Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program, 5533-5535 [2017-00715]

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C1–2016–31835 Filed 1–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF070 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of standard prices and fee percentage. AGENCY: NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2016 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 2.54 percent. The fee payments are due from each rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2017. SUMMARY: DATES: Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5533 E:\FR\FM\18JAN1.SGM Effective January 18, 2017. 18JAN1 5534 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carl Greene, 907–586–7105. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The rockfish fisheries are conducted in Federal waters near Kodiak, AK, by trawl and longline vessels. Regulations implementing the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program) are set forth at 50 CFR part 679. Exclusive harvesting privileges are allocated as quota share under the Rockfish Program for rockfish primary and secondary species. Each year, NMFS issues rockfish primary and secondary species cooperative quota (CQ) to rockfish quota share holders to authorize harvest of these species. The rockfish primary species are northern rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, and dusky rockfish. In 2012, dusky rockfish replaced the pelagic shelf rockfish species group in the GOA Groundfish Harvest Specifications (77 FR 15194, March 14, 2012). The rockfish secondary species include Pacific cod, rougheye rockfish, shortraker rockfish, sablefish, and thornyhead rockfish. Rockfish cooperatives began fishing under the Rockfish Program on May 1, 2012. The Rockfish Program is a limited access privilege program established under the provisions of section 303A of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Sections 303A and 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act require NMFS to collect fees to recover the actual costs directly related to the management, data collection and analysis, and enforcement of any limited access privilege program. Therefore, NMFS is required to collect fees for the Rockfish Program under sections 303A and 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Section 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act also limits the cost recovery fee so that it may not exceed 3 percent of the ex- vessel value of the fish harvested under the Rockfish Program. Standard Prices NMFS calculates cost recovery fees based on standard ex-vessel value price, rather than actual price data provided by each rockfish CQ holder. Use of a standard ex-vessel price is allowed under sections 303A and 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. NMFS generates a standard ex-vessel price for each rockfish primary and secondary species on a monthly basis to determine the average price paid per pound for all shoreside processors receiving rockfish primary and secondary species CQ. Regulations at § 679.85(b)(2) require the Regional Administrator to publish rockfish standard ex-vessel values during the first quarter of each calendar year. The standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per pound for rockfish primary and secondary species CQ landings made during the previous year. Fee Percentage NMFS assesses a fee on the standard ex-vessel value of rockfish primary species and rockfish secondary species CQ harvested by rockfish cooperatives in the Central GOA and waters adjacent to the Central GOA when rockfish primary species caught by a cooperative are deducted from the Federal total allowable catch. The rockfish entry level longline fishery and trawl vessels that opt out of joining a cooperative are not subject to cost recovery fees because those participants do not receive rockfish CQ. Specific details on the Rockfish Program’s cost recovery provision may be found in the implementing regulations set forth at § 679.85. NMFS informs—by letter—each rockfish cooperative of the fee percentage applied to the previous year’s landings and the total amount due. Fees are due on or before February 15 of each year. Failure to pay on time will result in the permit holder’s rockfish quota share becoming nontransferable, and the person will be ineligible to receive any additional rockfish quota share by transfer. In addition, cooperative members will not receive any rockfish CQ the following year until full payment of the fee is received by NMFS. NMFS calculates and publishes in the Federal Register the fee percentage in the first quarter of each year according to the factors and methods described in Federal regulations at § 679.85(c)(2). NMFS determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made in the previous year by dividing the total Rockfish Program management, data collection and analysis, and enforcement costs (direct program costs) during the previous year by the total standard ex-vessel value of the rockfish primary species and rockfish secondary species for all rockfish CQ landings made during the previous year (fishery value). NMFS captures the direct program costs through an established accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. Fee collections in any given year may be less than, or greater than, the direct program costs and fishery value for that year, because, by regulation, the fee percentage is established in the first quarter of the calendar year based on the program costs and the fishery value of the previous calendar year. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of program costs to value for the 2016 calendar year is 2.54 percent of the standard ex-vessel value. The fee percentage for 2016 is a decrease from the 2015 fee percentage of 3.0 percent (81 FR 10591, March 1, 2016). Program costs for 2016 were lower than in 2015, with a specific reduction in the costs of observer coverage for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center due to efficiencies achieved in the deployment of observers in the Rockfish Program. TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY SPECIES FOR THE 2016 ROCKFISH PROGRAM SEASON IN KODIAK, ALASKA Standard ex-vessel price per pound Period ending Dusky rockfish * ........................................................................... mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Species May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ Northern rockfish ......................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jan 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18JAN1.SGM 18JAN1 $0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.16 0.17 0.16 0.16 0.16 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / Notices 5535 TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY SPECIES FOR THE 2016 ROCKFISH PROGRAM SEASON IN KODIAK, ALASKA— Continued Species Standard ex-vessel price per pound Period ending Pacific cod ................................................................................... Pacific ocean perch .................................................................... Rougheye rockfish ...................................................................... Sablefish ..................................................................................... Shortraker rockfish ...................................................................... Thornyhead rockfish ................................................................... October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. May 31 ....................................................................................... June 30 ...................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................ August 31 ................................................................................... September 30 ............................................................................ October 31 ................................................................................. November 30 ............................................................................. 0.16 0.16 0.28 0.29 0.30 0.29 0.30 0.30 0.31 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.15 0.16 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 3.14 3.28 3.20 3.20 3.48 3.20 3.20 0.17 0.20 0.18 0.22 0.18 0.18 0.18 0.38 0.58 0.49 0.49 0.49 0.49 0.49 * The pelagic shelf rockfish species group has been changed to ‘‘dusky rockfish.’’ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 108–447; Pub. L. 111–281. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Dated: January 10, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 11 (Wednesday, January 18, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5533-5535]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00715]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF070


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish 
of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program

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

ACTION: Notification of standard prices and fee percentage.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee 
percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish 
Program. This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish 
cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2016 
fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The 
fee percentage is 2.54 percent. The fee payments are due from each 
rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2017.

DATES: Effective January 18, 2017.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The rockfish fisheries are conducted in Federal waters near Kodiak, 
AK, by trawl and longline vessels. Regulations implementing the Central 
Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program) are set forth 
at 50 CFR part 679. Exclusive harvesting privileges are allocated as 
quota share under the Rockfish Program for rockfish primary and 
secondary species. Each year, NMFS issues rockfish primary and 
secondary species cooperative quota (CQ) to rockfish quota share 
holders to authorize harvest of these species. The rockfish primary 
species are northern rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, and dusky rockfish. 
In 2012, dusky rockfish replaced the pelagic shelf rockfish species 
group in the GOA Groundfish Harvest Specifications (77 FR 15194, March 
14, 2012). The rockfish secondary species include Pacific cod, rougheye 
rockfish, shortraker rockfish, sablefish, and thornyhead rockfish. 
Rockfish cooperatives began fishing under the Rockfish Program on May 
1, 2012.
    The Rockfish Program is a limited access privilege program 
established under the provisions of section 303A of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). 
Sections 303A and 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act require NMFS to 
collect fees to recover the actual costs directly related to the 
management, data collection and analysis, and enforcement of any 
limited access privilege program. Therefore, NMFS is required to 
collect fees for the Rockfish Program under sections 303A and 304(d)(2) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Section 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act also limits the cost recovery fee so that it may not exceed 3 
percent of the ex-vessel value of the fish harvested under the Rockfish 
Program.

Standard Prices

    NMFS calculates cost recovery fees based on standard ex-vessel 
value price, rather than actual price data provided by each rockfish CQ 
holder. Use of a standard ex-vessel price is allowed under sections 
303A and 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. NMFS generates a 
standard ex-vessel price for each rockfish primary and secondary 
species on a monthly basis to determine the average price paid per 
pound for all shoreside processors receiving rockfish primary and 
secondary species CQ.
    Regulations at Sec.  679.85(b)(2) require the Regional 
Administrator to publish rockfish standard ex-vessel values during the 
first quarter of each calendar year. The standard prices are described 
in U.S. dollars per pound for rockfish primary and secondary species CQ 
landings made during the previous year.

Fee Percentage

    NMFS assesses a fee on the standard ex-vessel value of rockfish 
primary species and rockfish secondary species CQ harvested by rockfish 
cooperatives in the Central GOA and waters adjacent to the Central GOA 
when rockfish primary species caught by a cooperative are deducted from 
the Federal total allowable catch. The rockfish entry level longline 
fishery and trawl vessels that opt out of joining a cooperative are not 
subject to cost recovery fees because those participants do not receive 
rockfish CQ. Specific details on the Rockfish Program's cost recovery 
provision may be found in the implementing regulations set forth at 
Sec.  679.85.
    NMFS informs--by letter--each rockfish cooperative of the fee 
percentage applied to the previous year's landings and the total amount 
due. Fees are due on or before February 15 of each year. Failure to pay 
on time will result in the permit holder's rockfish quota share 
becoming non-transferable, and the person will be ineligible to receive 
any additional rockfish quota share by transfer. In addition, 
cooperative members will not receive any rockfish CQ the following year 
until full payment of the fee is received by NMFS.
    NMFS calculates and publishes in the Federal Register the fee 
percentage in the first quarter of each year according to the factors 
and methods described in Federal regulations at Sec.  679.85(c)(2). 
NMFS determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made in the 
previous year by dividing the total Rockfish Program management, data 
collection and analysis, and enforcement costs (direct program costs) 
during the previous year by the total standard ex-vessel value of the 
rockfish primary species and rockfish secondary species for all 
rockfish CQ landings made during the previous year (fishery value). 
NMFS captures the direct program costs through an established 
accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, 
rent, and procurement. Fee collections in any given year may be less 
than, or greater than, the direct program costs and fishery value for 
that year, because, by regulation, the fee percentage is established in 
the first quarter of the calendar year based on the program costs and 
the fishery value of the previous calendar year.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of program costs to value for the 2016 calendar year is 2.54 
percent of the standard ex-vessel value. The fee percentage for 2016 is 
a decrease from the 2015 fee percentage of 3.0 percent (81 FR 10591, 
March 1, 2016). Program costs for 2016 were lower than in 2015, with a 
specific reduction in the costs of observer coverage for the Alaska 
Fisheries Science Center due to efficiencies achieved in the deployment 
of observers in the Rockfish Program.

   Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices by Species for the 2016 Rockfish
                    Program Season in Kodiak, Alaska
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                                                           Standard ex-
            Species                   Period ending        vessel price
                                                             per pound
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Dusky rockfish *...............  May 31.................           $0.17
                                 June 30................            0.17
                                 July 31................            0.17
                                 August 31..............            0.17
                                 September 30...........            0.17
                                 October 31.............            0.17
                                 November 30............            0.17
Northern rockfish..............  May 31.................            0.16
                                 June 30................            0.17
                                 July 31................            0.16
                                 August 31..............            0.16
                                 September 30...........            0.16

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                                 October 31.............            0.16
                                 November 30............            0.16
Pacific cod....................  May 31.................            0.28
                                 June 30................            0.29
                                 July 31................            0.30
                                 August 31..............            0.29
                                 September 30...........            0.30
                                 October 31.............            0.30
                                 November 30............            0.31
Pacific ocean perch............  May 31.................            0.19
                                 June 30................            0.19
                                 July 31................            0.19
                                 August 31..............            0.19
                                 September 30...........            0.19
                                 October 31.............            0.19
                                 November 30............            0.19
Rougheye rockfish..............  May 31.................            0.15
                                 June 30................            0.16
                                 July 31................            0.15
                                 August 31..............            0.15
                                 September 30...........            0.15
                                 October 31.............            0.15
                                 November 30............            0.15
Sablefish......................  May 31.................            3.14
                                 June 30................            3.28
                                 July 31................            3.20
                                 August 31..............            3.20
                                 September 30...........            3.48
                                 October 31.............            3.20
                                 November 30............            3.20
Shortraker rockfish............  May 31.................            0.17
                                 June 30................            0.20
                                 July 31................            0.18
                                 August 31..............            0.22
                                 September 30...........            0.18
                                 October 31.............            0.18
                                 November 30............            0.18
Thornyhead rockfish............  May 31.................            0.38
                                 June 30................            0.58
                                 July 31................            0.49
                                 August 31..............            0.49
                                 September 30...........            0.49
                                 October 31.............            0.49
                                 November 30............            0.49
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* The pelagic shelf rockfish species group has been changed to ``dusky
  rockfish.''


    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; 
Pub. L. 108-447; Pub. L. 111-281.

    Dated: January 10, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-00715 Filed 1-17-17; 8:45 am]
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