Revisions to Framework Adjustment 53 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2015, 49917-49929 [2015-20303]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Effective August 17, 2015, through April 30, 2016. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DATES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 150623545–5545–01] RIN 0648–XE015 Revisions to Framework Adjustment 53 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary final rule; adjustment to specifications. AGENCY: Based on the final Northeast multispecies sector rosters submitted as of May 1, 2015, we are adjusting the fishing year 2015 specification of annual catch limits for commercial groundfish vessels, as well as sector annual catch entitlements and common pool allocations for groundfish stocks. This revision to fishing year 2015 catch levels is necessary to account for changes in the number of participants electing to fish in either sectors or the common pool fishery. This action details unused sector quotas that may be carried over from fishing year 2014 to fishing year 2015. This action also reduces the fishing year 2015 common pool allocation of Eastern Georges Bank cod and adjusts common pool incidental catch limits to account for a common pool fishing year 2014 overage. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Aug 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 William Whitmore, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281–9128. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) developed Amendment 16 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), in part, to establish a process for setting groundfish annual catch limits (also referred to as ACLs or catch limits) and accountability measures. Framework Adjustment (Framework) 53 set annual catch limits for groundfish stocks and three jointly managed U.S./Canada stocks for fishing year 2015. We recently approved Framework 53, which became effective on May 1, 2015 (80 FR 25110). We also recently approved fishing year 2015 sector operations plans and allocations (80 FR 25143; May 2, 2015; ‘‘sector final rule’’). A sector receives an allocation of each stock, or annual catch entitlement (referred to as ACE, or allocation), based on its members’ catch histories. State-operated permit banks also receive an allocation that can be transferred to qualifying sector vessels. The sum of all sector and state-operated permit bank allocations is referred to as the sector sub-ACL. Whatever groundfish allocations remain after sectors and state-operated permit banks receive their allocations are then allocated to the common pool (i.e., vessels not enrolled in a sector). This rule adjusts the fishing year 2015 sector and common pool allocations based on final sector membership as of May 1, 2015. Since the final rules are not effective until the beginning of the fishing year (May 1), permits enrolled in a sector and the vessels associated with PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49917 those permits have until April 30, the last day prior to the beginning of a new fishing year, to withdraw from a sector and fish in the common pool. As a result, the actual sector enrollment for the new fishing year is unknown when the specifications (in this case, Framework 53) and sector final rules publish. To address this issue, each year we publish an adjustment rule modifying sector and common pool allocations based on final sector enrollment. If the sector allocation increases as a result of sector membership changes, the common pool allocation decreases—the opposite is true as well. The Framework 53 and the fishing year 2015 sector proposed and final rules both explained that sector enrollments may change and that there would be a need to adjust the sub-ACLs and ACEs accordingly. Adjustments to sector ACEs and the sub-ACLs for sectors and the common pool are typically minimal as historically there has been little change in sector enrollment. Tables 1, 2, and 3 explain the revised fishing year 2015. Table 4 compares the allocation changes between the sector final rule and this adjustment rule. Vessels currently enrolled in sectors have accounted for approximately 99 percent of the historical groundfish landings. This year’s sector final rule specified sector ACEs based on the 842 permits enrolled in sectors on February 25, 2015. As of May 1, 2015, there are 838 NE multispecies permits enrolled in sectors, which means four permits elected to leave sectors and operate in common pool for fishing year 2015. 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ER18AU15.005</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 1. Final Sector Enrollment and Percentage(%) of ACE for Each Sector, by Stock for Fishing Year 2015 1 rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 -= Q Sector Name Jkt 235001 FGS ...... u ~ -= Q ...... u ~ €5~ €5~ -= c u ~ ....... ~ ... .... ~ ... - .. =i'g r~ ~~~ 'twl PO 00000 18 24 11 .. .. .9 ~ ""' .. .. .. .. ..,.~"8--~"8 = - ... -=-= ._i"8 Oi-= ·; ... = ~ ~ c = = z = = -- -c § iS: ~.s= c ua::~ ~ =.g ~ =.g ~ o-= 8 = ~~~ ~~ ...... = = ~ ~ C Q :< == .. ""' ::8 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ oo~fi: 2 14 0 4 5 0 0 ... u;;...., ~- Q Frm 00033 34 460 5 1,023 230 MCCS 0 3 2 0 2 10 2 7 MPB 8 2 NHPB 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 NCCS 0 3 2 24 6 4 2 4 3 0 ~ ~ 14 106 16 -!! .. ~ § =.s ~ ... 13 31 4 0 0 0 4 2 ~ ~ ~ 8·- ~~-- ~ ~Soo~S 12 -= "' ... .s c: ~ ~ = :a -= = ~ 53 31 0 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 4 ~ ~ 247 I 1,013 2 4 -!! 302 276 91 50 191 I 520 72 I 232 4 I 15 37 I 70 0 I 0 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 NEFS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 7 95 19 69 12 48 76 98 237 12 38 28 20 1,897 25 947 152 519 801 1,041 2,060 45 427 4 8 86 39 25 110 57 131 77 61 213 34 117 180 234 464 10 158 86 79 17 52 13 71 36 24 5 3 8 0 55 32 52 22 18 12 22 0 2 13 50 15 13 38 24 10 71 7 116 24 30 73 81 28 194 285 748 42 10 17 161 25 64 128 240 10 0 9 0 137 109 8 20 141 11 1,624 1 262 1 1,625 142 I 196 I 830 732 I 350 I 842 2 I 4 I 13 585 I 170 I 452 67 I 38 I 104 58 I 20 I 78 643 I 180 I 580 601401200 219 I 210 I 1,295 439 I 76 I 311 470 I 211 I 541 5,208 NEFS3 NEFS4 NEFS5 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS8 NEFS9 NEFS 10 NEFS 11 NEFS 13 5 4 6 7 18 7 0 6 2 0 4 11 28 6 9 2,836 397 24 132 30 324 32 5,813 639 89 1,309 121 1,627 201 17,603 3,964 10 SHS 1 2 SHS3 Sectors Total 2 0 2 4 13 115 29 24 30 2 37 5 7 20 19 52 0 44 17 20 20 48 0 3 60 0 0 9 48 103 38 2 2 373 32 58 12 22 13 52 485 190 288 22 262 946 191 443 437 1,381 596 1,873 371 1,147 46 25 31 4 0 1 2,004 1 4,914 10,970 1 4,311 113,634 157 35 12 4 114 21 27 14 18 159 64 I 32 I 86 21 1All ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 2 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2015. 2These values do not include any potential ACE carryover or deductions from fishing year 2014 sector ACE underages or overages or common pool overages. The common pool Eastern GB cod overage adjustment is explained in Tables 5-6. Adjustments for any sector carryover or deductions will be made in a future action following reconciliation. Common Pool 3 36 6 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 2. Final ACE, for Each Sector, by Stock for Fishing Year 2015 (mt) 1'2 49919 ER18AU15.006</GPH> rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES 49920 VerDate Sep<11>2014 .... VJ ~ Sector Name .... ~ ~ 'C Q u Jkt 235001 ~ ~ ~ 'C .:.:: ... .:.:: ... u Q 'C ... 'C VJ Q ~ 0 'C ... 'C VJ VJ 'C u ~ ~ Q ~ ~ ~ =~ ~ ~ .:.:: Q ~ ~ =~ ~ ~ ~ ~ o'C ~~ = - ~ 'C ~ - = Q =- ~ == ~ ~ oi~ ._i] ... ·; ~ 3 Ql ><.S ~ = u~- 6:: oo~fZ U><'"" ~ .... ~ = Q Q ~ -- Q - Q - -- - - - ~ = -= ~ ~ 'C ~] ~ 'C ~ = = ~ ~ -- . . = ~] ·- = ~ ~ .5 ~ ·- = ~.s .... ~- ~.s oo~[Z ~ Q ~ .... 0'"" ~ -= VJ = 'C ~ 12 = ~ ~ :a ~ .:.:: ... .s Q ~ PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 FGS 12 2,255 31 29 1 116 545 2,232 76 1,015 508 39 0 5 30 67 666 1,146 MCCS 1 8 21 15 3 54 0 8 11 234 68 0 17 6 608 421 MPB 17 4 24 200 158 4 1 0 5 5 0 0 3 36 10 0 510 NHPB 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 8 34 54 12 4 2 111 82 155 4 4 8 8 NCCS 0 7 8 9 6 10 NEFS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 16 208 83 4,182 942 347 8 17 190 242 169 134 157 92 3,579 579 3,581 NEFS3 3 41 62 56 13 189 0 5 86 126 38 1 79 22 313 432 1,829 NEFS4 11 152 44 2,089 470 175 29 288 114 29 54 1,614 771 1,857 9 55 37 NEFS5 2 27 0 336 76 3 5 254 2 12 7 18 0 355 5 10 28 1,144 258 81 12 121 1,290 374 NEFS6 8 105 13 65 38 70 63 39 56 996 NEFS7 13 168 4 1,765 397 15 45 53 44 115 49 428 26 140 148 84 229 16 216 1 2,296 517 2 42 44 48 28 628 281 129 44 172 NEFS8 67 9 NEFS9 39 522 8 4,542 1,023 101 115 97 105 257 111 1,648 21 529 1,417 397 1,278 2 27 25 22 132 32 156 21 441 NEFS 10 98 55 0 7 53 0 133 88 NEFS 11 1 15 62 15 26 28 19 1 482 463 2,854 3 68 0 0 65 0 22 291 4 6,252 1,408 20 228 48 160 302 18 311 167 NEFS 13 106 83 968 687 SHS 1 20 197 4 28 179 240 44 24 1,037 466 1,192 5 5 67 875 83 53 SHS3 53 713 70 12,815 2,886 821 71 127 114 1,069 419 635 48 578 11,482 4,417 10,834 Sectors Total 267 3,587 444 38,807 8,738 2,085 422 976 964 3,045 1,314 4,129 817 2,528 24,185 9,505 30,0571 Common Pool 6 79 12 347 78 27 252 46 31 40 47 351 140 8 59 69 191 I 1All ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 3 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2015. 2These values do not include any potential ACE carryover or deductions from fishing year 2014 sector ACE underages or overages or common pool overages. The common pool Eastern GB cod overage is explained in Tables 5-6. Adjustments for any sector carryover or deductions will be made in a future action following reconciliation. Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 ER18AU15.007</GPH> Table 3. Final ACE for Each Sector by Stock for Fishing Year 2015 (1,000 lb) 1' 2 rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 .... = fo"' ol -= 0 PO 00000 u ~ "' .. ~ .... "' -= 0 u ~ -= 0 u ~ 0 ..:c ..:c 0 ""' 0 ""' -= .... -= .... -= "' -= .. = = = "' =fool =~ ~ "' "' Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM Total ACE 124 1,663 "' 207 17,760 Common Pool ACE from Final Rule 2 32 5 Adjusted Common Pool Allocation 3 36 Sector ACE from Final Rule 122 18AUR1 Adjusted Sector Allocation %ACE Moved from Sectors to Common Pool ~ "' ~ == ~ oi~ __ i-g ~ == .. ..:c o-= ~ii ~ == ~ ~ "'~ = 0 0 == ua::-a u;;..'"' 0 0 ~~ 00~~ "' o -- - 0 .. ·;; ""' is: .. .. .. .. .. .a .. .a .. = - ~ ~ ..c = -= ~'g -- ... -= = = . g -= = "' = ~ = ~ .5 ~~ .... ~- ~~ 00~~ ~ ..c .. ~'g -~ ·~ 0 '-''"' 3,999 958 195 557 458 1,408 610 1,891 127 29 9 3 102 16 27 12 6 157 35 12 4 114 21 27 1,631 202 17,633 3,970 949 192 455 442 121 1,627 201 17,603 3,964 946 191 443 -0.5% -0.2% -0.3% -0.2% -0.2% -0.3% -0.4% -2.2% 0'"' "' ~ ..:c = .a :a ""' ~ 0 = ~ ~ 392 1,306 11,034 4,343 13,720 15 17 157 60 32 92 14 18 21 159 64 32 86 1,381 598 1,876 375 1,149 10,974 4,311 13,628 437 1,381 596 1,873 371 1,147 10,970 4,311 13,634 -1.1% 0.0"/o -0.3% -0.2% -1.1% -0.2% 0.0"/o 0.0"/o 0.0"/o Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 4. ACE Comparison Between Final Sector and Adjustment Rules (mt) 49921 ER18AU15.008</GPH> 49922 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES We have completed fishing year 2014 data reconciliation with sectors and determined final fishing year 2014 sector catch and the amount of quota that sectors may carry from fishing year 2014 into fishing year 2015. A recent emergency rule (79 FR 36433; June 27, 2014) described changes to carryover and catch accounting in response to VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 litigation by Conservation Law Foundation (Conservation Law Foundation v. Pritzker, et al. (Case No. 1:13–CV–0821–JEB)). This rule ensures that catch does not exceed the allowable biological catch for any stock. Because of this, the maximum carryover for certain stocks may be lower than what a sector expects. Table 5 includes the PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 maximum amount of quota that sectors may carry over from fishing year 2014 into fishing year 2015. Table 6 includes the de minimis amount of quota that sectors may carry over from fishing year 2014 into fishing year 2015. Tables 7 and 8 list the final ACE available to sectors for fishing year 2015, including carryover. E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 "0 Jkt 235001 "0 ..:.:: 0 u 0 - ~ ~~ u ~ 0 ~ ~ ~ ~ "' ~~~ 0 = ~ ..:.:: a: 0"0 ~~ = == ;... ~ Ql ~ -"0 .. .. ~ ::: Ql Ql ~ -"0 o-"0 ::: ~ == =--- .s . . . .s = ~ == = =z- = .~.u- = ~ == ~ 0 Ql ;;;.. ... - 0 0 0 rzJ;;.. ... u;;...., Ql - Ql - Ql .. .. .. .c Ql ~ Ql ~ = "' "0 .5 ~ ... ~.s ~ "' ·; 6: - = ~j ... .. < .. t = . . _ ·- = == "0 .c ~ ~ ~~.s z~.S "0 Ql ~ .. Ql - 0 .5 Ql "0 ... ~ Ql rzJ ... ·.c ~ Ql ..:.:: ~ ~= "' = c ..:.:: ~ 0 0 ~ 908 148,776 1,768 0 278 1,641 1,959 1,668 36 6,168 2,880 35,537 29,439 120,414 MCCS 479 2,357 1,018 2,451 0 246 594 7,839 5,773 8 940 334 32,432 22,697 61 ,818 NCCS 395 437 3,139 346 0 692 353 318 21 89 444 516 5,601 4,201 8,281 NEFS 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 10 9 6 0 7 0 0 0 0 NEFS2 13,140 9,376 276,008 15,724 0 159 10,913 7,660 5,494 4,184 8,831 5,634 191 ,150 30,683 183,721 NEFS3 2,867 7,410 3,770 8,924 0 205 5,010 4,495 508 34 4,549 1,333 17,414 24,528 111 ,131 NEFS4 8,815 4,929 137,234 8,029 0 2,093 1,836 11 ,660 5,243 903 2,989 2,231 86,109 41 ,613 100,191 NEFS 5 1,774 6 27,216 279 0 21 ,371 273 875 759 670 31 20,719 996 623 1,715 NEFS6 6,514 1,517 75,474 3,698 0 5,034 2, 115 4,472 4,153 1,963 2, 180 3,350 68,843 20,202 53,743 E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM NEFS7 10,603 200 119,167 451 0 3,896 1,326 7,063 3,695 16,872 359 8,892 7,593 4,243 11 ,582 NEF S 8 13,962 236 154,842 193 0 5,736 3,616 3,436 2,932 20,221 1,515 17,474 7,126 2,650 9,904 NEFS9 31 ,863 891 299,569 4,609 0 7,598 5,887 15,896 5,321 51 ,384 1,167 32,204 75 ,607 21 ,451 68,976 NEFS 10 1,656 2,677 6,488 2,435 0 411 7,164 3,410 2,213 17 8,547 1,265 7,075 4,618 22,654 NEFS 11 924 2,432 984 2,904 0 18 1,462 4,205 2,137 4 1,077 37 25 ,738 24,967 153,992 NEFS 13 17,995 487 411 ,921 950 0 17,809 2,843 10,289 4,279 9,442 1,121 18,952 51 ,613 8,980 37,036 SHS 1 46,950 10,104 886,366 41 ,056 0 7,972 7,471 79,099 26,182 22,516 4,972 33,731 665 ,116 262,229 645 ,586 SHS 3 542 76 10,359 63 0 2,149 636 694 383 599 630 1,933 2,351 802 1,207 Total 207,336 44,046 0 75,667 53,150 163,379 70,767 128,942 45,527 Frm 00037 48,857 Sfmt 4725 PO 00000 FGS Fmt 4700 18AUR1 2,562,331 93,882 151,485 1,280,301 503,926 1,591,951 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 5. Maximum Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2014 to Fishing Year 2015 (lb) 49923 ER18AU15.009</GPH> rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES 49924 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 235001 "0 0 .... u :; "0 0 u PO 00000 ~~ 8 FGS 10,907 119 MCCS 83 210 NCCS 71 NEFS 1 ..:.= ... .... =.§ :; = ::E ~ 0 o:g "~ c-g~ :; t-<=a t::E=a t -"'"::! . . "'Q .... "' =~=~~=c~= = "~ =~~ =--~ ~.sz ~.su ~.s ~r.o..oo~r.o..u~r.o.. ~ t -="0 ... = ~ == .!:l .! ~.s r.o.. ,_ ~ ,_ ,_ ~ ,_ t ~ § o .e = ~ .e = cr.-. r.o..oo .e "0 =:~.S ~ ::E~"g ~ ~-g c~.sz~.S r.o.. -= ..! "0 ~ ~ ~ 0 ~ .t::..::c ~ -= = ~= ~ Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 45 307 304 288 12 1,164 673 6,661 5,454 1 22,323 186 I 540 0 81 106 2,344 680 3 170 55 6,078 4,205 1 11,458 40 661 I 83 0 88 63 95 21 22 80 82 1,107 821 0 1 0 I 1 0 0 4 3 2 0 4 0 0 0 I 0 NEFS2 2,240 834 51,242 1 3,474 0 159 1,902 2,417 1,693 1,338 1,570 919 35,793 5,786 1 35,814 NEFS3 443 624 684 I 1,888 0 50 858 1,258 383 11 794 217 3,132 4,315 1 18,295 NEFS4 1,632 437 25,588 1 1,746 0 288 552 2,882 1,142 288 540 369 16,136 7,709 1 18,571 NEFS 5 286 5 4,119 I 28 0 2,537 21 119 74 181 2 3,548 51 97 I 281 NEFS6 1,129 135 14,019 I 814 0 646 377 1,208 700 627 394 559 12,901 3,743 1 9,962 NEFS7 1,809 37 21,626 I 146 0 532 440 1,145 494 4,276 260 1,403 1,478 840 I 2,285 NEFS 8 2,320 8 28,128 I 16 0 667 436 479 285 6,276 90 2,814 1,289 440 I 1,723 NEFS9 5,606 80 55,641 1,014 0 970 1,053 2,566 1,113 16,484 212 5,287 14,168 3,974 NEFS 10 290 247 1,206 I 546 0 67 1,318 530 322 4 1,564 210 1,333 876 NEFS 11 160 622 183 I 679 0 2 261 651 279 194 6 4,823 4,625 1 28,543 NEFS 13 3,132 38 76,592 I 197 0 2,281 479 1,599 830 3,017 178 3,114 9,675 1,671 1 6,866 SHS 1 718 198 10,725 I 832 0 53 284 1,785 531 2,396 437 237 10,368 4,662 1 11,924 542 76 10,359 I 63 0 1,273 636 694 383 599 480 1,933 2,351 802 I 1,207 Total Frm 00038 0 SHS 3 ER18AU15.010</GPH> 27,634 I 389 31,368 3,711 12,456 0 9,739 9,097 20,079 9,220 35,535 8,133 21,426 127,344 50,020 1 187,992 328,593 1 1 I 1,549 1 12,785 I 4,406 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 6. 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NCCS NEFS3 ... ... ~ ... t = f3:5s ois r.l .e. = = ·- = ~.s '-'~.S z~.s =. . u "' f3r.1 "0 1,067 I 232 I o 4 14 2 125 39 5 32 18 7 20 26 21 55 24 202 12 68 70 40 I 109 19 33 21 23 14 294 5 136 62 21 I 83 677 190 I 611 83 47 NEFS6 4 NEFS7 6 81 2 NEFS 8 7 104 0 1,041 I 305 NEFS9 18 251 4 2,060 I 600 48 52 47 50 124 53 771 10 254 5 I 14 179 I 476 18AUR1 NEFS 10 13 12 45 I 13 26 0 3 63 26 16 0 75 10 64 42 NEFS 11 7 29 7 I 2 32 0 0 12 31 14 0 9 0 230 221 I 1,365 140 2 9 48 112 23 77 40 141 9 150 462 80 I 328 o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 I 15 397 I 491 56 2 6 16 117 36 119 22 26 772 NEFS 13 10 NHPB 0 0 2 SHS 1 2 52 14 2,836 I 825 o I SHS3 24 324 32 5,813 I 1,314 I 373 Total 121 1,721 221 17,603 I 5,126 I 988 32 59 52 485 190 288 22 191 477 461 1,455 628 1,931 391 263 1 I 210 330 I 834 5,209 I 2,004 I 4,915 1,215 1 11,551 1 4,540 114,356 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Table 7. 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When the PO 00000 FGS =. u .:l "0 2 29 27 98 29 57 0 7 139 56 34 0 165 22 140 92 16 65 15 4 71 0 0 28 69 30 0 21 508 487 I 3,008 21 106 246 51 170 87 311 19 330 1,019 176 I 724 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 13 36 I 115 I 1,070 I 419 I NEFS 11 NEFS 13 22 309 4 6,252 1,820 NHPB 0 0 5 0 0 SHS 1 5 114 30 875 I 1,083 I SHS 3 53 714 70 12,815 Total 267 3,794 488 38,807 1 11,301 1 2,179 I 2,896 I 124 821 71 129 422 1,051 258 I 79 I 262 49 636 49 1,017 1 3,208 1 1,385 1 4,258 863 57 I 580 I 11,484 1,702 10 I 30 394 I 1,050 419 I 1,347 8 I I 728 I 463 I 34 I 1,838 4,418 110,836 2,679 1 25,466 110,009131,649 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 This rule also reduces the Eastern GB cod common pool sub-ACL for fishing VerDate Sep<11>2014 Table 8. Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2014 with Maximum Carryover (1,000 lb) Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 common-pool allocation, they also must be revised to match current common pool enrollment allocation and, in this instance, to account for the Eastern GB cod accountability measure for fishing year 2015. Final common pool trimester quotas (including adjustments for the Eastern GB cod overage) and incidental catch limits are included in Tables 11– 15 below. This is only a temporary final rule. After we finish reconciling differences in fishing year 2014 catch accounting between our data and each sector manager’s data, each sector will have 2 weeks to trade its fishing year 2014 ACE to account for any overages. After that 2-week trading window, a sector that still has exceeded its fishing year 2014 allocation will have its fishing year 2015 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 allocation reduced, pursuant to regulatory requirements. Because data reconciliation and the 2-week trading window take place after the new fishing year beings, we reserve 20 percent of each sector’s fishing year 2015 allocation until fishing year 2014 catch data are reconciled. Sectors can carryover up to 10 percent of their fishing year 2014 ACE, or an amount of ACE that does not result in exceeding the allowable biological catch, into fishing year 2015. We will publish a final follow-up rule detailing any carryover of fishing year 2014 sector allocation or reduction in fishing year 2014 allocation resulting from sectors under or overharvesting their allocations. E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 ER18AU15.013</GPH> rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES accountability measures in the FMP require us to reduce the common pool sub-ACL by the amount of the overage in the next fishing year. The 2.8 mt fishing year 2014 common pool subACL for Eastern GB cod was exceeded by 1.3 mt (48 percent). Therefore, this action reduces the initially allocated 2.7 mt fishing year 2015 Eastern GB cod common pool sub-ACL by 1.3 mt, leaving an adjusted allocation of 1.4 mt for the remainder of the fishing year. Framework 53 specified incidental catch limits (or incidental total allowable catches, ‘‘TACs’’) applicable to the common pool and groundfish Special Management Programs for fishing year 2015, including the B dayat-sea (DAS) Program. Because these incidental catch limits are based on the 49927 49928 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 3510–22–C TABLE 12—FISHING YEAR 2015 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS Percentage of common pool sub-ACL Stock GB cod ............................................................................................. GOM cod ......................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder ...................................................................... CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ............................................................ American Plaice ............................................................................... Witch Flounder ................................................................................. SNE/MA winter flounder .................................................................. Incidental catch TAC (mt) 2 1 2 1 5 5 1 0.75 0.06 0.08 0.21 1.35 0.7 1.59 TABLE 13—DISTRIBUTION OF COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS TO EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Regular B DAS program (%) Stock GB cod ..................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................. GB yellowtail flounder .............................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................... American Plaice ....................................................................... Witch Flounder ......................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder .......................................................... Closed Area I hook gear haddock SAP (%) 50 100 50 100 100 100 100 Eastern U.S./CA haddock SAP (%) 16 NA NA NA NA NA NA Southern closed Area II haddock SAP 34 NA 50 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA TABLE 14—FISHING YEAR 2015 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS FOR EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM [(mt)] Regular B DAS program Stock GB cod ....................................................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder ................................................................................................ CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ...................................................................................... American Plaice ......................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ........................................................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder ............................................................................................ Closed Area I hook gear haddock SAP 0.38 0.06 0.04 0.21 1.35 0.70 1.59 0.12 NA NA NA NA NA NA Eastern U.S./Canada haddock SAP 0.26 NA 0.04 NA NA NA NA TABLE 15—FISHING YEAR 2015 COMMON POOL REGULAR B DAS PROGRAM QUARTERLY INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS [(mt)] 1st Quarter (13%) Stock GB cod ..................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................. GB yellowtail flounder .............................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................... American Plaice ....................................................................... Witch Flounder ......................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder .......................................................... rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES Classification Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the MagnusonStevens Act, and other applicable law. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Aug 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 2nd Quarter (29%) 0.05 0.01 0.01 0.03 0.18 0.09 0.21 0.11 0.02 0.01 0.06 0.39 0.20 0.46 Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness pursuant to 5 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 3rd Quarter (29%) 0.11 0.02 0.01 0.06 0.39 0.20 0.46 4th Quarter (29%) 0.11 0.02 0.01 0.06 0.39 0.20 0.46 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule may become effective upon filing. There are several reasons that notice and comment are impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. First, the proposed and final rules for fishing year 2015 sector operations plans and contracts explained the need and likelihood for adjustments of sector and common pool allocations based on final sector rosters. E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 159 / Tuesday, August 18, 2015 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES No comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which provide an accurate accounting of a sector’s or common pool’s allocation at this time. Furthermore, we have followed a similar process since Amendment 16 was implemented in 2010; this annual adjustment action is anticipated by industry. The accountability measure and adjustment process to account for the fishing year 2014 Eastern Georges Bank cod overage was also already subject to notice and comment during Amendment 16 development and implementation. Second, these adjustments are based on either objective sector enrollment data or a pre-determined accountability measure and are not subject to NMFS’ discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior notice and comment. Third, a delay would potentially impair achievement of the management plan’s objectives for the common pool of preventing overfishing and achieving optimum yield by staying within ACLs or allocations. Finally, if this rule is not effective immediately, the sector and common pool vessels will VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:22 Aug 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 be operating under incorrect information on the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the common pool. This could cause negative economic impacts to the both sectors and the common pool, depending on the size of the allocation, the degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate of a particular stock. The catch limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial and the need for them was clearly explained in the proposed and final rules for fishing year 2015 sector operations plans and contracts. Adjustments for overages are also explained in detail in the Amendment 16 proposed and final rules. As a result, NE multispecies permit holders are expecting these adjustments and awaiting their implementation. Fishermen may make both short- and long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the affected fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes effective. Both PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 49929 of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery and the businesses and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively. Because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are not required under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no final regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 11, 2015. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–20303 Filed 8–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\18AUR1.SGM 18AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 159 (Tuesday, August 18, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 150623545-5545-01]
RIN 0648-XE015


Revisions to Framework Adjustment 53 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch 
Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common 
Pool for Fishing Year 2015

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

ACTION: Temporary final rule; adjustment to specifications.

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SUMMARY: Based on the final Northeast multispecies sector rosters 
submitted as of May 1, 2015, we are adjusting the fishing year 2015 
specification of annual catch limits for commercial groundfish vessels, 
as well as sector annual catch entitlements and common pool allocations 
for groundfish stocks. This revision to fishing year 2015 catch levels 
is necessary to account for changes in the number of participants 
electing to fish in either sectors or the common pool fishery. This 
action details unused sector quotas that may be carried over from 
fishing year 2014 to fishing year 2015. This action also reduces the 
fishing year 2015 common pool allocation of Eastern Georges Bank cod 
and adjusts common pool incidental catch limits to account for a common 
pool fishing year 2014 overage.

DATES: Effective August 17, 2015, through April 30, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Whitmore, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, (978) 281-9128.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The New England Fishery Management Council 
(Council) developed Amendment 16 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP), in part, to establish a process for 
setting groundfish annual catch limits (also referred to as ACLs or 
catch limits) and accountability measures. Framework Adjustment 
(Framework) 53 set annual catch limits for groundfish stocks and three 
jointly managed U.S./Canada stocks for fishing year 2015. We recently 
approved Framework 53, which became effective on May 1, 2015 (80 FR 
25110).
    We also recently approved fishing year 2015 sector operations plans 
and allocations (80 FR 25143; May 2, 2015; ``sector final rule''). A 
sector receives an allocation of each stock, or annual catch 
entitlement (referred to as ACE, or allocation), based on its members' 
catch histories. State-operated permit banks also receive an allocation 
that can be transferred to qualifying sector vessels. The sum of all 
sector and state-operated permit bank allocations is referred to as the 
sector sub-ACL. Whatever groundfish allocations remain after sectors 
and state-operated permit banks receive their allocations are then 
allocated to the common pool (i.e., vessels not enrolled in a sector).
    This rule adjusts the fishing year 2015 sector and common pool 
allocations based on final sector membership as of May 1, 2015. Since 
the final rules are not effective until the beginning of the fishing 
year (May 1), permits enrolled in a sector and the vessels associated 
with those permits have until April 30, the last day prior to the 
beginning of a new fishing year, to withdraw from a sector and fish in 
the common pool. As a result, the actual sector enrollment for the new 
fishing year is unknown when the specifications (in this case, 
Framework 53) and sector final rules publish. To address this issue, 
each year we publish an adjustment rule modifying sector and common 
pool allocations based on final sector enrollment. If the sector 
allocation increases as a result of sector membership changes, the 
common pool allocation decreases--the opposite is true as well. The 
Framework 53 and the fishing year 2015 sector proposed and final rules 
both explained that sector enrollments may change and that there would 
be a need to adjust the sub-ACLs and ACEs accordingly.
    Adjustments to sector ACEs and the sub-ACLs for sectors and the 
common pool are typically minimal as historically there has been little 
change in sector enrollment. Tables 1, 2, and 3 explain the revised 
fishing year 2015. Table 4 compares the allocation changes between the 
sector final rule and this adjustment rule. Vessels currently enrolled 
in sectors have accounted for approximately 99 percent of the 
historical groundfish landings. This year's sector final rule specified 
sector ACEs based on the 842 permits enrolled in sectors on February 
25, 2015. As of May 1, 2015, there are 838 NE multispecies permits 
enrolled in sectors, which means four permits elected to leave sectors 
and operate in common pool for fishing year 2015.
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    We have completed fishing year 2014 data reconciliation with 
sectors and determined final fishing year 2014 sector catch and the 
amount of quota that sectors may carry from fishing year 2014 into 
fishing year 2015. A recent emergency rule (79 FR 36433; June 27, 2014) 
described changes to carryover and catch accounting in response to 
litigation by Conservation Law Foundation (Conservation Law Foundation 
v. Pritzker, et al. (Case No. 1:13-CV-0821-JEB)). This rule ensures 
that catch does not exceed the allowable biological catch for any 
stock. Because of this, the maximum carryover for certain stocks may be 
lower than what a sector expects. Table 5 includes the maximum amount 
of quota that sectors may carry over from fishing year 2014 into 
fishing year 2015. Table 6 includes the de minimis amount of quota that 
sectors may carry over from fishing year 2014 into fishing year 2015. 
Tables 7 and 8 list the final ACE available to sectors for fishing year 
2015, including carryover.

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    This rule also reduces the Eastern GB cod common pool sub-ACL for 
fishing year 2015 due to a fishing year 2014 overage (Tables 9 and 10). 
When the common pool sub-ACL for any stock is exceeded in one fishing 
year, the

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accountability measures in the FMP require us to reduce the common pool 
sub-ACL by the amount of the overage in the next fishing year. The 2.8 
mt fishing year 2014 common pool sub-ACL for Eastern GB cod was 
exceeded by 1.3 mt (48 percent). Therefore, this action reduces the 
initially allocated 2.7 mt fishing year 2015 Eastern GB cod common pool 
sub-ACL by 1.3 mt, leaving an adjusted allocation of 1.4 mt for the 
remainder of the fishing year.
    Framework 53 specified incidental catch limits (or incidental total 
allowable catches, ``TACs'') applicable to the common pool and 
groundfish Special Management Programs for fishing year 2015, including 
the B day-at-sea (DAS) Program. Because these incidental catch limits 
are based on the common-pool allocation, they also must be revised to 
match current common pool enrollment allocation and, in this instance, 
to account for the Eastern GB cod accountability measure for fishing 
year 2015. Final common pool trimester quotas (including adjustments 
for the Eastern GB cod overage) and incidental catch limits are 
included in Tables 11-15 below.
    This is only a temporary final rule. After we finish reconciling 
differences in fishing year 2014 catch accounting between our data and 
each sector manager's data, each sector will have 2 weeks to trade its 
fishing year 2014 ACE to account for any overages. After that 2-week 
trading window, a sector that still has exceeded its fishing year 2014 
allocation will have its fishing year 2015 allocation reduced, pursuant 
to regulatory requirements. Because data reconciliation and the 2-week 
trading window take place after the new fishing year beings, we reserve 
20 percent of each sector's fishing year 2015 allocation until fishing 
year 2014 catch data are reconciled. Sectors can carryover up to 10 
percent of their fishing year 2014 ACE, or an amount of ACE that does 
not result in exceeding the allowable biological catch, into fishing 
year 2015. We will publish a final follow-up rule detailing any 
carryover of fishing year 2014 sector allocation or reduction in 
fishing year 2014 allocation resulting from sectors under or 
overharvesting their allocations.
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                          Table 12--Fishing Year 2015 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs
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                  Stock                    Percentage of common pool sub-ACL       Incidental catch TAC (mt)
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GB cod..................................                                   2                                0.75
GOM cod.................................                                   1                                0.06
GB yellowtail flounder..................                                   2                                0.08
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..............                                   1                                0.21
American Plaice.........................                                   5                                1.35
Witch Flounder..........................                                   5                                 0.7
SNE/MA winter flounder..................                                   1                                1.59
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         Table 13--Distribution of Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs to Each Special Management Program
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                                                           Closed Area I                        Southern closed
                Stock                   Regular B DAS        hook gear       Eastern U.S./CA    Area II haddock
                                         program (%)      haddock SAP (%)    haddock SAP (%)          SAP
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GB cod..............................                 50                 16                 34                 NA
GOM cod.............................                100                 NA                 NA                 NA
GB yellowtail flounder..............                 50                 NA                 50                 NA
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..........                100                 NA                 NA                 NA
American Plaice.....................                100                 NA                 NA                 NA
Witch Flounder......................                100                 NA                 NA                 NA
SNE/MA winter flounder..............                100                 NA                 NA                 NA
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        Table 14--Fishing Year 2015 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs for Each Special Management Program
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                                                                              Closed Area I      Eastern U.S./
                         Stock                             Regular B DAS    hook gear haddock    Canada haddock
                                                              program              SAP                SAP
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GB cod.................................................               0.38               0.12               0.26
GOM cod................................................               0.06                 NA                 NA
GB yellowtail flounder.................................               0.04                 NA               0.04
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder.............................               0.21                 NA                 NA
American Plaice........................................               1.35                 NA                 NA
Witch Flounder.........................................               0.70                 NA                 NA
SNE/MA winter flounder.................................               1.59                 NA                 NA
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          Table 15--Fishing Year 2015 Common Pool Regular B DAS Program Quarterly Incidental Catch TACs
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                Stock                 1st Quarter (13%)  2nd Quarter (29%)  3rd Quarter (29%)  4th Quarter (29%)
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GB cod..............................               0.05               0.11               0.11               0.11
GOM cod.............................               0.01               0.02               0.02               0.02
GB yellowtail flounder..............               0.01               0.01               0.01               0.01
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..........               0.03               0.06               0.06               0.06
American Plaice.....................               0.18               0.39               0.39               0.39
Witch Flounder......................               0.09               0.20               0.20               0.20
SNE/MA winter flounder..............               0.21               0.46               0.46               0.46
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Classification

    Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the 
NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is 
consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
and other applicable law.
    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive 
prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch 
limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and 
comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public 
interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule 
may become effective upon filing.
    There are several reasons that notice and comment are 
impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. First, 
the proposed and final rules for fishing year 2015 sector operations 
plans and contracts explained the need and likelihood for adjustments 
of sector and common pool allocations based on final sector rosters.

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No comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which 
provide an accurate accounting of a sector's or common pool's 
allocation at this time. Furthermore, we have followed a similar 
process since Amendment 16 was implemented in 2010; this annual 
adjustment action is anticipated by industry. The accountability 
measure and adjustment process to account for the fishing year 2014 
Eastern Georges Bank cod overage was also already subject to notice and 
comment during Amendment 16 development and implementation. Second, 
these adjustments are based on either objective sector enrollment data 
or a pre-determined accountability measure and are not subject to NMFS' 
discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior 
notice and comment. Third, a delay would potentially impair achievement 
of the management plan's objectives for the common pool of preventing 
overfishing and achieving optimum yield by staying within ACLs or 
allocations. Finally, if this rule is not effective immediately, the 
sector and common pool vessels will be operating under incorrect 
information on the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the 
common pool. This could cause negative economic impacts to the both 
sectors and the common pool, depending on the size of the allocation, 
the degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate of a 
particular stock.
    The catch limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial 
and the need for them was clearly explained in the proposed and final 
rules for fishing year 2015 sector operations plans and contracts. 
Adjustments for overages are also explained in detail in the Amendment 
16 proposed and final rules. As a result, NE multispecies permit 
holders are expecting these adjustments and awaiting their 
implementation. Fishermen may make both short- and long-term business 
decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the common 
pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the affected 
fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their fishing activities 
during the interim period before this rule becomes effective. Both of 
these reactions could negatively affect the fishery and the businesses 
and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it is important to 
implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. 
For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and delay 
in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and 
(d), respectively.
    Because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are 
not required under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, 
the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no final regulatory 
flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared.

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

    Dated: August 11, 2015.
Eileen Sobeck,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-20303 Filed 8-17-15; 8:45 am]
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