Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase, 11330-11331 [2015-04382]

Download as PDF 11330 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 41 / Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / Rules and Regulations C. Congressional Review Act 12. The Commission will send a copy of this Order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.19 544a, 545, 548, 549, 552, 554, 556, 558, 560, 561, 571, 572, 573. D. Additional Information 13. For more information, contact Raelynn Remy, Raelynn.Remy@fcc.gov, Policy Division, Media Bureau, (202) 418–2936. * IV. Ordering Clauses 14. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to the authority found in sections 4(i), 4(j), 303(r), 325 and 614 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 303(r), 325, and 534, and sections 101, 103 and 105 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, Public Law 113–200, 128 Stat. 2059 (2014), this Order IS ADOPTED and the Commission’s rules ARE HEREBY AMENDED as set forth below. 15. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to the authority found in sections 4(i), 4(j), 303(r), 325 and 614 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 303(r), 325, and 534, and sections 101, 103 and 105 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, Public Law 113–200, 128 Stat. 2059 (2014), the rules SHALL BE EFFECTIVE thirty (30) days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. 16. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Commission shall send a copy of this Order in MB Docket No. 15–37 in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 76 Cable television. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. Final rules For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 76 as follows: Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES PART 76—MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE 1. Amend the authority citation for part 76 to read as follows: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 153, 154, 301, 302, 302a, 303, 303a, 307, 308, 309, 312, 315, 317, 325, 338, 339, 340, 341, 503, 521, 522, 531, 532, 534, 535, 536, 537, 543, 544, 19 See 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 Mar 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 2. Section 76.64 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(3)(ii) and (l) to read as follows: ■ § 76.64 Retransmission consent. * * * * (b) * * * (3) * * * (ii) The broadcast station is owned or operated by, or affiliated with a broadcasting network, and the household receiving the signal is an unserved household. This paragraph shall terminate at midnight on December 31, 2019, provided that if Congress further extends this date, the rules remain in effect until the statutory authorization expires. * * * * * (l) Exclusive retransmission consent agreements are prohibited. No television broadcast station shall make or negotiate any agreement with one multichannel video programming distributor for carriage to the exclusion of other multichannel video programming distributors. This paragraph shall terminate at midnight on January 1, 2020, provided that if Congress further extends this date, the rules remain in effect until the statutory authorization expires. * * * * * ■ 3. Section 76.65 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(1)(viii) and by adding paragraph (b)(1)(ix) and revising paragraph (f) to read as follows: § 76.65 Good faith and exclusive retransmission consent complaints. * * * * * (b) * * * (1) * * * (viii) Coordination of negotiations or negotiation on a joint basis by two or more television broadcast stations in the same local market (as defined in 17 U.S.C. 122(j)) to grant retransmission consent to a multichannel video programming distributor, unless such stations are directly or indirectly under common de jure control permitted under the regulations of the Commission. (ix) The imposition by a television broadcast station of limitations on the ability of a multichannel video programming distributor to carry into the local market (as defined in 17 U.S.C. 122(j)) of such station a television signal that has been deemed significantly viewed, within the meaning of § 76.54 of this part, or any successor regulation, or any other television broadcast signal such distributor is authorized to carry under 47 U.S.C. 338, 339, 340 or 534, unless such stations are directly or PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 indirectly under common de jure control permitted by the Commission. * * * * * (f) Termination of rules. This section shall terminate at midnight on January 1, 2020, provided that if Congress further extends this date, the rules remain in effect until the statutory authorization expires. § 76.1601 ■ [Amended]. 4. Amend § 76.1601 by removing Note 1. [FR Doc. 2015–04337 Filed 3–2–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 101206604–1758–02] RIN 0648–XD790 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; in-season trip limit increase. AGENCY: NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial sector for king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone to 75 fish per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit increase is necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits associated with harvesting the quota. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, unless NMFS publishes a superseding document in the Federal Register. 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 (Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03MRR1.SGM 03MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 41 / Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. On January 30, 2012 (76 FR 82058, December 29, 2011), NMFS implemented a commercial quota of 1,102,896 lb (500,265 kg) for Gulf migratory group king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone (50 CFR 622.384(b)(1)(i)(A)). From November 1 through March 31, the Florida east coast subzone encompasses an area of the EEZ south of a line extending due east of the boundary between Flagler and Volusia Counties, FL, and north of a line extending due east of the boundary between Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, FL. From November 1 through the end of February, king mackerel in or from the subzone may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 50 fish per day (50 CFR 622.385(a)(2)(i)(A)). However, beginning on March 1, if less than 70 percent of the Florida east coast subzone king mackerel commercial quota has been harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that subzone may be possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 75 fish per day (50 CFR 622.385(a)(2)(i)(B)(2)). NMFS has determined that less than 70 percent of the quota for Gulf migratory group king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone will be harvested by March 1, 2015. Accordingly, a 75-fish trip limit applies to vessels fishing for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the Florida east coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 1, 2015. The 75-fish trip limit will remain in effect until the subzone closes or until the end of the current fishing year (March 31, 2015) for this subzone. 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 622.385(a)(2)(i)(B)(2) 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 Mar 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this commercial trip limit increase 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 establishing the trip limits has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the trip limit increase. They are contrary to the public interest, because prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time, thus delaying fishermen’s ability to catch more king mackerel than the present trip limit allows and preventing fishermen from reaping the socioeconomic benefits associated with this increased trip limit. As this action allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and may go into effect without a 30-day delay in effectiveness, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 26, 2015. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–04382 Filed 2–26–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 141002822–5169–03] RIN 0648–BE56 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Groundfish Fishery; Fishing Year 2014; Interim Gulf of Maine Cod Management Measures; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule, correcting amendment. AGENCY: This document makes corrections to the Gulf of Maine cod SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 11331 interim regulations published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2014. This document corrects regulatory text by including the exemption from certain seasonal interim closure areas for vessels fishing for whiting in the Small Mesh Area 1 and 2 Exempted Areas with a raised footrope trawl. These two exempted areas, which overlap with certain seasonal closure areas, were inadvertently overlooked in the interim rule. This action does not make any substantive changes to the interim rule regulations. DATES: Effective February 26, 2015, until May 12, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Whitmore, Fishery Policy Analyst, phone: 978–281–9182. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 13, 2014, we published interim management measures (79 FR 67362) to increase protection for Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod in response to a recently updated stock assessment that concluded the stock is severely depleted. The management measures included seasonal interim closure areas where fishing for groundfish is prohibited. The regulations implemented through the GOM cod interim rule allowed vessels fishing with exempted gear or fishing in exempted fisheries to continue to fish within the seasonal interim closure areas; however, the rule mistakenly did not include the Small Mesh Area 1 and 2 Exemption Areas. An exempted fishery is implemented after it is determined that a specific fishery utilizes a certain gear type, and/ or fishes in specific areas or times that result in a groundfish bycatch that is less than 5 percent and doesn’t jeopardize fishing mortality objectives. Vessels fishing in the Small Mesh Areas must use raised footrope trawl nets that result in minimal groundfish bycatch. Vessels fishing in these areas may not fish for, possess, or land any groundfish. They are allowed to fish for and possess only whiting, red hake, and a limited number of other species. Additional information on exempted fisheries can be found online at www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/ regs/info.html. Correction We recently recognized that the GOM cod interim rule regulations inadvertently omitted two small mesh exemption areas utilized by groundfish vessels. Groundfish vessels are allowed to fish with small mesh nets using raised footrope trawls in the Small Mesh E:\FR\FM\03MRR1.SGM 03MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 41 (Tuesday, March 3, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 11330-11331]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-04382]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 101206604-1758-02]
RIN 0648-XD790


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; in-season trip limit increase.

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SUMMARY: NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial sector for 
king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone to 75 fish per day in 
or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit increase is 
necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits associated with 
harvesting the quota.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 1, 2015, 
through March 31, 2015, unless NMFS publishes a superseding document in 
the Federal Register.

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 
(Councils) and is implemented under the authority of the

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Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    On January 30, 2012 (76 FR 82058, December 29, 2011), NMFS 
implemented a commercial quota of 1,102,896 lb (500,265 kg) for Gulf 
migratory group king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone (50 CFR 
622.384(b)(1)(i)(A)). From November 1 through March 31, the Florida 
east coast subzone encompasses an area of the EEZ south of a line 
extending due east of the boundary between Flagler and Volusia 
Counties, FL, and north of a line extending due east of the boundary 
between Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, FL. From November 1 through the 
end of February, king mackerel in or from the subzone may be possessed 
on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not exceeding 50 
fish per day (50 CFR 622.385(a)(2)(i)(A)).
    However, beginning on March 1, if less than 70 percent of the 
Florida east coast subzone king mackerel commercial quota has been 
harvested by that date, king mackerel in or from that subzone may be 
possessed on board or landed from a permitted vessel in amounts not 
exceeding 75 fish per day (50 CFR 622.385(a)(2)(i)(B)(2)).
    NMFS has determined that less than 70 percent of the quota for Gulf 
migratory group king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone will be 
harvested by March 1, 2015. Accordingly, a 75-fish trip limit applies 
to vessels fishing for king mackerel in or from the EEZ in the Florida 
east coast subzone effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 1, 2015. The 
75-fish trip limit will remain in effect until the subzone closes or 
until the end of the current fishing year (March 31, 2015) for this 
subzone.

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 622.385(a)(2)(i)(B)(2) 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 commercial trip limit increase 
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 
establishing the trip limits has already been subject to notice and 
comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the trip limit 
increase. They are contrary to the public interest, because prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment would require time, thus 
delaying fishermen's ability to catch more king mackerel than the 
present trip limit allows and preventing fishermen from reaping the 
socioeconomic benefits associated with this increased trip limit.
    As this action allows fishermen to increase their harvest of king 
mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish per day in or from the EEZ of the 
Florida east coast subzone, the AA finds it relieves a restriction and 
may go into effect without a 30-day delay in effectiveness, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1).

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

    Dated: February 26, 2015.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-04382 Filed 2-26-15; 4:15 pm]
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