Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2016 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for the South Atlantic Other Porgies Complex, 60285-60286 [2016-21090]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES December 4, 2015. Under these circumstances, the increased domestic content requirements for FY2018 and beyond will not apply, regardless of when the first production vehicle is delivered. However, consistent with FTA’s policy statement above, parties to the contracts may exercise options under the contract, but recipients will not be permitted to piggyback on the contracts. Public interest waiver for contract solicitations advertised on or after December 4, 2015 and entered into within 60 days of publication of this notice. To avoid the disruption of ongoing contract solicitations and to facilitate the delivery of transit vehicles to the public, FTA is extending the waiver to contract solicitations advertised on or after December 4, 2015, and entered into within 60 days after the publication date of this Notice. 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Public interest waivers should be narrowly tailored and FTA will not generally look favorably on waivers that provide for contracts that include the exercise of options for vehicles that will be delivered beyond FY2020. FTA will act expeditiously on public interest waiver requests that provide the information requested. V. Effective Date Because the statute is selfeffectuating, the changes are effective upon the FAST Act’s enactment. FTA will be initiating a subsequent rulemaking updating 49 CFR part 661 to reflect these changes; however, today’s Policy Statement and Waiver represents FTA’s implementation of the FAST Act provisions during this interim period. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: August 26, 2016. Ellen Partridge, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2016–21007 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 120815345–3525–02] RIN 0648–XE831 Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2016 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for the South Atlantic Other Porgies Complex National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the other porgies complex recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic for the 2016 fishing year through this temporary rule. In the South Atlantic, the other porgies complex includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy. NMFS has determined that recreational landings of species in the other porgies complex have reached the recreational annual catch limit (ACL). Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational sector for the other porgies complex in the South Atlantic EEZ on September 3, 2016. This recreational closure is necessary to protect the other porgies complex resource. SUMMARY: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 3, 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, or email: mary.vara@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes species in the other porgies complex 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 60285 Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The recreational ACL for the other porgies complex is 106,914 lb (48,495 kg), round weight. In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(w)(2)(i), if the recreational ACL is met, or is projected to be met, the NMFS Assistant Administrator (AA) will file a notification with the Office of the Federal Register to close the recreational sector for the remainder of the fishing year. Recreational landings in 2016 from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center indicate that the recreational ACL has already been harvested. As a result, the recreational sector for the other porgies complex will be closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 3, 2016. During the closure, the bag and possession limits for species in the other porgies complex in or from the South Atlantic EEZ are zero. The recreational sector for the other porgies complex will reopen on January 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017 recreational fishing year. Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of the South Atlantic other porgies complex and is consistent with the MagnusonStevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(w)(2)(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 AA finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector for the other porgies complex 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 are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the AM has already 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 there is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the species in the other porgies complex. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector to further exceed its ACL. E:\FR\FM\01SER1.SGM 01SER1 60286 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 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 29, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–21090 Filed 8–29–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 [Docket No. 160706586–6780–01] RIN 0648–XE726 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Adjustments to 2016 Northern Albacore Tuna and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary final rule; adjustments to 2016 northern albacore quota and 2016 Atlantic bluefin tuna Reserve category quota. AGENCY: NMFS adjusts the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2016 with available underharvest of the 2015 adjusted U.S. NALB quota. NMFS also augments the 2016 Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Reserve category quota with available underharvest of the 2015 adjusted U.S. BFT quota. This action is necessary to implement binding recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as required by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and to achieve domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). DATES: Effective September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: Supporting documents such as the Environmental Assessments and Fishery Management Plans and their Amendments described below may be downloaded from the HMS Web site at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. These documents also are available upon request from Sarah McLaughlin or Brad McHale at the telephone number below. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:43 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McLaughlin or Brad McHale, 978–281–9260. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of NALB and BFT by persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.27(e) describes the NALB annual quota recommended by ICCAT and the annual NALB quota adjustment process. Section 635.27(a) subdivides the ICCAT-recommended U.S. BFT quota among the various domestic fishing categories, per the allocations established in the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) (71 FR 58058, October 2, 2006), as amended by Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (Amendment 7) (79 FR 71510, December 2, 2014), and describes the annual BFT quota adjustment process. NMFS is required under ATCA and the Magnuson-Stevens Act to provide U.S. fishing vessels with a reasonable opportunity to harvest the ICCAT-recommended quotas. The NALB quota implementation and quota adjustment processes, along with the BFT quota adjustment process, were previously analyzed in Amendment 7, which included a Final Environmental Impact Statement, Final Regulatory Impact Review, Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, and Final Social Impact Statement, published in August 2014. ICCAT conducted another BFT stock assessment update in 2014, and, after considering the scientific advice in the stock assessment, adopted a recommendation regarding western Atlantic bluefin tuna management that increases the U.S. bluefin tuna quota for 2015 and 2016 (ICCAT Recommendation 14–05: ‘‘Recommendation by ICCAT Amending the Supplemental Recommendation by ICCAT Concerning the Western Atlantic BFT Rebuilding Program’’). NMFS published a final rule to implement that baseline annual U.S. BFT quota on August 28, 2015 (‘‘BFT Quota Rule,’’ 80 FR 52198), and prepared an Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for that action. NALB Annual Quota and Adjustment Process As described in the final rule implementing Amendment 7, since PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1998, ICCAT has adopted recommendations regarding the NALB fishery. A multiyear management measure for northern albacore tuna was first adopted in 2003, setting the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) at 34,500 mt. ICCAT’s Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) assessed the northern albacore tuna stock in 2009 and concluded that the stock continues to be overfished with overfishing occurring, recommending a level of catch of no more than 28,000 mt to meet ICCAT management objectives by 2020. In response, in 2009, ICCAT established the NALB rebuilding program via Recommendation 09–05, effective for 2010 and 2011, setting a 28,000-mt TAC and including several provisions to limit catches by individual ICCAT Contracting Parties (for major and minor harvesters) and reduce the amount of unharvested quota that could be carried forward from one year to the next, from 50 percent to 25 percent of a Contracting Party’s initial catch quota. Subsequent ICCAT NALB Recommendations 11–04 and 13–05 (both entitled ‘‘Supplemental Recommendation by ICCAT Concerning the North Atlantic Albacore Rebuilding Program’’) maintained the TAC at 28,000 mt for 2012 through 2016 and contained specific recommendations regarding the NALB rebuilding program, including allocation of the annual TAC among the European Union, Chinese Taipei, the United States, and Venezuela. The U.S. quota for 2012 through 2016 has been 527 mt, annually. These recommendations limit Japanese northern albacore tuna catches to 4 percent in weight of its total Atlantic bigeye tuna longline catch, and limits the catches of other ICCAT parties to 200 mt. Recommendation 13–05 also specifies that quota adjustments for a given year’s underharvest or overharvest must be made within 2 years from the subject year (i.e., adjustments based on 2015 catches would be made during or before 2017). The maximum underharvest can be carried forward from one year to the next remains at 25 percent of a Contracting Party’s initial catch quota. The annual U.S. NALB quota of 527 mt is codified at § 635.27(e) and will remain in effect until changed (for instance, if a new ICCAT NALB TAC recommendation is adopted). Because ICCAT adopted TACs for 2014, 2015, and 2016 in Recommendation 13–05, NMFS currently anticipates that these annual base quotas would be in effect through 2016, but they will remain in place unless and until a new NALB TAC and catch limits are adopted by ICCAT. Amendment 7 established the process by which NMFS adjusts the U.S. annual E:\FR\FM\01SER1.SGM 01SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 170 (Thursday, September 1, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-21090]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 120815345-3525-02]
RIN 0648-XE831


Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2016 Recreational 
Accountability Measure and Closure for the South Atlantic Other Porgies 
Complex

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the other 
porgies complex recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone 
(EEZ) of the South Atlantic for the 2016 fishing year through this 
temporary rule. In the South Atlantic, the other porgies complex 
includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and 
saucereye porgy. NMFS has determined that recreational landings of 
species in the other porgies complex have reached the recreational 
annual catch limit (ACL). Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational 
sector for the other porgies complex in the South Atlantic EEZ on 
September 3, 2016. This recreational closure is necessary to protect 
the other porgies complex resource.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 3, 
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, or email: mary.vara@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes species in the other porgies complex 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 recreational ACL for the other porgies complex is 106,914 lb 
(48,495 kg), round weight. In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 
622.193(w)(2)(i), if the recreational ACL is met, or is projected to be 
met, the NMFS Assistant Administrator (AA) will file a notification 
with the Office of the Federal Register to close the recreational 
sector for the remainder of the fishing year. Recreational landings in 
2016 from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center indicate that the 
recreational ACL has already been harvested. As a result, the 
recreational sector for the other porgies complex will be closed 
effective 12:01 a.m., local time, September 3, 2016.
    During the closure, the bag and possession limits for species in 
the other porgies complex in or from the South Atlantic EEZ are zero. 
The recreational sector for the other porgies complex will reopen on 
January 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2017 recreational fishing year.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has 
determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and 
management of the South Atlantic other porgies complex and is 
consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(w)(2)(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 AA finds that the need to immediately implement this action to 
close the recreational sector for the other porgies complex 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 are unnecessary and contrary to 
the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule 
implementing the AM has already 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 there is a need 
to immediately implement this action to protect the species in the 
other porgies complex. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
would require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector 
to further exceed its ACL.

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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: August 29, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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