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ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: Jkt 238001 Comments * * * Only conditions cited as ‘‘[Title I Condition: 40 CFR 50.4(SO2 SIP), Title I Condition: 40 CFR 51, Title I Condition: 40 CFR pt. 52, subp. Y]’’. * NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for commercial snowy grouper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for snowy grouper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) by June 14, 2016. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic EEZ on June 14, 2016, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing season on January 1, 2017. This closure is necessary to protect the snowy grouper resource. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Vara, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: mary.vara@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes snowy grouper and is SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 14:17 Jun 08, 2016 01/20/16 * [FR Doc. 2016–13604 Filed 6–8–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 * EPA approval date PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * 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 (commercial quota) for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic is 125,760 lb (57,044 kg), gutted weight, 148,397 lb (67,312 kg), round weight, for the current fishing year, January 1 through December 31, 2016, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(a)(1)(ii). Under 50 CFR 622.193(b)(1), NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for snowy grouper when the commercial quota is reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS projects that commercial landings of South Atlantic E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 111 / Thursday, June 9, 2016 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES snowy grouper, as estimated by the Science and Research Director, will reach the commercial ACL by June 14, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial sector for South Atlantic snowy grouper is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper having snowy grouper on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such snowy grouper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 2016. During the commercial closure, harvest and possession of snowy grouper in or from the South Atlantic EEZ is limited to the bag and possession limits, as specified in § 622.187(b)(2)(ii) and (c)(1). Also during the commercial closure, the sale or purchase of snowy grouper taken from the EEZ is prohibited. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of snowy grouper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:17 Jun 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery has been issued, the bag and possession limits and the sale and purchase provisions of the commercial closure for snowy grouper 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 snowy grouper and the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery and is consistent with the MagnusonStevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(b)(1) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. 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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: June 6, 2016. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–13667 Filed 6–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 111 (Thursday, June 9, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 37164-37165]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-13667]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 0907271173-0629-03]
RIN 0648-XE666


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
2015 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic 
Snowy Grouper

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 commercial 
snowy grouper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South 
Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for snowy grouper will 
reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) by June 14, 2016. 
Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for snowy grouper in the 
South Atlantic EEZ on June 14, 2016, and it will remain closed until 
the start of the next fishing season on January 1, 2017. This closure 
is necessary to protect the snowy grouper resource.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 2016, 
until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Vara, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: mary.vara@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes snowy grouper 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 (commercial quota) for snowy grouper in the 
South Atlantic is 125,760 lb (57,044 kg), gutted weight, 148,397 lb 
(67,312 kg), round weight, for the current fishing year, January 1 
through December 31, 2016, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(a)(1)(ii).
    Under 50 CFR 622.193(b)(1), NMFS is required to close the 
commercial sector for snowy grouper when the commercial quota is 
reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to 
that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS projects that 
commercial landings of South Atlantic

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snowy grouper, as estimated by the Science and Research Director, will 
reach the commercial ACL by June 14, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial 
sector for South Atlantic snowy grouper is closed effective 12:01 a.m., 
local time, June 14, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 
2017.
    The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for 
South Atlantic snapper-grouper having snowy grouper on board must have 
landed and bartered, traded, or sold such snowy grouper prior to 12:01 
a.m., local time, June 14, 2016. During the commercial closure, harvest 
and possession of snowy grouper in or from the South Atlantic EEZ is 
limited to the bag and possession limits, as specified in Sec.  
622.187(b)(2)(ii) and (c)(1). Also during the commercial closure, the 
sale or purchase of snowy grouper taken from the EEZ is prohibited. The 
prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase 
of snowy grouper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 
12:01 a.m., local time, June 14, 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 snowy grouper 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 
snowy grouper and the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery and is 
consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(b)(1) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA), finds that the 
need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial 
sector for snowy grouper 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 are unnecessary because the rule itself has been 
subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the 
public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public 
interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to 
protect snowy grouper 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 would potentially 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: June 6, 2016.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-13667 Filed 6-8-16; 8:45 am]
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