Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for the State of New York, 87844 [2016-29137]

Download as PDF 87844 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES The reason being, Congress requires states that receive CCDBG funds to use the same set of comprehensive background checks for all child care teachers and staff. These states must have requirements as well as policies and procedures to enforce and conduct criminal background checks for existing and prospective child care providers by September 30, 2017. We can minimize burden on programs that operate with both Head Start and Child Care Development Funds if we extend the time by which our programs must comply with section 1302.90(b) to September 30, 2017. Until September 30, 2017, the criminal record check requirements from section 648A of the Act remain in place. 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To have provided a period for public comment would have only extended concern in the Head Start community of how they were going to comply with the requirement in a different timeframe than that afforded the child care program. Programs may voluntarily come into compliance at an earlier date if they have the processes already in place. Dated: November 22, 2016. Mark H. Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Approved: November 30, 2016. Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–29183 Filed 12–5–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Dec 05, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 140214138–4482–02] RIN 0648–XF043 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for the State of New York National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the 2016 commercial Atlantic bluefish quota allocated to the State of New York has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal permit for this fishery may not land bluefish in New York for the remainder of calendar year 2016, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing these fisheries require publication of this notice to advise New York that the quota has been harvested, and to advise Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available to land bluefish in New York. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, December 2, 2016, through December 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reid Lichwell, (978) 281–9112, or Reid.Lichwell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the bluefish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The bluefish regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned on a percentage basis among the coastal states from Florida through Maine. The processes to set the bluefish annual commercial quotas and the percent allocated to each state are described in § 648.162. The initial coast wide commercial quota for Atlantic bluefish for the 2016 fishing year was set at 4,884,780 lb (2,215,699 kg) (81 FR 51370; August 4, 2016). The percent allocated to New York is 10.39 percent, resulting in an initial commercial quota of 507,289 lb (230,103 kg). The 2016 allocation was adjusted to 877,289 lb (397,932 kg) (81 FR 85904; November 29, 2016) to reflect quota transfers from other states. The Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), monitors the state commercial quotas and determines when a state’s commercial quota has been harvested. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 NMFS is required to publish a notice in the Federal Register alerting Federal commercial vessel and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, the state’s commercial quota has been harvested and no commercial quota is available to land bluefish in that state. The Regional Administrator has determined, based upon dealer reports and other available information, that New York has harvested its bluefish quota for 2016. Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal permit holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land bluefish in any state that the Regional Administrator has determined no longer has commercial quota available. Therefore, vessels holding Federal commercial permits are prohibited from landing bluefish, effective 0001 hours, December 2, 2016, for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer and is announced in the Federal Register. Federally permitted dealers are also notified that they may not purchase bluefish, effective 0001 hours, December 2, 2016, from federally permitted vessels that land in New York for the remainder of the calendar year, or until additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest. This action closes the bluefish fishery for New York until January 1, 2017, under current regulations. The regulations at § 648.103(b) require such action to ensure that vessels do not exceed state quotas. If implementation of this closure was delayed to solicit public comment, the quota for this fishing year would be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan. The AA further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30 day delayed effectiveness period for the reason stated above. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 30, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–29137 Filed 12–1–16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\06DER1.SGM 06DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 234 (Tuesday, December 6, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 87844]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-29137]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 140214138-4482-02]
RIN 0648-XF043


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish 
Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for the State of New York

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the 2016 commercial Atlantic bluefish 
quota allocated to the State of New York has been harvested. Vessels 
issued a commercial Federal permit for this fishery may not land 
bluefish in New York for the remainder of calendar year 2016, unless 
additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another 
state. Regulations governing these fisheries require publication of 
this notice to advise New York that the quota has been harvested, and 
to advise Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that no Federal 
commercial quota is available to land bluefish in New York.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, December 2, 2016, through December 31, 
2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reid Lichwell, (978) 281-9112, or 
Reid.Lichwell@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the bluefish fishery 
are found at 50 CFR part 648. The bluefish regulations require annual 
specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned on a percentage 
basis among the coastal states from Florida through Maine. The 
processes to set the bluefish annual commercial quotas and the percent 
allocated to each state are described in Sec.  648.162.
    The initial coast wide commercial quota for Atlantic bluefish for 
the 2016 fishing year was set at 4,884,780 lb (2,215,699 kg) (81 FR 
51370; August 4, 2016). The percent allocated to New York is 10.39 
percent, resulting in an initial commercial quota of 507,289 lb 
(230,103 kg). The 2016 allocation was adjusted to 877,289 lb (397,932 
kg) (81 FR 85904; November 29, 2016) to reflect quota transfers from 
other states.
    The Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), monitors the state commercial quotas and determines 
when a state's commercial quota has been harvested. NMFS is required to 
publish a notice in the Federal Register alerting Federal commercial 
vessel and dealer permit holders that, effective upon a specific date, 
the state's commercial quota has been harvested and no commercial quota 
is available to land bluefish in that state. The Regional Administrator 
has determined, based upon dealer reports and other available 
information, that New York has harvested its bluefish quota for 2016.
    Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal permit holders agree, as a 
condition of the permit, not to land bluefish in any state that the 
Regional Administrator has determined no longer has commercial quota 
available. Therefore, vessels holding Federal commercial permits are 
prohibited from landing bluefish, effective 0001 hours, December 2, 
2016, for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year, unless additional 
quota becomes available through a transfer and is announced in the 
Federal Register. Federally permitted dealers are also notified that 
they may not purchase bluefish, effective 0001 hours, December 2, 2016, 
from federally permitted vessels that land in New York for the 
remainder of the calendar year, or until additional quota becomes 
available through a transfer from another state.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good 
cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the 
opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the 
public interest. This action closes the bluefish fishery for New York 
until January 1, 2017, under current regulations. The regulations at 
Sec.  648.103(b) require such action to ensure that vessels do not 
exceed state quotas. If implementation of this closure was delayed to 
solicit public comment, the quota for this fishing year would be 
exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the 
Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan. The AA further finds, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30 day delayed 
effectiveness period for the reason stated above.

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

    Dated: November 30, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-29137 Filed 12-1-16; 4:15 pm]
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