Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment to the Northern Red Hake Inseason Possession Limit, 51144-51145 [2015-20862]

Download as PDF 51144 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES 40 CFR part 272. EPA is not codifying the authorization of North Carolina’s changes at this time. However, EPA reserves the amendment of 40 CFR part 272, subpart II, for the authorization of North Carolina’s program changes at a later date. L. Administrative Requirements The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has exempted this action from the requirements of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), and therefore this action is not subject to review by OMB. This action authorizes State requirements for the purpose of RCRA 3006 and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by State law. Accordingly, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). 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PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dated: June 26, 2015. Heather McTeer Toney, Regional Administrator, Region 4. [FR Doc. 2015–20907 Filed 8–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 120109034–2171–01] RIN 0648–XE120 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment to the Northern Red Hake Inseason Possession Limit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: We announce the reduction of the commercial possession limit for northern red hake for the remainder of the 2015 fishing year. This action is required to prevent the northern red hake total allowable landing limit from being exceeded. This announcement informs the public that the northern red hake possession limit is reduced. DATES: Effective August 24, 2015, through April 30, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reid Lichwell, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–675–9112. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The smallmesh multispecies fishery is managed primarily through a series of exemptions from the Northeast Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan. Regulations governing the red hake fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations describing the process to adjust inseason commercial possession limits of northern red hake are described in § 648.86(d)(4) and (5). These regulations require the Regional Administrator to reduce the northern red hake possession limit from 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) to 1,500 lb (680 kg) when landings have been projected to reach or exceed 45 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL). The northern red hake possession limit is required to be further reduced to 400 lb (181 kg) if landings are projected to reach or exceed 62.5 percent of the TAL, unless such a reduction would be expected to prevent the TAL from being reached. The final rule implementing the small-mesh multispecies SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 2015 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES specifications for 2015–2017, which published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2015 (80 FR 30379), set these inseason adjustment thresholds. These measures were imposed because the annual catch limits (ACL) for northern red hake were exceeded for the 2012 and 2013 fishing years, and northern red hake was experiencing overfishing. We implemented this possession limit reduction trigger to reduce the risk of continued overfishing on the stock and to better constrain catch to the ACL. On August 12, 2015, the northern red hake commercial possession limit was reduced from 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) to VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:27 Aug 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 1,500 lb (680 kg) because the overall commercial landings reached 45 percent of the TAL. Based on commercial landings data reported through July 30, 2015, the northern red hake fishery is projected to reach 65.2 percent of the TAL on August 22, 2015. Based on this projection, reducing the commercial northern red hake possession limit from 1,500 lb (680 kg) to 400 lb (181 kg) is required to prevent the TAL from being exceeded. Upon the effective date of this action, no person may possess on board or land more than 400 lb (181 kg) of northern red hake per trip for the PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 51145 remainder of the fishing year (i.e., through April 30, 2016). Classification This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 19, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–20862 Filed 8–19–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 163 (Monday, August 24, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-20862]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 120109034-2171-01]
RIN 0648-XE120


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Small-Mesh 
Multispecies Fishery; Adjustment to the Northern Red Hake Inseason 
Possession Limit

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: We announce the reduction of the commercial possession limit 
for northern red hake for the remainder of the 2015 fishing year. This 
action is required to prevent the northern red hake total allowable 
landing limit from being exceeded. This announcement informs the public 
that the northern red hake possession limit is reduced.

DATES: Effective August 24, 2015, through April 30, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reid Lichwell, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-675-9112.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The small-mesh multispecies fishery is 
managed primarily through a series of exemptions from the Northeast 
Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan. Regulations governing the red 
hake fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations describing 
the process to adjust inseason commercial possession limits of northern 
red hake are described in Sec.  648.86(d)(4) and (5). These regulations 
require the Regional Administrator to reduce the northern red hake 
possession limit from 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) to 1,500 lb (680 kg) when 
landings have been projected to reach or exceed 45 percent of the total 
allowable landings (TAL). The northern red hake possession limit is 
required to be further reduced to 400 lb (181 kg) if landings are 
projected to reach or exceed 62.5 percent of the TAL, unless such a 
reduction would be expected to prevent the TAL from being reached. The 
final rule implementing the small-mesh multispecies

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specifications for 2015-2017, which published in the Federal Register 
on May 28, 2015 (80 FR 30379), set these inseason adjustment 
thresholds. These measures were imposed because the annual catch limits 
(ACL) for northern red hake were exceeded for the 2012 and 2013 fishing 
years, and northern red hake was experiencing overfishing. We 
implemented this possession limit reduction trigger to reduce the risk 
of continued overfishing on the stock and to better constrain catch to 
the ACL.
    On August 12, 2015, the northern red hake commercial possession 
limit was reduced from 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) to 1,500 lb (680 kg) because 
the overall commercial landings reached 45 percent of the TAL. Based on 
commercial landings data reported through July 30, 2015, the northern 
red hake fishery is projected to reach 65.2 percent of the TAL on 
August 22, 2015. Based on this projection, reducing the commercial 
northern red hake possession limit from 1,500 lb (680 kg) to 400 lb 
(181 kg) is required to prevent the TAL from being exceeded. Upon the 
effective date of this action, no person may possess on board or land 
more than 400 lb (181 kg) of northern red hake per trip for the 
remainder of the fishing year (i.e., through April 30, 2016).

Classification

    This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: August 19, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-20862 Filed 8-19-15; 4:15 pm]
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