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[FR Doc. 2015–03421 Filed 2–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–63–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Feb 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 101206604–1758–02] RIN 0648–XD731 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2015 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet Closure National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) through this temporary rule for commercial harvest of king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) using run-around gillnet gear. NMFS has determined that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL; commercial quota) for king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the Gulf EEZ will be reached on February 20, 2015. Therefore, NMFS closes the Florida west coast southern subzone to commercial king mackerel fishing using run-around gillnet gear in the Gulf EEZ. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource. SUMMARY: The closure is effective 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, February 20, 2015, until 6 a.m., eastern standard time, January 19, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: susan.gerhart@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia) is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Gulf migratory group king mackerel’s Florida west coast subzone of the Gulf DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 9665 eastern zone is divided into northern and southern subzones, each with separate commercial quotas. From November 1 through March 31, the southern subzone encompasses an area of the EEZ south of a line extending due west of the Lee and Collier County, FL, boundary on the Florida west coast, and south of a line extending due east of the Monroe and Miami-Dade County, FL, boundary on the Florida east coast, which includes the EEZ off Collier and Monroe Counties, FL. From April 1 through October 31, the southern subzone is reduced to the EEZ off Collier County, and the EEZ off Monroe County becomes part of the Atlantic migratory group area (50 CFR 622.384(b)(1)(i)(C)). On January 30, 2012 (76 FR 82058, December 29, 2011), NMFS implemented a commercial quota for the Gulf migratory group king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone of 551,448 lb (250,133 kg) for vessels using run-around gillnet gear (50 CFR 622.384(b)(1)(i)(B)(1)), for the current fishing year, July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. Regulations at 50 CFR 622.8(b) require NMFS to close any segment of the king mackerel commercial sector when its quota has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota of 551,448 lb (250,133 kg) for Gulf group king mackerel for vessels using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone will be reached on February 20, 2015. Accordingly, commercial fishing using such gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone is closed at 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, February 20, 2015, until 6 a.m., eastern standard time, January 19, 2016, the beginning of the next fishing season, i.e., the day after the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday. Accordingly, the operator of a vessel that has been issued a Federal commercial permit to harvest Gulf migratory group king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone must have landed ashore and bartered, traded, or sold such king mackerel prior to 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, February 20, 2015. Persons aboard a vessel for which a commercial permit for king mackerel has been issued, except persons who also possess a king mackerel gillnet permit, may fish for or retain Gulf group king mackerel harvested using hookand-line gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone unless the commercial quota for hook-and-line gear has been met and the hook-and-line E:\FR\FM\24FER1.SGM 24FER1 9666 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 36 / Tuesday, February 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations segment of the commercial sector has been closed. A person aboard a vessel that has a valid charter vessel/headboat permit for coastal migratory pelagic fish may continue to retain king mackerel in or from closed zones or subzones under the bag and possession limits set forth in 50 CFR 622.382(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2), provided the vessel is operating as a charter vessel or headboat. A charter vessel or headboat that also has a commercial king mackerel permit is considered to be operating as a charter vessel or headboat when it carries a passenger who pays a fee or when there are more than three persons aboard, including operator and crew. During the closure, king mackerel harvested using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone may not be purchased or sold. This prohibition does not apply to king mackerel harvested using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Classification The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:15 Feb 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf migratory group king mackerel and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.8(b) and 622.388(a)(1) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the fishery constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary, because the rule implementing the ACL (quota) and the associated requirement for closure of the PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 commercial harvest when the ACL (quota) is reached or projected to be reached has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. They are contrary to the public interest, because any delay in the closure of the commercial harvest could result in the commercial quota being exceeded. There is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the king mackerel resource, because the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this action would require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 19, 2015. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–03738 Filed 2–19–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24FER1.SGM 24FER1

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[FR Doc No: 2015-03738]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 101206604-1758-02]
RIN 0648-XD731


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic; 2015 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet Closure

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) through this 
temporary rule for commercial harvest of king mackerel in the Florida 
west coast southern subzone of the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico 
(Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) using run-around gillnet gear. 
NMFS has determined that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL; 
commercial quota) for king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in 
the Florida west coast southern subzone of the Gulf EEZ will be reached 
on February 20, 2015. Therefore, NMFS closes the Florida west coast 
southern subzone to commercial king mackerel fishing using run-around 
gillnet gear in the Gulf EEZ. This closure is necessary to protect the 
Gulf king mackerel resource.

DATES: The closure is effective 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, 
February 20, 2015, until 6 a.m., eastern standard time, January 19, 
2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: susan.gerhart@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic 
fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia) is managed under the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by 
the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and 
is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by 
regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    Gulf migratory group king mackerel's Florida west coast subzone of 
the Gulf eastern zone is divided into northern and southern subzones, 
each with separate commercial quotas. From November 1 through March 31, 
the southern subzone encompasses an area of the EEZ south of a line 
extending due west of the Lee and Collier County, FL, boundary on the 
Florida west coast, and south of a line extending due east of the 
Monroe and Miami-Dade County, FL, boundary on the Florida east coast, 
which includes the EEZ off Collier and Monroe Counties, FL. From April 
1 through October 31, the southern subzone is reduced to the EEZ off 
Collier County, and the EEZ off Monroe County becomes part of the 
Atlantic migratory group area (50 CFR 622.384(b)(1)(i)(C)).
    On January 30, 2012 (76 FR 82058, December 29, 2011), NMFS 
implemented a commercial quota for the Gulf migratory group king 
mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone of 551,448 lb 
(250,133 kg) for vessels using run-around gillnet gear (50 CFR 
622.384(b)(1)(i)(B)(1)), for the current fishing year, July 1, 2014, 
through June 30, 2015.
    Regulations at 50 CFR 622.8(b) require NMFS to close any segment of 
the king mackerel commercial sector when its quota has been reached, or 
is projected to be reached, by filing a notification with the Office of 
the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota of 
551,448 lb (250,133 kg) for Gulf group king mackerel for vessels using 
run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone will 
be reached on February 20, 2015. Accordingly, commercial fishing using 
such gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone is closed at 12:01 
p.m., eastern standard time, February 20, 2015, until 6 a.m., eastern 
standard time, January 19, 2016, the beginning of the next fishing 
season, i.e., the day after the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal 
holiday. Accordingly, the operator of a vessel that has been issued a 
Federal commercial permit to harvest Gulf migratory group king mackerel 
using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern 
subzone must have landed ashore and bartered, traded, or sold such king 
mackerel prior to 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, February 20, 2015.
    Persons aboard a vessel for which a commercial permit for king 
mackerel has been issued, except persons who also possess a king 
mackerel gillnet permit, may fish for or retain Gulf group king 
mackerel harvested using hook-and-line gear in the Florida west coast 
southern subzone unless the commercial quota for hook-and-line gear has 
been met and the hook-and-line

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segment of the commercial sector has been closed. A person aboard a 
vessel that has a valid charter vessel/headboat permit for coastal 
migratory pelagic fish may continue to retain king mackerel in or from 
closed zones or subzones under the bag and possession limits set forth 
in 50 CFR 622.382(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2), provided the vessel is 
operating as a charter vessel or headboat. A charter vessel or headboat 
that also has a commercial king mackerel permit is considered to be 
operating as a charter vessel or headboat when it carries a passenger 
who pays a fee or when there are more than three persons aboard, 
including operator and crew.
    During the closure, king mackerel harvested using run-around 
gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone may not be 
purchased or sold. This prohibition does not apply to king mackerel 
harvested using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast 
southern subzone that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 
the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of 
Gulf migratory group king mackerel and is consistent with the Magnuson-
Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.8(b) and 622.388(a)(1) and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the 
need to immediately implement this action to close the fishery 
constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment on this temporary rule is unnecessary and contrary to 
the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary, because the rule 
implementing the ACL (quota) and the associated requirement for closure 
of the commercial harvest when the ACL (quota) is reached or projected 
to be reached has already been subject to notice and comment, and all 
that remains is to notify the public of the closure. They are contrary 
to the public interest, because any delay in the closure of the 
commercial harvest could result in the commercial quota being exceeded. 
There is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the 
king mackerel resource, because the capacity of the fishing fleet 
allows for rapid harvest of the quota. Prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment on this action would require time and would potentially 
result in a harvest well in excess of the established quota.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: February 19, 2015.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-03738 Filed 2-19-15; 4:15 pm]
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