Revisions to Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2016, 60636-60647 [2016-21154]

Download as PDF 60636 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations to New York and have certified that the transfer meets all pertinent state requirements. This quota transfer was requested by the State of New York to ensure that its 2016 quota would not be exceeded. The Regional Administrator has approved this quota transfer based on his determination that the criteria set forth in § 648.162(e)(1)(i) through (iii) have been met. The revised bluefish quotas for calendar year 2016 are: North Carolina, 1,466,100 lb (665,012 kg); and New York, 687,289 lb (311,749 kg). These quota adjustments revise the quotas specified in the final rule implementing the 2016–2018 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications published on August 4, 2016 (81 FR 51370), and reflect all subsequent commercial bluefish quota transfers completed to date. Classification This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 30, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–21206 Filed 9–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 160516426–6426–01] RIN 0648–XE632 Revisions to Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2016 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 Final rule; adjustment to specifications. ACTION: We, NMFS, are adjusting the 2016 fishing year sub-annual catch limits for commercial groundfish vessels, including sector allocations based on the final Northeast multispecies sector rosters submitted as of May 1, 2016. The revisions to 2016 catch limits are necessary to account for changes in the number of participants electing to fish in either sectors or the common pool fishery. These adjustments are routine and formulaic, and are required to match allocations to sector enrollment. DATES: Effective September 2, 2016, through April 30, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aja Szumylo, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281–9195. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We recently approved Framework Adjustment 55, which set annual catch limits for groundfish stocks and three jointly managed U.S./Canada stocks for the 2016 fishing year. This action became effective on May 1, 2016 (81 FR 26412). Framework 55 included allocations for the 19 sectors approved to operate in 2016 based on enrollment as of March 15, 2016. A sector receives an allocation of each stock, or annual catch entitlement (referred to as ACE, or allocation), based on its members’ catch histories. State-operated permit banks also receive an allocation that can be transferred to qualifying sector vessels. The sum of all sector and state-operated permit bank allocations is referred to as the sector sub-annual catch limit (subACL). The groundfish allocations remaining after sectors and stateoperated permit banks receive their allocations are then allocated to the common pool (i.e., vessels not enrolled in a sector), which is referred to as the common pool sub-ACL. This rule adjusts the 2016 fishing year sector and common pool allocations based on final sector membership as of May 1, 2016. Permits enrolled in a sector and the vessels associated with those permits have until April 30, the last day prior to the beginning of a new fishing year, to withdraw from a sector and fish in the common pool. As a result, the actual sector enrollment for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the new fishing year is unknown when the final specifications are published and sector enrollment from an earlier date is used until final enrollment is known. Consistent with regulatory requirements, each year we subsequently publish an adjustment rule modifying sector and common pool allocations based on final sector enrollment. The Framework 55 proposed and final rules both explained that sector enrollments may change and that there would be a need to adjust the sub-ACLs and sector ACEs accordingly. Adjustments to sector ACEs and the sub-ACLs for sectors and the common pool are typically minimal as there has been little change in sector enrollment since 2010. Vessels currently enrolled in sectors have accounted for approximately 99 percent of the historical groundfish landings. This year’s sector final rule specified sector ACEs based on the 837 permits enrolled in sectors on March 15, 2016. As of May 1, 2016, there were 841 Northeast multispecies permits enrolled in sectors, which means four additional permits elected to join sectors for the 2016 fishing year. Tables 1, 2, and 3 explain the revised 2016 fishing year allocations. Table 4 compares the allocation changes between the Framework 55 final rule and this adjustment rule. This rulemaking also corrects transcription errors in the 2016–2018 Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) yellowtail flounder ACLs published in the Framework 55 final rule. Specifically, there were errors in the total groundfish fishery sub-ACL, the sector and common pool sub-ACLs, and the scallop fishery sub-ACL. Table 5 presents both the incorrect values presented in the Framework 55 final rule, as well as the corrected values. Although the values were listed incorrectly in the Framework 55 final rule, the total fishery ACLs for SNE/MA yellowtail flounder (255 mt) were listed correctly for all three years. In addition, the Environmental Assessment and supporting analysis for Framework 55 included the correct values. These adjustments are minor, and will not affect fishery operations. 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Final ACE, for Each Sector, by Stock for Fishing Year 2016 ( mt)'1.2 "0 == ... ~ == ... ~ == ... ~ ~ ~ "0 "0 c ~ ~ CJ c .... c .... .... "0 o.S~ u CJ ~ ~ c .... ~ -<;: o-o Sector u "' u "' ~ "' "0 ~ "' "0 ~ ...... ~ § r.ol ~ § "' c = Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 "0 Sector Name Jkt 238001 FGS MCCS PO 00000 MPB NCCS NEFS 1 Frm 00059 NEFS2 Fmt 4700 NEFS5 Sfmt 4725 NEFS8 NEFS3 NEFS4 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS9 NEFSlO E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM NEFS 11 NEFS 12 NEFS13 NHPB SHS 1 SHS2 SHS3 02SER1 Sector Total Common Pool 1All "0 0 .... 0 u "' u = =~ ~ 87 1 0 1 - "0 .... ~ =~ ~ 0 u ~ 0 ~ 296 3 1 2 ~ 0 0 ~~ = ~~~ = ~~ = = ., ~::"" "" ~::"" 0~~ ~'g 0 = ~ .s = Q.ss ., ., 0 z- 0 u-o ., >or.. oo>or.. u>or.. = ., =~'g ~ ., "' ·= =- - - 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 3 26 197 30 8 0 248 58 242 12 101 19 57 253 29 55 13 219 1 172 19 804 ; r.. j; ~r.. ~.s "" "" ., ~ "" ~ <>"0 ., "0 o.5s ~~.s r.. -= "' =r.. I: "0 ·- = ., ~ z~.s 00 ~ 0 ~ 598 33,225 79,934 5,270 458 345 720 2,564 798 1,290 1,338 1,153 20,887 7,568 39,031 20 20 220 528 56 7 72 32 44 17 10 71 137 115 58 249 6 30 4 0 4 0 45 5 17 174 25 10 116 231 6 0 3 213 0 31 14 223 - - - 14 17 5 75 0 47 5 222 190 26 6 19 1 272 109 88 0 64 34 10 41 130 30 108 42 1 100 19 48 3,159 191 1,395 5 1,115 75 116 1,901 68 414 48 889 4 1,377 55 8,607 529 274 614 9 299 43 39 486 47 361 23 158 6 724 26 2,859 5,087 1,952 2,420 19 1,298 179 251 2,499 274 3,540 324 1,018 44 3,274 105 10,683 77 437 444 126 65 ~ "' ::§ 0 0 0 1 0 42 0 9 6 20 17 275 423 0 0 0 231 0 78 6 181 ACE values for sectors outlined in Table 3 assume that each sector permit is valid for fishing year 2016. values do not include any potential ACE carryover or deductions from fishing year 2015 sector ACE underages or overages. 2These = ., = .<: -= ~ 1,017 - 585 612 173 96 ~ 18 6 7 43 2 67 - 17 41 6 2 0 110 15 69 5 42 8 21 =.s ~ - 299 7 0 10 97 22 10 22 36 2 0 0 88 0 2 9 31 =., ~ 3 ·- "0 8,563 80 4,293 689 2,352 1,088 4,916 9,047 132 30 76 16,054 0 2,479 323 24,530 77 9 0 10 6 13 16 49 117 0 0 0 160 0 6 10 58 23 7 2 6 0 149 53 41 2 28 17 22 80 34 18 60 64 0 42 9 63 ~ -= ., ., "" "" "" "'"0 - 60 9 43 6 30 13 68 136 4 4 7 125 0 34 3 173 5,102 34 36 111 ·- ~ ~ ~ O"t:l 3,559 33 1,784 286 978 452 2,043 3,760 55 12 31 6,673 0 1,030 134 10,196 - 2,120 14 15 46 "' 100 152 60 21 0 946 403 441 0 205 31 4 394 73 163 56 55 2 313 4 1,848 18 3 13 2 9 4 20 40 1 1 2 37 0 10 1 51 16 36 7 6 0 120 75 59 0 18 5 1 19 15 ~ = "' -<;;: = "' .... ~"0= ' 2,915 2,282 665 202 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 1.2 T 60639 ER02SE16.010</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES 60640 Jkt 238001 .... 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't:S Q,l ~ C,!j § = = ..::c y ;<:= & Q,l -= ~ = ~ 138 470 280 15,170 36,497 2,416 211 189 341 1,183 370 590 639 585 9,526 3,459 17,817 3 9 7 99 239 23 3 33 14 20 8 5 32 63 48 23 102 100 240 26 3 32 14 20 8 5 32 62 52 26 113 15,071 36,258 2,393 208 156 327 1,163 362 585 607 522 9,478 3,436 17,715 15,070 36,257 2,390 208 157 327 1,163 362 585 607 523 9,474 3,433 17,704 0.0% 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% -0.1% -0.1% Adjusted Common Pool 3 9 9 Allocation Sector ACE from Final 135 461 273 Rule Adjusted Sector 461 271 135 Allocation %ACE Moved from 0.0% 0.0% -0.6% Sectors to Common Pool 0.0% 0.2% -0.3% 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% -0.1% 0.1% Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 BILLING CODE 3510–22–C VerDate Sep<11>2014 Table 4. ACE Comparison Between Framework 55 Final Rule and Ad.iustment Rule mt) 60641 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 5—CORRECTED FISHING YEAR 2016–2016 SNE/MA YELLOWTAIL FLOUNDER CATCH LIMITS (mt) 2016 Framework 55 final rule sub-ACL Total groundfish fishery ........................... Sector ....................................................... Common Pool .......................................... Scallop Fishery ........................................ Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 Framework 55 final rule sub-ACL Corrected sub-ACL 182 145 37 39 We have completed 2015 fishing year data reconciliation with sectors and determined final 2015 fishing year sector catch and the amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 2016 fishing year. With the exception of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, a sector may carry over up to 10 percent of unused ACE for each stock from the end of 2015 to 2016. Table 6 includes the maximum amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 2016 fishing year. VerDate Sep<11>2014 2017 189 150 39 32 Frm 00061 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Corrected sub-ACL 187 145 37 39 Because the amount of unused ACE combined with the overall sector subACL may not exceed the acceptable biological catch (ABC) for each stock, the unused ACE is adjusted down when necessary to ensure the combined carryover of unused ACE and the sector sub-ACL do not exceed each stock’s ABC. Table 7 includes the de minimis amount of carryover for each sector for the 2016 fishing year. If the overall ACL for any allocated stock is exceeded for PO 00000 2018 Framework 55 final rule sub-ACL 187 149 39 34 179 142 37 38 Corrected sub-ACL 186 148 38 37 the 2016 fishing year, the allowed carryover harvested by a sector, minus the pounds the sector’s de minimis amount, will be counted against its allocation to determine whether an overage subject to an accountability measure occurred. Tables 8 and 9 list the final ACE available to sectors for the 2016 fishing year, including finalized carryover amounts for each sector, as adjusted down when necessary to equal each stocks ABC. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES 60642 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 238001 +-> o:l p;l ~ (.) ~ PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1 - ·~ Q) ~ ~ Cl) ~ o:l ~ Q) (.) 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Similarly, GB yellowtail flounder cannot be carried over. Therefore, there is no carryover for Eastern GB cod and haddock, denoted by a"-". 2 GB ER02SE16.012</GPH> (.) 6,066 917 FGS MCCS NCCS NEFS 1 NEFS2 NEFS3 NEFS4 NEFS5 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS8 NEFS9 NEFS 10 NEFS 11 NEFS 12 NEFS 13 SHS1 SHS2 SHS3 1NEFS ~ Q) 18,281 159 137 0 4,338 857 3,159 245 2,187 3,504 4,493 10,727 561 62 0 Total I Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Table 6. Finalized Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2015 to Fishing Year 2016 (lb) 1' 2 ... '"d ... .s t> ... ~ ... 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"" ::8 ...... ~ ~ ...... ~ ~ "" (!) ~ "0 ~ 0 .Ei ;:; ~ .Ei ;:; z~s (j~~ <Zl .... 4 1 7 0 417 2 90 61 196 167 2,755 4,235 1 0 1,897 261 189 6 2,724 1,087 879 3 642 336 100 414 1,299 299 ~ ~ ~ "0 (!) .g "' !+=I ::c: u ~ .-:::: ~ p., 301 41 37 0 451 54 165 1,741 250 104 1,163 2,314 64 3 5,854 6,123 957 0 31,590 1,915 13,949 46 11,153 750 1,163 19,009 683 4,138 4,369 4,441 655 0 5,288 2,741 6,144 87 2,985 426 392 4,864 475 3,607 29,149 22,820 2,025 0 50,865 19,517 24,202 192 12,983 1,785 2,512 24,986 2,739 35,398 0 746 468 2,217 7,827 - - - - - 2,315 783 425 1,001 2,133 308 8,892 13,774 1,577 7,240 10,184 32,742 - - 1,809 12,843 482 12,044 2,229 11,358 86,074 206,070 28,586 73,877 106,835 378,934 12 and SHS 2 did not operate in fishing year 2015; therefore, these sectors do not have de minimis carryover ACE from fishing year 2015, denoted by a"" 2GB cod and GB haddock ACE are carried over as Western ACE of the respective stock to comply with the U.S./Canada sharing agreement. Similarly, GB yellowtail flounder cannot be carried over. Therefore, there is no carryover for Eastern GB cod and haddock, denoted by a"-". Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 1.2 60643 ER02SE16.013</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES 60644 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 238001 ~ ~ ~ II) II) ~ ~ II) ~ ;::::s II)- PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1 FGS MCCS MPB NCCS NEFS 1 NEFS2 NEFS3 NEFS4 NEFS5 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS8 NEFS9 NEFS 10 NEFS 11 NEFS 12 NEFS 13 NHPB SHS1 SHS2 SHS3 39 0 0 0 0 8 1 6 1 4 2 9 18 0 1 1 17 0 5 0 23 135 142 1 1 1 0 29 5 21 3 14 7 33 67 2 2 3 60 0 16 1 85 493 962 8 17 6 3 7 21 3 0 0 58 1,614 37 15 29 809 0 130 9 444 2 205 927 0 9 1,706 8 25 37 6 8 14 3,027 3 3 0 21 467 1 61 33 4,625 291 15,070 2,439 16 16 53 0 4,116 39 2,063 331 1,131 592 2,357 4,356 65 14 34 7,629 0 1,173 147 11,839 38,413 47 71 27 10 0 445 191 208 0 97 15 2 183 35 77 25 25 1 146 2 875 2,483 II) ;..; II) II) Total ER02SE16.014</GPH> ~ 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 5 3 6 7 22 53 0 0 0 73 0 3 5 26 208 II)- 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 5 47 11 5 11 18 1 0 0 43 0 1 4 16 169 II)- 11 3 1 3 0 71 26 20 1 13 9 11 38 18 9 27 30 0 19 4 31 344 13 95 14 4 0 121 29 115 6 49 13 28 124 15 26 6 104 0 81 9 375 1,225 8 20 3 1 0 53 7 32 2 20 4 10 37 7 8 2 35 0 22 2 107 381 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 4 3 9 9 128 199 0 0 0 106 0 37 3 85 603 91 13 3 9 0 130 53 42 0 31 16 5 20 65 14 49 20 0 47 8 24 641 15 2 0 2 0 22 3 8 83 12 6 56 111 3 0 1 101 0 14 6 108 554 ~ "' "0 ~ ~ o:l !+=I ~ 0 :::r:: .-<;::: 279 290 78 46 0 1,508 93 666 2 533 37 55 891 34 198 22 424 2 646 25 4,144 9,975 ::§ II) 0 p., ~ 209 210 57 31 0 251 133 294 4 143 21 19 228 23 173 10 75 3 337 12 1,383 3,615 1,393 1,072 302 97 0 2,421 944 1,157 10 621 88 119 1,171 138 1,697 147 484 20 1,523 48 5,192 18,642 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Table 8. Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2016 with Finalized Carryover mt) "0 ::E :-;::::1 ;..; ,S ~ "0 "0 o:l o:l o:l 0 '" 0 0 ..... ~~ 0 ..... '" ~ u ~ '" ~ g r:o~] ~ ~ '" 0~"0 .s] ~ ..... ~ ~ ..... "0 r:Q 0 t; o:l g t:; ~] 0 u "' u i'l o:l .t::: 0 "0 o:l ~ ;::s 0 .s ;::s ~ .s ;::s ] o"" 0 ::§ g ~ .Q ;::s ~ .Q § ~ --g~ 0~~ r:Q ~ e§ ~ o--g z- 0 u - 0 p., ~.Q z .... 0 0 .... r:o..sl 0~& ell ~ .Q :::r:: :::r:: :::r:: 0 .... >< .... ell>< ... U>< .... 0 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Jkt 238001 ~ ~ ~ ~ II) II) II) ~ ~ II) ~ ;::::s II)- Frm 00065 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 02SER1 Total 314 17 2,120 87 1 3 38 14 0 1 7 15 1 2 46 7 0 0 0 0 18 64 129 3,559 3 10 81 33 13 46 64 1,784 2 286 6 0 9 32 20 978 4 17 5 452 20 1 2,043 73 40 147 19 3,760 1 4 17 55 1 4 12 83 1,921 6,542 18,394 31,442 132 6,673 37 6 0 0 7 0 10 35 45 1,030 2,988 2,140 134,337 877 51 188 74 10,196 3,094 10,607 21,154 198,838 5,378 36 36 117 0 9,075 86 4,549 730 2,493 1,305 5,197 9,603 144 32 75,645 16,819 0 2,586 323,197 26,100 483,129 104 157 60 22 0 981 422 458 0 214 33 4 404 78 169 55,663 56 2 321 3,931 1,930 65,008 0 0 0 4 0 9 0 10 6 13 16 49 117 0 0 2 160 0 6 10,278 58 10,728 II)- 2 3 0 3 0 7 0 11 104 24 12 24 39 2 0 44 94 0 3 9,344 35 9,750 II)- 24 7 2 6 0 157 57 43 2 30 19 24 84 40 19 59,748 66 0 43 8,549 68 68,988 28 210 30 9 0 266 63 252 13 109 28 61 273 33 57 13,141 230 1 178 18,755 827 34,565 18 44 6 2 0 116 16 71 5 45 9 22 81 15 18 4,637 77 0 48 5,026 236 10,494 200 0 0 28 0 6 1 20 1 0 43 287 0 116 9 93 6 0 20 68 21 36 282 11 439 43 0 144 32 0 6 107,777 234 44 0 1 81 104 5,978 18,678 187 53 7,307 127,742 32 4 0 4 0 48 6 18 184 26 14 124 246 7 0 2,821 222 0 31 14,306 239 18,332 ~ "' "0 ~ o:l !+=I :::r:: ~ .-<;::: 616 640 173 101 0 3,324 206 1,469 5 1,175 82 122 1,965 74 436 48,198 934 4 1,425 54,846 9,137 124,933 II) ~ 460 462 126 69 0 554 293 648 9 315 46 41 503 51 381 22,522 165 6 744 25,561 3,049 56,005 ~ 0 ::§ 0 p., 3,072 2,363 665 213 0 5,338 2,080 2,551 21 1,368 195 263 2,581 305 3,740 324,037 1,067 44 3,358 104,898 11,445 469,604 60645 each stock (except for SNE/MA winter flounder, windowpane flounder, ocean E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM requires adjustments to applicable catch limits. The common pool sub-ACL for PO 00000 FGS MCCS MPB NCCS NEFS 1 NEFS2 NEFS3 NEFS4 NEFS5 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS8 NEFS9 NEFS 10 NEFS 11 NEFS 12 NEFS 13 NHPB SHS1 SHS2 SHS3 II) ;..; II) Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Common pool enrollment also changed after March 15, 2016, and also VerDate Sep<11>2014 ER02SE16.015</GPH> Table 9. Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2016 with Finalized Carryover 1,000 lb) "0 ::E :-;::::1 ;..; ,S ~ "0 "0 o:l o:l o:l 0 '" 0 0 ..... ~~ 0 ..... '" ~ u ~ '" ~ g r:o~] ~ ~ '" 0~"0 .s] ~ ..... ~ ~ ..... "0 r:Q 0 t; o:l g t:; ~] 0 u "' u i'l o:l .t::: 0 "0 o:l ~ ;::s 0 .s ;::s ~ .s ;::s ] o"" 0 ::§ g ~ .Q ;::s ~ .Q § ~ --g~ 0~~ r:Q ~ e§ ~ o--g z- 0 u - 0 p., ~.Q z .... 0 0 .... r:o..sl 0~& ell ~ .Q :::r:: :::r:: :::r:: 0 .... >< .... ell>< ... U>< .... 0 60646 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations pout, Atlantic wolffish, and Atlantic halibut) is divided into trimester total allowable catches (Trimester TACs). In addition, Framework 55 specified incidental catch limits (or incidental total allowable catches, ‘‘Incidental TACs’’) applicable to the common pool and groundfish Special Management Programs for the 2016 fishing year, including the B day-at-sea (DAS) Program. Because the Trimester and incidental TACs are based on the common-pool allocation, they also must be revised to match current common pool enrollment allocation. Final common pool trimester quotas and incidental catch limits are included in Tables 10–14 below. BILLING CODE 3510–22–C TABLE 11—FISHING YEAR 2016 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS Percentage of common pool sub-ACL Stock GB cod ..................................................................................................................................................................... GOM cod ................................................................................................................................................................. GB yellowtail flounder .............................................................................................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder .................................................................................................................................... American Plaice ....................................................................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ......................................................................................................................................................... SNE/MA winter flounder .......................................................................................................................................... Incidental catch TAC (mt) 2 1 2 1 5 5 1 0.229 0.09 0.062 0.14 1.00 0.39 0.62 TABLE 12—DISTRIBUTION OF COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS TO EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Closed area I hook gear Haddock SAP (%) Eastern U.S./CA Haddock SAP (%) Southern closed area II Haddock SAP (%) 50 ................... 100 ................. 50 ................... 100 ................. 100 ................. 100 ................. 100 ................. 16 ................... NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. 34 ................... NA .................. 50 ................... NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA. NA. NA. NA. NA. NA. NA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 Sep 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1 ER02SE16.016</GPH> Regular B DAS program (%) GB cod ............................................................................................................ GOM cod ........................................................................................................ GB yellowtail flounder ..................................................................................... CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ........................................................................... American Plaice .............................................................................................. Witch Flounder ................................................................................................ SNE/MA winter flounder ................................................................................. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Stock 60647 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2016 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 13—FISHING YEAR 2016 COMMON POOL INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS FOR EACH SPECIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (mt) Closed area I hook gear Haddock SAP Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock SAP 0.04 ................ NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. NA .................. 0.08. NA. 0.04. NA. NA. NA. NA. Regular B DAS program Stock GB cod ........................................................................................................................................ GOM cod ..................................................................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder ................................................................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ........................................................................................................ American Plaice .......................................................................................................................... Witch Flounder ............................................................................................................................ SNE/MA winter flounder .............................................................................................................. 0.11 0.09 0.03 0.14 1.00 0.39 0.62 TABLE 14—FISHING YEAR 2016 COMMON POOL REGULAR B DAS PROGRAM QUARTERLY INCIDENTAL CATCH TACS (mt) 1st quarter (13%) Stock GB cod ............................................................................................................. GOM cod ......................................................................................................... GB yellowtail flounder ...................................................................................... CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ............................................................................ American Plaice ............................................................................................... Witch Flounder ................................................................................................. SNE/MA winter flounder .................................................................................. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Classification The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law. This action is exempt from the procedures of E.O. 12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule may become effective upon filing. There are several reasons that notice and comment are impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. First, the proposed and final rules for Framework 55 explained the need and likelihood for adjustments of sector and common pool allocations based on final sector rosters. These adjustments are routine and formulaic, required by regulation, and necessary to match allocations to sector enrollment. No comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which provide an accurate accounting of a sector’s or common pool’s allocation. Furthermore, we have followed a similar process since Amendment 16 was implemented in 2010; this annual VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 Sep 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 0.01 0.01 0.004 0.02 0.13 0.05 0.08 adjustment action is anticipated by industry. Second, these adjustments are based on either objective sector enrollment data or a pre-determined accountability measure and are not subject to NMFS’ discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior notice and comment. Data regarding final sector enrollment only became available after rosters were finalized in May 2016. In addition, reconciliation of final 2015 fishing year sector catch was completed in August 2016. This information allows us to determine the amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 2016 fishing year, and it was not practicable to finalize this information sooner. If this rule is not effective immediately, the sector and common pool vessels will be operating under incorrect information on the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the common pool. This could cause confusion and negative economic impacts to the both sectors and the common pool, depending on the size of the allocation, the degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate of a particular stock. The catch limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial and the need for them was clearly explained in the proposed and final rules for Framework 55. Adjustments for overages are also explained in detail in the Amendment 16 proposed and final rules. As a result, Northeast multispecies permit holders are expecting these adjustments and awaiting their implementation. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 2nd quarter (29%) 3rd quarter (29%) 0.03 0.03 0.009 0.04 0.29 0.11 0.18 4th quarter (29%) 0.03 0.03 0.009 0.04 0.29 0.11 0.18 0.03 0.03 0.009 0.04 0.29 0.11 0.18 Fishermen may make both short- and long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the affected fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery and the businesses and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively. Also, because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are not required for this action under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no new final regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 29, 2016. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–21154 Filed 9–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 171 (Friday, September 2, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 60636-60647]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-21154]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 160516426-6426-01]
RIN 0648-XE632


Revisions to Framework Adjustment 55 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch 
Entitlements; Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common 
Pool for Fishing Year 2016

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

ACTION: Final rule; adjustment to specifications.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, are adjusting the 2016 fishing year sub-annual catch 
limits for commercial groundfish vessels, including sector allocations 
based on the final Northeast multispecies sector rosters submitted as 
of May 1, 2016. The revisions to 2016 catch limits are necessary to 
account for changes in the number of participants electing to fish in 
either sectors or the common pool fishery. These adjustments are 
routine and formulaic, and are required to match allocations to sector 
enrollment.

DATES: Effective September 2, 2016, through April 30, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aja Szumylo, Fishery Policy Analyst, 
(978) 281-9195.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We recently approved Framework Adjustment 
55, which set annual catch limits for groundfish stocks and three 
jointly managed U.S./Canada stocks for the 2016 fishing year. This 
action became effective on May 1, 2016 (81 FR 26412). Framework 55 
included allocations for the 19 sectors approved to operate in 2016 
based on enrollment as of March 15, 2016. A sector receives an 
allocation of each stock, or annual catch entitlement (referred to as 
ACE, or allocation), based on its members' catch histories. State-
operated permit banks also receive an allocation that can be 
transferred to qualifying sector vessels. The sum of all sector and 
state-operated permit bank allocations is referred to as the sector 
sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL). The groundfish allocations remaining 
after sectors and state-operated permit banks receive their allocations 
are then allocated to the common pool (i.e., vessels not enrolled in a 
sector), which is referred to as the common pool sub-ACL.
    This rule adjusts the 2016 fishing year sector and common pool 
allocations based on final sector membership as of May 1, 2016. Permits 
enrolled in a sector and the vessels associated with those permits have 
until April 30, the last day prior to the beginning of a new fishing 
year, to withdraw from a sector and fish in the common pool. As a 
result, the actual sector enrollment for the new fishing year is 
unknown when the final specifications are published and sector 
enrollment from an earlier date is used until final enrollment is 
known. Consistent with regulatory requirements, each year we 
subsequently publish an adjustment rule modifying sector and common 
pool allocations based on final sector enrollment. The Framework 55 
proposed and final rules both explained that sector enrollments may 
change and that there would be a need to adjust the sub-ACLs and sector 
ACEs accordingly.
    Adjustments to sector ACEs and the sub-ACLs for sectors and the 
common pool are typically minimal as there has been little change in 
sector enrollment since 2010. Vessels currently enrolled in sectors 
have accounted for approximately 99 percent of the historical 
groundfish landings. This year's sector final rule specified sector 
ACEs based on the 837 permits enrolled in sectors on March 15, 2016. As 
of May 1, 2016, there were 841 Northeast multispecies permits enrolled 
in sectors, which means four additional permits elected to join sectors 
for the 2016 fishing year. Tables 1, 2, and 3 explain the revised 2016 
fishing year allocations. Table 4 compares the allocation changes 
between the Framework 55 final rule and this adjustment rule.
    This rulemaking also corrects transcription errors in the 2016-2018 
Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) yellowtail flounder ACLs 
published in the Framework 55 final rule. Specifically, there were 
errors in the total groundfish fishery sub-ACL, the sector and common 
pool sub-ACLs, and the scallop fishery sub-ACL. Table 5 presents both 
the incorrect values presented in the Framework 55 final rule, as well 
as the corrected values. Although the values were listed incorrectly in 
the Framework 55 final rule, the total fishery ACLs for SNE/MA 
yellowtail flounder (255 mt) were listed correctly for all three years. 
In addition, the Environmental Assessment and supporting analysis for 
Framework 55 included the correct values. These adjustments are minor, 
and will not affect fishery operations.

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                                 Table 5--Corrected Fishing Year 2016-2016 SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder Catch Limits (mt)
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                                                                       2016                            2017                            2018
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                                                           Framework 55                    Framework 55                    Framework 55
                                                          final rule sub- Corrected sub-  final rule sub- Corrected sub-  final rule sub- Corrected sub-
                                                                ACL             ACL             ACL             ACL             ACL             ACL
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Total groundfish fishery................................             182             189             187             187             179             186
Sector..................................................             145             150             145             149             142             148
Common Pool.............................................              37              39              37              39              37              38
Scallop Fishery.........................................              39              32              39              34              38              37
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    We have completed 2015 fishing year data reconciliation with 
sectors and determined final 2015 fishing year sector catch and the 
amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 
2016 fishing year. With the exception of Georges Bank yellowtail 
flounder, a sector may carry over up to 10 percent of unused ACE for 
each stock from the end of 2015 to 2016. Table 6 includes the maximum 
amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 
2016 fishing year. Because the amount of unused ACE combined with the 
overall sector sub-ACL may not exceed the acceptable biological catch 
(ABC) for each stock, the unused ACE is adjusted down when necessary to 
ensure the combined carryover of unused ACE and the sector sub-ACL do 
not exceed each stock's ABC.
    Table 7 includes the de minimis amount of carryover for each sector 
for the 2016 fishing year. If the overall ACL for any allocated stock 
is exceeded for the 2016 fishing year, the allowed carryover harvested 
by a sector, minus the pounds the sector's de minimis amount, will be 
counted against its allocation to determine whether an overage subject 
to an accountability measure occurred. Tables 8 and 9 list the final 
ACE available to sectors for the 2016 fishing year, including finalized 
carryover amounts for each sector, as adjusted down when necessary to 
equal each stocks ABC.

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    Common pool enrollment also changed after March 15, 2016, and also 
requires adjustments to applicable catch limits. The common pool sub-
ACL for each stock (except for SNE/MA winter flounder, windowpane 
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pout, Atlantic wolffish, and Atlantic halibut) is divided into 
trimester total allowable catches (Trimester TACs). In addition, 
Framework 55 specified incidental catch limits (or incidental total 
allowable catches, ``Incidental TACs'') applicable to the common pool 
and groundfish Special Management Programs for the 2016 fishing year, 
including the B day-at-sea (DAS) Program. Because the Trimester and 
incidental TACs are based on the common-pool allocation, they also must 
be revised to match current common pool enrollment allocation. Final 
common pool trimester quotas and incidental catch limits are included 
in Tables 10-14 below.
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      Table 11--Fishing Year 2016 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs
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                                           Percentage of
                  Stock                     common pool     Incidental
                                              sub-ACL     catch TAC (mt)
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GB cod..................................               2           0.229
GOM cod.................................               1            0.09
GB yellowtail flounder..................               2           0.062
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..............               1            0.14
American Plaice.........................               5            1.00
Witch Flounder..........................               5            0.39
SNE/MA winter flounder..................               1            0.62
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         Table 12--Distribution of Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs to Each Special Management Program
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                                                     Closed area I hook                         Southern closed
            Stock                 Regular B DAS       gear Haddock SAP     Eastern U.S./CA      area II Haddock
                                   program (%)              (%)            Haddock SAP (%)          SAP (%)
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GB cod.......................  50.................  16.................  34.................  NA.
GOM cod......................  100................  NA.................  NA.................  NA.
GB yellowtail flounder.......  50.................  NA.................  50.................  NA.
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder...  100................  NA.................  NA.................  NA.
American Plaice..............  100................  NA.................  NA.................  NA.
Witch Flounder...............  100................  NA.................  NA.................  NA.
SNE/MA winter flounder.......  100................  NA.................  NA.................  NA.
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     Table 13--Fishing Year 2016 Common Pool Incidental Catch TACs for Each Special Management Program (mt)
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                                         Regular B DAS    Closed area I hook gear    Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock
                 Stock                      program             Haddock SAP                      SAP
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GB cod................................            0.11  0.04.......................  0.08.
GOM cod...............................            0.09  NA.........................  NA.
GB yellowtail flounder................            0.03  NA.........................  0.04.
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder............            0.14  NA.........................  NA.
American Plaice.......................            1.00  NA.........................  NA.
Witch Flounder........................            0.39  NA.........................  NA.
SNE/MA winter flounder................            0.62  NA.........................  NA.
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       Table 14--Fishing Year 2016 Common Pool Regular B DAS Program Quarterly Incidental Catch TACs (mt)
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                                                    1st quarter     2nd quarter     3rd quarter     4th quarter
                      Stock                            (13%)           (29%)           (29%)           (29%)
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GB cod..........................................            0.01            0.03            0.03            0.03
GOM cod.........................................            0.01            0.03            0.03            0.03
GB yellowtail flounder..........................           0.004           0.009           0.009           0.009
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......................            0.02            0.04            0.04            0.04
American Plaice.................................            0.13            0.29            0.29            0.29
Witch Flounder..................................            0.05            0.11            0.11            0.11
SNE/MA winter flounder..........................            0.08            0.18            0.18            0.18
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Classification

    The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final 
rule is consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act, and other applicable law.
    This action is exempt from the procedures of E.O. 12866 because 
this action contains no implementing regulations.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive 
prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch 
limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and 
comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public 
interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule 
may become effective upon filing.
    There are several reasons that notice and comment are 
impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. First, 
the proposed and final rules for Framework 55 explained the need and 
likelihood for adjustments of sector and common pool allocations based 
on final sector rosters. These adjustments are routine and formulaic, 
required by regulation, and necessary to match allocations to sector 
enrollment. No comments were received on the potential for these 
adjustments, which provide an accurate accounting of a sector's or 
common pool's allocation. Furthermore, we have followed a similar 
process since Amendment 16 was implemented in 2010; this annual 
adjustment action is anticipated by industry. Second, these adjustments 
are based on either objective sector enrollment data or a pre-
determined accountability measure and are not subject to NMFS' 
discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior 
notice and comment. Data regarding final sector enrollment only became 
available after rosters were finalized in May 2016. In addition, 
reconciliation of final 2015 fishing year sector catch was completed in 
August 2016. This information allows us to determine the amount of 
allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2015 to the 2016 
fishing year, and it was not practicable to finalize this information 
sooner. If this rule is not effective immediately, the sector and 
common pool vessels will be operating under incorrect information on 
the catch limits for each stock for sectors and the common pool. This 
could cause confusion and negative economic impacts to the both sectors 
and the common pool, depending on the size of the allocation, the 
degree of change in the allocation, and the catch rate of a particular 
stock.
    The catch limit and allocation adjustments are not controversial 
and the need for them was clearly explained in the proposed and final 
rules for Framework 55. Adjustments for overages are also explained in 
detail in the Amendment 16 proposed and final rules. As a result, 
Northeast multispecies permit holders are expecting these adjustments 
and awaiting their implementation. Fishermen may make both short- and 
long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given 
sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may 
cause the affected fishing entities to slow down, or speed up, their 
fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes 
effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery 
and the businesses and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it 
is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon 
as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment 
period and delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively.
    Also, because advanced notice and the opportunity for public 
comment are not required for this action under the Administrative 
Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., do not apply to this 
rule. Therefore, no new final regulatory flexibility analysis is 
required and none has been prepared.

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

    Dated: August 29, 2016.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-21154 Filed 9-1-16; 8:45 am]
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