Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Accountability Measures and Closure for Blueline Tilefish in the South Atlantic Region, 59517 [2016-20847]

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Commercial landings for blueline tilefish are projected to reach the commercial annual catch limit SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Aug 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 (ACL) by August 30, 2016. Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ at 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2016, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing year on January 1, 2017. This closure is necessary to protect the blueline tilefish resource. DATES: This rule is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 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 blueline tilefish and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NMFS prepared the FMP, and the FMP is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. In Regulatory Amendment 25 to the FMP, NMFS implemented management measures for blueline tilefish that included increasing the commercial ACL from 26,766 lb (12,141 kg) to 87,521 lb (39,699 kg), round weight (81 FR 45245, July 13, 2016). NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for blueline tilefish when the commercial ACL is reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register, as specified in 50 CFR 622.193(z)(1)(i). NMFS has projected that the commercial ACL for South Atlantic blueline tilefish will be reached by August 30, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial sector for South Atlantic blueline tilefish is closed effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017. The operator of a vessel with a valid Federal commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper having blueline tilefish on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such blueline tilefish prior to August 30, 2016. During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of blueline tilefish is prohibited. The harvest or possession of blueline tilefish in or from the South Atlantic EEZ is limited to the bag and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.187(b)(2) and (c)(1), respectively, while the recreational sector for blueline tilefish is open. These bag and PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 59517 possession limits apply in the South Atlantic on board a vessel with a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/ headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper, and apply to the harvest of blueline tilefish in both state and Federal waters. Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of blueline tilefish 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(z)(1)(i) 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 blueline tilefish 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 prior notice and opportunity for public comment are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(z)(1)(i) have already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are contrary to the public interest because there is a need to immediately implement this action to protect blueline tilefish, since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial ACL. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial ACL. 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: August 25, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20847 Filed 8–25–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\30AUR1.SGM 30AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 140501394-5279-02]
RIN 0648-XE830


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
2016 Commercial Accountability Measures and Closure for Blueline 
Tilefish in the South Atlantic Region

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 
blueline tilefish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South 
Atlantic. Commercial landings for blueline tilefish are projected to 
reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) by August 30, 2016. 
Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for blueline tilefish 
in the South Atlantic EEZ at 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2016, 
and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing year on 
January 1, 2017. This closure is necessary to protect the blueline 
tilefish resource.

DATES: This rule is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 
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 blueline tilefish and is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic 
Region (FMP). The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NMFS 
prepared the FMP, and the FMP is implemented under the authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    In Regulatory Amendment 25 to the FMP, NMFS implemented management 
measures for blueline tilefish that included increasing the commercial 
ACL from 26,766 lb (12,141 kg) to 87,521 lb (39,699 kg), round weight 
(81 FR 45245, July 13, 2016).
    NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for blueline 
tilefish when the commercial ACL is reached, or is projected to be 
reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the 
Federal Register, as specified in 50 CFR 622.193(z)(1)(i). NMFS has 
projected that the commercial ACL for South Atlantic blueline tilefish 
will be reached by August 30, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial sector 
for South Atlantic blueline tilefish is closed effective at 12:01 a.m., 
local time, August 30, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 
2017.
    The operator of a vessel with a valid Federal commercial vessel 
permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper having blueline tilefish on 
board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such blueline 
tilefish prior to August 30, 2016. During the commercial closure, all 
sale or purchase of blueline tilefish is prohibited. The harvest or 
possession of blueline tilefish in or from the South Atlantic EEZ is 
limited to the bag and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 
622.187(b)(2) and (c)(1), respectively, while the recreational sector 
for blueline tilefish is open. These bag and possession limits apply in 
the South Atlantic on board a vessel with a valid Federal commercial or 
charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper, and 
apply to the harvest of blueline tilefish in both state and Federal 
waters.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has 
determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and 
management of blueline tilefish 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(z)(1)(i) 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 
blueline tilefish 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 prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment are unnecessary and contrary to the 
public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the 
regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(z)(1)(i) have already been subject to 
notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the 
closure. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are contrary 
to the public interest because there is a need to immediately implement 
this action to protect blueline tilefish, since the capacity of the 
fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial ACL. Prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would 
potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established 
commercial ACL.
    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: August 25, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-20847 Filed 8-25-16; 4:15 pm]
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