Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 76530-76531 [2016-26504]

Download as PDF 76530 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2016 / Rules and Regulations practicable, once scallop landings data for the NGOM fishery is available. (c) VMS requirements. Except scallop vessels issued a limited access scallop permit pursuant to § 648.4(a)(2)(i) that have declared a trip under the scallop DAS program, a vessel issued a scallop permit pursuant to § 648.4(a)(2) that intends to fish for scallops in the NGOM scallop management area or fishes for, possesses, or lands scallops in or from the NGOM scallop management area, must declare a NGOM scallop management area trip and report scallop catch through the vessel’s VMS unit, as required in § 648.10. If the vessel has a NGOM permit, the vessel must declare either a Federal NGOM trip or a statewaters NGOM trip. If a vessel intends to fish any part of a NGOM trip in Federal NGOM waters, it may not declare into the state water NGOM fishery. * * * * * ■ 16. In § 648.63, revise paragraph (b)(2)(iii) to read as follows: § 648.63 General category Sectors and harvesting cooperatives. * * * * * (b) * * * (2) * * * (iii) A sector shall not be allocated more than 20 percent of the ACL for IFQ vessels defined in § 648.53(a)(4). * * * * * ■ 17. In § 648.64, revise paragraph (e) to read as follows: § 648.64 Yellowtail flounder sub-ACLs and AMs for the scallop fishery. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES * * * * * (e) Process for implementing the AM—(1) If reliable information is available to make a mid-year determination: On or about January 15 of each year, based upon catch and other information available to NMFS, the Regional Administrator shall determine whether a yellowtail flounder sub-ACL was exceeded, or is projected to be exceeded, by scallop vessels prior to the end of the scallop fishing year. The determination shall include the amount of the overage or projected amount of the overage, specified as a percentage of the overall sub-ACL for the applicable yellowtail flounder stock, in accordance with the values specified in paragraph (a) of this section. Based on this initial projection in mid-January, the Regional Administrator shall implement the AM in accordance with the APA and notify owners of limited access and LAGC scallop vessels by letter identifying the length of the closure and a summary of the yellowtail flounder catch, overage, and projection that resulted in the closure. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Nov 02, 2016 Jkt 241001 (2) If reliable information is not available to make a mid-year determination: Once NMFS has compiled the necessary information (e.g., when the previous fishing year’s observer and catch data are fully available), the Regional Administrator shall determine whether a yellowtail flounder sub-ACL was exceeded by scallop vessels following the end of the scallop fishing year. The determination shall include the amount of the overage, specified as a percentage of the overall sub-ACL for the applicable yellowtail flounder stock, in accordance with the values specified in paragraph (a) of this section. Based on this information, the Regional Administrator shall implement the AM in accordance with the APA in Year 3 (e.g., an accountability measure would be implemented in fishing year 2016 for an overage that occurred in fishing year 2014) and notify owners of limited access and LAGC scallop vessels by letter identifying the length of the closure and a summary of the yellowtail flounder catch and overage information. * * * * * ■ 18. In § 648.65, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows: § 648.65 Windowpane flounder sub-ACL and AM for the scallop fishery. * * * * (c) Process for implementing the AM—(1) If reliable information is available to make a mid-year determination: On or about January 15 of each year, based upon catch and other information available to NMFS, the Regional Administrator shall determine whether the SNE/MA windowpane flounder sub-ACL was exceeded, or is projected to be exceeded, and if an accountability measure was triggered as described in § 648.90(a)(5)(iv), by scallop vessels prior to the end of the scallop fishing year. The determination shall include the amount of the overage or projected amount of the overage, specified as a percentage of the overall sub-ACL for the SNE/MA windowpane flounder stock, in accordance with the values specified in paragraph (a) of this section. Based on this initial determination in mid-January, the Regional Administrator shall implement the AM in the following fishing year in accordance with the APA and attempt to notify owners of limited access and LAGC scallop vessels by letter identifying the length of the gear restricted area and a summary of the SNE/MA windowpane flounder catch, overage, and projection that resulted in the gear restricted area. (2) If reliable information is not available to make a mid-year determination: Once NMFS has compiled the necessary information (e.g., when the previous fishing year’s observer and catch data are fully available), the Regional Administrator shall determine whether the SNE/MA windowpane flounder sub-ACL was exceeded and if an accountability measure was triggered as described in § 648.90(a)(5)(iv), by scallop vessels following the end of the scallop fishing year. The determination shall include the amount of the overage, specified as a percentage of the overall sub-ACL for the SNE/MA windowpane flounder stock, in accordance with the values specified in paragraph (a) of this section. Based on this information, the Regional Administrator shall implement the AM in accordance with the APA in Year 3 (e.g., an accountability measure would be implemented in fishing year 2016 for an overage that occurred in fishing year 2014) and attempt to notify owners of limited access and LAGC scallop vessels by letter identifying the length of the gear restricted area and a summary of the SNE/MA windowpane flounder catch and overage information. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2016–25963 Filed 11–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P * PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 150916863–6211–02] RIN 0648–XF012 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher processors (C/Ps) to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, C/Ps using hook-and-line gear, and Amendment 80 (A80) C/Ps in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03NOR1.SGM 03NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Effective upon November 2, 2016 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2016 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI is 48,638 metric tons(mt) as established by the final 2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 14773; March 18, 2016) and reallocation (81 FR 69445; October 6, 2016). The Regional Administrator has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 2,000 mt of the remaining 2016 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9). The 2016 Pacific cod TAC specified for AFA trawl C/Ps in the BSAI is 4,666 mt as established by the final 2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 14773; March 18, 2016) and reallocation (81 FR 61143; September 6, 2016). The Regional Administrator has determined that AFA trawl C/Ps will not be able to mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Nov 02, 2016 Jkt 241001 harvest 850 mt of the remaining 2016 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(7). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS reallocates 2,850 mt of Pacific cod to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, C/Ps using hook-and-line gear, and A80 C/Ps in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 14773; March 18, 2016, 81 FR 57491; August 23, 2016, 81 FR 61143; September 6, 2016, 81 FR 69445; October 6, 2016) are revised as follows: 46,638 mt for catcher vessels using trawl gear, 3,816 mt for AFA trawl C/Ps, 10,674 for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 109,533 for C/Ps using hookand-line gear, and 31,397 mt for A80 C/ Ps. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 76531 responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of Pacific cod specified from multiple sectors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, C/Ps using hook-and-line gear, and A80 C/Ps in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Since these fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of October 27, 2016. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 28, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–26504 Filed 11–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\03NOR1.SGM 03NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 150916863-6211-02]
RIN 0648-XF012


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific 
cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and American Fisheries Act 
(AFA) trawl catcher processors (C/Ps) to catcher vessels less than 60 
feet (18.3 meters (m)) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, C/Ps using 
hook-and-line gear, and Amendment 80 (A80) C/Ps in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to 
allow the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be 
harvested.

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DATES: Effective upon November 2, 2016 through 2400 hours, Alaska local 
time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) according to the Fishery 
Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management 
Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in 
accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 
CFR part 679.
    The 2016 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels using trawl 
gear in the BSAI is 48,638 metric tons(mt) as established by the final 
2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 
14773; March 18, 2016) and reallocation (81 FR 69445; October 6, 2016). 
The Regional Administrator has determined that catcher vessels using 
trawl gear will not be able to harvest 2,000 mt of the remaining 2016 
Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9).
    The 2016 Pacific cod TAC specified for AFA trawl C/Ps in the BSAI 
is 4,666 mt as established by the final 2016 and 2017 harvest 
specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 14773; March 18, 2016) 
and reallocation (81 FR 61143; September 6, 2016). The Regional 
Administrator has determined that AFA trawl C/Ps will not be able to 
harvest 850 mt of the remaining 2016 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those 
vessels under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(7).
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A) and Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(B), NMFS reallocates 2,850 mt of Pacific cod to 
catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or 
pot gear, C/Ps using hook-and-line gear, and A80 C/Ps in the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands management area.
    The harvest specifications for Pacific cod included in the final 
2016 and 2017 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (81 FR 
14773; March 18, 2016, 81 FR 57491; August 23, 2016, 81 FR 61143; 
September 6, 2016, 81 FR 69445; October 6, 2016) are revised as 
follows: 46,638 mt for catcher vessels using trawl gear, 3,816 mt for 
AFA trawl C/Ps, 10,674 for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) 
LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 109,533 for C/Ps using hook-and-
line gear, and 31,397 mt for A80 C/Ps.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the reallocation of Pacific cod specified from multiple 
sectors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-
and-line or pot gear, C/Ps using hook-and-line gear, and A80 C/Ps in 
the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. Since these 
fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the 
industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is 
necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of 
this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and 
to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as 
processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for 
public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became 
available as of October 27, 2016.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: October 28, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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