Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels, 43957-43958 [2016-15952]

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AGENCY: FMCSA corrects an error in its June 7, 2016, final rule ‘‘Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles: Use of Seat Belts.’’ The amendatory language in the final rule inadvertently limited the applicability of the requirement for drivers to use their seat belts to operators of property-carrying vehicles. Today’s correction fixes the error such that drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles will continue to be required to wear their seat belts. DATES: Effective August 8, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles A. Horan, Director; Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety Standards, Office of Policy, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001 or by telephone at (202) 366–5370. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a document in the Federal Register of June 7, 2016 (81 FR 36474). In FR Doc. 2016–13099, published in the Federal Register of June 7, 2016, (81 FR 36474), § 392.16(a) was amended to inadvertently include the phrase ‘‘property-carrying.’’ This correction removes the phrase ‘‘property-carrying.’’. SUMMARY: § 392.16 [Corrected] In rule FR Doc. 2016–13099, published on June 7, 2016 (81 FR 36474) make the following correction. On page 36479, in the third column, remove the words ‘‘property-carrying’’ from where it appears twice in paragraph (a) of § 392.16. ■ Issued on: June 28, 2016. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2016–15941 Filed 7–5–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area will close to Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year as of the effective date below. After the effective date, no vessel issued a Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. Regulations require this action once it is projected that 100 percent of trips allocated to the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area will be taken. DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, July 4, 2016, through February 28, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannah Jaburek, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 282–8456. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reader can find regulations governing fishing activity in the Sea Scallop Access Areas in 50 CFR 648.59 and 648.60. These regulations authorize vessels issued a valid Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop permit to fish in the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area under specific conditions, including a total of 2,068 trips that may be taken by LAGC IFQ vessels during the 2016 fishing year. Section 648.60(g)(3)(iii) requires the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to be closed to LAGC IFQ permitted vessels for the remainder of the fishing year once the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator determines that the allowed number of trips for fishing year 2016 are projected to be taken. Based on trip declarations by LAGC IFQ scallop vessels fishing in the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area, and analysis of fishing effort, NMFS projects SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1 43958 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations that 2,068 trips will be taken as of July 4, 2016. Therefore, in accordance with § 648.60(g)(3)(iii), NMFS is closing the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is closed to all LAGC IFQ scallop vessels as of July 4, 2016. No vessel issued an LAGC IFQ permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area after 0001 local time, July 4, 2016. Any LAGC IFQ vessel that has declared into the MidAtlantic Access Area scallop fishery, complied with all trip notification and observer requirements, and crossed the vessel monitoring system demarcation line on the way to the area before 0001, July 4, 2016, may complete its trip. This closure is in effect for the remainder of the 2016 scallop fishing year. Classification ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:09 Jul 05, 2016 Jkt 238001 Mid-Atlantic Access Area opened for the 2016 fishing year on April 1, 2016. The regulations at § 648.60(g)(3)(iii) require this closure to ensure that LAGC IFQ scallop vessels do not take more than their allocated number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. The projections of the date on which the LAGC IFQ fleet will have taken all of its allocated trips in an Access Area become apparent only as trips into the area occur on a real-time basis and as activity trends begin to appear. As a result, NMFS can only make an accurate projection very close in time to when the fleet has taken all of its trips. In order to propose a closure for purposes of receiving prior public comment, NMFS would need to make a projection based on very little information, which would result in a closure too early or too late. To allow LAGC IFQ scallop vessels to continue to take trips in the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area during the period necessary to publish and receive comments on a proposed rule would likely result in vessels taking much more than the allowed number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 Area. Excessive trips and harvest from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area would result in excessive fishing effort in the area, where effort controls are critical, thereby undermining conservation objectives of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and requiring more restrictive future management measures. Also, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this closure process when we put these provisions in place. Current regulations prohibit LAGC IFQ scallop vessels from fishing for, possessing, or landing scallops from this area after the effective date of this notification published in the Federal Register. NMFS further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness period for the reasons stated above. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 30, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–15952 Filed 6–30–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\06JYR1.SGM 06JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 129 (Wednesday, July 6, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 43957-43958]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-15952]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 151210999-6348-02]
RIN 0648-XE709


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop 
Fishery; Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Access Area to General Category 
Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area will 
close to Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota 
scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year as of the 
effective date below. After the effective date, no vessel issued a 
Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota permit may 
fish for, possess, or land scallops from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop 
Access Area. Regulations require this action once it is projected that 
100 percent of trips allocated to the Limited Access General Category 
Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the Mid-Atlantic Scallop 
Access Area will be taken.

DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, July 4, 2016, through February 28, 
2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannah Jaburek, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 282-8456.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reader can find regulations governing 
fishing activity in the Sea Scallop Access Areas in 50 CFR 648.59 and 
648.60. These regulations authorize vessels issued a valid Limited 
Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop 
permit to fish in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area under specific 
conditions, including a total of 2,068 trips that may be taken by LAGC 
IFQ vessels during the 2016 fishing year. Section 648.60(g)(3)(iii) 
requires the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to be closed to LAGC IFQ 
permitted vessels for the remainder of the fishing year once the NMFS 
Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator determines that the allowed 
number of trips for fishing year 2016 are projected to be taken.
    Based on trip declarations by LAGC IFQ scallop vessels fishing in 
the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area, and analysis of fishing effort, 
NMFS projects

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that 2,068 trips will be taken as of July 4, 2016. Therefore, in 
accordance with Sec.  648.60(g)(3)(iii), NMFS is closing the Mid-
Atlantic Scallop Access Area is closed to all LAGC IFQ scallop vessels 
as of July 4, 2016. No vessel issued an LAGC IFQ permit may fish for, 
possess, or land scallops in or from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access 
Area after 0001 local time, July 4, 2016. Any LAGC IFQ vessel that has 
declared into the Mid-Atlantic Access Area scallop fishery, complied 
with all trip notification and observer requirements, and crossed the 
vessel monitoring system demarcation line on the way to the area before 
0001, July 4, 2016, may complete its trip. This closure is in effect 
for the remainder of the 2016 scallop fishing year.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior 
notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be 
contrary to the public interest and impracticable. The Mid-Atlantic 
Access Area opened for the 2016 fishing year on April 1, 2016. The 
regulations at Sec.  648.60(g)(3)(iii) require this closure to ensure 
that LAGC IFQ scallop vessels do not take more than their allocated 
number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. The 
projections of the date on which the LAGC IFQ fleet will have taken all 
of its allocated trips in an Access Area become apparent only as trips 
into the area occur on a real-time basis and as activity trends begin 
to appear. As a result, NMFS can only make an accurate projection very 
close in time to when the fleet has taken all of its trips. In order to 
propose a closure for purposes of receiving prior public comment, NMFS 
would need to make a projection based on very little information, which 
would result in a closure too early or too late. To allow LAGC IFQ 
scallop vessels to continue to take trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop 
Access Area during the period necessary to publish and receive comments 
on a proposed rule would likely result in vessels taking much more than 
the allowed number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. 
Excessive trips and harvest from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area 
would result in excessive fishing effort in the area, where effort 
controls are critical, thereby undermining conservation objectives of 
the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and requiring more 
restrictive future management measures. Also, the public had prior 
notice and full opportunity to comment on this closure process when we 
put these provisions in place. Current regulations prohibit LAGC IFQ 
scallop vessels from fishing for, possessing, or landing scallops from 
this area after the effective date of this notification published in 
the Federal Register. NMFS further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 
553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness period 
for the reasons stated above.

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

    Dated: June 30, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-15952 Filed 6-30-16; 4:15 pm]
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