Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole for Vessels Participating in the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 70717 [2015-29168]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 220 / Monday, November 16, 2015 / Rules and Regulations § 17.11—[Amended] 2. Amend § 17.11(h) by removing both entries for ‘‘Squirrel, Delmarva Peninsula fox’’ under MAMMALS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. ■ vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 11, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015. DATES: § 17.84—[Amended] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 3. Amend § 17.84 by removing and reserving paragraph (a). Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. ■ [FR Doc. 2015–28742 Filed 11–13–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 141021887–5172–02] RIN 0648–XE312 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole for Vessels Participating in the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:20 Nov 13, 2015 Jkt 238001 NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI 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 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 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI is 16,165 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 16,065 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 100 mt as incidental catch. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole for SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: October 23, 2015. James W. Kurth, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 70717 vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. 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 closure of directed fishing for yellowfin sole by vessels fishing in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 9, 2015. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 9, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–29168 Filed 11–10–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\16NOR1.SGM 16NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 141021887-5172-02]
RIN 0648-XE312


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin 
Sole for Vessels Participating in the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Fishery 
in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) for vessels 
participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is 
necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole 
total allowable catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl 
limited access fishery in the BSAI.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 11, 
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 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 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 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for 
vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the 
BSAI is 16,165 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 
2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, 
March 5, 2015). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the 
Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has 
determined that the 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable 
catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access 
fishery in the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional 
Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 16,065 
mt, and is setting aside the remaining 100 mt as incidental catch. In 
accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator 
finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. 
Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole 
for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in 
the BSAI.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

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 closure of directed fishing for yellowfin sole by 
vessels fishing in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. 
NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
November 9, 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: November 9, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-29168 Filed 11-10-15; 4:15 pm]
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