Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Programs, 85522-85524 [2016-28598]

Download as PDF 85522 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices Thursday, December 15, 2016 2017 Implementation Plan Review and adopt 2017 Implementation Plan. Business Session The day will conclude with brief reports from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s GARFO and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA’s Office of General Counsel, the ASMFC, the New England and South Atlantic Fishery Council’s liaisons and the Regional Planning Body Report. The Council will also receive the Council’s Executive Director’s Report, the Science Report, Committee Reports, and discuss any continuing and/or new business. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens act, provided that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: November 22, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28510 Filed 11–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF037 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Programs National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of standard prices and fee percentage. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groundfish and halibut Programs. The fee percentage for 2016 is 0.37 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.10 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, 0.10 percent for the AFA catcher/processor sector, 0.17 percent for the AFA mothership cooperative, 0 percent for the AIP program, and 0.29 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut Programs. This action is intended to provide the 2016 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2016. DATES: Effective November 28, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl Greene, Fee Coordinator, 907–586–7105. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 304(d) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes and requires the collection of cost recovery fees for limited access privilege programs and the CDQ Program. Cost recovery fees recover the actual costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of the programs. Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that cost recovery fees not exceed three percent of the annual exvessel value of fish harvested by a program subject to a cost recovery fee, and that the fee be collected either at the time of landing, filing of a landing report, or sale of such fish during a fishing season or in the last quarter of the calendar year in which the fish is harvested. NMFS manages the Amendment 80 Program, AFA Program, and AIP Program as limited access privilege programs. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published a final rule to implement cost recovery for these three limited access privilege programs and the CDQ groundfish and halibut programs (81 FR 150). The designated representative (for the purposes of cost recovery) for each program is responsible for submitting the fee payment to NMFS on or before the due date of December 31 of the year in which the landings were made. The total dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage by the exvessel value of all landings under the program made during the fishing year. NMFS publishes this notice of the fee percentages for the Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ groundfish and PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 halibut fisheries in the Federal Register by December 1 each year. Standard Prices The fee liability is based on the exvessel value of fish harvested in each program. For purposes of calculating cost recovery fees, NMFS calculates a standard ex-vessel price (standard price) for each species. A standard price is determined using information on landings purchased (volume) and exvessel value paid (value). For most groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each species. The standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per pound for landings made during the year. The standard prices for all species in the Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ groundfish and halibut programs are listed in Table 1. Each landing made under each program is multiplied by the appropriate standard price to arrive at an ex-vessel value for each landing. These values are summed together to arrive at the ex-vessel value of each program (fishery value). Fee Percentage NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the factors and methods described in Federal regulations at 50 CFR 679.33(c)(2), 679.66(c)(2), 679.67(c)(2), and 679.95(c)(2). NMFS determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made during the year by dividing the total costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of each program (direct program costs) during the year by the fishery value. NMFS captures direct program costs through an established accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. For 2016, the direct program costs were tracked from February 4, 2016 (the effective date of the rule), to September 30, 2016 (the end of the fiscal year). In subsequent years, direct program costs will be calculated based on a full fiscal year. NMFS will provide an annual report that summarizes direct program costs for each of the programs in early 2017. NMFS calculates the fishery value as described under the section ‘‘Standard Prices.’’ Amendment 80 Program Standard Prices and Fee Percentage The Amendment 80 Program allocates total allowable catches (TACs) of groundfish species, other than Bering Sea pollock, to identified trawl catcher/ E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI). The Amendment 80 Program allocates a portion of the BSAI TACs of six species: Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, and Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch. Participants in the Amendment 80 sector have established cooperatives to harvest these allocations. Each Amendment 80 cooperative is responsible for payment of the cost recovery fee for fish landed under the Amendment 80 Program. Cost recovery requirements for the Amendment 80 Program are at 50 CFR 679.95. For most Amendment 80 species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery species. For rock sole, NMFS calculates a separate standard price for two periods—January 1 through March 31, and April 1 through October 31. The volume and value information is obtained from the First Wholesale Volume and Value Report, and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 calendar year is 0.37 percent for the Amendment 80 Program. For 2016, NMFS applied the fee percentage to each Amendment 80 species landing that was debited from an Amendment 80 cooperative quota allocation between February 4 and December 31 to calculate the Amendment 80 fee liability for each Amendment 80 cooperative. The 2016 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2016. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.95(a)(3)(iv). AFA Standard Price and Fee Percentages The AFA allocates the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery TAC to three sectors—catcher/processor, mothership, and inshore. Each sector has established cooperatives to harvest the sector’s exclusive allocation. These cooperatives are responsible for paying the fee for Bering Sea pollock landed under the AFA. Cost recovery requirements for the AFA sectors are at 50 CFR 679.66. NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator’s Annual Report and compiled in the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data for Bering Sea pollock. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 Due to the time required to compile the data, there is a one-year delay between the gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it is applied. For example, NMFS used 2015 gross earnings data to calculate the standard price for 2016 pollock landings. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 calendar year is 0.10 percent for the AFA inshore sector, 0.10 percent for the AFA catcher/ processor sector, and 0.17 percent for the AFA mothership sector. For 2016, NMFS applied the fee percentage to each AFA inshore cooperative, AFA mothership cooperative, and AFA catcher/processor sector landing of Bering Sea pollock debited from its AFA pollock fishery allocation between February 4 and December 31 to calculate the AFA fee liability for each AFA cooperative. The 2016 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2016. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.66(a)(4)(iv). AIP Program Standard Price and Fee Percentage The AIP Program allocates the Aleutian Islands directed pollock fishery TAC to the Aleut Corporation, consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–109), and its implementing regulations. Annually, prior to the start of the pollock season, the Aleut Corporation provides NMFS with the identity of its designated representative for harvesting the Aleutian Islands directed pollock fishery TAC. The same individual is responsible for the submission of all cost recovery fees for pollock landed under the AIP Program. Cost recovery requirements for the AIP Program are at 50 CFR 679.67. NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator’s Annual Report and compiled in the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data for Aleutian Islands pollock. Due to the time required to compile the data, there is a one-year delay between the gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it is applied. For example, NMFS used 2015 gross earnings data to calculate the standard price for 2016 pollock landings. For the 2016 fishing year, the Aleut Corporation did not select any participants to harvest or process the Aleutian Islands directed pollock PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 85523 fishery TAC, and most of that TAC was reallocated to the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery TAC. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 calendar year is 0 percent for the AIP Program. CDQ Standard Price and Fee Percentage The CDQ Program was implemented in 1992 to provide access to BSAI fishery resources to villages located in Western Alaska. Section 305(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act identifies 65 villages eligible to participate in the CDQ Program and the six CDQ groups to represent these villages. CDQ groups receive exclusive harvesting privileges of the TACs for a broad range of crab species, groundfish species, and halibut. NMFS implemented a CDQ cost recovery program for the BSAI crab fisheries in 2005 (70 FR 10174, March 2, 2005) and published the cost recovery fee percentage for the 2016/2017 crab fishing year on July 14, 2016 (81 FR 45458). This notice provides the cost recovery fee percentage for the CDQ groundfish and halibut programs. Each CDQ group is subject to cost recovery fee requirements for landed groundfish and halibut, and the designated representative of each CDQ group is responsible for submitting payment for their CDQ group. Cost recovery requirements for the CDQ Program are at 50 CFR 679.33. For most CDQ groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery species. The volume and value information is obtained from the First Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report. For CDQ halibut and fixed-gear sablefish, NMFS calculates the standard prices using information from the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report, which collects information on both IFQ and CDQ volume and value. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 calendar year is 0.29 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut programs. For 2016, NMFS applied the calculated CDQ fee percentage to all CDQ groundfish and halibut landings made between February 4 and December 31 to calculate the CDQ fee liability for each CDQ group. The 2016 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2016. Payment must be E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 85524 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.33(a)(3)(iv). TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY SPECIES FOR THE 2016 FISHING YEAR Standard ex-vessel price per pound ($) Species Gear type Reporting period Arrowtooth flounder ................. Atka mackerel .......................... Flathead sole ........................... Greenland turbot ..................... CDQ halibut ............................. Pacific cod ............................... All ............................................ All ............................................ All ............................................ All ............................................ Fixed gear ............................... Fixed gear ............................... Trawl gear ............................... All ............................................ All ............................................ All ............................................ All ............................................ Fixed gear ............................... Trawl gear ............................... All ............................................ February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016 .................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015 ..................................... February 4, 2016–March 31, 2016 .......................................... April 1, 2016–October 31, 2016 ............................................... October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016 .................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... February 4, 2016–October 31, 2016 ....................................... Pacific ocean perch ................. Pollock ..................................... Rock sole ................................. Sablefish .................................. Yellowfin sole .......................... Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 22, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28598 Filed 11–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF019 Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 158th meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held on December 13–14, 2016. The Council will convene on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will reconvene on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, 5 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, USVI FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918, telephone (787) 766–5926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will hold its 158th regular mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 Council Meeting to discuss the items contained in the following agenda: December 13, 2016, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Æ Call to Order Æ Adoption of Agenda Æ Consideration of 157th Council Meeting Verbatim Transcriptions Æ Executive Director’s Report Æ Scientific and Statistical Committee Report—Dr. Richard Appeldoorn Æ SEDAR 2017 Update on Life History Workshop and Spiny Lobster Æ Accountability Measure TimingUpdate on Status Following Secretarial Submission Æ Island-based Fishery Management Plans —Review of Proposed Actions and Alternatives —Timeline Status, SSC and DAP Meeting Schedule, Next Council Steps —Goals and Objectives —Puerto Rico —St. Thomas/St. John —St. Croix Æ Outcomes from public hearings on the development of a permit program for harvest of Snapper Unit 2 from the Puerto Rico EEZ Æ Developing an alternative annual catch limit (ACL) benchmark for application of accountability measures (AMs) Æ Initiating development of a Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the U.S. Caribbean Æ Identification of ACL overages and the need to apply AMs in the 2017 fishing year Æ Ocean Economics of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—Jeffery Adkins PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $0.21 0.26 0.20 0.46 6.02 0.29 0.26 0.19 0.15 0.18 0.14 5.11 1.08 0.14 Æ Other Business —Exempted Fishing Permit for Puerto Rico—Department of Natural and Environmental Resources PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (5-minutes presentations) Æ Administrative Matters —CY–2017 —Closed Session December 14, 2016, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Æ Puerto Rico Fishers Spiny Lobster Data Collection Initiative Æ Marine Recreational Information Program-Status of Regional Implementation Plan Æ Atlantic HMS Fisheries—Delisse ´ Ortız/Jen Cudney Æ SEAMAP Update Æ Outreach and Education Report—Dr. ´ Alida Ortız Æ Update on Ongoing Reef Fish and Spiny Lobster Endangered Species 7 Consultation—Jennifer Lee— SERO/PRD Æ Enforcement Issues: —Puerto Rico-DNER —U.S. Virgin Islands-DPNR —U.S. Coast Guard —NMFS/NOAA Æ Meetings Attended by Council Members and Staff PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (5-minute presentations) Æ Other Business Æ Next Meeting(s) The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the agenda items. 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[FR Doc No: 2016-28598]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF037


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Programs

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

ACTION: Notice of standard prices and fee percentage.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost 
recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) 
Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western 
Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groundfish and halibut 
Programs. The fee percentage for 2016 is 0.37 percent for the Amendment 
80 Program, 0.10 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, 0.10 percent 
for the AFA catcher/processor sector, 0.17 percent for the AFA 
mothership cooperative, 0 percent for the AIP program, and 0.29 percent 
for the CDQ groundfish and halibut Programs. This action is intended to 
provide the 2016 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the 
required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2016.

DATES: Effective November 28, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl Greene, Fee Coordinator, 907-586-
7105.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes and requires the 
collection of cost recovery fees for limited access privilege programs 
and the CDQ Program. Cost recovery fees recover the actual costs 
directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of 
the programs. Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that 
cost recovery fees not exceed three percent of the annual ex-vessel 
value of fish harvested by a program subject to a cost recovery fee, 
and that the fee be collected either at the time of landing, filing of 
a landing report, or sale of such fish during a fishing season or in 
the last quarter of the calendar year in which the fish is harvested.
    NMFS manages the Amendment 80 Program, AFA Program, and AIP Program 
as limited access privilege programs. On January 5, 2016, NMFS 
published a final rule to implement cost recovery for these three 
limited access privilege programs and the CDQ groundfish and halibut 
programs (81 FR 150). The designated representative (for the purposes 
of cost recovery) for each program is responsible for submitting the 
fee payment to NMFS on or before the due date of December 31 of the 
year in which the landings were made. The total dollar amount of the 
fee due is determined by multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage 
by the ex-vessel value of all landings under the program made during 
the fishing year. NMFS publishes this notice of the fee percentages for 
the Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ groundfish and halibut fisheries in 
the Federal Register by December 1 each year.

Standard Prices

    The fee liability is based on the ex-vessel value of fish harvested 
in each program. For purposes of calculating cost recovery fees, NMFS 
calculates a standard ex-vessel price (standard price) for each 
species. A standard price is determined using information on landings 
purchased (volume) and ex-vessel value paid (value). For most 
groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value 
information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost 
recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each species. The 
standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per pound for landings 
made during the year. The standard prices for all species in the 
Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ groundfish and halibut programs are 
listed in Table 1. Each landing made under each program is multiplied 
by the appropriate standard price to arrive at an ex-vessel value for 
each landing. These values are summed together to arrive at the ex-
vessel value of each program (fishery value).

Fee Percentage

    NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the 
factors and methods described in Federal regulations at 50 CFR 
679.33(c)(2), 679.66(c)(2), 679.67(c)(2), and 679.95(c)(2). NMFS 
determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made during the 
year by dividing the total costs directly related to the management, 
data collection, and enforcement of each program (direct program costs) 
during the year by the fishery value. NMFS captures direct program 
costs through an established accounting system that allows staff to 
track labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. For 2016, the 
direct program costs were tracked from February 4, 2016 (the effective 
date of the rule), to September 30, 2016 (the end of the fiscal year). 
In subsequent years, direct program costs will be calculated based on a 
full fiscal year. NMFS will provide an annual report that summarizes 
direct program costs for each of the programs in early 2017. NMFS 
calculates the fishery value as described under the section ``Standard 
Prices.''

Amendment 80 Program Standard Prices and Fee Percentage

    The Amendment 80 Program allocates total allowable catches (TACs) 
of groundfish species, other than Bering Sea pollock, to identified 
trawl catcher/

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processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI). The Amendment 
80 Program allocates a portion of the BSAI TACs of six species: Atka 
mackerel, Pacific cod, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, and 
Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch. Participants in the Amendment 80 
sector have established cooperatives to harvest these allocations. Each 
Amendment 80 cooperative is responsible for payment of the cost 
recovery fee for fish landed under the Amendment 80 Program. Cost 
recovery requirements for the Amendment 80 Program are at 50 CFR 
679.95.
    For most Amendment 80 species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and 
value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost 
recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery 
species. For rock sole, NMFS calculates a separate standard price for 
two periods--January 1 through March 31, and April 1 through October 
31. The volume and value information is obtained from the First 
Wholesale Volume and Value Report, and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume 
and Value Report.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 
calendar year is 0.37 percent for the Amendment 80 Program. For 2016, 
NMFS applied the fee percentage to each Amendment 80 species landing 
that was debited from an Amendment 80 cooperative quota allocation 
between February 4 and December 31 to calculate the Amendment 80 fee 
liability for each Amendment 80 cooperative. The 2016 fee payments must 
be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2016. Payment must be 
made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 
679.95(a)(3)(iv).

AFA Standard Price and Fee Percentages

    The AFA allocates the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery TAC to 
three sectors--catcher/processor, mothership, and inshore. Each sector 
has established cooperatives to harvest the sector's exclusive 
allocation. These cooperatives are responsible for paying the fee for 
Bering Sea pollock landed under the AFA. Cost recovery requirements for 
the AFA sectors are at 50 CFR 679.66.
    NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most 
recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of 
Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator's Annual Report and compiled in 
the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data 
for Bering Sea pollock. Due to the time required to compile the data, 
there is a one-year delay between the gross earnings data year and the 
fishing year to which it is applied. For example, NMFS used 2015 gross 
earnings data to calculate the standard price for 2016 pollock 
landings.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 
calendar year is 0.10 percent for the AFA inshore sector, 0.10 percent 
for the AFA catcher/processor sector, and 0.17 percent for the AFA 
mothership sector. For 2016, NMFS applied the fee percentage to each 
AFA inshore cooperative, AFA mothership cooperative, and AFA catcher/
processor sector landing of Bering Sea pollock debited from its AFA 
pollock fishery allocation between February 4 and December 31 to 
calculate the AFA fee liability for each AFA cooperative. The 2016 fee 
payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2016. 
Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth 
in 50 CFR 679.66(a)(4)(iv).

AIP Program Standard Price and Fee Percentage

    The AIP Program allocates the Aleutian Islands directed pollock 
fishery TAC to the Aleut Corporation, consistent with the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-109), and its implementing 
regulations. Annually, prior to the start of the pollock season, the 
Aleut Corporation provides NMFS with the identity of its designated 
representative for harvesting the Aleutian Islands directed pollock 
fishery TAC. The same individual is responsible for the submission of 
all cost recovery fees for pollock landed under the AIP Program. Cost 
recovery requirements for the AIP Program are at 50 CFR 679.67.
    NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most 
recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of 
Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator's Annual Report and compiled in 
the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data 
for Aleutian Islands pollock. Due to the time required to compile the 
data, there is a one-year delay between the gross earnings data year 
and the fishing year to which it is applied. For example, NMFS used 
2015 gross earnings data to calculate the standard price for 2016 
pollock landings.
    For the 2016 fishing year, the Aleut Corporation did not select any 
participants to harvest or process the Aleutian Islands directed 
pollock fishery TAC, and most of that TAC was reallocated to the Bering 
Sea directed pollock fishery TAC. Using the fee percentage formula 
described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to 
fishery value for the 2016 calendar year is 0 percent for the AIP 
Program.

CDQ Standard Price and Fee Percentage

    The CDQ Program was implemented in 1992 to provide access to BSAI 
fishery resources to villages located in Western Alaska. Section 305(i) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act identifies 65 villages eligible to 
participate in the CDQ Program and the six CDQ groups to represent 
these villages. CDQ groups receive exclusive harvesting privileges of 
the TACs for a broad range of crab species, groundfish species, and 
halibut. NMFS implemented a CDQ cost recovery program for the BSAI crab 
fisheries in 2005 (70 FR 10174, March 2, 2005) and published the cost 
recovery fee percentage for the 2016/2017 crab fishing year on July 14, 
2016 (81 FR 45458). This notice provides the cost recovery fee 
percentage for the CDQ groundfish and halibut programs. Each CDQ group 
is subject to cost recovery fee requirements for landed groundfish and 
halibut, and the designated representative of each CDQ group is 
responsible for submitting payment for their CDQ group. Cost recovery 
requirements for the CDQ Program are at 50 CFR 679.33.
    For most CDQ groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume 
and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to 
cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery 
species. The volume and value information is obtained from the First 
Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume 
and Value Report. For CDQ halibut and fixed-gear sablefish, NMFS 
calculates the standard prices using information from the Individual 
Fishing Quota (IFQ) Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report, which collects 
information on both IFQ and CDQ volume and value.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2016 
calendar year is 0.29 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut 
programs. For 2016, NMFS applied the calculated CDQ fee percentage to 
all CDQ groundfish and halibut landings made between February 4 and 
December 31 to calculate the CDQ fee liability for each CDQ group. The 
2016 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 
2016. Payment must be

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made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 
679.33(a)(3)(iv).

                     Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices by Species for the 2016 Fishing Year
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                                                                                                   vessel  price
                Species                         Gear type                 Reporting period          per  pound
                                                                                                        ($)
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Arrowtooth flounder...................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,            $0.21
                                                                    2016.
Atka mackerel.........................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.26
                                                                    2016.
Flathead sole.........................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.20
                                                                    2016.
Greenland turbot......................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.46
                                                                    2016.
CDQ halibut...........................  Fixed gear...............  October 1, 2015-September 30,            6.02
                                                                    2016.
Pacific cod...........................  Fixed gear...............  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.29
                                                                    2016.
                                        Trawl gear...............  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.26
                                                                    2016.
Pacific ocean perch...................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.19
                                                                    2016.
Pollock...............................  All......................  January 1, 2015-December 31,             0.15
                                                                    2015.
Rock sole.............................  All......................  February 4, 2016-March 31,               0.18
                                                                    2016.
                                        All......................  April 1, 2016-October 31,                0.14
                                                                    2016.
Sablefish.............................  Fixed gear...............  October 1, 2015-September 30,            5.11
                                                                    2016.
                                        Trawl gear...............  February 4, 2016-October 31,             1.08
                                                                    2016.
Yellowfin sole........................  All......................  February 4, 2016-October 31,             0.14
                                                                    2016.
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    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 22, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-28598 Filed 11-25-16; 8:45 am]
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