Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments, 67346-67347 [2015-27864]

Download as PDF 67346 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Final Rules For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 73 as follows: 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 140918791–4999–02] RIN 0648–XE293 PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments AGENCY: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336 and 339. 2. Section 73.3700 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4)(ii) to read as follows: ■ § 73.3700 Post-incentive auction licensing and operation. * * * * ** (b) * * * (3) License applications for channel sharing stations. The licensee of each channel sharee station and channel sharer station must file an application for a license for the shared channel using FCC Form 2100 Schedule B (for a full power station) or F (for a Class A station) within six months of the date that the channel sharee station licensee receives its incentive payment pursuant to section 6403(a)(1) of the Spectrum Act. (4) * * * (ii) The licensee of a channel sharee station and a licensee of a license relinquishment station that has indicated in its Form 177 an intent to enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement must comply with the notification and cancellation procedures in § 73.1750 and terminate operations on its pre-auction channel within six months of the date that the licensee receives its incentive payment pursuant to section 6403(a)(1) of the Spectrum Act. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2015–27632 Filed 10–30–15; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 6712–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Oct 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2015 seasonal apportionments of the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2015 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 28, 2015, until 2400 hours A.l.t., December 31, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (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. The annual pollock TACs in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA are apportioned among four seasons, in accordance with § 679.23(d)(2). Regulations at § 679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B) allow the underharvest of a seasonal apportionment to be added to subsequent seasonal apportionments, provided that any revised seasonal apportionment does not exceed 20 percent of the seasonal apportionment for a given statistical area. Therefore, NMFS is increasing the D season SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 apportionment of pollock in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA to reflect the underharvest of pollock in those areas during the C season. In addition, any underharvest remaining beyond 20 percent of the originally specified seasonal apportionment in a particular area may be further apportioned to other statistical areas. Therefore, NMFS also is increasing the D season apportionment of pollock to Statistical Areas 610 and 630 based on the underharvest of pollock in Statistical Areas 620 of the GOA. These adjustments are described below. The D seasonal apportionment of the 2015 pollock TAC in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA is 12,185 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 25, 2015). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), hereby increases the D season apportionment for Statistical Area 610 by 2,437 mt to account for the underharvest of the TAC in Statistical Areas 610 and 620 in the C season. This increase is in proportion to the estimated pollock biomass and is not greater than 20 percent of the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in Statistical Area 610. Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 610 is 14,622 mt (12,185 mt plus 2,437 mt). The D seasonal apportionment of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA is 14,628 mt as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 25, 2015). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Regional Administrator hereby increases the D seasonal apportionment for Statistical Area 620 by 2,926 mt to account for the underharvest of the TAC in Statistical Areas 620 in the C season. This increase is not greater than 20 percent of the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in Statistical Area 620. Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 620 is 17,554 mt (14,628 mt plus 2,926 mt). The D seasonal apportionment of pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA is 18,639 mt as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 25, 2015). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Regional Administrator hereby increases the D seasonal apportionment for Statistical Area 630 by 3,728 mt to account for the underharvest of the TAC in Statistical Areas 620 and 630 in the C season. This increase is in proportion E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 / Rules and Regulations to the estimated pollock biomass and is not greater than 20 percent of the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in Statistical Area 630. Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment of pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 is 22,367 mt (18,639 mt plus 3,728mt). 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Oct 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 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 provide opportunity to harvest increased pollock seasonal apportionments. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 27, 2015. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 67347 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: October 28, 2015 Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–27864 Filed 10–28–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 140918791-4999-02]
RIN 0648-XE293


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2015 seasonal apportionments of the 
total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by 
re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, 
and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for 
harvest of the 2015 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and 
objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of 
Alaska.

DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 28, 
2015, until 2400 hours A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (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.
    The annual pollock TACs in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of 
the GOA are apportioned among four seasons, in accordance with Sec.  
679.23(d)(2). Regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B) allow the 
underharvest of a seasonal apportionment to be added to subsequent 
seasonal apportionments, provided that any revised seasonal 
apportionment does not exceed 20 percent of the seasonal apportionment 
for a given statistical area. Therefore, NMFS is increasing the D 
season apportionment of pollock in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 
of the GOA to reflect the underharvest of pollock in those areas during 
the C season. In addition, any underharvest remaining beyond 20 percent 
of the originally specified seasonal apportionment in a particular area 
may be further apportioned to other statistical areas. Therefore, NMFS 
also is increasing the D season apportionment of pollock to Statistical 
Areas 610 and 630 based on the underharvest of pollock in Statistical 
Areas 620 of the GOA. These adjustments are described below.
    The D seasonal apportionment of the 2015 pollock TAC in Statistical 
Area 610 of the GOA is 12,185 metric tons (mt) as established by the 
final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA 
(80 FR 10250, February 25, 2015). In accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), hereby increases the D season apportionment for 
Statistical Area 610 by 2,437 mt to account for the underharvest of the 
TAC in Statistical Areas 610 and 620 in the C season. This increase is 
in proportion to the estimated pollock biomass and is not greater than 
20 percent of the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in Statistical 
Area 610. Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment of the 
pollock TAC in Statistical Area 610 is 14,622 mt (12,185 mt plus 2,437 
mt).
    The D seasonal apportionment of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 
620 of the GOA is 14,628 mt as established by the final 2015 and 2016 
harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 
25, 2015). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Regional 
Administrator hereby increases the D seasonal apportionment for 
Statistical Area 620 by 2,926 mt to account for the underharvest of the 
TAC in Statistical Areas 620 in the C season. This increase is not 
greater than 20 percent of the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in 
Statistical Area 620. Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment 
of the pollock TAC in Statistical Area 620 is 17,554 mt (14,628 mt plus 
2,926 mt).
    The D seasonal apportionment of pollock TAC in Statistical Area 630 
of the GOA is 18,639 mt as established by the final 2015 and 2016 
harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 
25, 2015). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Regional 
Administrator hereby increases the D seasonal apportionment for 
Statistical Area 630 by 3,728 mt to account for the underharvest of the 
TAC in Statistical Areas 620 and 630 in the C season. This increase is 
in proportion

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to the estimated pollock biomass and is not greater than 20 percent of 
the D seasonal apportionment of the TAC in Statistical Area 630. 
Therefore, the revised D seasonal apportionment of pollock TAC in 
Statistical Area 630 is 22,367 mt (18,639 mt plus 3,728mt).

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 provide opportunity to harvest increased pollock seasonal 
apportionments. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for 
public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became 
available as of October 27, 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: October 28, 2015
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-27864 Filed 10-28-15; 4:15 pm]
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