International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2016 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Reopening in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, 69717-69718 [2016-24347]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 195 / Friday, October 7, 2016 / Rules and Regulations § 32.25 [Corrected] On page 68893, beginning in the first column, in the ninth line, amendatory instruction 7. should read as follows. 7. Amend § 32.25 by: a. Revising paragraphs A, B, and C under the entry Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge; b. Adding, in alphabetical order, an entry for Baca National Wildlife Refuge; and c. Revising paragraphs A, B, and C under the entry Monte Vista National Refuge. The addition and revisions read as follows: § 32.25 * * Colorado. * * * mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of geese, ducks, coots, snipe, Eurasian collared-doves, and mourning doves on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State and Federal regulations, and subject to the following conditions: 1. We allow Eurasian collared-dove hunting only during the mourning dove season. 2. You may possess only approved nontoxic shot for hunting (see § 32.2(k)). 3. The only acceptable methods of take are shotguns, hand-held bows, and hawking/falconry. 4. Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (see § 27.42 of this chapter and specific refuge regulations in this part 32). B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting of cottontail rabbit, and blacktailed and whitetailed jackrabbit, on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Conditions A2, A3 and A4 apply. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of elk on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Condition A4 applies. 2. You must possess a valid State license and a refuge-specific permit from the State, or a valid State license issued specifically for the refuge, to hunt elk. State license selection will be made via the Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt selection process. * * * * * Baca National Wildlife Refuge A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of Eurasian collared- VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Oct 06, 2016 Jkt 241001 doves and mourning doves only in designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State and Federal regulations, and subject to the following conditions: 1. We allow Eurasian collared-dove hunting only during the mourning dove season. 2. You may possess only approved nontoxic shot for hunting (see § 32.2(k)). 3. The only acceptable methods of take are shotguns, hand-held bows, and hawking/falconry. 4. Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (see § 27.42 of this chapter and specific refuge regulations in this part 32). B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting of cottontail rabbit, and blacktailed and whitetailed jackrabbit, on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Conditions A2 and A4 apply. 2. We prohibit handguns for hunting. 3. Shotguns, rifles firing rim-fire cartridges less than .23 caliber, handheld bows, pellet guns, slingshots, and hawking/falconry are the only acceptable methods of take. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of elk on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Condition A4 applies. 2. You must possess a valid State license and a refuge-specific permit from the State, or a valid State license issued specifically for the refuge, to hunt elk. State license selection will be made via the Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt selection process. D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved] * * * * * Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of geese, ducks, coots, snipe, Eurasian collared-doves, and mourning doves on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State and Federal regulations, and subject to the following conditions: 1. We allow Eurasian collared-dove hunting only during the mourning dove season. 2. You may possess only approved nontoxic shot for hunting (see § 32.2(k)). 3. The only acceptable methods of take are shotguns, hand-held bows, and hawking/falconry. 4. Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69717 of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (see § 27.42 of this chapter and specific refuge regulations in this part 32). B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting of cottontail rabbit, and blacktailed and whitetailed jackrabbit, on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Conditions A2, A3, and A4 apply. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of elk on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions: 1. Condition A4 applies. 2. You must possess a valid State license and a refuge-specific permit from the State, or a valid State license issued specifically for the refuge, to hunt elk. State license selection will be made via the Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt selection process. 3. During firearms elk seasons, hunters must follow State law for use of hunter orange. * * * * * [FR Doc. C1–2016–23190 Filed 10–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 [Docket No. 130717632–4285–02] RIN 0648–XE902 International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2016 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Reopening in the Eastern Pacific Ocean National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery reopening. AGENCY: NMFS is temporarily reopening the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) because part of the 500 metric ton (mt) catch limit remains available after NMFS closed the fishery on July 25, 2016. This action will allow U.S. vessels to access the remainder of the catch limit, which was established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C–13–01. DATES: The reopening is effective October 4, 2016 until the effective date SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07OCR1.SGM 07OCR1 69718 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 195 / Friday, October 7, 2016 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES of a notice of closure which will be published in the Federal Register, or through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2016, whichever comes first. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–980–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States is a member of the IATTC, which was established under the Convention for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission signed in 1949 (Convention). The Convention provides an international agreement to ensure the effective international conservation and management of highly migratory species of fish in the IATTC Convention Area. The IATTC Convention Area, as amended by the Antigua Convention, includes the waters of the EPO bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is managed, in part, under the Tuna Conventions Act as amended (Act), 16 U.S.C. 951–962. Under the Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry out recommendations of the IATTC that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). In 2013, the IATTC adopted Resolution C–13–01, which establishes an annual catch limit of bigeye tuna for longline vessels over 24 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Oct 06, 2016 Jkt 241001 meters. For calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, the catch of bigeye tuna by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the United States that are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 500 mt per year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS implemented this catch limit by noticeand-comment rulemaking under the Act (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25). NMFS, through monitoring retained catches of bigeye tuna noted in logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information from the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, determined that the 2016 catch limit would be reached by July 25, 2016, and published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the closure of the fishery (81 FR 46614, July 18, 2016). However, after reviewing the catch data, NMFS determined that approximately 250 mt of the catch limit remains available. Therefore, NMFS is publishing this notice to reopen the fishery so that the remainder of the catch limit may be caught. All fishing for the remaining catch limit must be done in accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 300.25. NMFS will continue to monitor bigeye tuna catch and publish a notice of closure if the catch limit will be reached before the catch limit regulations expire on December 31, PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 2016. Notice of a fishery closure will be published 7 calendar days in advance of the effective date. Classification NMFS has determined there is good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). Compliance with the notice and comment requirement would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest because this action is simply a correction to a premature closure and is of benefit to fishermen since they cannot currently access the fishery. Moreover, NMFS previously solicited and considered public comments on the rule that established the catch limit (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014). For the same reasons, NMFS has also determined there is good cause to waive the requirement for a 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is required by § 300.25(b) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. Dated: October 4, 2016 Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–24347 Filed 10–4–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07OCR1.SGM 07OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 195 (Friday, October 7, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 69717-69718]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-24347]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

[Docket No. 130717632-4285-02]
RIN 0648-XE902


International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2016 Bigeye Tuna 
Longline Fishery Reopening in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery reopening.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily reopening the U.S. pelagic longline 
fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in 
the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) because part of the 500 metric ton (mt) 
catch limit remains available after NMFS closed the fishery on July 25, 
2016. This action will allow U.S. vessels to access the remainder of 
the catch limit, which was established by the Inter-American Tropical 
Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C-13-01.

DATES: The reopening is effective October 4, 2016 until the effective 
date

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of a notice of closure which will be published in the Federal Register, 
or through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2016, whichever comes 
first.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast 
Region, 562-980-4066.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States is a member of the IATTC, 
which was established under the Convention for the Establishment of an 
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission signed in 1949 (Convention). 
The Convention provides an international agreement to ensure the 
effective international conservation and management of highly migratory 
species of fish in the IATTC Convention Area. The IATTC Convention 
Area, as amended by the Antigua Convention, includes the waters of the 
EPO bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50[deg] N. and 50[deg] S. 
parallels, and the 150[deg] W. meridian.
    Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is managed, in part, under the 
Tuna Conventions Act as amended (Act), 16 U.S.C. 951-962. Under the 
Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry out recommendations of the 
IATTC that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). In 
2013, the IATTC adopted Resolution C-13-01, which establishes an annual 
catch limit of bigeye tuna for longline vessels over 24 meters. For 
calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016, the catch of bigeye tuna by 
longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the 
United States that are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 
500 mt per year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS implemented this 
catch limit by notice-and-comment rulemaking under the Act (79 FR 
19487, April 9, 2014, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25).
    NMFS, through monitoring retained catches of bigeye tuna noted in 
logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available 
information from the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, 
determined that the 2016 catch limit would be reached by July 25, 2016, 
and published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the closure 
of the fishery (81 FR 46614, July 18, 2016). However, after reviewing 
the catch data, NMFS determined that approximately 250 mt of the catch 
limit remains available. Therefore, NMFS is publishing this notice to 
reopen the fishery so that the remainder of the catch limit may be 
caught. All fishing for the remaining catch limit must be done in 
accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 300.25. NMFS will continue to 
monitor bigeye tuna catch and publish a notice of closure if the catch 
limit will be reached before the catch limit regulations expire on 
December 31, 2016. Notice of a fishery closure will be published 7 
calendar days in advance of the effective date.

Classification

    NMFS has determined there is good cause to waive prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). 
Compliance with the notice and comment requirement would be 
impracticable and contrary to the public interest because this action 
is simply a correction to a premature closure and is of benefit to 
fishermen since they cannot currently access the fishery. Moreover, 
NMFS previously solicited and considered public comments on the rule 
that established the catch limit (79 FR 19487, April 9, 2014). For the 
same reasons, NMFS has also determined there is good cause to waive the 
requirement for a 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3).
    This action is required by Sec.  300.25(b) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

    Dated: October 4, 2016
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-24347 Filed 10-4-16; 4:15 pm]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P