Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, 3916-3917 [2015-01302]

Download as PDF 3916 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 16 / Monday, January 26, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Species Vertebrate population where endangered or threatened Historic range Common name Scientific name * * * * * * * * Dated: January 9, 2015. Stephen Guertin, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2015–01348 Filed 1–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 131021878–4158–02] RIN 0648–XD728 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowances from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the SUMMARY: * Status * When listed * 2015 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 26, 2015, until the effective date of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone 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 (Council) under authority of the MagnusonStevens 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. In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the portion of the 2015 pollock total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to the Community Development Quota (CDQ) directed fishing allowance (DFA) is 1,900 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest Critical habitat Special rules * specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014), and as adjusted by an inseason adjustment (80 FR 188, January 5, 2015). As of January 15, 2015, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 2015 Bering Sea subarea allocations. The 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA is added to the 2015 Bering Sea CDQ DFA. As a result, the 2015 harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014) are revised as follows: 0 mt to CDQ DFA. Furthermore, pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5), Table 3 of the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014), as adjusted by the inseason adjustment (80 FR 188, January 5, 2015), is revised to make 2015 pollock allocations consistent with this reallocation. This reallocation results in adjustments to the 2015 CDQ pollock allocations established at § 679.20(a)(5). TABLE 3—FINAL 2015 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA) 1 [Amounts are in metric tons] 2015 A season 1 Area and sector tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES A season DFA Bering Sea subarea TAC 1 ...................................................... CDQ DFA ................................................................................. ICA 1 ......................................................................................... AFA Inshore ............................................................................. AFA Catcher/Processors 3 ....................................................... Catch by C/Ps .................................................................. Catch by CVs 3 ................................................................. Unlisted C/P Limit 4 ........................................................... AFA Motherships ..................................................................... Excessive Harvesting Limit 5 .................................................... Excessive Processing Limit 6 ................................................... Total Bering Sea DFA ............................................................. Aleutian Islands subarea ABC ................................................. Aleutian Islands subarea TAC 1 ............................................... CDQ DFA ................................................................................. ICA ........................................................................................... Aleut Corporation ..................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Jan 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 2015 B season 1 2015 Allocations PO 00000 Frm 00052 1,310,000 132,900 47,160 565,920 452,736 414,253 38,483 2,264 113,184 198,072 339,552 1,131,840 29,659 19,000 0 2,400 15,100 Fmt 4700 n/a 53,160 n/a 226,368 181,094 165,701 15,393 905 45,274 n/a n/a 452,736 n/a n/a 0 1,200 12,259 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\26JAR1.SGM SCA harvest limit 2 n/a 37,212 n/a 158,458 126,766 n/a n/a n/a 31,692 n/a n/a 316,915 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 26JAR1 B season DFA n/a 79,740 n/a 339,552 271,642 248,552 23,090 1,358 67,910 n/a n/a 679,104 n/a n/a 0 1,200 2,841 3917 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 16 / Monday, January 26, 2015 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 3—FINAL 2015 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA) 1—Continued [Amounts are in metric tons] 2015 A season 1 Area and sector 2015 B season 1 2015 Allocations A season DFA Area harvest limit: 541 ............................................................. 542 .................................................................................... 543 .................................................................................... Bogoslof District ICA 7 .............................................................. 8,898 4,449 1,483 100 SCA harvest limit 2 n/a n/a n/a n/a B season DFA n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the BS subarea pollock, after subtracting the CDQ DFA (10 percent) and the ICA (4.0 percent), is allocated as a DFA as follows: Inshore sector—50 percent, catcher/processor sector (C/P)—40 percent, and mothership sector—10 percent. In the BS subarea, 40 percent of the DFA is allocated to the A season (January 20–June 10) and 60 percent of the DFA is allocated to the B season (June 10–November 1). Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second the ICA (2,400 mt), is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a pollock directed fishery. In the AI subarea, the A season is allocated 40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the pollock directed fishery. 2 In the BS subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector’s annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before April 1. 3 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/processors shall be available for harvest only by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/processors. 4 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/ processors sector’s allocation of pollock. 5 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6), NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 6 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7), NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 7 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(6), NMFS establishes harvest limits for pollock in the A season in Area 541 no more than 30 percent, in Area 542 no more than 15 percent, and in Area 543 no more than 5 percent of the Aleutian Islands pollock ABC. The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only and are not apportioned by season or sector. Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. Classification tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of AI pollock. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:47 Jan 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 Since the pollock fishery opens January 20, 2015, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea subarea pollock allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery; allow the industry to plan for the fishing season and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors; and provide opportunity to harvest increased seasonal pollock allocations while value is optimum. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of January 15, 2014. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 21, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–01302 Filed 1–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\26JAR1.SGM 26JAR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 131021878-4158-02]
RIN 0648-XD728


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

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

ACTION: Temporary rule.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the 
Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowances from 
the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is 
necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2015 total 
allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of 
the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 26, 
2015, until the effective date of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest 
specifications for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish, 
unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a 
notification in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI exclusive economic zone 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 
(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.
    In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the portion of the 2015 pollock 
total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to the Community Development 
Quota (CDQ) directed fishing allowance (DFA) is 1,900 metric tons (mt) 
as established by the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014), and as adjusted by 
an inseason adjustment (80 FR 188, January 5, 2015).
    As of January 15, 2015, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
(Regional Administrator) has determined that 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ 
DFA in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, 
in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 
1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 
2015 Bering Sea subarea allocations. The 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA is 
added to the 2015 Bering Sea CDQ DFA. As a result, the 2015 harvest 
specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in 
the final 2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (79 FR 12108, March 4, 2014) are revised as follows: 0 mt to CDQ 
DFA. Furthermore, pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5), Table 3 of the final 
2014 and 2015 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (79 FR 
12108, March 4, 2014), as adjusted by the inseason adjustment (80 FR 
188, January 5, 2015), is revised to make 2015 pollock allocations 
consistent with this reallocation. This reallocation results in 
adjustments to the 2015 CDQ pollock allocations established at Sec.  
679.20(a)(5).

    Table 3--Final 2015 Allocations of Pollock TACS to the Directed Pollock Fisheries and to the CDQ Directed
                                          Fishing Allowances (DFA) \1\
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                   2015 A season \1\           2015 B season \1\
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
           Area and sector             2015 Allocations                     SCA harvest limit
                                                            A season DFA           \2\            B season DFA
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Bering Sea subarea TAC \1\..........          1,310,000                n/a                n/a                n/a
CDQ DFA.............................            132,900             53,160             37,212             79,740
ICA \1\.............................             47,160                n/a                n/a                n/a
AFA Inshore.........................            565,920            226,368            158,458            339,552
AFA Catcher/Processors \3\..........            452,736            181,094            126,766            271,642
    Catch by C/Ps...................            414,253            165,701                n/a            248,552
    Catch by CVs \3\................             38,483             15,393                n/a             23,090
    Unlisted C/P Limit \4\..........              2,264                905                n/a              1,358
AFA Motherships.....................            113,184             45,274             31,692             67,910
Excessive Harvesting Limit \5\......            198,072                n/a                n/a                n/a
Excessive Processing Limit \6\......            339,552                n/a                n/a                n/a
Total Bering Sea DFA................          1,131,840            452,736            316,915            679,104
Aleutian Islands subarea ABC........             29,659                n/a                n/a                n/a
Aleutian Islands subarea TAC \1\....             19,000                n/a                n/a                n/a
CDQ DFA.............................                  0                  0                n/a                  0
ICA.................................              2,400              1,200                n/a              1,200
Aleut Corporation...................             15,100             12,259                n/a              2,841

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Area harvest limit: 541.............              8,898                n/a                n/a                n/a
    542.............................              4,449                n/a                n/a                n/a
    543.............................              1,483                n/a                n/a                n/a
Bogoslof District ICA \7\...........                100                n/a                n/a                n/a
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\1\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the BS subarea pollock, after subtracting the CDQ DFA (10 percent)
  and the ICA (4.0 percent), is allocated as a DFA as follows: Inshore sector--50 percent, catcher/processor
  sector (C/P)--40 percent, and mothership sector--10 percent. In the BS subarea, 40 percent of the DFA is
  allocated to the A season (January 20-June 10) and 60 percent of the DFA is allocated to the B season (June 10-
  November 1). Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after
  subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second the ICA (2,400 mt), is
  allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a pollock directed fishery. In the AI subarea, the A season is
  allocated 40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the pollock directed fishery.
\2\ In the BS subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector's annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before
  April 1.
\3\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/
  processors shall be available for harvest only by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/
  processors.
\4\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting
  not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/processors sector's allocation of pollock.
\5\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6), NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5
  percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs.
\6\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7), NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0
  percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs.
\7\ Pursuant to Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(6), NMFS establishes harvest limits for pollock in the A season in
  Area 541 no more than 30 percent, in Area 542 no more than 15 percent, and in Area 543 no more than 5 percent
  of the Aleutian Islands pollock ABC. The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to
  directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only and are not apportioned by season or
  sector.
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 delay the reallocation of AI pollock. Since the pollock fishery 
opens January 20, 2015, it is important to immediately inform the 
industry as to the final Bering Sea subarea pollock allocations. 
Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct 
and efficient operation of this fishery; allow the industry to plan for 
the fishing season and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet 
as well as processors; and provide opportunity to harvest increased 
seasonal pollock allocations while value is optimum. NMFS was unable to 
publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most 
recent, relevant data only became available as of January 15, 2014.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: January 21, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-01302 Filed 1-23-15; 8:45 am]
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