Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Orders, 95892-95893 [2016-31526]

Download as PDF 95892 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (2) The list entry: CY 2016 National Average Ansthesia Conversion Factor CY 2017 RVU Budget Neutrality Adjustment ............................. 21,9935 0.013 percent (0.99987). is corrected to read: CY 2016 National Average Anesthesia Conversion Factor CY 2017 RVU Budget Neutrality Adjustment ............................. Dated: December 22, 2016. Wilma M. Robinson, Deputy Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services. [FR Doc. 2016–31649 Filed 12–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 RIN 0648–XE860 Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Orders National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary orders; inseason orders. AGENCY: NMFS publishes Fraser River salmon inseason orders to regulate treaty and non-treaty (all citizen) commercial salmon fisheries in U.S. waters. The orders were issued by the Fraser River Panel (Panel) of the Pacific Salmon Commission (Commission) and subsequently approved and issued by NMFS during the 2016 salmon fisheries within the U.S. Fraser River Panel Area. These orders established fishing dates, times, and areas for the gear types of U.S. treaty Indian and all citizen commercial fisheries during the period the Panel exercised jurisdiction over these fisheries. In 2016, only treaty Indian fisheries were affected by these orders. DATES: The effective dates for the inseason orders are set out in this document under the heading Inseason Orders. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206–526–4323. The Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:51 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 21.9935 ¥0.013 percent (0.99987). Government of Canada concerning Pacific Salmon was signed at Ottawa on January 28, 1985, and subsequently was given effect in the United States by the Pacific Salmon Treaty Act (Act) at 16 U.S.C. 3631–3644. Under authority of the Act, Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 300, subpart F, provide a framework for the implementation of certain regulations of the Commission and inseason orders of the Commission’s Fraser River Panel for U.S. sockeye and pink salmon fisheries in the Fraser River Panel Area. The regulations close the U.S. portion of the Fraser River Panel Area to U.S. sockeye and pink salmon tribal and non-tribal commercial fishing unless opened by Panel orders that are given effect by inseason regulations published by NMFS. During the fishing season, NMFS may issue regulations that establish fishing times and areas consistent with the Commission agreements and inseason orders of the Panel. Such orders must be consistent with domestic legal obligations and are issued by the Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS. Official notification of these inseason actions is provided by two telephone hotline numbers described at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 81 FR 26157 (May 2, 2016). The inseason orders are published in the Federal Register as soon as practicable after they are issued. Due to the frequency with which inseason orders are issued, publication of individual orders is impractical. Inseason Orders The following inseason orders were adopted by the Panel and issued for U.S. fisheries by NMFS during the 2016 fishing season. Each of the following inseason actions were effective upon announcement on telephone hotline numbers as specified at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 81 FR 26157 (May 2, 2016); those dates and times are listed herein. The times listed are local times, and the areas designated are Puget Sound Management and Catch Reporting Areas as defined in the PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Washington State Administrative Code at Chapter 220–22. Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016– 01: Issued 12:32 p.m., July 22, 2016 Treaty Indian Fishery Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Open to drift gillnets 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, July 23, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016– 02: Issued 11:46 a.m., July 26, 2016 Treaty Indian Fishery Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, July 27, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, July 30, 2016. Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016– 03: Issued 12:52 p.m., July 29, 2016 Treaty Indian Fishery Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, July 30, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016– 04: Issued 11:47 a.m., August 2, 2016 Treaty Indian Fishery Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, August 3, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, August 6, 2016. Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016– 05: Issued 2:32 p.m., August 26, 2016 Treaty Indian and All Citizen Fisheries Areas 4B, 5, 6, 6C, 7, and 7A, excluding the Apex: Relinquish regulatory control effective 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Saturday, September 3, 2016. The Apex is those waters north and west of the Area 7A ‘‘East Point Line,’’ defined as a line projected from the low water range marker in Boundary Bay on the U.S./Canada border through the east tip of Point Roberts, WA, to the East Point Light on Saturna Island in the Canadian Province of British Columbia. E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 250 / Thursday, December 29, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries NOAA (AA), finds that good cause exists for the inseason orders to be issued without affording the public prior notice and opportunity for comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such prior notice and opportunity for comments is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment is impracticable because NMFS has insufficient time to allow for prior notice and opportunity for public comment between the time the stock abundance information is available to determine how much fishing can be allowed and the time the fishery must open and close in order to harvest the appropriate amount of fish while they are available. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date, required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), of the inseason orders. A delay in the effective date of the inseason orders would not allow fishers appropriately controlled access to the available fish at that time they are available. This action is authorized by 50 CFR 300.97, and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3636(b). Dated: December 22, 2016. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–31526 Filed 12–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 131113952–6999–02] RIN 0648–BD78 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 16 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:51 Dec 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 ACTION: Final rule. NMFS issues regulations to implement Regulatory Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule revises the current seasonal prohibition on the use of black sea bass pot gear in the South Atlantic and adds an additional gear marking requirement for black sea bass pot gear. The purpose of this final rule is to reduce the adverse socioeconomic impacts from the current seasonal black sea bass pot gear prohibition while continuing to protect Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed North Atlantic right whales (NARW)in the South Atlantic. This final rule also helps to better identify black sea bass pot gear in the South Atlantic. DATES: This rule is effective January 30, 2017, except for the amendments to § 622.183(b)(6) that are effective December 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of Regulatory Amendment 16, which includes an environmental impact statement (EIS), a Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis, and a regulatory impact review, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/ sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2013/reg_ am16/index.html. Comments regarding the burden-hour estimates, clarity of the instructions, or other aspects of the collection of information requirements contained in this final rule (see the Classification section of the preamble) may be submitted in writing to Adam Bailey, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; or the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), by email at OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to 202–395–5806. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nikhil Mehta, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: nikhil.mehta@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Black sea bass is in the snapper-grouper fishery and is managed under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented through regulations at 50 CFR part 622 under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 95893 Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). On December 4, 2013, NMFS published a notice of intent to prepare a draft EIS for Regulatory Amendment 16 and requested public comment (78 FR 72968). On October 23, 2015, the notice of availability for the draft EIS was published and public comment was also requested (80 FR 64409). The notice of availability for the final EIS for Regulatory Amendment 16 published on July 1, 2016 (81 FR 43198). On August 11, 2016, NMFS published a proposed rule for Regulatory Amendment 16 and requested public comment (81 FR 53109). The proposed rule and Regulatory Amendment 16 outline the rationale for the actions contained in this final rule. A summary of the actions implemented by Regulatory Amendment 16 and this final rule is provided below. Management Measures Contained in this Final Rule This final rule implements modifications to the current black sea bass pot seasonal closure. This final rule also modifies the buoy line rope marking requirements for black sea bass pots. Black Sea Bass Pot Gear Seasonal Prohibition As established through Regulatory Amendment 19 to the FMP, black sea bass pot gear is prohibited in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ) annually from November 1 through April 30 (78 FR 58249, September 23, 2013). This final rule retains the November 1 through April 30 prohibition on the use of black sea bass pots but modifies the boundaries of the prohibition. This rule revises the South Atlantic EEZ-wide seasonal closure to a closure with two temporal and spatial components. The first closure period is for the months of November and April and the second closure period is for the months of December through March, each year. The first closure period is illustrated by Figure 1 below. During the November and April seasonal prohibition, the eastern boundary of the sea bass pot closed area off North and South Carolina is closer to shore than during the months of December through March. E:\FR\FM\29DER1.SGM 29DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 250 (Thursday, December 29, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 95892-95893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-31526]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

RIN 0648-XE860


Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Orders

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

ACTION: Temporary orders; inseason orders.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes Fraser River salmon inseason orders to regulate 
treaty and non-treaty (all citizen) commercial salmon fisheries in U.S. 
waters. The orders were issued by the Fraser River Panel (Panel) of the 
Pacific Salmon Commission (Commission) and subsequently approved and 
issued by NMFS during the 2016 salmon fisheries within the U.S. Fraser 
River Panel Area. These orders established fishing dates, times, and 
areas for the gear types of U.S. treaty Indian and all citizen 
commercial fisheries during the period the Panel exercised jurisdiction 
over these fisheries. In 2016, only treaty Indian fisheries were 
affected by these orders.

DATES: The effective dates for the inseason orders are set out in this 
document under the heading Inseason Orders.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Treaty between the Government of the 
United States of America and the Government of Canada concerning 
Pacific Salmon was signed at Ottawa on January 28, 1985, and 
subsequently was given effect in the United States by the Pacific 
Salmon Treaty Act (Act) at 16 U.S.C. 3631-3644.
    Under authority of the Act, Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 300, 
subpart F, provide a framework for the implementation of certain 
regulations of the Commission and inseason orders of the Commission's 
Fraser River Panel for U.S. sockeye and pink salmon fisheries in the 
Fraser River Panel Area.
    The regulations close the U.S. portion of the Fraser River Panel 
Area to U.S. sockeye and pink salmon tribal and non-tribal commercial 
fishing unless opened by Panel orders that are given effect by inseason 
regulations published by NMFS. During the fishing season, NMFS may 
issue regulations that establish fishing times and areas consistent 
with the Commission agreements and inseason orders of the Panel. Such 
orders must be consistent with domestic legal obligations and are 
issued by the Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS. Official 
notification of these inseason actions is provided by two telephone 
hotline numbers described at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 81 FR 26157 
(May 2, 2016). The inseason orders are published in the Federal 
Register as soon as practicable after they are issued. Due to the 
frequency with which inseason orders are issued, publication of 
individual orders is impractical.

Inseason Orders

    The following inseason orders were adopted by the Panel and issued 
for U.S. fisheries by NMFS during the 2016 fishing season. Each of the 
following inseason actions were effective upon announcement on 
telephone hotline numbers as specified at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 81 
FR 26157 (May 2, 2016); those dates and times are listed herein. The 
times listed are local times, and the areas designated are Puget Sound 
Management and Catch Reporting Areas as defined in the Washington State 
Administrative Code at Chapter 220-22.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016-01: Issued 12:32 p.m., July 22, 
2016

Treaty Indian Fishery
    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Open to drift gillnets 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, July 23, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016-02: Issued 11:46 a.m., July 26, 
2016

Treaty Indian Fishery
    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016-03: Issued 12:52 p.m., July 29, 
2016

Treaty Indian Fishery
    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, July 30, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016-04: Issued 11:47 a.m., August 2, 
2016

Treaty Indian Fishery
    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2016-05: Issued 2:32 p.m., August 26, 
2016

Treaty Indian and All Citizen Fisheries
    Areas 4B, 5, 6, 6C, 7, and 7A, excluding the Apex: Relinquish 
regulatory control effective 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Saturday, September 
3, 2016. The Apex is those waters north and west of the Area 7A ``East 
Point Line,'' defined as a line projected from the low water range 
marker in Boundary Bay on the U.S./Canada border through the east tip 
of Point Roberts, WA, to the East Point Light on Saturna Island in the 
Canadian Province of British Columbia.

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Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for the inseason orders to be issued without 
affording the public prior notice and opportunity for comment under 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such prior notice and opportunity for comments is 
impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment is impracticable because NMFS has 
insufficient time to allow for prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment between the time the stock abundance information is available 
to determine how much fishing can be allowed and the time the fishery 
must open and close in order to harvest the appropriate amount of fish 
while they are available.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date, required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), of the inseason 
orders. A delay in the effective date of the inseason orders would not 
allow fishers appropriately controlled access to the available fish at 
that time they are available.
    This action is authorized by 50 CFR 300.97, and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3636(b).

    Dated: December 22, 2016.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-31526 Filed 12-28-16; 8:45 am]
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