Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, 15695-15696 [2015-06851]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 57 / Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / Rules and Regulations proposed rule and does not repeat it here. NMFS received no comments regarding this certification. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis was not required and none was prepared. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 665 Administrative practice and procedure, Commercial fishing, Fisheries, Monuments and memorials, Pacific Remote Islands. Dated: March 13, 2015. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the reasons set out in the preamble, NMFS amends 50 CFR part 665 as follows: § 665.932 Definitions. * * * * * Monument means the waters and submerged and emergent lands of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion, as defined in § 665.931. Proclamations means Presidential Proclamation 8336 of January 6, 2009, ‘‘Establishment of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument,’’ and Presidential Proclamation 9173 of September 29, 2014, ‘‘Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion.’’ [FR Doc. 2015–06402 Filed 3–24–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PART 665—FISHERIES IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 1. The authority citation for 50 CFR part 665 continues to read as follows: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. ■ 2. Revise § 665.930 to read as follows: 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 141021887–5172–02] § 665.930 Scope and purpose. The regulations in this subpart codify certain provisions of the Proclamations, and govern the administration of fishing in the Monument. ■ 3. In § 665.931, revise paragraphs (a), (c), and (d) to read as follows: § 665.931 Boundaries. * * * * (a) Wake Island. The Wake Island unit of the Monument includes the waters and submerged and emergent lands around Wake Island to the seaward limit of the U.S. EEZ. * * * * * (c) Jarvis Island. The Jarvis Island unit of the Monument includes the waters and submerged and emergent lands around Jarvis Island to the seaward limit of the U.S. EEZ. (d) Johnston Atoll. The Johnston Atoll unit of the Monument includes the waters and submerged and emergent lands around Johnston Atoll to the seaward limit of the U.S. EEZ. * * * * * ■ 4. In § 665.932, revise the definition of ‘‘Monument’’, remove the definition of ‘‘Proclamation’’, and add the definition of ‘‘Proclamations’’ in alphabetical order to read as follows: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES * VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Mar 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 RIN 0648–XD846 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 Aleut Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance 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.), March 25, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 15695 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 Aleut Corporation directed fishing allowance (DFA) is 14,700 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015). As of March 17, 2015, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that 2,554 mt of the A season allowance of the Aleut Corporation pollock DFA in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 2,554 mt of A season pollock DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 2015 Bering Sea subarea DFAs. The 2,554 mt of the A season Aleut Corporation pollock DFA is added to the 2015 Bering Sea non-CDQ DFA. As a result, the 2015 harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015, and 80 FR 12781, March 11, 2015) are revised as follows: 12,146 mt to the annual Aleut Corporation pollock DFA and 7,350 mt to the A season Aleut Corporation pollock DFA. Furthermore, pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5), Table 4 of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015, and 80 FR 12781, March 11, 2015), is revised to make 2015 pollock allocations consistent with this reallocation. This reallocation results in adjustments to the 2015 pollock allocations established at § 679.20(a)(5). E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1 15696 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 57 / Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 4—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 2015 Allocations Area and sector 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 ............................................................................................. Area harvest limit 541 ...................................................................................... 542 ............................................................................................................ 543 ............................................................................................................ Bogoslof District ICA 7 ...................................................................................... 1,314,454 132,900 47,160 567,197 453,758 415,188 38,569 2,269 113,439 198,519 340,318 1,134,394 29,659 14,546 0 2,400 12,146 8,898 4,449 1,483 100 A season DFA n/a 53,160 n/a 226,879 181,503 166,075 15,428 908 45,376 n/a n/a 453,758 n/a n/a 0 1,200 7,350 n/a n/a n/a n/a SCA harvest limit 2 2015 B season 1 B season DFA n/a 37,212 n/a 158,815 127,052 n/a n/a n/a 31,763 n/a n/a 317,630 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 79,740 n/a 340,318 272,255 249,113 23,142 1,361 68,064 n/a n/a 680,636 n/a n/a 0 1,200 4,796 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. 8 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. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD 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 delay the reallocation of Aleutian Island VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Mar 24, 2015 Jkt 235001 subarea pollock. Since the pollock fishery is currently underway, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 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 March 17, 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00032 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: March 20, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–06851 Filed 3–24–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 57 (Wednesday, March 25, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06851]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 141021887-5172-02]
RIN 0648-XD846


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 Aleut 
Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance 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.), March 25, 2015, 
through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

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 Aleut Corporation directed 
fishing allowance (DFA) is 14,700 metric tons (mt) as established by 
the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015).
    As of March 17, 2015, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 
(Regional Administrator) has determined that 2,554 mt of the A season 
allowance of the Aleut Corporation pollock DFA in the Aleutian Islands 
subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 2,554 mt of A season pollock 
DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 2015 Bering Sea subarea 
DFAs. The 2,554 mt of the A season Aleut Corporation pollock DFA is 
added to the 2015 Bering Sea non-CDQ DFA. As a result, the 2015 harvest 
specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in 
the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015, and 80 FR 12781, March 11, 2015) are 
revised as follows: 12,146 mt to the annual Aleut Corporation pollock 
DFA and 7,350 mt to the A season Aleut Corporation pollock DFA. 
Furthermore, pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5), Table 4 of the final 2015 
and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015, and 80 FR 12781, March 
11, 2015), is revised to make 2015 pollock allocations consistent with 
this reallocation. This reallocation results in adjustments to the 2015 
pollock allocations established at Sec.  679.20(a)(5).

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    Table 4--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
                                                       2015      --------------------------------       \1\
                 Area and sector                    Allocations                     SCA harvest  ---------------
                                                                   A season DFA      limit \2\     B season DFA
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Bering Sea subarea TAC \1\......................       1,314,454             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.....................................         567,197         226,879         158,815         340,318
AFA Catcher/Processors \3\......................         453,758         181,503         127,052         272,255
    Catch by C/Ps...............................         415,188         166,075             n/a         249,113
    Catch by CVs \3\............................          38,569          15,428             n/a          23,142
    Unlisted C/P Limit \4\......................           2,269             908             n/a           1,361
AFA Motherships.................................         113,439          45,376          31,763          68,064
Excessive Harvesting Limit \5\..................         198,519             n/a             n/a             n/a
Excessive Processing Limit \6\..................         340,318             n/a             n/a             n/a
    Total Bering Sea DFA........................       1,134,394         453,758         317,630         680,636
Aleutian Islands subarea ABC....................          29,659             n/a             n/a             n/a
Aleutian Islands subarea TAC \1\................          14,546             n/a             n/a             n/a
CDQ DFA.........................................               0               0             n/a               0
ICA.............................................           2,400           1,200             n/a           1,200
Aleut Corporation...............................          12,146           7,350             n/a           4,796
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.
\8\ 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 Aleutian Island subarea pollock. Since 
the pollock fishery is currently underway, it is important to 
immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands 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 March 17, 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 Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 20, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-06851 Filed 3-24-15; 8:45 am]
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