Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts, 192-194 [2014-30835]

Download as PDF 192 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 2 / Monday, January 5, 2015 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 6—FINAL 2015 GEAR SHARES AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF THE BSAI PACIFIC COD TAC—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] Gear sector 2015 share of gear sector total Percent 2015 seasonal apportionment 2015 share of sector total Seasons AFA trawl catcher/processor ............................ 2.3 5,123 n/a Amendment 80 ................................................. 13.4 29,846 n/a Alaska Groundfish Cooperative ........................ n/a n/a 4,711 Alaska Seafood Cooperative ............................ n/a n/a 25,135 Jig ..................................................................... 1.4 3,118 n/a Apr 1–Jun 10 .................... Jun 10–Nov 1 ................... Jan 20–Apr 1 .................... Apr 1–Jun 10 .................... Jun 10–Nov 1 ................... Jan 20–Apr 1 .................... Apr 1–Jun 10 .................... Jun 10–Nov 1 ................... Jan 20–Apr 1 .................... Apr 1–Jun 10 .................... Jun 10–Dec 31 ................. Jan 20–Apr 1 .................... Apr 1–Jun 10 .................... Jun 10–Dec 31 ................. Jan 1–Apr 30 .................... Apr 30–Aug 31 ................. Aug 31–Dec 31 ................ Amount 5,415 7,384 3,842 1,281 0 22,385 7,462 0 3,533 1,178 0 18,851 6,284 0 1,871 624 624 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 1 The gear shares and seasonal allowances for BSAI Pacific cod TAC are based on the sum of the BS and AI Pacific cod TACs, after the subtraction of CDQ. If the TAC for Pacific cod in either the AI or BS is reached, then directed fishing for Pacific cod in that subarea may be prohibited, even if a BSAI allowance remains. 2 The ICA for the hook-and-line and pot sectors will be deducted from the aggregate portion of Pacific cod TAC allocated to the hook-and-line and pot sectors. The Regional Administrator approves an ICA of 500 mt for 2015 based on anticipated incidental catch in these fisheries. Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocations for pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod in the BSAI based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 26, 2014, and additional time for prior public comment would result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 16, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Jan 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 This action is required by § 679.20 and § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 30, 2014. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–30819 Filed 12–30–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 130925836–4174–02] RIN 0648–XD688 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2015 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2015, until the effective date of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, which will be published in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by FDMS Docket Number NOAA–NMFS–2013– 0147 by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20130147, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1 193 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 2 / Monday, January 5, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. 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), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) set the 2015 pollock TAC at 193,809 metric tons (mt) and the 2015 Pacific cod TAC at 61,519 mt in the GOA. In December 2014, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2015 pollock TAC of 199,151 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 193,809 mt established by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council also recommended a 2015 Pacific cod TAC of 75,202 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 61,519 mt established by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2015 TACs, and the area and seasonal apportionments, are based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2014, which NMFS has determined is the best available scientific information for these fisheries. Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Pollock and Pacific cod are a principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and Pacific cod harvest is necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at § 679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned. The regulations at § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and § 679.20(a)(12)(i) specify how the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned. In accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and (a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, based on the November 2014 SAFE report for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2015 GOA pollock TAC to 199,151 mt and the 2015 GOA Pacific cod TAC to 75,202 mt. Therefore, Table 2 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) is revised consistent with this adjustment. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) is revised for the 2015 TACs of pollock in the Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. TABLE 4—FINAL 2015 DISTRIBUTION OF POLLOCK IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN REGULATORY AREAS OF THE GOA; SEASONAL BIOMASS DISTRIBUTION, AREA APPORTIONMENTS; AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF ANNUAL TAC [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.01] Season 1 Shumagin (Area 610) Chirikof (Area 620) Kodiak (Area 630) Total 2 A (Jan 20–Mar 10) ....... B (Mar 10–May 31) ...... C (Aug 25–Oct 1) ......... D (Oct 1–Nov 1) ........... 3,632 3,632 12,185 12,185 (7.99%) (7.99%) (26.81%) (26.81%) 30,503 37,820 14,628 14,628 (67.11%) (83.21%) (32.18%) (32.18%) 11,316 4,000 18,639 18,639 (24.90%) (8.80%) (41.01%) (41.01%) 45,452 45,452 45,452 45,452 Annual Total .......... 31,364 ........................ 97,579 ........................ 52,594 ........................ 181,806 1 As established by § 679.23(d)(2)(i) through (iv), the A, B, C, and D season allowances are available from January 20 to March 10, March 10 to May 31, August 25 to October 1, and October 1 to November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table. 2 The WYK and SEO District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table. Note: Seasonal allowances may not total precisely to annual TAC total (due to rounding). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and § 679.20(a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Jan 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) is revised for the 2015 seasonal apportionments and allocation PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of Pacific cod TAC in the GOA consistent with this adjustment. E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1 194 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 2 / Monday, January 5, 2015 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 6—FINAL 2015 SEASONAL APPORTIONMENTS AND ALLOCATION OF PACIFIC COD TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH AMOUNTS IN THE GOA; ALLOCATIONS FOR THE WESTERN GOA AND CENTRAL GOA SECTORS AND THE EASTERN GOA INSHORE AND OFFSHORE PROCESSING COMPONENTS [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages to the nearest 0.01. Seasonal allowances may not total precisely to annual allocation amount.] A Season Regulatory area and sector Annual allocation (mt) Sector % of annual non-jig TAC B Season Seasonal allowances (mt) Sector % of annual non-jig TAC Seasonal allowances (mt) Western GOA: Jig (2.5% of TAC) ........................... Hook-and-line CV ........................... Hook-and-line C/P .......................... Trawl CV ......................................... Trawl C/P ........................................ All Pot CV and Pot C/P .................. 677 370 5,230 10,143 634 10,037 N/A 0.70 10.90 27.70 0.90 19.80 406 185 2,879 7,317 238 5,230 N/A 0.70 8.90 10.70 1.50 18.20 271 185 2,351 2,826 396 4,807 Total ......................................... 27,091 60.00 16,255 40.00 10,837 Central GOA: Jig (2.0% of TAC) ........................... Hook-and-line <50 CV .................... Hook-and-line ≥50 CV .................... Hook-and-line C/P .......................... Trawl CV ......................................... Trawl C/P ........................................ All Pot CV and Pot C/P .................. 920 6,581 3,023 2,301 18,742 1,892 12,532 N/A 9.32 5.61 4.11 21.14 2.00 17.83 552 4,199 2,528 1,851 9,526 903 8,036 N/A 5.29 1.10 1.00 20.45 2.19 9.97 368 2,383 495 450 9,216 989 4,496 Total ......................................... 45,990 60.00 27,594 40.00 18,396 Eastern GOA ......................................... .............................. Inshore (90% of Annual TAC) Offshore (10% of Annual TAC) 1,909 212 2,121 Note: Seasonal apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocations for Pacific cod based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 24, 2014, and additional time for prior public comment would result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Jan 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 prior notice and opportunity for public comment. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 16, 2015. This action is required by § 679.20 and § 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 140519437–4999–02] RIN 0648–BE24 Dated: December 29, 2014. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Establishing Transit Areas Through Walrus Protection Areas at Round Island and Cape Peirce, Northern Bristol Bay, Alaska; Amendment 107 [FR Doc. 2014–30835 Filed 12–30–14; 4:15 pm] AGENCY: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 107 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP), as prepared and submitted by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), and approved by the Secretary of Commerce. This final rule allows vessels designated on Federal Fisheries Permits (FFPs) to SUMMARY: Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\05JAR1.SGM 05JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 2 (Monday, January 5, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 130925836-4174-02]
RIN 0648-XD688


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total 
Allowable Catch Amounts

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2015 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts 
for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. This 
action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are 
incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod 
TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific 
information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is 
consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 
2015, until the effective date of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest 
specifications for GOA groundfish, which will be published in the 
Federal Register.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 16, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by FDMS 
Docket Number NOAA-NMFS-2013-0147 by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0147, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, 
AK 99802-1668.

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    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. 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), confidential business information, 
or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter 
``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). 
Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, 
Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (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 final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) set the 2015 pollock TAC at 
193,809 metric tons (mt) and the 2015 Pacific cod TAC at 61,519 mt in 
the GOA. In December 2014, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council) recommended a 2015 pollock TAC of 199,151 mt for the GOA, 
which is more than the 193,809 mt established by the final 2014 and 
2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council also 
recommended a 2015 Pacific cod TAC of 75,202 mt for the GOA, which is 
more than the 61,519 mt established by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council's recommended 
2015 TACs, and the area and seasonal apportionments, are based on the 
Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 
2014, which NMFS has determined is the best available scientific 
information for these fisheries.
    Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and 
Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). Pollock and Pacific cod are a principal prey species 
for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock 
and Pacific cod harvest is necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries 
are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification 
of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned. The 
regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and Sec.  679.20(a)(12)(i) 
specify how the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and 
(a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), has determined that, based on the November 2014 SAFE 
report for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs 
are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to Sec.  
679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2015 GOA 
pollock TAC to 199,151 mt and the 2015 GOA Pacific cod TAC to 75,202 
mt. Therefore, Table 2 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) 
is revised consistent with this adjustment.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2014 and 
2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, 
March 6, 2014) is revised for the 2015 TACs of pollock in the Central 
and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

 Table 4--Final 2015 Distribution of Pollock in the Central and Western Regulatory Areas of the GOA; Seasonal Biomass Distribution, Area Apportionments;
                                                          and Seasonal Allowances of Annual TAC
                             [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.01]
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               Season \1\                       Shumagin (Area 610)
                                                Chirikof (Area 620)
                                                 Kodiak (Area 630)           Total \2\
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A (Jan 20-Mar 10).......................           3,632         (7.99%)          30,503        (67.11%)          11,316        (24.90%)          45,452
B (Mar 10-May 31).......................           3,632         (7.99%)          37,820        (83.21%)           4,000         (8.80%)          45,452
C (Aug 25-Oct 1)........................          12,185        (26.81%)          14,628        (32.18%)          18,639        (41.01%)          45,452
D (Oct 1-Nov 1).........................          12,185        (26.81%)          14,628        (32.18%)          18,639        (41.01%)          45,452
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    Annual Total........................          31,364  ..............          97,579  ..............          52,594  ..............         181,806
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\1\ As established by Sec.   679.23(d)(2)(i) through (iv), the A, B, C, and D season allowances are available from January 20 to March 10, March 10 to
  May 31, August 25 to October 1, and October 1 to November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore
  components are not shown in this table.
\2\ The WYK and SEO District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table.
Note: Seasonal allowances may not total precisely to annual TAC total (due to rounding).

    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and Sec.  679.20(a)(12)(i), 
Table 6 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the GOA (79 FR 12890, March 6, 2014) is revised for the 
2015 seasonal apportionments and allocation of Pacific cod TAC in the 
GOA consistent with this adjustment.

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 Table 6--Final 2015 Seasonal Apportionments and Allocation of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the GOA; Allocations for the Western GOA and
                                   Central GOA Sectors and the Eastern GOA Inshore and Offshore Processing Components
   [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages to the nearest 0.01. Seasonal allowances may not total precisely to annual allocation
                                                                        amount.]
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                Regulatory area and sector                 Annual allocation     Sector % of                           Sector % of
                                                                  (mt)          annual non-jig        Seasonal        annual non-jig        Seasonal
                                                                                     TAC          allowances (mt)          TAC          allowances (mt)
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Western GOA:
    Jig (2.5% of TAC)....................................                677                N/A                406                N/A                271
    Hook-and-line CV.....................................                370               0.70                185               0.70                185
    Hook-and-line C/P....................................              5,230              10.90              2,879               8.90              2,351
    Trawl CV.............................................             10,143              27.70              7,317              10.70              2,826
    Trawl C/P............................................                634               0.90                238               1.50                396
    All Pot CV and Pot C/P...............................             10,037              19.80              5,230              18.20              4,807
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        Total............................................             27,091              60.00             16,255              40.00             10,837
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Central GOA:
    Jig (2.0% of TAC)....................................                920                N/A                552                N/A                368
    Hook-and-line <50 CV.................................              6,581               9.32              4,199               5.29              2,383
    Hook-and-line >=50 CV................................              3,023               5.61              2,528               1.10                495
    Hook-and-line C/P....................................              2,301               4.11              1,851               1.00                450
    Trawl CV.............................................             18,742              21.14              9,526              20.45              9,216
    Trawl C/P............................................              1,892               2.00                903               2.19                989
    All Pot CV and Pot C/P...............................             12,532              17.83              8,036               9.97              4,496
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        Total............................................             45,990              60.00             27,594              40.00             18,396
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Eastern GOA..............................................  .................       Inshore (90% of Annual TAC)
                                                               Offshore (10% of Annual TAC)
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                                                                       2,121                  1,909
                                                                            212
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Note: Seasonal apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocations for 
Pacific cod based on the best scientific information available. NMFS 
was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
December 24, 2014, and additional time for prior public comment would 
result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit 
written comments on this action to the above address until January 16, 
2015.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and Sec.  679.25 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: December 29, 2014.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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