on fishing year 2013 membership published in the Framework 51 proposed and final rules, with the revised allocations based on the final sector and state-operated permit bank rosters as of May 1, 2014. The table shows that changes in sector allocations due to updated rosters range from a decrease of 0.86 percent of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) yellowtail flounder, to an increase of 0.40 percent of Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder. Common pool allocation adjustments range between a 2.94-percent decrease in GB cod, to a 15.79-percent increase in redfish. The changes in the common-pool allocations are greater because the common pool has a significantly lower allocation for all stocks. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector Name PO 00000 FGS MCCS MPB Frm 00069 NCCS NEFS 1 NEFS2 Fmt 4700 NEFS 3 NEFS4 NEFS 5 CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder 1.84 2.55 1.12 0.01 0.00 0.31 0.67 O.Dl 0.36 0.00 16.36 0.84 0.00 1.91 0.03 0.73 0.00 1.42 2.90 1.05 0.32 GOM Cod GB Haddock GOM Haddock 110 46 11 27 27.72 0.21 2.51 4.60 0.13 0.17 3 81 0.00 1.15 0.85 0.03 18.24 5.76 0.04 0.04 0.12 Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNEIMA Winter Flounder 0.98 7.56 2.13 5.06 0.03 0.01 12.87 1.16 0.16 0.73 0.22 1.67 0.19 0.02 0.01 0.01 12.80 0.00 0.07 0.00 3.22 1.96 0.42 0.93 0.05 18.43 White Hake Pollock 5.70 4.40 7.38 3.80 0.30 0.00 3.27 2.74 2.50 0.82 0.43 1.65 0.81 1.69 0.51 0.00 14.74 0.00 5.94 0.00 11.26 Redfish Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 0.15 5.32 1.05 0.36 2.38 22.53 2.84 0.03 9.29 0.49 8.50 0.67 0.69 0.52 0.77 1.29 12.01 4.75 5.47 0.48 9.49 6.24 0.07 1.34 8.35 0.29 0.01 2.16 1.61 8.86 9.59 0.01 6.64 0.08 8.06 0.12 6.81 6.14 0.11 2.87 4.66 2.95 0.39 2.92 4.62 3.85 0.47 2.70 10.08 5.31 4.11 3.74 2.35 3.88 3.53 5.20 3.24 1.51 12.97 4.55 0.75 1.94 5.15 5.31 0.59 3.91 0.82 3.29 0.71 6.14 14.24 0.73 0.41 0.46 1.73 5.21 13.62 6.00 11.61 0.25 0.04 0.20 4.80 2.53 3.21 11.26 26.79 0.02 6.40 10.41 12.67 2.59 1.72 8.27 1.70 2.10 2.57 8.28 2.39 2.07 15.55 39.51 0.01 3.16 2.43 17.84 2.25 10.13 18.67 0.73 0.02 0.55 5.83 0.55 0.51 4.15 0.89 4.83 0.61 4.23 1.39 9.44 7.92 0.95 1.14 19.66 15.96 0.99 0.00 24.73 6.05 8.01 0.55 0.02 18.78 5.14 10.98 1.74 0.03 42.71 0.00 14.10 0.00 8.41 6.20 0.01 34.45 2.34 0.00 34.34 5.03 0.02 13.22 0.06 10.38 0.00 19.55 2.27 0.11 50 29 NEFS 6 NEFS 7 22 22 NEFS NEFS NEFS NEFS 20 60 43 56 53 4 117 0.00 10.69 0.63 0.04 19.31 Plaice 7.87 4.06 78 NEFS 13 NHPB SHS 1 SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder GB Cod 5.78 1.26 4.14 0.78 8 9 10 11 GB Yellowtail Flounder MRI Count 0.00 20.65 14.42 9.28 0.03 39.51 0.00 7.26 0.00 17.31 1.99 3.98 0.02 0.08 50.77 0.16 24OCR1 51.30 SHS3 13 0.29 0.15 0.40 0.07 2.21 2.27 1.13 0.66 0.61 0.46 1.32 1.12 0.18 845 98.11 99.31 99.01 Sector Total 96.61 99.14 95.54 87.82 97.67 98.45 81.92 98.13 97.97 99.58 99.30 Common Pool 528 1.89 2.33 0.69 0.99 1.55 18.08 3.39 1.87 2.03 0.86 4.46 12.18 0.42 0.70 -Georges Bank Cod Fixed Gear Sector (FGS), Maine Coast Community Sector (MCCS), Maine Permit Bank (M PB), Northeast Coastal Communities Sector (NCCS) , Northeast Fishery Sectors (NEFS), New Hampshire Permit Bank (NH PB), and Sustainable Harvest Sector (SHS) 1All ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 1 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2014. 39.56 0.07 99.36 0.64 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 1. Final Percentage (%) of ACE for Each Sector by Stock for Fishing Year 2014 1 63565 ER24OC14.000</GPH> rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES 63566 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector Name FGS PO 00000 MCCS GB Cod West GB Haddock East GOM Cod GB Haddock West GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flonnder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flonnder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flonnder Plaice Witch Flonnder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNEIMA Winter Flounder Redfish White Hake Pollock 41 449 21 577 413 4 0 2 14 14 13 I 92 20 290 244 976 0 3 38 4 3 6 0 4 5 104 31 0 14 2 264 188 502 Frm 00070 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 MPB 0 2 10 4 3 2 0 0 2 16 4 0 3 0 87 71 223 NCCS 0 3 7 12 9 I 2 4 3 2 I 2 7 4 46 35 67 NEFS I 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 9 94 151 1070 766 36 5 8 92 109 78 109 132 40 1558 254 1489 NEFS3 2 20 120 15 10 20 0 2 42 56 17 I 68 9 142 203 901 NEFS4 6 67 80 532 381 18 6 13 26 128 52 24 45 16 702 345 812 NEFS5 I 13 0 105 76 I 4 127 2 7 4 17 0 145 8 5 14 435 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM NEFS6 4 46 25 293 210 8 7 30 18 54 32 51 33 23 561 167 NEFS7 7 76 3 462 331 I 26 23 II 49 20 439 5 62 62 35 94 NEFS8 9 100 4 600 430 0 29 34 31 24 16 526 23 123 58 22 80 559 NEFS9 21 231 14 1161 832 11 68 45 50 114 50 1337 17 226 616 178 NEFS 10 I 12 43 25 18 6 0 3 61 24 15 0 127 9 58 38 184 NEFS II I 7 113 4 3 7 0 0 12 29 13 0 16 0 210 207 1248 NEFS 13 12 128 8 1596 1144 2 63 106 24 71 38 246 17 133 421 74 300 24OCR1 NHPB 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 15 SHS I 31 335 163 3435 2461 94 36 47 63 546 210 586 74 237 5419 2172 5231 SHS3 0 5 1 40 29 0 6 13 5 9 4 16 9 14 19 7 10 145 1590 811 9935 7117 218 251 462 463 1356 598 3356 683 1063 10521 4248 13139 31 19 69 50 2 4 102 16 26 3 TAll ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 2 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2014. 2These values do not include any potential ACE carryover or deductions from fishing year 2013 sector ACE underages or overages. 12 29 32 147 44 30 85 Sector Total Common Pool ER24OC14.001</GPH> GB Cod East Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 2. Final ACE for Each Sector by Stock for Fishing Year 2014 (mt) 1•2 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector Name FGS GB Cod East GB Cod West GOM Cod GB Haddock East GB Haddock West GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flounder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder Plaice Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNEIMA Winter Flounder Redfish White Hake Pollock PO 00000 Frm 00071 90 991 46 1271 911 9 0 4 31 30 29 2 203 45 638 538 2151 MCCS 1 8 84 9 6 12 0 8 11 230 68 1 31 5 583 415 1107 MPB 0 5 21 10 7 5 0 0 3 35 10 0 7 0 191 156 492 148 NCCS 1 6 16 27 19 2 5 9 7 5 3 5 15 8 101 77 NEFS 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 19 207 334 2358 1689 79 11 18 204 240 172 240 290 87 3434 560 3282 Sfmt 4725 NEFS6 9 102 54 645 462 19 15 66 40 118 70 113 72 52 1237 369 960 NEFS7 15 167 7 1018 729 2 57 51 25 107 44 968 12 137 136 77 207 NEFS8 20 220 8 1323 948 I 63 75 68 52 35 1160 50 270 128 48 177 NEFS9 46 509 32 2560 1834 23 150 100 110 252 111 2948 38 498 1358 392 1232 NEFS 10 2 26 95 55 40 12 0 7 134 52 32 I 281 20 127 84 405 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM Fmt 4700 NEFS3 4 45 264 32 23 45 0 4 94 124 38 2 150 21 313 448 1985 NEFS4 14 148 176 1173 840 41 12 30 58 283 114 52 98 34 1547 760 1790 NEFS5 3 28 0 233 167 1 9 280 5 15 9 38 1 320 18 11 31 24OCR1 NEFS 11 1 15 249 8 6 16 0 0 27 64 28 0 35 I 462 456 2751 NEFS 13 26 283 17 3519 2521 5 139 233 53 157 83 542 37 293 927 164 662 NHPB 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 I 0 0 1 0 5 8 32 SHS 1 67 738 360 7573 5426 207 79 105 140 1204 463 1292 163 522 11948 4788 11533 SHS 3 I 10 3 89 63 0 12 28 12 20 8 34 21 30 42 15 22 320 3506 1787 21903 15691 480 552 1019 1020 2990 1317 7399 1505 2343 23195 9366 28966 27 64 70 325 97 66 188 Sector Total Common Pool 6 67 43 152 109 5 9 225 36 57 All ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 3 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2014. 2 These values do not include any poteotial ACE carryover or deductions from fishing year 2013 sector ACE underages or overages. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 3. Final ACE for Each Sector by Stock for Fishing Year 2014 (1,000 lb) 1'2 63567 ER24OC14.002</GPH> rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES 63568 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 GBCod GOMCod GB Haddock GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flounder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder Plaice Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNE/MA Winter Flounder Redfish White Hake Pollock 1769 1316 17171 307 254.5 564 479 1382 610 3385 715 1210 10565 4278 13224 34 19 122 2 4 98 16 25 12 26 32 138 38 29 86 Adjusted FY2014 Common Pool Allocation 33 19 119 2 4 102 16 26 12 29 32 147 44 30 85 %Change -2.94% 0.00% -2.46% 0.00% 0.00% 4.08% 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% 11.54% 0.00% 6.52% 15.79% 3.45% -1.16% 1735 811 17049 218 250 466 463 1357 598 3359 683 1072 10527 4249 13138 1736 811 17052 218 251 462 463 1356 598 3356 683 1063 10521 4248 13139 0.06% 0.00% 0.02% 0.00% 0.40% -0.86% 0.00% -0.07% 0.00% -0.09% 0.00% -0.84% -0.06% -0.02% 0.01% Total Commercial Allocation FY2014 Common Pool Allocation based on FY2013 sector membership FY 2014 Sector Allocation based on FY 2013 sector membership Adjusted FY2014 Sector Allocation %Change I All values for sectors outlined in Table 4 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2014. ER24OC14.003</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 4. Comparison of Allocations Between the Framework 51 Final Rule and May 1, 2014, Sector Rosters (mt) 1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES We have completed fishing year 2013 data reconciliation with sectors and allowed a 2-week window for any sector with an overage to trade fishing year 2013 ACE to balance the overage. We have since determined final fishing year 2013 sector catch and the amount of quota that sectors may carry from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014. A recent emergency rule (79 FR 36433; June 27, 2014) described changes to VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 carryover and catch accounting in response to litigation by Conservation Law Foundation (Conservation Law Foundation v. Pritzker, et al. (Case No. 1:13–CV–0821–JEB)). The Court invalidated the previous carryover measures because those measures failed to prevent total potential catches of certain stocks (ACEs plus carryover) from exceeding their annual biological catch (ABC). This rule ensures that PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63569 catch does not exceed the ABC for any stock. Because of this, the maximum carryover for certain stocks may be lower than what a sector expects. Table 5 includes the maximum amount of quota that sectors may carry over from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014. Table 6 includes the de minimis amount of quota that sectors may carry over from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014. E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES 63570 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector GBCod West GB Haddock West GOM Cod GOM Haddock SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder Witch Flounder Plaice GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNE Winter Flounder White Hake Redfish Pollock PO 00000 Frm 00074 0 284 1,575 993 0 64 3,275 2,646 34,596 29,651 119,733 1,051 0 618 601 12,735 2,439 16 1,721 311 31,603 22,932 61,513 143 0 677 349 70 0 160 792 481 5,443 4,106 6,855 57,920 4,440 116,954 757 MCCS 441 8,390 800 NCCS 359 1,368 2,461 FGS GB Yellowtail Flounder Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM NEFS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 12,937 33,635 242,197 6,831 0 1,406 11,076 13,654 0 7,684 16,203 5,959 202,643 33,004 197,867 NEFS3 2,621 26,311 2,957 3,974 0 333 4,887 6,843 4 62 8,175 1,236 16,933 24,674 109,487 NEFS4 8,644 10,160 107,880 3,443 0 2,118 3,127 15,662 0 1,617 5,471 1,402 83,903 42,043 99,696 NEFS5 1,642 23 21,378 120 0 21,456 277 834 88 1,210 59 19,890 971 616 1,704 NEFS6 5,985 5,331 59,313 1,580 0 4,824 2,037 6,536 0 3,393 3,832 3,045 67,082 20,421 53,455 NEFS 7 10,889 717 100,537 194 0 4,266 1,633 6,053 574 34,608 732 10,201 7,399 4,307 11,772 NEFS8 12,849 899 115,071 88 0 5,454 3,659 2,782 357 34,078 2,936 15,080 6,760 2,624 9,698 NEFS9 29,765 1,050 235,454 1,977 0 7,428 5,955 13,944 0 92,027 2,136 29,933 65,011 21,673 68,635 NEFS10 1,523 9,617 5,101 1,045 0 0 7,332 2,967 0 33 23,661 1,208 6,926 4,758 22,606 NEFS 11 739 15,551 724 227 0 16 1,203 1,997 0 2 1,696 29 11,833 12,236 104,884 NEFS12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24OCR1 NEFS 13 16,633 1,315 326,360 407 0 17,666 2,876 8,700 115 17,377 2,053 17,743 50,293 9,076 36,864 SHS 1 41,165 35,655 671,390 17,390 0 7,691 7,341 66,247 0 38,010 9,008 29,676 631,940 263,115 628,695 SHS3 918 839 13,061 76 0 2,924 1,190 918 0 1,147 2,024 2,255 2,434 804 954 205,030 155,300 2,021,639 39,303 0 77,162 55,116 160,937 3,577 231,485 83,776 141,096 1,225,770 496,040 1,534,417 Sector Total ER24OC14.004</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 5. Maximum Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2013 to Fishing Year 2014 (lbs) rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector GBCod West PO 00000 GB Haddock West GOM Cod GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flounder 0 SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder 38 10,810 459 21,818 89 MCCS 82 841 149 124 0 83 NCCS 68 156 460 17 0 91 FGS Plaice Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNE Winter Flounder Redfish White Hake Pollock 307 298 0 21 2,028 445 6,384 5,376 21,511 Ill 2,302 681 5 309 52 5,826 4,146 11,070 66 48 0 51 146 80 1,006 767 1,479 Frm 00075 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,338 40,477 793 0 177 2,039 2,397 0 2,401 2,904 871 34,338 5,603 32,821 NEFS3 492 2,638 553 450 0 45 936 1,236 4 20 1,496 206 3,128 4,479 19,853 NEFS4 1,614 1,755 20,126 405 0 295 577 2,832 0 518 983 345 15,468 7,599 17,899 304 2 3,991 14 0 2,802 51 151 88 385 10 3,203 179 114 306 NEFS6 1,118 540 11,069 187 0 660 395 1,183 0 1,127 717 518 12,367 3,689 9,601 NEFS7 1,819 71 17,476 23 0 511 248 1,075 436 9,681 118 1,375 1,364 775 2,069 NEFS8 2,395 84 22,708 10 0 752 676 523 346 11,602 498 2,702 1,280 484 1,769 NEFS9 5,555 317 43,932 233 0 996 1,100 2,521 0 29,482 384 4,979 13,582 3,917 12,322 NEFS 10 284 953 952 123 0 0 1,338 519 0 10 2,810 196 1,271 843 4,047 NEFS 11 159 2,493 144 156 0 2 273 640 0 2 354 6 4,624 4,559 27,510 NEFS 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS 13 3,087 173 60,409 48 0 2,335 531 1,566 115 5,418 369 2,930 9,272 1,640 6,616 SHS 1 8,055 3,598 129,987 2,072 0 1,045 1,396 12,039 0 12,919 1,635 5,215 119,479 47,883 115,330 SHS3 Sector Total Sfmt 4725 0 2,255 NEFS5 Fmt 4700 NEFS 1 NEFS2 112 27 1,519 3 0 282 119 202 0 344 207 299 422 147 216 38,210 17,447 375,770 4,746 0 10,114 10,162 29,533 1,669 73,985 14,969 23,422 229,989 92,020 284,420 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 6. De Minimis Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2013 to Fishing Year 2014 (lbs) 63571 ER24OC14.005</GPH> 63572 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations the year following an overage. Table 6 includes a summary of the sectors with fishing year 2013 witch flounder overages, the initial fishing year 2014 witch flounder ACE included in Table 3, and adjusted fishing year 2014 witch flounder ACE, accounting for the overage. the total amount of ACE available to sectors in fishing year 2014, including reductions for overages, and adding maximum carryover. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 ER24OC14.006</GPH> to use in fishing year 2013. Some sectors inadvertently exceeded their fishing year 2013 witch flounder ACE and were unable to transfer a sufficient amount of quota to cover the overage. Reducing ACE by the overage amount is necessary to address the requirement to apply a pound-for-pound reduction in ACE in Summarizing all the information provided above, Tables 8 and 9 display rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES We have determined that 9 sectors have exceeded their fishing year 2013 allocation of witch flounder, requiring reductions to those sectors’ fishing year 2014 allocations. Because of the Court decision discussed above, we were required to reduce the amount of witch flounder carryover available for sectors rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector Name PO 00000 FGS GBCod East GB Cod West GOM Cod GB Haddock East GB Haddock West GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flounder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder Plaice Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNE/MA Winter Flounder Redfish White Hake Pollock Fmt 4700 476 23 577 466 4 0 2 15 14 13 1 93 21 305 257 0 4 42 4 3 6 0 4 5 110 32 0 15 2 279 198 530 MPB Frm 00077 41 MCCS 1,030 0 2 10 4 3 2 0 0 2 16 4 0 3 0 87 71 223 NCCS 0 3 8 12 10 1 2 4 3 2 1 2 7 4 48 37 70 NEFS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 9 100 167 1,070 876 39 5 9 97 115 77 112 139 42 1,649 269 1,578 NEFS3 2 22 132 15 12 22 0 2 45 59 17 1 72 10 150 214 950 NEFS4 6 71 84 532 430 20 6 14 28 136 45 24 47 16 740 364 857 Sfmt 4725 NEFS5 1 13 0 105 85 1 4 137 2 7 4 18 0 154 9 5 15 NEFS6 4 49 27 293 236 9 7 32 19 57 31 53 34 25 591 177 460 NEFS7 7 81 4 462 376 1 26 25 12 52 20 455 6 67 65 37 99 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM NEFS8 9 105 4 600 482 0 29 37 32 25 16 542 24 129 61 23 85 NEFS9 21 244 15 1,161 939 11 68 49 53 121 50 1,379 18 239 646 188 590 NEFS 10 1 13 48 25 20 6 0 3 64 25 12 0 138 9 61 40 194 NEFS 11 I 7 120 4 3 7 0 0 13 30 11 0 17 0 215 212 1,295 NEFS 13 12 136 8 1,596 1,292 2 63 114 25 75 38 254 18 141 443 78 317 24OCR1 NHPB 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 15 SHS 1 31 353 179 3,435 2,766 102 36 51 67 576 188 603 78 250 5,706 2,291 5,516 SHS3 Sector Total 0 5 2 40 35 0 6 14 6 10 4 16 10 15 20 7 10 145 1,683 881 9,935 8,034 236 251 497 488 1,429 564 3,461 721 1,127 11,077 4,473 13,835 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 8. Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2014 with Maximum Carryover (mt) 63573 ER24OC14.007</GPH> rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES 63574 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 Sector Name GBCod East GBCod West PO 00000 GB Haddock East GOM Cod GB Haddock West GOM Haddock GB Yellowtail Flounder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder Plaice Witch Flounder GB Winter Flounder GOM Winter Flounder SNE/MA Winter Flounder Redfish Whlte Hake Pollock I,271 I,028 10 0 4 32 3I 29 2 206 47 673 567 2,271 Frm 00078 90 I,049 so MCCS I 8 93 9 7 13 0 9 I2 243 70 I 33 5 614 438 1,169 MPB 0 5 2I IO 7 5 0 0 3 35 IO 0 7 0 I9I I 56 492 NCCS I 7 17 27 22 2 5 10 7 5 3 5 IS 8 106 81 ISS FGS Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 0 0 I 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 I 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 ER24OC14.008</GPH> NEFS I 19 220 367 2,358 1,932 86 II 19 215 253 169 248 307 93 3,636 593 3,480 NEFS3 4 48 290 32 26 49 0 5 98 130 38 2 158 22 330 473 2,095 NEFS4 14 157 186 1,173 948 44 12 32 61 299 100 53 104 36 1,631 802 1,890 NEFS 5 3 30 0 233 188 2 9 302 5 16 9 40 I 340 19 12 32 NEFS6 9 108 59 645 521 20 IS 71 42 125 68 116 76 55 1,304 389 1,014 219 NEFS7 IS 178 8 1,018 830 2 57 55 26 114 44 1,003 13 148 144 82 NEFS8 20 232 9 1,323 1,063 I 63 81 71 55 35 1,194 53 285 135 51 187 NEFS9 46 539 33 2,560 2,069 25 ISO 107 116 266 Ill 3,040 41 528 1,423 413 1,301 NEFS 10 2 28 lOS 55 45 13 0 7 141 55 27 I 305 21 134 89 427 NEFS II I 15 265 8 7 16 0 0 29 66 25 0 37 I 474 468 2,856 NEFS 13 26 300 19 3,519 2,848 5 139 251 56 165 83 559 39 311 977 173 698 NHPB 0 0 2I 0 0 0 0 0 0 I 0 0 I 0 5 8 32 SHS I 67 779 395 7,573 6,097 225 79 112 147 1,270 414 1,330 172 551 12,580 5,051 12,162 SHS3 Sector Total I II 4 89 76 0 12 31 13 21 8 36 23 32 45 15 23 320 3711 1942 21903 17713 520 552 1096 1075 3151 1243 7630 1589 2484 24421 9862 30501 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Table 9. Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2014 with Maximum Carryover (1,000 lb) Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Framework 51 also specifies incidental catch limits (or incidental total allowable catches, ‘‘TACs’’) applicable to the common pool and NE multispecies Special Management Programs for fishing year 2013–2015, including the B day-at-sea (DAS) Program. Special Management Programs are designed to allow fishing for healthy stocks that can support additional fishing effort without undermining the other goals of the FMP. Incidental catch limits are specified to limit catch of certain stocks of concern for common 63575 pool vessels fishing in the Special Management Programs. Because these incidental catch limits are based on the changed common-pool allocation, they also must be revised. Final incidental catch limits are included in Tables 10– 13 below. TABLE 10—FISHING YEAR 2014 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS Percentage of common pool sub-ACL Stock Incidental catch TAC (mt) 2 1 2 1 5 5 1 0.6 0.2 0.08 0.2 1.3 0.6 1.5 GB cod ................................................................................................................................................................... GOM cod ............................................................................................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder ............................................................................................................................................ CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................................................................................................. American Plaice ..................................................................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ....................................................................................................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder ........................................................................................................................................ TABLE 11—DISTRIBUTION OF COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS TO EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Regular B DAS program (%) Closed area I hook gear haddock SAP (%) Eastern U.S./ CA haddock SAP (%) 50 100 50 100 100 100 100 Stock 16 NA NA NA NA NA NA 34 NA 50 NA NA NA NA GB cod ......................................................................................................................................... GOM cod ..................................................................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder .................................................................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ........................................................................................................ American Plaice ........................................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ............................................................................................................................. SNE/MA winter flounder .............................................................................................................. TABLE 12—FISHING YEAR 2014 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS FOR EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (mt) Regular B DAS program Stock Closed area I hook gear haddock SAP 0.3 0.2 0.04 0.2 1.3 0.6 1.5 0.1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GB cod ..................................................................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................................................................. GB yellowtail flounder .............................................................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................................................................... American Plaice ....................................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ......................................................................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder .......................................................................................................... Eastern U.S./ Canada haddock SAP 0.2 n/a 0.04 n/a n/a n/a n/a TABLE 13—FISHING YEAR 2014 COMMON POOL REGULAR B DAS PROGRAM QUARTERLY INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS (mt) 1st Quarter (13%) rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES GB cod ..................................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................................. GB yellowtail flounder .............................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................................... American Plaice ....................................................................................... Witch Flounder ......................................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder .......................................................................... Similar to the accountability measures for sectors when a quota overage occurs, if the common pool sub-ACL for any stock is exceeded, we are required to reduce the common pool sub-ACL by VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 2nd Quarter (29%) 0.04 0.02 0.005 0.02 0.17 0.08 0.19 the amount of the overage in the next fishing year. We are reducing the fishing year 2014 GB cod and GOM haddock common pool sub-ACLs due to fishing year 2013 overages. The fishing year PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 3rd Quarter (29%) 0.09 0.06 0.011 0.05 0.37 0.18 0.43 0.09 0.06 0.011 0.05 0.37 0.18 0.43 4th Quarter (29%) 0.09 0.06 0.011 0.05 0.37 0.18 0.43 2013 common pool sub-ACL for GB cod was exceeded by 8 percent (2.3 mt) and the GOM haddock common pool subACL was exceeded by 118 percent (1.2 mt). Therefore, we are reducing the E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 63576 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations fishing year 2014 GB cod and GOM haddock common pool sub-ACLs due to the fishing year 2013 overages. Table 14 provides the common pool overage adjustments for these stocks. Table 15 provides the updated trimester Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for GB cod and GOM haddock based on the final FY 2014 common pool sub-ACLs. TABLE 14—FISHING YEAR 2014 COMMON POOL OVERAGE ADJUSTMENT (mt) Fishing year 2013 overage Initial fishing year 2014 common pool sub-ACL Adjusted fishing year 2014 common pool sub-ACL 2.3 1.2 Stock 34 2 31.7 0.8 GB Cod ........................................................................................................................................ GOM Haddock ............................................................................................................................. TABLE 15—FISHING YEAR 2014 COMMON POOL TRIMESTER TACS (mt) Trimester 1 TAC Stock GB Cod .................................................................................................................................. GOM Haddock ....................................................................................................................... We are reducing the fishing year 2014 GB haddock sub-ACL for the herring mid-water trawl fishery due to a fishing year 2013 overage. The herring midwater trawl fishery is allocated 1 percent of the U.S. ABC for each stock of GOM and GB haddock. If the herring Trimester 2 TAC 8.0 0.22 mid-water trawl fishery exceeds its GOM or GB haddock sub-ACL, we are required to reduce the respective subACL by the amount of the overage in the following fishing year. In fishing year 2013, the mid-water trawl fishery exceeded its GB haddock sub-ACL by 11.9 0.21 Trimester 3 TAC 12.2 0.38 16.98 mt. Therefore, this rule reduces the fishing year 2014 GB haddock subACL by the 16.98 mt overage for the herring mid-water trawl fishery. Table 16 provides the herring mid-water trawl adjustments for GB haddock that this rule implements. TABLE 16—FISHING YEAR 2014 HERRING MID-WATER TRAWL OVERAGE ADJUSTMENT (mt) Fishing year 2013 overage Stock GB Haddock .......................................................................................................................... of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law. This final rule is exempt from the procedures of E.O. 12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is TABLE 17—U.S. ACCEPTABLE BIOimpracticable and contrary to the public LOGICAL CATCHES FOR TRANS- interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness BOUNDARY STOCKS pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that U.S. ABC this final rule may become effective Stock (mt) upon filing. Notice and comment are GB Cod ......................................... 1,960 impracticable and contrary to the public GB Haddock ................................. 19,229 GB Yellowtail Flounder ................. 328 interest because a delay would potentially impair achievement of the management plan’s objectives of Classification preventing overfishing and achieving Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the optimum yield by vessels staying within Magnuson-Stevens Act, the NMFS ACLs or allocations. The proposed and Assistant Administrator has determined final rules for fishing year 2014 sector that this final rule is consistent with the operations plans and contracts NE Multispecies FMP, other provisions explained the need and likelihood for rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES Finally, Table 17 provides the U.S. ABCs for the three transboundary Georges Bank stocks that we jointly manage with Canada. The U.S./Canada quotas, and the corresponding ACLs/ sub-ACLs were included in the Framework 51 final rule; however, because the U.S. ABCs for GB cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder were mis-specified, the corrected levels are being included here in this rule. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Initial fishing year 2014 herring mid-water trawl sub-ACL 16.98 179 Adjusted fishing year 2014 herring mid-water trawl sub-ACL 162.02 adjustments of sector and common pool allocations based on final sector rosters. No comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which provide an accurate accounting of a sector’s or common pool’s allocation at this time. Prior notice of the need to distribute carryover catch was also provided. Allowing for prior notice and public comment on the herring midwater trawl overage adjustment is impracticable because this is a nondiscretionary action required by provisions of Framework 46 to the NE Multispecies FMP, which was subject to public comment. The proposed rule to implement Framework 46 requested public comment on these measures including the specific accountability measure implemented by this rule, with the understanding that possession limit trigger adjustments would be required if an ACL overage occurred. If this rule is not effective immediately, the sector and common pool vessels will be operating under incorrect information on the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the common pool. This could cause negative economic impacts E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 63577 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Rules and Regulations to the both sectors and the common pool, depending on the size of the allocation, the degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate of a particular stock. Further, these adjustments are based purely on objective sector enrollment data and are not subject to our discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior notice and comment. Waiving the 30-day delay in effectiveness allows harvesting in a manner that prevents catch limits of species from being exceeded in fisheries that are important to coastal communities. Until the final stock allocations are made, the affected fishing entities will not know how many fish of a particular stock they can catch without going over their ultimate limits. Fishermen may make both short- and long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the affected fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery and the businesses and communities that depend on them. The fishing industry and the communities it supports could be affected by potentially reducing harvests and delaying profits. Lastly, the catch limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial and the need for them was clearly explained in the proposed and final rules for fishing year 2014 sector operations plans and contracts. As a result, the NE multispecies permit holders are expecting these adjustments and awaiting their implementation. Therefore, it is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and the 30-day delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively. Because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are not required under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no final regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 20, 2014. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25307 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 131021878–4158–02] RIN 0648–XD565 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Allowances 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 projected unused amounts of the 2014 halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) allowance from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands trawl (BSAI) limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI management area. This action is necessary to allow the Amendment 80 cooperatives to fully SUMMARY: harvest their 2014 groundfish allocations. Effective October 21, 2014, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7269. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 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 Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that 80 metric tons of halibut PSC allowance from the BSAI trawl limited access sector will not be needed to support BSAI trawl limited access fisheries. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.91(f)(4), NMFS is reallocating this halibut PSC allowance from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives in the BSAI. In accordance with § 679.91(f)(1), NMFS will reissue cooperative quota permits for the reallocated halibut PSC allowances following the procedures set forth in § 679.91(f)(4). In accordance with § 679.91(f)(4)(i), NMFS will reallocate 95 percent of the halibut PSC reallocated from the BSAI trawl limited access sector to the Amendment 80 cooperatives, which is 76 metric tons. The 2014 harvest specifications for halibut PSC allowances included in the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014 and 79 FR 35958, June 25, 2014) are revised as follows in Tables 10, 12, and 14: DATES: TABLE 10—FINAL 2014 AND 2015 APPORTIONMENT OF PROHIBITED SPECIES CATCH ALLOWANCES TO NON-TRAWL GEAR, THE CDQ PROGRAM, AMENDMENT 80, AND THE BSAI TRAWL LIMITED ACCESS SECTORS rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES PSC species and area 1 Non-trawl PSC remaining after CDQ PSQ 2 900 832 3,675 3,349 393 2,401 795 900 n/a 832 n/a 3,675 2,172 3,349 n/a 393 n/a 2,325 n/a 875 n/a n/a n/a 97,000 86,621 10,379 43,293 26,489 n/a n/a 11,185,892 9,989,002 1,196,890 4,909,594 3,210,465 n/a n/a 980,000 875,140 104,860 368,521 411,228 2014 Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI .................. 2015 Halibut mortality (mt) BSAI .................. Herring (mt) BSAI ........ Red king crab (animals) Zone 1 ...................... C. opilio (animals) COBLZ ...................... C. bairdi crab (animals) Zone 1 ...................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 Oct 23, 2014 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00081 Trawl PSC remaining after CDQ PSQ 2 BSAI trawl limited access fishery Total non-trawl PSC Total trawl PSC Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 CDQ PSQ reserve 2 E:\FR\FM\24OCR1.SGM 24OCR1 Amendment 80 sector 3

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 206 (Friday, October 24, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63563-63577]
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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

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

ACTION: Temporary final rule; adjustment to specifications.

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SUMMARY: 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-

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2015. Recently, we partially approved Framework 51, which became 
effective on May 1, 2014 (79 FR 22421; April 22, 2014), and also 
approved fishing year 2014 sector operations plans and allocations (79 
FR 23278; April 28, 2014; ``sector rule''). A sector receives an 
allocation of each stock, or annual catch entitlement (referred to as 
ACE, or allocation), based on its members' catch histories. State-
operated permit banks also receive an allocation that can be 
transferred to qualifying sector vessels (for more information, see the 
final rule implementing Amendment 17 (77 FR 16942; March 23, 2012)). 
The sum of all sector and state-operated permit bank allocations is 
referred to as the sector sub-ACL in the FMP. Whatever groundfish 
allocation remains after sectors and state-operated permit banks 
receive their allocations is then allocated to vessels not enrolled in 
a sector (referred to as the common pool). This allocation is also 
referred to as the common pool sub-ACL. This rule adjusts the both the 
sector and common pool fishing year 2014 sub-ACLs based on final sector 
membership, which was established as of May 1, 2014.
    Permitted vessels that wish to fish in a sector must enroll by 
December 1 of each year, with the fishing year beginning the following 
May 1 and lasting through April 30 of the next year. However, due to a 
delay in distributing each vessel's potential contribution to a 
sector's quota for fishing year 2014, we extended the deadline to join 
a sector until March 6, 2014. Because of this extended deadline, and 
the fact that vessels had until April 30, 2014, to drop out of a sector 
and fish in the common pool, fishing year 2013 membership was used to 
estimate sector ACEs in the Framework 51 final rule. The fishing year 
2014 sector final rule, which published later than the Framework 51 
final rule, used March 6, 2014, rosters to estimate sector ACEs.
    The final number of permits enrolled in a sector or state-operated 
permit bank for fishing year 2014 is 845, which is 4 less than the 
March 6, 2013, roster. All sector allocations assume that each NE 
multispecies vessel enrolled in a sector has a valid permit for fishing 
year 2014. Tables 1, 2, and 3 (below) explain the revised fishing year 
2014 allocations as a percentage and absolute amount (in metric tons 
and pounds).
    Table 4 compares the preliminary allocations based on fishing year 
2013 membership published in the Framework 51 proposed and final rules, 
with the revised allocations based on the final sector and state-
operated permit bank rosters as of May 1, 2014. The table shows that 
changes in sector allocations due to updated rosters range from a 
decrease of 0.86 percent of Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) 
yellowtail flounder, to an increase of 0.40 percent of Georges Bank 
(GB) yellowtail flounder. Common pool allocation adjustments range 
between a 2.94-percent decrease in GB cod, to a 15.79-percent increase 
in redfish. The changes in the common-pool allocations are greater 
because the common pool has a significantly lower allocation for all 
stocks.
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    We have completed fishing year 2013 data reconciliation with 
sectors and allowed a 2-week window for any sector with an overage to 
trade fishing year 2013 ACE to balance the overage. We have since 
determined final fishing year 2013 sector catch and the amount of quota 
that sectors may carry from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014. A 
recent emergency rule (79 FR 36433; June 27, 2014) described changes to 
carryover and catch accounting in response to litigation by 
Conservation Law Foundation (Conservation Law Foundation v. Pritzker, 
et al. (Case No. 1:13-CV-0821-JEB)). The Court invalidated the previous 
carryover measures because those measures failed to prevent total 
potential catches of certain stocks (ACEs plus carryover) from 
exceeding their annual biological catch (ABC). This rule ensures that 
catch does not exceed the ABC for any stock. Because of this, the 
maximum carryover for certain stocks may be lower than what a sector 
expects. Table 5 includes the maximum amount of quota that sectors may 
carry over from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014. Table 6 
includes the de minimis amount of quota that sectors may carry over 
from fishing year 2013 into fishing year 2014.

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    We have determined that 9 sectors have exceeded their fishing year 
2013 allocation of witch flounder, requiring reductions to those 
sectors' fishing year 2014 allocations. Because of the Court decision 
discussed above, we were required to reduce the amount of witch 
flounder carryover available for sectors to use in fishing year 2013. 
Some sectors inadvertently exceeded their fishing year 2013 witch 
flounder ACE and were unable to transfer a sufficient amount of quota 
to cover the overage. Reducing ACE by the overage amount is necessary 
to address the requirement to apply a pound-for-pound reduction in ACE 
in the year following an overage. Table 6 includes a summary of the 
sectors with fishing year 2013 witch flounder overages, the initial 
fishing year 2014 witch flounder ACE included in Table 3, and adjusted 
fishing year 2014 witch flounder ACE, accounting for the overage.
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Summarizing all the information provided above, Tables 8 and 9 display 
the total amount of ACE available to sectors in fishing year 2014, 
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    Framework 51 also specifies incidental catch limits (or incidental 
total allowable catches, ``TACs'') applicable to the common pool and NE 
multispecies Special Management Programs for fishing year 2013-2015, 
including the B day-at-sea (DAS) Program. Special Management Programs 
are designed to allow fishing for healthy stocks that can support 
additional fishing effort without undermining the other goals of the 
FMP. Incidental catch limits are specified to limit catch of certain 
stocks of concern for common pool vessels fishing in the Special 
Management Programs. Because these incidental catch limits are based on 
the changed common-pool allocation, they also must be revised. Final 
incidental catch limits are included in Tables 10-13 below.

      Table 10--Fishing Year 2014 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs
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                                           Percentage of
                  Stock                     common pool     Incidental
                                              sub-ACL     catch TAC (mt)
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GB cod..................................               2            0.6
GOM cod.................................               1            0.2
GB yellowtail flounder..................               2            0.08
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..............               1            0.2
American Plaice.........................               5            1.3
Witch Flounder..........................               5            0.6
SNE/MA winter flounder..................               1            1.5
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         Table 11--Distribution of Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs to Each Special Management Program
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                                                                   Regular B DAS     hook gear     Eastern U.S./
                              Stock                                 program (%)     haddock SAP   CA haddock SAP
                                                                                        (%)             (%)
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GB cod..........................................................              50              16              34
GOM cod.........................................................             100              NA              NA
GB yellowtail flounder..........................................              50              NA              50
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......................................             100              NA              NA
American Plaice.................................................             100              NA              NA
Witch Flounder..................................................             100              NA              NA
SNE/MA winter flounder..........................................             100              NA              NA
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                     Table 12--Fishing Year 2014 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs for Each
                                         Special Management Program (mt)
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                                                                                   Closed area I   Eastern U.S./
                              Stock                                Regular B DAS     hook gear    Canada haddock
                                                                      program       haddock SAP         SAP
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GB cod..........................................................            0.3              0.1            0.2
GOM cod.........................................................            0.2              n/a          n/a
GB yellowtail flounder..........................................            0.04             n/a            0.04
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......................................            0.2              n/a          n/a
American Plaice.................................................            1.3              n/a          n/a
Witch Flounder..................................................            0.6              n/a          n/a
SNE/MA winter flounder..........................................            1.5              n/a          n/a
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       Table 13--Fishing Year 2014 Common Pool Regular B DAS Program Quarterly Incidental Catch TACs (mt)
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                                                    1st Quarter     2nd Quarter     3rd Quarter     4th Quarter
                                                       (13%)           (29%)           (29%)           (29%)
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GB cod..........................................           0.04            0.09            0.09            0.09
GOM cod.........................................           0.02            0.06            0.06            0.06
GB yellowtail flounder..........................           0.005           0.011           0.011           0.011
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......................           0.02            0.05            0.05            0.05
American Plaice.................................           0.17            0.37            0.37            0.37
Witch Flounder..................................           0.08            0.18            0.18            0.18
SNE/MA winter flounder..........................           0.19            0.43            0.43            0.43
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    Similar to the accountability measures for sectors when a quota 
overage occurs, if the common pool sub-ACL for any stock is exceeded, 
we are required to reduce the common pool sub-ACL by the amount of the 
overage in the next fishing year. We are reducing the fishing year 2014 
GB cod and GOM haddock common pool sub-ACLs due to fishing year 2013 
overages. The fishing year 2013 common pool sub-ACL for GB cod was 
exceeded by 8 percent (2.3 mt) and the GOM haddock common pool sub-ACL 
was exceeded by 118 percent (1.2 mt). Therefore, we are reducing the

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fishing year 2014 GB cod and GOM haddock common pool sub-ACLs due to 
the fishing year 2013 overages. Table 14 provides the common pool 
overage adjustments for these stocks. Table 15 provides the updated 
trimester Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for GB cod and GOM haddock 
based on the final FY 2014 common pool sub-ACLs.

                         Table 14--Fishing Year 2014 Common Pool Overage Adjustment (mt)
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                                                                                      Initial        Adjusted
                                                                   Fishing year    fishing year    fishing year
                              Stock                                2013 overage     2014 common     2014 common
                                                                                   pool sub-ACL    pool sub-ACL
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GB Cod..........................................................             2.3              34            31.7
GOM Haddock.....................................................             1.2               2             0.8
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                           Table 15--Fishing Year 2014 Common Pool Trimester TACs (mt)
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                                                                    Trimester 1     Trimester 2     Trimester 3
                              Stock                                     TAC             TAC             TAC
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GB Cod..........................................................            8.0            11.9            12.2
GOM Haddock.....................................................            0.22            0.21            0.38
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    We are reducing the fishing year 2014 GB haddock sub-ACL for the 
herring mid-water trawl fishery due to a fishing year 2013 overage. The 
herring mid-water trawl fishery is allocated 1 percent of the U.S. ABC 
for each stock of GOM and GB haddock. If the herring mid-water trawl 
fishery exceeds its GOM or GB haddock sub-ACL, we are required to 
reduce the respective sub-ACL by the amount of the overage in the 
following fishing year. In fishing year 2013, the mid-water trawl 
fishery exceeded its GB haddock sub-ACL by 16.98 mt. Therefore, this 
rule reduces the fishing year 2014 GB haddock sub-ACL by the 16.98 mt 
overage for the herring mid-water trawl fishery. Table 16 provides the 
herring mid-water trawl adjustments for GB haddock that this rule 
implements.

                   Table 16--Fishing Year 2014 Herring Mid-Water Trawl Overage Adjustment (mt)
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                                                                                      Initial        Adjusted
                                                                                   fishing year    fishing year
                              Stock                                Fishing year    2014 herring    2014 herring
                                                                   2013 overage      mid-water       mid-water
                                                                                   trawl sub-ACL   trawl sub-ACL
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GB Haddock......................................................           16.98          179             162.02
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    Finally, Table 17 provides the U.S. ABCs for the three 
transboundary Georges Bank stocks that we jointly manage with Canada. 
The U.S./Canada quotas, and the corresponding ACLs/sub-ACLs were 
included in the Framework 51 final rule; however, because the U.S. ABCs 
for GB cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder were mis-specified, the 
corrected levels are being included here in this rule.

  Table 17--U.S. Acceptable Biological Catches for Transboundary Stocks
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                                                                U.S. ABC
                            Stock                                 (mt)
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GB Cod.......................................................      1,960
GB Haddock...................................................     19,229
GB Yellowtail Flounder.......................................        328
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Classification

    Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the 
NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is 
consistent with the NE Multispecies FMP, other provisions of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law.
    This final rule is exempt from the procedures of E.O. 12866 because 
this action contains no implementing regulations.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive 
prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch 
limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and 
comment is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. We also 
find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule may become effective upon 
filing.
    Notice and comment are impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest because a delay would potentially impair achievement of the 
management plan's objectives of preventing overfishing and achieving 
optimum yield by vessels staying within ACLs or allocations. The 
proposed and final rules for fishing year 2014 sector operations plans 
and contracts explained the need and likelihood for adjustments of 
sector and common pool allocations based on final sector rosters. No 
comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which 
provide an accurate accounting of a sector's or common pool's 
allocation at this time. Prior notice of the need to distribute 
carryover catch was also provided. Allowing for prior notice and public 
comment on the herring mid-water trawl overage adjustment is 
impracticable because this is a non-discretionary action required by 
provisions of Framework 46 to the NE Multispecies FMP, which was 
subject to public comment. The proposed rule to implement Framework 46 
requested public comment on these measures including the specific 
accountability measure implemented by this rule, with the understanding 
that possession limit trigger adjustments would be required if an ACL 
overage occurred. If this rule is not effective immediately, the sector 
and common pool vessels will be operating under incorrect information 
on the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the common pool. 
This could cause negative economic impacts

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to the both sectors and the common pool, depending on the size of the 
allocation, the degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate 
of a particular stock. Further, these adjustments are based purely on 
objective sector enrollment data and are not subject to our discretion, 
so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior notice and 
comment.
    Waiving the 30-day delay in effectiveness allows harvesting in a 
manner that prevents catch limits of species from being exceeded in 
fisheries that are important to coastal communities. Until the final 
stock allocations are made, the affected fishing entities will not know 
how many fish of a particular stock they can catch without going over 
their ultimate limits. Fishermen may make both short- and long-term 
business decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the 
common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the 
affected fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their fishing 
activities during the interim period before this rule becomes 
effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery 
and the businesses and communities that depend on them. The fishing 
industry and the communities it supports could be affected by 
potentially reducing harvests and delaying profits. Lastly, the catch 
limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial and the need for 
them was clearly explained in the proposed and final rules for fishing 
year 2014 sector operations plans and contracts. As a result, the NE 
multispecies permit holders are expecting these adjustments and 
awaiting their implementation. Therefore, it is important to implement 
adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. For these 
reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and the 30-day delay 
in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 
(d), respectively.
    Because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are 
not required under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, 
the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no final regulatory 
flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared.

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

    Dated: October 20, 2014.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-25307 Filed 10-23-14; 8:45 am]
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