Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2015 and 2016 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish, 13787-13788 [C1-2015-05041]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 51 / Tuesday, March 17, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Dated: March 11, 2015. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [FR Doc. 2015–06041 Filed 3–13–15; 4:15 pm] Thursday, March 5, 2015, make the following correction(s): On page 11921, Table 1 should read: 50 CFR Part 679 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P 13787 [Docket No. 141021887–5172–02] RIN 0648–XD587 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2015 and 2016 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish Correction In rule document 2015–05041 beginning on page 11919 in the issue of TABLE 1–FINAL 2015 OVERFISHING LEVEL (OFL), ACCEPTABLE BIOLOGICAL CATCH (ABC), TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC), INITIAL TAC (ITAC), AND CDQ RESERVE ALLOCATION OF GROUNDFISH IN THE BSAI 1 [Amounts are in metric tons] 2015 Species Area OFL Pacific cod 5 ................................... Sablefish ........................................ Yellowfin sole ................................ Greenland turbot ........................... Arrowtooth flounder ....................... Kamchatka flounder ...................... Rock sole ....................................... Flathead sole 6 ............................... Alaska plaice ................................. Other flatfish 7 ................................ Pacific ocean perch ....................... Northern rockfish ........................... Rougheye rockfish 8 ...................... Shortraker rockfish ........................ Other rockfish 9 .............................. rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES Atka mackerel ................................ Skates ............................................ Sculpins ......................................... Sharks ........................................... Squids ............................................ Octopuses ..................................... BS ............................ AI .............................. Bogoslof ................... BS ............................ AI .............................. BS ............................ AI .............................. BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BS ............................ AI .............................. BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BS ............................ EAI ........................... CAI ........................... WAI .......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BS/EAI ...................... CAI/WAI ................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BS ............................ AI .............................. BSAI ......................... BS/EAI ...................... CAI ........................... WAI .......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... BSAI ......................... TOTAL TAC ITAC 2 3,330,000 36,005 21,200 346,000 23,400 1,575 2,128 266,400 3,903 n/a n/a 93,856 10,500 187,600 79,419 54,000 17,700 42,558 n/a n/a n/a n/a 15,337 560 n/a n/a 690 1,667 n/a n/a 125,297 n/a n/a n/a 49,575 52,365 1,363 2,624 3,452 1,637,000 29,659 15,900 255,000 17,600 1,333 1,802 248,800 3,172 2,448 724 80,547 9,000 181,700 66,130 44,900 13,250 34,988 8,771 8,312 7,723 10,182 12,488 453 149 304 518 1,250 695 555 106,000 38,492 33,108 34,400 41,658 39,725 1,022 1,970 2,589 1,310,000 19,000 100 240,000 9,422 1,333 1,802 149,000 2,648 2,448 200 22,000 6,500 69,250 24,250 18,500 3,620 32,021 8,021 8,000 7,000 9,000 3,250 349 149 200 250 880 325 555 54,500 27,000 17,000 10,500 25,700 4,700 125 400 400 1,179,000 17,100 100 214,320 8,414 567 383 133,057 2,251 2,081 170 18,700 5,525 61,840 21,655 15,725 3,077 28,250 6,818 7,144 6,251 8,037 2,763 297 127 170 213 748 276 472 48,669 24,111 15,181 9,377 21,845 3,995 106 340 340 131,000 1,900 0 25,680 1,008 183 304 15,943 n/a 262 0 2,354 0 7,410 2,595 0 0 n/a 0 856 749 963 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5,832 2,889 1,819 1,124 0 0 0 0 0 4,769,174 Pollock 4 ......................................... ABC CDQ 3 2,848,454 2,000,000 1,789,278 197,038 1 These amounts apply to the entire BSAI management area unless otherwise specified. With the exception of pollock, and for the purpose of these harvest specifications, the Bering Sea (BS) subarea includes the Bogoslof District. 2 Except for pollock, the portion of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line and pot gear, and Amendment 80 species, 15 percent of each TAC is put into a reserve. The ITAC for these species is the remainder of the TAC after the subtraction of these reserves. For pollock and Amendment 80 species, ITAC is the non-CDQ allocation of TAC (see footnotes 3 and 5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:20 Mar 16, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\17MRR1.SGM 17MRR1 13788 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 51 / Tuesday, March 17, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 3 For the Amendment 80 species (Atka mackerel, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, Pacific cod, and Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch), 10.7 percent of the TAC is reserved for use by CDQ participants (see §§ 679.20(b)(1)(ii)(C) and 679.31). Twenty percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line gear or pot gear, 7.5 percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to trawl gear, and 10.7 percent of the TACs for Bering Sea Greenland turbot and arrowtooth flounder are reserved for use by CDQ participants (see § 679.20(b)(1)(ii)(B) and (D)). Aleutian Islands Greenland turbot, ‘‘other flatfish,’’ Alaska plaice, Bering Sea Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye rockfish, ‘‘other rockfish,’’ skates, sculpins, sharks, squids, and octopuses are not allocated to the CDQ program. 4 Under § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(1), the annual BS subarea pollock TAC after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second for the incidental catch allowance (4.0 percent), is further allocated by sector for a pollock directed fishery as follows: Inshore—50 percent; catcher/processor—40 percent; and motherships—10 percent. Under § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual Aleutian Islands subarea pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second for the incidental catch allowance (2,400 mt) is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a pollock directed fishery. 5 The BS Pacific cod TAC is reduced by 3 percent from the combined BSAI ABC to account for the State of Alaska’s (State) guideline harvest level in State waters of the Bering Sea subarea. The AI Pacific cod TAC is reduced by 3 percent from the combined BSAI ABC to account for the State guideline harvest level in State waters of the Aleutian Islands subarea. 6 ‘‘Flathead sole’’ includes Hippoglossoides elassodon (flathead sole) and Hippoglossoides robustus (Bering flounder). 7 ‘‘Other flatfish’’ includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin sole, arrowtooth flounder, Kamchatka flounder, and Alaska plaice. 8 ‘‘Rougheye rockfish’’ includes Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus (blackspotted). 9 ‘‘Other rockfish’’ includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, dark rockfish, shortraker rockfish, and rougheye rockfish. Note: Regulatory areas and districts are defined at § 679.2 (BS=Bering Sea subarea, AI=Aleutian Islands subarea, EAI=Eastern Aleutian district, CAI=Central Aleutian district, WAI=Western Aleutian district.) [FR Doc. C1–2015–05041 Filed 3–16–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 141021887–5172–02 and 140918791–4999–02] RIN 0648–XD818 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; opening. AGENCY: NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The season will open 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 14, 2015, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., November 7, 2015. This period is the same as the 2015 commercial halibut fishery opening dates adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The IFQ and CDQ halibut season is specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures. DATES: Effective 1200 hours, A.l.t., March 14, 2015, until 1200 hours, A.l.t., November 7, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Beginning in 1995, fishing for Pacific halibut and sablefish with fixed gear in the IFQ rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:20 Mar 16, 2015 Jkt 235001 regulatory areas defined in 50 CFR 679.2 has been managed under the IFQ Program. The IFQ Program is a regulatory regime designed to promote the conservation and management of these fisheries and to further the objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act. Persons holding quota share receive an annual allocation of IFQ. Persons receiving an annual allocation of IFQ are authorized to harvest IFQ species within specified limitations. Further information on the implementation of the IFQ Program, and the rationale supporting it, are contained in the preamble to the final rule implementing the IFQ Program published in the Federal Register, November 9, 1993 (58 FR 59375) and subsequent amendments. This announcement is consistent with § 679.23(g)(1), which requires that the directed fishing season for sablefish managed under the IFQ Program be specified by the Administrator, Alaska Region, and announced by publication in the Federal Register. This method of season announcement was selected to facilitate coordination between the sablefish season, chosen by the Administrator, Alaska Region, and the halibut season, adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The directed fishing season for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the IFQ Program will open 1200 hours, A.l.t., March 14, 2015, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., November 7, 2015. This period runs concurrently with the IFQ season for Pacific halibut announced by the IPHC. The IFQ halibut season will be specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62. PO 00000 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 opening of the sablefish fishery thereby increasing bycatch and regulatory discards between the sablefish fishery and the halibut fishery, and preventing the accomplishment of the management objective for simultaneous opening of these two fisheries. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 11, 2015. 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 § 679.23 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 12, 2015. Emily H. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 141021887-5172-02]
RIN 0648-XD587


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands; 2015 and 2016 Harvest Specifications for 
Groundfish

Correction

    In rule document 2015-05041 beginning on page 11919 in the issue of 
Thursday, March 5, 2015, make the following correction(s):
    On page 11921, Table 1 should read:

     Table 1-Final 2015 Overfishing Level (OFL), Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), Total Allowable Catch (TAC), Initial Tac (ITAC), and CDQ Reserve
                                                        Allocation of Groundfish in the BSAI \1\
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                                                               2015
                  Species                               Area             -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                OFL             ABC             TAC          ITAC \2\         CDQ \3\
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Pollock \4\...............................  BS..........................       3,330,000       1,637,000       1,310,000       1,179,000         131,000
                                            AI..........................          36,005          29,659          19,000          17,100           1,900
                                            Bogoslof....................          21,200          15,900             100             100               0
Pacific cod \5\...........................  BS..........................         346,000         255,000         240,000         214,320          25,680
                                            AI..........................          23,400          17,600           9,422           8,414           1,008
Sablefish.................................  BS..........................           1,575           1,333           1,333             567             183
                                            AI..........................           2,128           1,802           1,802             383             304
Yellowfin sole............................  BSAI........................         266,400         248,800         149,000         133,057          15,943
Greenland turbot..........................  BSAI........................           3,903           3,172           2,648           2,251             n/a
                                            BS..........................             n/a           2,448           2,448           2,081             262
                                            AI..........................             n/a             724             200             170               0
Arrowtooth flounder.......................  BSAI........................          93,856          80,547          22,000          18,700           2,354
Kamchatka flounder........................  BSAI........................          10,500           9,000           6,500           5,525               0
Rock sole.................................  BSAI........................         187,600         181,700          69,250          61,840           7,410
Flathead sole \6\.........................  BSAI........................          79,419          66,130          24,250          21,655           2,595
Alaska plaice.............................  BSAI........................          54,000          44,900          18,500          15,725               0
Other flatfish \7\........................  BSAI........................          17,700          13,250           3,620           3,077               0
Pacific ocean perch.......................  BSAI........................          42,558          34,988          32,021          28,250             n/a
                                            BS..........................             n/a           8,771           8,021           6,818               0
                                            EAI.........................             n/a           8,312           8,000           7,144             856
                                            CAI.........................             n/a           7,723           7,000           6,251             749
                                            WAI.........................             n/a          10,182           9,000           8,037             963
Northern rockfish.........................  BSAI........................          15,337          12,488           3,250           2,763               0
Rougheye rockfish \8\.....................  BSAI........................             560             453             349             297               0
                                            BS/EAI......................             n/a             149             149             127               0
                                            CAI/WAI.....................             n/a             304             200             170               0
Shortraker rockfish.......................  BSAI........................             690             518             250             213               0
Other rockfish \9\........................  BSAI........................           1,667           1,250             880             748               0
                                            BS..........................             n/a             695             325             276               0
                                            AI..........................             n/a             555             555             472               0
Atka mackerel.............................  BSAI........................         125,297         106,000          54,500          48,669           5,832
                                            BS/EAI......................             n/a          38,492          27,000          24,111           2,889
                                            CAI.........................             n/a          33,108          17,000          15,181           1,819
                                            WAI.........................             n/a          34,400          10,500           9,377           1,124
Skates....................................  BSAI........................          49,575          41,658          25,700          21,845               0
Sculpins..................................  BSAI........................          52,365          39,725           4,700           3,995               0
Sharks....................................  BSAI........................           1,363           1,022             125             106               0
Squids....................................  BSAI........................           2,624           1,970             400             340               0
Octopuses.................................  BSAI........................           3,452           2,589             400             340               0
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    TOTAL                                                                      4,769,174       2,848,454       2,000,000       1,789,278         197,038
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\1\ These amounts apply to the entire BSAI management area unless otherwise specified. With the exception of pollock, and for the purpose of these
  harvest specifications, the Bering Sea (BS) subarea includes the Bogoslof District.
\2\ Except for pollock, the portion of the sablefish TAC allocated to hook-and-line and pot gear, and Amendment 80 species, 15 percent of each TAC is
  put into a reserve. The ITAC for these species is the remainder of the TAC after the subtraction of these reserves. For pollock and Amendment 80
  species, ITAC is the non-CDQ allocation of TAC (see footnotes 3 and 5).

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\3\ For the Amendment 80 species (Atka mackerel, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, Pacific cod, and Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch), 10.7
  percent of the TAC is reserved for use by CDQ participants (see Sec.  Sec.   679.20(b)(1)(ii)(C) and 679.31). Twenty percent of the sablefish TAC
  allocated to hook-and-line gear or pot gear, 7.5 percent of the sablefish TAC allocated to trawl gear, and 10.7 percent of the TACs for Bering Sea
  Greenland turbot and arrowtooth flounder are reserved for use by CDQ participants (see Sec.   679.20(b)(1)(ii)(B) and (D)). Aleutian Islands Greenland
  turbot, ``other flatfish,'' Alaska plaice, Bering Sea Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye rockfish, ``other
  rockfish,'' skates, sculpins, sharks, squids, and octopuses are not allocated to the CDQ program.
\4\ Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(1), the annual BS subarea pollock TAC after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent)
  and second for the incidental catch allowance (4.0 percent), is further allocated by sector for a pollock directed fishery as follows: Inshore--50
  percent; catcher/processor--40 percent; and motherships--10 percent. Under Sec.   679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual Aleutian Islands
  subarea pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second for the incidental catch allowance (2,400
  mt) is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a pollock directed fishery.
\5\ The BS Pacific cod TAC is reduced by 3 percent from the combined BSAI ABC to account for the State of Alaska's (State) guideline harvest level in
  State waters of the Bering Sea subarea. The AI Pacific cod TAC is reduced by 3 percent from the combined BSAI ABC to account for the State guideline
  harvest level in State waters of the Aleutian Islands subarea.
\6\ ``Flathead sole'' includes Hippoglossoides elassodon (flathead sole) and Hippoglossoides robustus (Bering flounder).
\7\ ``Other flatfish'' includes all flatfish species, except for halibut (a prohibited species), flathead sole, Greenland turbot, rock sole, yellowfin
  sole, arrowtooth flounder, Kamchatka flounder, and Alaska plaice.
\8\ ``Rougheye rockfish'' includes Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus (blackspotted).
\9\ ``Other rockfish'' includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, dark rockfish, shortraker
  rockfish, and rougheye rockfish.
Note: Regulatory areas and districts are defined at Sec.   679.2 (BS=Bering Sea subarea, AI=Aleutian Islands subarea, EAI=Eastern Aleutian district,
  CAI=Central Aleutian district, WAI=Western Aleutian district.)


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