Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Vermilion Snapper, 16095-16096 [2016-06737]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), (J), (K), (L), and (M) which are necessary to implement, maintain, and enforce the 2008 Lead NAAQS. EPA also approved Iowa’s May 11, 2015, submission to include article 1, section 2 of the Iowa Constitution, and portions of the Iowa code and the Iowa Administrative Code to codify the relevant state laws as applied to conflict of interest requirements of sections 110(a)(2)(E) and 128 of the CAA. This technical amendment revises the erroneous part 52 instructions published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2015 (80 FR 67335) in the third column on page 67336 to read as follows: Amend § 52.820 by adding new entries (e) (40) and (41). Dated: March 17, 2016. Mark Hague, Regional Administrator, Region 7. 16095 PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows: Subpart Q—Iowa 2. Amend § 52.820 by adding entries (e)(40) and (41) to read as follows: ■ § 52.820 * Identification of plan. * * (e)* * * * * EPA-APPROVED IOWA NONREGULATORY PROVISIONS Name of nonregulatory SIP provision Applicable geographic area or nonattainment area State submittal date * * (40) Sections 110(a)(1) and (2) In- Statewide frastructure Requirements 2008 Lead NAAQS. (41) Section 128 Declaration: Conflicts of Interest Provisions; Constitution of the State of Iowa, Article 1, Section 2. Iowa Code: 4.4.(5), 7E.4, Chapter 68B Iowa Administrative Code: 351 IAC 6.11, 351 IAC 6.14(2), 351 IAC 6.19, 351 IAC 7.1-7.2, 567 IAC 1.11 (1–9). .......................................................... .................. ........................ .......................................................... 5/11/15 11/2/15; Correction 3/25/16 [Insert Federal Register citation]. Statewide NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects that commercial landings for vermilion snapper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the January through June, 2016, fishing period by March 29, 2016. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on March 29, 2016, and it will remain closed until July 1, 2016, the start of the July through December fishing period. This closure is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource. SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 130312235–3658–02] RIN 0648–XE506 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * 11/2/15; Correction 3/25/16 [Insert This action addresses the following Federal Register citation]. CAA elements: 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), (J), (K), (L), and (M). 110(a)(2)(I) is not applicable. ........................ BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Jkt 238001 This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2016. DATES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: 12:26 Mar 24, 2016 Explanation .................. [FR Doc. 2016–06705 Filed 3–24–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 * 11/4/11 EPA Approval date FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Britni LaVine, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: britni.lavine@noaa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 This action addresses the following sections of the Constitution of the State of Iowa, Article 1, section 2; Iowa Code : 4.4 (5), 7e.4, Chapter 68B; Iowa Administrative Code: 351 IAC 6.11, 351 IAC 6.14(2), 351 IAC 6.19, 351 IAC 7.1–7.2, 567 IAC 1.11(1–9). The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes vermilion snapper and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The commercial ACL (equivalent to the commercial quota) for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic is divided into separate quotas for two 6-month time periods, January through June and July through December. For the January through June, 2016, fishing season, the commercial quota is 388,703 lb (176,313 kg), gutted weight (431,460 lb (195,707 kg), round weight), as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(a)(4)(i)(D). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES 16096 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 58 / Friday, March 25, 2016 / Rules and Regulations On February 26, 2016 (81 FR 9786), NMFS published a temporary rule in the Federal Register to reduce the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper in or from the EEZ of the South Atlantic to 500 lb (227 kg), gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 2, 2016, until July 1, 2016, or until the quota was reached and the commercial sector closed, whichever would occur first. In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(f)(1), NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for vermilion snapper when the commercial quota for that portion of the fishing year has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota for South Atlantic vermilion snapper for the January through June fishing period will be reached by March 29, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial sector for South Atlantic vermilion snapper is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2016. The commercial quota for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic is 388,703 lb (176,313 kg), gutted weight (431,460 lb (195,707 kg), round weight), for the July 1 through December 31, 2016, fishing period, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(a)(4)(ii)(D). The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper having vermilion snapper on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016. During the closure, the bag limit specified in 50 CFR 622.187(b)(5) and the possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.187(c)(1), apply to all harvest or possession of vermilion snapper in or from the South Atlantic EEZ. During the closure, the sale or purchase of vermilion snapper taken from the EEZ is prohibited. As specified in 50 CFR 622.190(c)(1)(i), the prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of vermilion snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. For a person on board a vessel for which a Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery has been issued, the bag and possession limits and the sale and purchase provisions of the commercial closure for vermilion snapper would apply regardless of whether the fish are harvested in state or Federal waters, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(c)(1)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:26 Mar 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 Classification DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of South Atlantic vermilion snapper and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(f)(1) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial sector for vermilion snapper constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect vermilion snapper since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and could result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 21, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–06737 Filed 3–22–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 150916863–6211–02] RIN 0648–XE532 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Aleutian Islands Subarea of 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 Pacific cod, except for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the non-CDQ allocation of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI. SUMMARY: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 22, 2016, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7269. 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 non-CDQ allocation of the 2016 Pacific cod TAC in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI is 11,465 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (81 FR 14773, March 18, 2016). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the non-CDQ allocation of the 2016 Pacific cod TAC in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 9,000 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 2,465 mt as DATES: E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 58 (Friday, March 25, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 130312235-3658-02]
RIN 0648-XE506


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
2016 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic 
Vermilion Snapper

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the 
commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone 
(EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects that commercial landings for 
vermilion snapper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) 
for the January through June, 2016, fishing period by March 29, 2016. 
Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in 
the South Atlantic EEZ on March 29, 2016, and it will remain closed 
until July 1, 2016, the start of the July through December fishing 
period. This closure is necessary to protect the South Atlantic 
vermilion snapper resource.

DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 
2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Britni LaVine, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: britni.lavine@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes vermilion snapper and is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic 
Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    The commercial ACL (equivalent to the commercial quota) for 
vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic is divided into separate quotas 
for two 6-month time periods, January through June and July through 
December. For the January through June, 2016, fishing season, the 
commercial quota is 388,703 lb (176,313 kg), gutted weight (431,460 lb 
(195,707 kg), round weight), as specified in 50 CFR 
622.190(a)(4)(i)(D).

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    On February 26, 2016 (81 FR 9786), NMFS published a temporary rule 
in the Federal Register to reduce the commercial trip limit for 
vermilion snapper in or from the EEZ of the South Atlantic to 500 lb 
(227 kg), gutted weight, effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 2, 
2016, until July 1, 2016, or until the quota was reached and the 
commercial sector closed, whichever would occur first.
    In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(f)(1), NMFS is 
required to close the commercial sector for vermilion snapper when the 
commercial quota for that portion of the fishing year has been reached, 
or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect 
with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the 
commercial quota for South Atlantic vermilion snapper for the January 
through June fishing period will be reached by March 29, 2016. 
Accordingly, the commercial sector for South Atlantic vermilion snapper 
is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, until 12:01 
a.m., local time, July 1, 2016. The commercial quota for vermilion 
snapper in the South Atlantic is 388,703 lb (176,313 kg), gutted weight 
(431,460 lb (195,707 kg), round weight), for the July 1 through 
December 31, 2016, fishing period, as specified in 50 CFR 
622.190(a)(4)(ii)(D).
    The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for 
South Atlantic snapper-grouper having vermilion snapper on board must 
have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior 
to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 29, 2016. During the closure, the bag 
limit specified in 50 CFR 622.187(b)(5) and the possession limits 
specified in 50 CFR 622.187(c)(1), apply to all harvest or possession 
of vermilion snapper in or from the South Atlantic EEZ. During the 
closure, the sale or purchase of vermilion snapper taken from the EEZ 
is prohibited. As specified in 50 CFR 622.190(c)(1)(i), the prohibition 
on sale or purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of vermilion 
snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 
a.m., local time, March 29, 2016, and were held in cold storage by a 
dealer or processor. For a person on board a vessel for which a Federal 
commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for the South Atlantic 
snapper-grouper fishery has been issued, the bag and possession limits 
and the sale and purchase provisions of the commercial closure for 
vermilion snapper would apply regardless of whether the fish are 
harvested in state or Federal waters, as specified in 50 CFR 
622.190(c)(1)(ii).

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of 
South Atlantic vermilion snapper and is consistent with the Magnuson-
Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(f)(1) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the 
need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial 
sector for vermilion snapper constitutes good cause to waive the 
requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such 
procedures would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. 
Such procedures would be unnecessary because the rule itself has been 
subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the 
public of the closure. Allowing prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to 
immediately implement this action to protect vermilion snapper since 
the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the 
commercial quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would 
require time and could result in a harvest well in excess of the 
established commercial quota.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: March 21, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-06737 Filed 3-22-16; 4:15 pm]
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