Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 27, 9634-9670 [2017-02268]

Download as PDF 9634 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Electronic Access National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration This rule is accessible via the Internet at the Office of the Federal Register Web site at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_ docs/aces/aces140.html. Background information and documents are available at the NMFS West Coast Region Web site at http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ fisheries/groundfish/index.html and at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Web site at http:// www.pcouncil.org. 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 160808696–7010–02] RIN 0648–BG17 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017–2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 27 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule establishes the 2017–2018 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), including harvest specifications consistent with default harvest control rules in the PCGFMP. This action also includes regulations to implement Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP, which adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as an actively managed stock, adds a new inseason management process for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries in California, and makes several clarifications to existing regulations. DATES: This final rule is effective February 7, 2017. ADDRESSES: Information relevant to this final rule and Amendment 27, which includes an Environmental Assessment (EA), the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), a regulatory impact review (RIR), final regulatory flexibility analysis (FRFA), and amended PCGFMP, are available from Barry A. Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115–0070. Electronic copies of this final rule are also available at the NMFS West Coast Region Web site: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206–526– 6147, fax: 206–526–6736, or email: Gretchen.hanshew@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 Executive Summary Purpose of the Regulatory Action This final rule implements the 2017– 2018 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish species taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, the harvest specifications consistent with default harvest control rules, and Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. The purpose of this action is to conserve and manage Pacific Coast groundfish fishery resources to prevent overfishing, to rebuild overfished stocks, to ensure conservation, to facilitate long-term protection of essential fish habitats (EFH), and to realize the full potential of the Nation’s fishery resources. This action includes harvest specifications for 2017–2018 consistent with existing or revised default harvest control rules for all stocks, and establishes management measures designed to keep catch within the appropriate limits. The harvest specifications are set consistent with the optimum yield (OY) harvest management framework described in Chapter 4 of the PCGFMP. This final rule also implements Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. Amendment 27 adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as ‘‘in the fishery,’’ adds a new inseason management process for California fisheries, and makes several clarifications. This rule is authorized by 16 U.S.C. 1854 and 1855 and by the PCGFMP. Major Provisions This final rule contains two types of major provisions. The first are the harvest specifications (overfishing limits (OFLs), acceptable biological catches (ABCs), and annual catch limits (ACLs)), and the second are management measures designed to keep fishing mortality within the ACLs. The harvest specifications (OFLs, ABCs, and ACLs) in this rule have been developed through a rigorous scientific review and decision making process, which is described in detail in the proposed rule PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 for this action (81 FR 75266, October 28, 2016) and is not repeated here. This final rule includes ACLs for the five overfished species managed under the PCGFMP. For the 2017–2018 biennium darkblotched rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (POP) have rebuilding plan changes to their harvest control rules, while maintaining the current target year for rebuilding (TTARGET). The remaining overfished species are making adequate progress towards rebuilding. Therefore, this rule establishes harvest specifications consistent with the existing rebuilding plan provisions for those species. This rule also implements Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. Amendment 27 consists of five components that: (1) Reclassify big skate from an ecosystem component species to ‘‘in the fishery,’’ (2) add deacon rockfish to the list of species in the PCGFMP, (3) establish a new inseason management process in California for black, canary, and yelloweye rockfishes, (4) make updates to clarify several stock assessment descriptions, and (5) update several sections of the PCGFMP because canary rockfish and petrale sole are rebuilt. The Notice of Availability (NOA) for Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP (Amendment 27) published on September 30, 2016 (81 FR 67287) and the public comment period closed on November 29, 2016. Public comments received on the Amendment 27 are discussed below in ‘‘Comments and Reponses.’’ In addition to the annual specifications, this final rule implements the same management measures that were described in the proposed rule, with a few modifications that are discussed below in ‘‘Changes from the Proposed Rule.’’ This final rule also corrects a computational error to the sablefish ACLs and revises sablefish trip limits, per the Council’s recommendations made at its November 2016 meeting (See ‘‘Comments and Responses’’ and ‘‘Changes From the Proposed Rule,’’ below). Comments and Responses During the comment period of the proposed rule and NOA for Amendment 27, NMFS received one comment letter from the public in support of the proposed regulation changes to preserve fish populations and better regulate the fisheries in Washington, Oregon, and California. NMFS also received a letter from Department of the Interior stating they had reviewed the proposed rule and had no comments to offer. NMFS addresses other comments below. Comment 1: A participant in the fishing industry made a general request E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations for less restrictive management such that more fishing jobs would be available. Response: Harvest specifications and management measures for Pacific Coast groundfish continue to be centered around allowing harvest of available target species such as sablefish, flatfish, Pacific whiting, etc., and keeping harvest of co-occurring overfished rockfish within their rebuilding plan ACLs. Every two years, through the biennial harvest specifications and management measures that this final rule implements, and in other ongoing rulemaking activities, the Council and NMFS work with industry and the public to develop and make incremental improvements to the management regime, including regulatory opportunities to increase efficiency and revenue. We note that some of the primary factors that drive revenue and jobs in the fishing industry include markets and price per pound, neither of which is within the direct control of the Council and NMFS. The harvest specifications and management measures implement regulations based on the best available scientific information and were developed through a public, collaborative Council process that incorporated feedback from affected industry and fishing communities. Comment 2: The Council submitted a letter to NMFS on November 23, 2016, regarding the proposed sablefish ACLs for 2017–2018. In early November, stock assessment authors discovered an error in the calculation of the Councilrecommended sablefish ACLs for 2017 and 2018 and notified Council and NMFS staff. At its November 13–21, 2016, meeting, under the inseason agenda item, the Council considered corrected ACLs and management measures and heard public testimony from industry in support of correcting the proposed ACLs and the resulting allocations. The Council recommended that these corrections be made by NMFS as quickly as possible. Response: NMFS agrees that it is appropriate to correct the 2017–2018 sablefish ACLs and resulting allocations in this final rule. The FMP specifies long-term, formal sector allocations for north and south of 36° N. lat.; however the 2015 update stock assessment failed to correctly apportion the stock according to the 36° N. lat. Split, and instead used 34° 27′ N. lat. Consequently, the ACL amounts apportioned north and south in the proposed rule were incorrect and inconsistent with the FMP and past practice. Corrected ACLs are included in Tables 1a and 2a, Subpart C. The Council’s sablefish allocation framework and policies described in the proposed rule were applied to the updated ACLs, resulting in corrected allocations, as described below in ‘‘Changes From the Proposed Rule.’’ Comment 3: In its November 23, 2016, letter, the Council also recommended adjustments to 2017–2018 routine management measures relative to limited entry fixed gear and open access sablefish trip limits. The adjustments to trip limits are based on the corrected sablefish ACLs and subsequent allocations, and also take into account the most recent fishery information. The Council recommended that these adjustments to trip limits be implemented on January 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. Reponse: The Council’s recommended trip limits are based on the best available information, and on the corrected sablefish ACLs and 9635 subsequent allocations. NMFS agrees that these trip limits should be implemented congruently with the corrected harvest specifications and allocations. However, lower trip limits, as recommended by the Council at its November 2016 meeting, may only be implemented at the beginning of Period 1 (January–February). This is because, once fishing in Period 1 has begun under higher trip limits, it is not enforceable to lower those trip limits until the start of the next cumulative limit period, or Period 2 (March–April). Therefore, for limited entry fixed gear north of 36° N. lat., NMFS is implementing the Councilrecommended trip limits beginning on March 1, 2017 (at the start of Period 2). The Council has an opportunity, if necessary, to recommend further refinements to sablefish trip limits under routine inseason action at each Council meeting starting in March 2017. Revised trip limits for sablefish, as recommended by the Council at its November 2016 meeting, can be found in Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South), Supbart E, and Tables 3 (North) and 3 (South), Subpart F. Changes From the Proposed Rule Sablefish ACLs and Management Measures As described above in Comments and Responses, sablefish ACLs were based on an incorrect north/south apportionment, resulting in incorrect proposed ACLs. For the reasons described above, the 2017–2018 sablefish ACLs and management measures for the areas north and south of 36° N. lat. are revised in this final rule to be consistent with the FMP and related analyses, including past EIS and RIR documents. Regulatory citation/paragraph Description of the change § 660.50(f)(2)(ii) .................................................................. Tables 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b to Supbart C ............................ Corrected the 2017 and 2018 sablefish allocations for tribal fisheries. Corrected the 2017 and 2018 sablefish ACLs, allocations, and harvest guidelines described there, including footnotes. Corrected 2017 and 2018 sablefish ACLs and allocations based on the long-term formal allocation structure described in the FMP for the area north of 36° N. lat. Corrected the 2017 and 2018 shorebased trawl allocations for sablefish north and south of 36° N. lat. Corrected the 2017 and 2018 sablefish tier limits for the sablefish primary fishery. Revises sablefish trip limits consistent with corrected harvest targets. Tables 1c and 2c to Subpart C .......................................... § 660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D) .......................................................... Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 § 660.231(b)(3)(i) ................................................................ Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to Supbart E and Tables 3 (North) and 3 (South) to Subpart F. Trip Limit Reductions for Minor Nearshore Rockfish The proposed rule included a reduction in trip limits for 2017–2018 for the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex and black rockfish between 42° N. lat. and 40°10′ N. lat. for both limited VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 entry fixed gear and open access fisheries. This reduced trip limit is to keep harvest of Minor Nearshore Rockfish and co-occurring species within their harvest targets and ACLs. In the October 23, 2016, proposed rule, consistent with the Council’s PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 recommendation, NMFS proposed to reduce the trip limit for this complex in both the limited entry fixed gear and open access fisheries from ‘‘8,500 lb per 2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish’’ (the trip limit currently in E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9636 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 regulation, and that would remain in regulation if no action was taken to superceed it) to ‘‘7,000 lb per 2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish.’’ As described above in ‘‘Comments and Responses,’’ cumulative limits may only be lowered at the beginning of the 2month period. Therefore, this final rule implements the proposed trip limit of 7,000 lb per 2 months beginning March 1. Classification Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (16 U.S.C. 1854(b)(1)(A)), the Administrator, West Coast Region, has determined that this final rule and Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP are necessary for the conservation and management of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery and consistent with the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, other provisions of the MagnusonStevens Act, and other applicable law. NMFS finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule may become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Because this final rule increases the catch limits for several species for 2017, leaving 2016 harvest specifications in place could unnecessarily delay fishing opportunities until later in the year, potentially reducing the total catch for these species in 2017. Thus, a delay in effectiveness could ultimately cause economic harm to the fishing industry and associated fishing communities or result in harvest levels inconsistent with the best available scientific information. For example, due to the rebuilt status of canary rockfish, the Council recommended a modest trip limit to allow retention of this species for the first time in many years. This measure provides for a year round opportunity to turn regulatory discards into retained catch, while maintaining a precautionary trip limit to keep targeting effort on canary rockfish low. Because of the potential harm to fishing communities that could be caused by delaying the effectiveness of this final rule, NMFS finds there is good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness. In addition, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on the corrections contained in this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. At its November meeting, the Council recommended corrections to 2017 and 2018 sablefish harvest specifications and resulting VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 management measures be implemented as quickly as possible. There was not sufficient time after that meeting to allow for prior notice and opportunity for public comment before implementing these corrections so that NMFS could manage these fisheries using the best available science in accordance with the FMP (Section 2.1) and applicable law (National Standard 2). The corrected ACLs and resulting management measures are based on the best available scientific information regarding the relative biomass of sablefish north and south of 36° N. lat. The corrections implemented in this final rule are consistent with the impacts analyses for the proposed action, because the coastwide harvestable surplus (the sum of the northern and southern ACLs) is unchanged from the proposed rule; only the area-specific apportionment was incorrect. Further, correcting the sablefish ACLs is consistent with provisions in the FMP (Section 5.5) to allow timely corrections to ACLs due to technical errors, and also with the longterm formal allocation structure for sablefish north of 36° N. lat., which is predicated on an ACL calculated based on the relative biomass for the area north of 36° N. lat. Delaying the corrected sablefish ACLs and resulting management measures would keep regulations in place that are not based on the best available scientific information. Such a delay would impair achievement of the FMP goals and objectives of managing for appropriate harvest levels while providing for yearround fishing and marketing opportunities. Accordingly, for the reasons stated above, NMFS finds good cause to waive prior notice and comment. NMFS prepared an EA for this action and Amendment 27 that discusses the impact on the environment as a result of some of the components of this rule. The full suite of alternatives analyzed by the Council can be found on the Council’s Web site at www.pcouncil.org. This EA does not contain all of the alternatives because an EIS was prepared for the 2015–2016 biennial harvest specifications and management measures. Copies of the EA and the EIS are available from NMFS (see ADDRESSES). This EIS examined the harvest specifications and management measures for 2015–2016, and included ten year projections for routinely adjusted harvest specifications and management measures. The ten year projections were produced to evaluate the impacts of the ongoing implementation of harvest PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 specifications and management measures and to evaluate the impacts of the routine adjustments that are the main component of regulatory changes in each biennial cycle. Therefore, the EA for the 2017–2018 cycle tiers from the 2015–2016 EIS, and focuses on the harvest specifications and management measures where the impacts were not within the scope of the ten year projections in the 2015–2016 EIS. When an agency proposes regulations, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires the agency to prepare and make available for public comment an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) document that describes the impact on small businesses, non-profit enterprises, local governments, and other small entities. The IRFA is to aid the agency in considering all reasonable regulatory alternatives that would minimize the economic impact on affected small entities. After the public comment period, the agency prepares a Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) that takes into consideration any new information and public comments. This FRFA incorporates the IRFA and a summary of the analyses completed to support the action. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on November 28, 2016, and no comments were received on the IRFA or the economic impacts of this action. An IRFA was prepared and summarized in the Classification section of the preamble to the proposed rule. The description of this action, its purpose, and its legal basis are described in the preamble to the proposed rule and are not repeated here. The FRFA describes the impacts on small entities, which are defined in the IRFA for this action and not repeated here. Analytical requirements for the FRFA are described in Regulatory Flexibility Act, section 604(a)(1) through (5), and summarized below. The FRFA must contain: (1) A succinct statement of the need for, and objectives of, the rule; (2) A summary of the significant issues raised by the public comments in response to the IRFA, a summary of the assessment of the agency of such issues, and a statement of any changes made in the proposed rule as a result of such comments; (3) A description and an estimate of the number of small entities to which the rule will apply, or an explanation of why no such estimate is available; (4) A description of the projected reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements of the rule, including an estimate of the classes of small entities which will be subject to the requirement and the type of professional skills necessary for E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations preparation of the report or record; and (5) A description of the steps the agency has taken to minimize the significant economic impact on small entities consistent with the stated objectives of applicable statutes, including a statement of the factual, policy, and legal reasons for selecting the alternative adopted in the final rule and why each one of the other significant alternatives to the rule considered by the agency which affect the impact on small entities was rejected. This final rule will regulate businesses that participate in the groundfish fishery. This rule directly affects limited entry fixed gear permit holders, trawl quota share (QS) holders and Pacific whiting catch history endorsed permit holders (which include shorebased Pacific whiting processors), tribal vessels, charterboat vessels, and open access vessels. QS holders are directly affected as their QS are affected by the ACLs. Vessels that fish under the trawl rationalization program receive their quota pounds from the QS holders, and thus are indirectly affected. Similarly, mothership (MS) processors are indirectly affected as they receive the fish they process from limited entry permits that are endorsed with Pacific whiting catch history assignments. To determine the number of small entities potentially affected by this rule, NMFS reviewed analyses of fish ticket data and limited entry permit data, information on charterboat, tribal, and open access fleets, available costearnings data developed by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and responses associated with the permitting process for the Trawl Rationalization Program where applicants were asked if they considered themselves a small business based on SBA definitions. This rule will regulate businesses that harvest groundfish. Charter Operations There were 355 active commercial passenger fishing vessels (charter) engaged in groundfish fishing in California in 2014. In 2014, an estimated 189 charter boats targeted groundfish in Oregon and Washington. All 544 of these vessels and associated small businesses are likely to be impacted by changes in recreational harvest levels for groundfish. Commercial Vessels and Shorebased Buyers With limited access to data for all the affiliated business operations for vessels and buyers, particularly in the open access and fixed gear fisheries, NMFS estimates the type of impacted vessels and buyer entities based solely on West Coast ex-vessel revenue. This may be an underestimate of the number of largeentities in the fishery, as many vessels and buyers may be affiliated, and may have income from non-West Coast sources (particularly Alaska). 9637 Open access vessels are not federally permitted so counts based on landings can provide an estimate of the affected vessels. The analysis for the 2013–2014 Pacific Groundfish Harvest Specifications and Management Measures Environmental Impact Statement contained the following assessment, which is deemed as containing reasonable estimates for this rule, as these fisheries have not changed significantly in recent years. In 2011, 682 directed open access vessels fished while 284 incidental open access vessels fished for a total of 966 vessels. Over the 2005–2010 period, 1,583 different directed open access vessels fished, and 837 different incidental open access vessels fished, for a total of 2,420 different vessels. The four tribal fleets sum to a total of 54 longline vessels, 5 Pacific whiting trawlers, and 5 non-whiting trawlers, for an overall total of 64 vessels. Available information on average revenue per vessel suggests that all the entities in these groups can be considered small. It is expected that a total of 873 catcher vessels (CVs), 227 buyers, 9 Catcher/Processors (C/Ps) and 6 MS entities will be impacted by this rule, for a total of 1,115, if commercial groundfish participation in 2017–2018 follows similar patterns to those of the last full year of available data (2015), and counting only those vessels and buyers who had at least $1,000 worth of groundfish sales or purchases in 2015. GROUNDFISH EX-VESSEL REVENUES BY FISHERY West Coast total groundfish revenue N LE Trawl ........................................ LE Fixed Gear ............................... OA .................................................. Research ....................................... Tribal .............................................. C/P .................... MS ..................... CV ..................... MS/CV ............... Buyers ............... Primary .............. DTL ................... Buyers ............... CV ..................... Buyers ............... CV ..................... CV ..................... Buyers ............... 9 5 83 19 16 89 152 108 831 307 4 198 19 Average groundfish revenue $99,180,000 (2014 wholesale) ..... $46,385,000 (2014 wholesale) ..... $30,832,277 (2015 ex-vessel) ...... $17,300,000 (2014 ex-vessel) ...... $137,600,000 (2014 wholesale) ... $8,357,122 (2015 ex-vessel) ........ $16,623,889 (2015 ex-vessel) ...... N/A ................................................ $7,281,894 (2015 ex-vessel) ........ N/A ................................................ $174,394 (2015 ex-vessel) ........... $4,933,911 (2015 ex-vessel) ........ N/A ................................................ $11,020,000 (2014 wholesale). $9,277,000 (2014 wholesale). $371,473 (2015 ex-vessel). $910,536.31 (2014 ex-vessel). $8,600,000 (2014 wholesale). $93,900 (2015 ex-vessel). $109,368 (2015 ex-vessel). N/A. $8,763 (2015 ex-vessel). N/A. $43,599 (2015 ex-vessel). $24,918 (2015 ex-vessel). N/A. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Note: 2015 reported revenues obtained from the Pacific Fisheries Information Network (PacFIN); 2014 reported revenues obtained from 2016 Economic Data Collection Reports. During development of the 2017–2018 harvest specifications, a mistake was made in apportioning the sablefish ACLs north and south of 36° N. lat. While the coastwide values used for calculating revenues in the IRFA were correctly calculated, the area-specific ACLs in the proposed rule were incorrect. The proposed ACLs were VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 based on a north/south dividing line of 34′27° N. lat. rather than the actual north/south dividing line of 36° N. lat. Correcting the percentages for apportioning the ACLs, results in areaspecific ACLs that best represent the relative biomass for the areas in which those ACLs apply. The corrected ACLs and allocations are consistent with the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 FMP and will be corrected in this final rule, and thus is not expected to impact small entities. Coastwide sablefish harvest levels, which were correctly calculated in the proposed rule and analyzed under the IRFA, are not revised. E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9638 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Limited Entry Permit Owners As part of the permitting process for the trawl rationalization program or for participating in nontrawl limited entry permit fisheries, applicants were asked if they considered themselves a small business. NMFS reviewed the ownership and affiliation relationships of QS permit holders, vessel account holders, catcher processor permits, MS processors, and first receiver/shore processor permits. As of August 1, 2016, Dock Street Brokers has West Coast limited entry trawl endorsed permits for sale for $60,000 for a 46.1′ permit, and two 43′ West Coast longline permits for $135,000–$140,000. QS may be valued anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the species and amount owned, although not enough sales have occurred yet to be able to confidently estimate their value. LIMITED ENTRY PERMIT-OWNER ENTITIES BY SMALL BUSINESS SELF-DESIGNATION Small business designation Permit type Total Small LE Trawl .................................................................................. LE Fixed Gear ......................................................................... Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 If permit ownership in 2017–2018 follows similar patterns to those of the last full year available data (2015), it is expected that a total of 312 permit owning entities will be impacted by this rule. An estimated 222 of these entities own both permits and vessels, and 16 of the first receiver permit holding companies actually received groundfish, and are thus included in the table above. Accounting for joint vessel and permit ownership in the limited entry fisheries to the extent possible, an estimated 1,189 commercial entities and 544 charter entities will be impacted by this rule; 16 of these entities are considered large, and the remaining 1,717 are small. As some of these entities are likely owned by the same parent companies, this number is likely an overestimate of the true value. There are no reporting and recordkeeping requirements associated with this action. There are no significant alternatives to the final rule that accomplish the stated objectives of applicable statutes and that minimize any of the significant economic impact of this final rule on small entities. Considered But Rejected Measures A summary of the three measures that were analyzed but were excluded from the preferred alternative, and rationales for excluding them from the preferred alternative, were described in the proposed rule and are not repeated here. Pursuant to Executive Order 13175, this final rule was developed after meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials from the area covered by the PCGFMP. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act at 16 U.S.C. 1852(b)(5), one of the voting members of the Pacific Council must be a VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 C/P ......................................... MS .......................................... CV .......................................... FR ........................................... QS .......................................... Primary ................................... DTL ......................................... representative of an Indian tribe with federally recognized fishing rights from the area of the Council’s jurisdiction. In addition, regulations implementing the PCGFMP establish a procedure by which the tribes, which have treaty fishing rights in the area covered by the PCGFMP, request new allocations or regulations specific to the tribes, in writing, before the first of the two meetings at which the Council considers groundfish management measures. The regulations at 50 CFR 660.324(d) further state that the Secretary will develop tribal allocations and regulations in consultation with the affected tribe(s) and, insofar as possible, with tribal consensus. The tribal management measures in this final rule have been developed following these procedures. The tribal representative on the Council made a motion to adopt the non-whiting tribal management measures, which was passed by the Council. Those management measures, which were developed and proposed by the tribes, were described in the proposed rule and are included in this final rule. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 660 Fisheries, Fishing, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: January 30, 2017. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 660 is amended as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 Large 0 4 142 36 N/A 159 52 10 2 21 8 N/A 3 8 10 6 163 44 173 162 60 PART 660–-FISHERIES OFF WEST COAST STATES 1. The authority citation for part 660 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., and 16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. 2. In § 660.11 in the definition of ‘‘Groundfish,’’ paragraphs (7)(i)(A) and (7)(i)(B)(2) are revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.11 General definitions. * * * * * (7) * * * (i) * * * (A) North of 40°10′ N. lat.: Black and yellow rockfish, S. chrysomelas; blue rockfish, S. mystinus; brown rockfish, S. auriculatus; calico rockfish, S. dalli; China rockfish, S. nebulosus; copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon rockfish, S. diaconus, gopher rockfish, S. carnatus; grass rockfish, S. rastrelliger; kelp rockfish, S. atrovirens; olive rockfish, S. serranoides; quillback rockfish, S. maliger; treefish, S. serriceps. (B) * * * (2) Deeper nearshore rockfish consists of black rockfish, S. melanops; blue rockfish, S. mystinus; brown rockfish, S. auriculatus; calico rockfish, S. dalli; copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon rockfish, S. diaconus; olive rockfish, S. serranoides; quillback rockfish, S. maliger; treefish, S. serriceps. * * * * * ■ 3. Section 660.40 is revised to read as follows: § 660.40 plans. Overfished species rebuilding For each overfished groundfish stock with an approved rebuilding plan, this section contains the standards to be used to establish annual or biennial E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations ACLs, specifically the target date for rebuilding the stock to its MSY level and the harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the stock. The harvest control rule may be expressed as a ‘‘Spawning Potential Ratio’’ or ‘‘SPR’’ harvest rate. (a) Bocaccio. Bocaccio south of 40°10′ N. latitude was declared overfished in 1999. The target year for rebuilding the bocaccio stock south of 40°10′ N. latitude to BMSY is 2022. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the southern bocaccio stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent. (b) Cowcod. Cowcod was declared overfished in 2000. The target year for rebuilding the cowcod stock south of 40°10′ N. lat. to BMSY is 2020. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the cowcod stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent. (c) Darkblotched rockfish. Darkblotched rockfish was declared overfished in 2000. The target year for rebuilding the darkblotched rockfish stock to BMSY is 2025. The harvest control rule is ACL = ABC (P* = 0.45). (d) Pacific ocean perch (POP). POP was declared overfished in 1999. The target year for rebuilding the POP stock to BMSY is 2051. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the POP stock in 2017 and 2018 is a constant catch ACL of 281 mt per year. In 2019 and thereafter the harvest control rule to be used to rebuild POP is an annual SPR harvest rate of 86.4 percent. (e) Yelloweye rockfish. Yelloweye rockfish was declared overfished in 2002. The target year for rebuilding the yelloweye rockfish stock to BMSY is 2074. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the yelloweye rockfish stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 76.0 percent. ■ 4. In § 660.50, revise paragraphs (f)(2)(ii) and (f)(3), add paragraph (f)(9), and revise paragraph (g) to read as follows: § 660.50 Pacific Coast treaty Indian fisheries. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 * * * * * (f) * * * (2) * * * (ii) The Tribal allocation is 525 mt in 2017 and 548 mt in 2018 per year. This allocation is, for each year, 10 percent of the Monterey through Vancouver area (North of 36° N. lat.) ACL. The Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent for estimated discard mortality. (3) Lingcod. Lingcod taken in the treaty fisheries are subject to a harvest guideline of 250 mt. * * * * * (9) Widow rockfish. Widow rockfish taken in the directed tribal midwater trawl fisheries are subject to a catch VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 limit of 200 mt for the entire fleet, per year. (g) Pacific Coast treaty Indian fisheries management measures. Trip limits for certain species were recommended by the tribes and the Council and are specified here. (1) Rockfish. The tribes will require full retention of all overfished rockfish species and all other marketable rockfish species during treaty fisheries. (2) Yelloweye rockfish—are subject to a 100-lb (45-kg) trip limit. (3) Other rockfish—(i) Minor nearshore rockfish. Minor nearshore rockfish are subject to a 300-lb (136-kg) trip limit per species or species group, or to the non-tribal limited entry trip limit for those species if those limits are less restrictive than 300 lb (136 kg) per trip. Limited entry trip limits for waters off Washington are specified in Table 1 (North) to subpart D, and Table 2 (North) to subpart E of this part. (ii) Minor shelf rockfish and minor slope rockfish. Redstripe rockfish are subject to an 800 lb (363 kg) trip limit. Minor shelf (excluding redstripe rockfish), and minor slope rockfish groups are subject to a 300 lb (136 kg) trip limit per species or species group, or to the non-tribal limited entry fixed gear trip limit for those species if those limits are less restrictive than 300 lb (136 kg) per trip. Limited entry fixed gear trip limits are specified in Table 2 (North) to subpart E of this part. (iii) Other rockfish. All other rockfish, not listed specifically in paragraph (g) of this section, are subject to a 300 lb (136 kg) trip limit per species or species group, or to the non-tribal limited entry trip limit for those species if those limits are less restrictive than 300 lb (136 kg) per trip. Limited entry trip limits for waters off Washington are specified in Table 1 (North) to subpart D, and Table 2 (North) to subpart E of this part. (4) Pacific whiting. Tribal whiting processed at-sea by non-tribal vessels, must be transferred within the tribal U&A from a member of a Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribe fishing under this section. (5) Groundfish without a tribal allocation. Makah tribal members may use midwater trawl gear to take and retain groundfish for which there is no tribal allocation and will be subject to the trip landing and frequency and size limits applicable to the limited entry fishery. (6) EFH. Measures implemented to minimize adverse impacts to groundfish EFH, as described in § 660.12 of this subpart, do not apply to tribal fisheries in their U&A fishing areas described at § 660.4, subpart A. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9639 (7) Small footrope trawl gear. Makah tribal members fishing in the bottom trawl fishery may use only small footrope (less than or equal to 8 inches (20.3 cm)) bottom trawl gear. ■ 5. In § 660.55, revise paragraph (b) introductory text to read as follows: § 660.55 Allocations. * * * * * (b) Fishery harvest guidelines and reductions made prior to fishery allocations. Prior to the setting of fishery allocations, the TAC, ACL, or ACT when specified, is reduced by the Pacific Coast treaty Indian Tribal harvest (allocations, set-asides, and estimated harvest under regulations at § 660.50); projected scientific research catch of all groundfish species, estimates of fishing mortality in nongroundfish fisheries; and, as necessary, deductions to account for unforeseen catch events and deductions for EFPs. Deductions are listed in the footnotes of Tables 1a and 2a of subpart C of this part. The remaining amount after these deductions is the fishery harvest guideline or quota. (Note: recreational estimates are not deducted here.) * * * * * ■ 6. In § 660.60, paragraphs (c)(1)(i) and (c)(3)(ii) are revised and paragraph (c)(4) is added to read as follows: § 660.60 Specifications and management measures. * * * * * (c) * * * (1) * * * (i) Trip landing and frequency limits, size limits, all gear. Trip landing and frequency limits have been designated as routine for the following species or species groups: Widow rockfish, canary rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, yelloweye rockfish, black rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, splitnose rockfish, blackgill rockfish in the area south of 40°10′ N. lat., chilipepper, bocaccio, cowcod, Minor Nearshore Rockfish or shallow and deeper Minor Nearshore Rockfish, shelf or Minor Shelf Rockfish, and Minor Slope Rockfish; Dover sole, sablefish, shortspine thornyheads, and longspine thornyheads; petrale sole, rex sole, arrowtooth flounder, Pacific sanddabs, big skate, and the Other Flatfish complex, which is composed of those species plus any other flatfish species listed at § 660.11; Pacific whiting; lingcod; Pacific cod; spiny dogfish; longnose skate; cabezon in Oregon and California and ‘‘Other Fish’’ as defined at § 660.11. In addition to the species and species groups listed above, sublimits or aggregate limits may be specified, specific to the Shorebased E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9640 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations IFQ Program, for the following species: Big skate, California skate, California scorpionfish, leopard shark, soupfin shark, finescale codling, Pacific rattail (grenadier), ratfish, kelp greenling, shortbelly rockfish, and cabezon in Washington. Size limits have been designated as routine for sablefish and lingcod. Trip landing and frequency limits and size limits for species with those limits designated as routine may be imposed or adjusted on a biennial or more frequent basis for the purpose of keeping landings within the harvest levels announced by NMFS, and for the other purposes given in paragraphs (c)(1)(i)(A) and (B) of this section. * * * * * (3) * * * (ii) Non-tribal deductions from the ACL. Changes to the non-tribal amounts deducted from the TAC, ACLs, or ACT when specified, described at § 660.55(b)(2) through (4) and specified in the footnotes to Tables 1a through 1c, and 2a through 2c, to subpart C, have been designated as routine to make fish that would otherwise go unharvested available to other fisheries during the fishing year. Adjustments may be made to provide additional harvest opportunities in groundfish fisheries when catch in scientific research activities, non-groundfish fisheries, and EFPs are lower than the amounts that were initially deducted off the TAC, ACL, or ACT when specified, during the biennial specifications or to allocate yield from the deduction to account for unforeseen catch events to groundfish fisheries. When recommending adjustments to the non-tribal deductions, the Council shall consider the allocation framework criteria outlined in the PCGFMP and the objectives to maintain or extend fishing and marketing opportunities taking into account the best available fishery information on sector needs. (4) Inseason action for canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and black rockfish in California State-Specific Federal Harvest Limits outside of a Council meeting. The Regional Administrator, NMFS West Coast Region, after consultation with the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Fishery Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, or their designees, is authorized to modify the following designated routine management measures for canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and black rockfish off the coast of California. For black rockfish in commercial fisheries trip landing and frequency limits; and depth based management measures. For black, VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 canary, and yelloweye rockfish in recreational fisheries bag limits; time/ area closures; depth based management. Any modifications may be made only after NMFS has determined that a California state-specific federal harvest limit for canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, or black rockfish, is attained or projected to be attained prior to the first day of the next Council meeting. Any modifications may only be used to restrict catch of canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, or black rockfish off the coast of California. * * * * * ■ 7. In § 660.70, paragraphs (g) through (p) are redesignated as (i) through (r), and new paragraphs (g) and (h) are added to read as follows: § 660.70 Groundfish conservation areas. * * * * * (g) Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, Expansion 1. The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) Expansion 1 is an area off central Oregon, near Stonewall Bank, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Stonewall Bank YRCA Expansion 1 is defined by straight lines connecting the following specific latitude and longitude coordinates in the order listed: (1) 44°41.76′ N. lat.; 124°30.02′ W. long.; (2) 44°41.73′ N. lat.; 124°21.60′ W. long.; (3) 44°25.25′ N. lat.; 124°16.94′ W. long.; (4) 44°25.29′ N. lat.; 124°30.14′ W. long.; (5) 44°41.76′ N. lat.; 124°30.02′ W. long.; and connecting back to 44°41.76′ N. lat.; 124°30.02′ W. long. (h) Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, Expansion 2. The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) Expansion 2 is an area off central Oregon, near Stonewall Bank, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Stonewall Bank YRCA Expansion 2 is defined by straight lines connecting the following specific latitude and longitude coordinates in the order listed: (1) 44°38.54′ N. lat.; 124°27.41′ W. long.; (2) 44°38.54′ N. lat.; 124°23.86′ W. long.; (3) 44°27.13′ N. lat.; 124°21.50′ W. long.; (4) 44°27.13′ N. lat.; 124°26.89′ W. long.; (5) 44°31.30′ N. lat.; 124°28.35′ W. long.; and connecting back to 44°38.54′ N. lat.; 124°27.41′ W. long. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 8. Amend § 660.71 as follows: a. Redesignate paragraphs (e)(143) through (332) as paragraphs (e)(147) through (336), respectively and redesignate paragraphs (e)(140) through (142) as paragraphs (e)(141) through (143), respectively; ■ b. Add new paragraphs (e)(140) and (e)(144) through (146); ■ c. Revise newly redesignated paragraph (e)(168); ■ d. Redesignate paragraphs (k)(128) through (214) as paragraphs (k)(130) through (216), respectively and redesignate paragraphs (k)(120) through (127) as paragraphs (k)(121) through (128), respectively; ■ e. Add new paragraph (k)(120); ■ f. Revise newly redesignated paragraph (k)(128); ■ g. Add new paragraph (k)(129). The revisions and additions read as follows: ■ ■ § 660.71 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 10-fm (18-m) through 40-fm (73m) depth contours. * * * * * (e) * * * (140) 39°37.50′ N. lat., 123°49.20′ W. long.; * * * * * (144) 39°13.00′ N. lat., 123°47.65′ W. long.; (145) 39°11.06′ N. lat., 123°47.16′ W. long.; (146) 39°10.35′ N. lat., 123°46.75′ W. long.; * * * * * (168) 37°39.85.′ N. lat., 122°49.90′ W. long.; * * * * * (k) * * * (120) 38°30.57′ N. lat., 123°18.60′ W. long.; * * * * * (128) 37°48.22′ N. lat., 123°10.62′ W. long.; (129) 37°47.53′ N. lat., 123°11.54′ W. long.; * * * * * ■ 9. In § 660.72, paragraph (a)(107) is revised to read as follows: § 660.72 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 50 fm (91 m) through 75 fm (137 m) depth contours. * * * * * (a) * * * (107) 37°45.57′ N. lat., 123°9.46′ W. long.; * * * * * ■ 10. In § 660.73, redesignate paragraphs (h)(248) through (h)(309) as (h)(252) through (h)(313) and add new paragraphs (h)(248) through (h)(251) to read as follows: E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations § 660.73 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 100 fm (183 m) through 150 fm (274 m) depth contours. * * * * (h) * * * (248) 36°47.60′ N. lat., 121°58.88′ W. long.; Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 * VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 (249) 36°48.24′ N. lat., 121°51.40′ W. long.; (250) 36°45.84′ N. lat., 121°57.21′ W. long.; (251) 36°45.77′ N. lat., 121°57.61′ W. long.; * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9641 11. Tables 1a through 1d to Part 660, Subpart C, are revised to read as follows: ■ BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9642 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 1a. to Part 660, Subpart C- 2017, Specifications of OFL, ABC, ACL, ACT and Fishery VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.000</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Harvest Guidelines (Weights in Metric Tons) Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 3510–22–C Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 a Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values. b Fishery harvest guidelines means the harvest guideline or quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes allocations and projected catch, projected research catch, deductions for fishing mortality in nongroundfish fisheries, and deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT. c Bocaccio. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 for the bocaccio stock between the U.S.-Mexico border and Cape Blanco. The stock is managed with stockspecific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40°10′ N. lat. A historical catch distribution of approximately 7.4 percent was used to apportion the assessed stock to the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The bocaccio stock was estimated to be at 36.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 2,139 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,044 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The 790 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2022 and an SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent. 15.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.8 mt), EFP catch (10 mt) and research catch (4.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 774.6 mt. The California recreational fishery has an HG of 326.1 mt. d Cowcod. A stock assessment for the Conception Area was conducted in 2013 and the stock was estimated to be at 33.9 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The Conception Area OFL of 58 mt is projected in the 2013 rebuilding analysis using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The OFL contribution of 12 mt for the unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is based on depletion-based stock reduction analysis. The OFLs for the Monterey and Conception areas were summed to derive the south of 40°10′ N. lat. OFL of 70 mt. The ABC for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. is 63 mt. The assessed portion of the stock in the Conception Area is considered category 2, with a Conception area contribution to the ABC of 53 mt, which is an 8.7 percent reduction from the Conception area OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45). The unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is considered a category 3 stock, with a contribution to the ABC of 10 mt, which is a 16.6 percent reduction from the Monterey area OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.45). A single ACL of 10 mt is being set for both areas combined. The ACL of 10 mt is based on the rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2020 and an SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent, which is equivalent to an exploitation rate (catch over age 11+ biomass) of 0.007. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (less than 0.1 mt), EFP fishing (less than 0.1 mt) and research activity (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 8 mt. Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted from the ACL. A single ACT of 4 mt is being set for both areas combined. e Darkblotched rockfish. A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 39 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 671 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 641 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC, as the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of B40% in 2017. 77.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (24.5 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (2.5 mt) and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (50 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 563.8 mt. f Pacific ocean perch. A stock assessment was conducted in 2011 and the stock was estimated to be at 19.1 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 964 mt for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 2011 rebuilding analysis using an F50% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 922 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2051 and a constant catch amount of 281 mt in 2017 and 2018, followed in 2019 and beyond by ACLs based on an SPR harvest rate of 86.4 percent. 49.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (10 mt), research catch (5.2 mt) and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (25 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 231.6 mt. g Yelloweye rockfish. A stock assessment update was conducted in 2011. The stock was estimated to be at 21.4 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The 57 mt coastwide OFL is based on a catch-only update of the 2011 stock assessment, assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 47 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The 20 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2074 and an SPR harvest rate of 76.0 percent. 5.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.4 mt), EFP catch (less than 0.1 mt) and research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 14.6 mt. Recreational HGs are: 3.3 mt (Washington); 3 mt (Oregon); and 3.9 mt (California). h Arrowtooth flounder. The arrowtooth flounder stock was last assessed in 2007 and was estimated to be at 79 percent of its unfished biomass in 2007. The OFL of 16,571 mt is derived from a catch-only update of the 2007 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2007 and using an F30% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 13,804 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 2,098.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open access fishery (40.8 mt), and research catch (16.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 11,705.9 mt. i Big skate. The OFL of 541 mt is based on an estimate of trawl survey biomass and natural mortality. The ABC of 494 mt is an PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9643 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) as it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. 57.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), the incidental open access fishery (38.4 mt), and research catch (4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 436.6 mt. j Black rockfish (California). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 349 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 334 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of B40% in 2017. 1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP catch (1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 333 mt. k Black rockfish (Oregon). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 60 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 577 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 527 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 0.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 526.4 mt. l Black rockfish (Washington). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 43 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 319 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 305 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 18 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 287 mt. m Blackgill rockfish. Blackgill rockfish contributes to the harvest specifications for the Minor Slope Rockfish South complex. See footnote pp. n Cabezon (California). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off California was estimated to be at 48.3 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The OFL of 157 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 150 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 149.7 mt. o Cabezon (Oregon). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off Oregon was estimated to be at 52 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The OFL of 49 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 47 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is also equal to the ACL of 47 mt. E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9644 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations p California scorpionfish. A California scorpionfish assessment was conducted in 2005 and was estimated to be at 79.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 289 mt is based on projections from a catchonly update of the 2005 assessment assuming actual catches since 2005 and using an FMSY harvest rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 264 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set at a constant catch amount of 150 mt. 2.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (0.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 147.8 mt. An ACT of 111 mt is established. q Canary rockfish. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 and the stock was estimated to be at 55.5 percent of its unfished biomass coastwide in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 1,793 mt is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY harvest rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 1,714 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 247 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), research catch (7.2 mt), and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (188 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,466.6 mt. Recreational HGs are: 50 mt (Washington); 75 mt (Oregon); and 135 mt (California). r Chilipepper. A coastwide update assessment of the chilipepper stock was conducted in 2015 and estimated to be at 64 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. Chilipepper are managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40°10′ N. lat. Projected OFLs are stratified north and south of 40°10′ N. lat. based on the average historical assessed area catch, which is 93 percent for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. and 7 percent for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The OFL of 2,727 mt for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,607 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 45.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (5 mt), EFP fishing (30 mt), and research catch (10.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,561.1 mt. s Dover sole. A 2011 Dover sole assessment estimated the stock to be at 83.7 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 89,702 mt is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2011 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 85,755 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL could be set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. However, the ACL of 50,000 mt is set at a level below the ABC and higher than the maximum historical landed catch. 1,593.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,497 mt), VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 the incidental open access fishery (54.8 mt), and research catch (41.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,406.3 mt. t English sole. A 2013 stock assessment was conducted, which estimated the stock to be at 88 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 10,914 mt is projected in the 2013 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 9,964 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 212.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (7.0 mt) and research catch (5.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 9,751.2 mt. u Lingcod north. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42° N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively in 2009. The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2009 assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned north of 40°10′ N. lat. by adding 48% of the OFL from California, resulting in an OFL of 3,549 mt for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The ABC of 3,333 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area north of 42° N. lat. because it is a category 1 stock, and an 8.7 percent reduction (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area between 42° N. lat. and 40°10′ N. lat. because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 278.2 mt is deducted from the ACL for the Tribal fishery (250 mt), the incidental open access fishery (16 mt), EFP catch (0.5 mt) and research catch (11.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 3,054.8 mt. v Lingcod south. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42° N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively in 2009.The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 2009 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned by subtracting 48% of the California OFL, resulting in an OFL of 1,502 mt for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. The ABC of 1,251 mt is based on a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (6.9 mt), EFP fishing (1 mt), and research catch (1.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,242 mt. w Longnose skate. A stock assessment was conducted in 2007 and the stock was estimated to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass. The OFL of 2,556 mt is derived from the 2007 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,444 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL of 2,000 mt is a fixed harvest PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 level that provides greater access to the stock and is less than the ABC. 147 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (3.8 mt), and research catch (13.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,853 mt. x Longspine thornyhead. A 2013 longspine thornyhead coastwide stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 75 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 4,571 mt is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 3,808 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north of 34°27′ N. lat., the ACL is 2,894 mt, and is 76 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 46.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.3 mt), and research catch (13.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,847.2 mt. For that portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. the ACL is 914 mt and is 24 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 3.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (1.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 910.8 mt. y Pacific cod. The 3,200 mt OFL is based on the maximum level of historic landings. The ABC of 2,221 mt is a 30.6 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 3 stock. The 1,600 mt ACL is the OFL reduced by 50 percent as a precautionary adjustment. 509 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), research catch (7 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,091 mt. z Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting Agreement and will be announced after the Council’s April 2017 meeting. aa Petrale sole. A 2015 stock assessment update was conducted, which estimated the stock to be at 31 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 3,280 mt is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 3,136 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 240.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (220 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.2 mt) and research catch (17.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,895.1 mt. bb Sablefish north. A coastwide sablefish stock assessment update was conducted in 2015. The coastwide sablefish biomass was estimated to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 8,050 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 7,350 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.40). The 40–10 adjustment is applied to the ABC to derive E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations a coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the precautionary zone. This coastwide ACL value is not specified in regulations. The coastwide ACL value is apportioned north and south of 36° N. lat., using the 2003–2014 average estimated swept area biomass from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 36° N. lat. and 26.2 percent apportioned south of 36° N. lat. The northern ACL is 5,252 mt and is reduced by 525 mt for the Tribal allocation (10 percent of the ACL north of 36° N. lat.). The 525 mt Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account for discard mortality. Detailed sablefish allocations are shown in Table 1c. cc Sablefish south. The ACL for the area south of 36° N. lat. is 1,864 mt (26.2 percent of the calculated coastwide ACL value). 5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,859 mt. dd Shortbelly rockfish. A non-quantitative shortbelly rockfish assessment was conducted in 2007. The spawning stock biomass of shortbelly rockfish was estimated to be 67 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 6,950 mt is based on the estimated MSY in the 2007 stock assessment. The ABC of 5,789 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction of the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The 500 mt ACL is set to accommodate incidental catch when fishing for co-occurring healthy stocks and in recognition of the stock’s importance as a forage species in the California Current ecosystem. 10.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt) and research catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 489.1 mt. ee Shortspine thornyhead. A 2013 coastwide shortspine thornyhead stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 74.2 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 3,144 mt is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 2,619 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north of 34°27′ N. lat., the ACL is 1,713 mt. The northern ACL is 65.4 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average sweptarea biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 59 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (7.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,654 mt for the area north of 34°27′ N. lat. For that portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. the ACL is 906 mt. The southern ACL is 34.6 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003– 2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 42.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (41.3 mt) and research catch (1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 863.7 mt for the area south of 34°27′ N. lat. ff Spiny dogfish. A coastwide spiny dogfish stock assessment was conducted in 2011. The coastwide spiny dogfish biomass was estimated to be at 63 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The coastwide OFL of 2,514 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 mt is derived from the 2011 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide ABC of 2,094 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 338 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access fishery (49.5 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,756 mt. gg Splitnose rockfish. A coastwide splitnose rockfish assessment was conducted in 2009 that estimated the stock to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. Splitnose rockfish in the north is managed in the Minor Slope Rockfish complex and with stockspecific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. The coastwide OFL is projected in the 2009 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide OFL is apportioned north and south of 40°10′ N. lat. based on the average 1916–2008 assessed area catch, resulting in 64.2 percent of the coastwide OFL apportioned south of 40°10′ N. lat., and 35.8 percent apportioned for the contribution of splitnose rockfish to the northern Minor Slope Rockfish complex. The southern OFL of 1,841 mt results from the apportionment described above. The southern ABC of 1,760 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the southern OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is estimated to be above its target biomass of B40%. 10.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.2 mt), research catch (9 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,749.3 mt. hh Starry flounder. The stock was assessed in 2005 and was estimated to be above 40 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005 (44 percent in Washington and Oregon, and 62 percent in California). The coastwide OFL of 1,847 mt is set equal to the 2016 OFL, which was derived from the 2005 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 1,282 mt is a 30.6 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 3 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock was estimated to be above its target biomass of B25% in 2017. 10.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (8.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,271.7 mt. ii Widow rockfish. The widow rockfish stock was assessed in 2015 and was estimated to be at 75 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 14,130 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using the F50% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 13,508 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 217.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP catch (9 mt) and research catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 13,290.3 mt. jj Yellowtail rockfish. A 2013 yellowtail rockfish stock assessment was conducted for the portion of the population north of 40°10′ N. lat. The estimated stock depletion was 67 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9645 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 6,786 mt is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 6,196 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 1,030 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,000 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.4 mt), EFP catch (10 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 5,166.1 mt. kk Minor Nearshore Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Nearshore Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 118 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species managed in the complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blue/deacon rockfish in California, brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 105 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 105 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contributions for blue/deacon rockfish in California where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 1.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt) and the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 103.2 mt. Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 42° N. lat. the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex north has a harvest guideline of 40.2 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42° N. lat. has a stockspecific HG, described in footnote nn/. ll Minor Shelf Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Shelf Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 2,303 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.36 for a category 1 stock (chilipepper), a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (greenspotted rockfish between 40°10′ and 42° N. lat. and greenstriped rockfish), and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 2,049 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 2,049 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 83.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access fishery (26 mt), EFP catch (3 mt), and research catch (24.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,965.2 mt. mm Minor Slope Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Slope Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,897 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABCs for the Minor Slope Rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9646 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 sigma value of 0.36 for the other category 1 stock (splitnose rockfish), a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish), and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 1,755 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all the assessed component stocks (i.e., rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, sharpchin rockfish, and splitnose rockfish) are above the target biomass of B40%. 65.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the incidental open access fishery (18.6 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (9.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,689.9 mt. nn Minor Nearshore Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex south of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,329 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (i.e., blue/deacon rockfish north of 34°27′ N. lat., brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 1,166 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 1,163 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution for blue/deacon rockfish north of 34°27′ N. lat. and China rockfish where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contributions for these two stocks because they are in the precautionary zone. 4.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,158.9 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42° N. lat. has a stock-specific HG set equal to the 40–10adjusted ACL for the portion of the stock north of 34°27′ N. lat. (243.7 mt) plus the ABC contribution for the unassessed portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. (60.8 mt). The California (i.e., south of 42° N. lat.) blue/ deacon rockfish HG is 304.5 mt. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 oo Minor Shelf Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex south of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,917 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Shelf Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (greenspotted and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 1,624 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 1,623 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 47.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.6 mt), EFP catch (30 mt), and research catch (8.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,575.8 mt. pp Minor Slope Rockfish south. The OFL of 827 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Slope Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blackgill rockfish, rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish because the variance in estimated biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 718 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 707 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of blackgill rockfish where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (17.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 686.8 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery south of 40°10′ N. lat. set equal to the species’ contribution to the 40–10-adjusted ACL. Harvest of blackgill rockfish in all PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 groundfish fisheries counts against this HG of 120.2 mt. Nontrawl fisheries are subject to a blackgill rockfish HG of 44.5 mt. qq Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not managed with stock-specific OFLs/ABCs/ ACLs. Most of the species in the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: Butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rock sole, sand sole, and rex sole. The Other Flatfish OFL of 11,165 mt is based on the sum of the OFL contributions of the component stocks. The ABC of 8,510 mt is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for a category 2 stock (rex sole) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.40. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (i.e., Pacific sanddabs and rex sole) were above their target biomass of B25%. 204 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access fishery (125 mt), and research catch (19 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 8,306 mt. rr Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark coastwide. The 2015 assessment for the kelp greenling stock off of Oregon projected an estimated depletion of 80 percent in 2015. All other stocks are unassessed. The OFL of 537 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark coastwide. The ABC for the Other Fish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.44 for kelp greenling off Oregon and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.44 was calculated for kelp greenling off Oregon because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was greater than the 0.36 sigma used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 474 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (kelp greenling off Oregon) were above their target biomass of B40%. There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 474 mt. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9647 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 1b. to Part 660, Subpart C - 2017, Allocations by Species or Species Group (Weight in Metric Tons) Species a/ BOCACCIO COWCOD alb/ DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH e/ YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH a/ Arrowtooth flounder Big skate a/ Canary rockfiSh aid! Chilipepper Dover sole English sole Lingcod Lingcod Longnose skate a/ Longspine thomyhead Pacific cod Pacific whiting P etrale sole SablefJSh SablefJSh Shortspine thomyhead Shortspine thornyhead Splitnose rockfiSh Stary flounder Widow rockfiSh fl Yellowtail rockfiSh Minor Shelf RockfiSh a/ Minor Slope RockfiSh Minor Shelf RockfiSh a/ Minor Slope RockfiSh Other FlatfJSh c/ FisheryHG or ACT Area S. of 40°10' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. Coastwide N. of 40010' N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide S. of 40°10' N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of 40010' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. Coastwide N. of34"27' N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide N. of36°N. lat. S. of 36° N. lat. N. of34"27' N. lat. S. of34"27' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of 40010' N. lat. N. of 40010' N. lat. N. of 40010' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. Coastwide 774.6 4.0 563.8 231.6 14.6 11,705.9 436.6 1,466.6 2,561.1 48,406.3 9,751.2 3,054.8 1,242.0 1,853.0 2,847.2 1,091.0 TBD 2,895.1 N/A 1,859.0 1,654.0 863.7 1,749.3 1,271.7 13,290.3 5,166.1 1,965.2 1,689.9 1,575.8 686.8 8,306.0 Trawl Percent 39 36 95 95 NA 95 95 NA 75 95 95 45 45 90 95 95 100 95 42 95 NA 95 50 91 88 60 81 12 63 90 Mt Non-trawl Percent Mt 302.4 1.4 535.6 220.0 1.1 11,120.6 414.8 1,060.1 1,920.8 45,986.0 9,263.6 1,374.7 558.9 1,667.7 2,704.8 1,036.4 TBD 2,750.3 See Table 1c 780.8 1,571.3 50.0 1,661.8 635.9 12,094.2 4,546.1 1,183.1 1,368.8 192.2 432.7 7,475.4 61 64 5 5 NA 5 5 NA 25 5 5 55 55 10 5 5 0 5 472.2 2.6 28.2 11.6 13.1 585.3 21.8 406.5 640.3 2,420.3 487.6 1,680.2 683.1 185.3 142.4 54.5 TBD 144.8 58 5 NA 5 50 9 12 40 19 88 37 10 1,078.2 82.7 813.7 87.5 635.9 1,196.1 619.9 782.1 321.1 1,383.6 254.1 830.6 CTof4.0mt. c/ Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 9 percent ( 48.2 mt) of the total trawl allocation for darkblotched rockfiSh is allocated to the Pacific whiting fJShery, as follows: 20.2 mt for the Shore based IFQ Program, 11.6 mt for the MS sector, and 16.4 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fJShery contributes to the total shore based trawl allocation, which is found at ! §660.140(d)(1)(n)(D). d/ Canary rockfiSh is allocated approximately 72 percent to trawl and 28 percent to non-trawl 46 mt of the total trawl allocation of canary rockfish is allocated to the MS and C/P sectors, as follows: 30 mt for the MS sector, and 16 mt for the C/P sector. e/ Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 17 percent (37.4 mt) of the total trawl allocation for POP is allocated to the Pacific whiting fJShery, as follows: 15.7 mt for the Shorebased IFQ Program, 9.0 mt for the MS sector, and 12.7 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fJShery contributes to the total shore based trawl allocation, which is found at ! §660.140(d)(1)(n)(D). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.001</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 fl Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 10 percent (1,209.4 mt) of the total trawl allocation for widow rockfiSh is allocated to the whiting fisheries, as follows: 508.0 mt for the shorebased IFQ fJShery, 290.3 mt for the mothership fJShery, and 411.2 mt for the catcher/processor fJShery. The tonnage calculated here for the whiting portion of the shore based IFQ fJShery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at §660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D). Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9648 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Set-asides Fmt 4701 Year 2017 ACL 5,252 Tribal a/ 525 Research 26 Recreational Estimate 6.1 EFP 1 Commercial HG 4,694 Limited Entry HG Open Access HG Percent 90.6 Percent 9.4 mt 4,252 mtb/ 441 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM Limited Entry Trawl c/ Limited Entry Fixed Gear d/ At-sea Whiting Year LEAll All Trawl Shore based IFQ AllFG Primary DTL 2017 4,252 2,466 2,416 1,786 1,518 268 50 a/ The tribal allocation is further reduced by 1.5 ..,.,...,..,. ...... for discard mortality resuhing in 517 mt in 2017. b/ The open access HG is taken by the incidental OA fishery and the directed OA fishery. c/ The trawl allocation is 58 percent of the limited entry HG. d/ The limited entry fiXed gear allocation is 42 percent of the limited entry HG. 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 ER07FE17.002</GPH> Table lc. to Part 660, Subpart C- Sablefish North of36° N. lat. Allocations, 2017 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 9649 Table ld. to Part 660, Subpart C-At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-Asides, 2017 Species or Species Complex BOCACCIO COWCOD DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH a/ PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH a/ YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH Arrowtooth flounder Canary rockf"ISh a/ Chilipepper Dover sole English sole Lingcod Lingcod Longnose skate Longspine thomyhead Longspine thomyhead Minor Nearshore Rockf"ISh Minor Nearshore Rockf"ISh Minor Shelf Rockf"ISh Minor ShelfRockttSh Minor Slope RockttSh Minor Slope RockttSh Other Fish Other FlatfiSh Pacific cod Pacific Hahbut b/ Pacific Whiting Petrale sole Sable fiSh Sable fiSh Shortspine thomyhead Shortspine thomyhead Starry flounder Widow RockttSh a/ Yellowtail rockttSh Area S. of 40° 10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide N. of 40°10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of40°10N.lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide N. of34°27N.lat. S. of34°27 N. lat. N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. N. of40°10N.lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide N. of36° N. lat. S. of 36° N. lat. N. of34°27N.lat. S. of34°27 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of40°10N.lat. Set Aside (mt) NA NA Allocation Allocation 0 70 Allocation NA 5 5 15 NA 5 5 NA NA NA 35 NA 100 NA NA 20 5 10 Allocation 5 50 NA 20 NA 5 Allocation 300 ,.., 12. Tables 2a through 2d to Part 660, Subpart C, are revised to read as ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 follows: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.003</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 ...... ·' Lb., to Subpart C, for the at-sea whiting allocations for these species. b/ As stated in §660.55 (m), the Pacific hahbut set-aside is 10 mt, to accommodate bycatch in the at-sea Pacific whiting fiSheries and in the shorebased trawl sector south of 40°10 N. lat. (estimated to be approximately 5 mt each). 9650 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 2a. to Part 660, Subpart C- 2018, and Beyond, Specifications ofOFL, ABC, ACL, ACT VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.004</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 and Fishery Harvest Guidelines (Weights in Metric Tons) Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 3510–22–C Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 a Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values. b Fishery harvest guidelines means the harvest guideline or quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes allocations and projected catch, projected research catch, deductions for fishing mortality in nongroundfish fisheries, and deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT. c Bocaccio. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 for the bocaccio stock between the U.S.-Mexico border and Cape Blanco. The stock is managed with stockspecific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40°10′ N. lat. A historical catch distribution of approximately 7.4 percent was used to apportion the assessed stock to the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The bocaccio stock was estimated to be at 36.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 2,013 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 1,924 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The 741 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2022 and an SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent. 15.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.8 mt), EFP catch (10 mt) and research catch (4.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 725.6 mt. The California recreational fishery has an HG of 305.5 mt. d Cowcod. A stock assessment for the Conception Area was conducted in 2013 and the stock was estimated to be at 33.9 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The Conception Area OFL of 59 mt is projected in the 2013 rebuilding analysis using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The OFL contribution of 12 mt for the unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is based on depletion-based stock reduction analysis. The OFLs for the Monterey and Conception areas were summed to derive the south of 40°10′ N. lat. OFL of 71 mt. The ABC for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. is 64 mt. The assessed portion of the stock in the Conception Area is considered category 2, with a Conception area contribution to the ABC of 54 mt, which is an 8.7 percent reduction from the Conception area OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45). The unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is considered a category 3 stock, with a contribution to the ABC of 10 mt, which is a 16.6 percent reduction from the Monterey area OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.45). A single ACL of 10 mt is being set for both areas combined. The ACL of 10 mt is based on the rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2020 and an SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent, which is equivalent to an exploitation rate (catch over age 11+ biomass) of 0.007. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (less than 0.1 mt), EFP fishing (less than 0.1 mt) and research activity (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 8 mt. Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted from the ACL. A single ACT of 4 mt is being set for both areas combined. e Darkblotched rockfish. A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 39 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 683 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 653 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC, as the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of B40% in 2017. 77.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (24.5 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (2.5 mt) and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (50 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 575.8 mt. f Pacific ocean perch. A stock assessment was conducted in 2011 and the stock was estimated to be at 19.1 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 984 mt for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 2011 rebuilding analysis using an F50% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 941 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) as it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2051 and a constant catch amount of 281 mt in 2017 and 2018, followed in 2019 and beyond by ACLs based on an SPR harvest rate of 86.4 percent. 49.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (10 mt), research catch (5.2 mt) and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (25 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 231.6 mt. g Yelloweye rockfish. A stock assessment update was conducted in 2011. The stock was estimated to be at 21.4 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The 58 mt coastwide OFL is based on a catch-only update of the 2011 stock assessment, assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 48 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) as it is a category 2 stock. The 20 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2074 and an SPR harvest rate of 76.0 percent. 6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.4 mt), EFP catch (less than 0.1 mt) and research catch (3.27 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 14 mt. Recreational HGs are: 3.3 mt (Washington); 3 mt (Oregon); and 3.9 mt (California). h Arrowtooth flounder. The arrowtooth flounder stock was last assessed in 2007 and was estimated to be at 79 percent of its unfished biomass in 2007. The OFL of 16,498 mt is derived from a catch-only update of the 2007 assessment assuming actual catches since 2007 and using an F30% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 13,743 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) as it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 2,098.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open access fishery (40.8 mt), and research catch (16.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 11,644.9 mt. i Big skate. The OFL of 541 mt is based on an estimate of trawl survey biomass and natural mortality. The ABC of 494 mt is a 8.7 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9651 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) as it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. 57.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), the incidental open access fishery (38.4 mt), and research catch (4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 436.6 mt. j Black rockfish (California). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 347 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 332 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of B40% in 2018. 1 mt is deducted from the ACL for EFP catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 331 mt. k Black rockfish (Oregon). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 60 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 570 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 520 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 0.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 519.4 mt. l Black rockfish (Washington). A 2015 stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 43 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 315 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 301 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 18 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 283 mt. m Blackgill rockfish. Blackgill rockfish contributes to the harvest specifications for the Minor Slope Rockfish South complex. See footnote pp. n Cabezon (California). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off California was estimated to be at 48.3 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The OFL of 156 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 149 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 148.7 mt. o Cabezon (Oregon). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off Oregon was estimated to be at 52 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The OFL of 49 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 47 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is also equal to the ACL of 47 mt. E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9652 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations p California scorpionfish. A California scorpionfish assessment was conducted in 2005 and was estimated to be at 79.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 278 mt is based on projections from a catchonly update of the 2005 assessment assuming actual catches since 2005 and using an FMSY harvest rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 254 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set at a constant catch amount of 150 mt. 2.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (0.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 147.8 mt. An ACT of 111 mt is established. q Canary rockfish. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 and the stock was estimated to be at 55.5 percent of its unfished biomass coastwide in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 1,596 mt is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY harvest rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 1,526 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) as it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 59.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt) and research catch (7.2 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 1,466.6 mt. Recreational HGs are: 50 mt (Washington); 75 mt (Oregon); and 135 mt (California). r Chilipepper. A coastwide update assessment of the chilipepper stock was conducted in 2015 and estimated to be at 64 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. Chilipepper are managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40°10′ N. lat. Projected OFLs are stratified north and south of 40°10′ N. lat. based on the average historical assessed area catch, which is 93 percent for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. and 7 percent for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The OFL of 2,623 mt for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,507 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 45.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (5 mt), EFP fishing (30 mt), and research catch (10.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,461.1 mt. s Dover sole. A 2011 Dover sole assessment estimated the stock to be at 83.7 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 90,282 mt is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2011 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 86,310 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL could be set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. However, the ACL of 50,000 mt is set at a level below the ABC and higher than the maximum historical landed catch. 1,593.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,497 mt), the incidental open access fishery (54.8 mt), VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 and research catch (41.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,406.3 mt. t English sole. A 2013 stock assessment was conducted, which estimated the stock to be at 88 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 8,255 mt is projected in the 2013 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 7,537 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 212.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (7 mt) and research catch (5.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 7,324.2 mt. u Lingcod north. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42° N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively in 2009.The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2009 assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned by adding 48% of the OFL from California, resulting in an OFL of 3,310 mt for the area north of 40°10′ N. lat. The ABC of 3,110 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area north of 42° N. lat. because it is a category 1 stock, and an 8.7 percent reduction (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area between 42° N. lat. and 40°10′ N. lat. because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 278.2 mt is deducted from the ACL for the Tribal fishery (250 mt), the incidental open access fishery (16 mt), EFP catch (0.5 mt) and research catch (11.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,831.8 mt. v Lingcod south. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42° N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively in 2009. The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 2009 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned by subtracting 48% of the California OFL, resulting in an OFL of 1,373 mt for the area south of 40°10′ N. lat. The ABC of 1,144 mt is based on a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (6.9 mt), EFP fishing (1 mt), and research catch (1.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,135 mt. w Longnose skate. A stock assessment was conducted in 2007 and the stock was estimated to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass. The OFL of 2,526 mt is derived from the 2007 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,415 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL of 2,000 mt is a fixed harvest level that provides greater access to the stock and is less than the ABC. 147 mt is deducted PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (3.8 mt), and research catch (13.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,853 mt. x Longspine thornyhead. A 2013 longspine thornyhead coastwide stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 75 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 4,339 mt is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 3,614 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north of 34°27′ N. lat., the ACL is 2,747 mt, and is 76 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 46.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.3 mt), and research catch (13.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,700.2 mt. For that portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. the ACL is 867 mt and is 24 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 3.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (1.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 863.8 mt. y Pacific cod. The 3,200 mt OFL is based on the maximum level of historic landings. The ABC of 2,221 mt is a 30.6 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) as it is a category 3 stock. The 1,600 mt ACL is the OFL reduced by 50 percent as a precautionary adjustment. 509 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), research catch (7 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,091 mt. z Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting Agreement and will be announced after the Council’s April 2018 meeting. aa Petrale sole. A 2015 stock assessment update was conducted, which estimated the stock to be at 31 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 3,152 mt is projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 3,013 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 240.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (220 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.2 mt) and research catch (17.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,772.1 mt. bb Sablefish north. A coastwide sablefish stock assessment update was conducted in 2015. The coastwide sablefish biomass was estimated to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 8,329 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 7,604 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.40). The 40–10 adjustment is applied to the ABC to derive a coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the precautionary zone. This coastwide E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations ACL value is not specified in regulations. The coastwide ACL value is apportioned north and south of 36° N. lat., using the 2003–2014 average estimated swept area biomass from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 36° N. lat. and 26.2 percent apportioned south of 36° N. lat. The northern ACL is 5,475 mt and is reduced by 548 mt for the Tribal allocation (10 percent of the ACL north of 36° N. lat.). The 548 mt Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account for discard mortality. Detailed sablefish allocations are shown in Table 2c. cc Sablefish south. The ACL for the area south of 36° N. lat. is 1,944 mt (26.2 percent of the calculated coastwide ACL value). 5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open acrdedseescess fishery (2 mt) and research catch (3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,939 mt. dd Shortbelly rockfish. A non-quantitative shortbelly rockfish assessment was conducted in 2007. The spawning stock biomass of shortbelly rockfish was estimated to be 67 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 6,950 mt is based on the estimated MSY in the 2007 stock assessment. The ABC of 5,789 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction of the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The 500 mt ACL is set to accommodate incidental catch when fishing for co-occurring healthy stocks and in recognition of the stock’s importance as a forage species in the California Current ecosystem. 10.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt) and research catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 489.1 mt. ee Shortspine thornyhead. A 2013 coastwide shortspine thornyhead stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 74.2 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 3,116 mt is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 2,596 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north of 34°27′ N. lat., the ACL is 1,698 mt. The northern ACL is 65.4 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average sweptarea biomass estimates (2003–2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 59 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (7.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,639 mt for the area north of 34°27′ N. lat. For that portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. the ACL is 898 mt. The southern ACL is 34.6 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates (2003– 2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 42.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (41.3 mt) and research catch (1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 855.7 mt for the area south of 34°27′ N. lat. ff Spiny dogfish. A coastwide spiny dogfish stock assessment was conducted in 2011. The coastwide spiny dogfish biomass was estimated to be at 63 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The coastwide OFL of 2,500 mt is derived from the 2011 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide ABC VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 of 2,083 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 338 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access fishery (49.5 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,745 mt. gg Splitnose rockfish. A coastwide splitnose rockfish assessment was conducted in 2009 that estimated the stock to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. Splitnose rockfish in the north is managed in the Minor Slope Rockfish complex and with stockspecific harvest specifications south of 40°10′ N. lat. The coastwide OFL is projected in the 2009 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide OFL is apportioned north and south of 40°10′ N. lat. based on the average 1916–2008 assessed area catch resulting in 64.2 percent of the coastwide OFL apportioned south of 40°10′ N. lat., and 35.8 percent apportioned for the contribution of splitnose rockfish to the northern Minor Slope Rockfish complex. The southern OFL of 1,842 mt results from the apportionment described above. The southern ABC of 1,761 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the southern OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is estimated to be above its target biomass of B40%. 10.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.2 mt), research catch (9 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,750.3 mt. hh Starry flounder. The stock was assessed in 2005 and was estimated to be above 40 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005 (44 percent in Washington and Oregon, and 62 percent in California). The coastwide OFL of 1,847 mt is set equal to the 2016 OFL, which was derived from the 2005 assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 1,282 mt is a 30.6 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 3 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock was estimated to be above its target biomass of B25% in 2018. 10.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (8.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,271.7 mt. ii Widow rockfish. The widow rockfish stock was assessed in 2015 and was estimated to be at 75 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 13,237 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using the F50% FMSY proxy. The ABC of 12,655 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 217.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP catch (9 mt) and research catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 12,437.3 mt. jj Yellowtail rockfish. A 2013 yellowtail rockfish stock assessment was conducted for the portion of the population north of 40°10′ N. lat. The estimated stock depletion is 67 percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 6,574 mt is projected in the 2013 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9653 stock assessment using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 6,002 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL (s = 0.72 / P*= 0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 1,030 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,000 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.4 mt), EFP catch (10 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 4,972.1 mt. kk Minor Nearshore Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Nearshore Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 119 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species managed in the complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blue/deacon rockfish in California, brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 105 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 105 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs. 1.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 103.2 mt. Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 42° N. lat. the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex north has a harvest guideline of 40.2 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42° N. lat. has a species-specific HG, described in footnote pp. ll Minor Shelf Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Shelf Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 2,302 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.36 for a category 1 stock (chilipepper), a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (greenspotted rockfish between 40°10′ and 42° N. lat. and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 2,048 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 2,047 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 83.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access fishery (26 mt), EFP catch (3 mt), and research catch (24.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,963.2 mt. mm Minor Slope Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor Slope Rockfish north of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,896 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABCs for the Minor Slope Rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value of 0.36 for the other category 1 stock (splitnose rockfish), a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish), and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9654 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 for aurora rockfish because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 1,754 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all the assessed component stocks (rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, sharpchin rockfish, and splitnose rockfish) are above the target biomass of B40%. 65.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the incidental open access fishery (18.6 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (9.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,688.9 mt. nn Minor Nearshore Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex south of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,344 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blue/deacon rockfish north of 34°27′ N. lat., brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 1,180 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 1,179 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution for China rockfish where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 4.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,174.9 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42° N. lat. has a species-specific HG set equal to the 40–10-adjusted ACL for the portion of the stock north of 34°27′ N. lat. (250.3 mt) plus the ABC contribution for the unassessed portion of the stock south of 34°27′ N. lat. (60.8 mt). The California (i.e., south of 42° N. lat.) blue/deacon rockfish HG is 311.1 mt. oo Minor Shelf Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex south of 40°10′ N. lat. of 1,918 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 southern Minor Shelf Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (i.e., greenspotted and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 1,625 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 1,624 mt is the sum of contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 47.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.6 mt), EFP catch (30 mt), and research catch (8.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,576.8 mt. pp Minor Slope Rockfish south. The OFL of 829 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Slope Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blackgill rockfish, rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish because the variance in estimated biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 719 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 709 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of blackgill rockfish where the 40–10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (17.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 688.8 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery south of 40°10′ N lat. set equal to the species’ contribution to the 40–10-adjusted ACL. Harvest of blackgill rockfish in all groundfish fisheries counts against this HG of PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 122.4 mt. Nontrawl fisheries are subject to a blackgill rockfish HG of 45.3 mt. qq Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not managed with species-specific OFLs/ABCs/ ACLs. Most of the species in the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: Butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rock sole, sand sole, and rex sole. The Other Flatfish OFL of 9,690 mt is based on the sum of the OFL contributions of the component stocks. The ABC of 7,281 mt is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for a category 2 stock (rex sole) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.40. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (i.e., Pacific sanddabs and rex sole) were above their target biomass of B25%. 204 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access fishery 125 mt), and research catch (19 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 7,077 mt. rr Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark coastwide. The 2015 assessment for the kelp greenling stock off of Oregon projected an estimated depletion of 80 percent. All other stocks are unassessed. The OFL of 501 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark coastwide. The ABC for the Other Fish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.44 for kelp greenling off Oregon and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.44 was calculated for kelp greenling off Oregon because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was greater than the 0.36 sigma used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 441 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (kelp greenling off Oregon) were above their target biomass of B40%. There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 441 mt. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9655 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 2b. to Part 660, Subpart C- 2018, and Beyond, Allocations by Species or Species Group (Weight in Metric Tons) Species FisberyHG or ACT Area S. of 40°10' N. lat. BOCACCIO a/ S. of 40°10' N. lat. COWCOD alb/ DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH c/ Coastwide N. of 40°10' N. lat. PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH d/ YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH a/ Coastwide Arrowtooth flounder Coastwide Big skate a/ Coastwide Canary rockfish ale/ Coastwide Chilipepper S. of 40°10' N. lat. Dover sole Coastwide English sole Coastwide Lingcod N. of 40°10' N. lat. Lingcod S. of 40°10' N. lat. Longnose skate a/ Coastwide Longspine thomyhead N. of 34°27' N. lat. Pacific cod Coastwide Pacific whiting Coastwide Petrale sole Coastwide Sable fish N. of 36° N. lat. S. of36°N. lat. Sable fish N. of 34°27' N. lat. Shortspine thomyhead Shortspine thomyhead S. of34"27' N. lat. S. of 40°10' N. lat. Splitnose rockfiSh Stary flounder Coastwide Widow rockfiSh f/ Coastwide N. of 40°10' N. lat. Yellowtail rockfiSh N. of 40°10' N. lat. Minor ShelfRockfJSh a/ N. of 40°10' N. lat. Minor Slope RockfiSh S. of 40°10' N. lat. Minor ShelfRockfJSh a/ S. of 40°10' N. lat. Minor Slope RockfiSh Other FlatfiSh Coastwide a/ Allocations decided through the biennial specification process. - "'· 725.6 4.0 575.8 231.6 14.0 11,644.9 436.6 1,466.6 2,461.1 48,406.3 7,324.2 2,831.8 1,135.0 1,853.0 2,700.2 1,091.0 TBD 2,772.1 N/A 1,939.0 1,639.0 855.7 1,750.3 1,271.7 12,437.3 4,972.1 1,963.2 1,688.9 1,576.8 688.8 7,077.0 Trawl Pereent Mt 39 36 95 95 NA 95 95 NA 75 95 95 45 45 90 95 95 100 95 42 95 NA 95 50 91 88 60 81 12 63 90 Non-trawl Pereent Mt 283.3 61 1.4 64 547.0 5 220.0 5 1.1 NA 11,062.6 5 414.8 5 1,060.1 NA 1,845.8 25 45,986.0 5 6,958.0 5 1,274.3 55 510.8 55 1,667.7 10 2,565.2 5 1,036.4 5 TBD 0 2,633.5 5 See Table 2c 814.4 58 1,557.0 5 NA 50.0 1,662.8 5 635.9 50 11,317.9 9 4,375.4 12 1,181.8 40 1,368.0 19 192.37 88 433.9 37 6,369.3 10 442.3 2.6 28.8 11.6 12.9 582.2 21.8 406.5 615.3 2,420.3 366.2 1,557.5 624.3 185.3 135.0 54.5 TBD 138.6 1,124.6 81.9 805.7 87.5 635.9 1,119.4 596.6 781.4 320.9 1,384.4 254.9 707.7 CT of 4.0 mt. c/ Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 9 percent ( 49.2 mt) of the total trawl allocation for darkblotched rockfiSh is allocated to the Pacific whiting fJShery, as follows: 20.7 mt for the Shore based IFQ Program, 11.8 mt for the MS sector, and 16.7 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fJShery contributes to the total shore based trawl allocation, which is found at §660.140(d)(l)(i1)(D). d/ Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 17 percent (37.4 mt) of the total trawl allocation for POP is allocated to the Pacific whiting fiShery, as follows: 15.7 mt for the Shore based IFQ Program, 9.0 mt for the MS sector, and 12.7 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fJShery contributes to the total shore based trawl allocation, which is found at I§660.l40(d)(l)(n)(D). .C:.L • .11. LL 'W r'fD <V , .<.o 1-"''""ut to non-trawl 46 mt of the total trawl allocation of , as follows: 30 mt for the MS sector, and 16 mt for the C/P sector. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.005</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 f/ Consistent with regulations at §660.55(c), 10 percent (1,131.8 mt) of the total trawl allocation for widow rockfiSh is allocated to the Pacific whiting fJShery, as follows: 475.4 mt for the Shore based IFQ Program, 271.6 mt for the MS sector, and 384.8 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fiShery contributes to the total shore based trawl allocation, which is found at §660.140(d)(l)(n)(D). Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9656 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4701 Year 2018 ACL 5,475 Tribal a/ 548 Set-asides Research 26 Recreational Estimate 6.1 EFP 1 Commercial HG 4,894 Limited Entry HG Percent mt 4,434 90.6 Open Access HG Percent mtb/ 460 9.4 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM Limited Entry Fixed Gear d/ Limited Entry Trawl c/ Year LEAll All Trawl At-sea Whiting Shore based IFQ AllFG Primary DTL 2,522 279 2018 4,434 2,572 50 1,862 1,583 a/ The tribal allocation is further reduced by 1.5 percent for discard mortality resuhing in 539 mt in 2018. b/ The open access HG is taken by the incidental OA fishery and the directed OA fiShery. c/ The trawl allocation is 58 percent of the limited entry HG d/ The limited entry fiXed gear allocation is 42 percent of the limited entry HG 07FER2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 ER07FE17.006</GPH> Table 2c. to Part 660, Subpart C- Sablefish North of36° N.lat. Allocations, 2018 and Beyond Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 9657 Table 2d. to Part 660, Subpart C-At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-Asides, 2018 and Beyond Species or Species Complex BOCACCIO COWCOD DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH aJ PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH a/ YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH Arrowtooth flounder Canary rockftsh a/ Chilipepper Dover sole English sole Lingcod Lingcod Longnose skate Longspine thomyhead Longspine thomyhead Minor Nearshore Rockftsh Minor Nearshore Rockftsh Minor ShelfRockftsh Minor ShelfRockftsh Minor Slope Rockftsh Minor Slope Rockftsh Other Fish Other Flatftsh Pacific cod Pacific Hahbut b/ Pacific Whiting Petrale sole Sableftsh Sableftsh Shortspine thomyhead Shortspine thomyhead Starry flounder Widow Rockftsh a/ Yellowtail rockftsh 'T'. -l. Set Aside (mt) NA NA Allocation Allocation 0 70 Allocation NA 5 5 15 NA 5 5 NA NA NA 35 NA 100 NA NA 20 5 10 Allocation 5 50 NA 20 NA 5 Allocation 300 Lb., to Subpart C, for the at-sea whiting allocations for these species. b/ As stated in §660.55 (m), the Pacific hahbut set-aside is 10 mt, to accommodate bycatch in the at-sea Pacific whiting ftsheries and in the shorebased trawl sector south of 40°10 N. lat. (estimated to be approximately 5 mt each). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.007</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 " Area S. of 40° 10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide N. of 40°10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide N. of34°27N.lat. S. of34°27 N. lat. N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. N. of 40°10 N. lat. S. of 40° 10 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide Coastwide N. of36° N. lat. S. of 36° N. lat. N. of34°27N.lat. S. of34°27 N. lat. Coastwide Coastwide N. of 40°10 N. lat. 9658 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 3510–22–C 13. In § 660.130, paragraph (d)(1)(i) is revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.130 Trawl fishery-management measures. * * * * * (d) * * * (1) * * * (i) Coastwide. Widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/ blackspotted rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, other fish, longnose skate, Pacific whiting, and big skate. * * * * * 14. In § 660.140, paragraphs (d)(1)(ii)(D) and (e)(4)(i) are revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.140 Shorebased IFQ Program. * * * * * (d) * * * (1) * * * (ii) * * * (D) For the trawl fishery, NMFS will issue QP based on the following shorebased trawl allocations: IFQ species Area 2017 shorebased trawl allocation (mt) Arrowtooth flounder ................................................................................................ BOCACCIO ............................................................................................................. Canary rockfish ....................................................................................................... Chilipepper .............................................................................................................. COWCOD ............................................................................................................... DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH ............................................................................... Dover sole ............................................................................................................... English sole ............................................................................................................ Lingcod ................................................................................................................... Lingcod ................................................................................................................... Longspine thornyhead ............................................................................................ Minor Shelf Rockfish complex ................................................................................ Minor Shelf Rockfish complex ................................................................................ Minor Slope Rockfish complex ............................................................................... Minor Slope Rockfish complex ............................................................................... Other Flatfish complex ............................................................................................ Pacific cod .............................................................................................................. PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH ...................................................................................... Pacific whiting ......................................................................................................... Petrale sole ............................................................................................................. Sablefish ................................................................................................................. Sablefish ................................................................................................................. Shortspine thornyhead ............................................................................................ Shortspine thornyhead ............................................................................................ Splitnose rockfish .................................................................................................... Starry flounder ........................................................................................................ Widow rockfish ........................................................................................................ YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH ...................................................................................... Yellowtail rockfish ................................................................................................... Coastwide ........................... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... Coastwide ........................... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... North of 40°10′ N. lat ......... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... North of 34°27′ N. lat ......... North of 40°10′ N. lat ......... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... North of 40°10′ N. lat ......... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... North of 40°10′ N. lat ......... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... North of 36° N. lat .............. South of 36° N. lat ............. North of 34°27′ N. lat ......... South of 34°27′ N. lat ......... South of 40°10′ N. lat ......... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... Coastwide ........................... North of 40°10′ N. lat ......... 11,050.6 302.4 1,014.1 1,920.8 1.40 507.6 45,981.0 9,258.6 1,359.7 558.9 2,699.8 1,148.1 192.2 1,268.8 432.7 7,455.4 1,031.4 198.3 ........................ 2,745.3 2,416.4 780.8 1551.3 50.0 1661.8 630.9 11,392.7 1.10 4,246.1 * * * * * (e) * * * (4) * * * (i) Vessel limits. For each IFQ species or species group specified in this paragraph, vessel accounts may not have QP or IBQ pounds in excess of the QP vessel limit (annual limit) in any year, and, for species covered by unused QP vessel limits (daily limit), may not have QP or IBQ pounds in excess of the unused QP vessel limit at any time. The QP vessel limit (annual limit) is calculated as all QPs transferred in QP vessel limit (annual limit) (in percent) Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Arrowtooth flounder ..................................................................................................................................... Bocaccio S. of 40°10′ N. lat ........................................................................................................................ Canary rockfish ............................................................................................................................................ Chilipepper S. of 40°10′ N. lat ..................................................................................................................... Cowcod S. of 40°10′ N. lat .......................................................................................................................... Darkblotched rockfish .................................................................................................................................. Dover sole .................................................................................................................................................... English sole ................................................................................................................................................. Lingcod: N. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 10,992.6 283.3 1,014.1 1,845.8 1.40 518.4 45,981.0 6,953.0 1,259.32 510.75 2,560.2 1,146.8 192.4 1,268.0 433.9 6,349.3 1,031.4 198.3 ........................ 2,628.5 2,521.9 814.4 1,537.0 50.0 1,662.8 630.9 10,661.5 1.10 4,075.4 minus all QPs transferred out of the vessel account. The unused QP vessel limits (daily limit) is calculated as unused available QPs plus any pending outgoing transfer of QPs. Vessel Limits are as follows: Species category VerDate Sep<11>2014 2018 shorebased trawl allocation (mt) E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM Unused QP vessel limit (daily limit) (in percent) 20 15.4 10 15 17.7 6.8 3.9 7.5 5.3 07FER2 .............................. 13.2 .............................. .............................. 17.7 4.5 .............................. .............................. .............................. Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations S. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. Longspine thornyhead: N. of 34°27′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. Minor Shelf Rockfish complex: N. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. S. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. Minor Slope Rockfish complex: N. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. S. of 40°10′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. Other flatfish complex .................................................................................................................................. Pacific cod ................................................................................................................................................... Pacific halibut (IBQ) N. of 40°10′ N. lat ...................................................................................................... Pacific ocean perch N. of 40°10′ N. lat ....................................................................................................... Pacific whiting (shoreside) ........................................................................................................................... Petrale sole .................................................................................................................................................. Sablefish: N. of 36° N. lat. (Monterey north) ......................................................................................................... S. of 36° N. lat. (Conception area) ....................................................................................................... Shortspine thornyhead: N. of 34°27′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. S. of 34°27′ N. lat ................................................................................................................................. Splitnose rockfish S. of 40°10′ N. lat .......................................................................................................... Starry flounder ............................................................................................................................................. Widow rockfish ............................................................................................................................................. Yelloweye rockfish ....................................................................................................................................... Yellowtail rockfish N. of 40°10′ N. lat .......................................................................................................... Non-whiting groundfish species ................................................................................................................... * * * * * 13.3 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM .............................. .............................. .............................. .............................. 5.4 4 .............................. .............................. 4.5 15 .............................. .............................. 9 9 15 20 8.5 11.4 7.5 3.2 07FER2 .............................. .............................. 7.5 9 15 20 14.4 6 15 4.5 15. Table 1 (North) and 1 (South) to Part 660, Subpart D, are revised to read as follows: .............................. 7.5 13.5 ■ .............................. 9 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 Unused QP vessel limit (daily limit) (in percent) QP vessel limit (annual limit) (in percent) Species category 9659 .............................. .............................. .............................. .............................. 5.1 5.7 .............................. .............................. 9660 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 1 (North) to Part 660, Subpart D -- Limited Entry Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Landing Allowances for non-IFQ Species and Pacific Whiting North of 40°10' N. Lat. This table describes Rockfish Conservation Areas for vessels using groundfish trawl gear. This table describes incidental landing allowances for vessels registered to a Federal limited entry trawl permit and using groundfish trawl or groundfish non-trawl gears to harvest individual fishing quota (IFQ) species. I Other Limits and Requirements Apply-- Read§ 660.10- § 660.399 before using this table JAN-FEB I I MAR-APR MAY-JUN I I JUL-AUG SEP-OCT I I NOV-DEC 08/17/2016 Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) 11 : 1 North of 45° 46' N. lat. 100 fm line 11 - 150 fm line 11 2 45°46' N. lat. - 40°1 0' N. lat. 100 fm line 11 - modified 21 200 fm line 11 Selective flatfish trawl gear is required shoreward of the RCA; all bottom trawl gear (large footrope, selective flatfish trawl, and small footrope trawl gear) is permitted seaward of the RCA Large footrope and small footrope trawl gears (except for selective flatfish trawl gear) are prohibited shoreward of the RCA Midwater trawl gear is permitted for vessels targeting whiting and non-whiting during the days open to the primary whiting season. Vessels fishing groundfish trawl quota pounds with groundfish non-trawl gears, under gear switching provisions at § 660.140, are subject to the limited entry groundfish trawl fishery landing allowances in this table, regardless of the type of fishing gear used. Vessels fishing groundfish trawl quota pounds with groundfish non-trawl gears, under gear switching provisions at§ 660.140, are subject to the limited entry fixed gear non-trawl RCA, as described in Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to Part 660, Subpart E. See§ 660.60, § 660.130, and§ 660.140 for Additional Gear, Trip Limit, and Conservation Area Requirements and Restrictions. See§§ 660.70 660.74 and §§ 660.76-660.79 for Conservation Area Descriptions and Coordinates (including RCAs, YRCA, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). State trip limits and seasons may be more restrictive than federal trip limits, particularly in waters off Oregon and California. 3 :i;;.s~earshore Rockfish & Black midwater trawl Before the primary whiting season: CLOSED.-- During the primary season: mid-water trawl permitted in the RCA See §660.131 for season and trip limit details. - After the primary whiting season: CLOSED. large & small footrope gear Before the primary whiting season: 20,000 lb/trip. -- During the primary season: 10,000 lb/trip. -After the primary whiting season: 10,000 lb/trip. ~ 6 )> m rm ...Jio 300 lb/ month 4 Whiting31 5 -1 z 0 ""' ...... - ::::r 7 Cabezon 41 I ~ 9 North of 46°16' N. lat. Unlimited 46°16' N. lat.- 40°10' N. lat. 50 lb/ month 10 Shortbelly rockfish Unlimited 11 Spiny dogfish 60,000 lb/ month 5,000 lb/2 months 12 Big skate I 25,000 lb/2 months I 30.000 lb/2 months I 35.000 lb/2 months 13 Longnose skate 10,000 lb/2 months I 5,000 lb/2 months Unlimited 14 Other Fish 41 I Unlimited 1/ The Rockfish Conservation Area is an area closed to fishin!l by particular Qear types, bounded by lines specifically defined by latitude and lon!litude ~This RCA is not defined by depth contours, and the boundary lines that define the RCA may close areas 2/ The "modified" fathom lines are modified to exclude certain petrale sole areas from the RCA ~"' • - • • fuOC • '"' timo '"""' , . ''"'"' >ip, fiohod '" fuo ''""' moMgomoo;- '"""""'"' of ;gOfm Other Fish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include kelp greenling, leopard shark, and cabazon in Washington ="'"'· VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.008</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 [To convert pounds to kilograms, divide by 2.20462, the number of pounds in one kilogram. 9661 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 1 (South) to Part 660, Subpart D -- Limited Entry Trawl RockfiSh Conservation Areas and Landing Allowances for non-IFQ Species and Pacific Whiting South of 40"10' N. Lat. 08/17/2016 JAN-FEB Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) 11 : 100 fm line 11 - 150 fm line 1121 South of 40" 10' N. lat. Small footrope trawl gear is required shoreward of the RCA all trawl gear (large footrope, selective flatfish trawl, midwater trawl, and small footrope trawl gear) is permitted seaward of the RCA Large footrope trawl gear and midwater trawl gear are prohibited shoreward of the RCA Vessels fishing groundfish trawl quota pounds with groundfish non-trawl gears, under gear switching provisions at § 660.140, are subject to the limited entry groundfish trawl fishery landing allowances in this table, regardless of the type of fishing gear used. Vessels fishing groundfish trawl quota pounds with groundfish non-trawl gears, under gear switching provisions at§ 660.140, are subject to the limited entry fixed gear non-trawl RCA, as described in Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to Part 660, Subpart E. See§ 660.60, § 660.130, and§ 660.140 for Additional Gear, Trip Limit, and Conservation Area Requirements and Restrictions. See§§ 660.70 660.74 and §§ 660.76-660.79 for Conservation Area Descriptions and Coordinates (including RCAs, YRCA, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). State trip limits and seasons may be more restrictive than federal trip limits, particularly in waters off Oregon and California. )> m rm 24,000 lb/2 months South of 34 • 27' N. lat. -1 300 lb/ month ·················=························································································································1···················································································································· midwater trawl large & small footrope gear Before the primary whiting season: CLOSED.-- During the primary season: mid-water trawl permitted in the RCA See §660.131 for season and trip limit details. - After the primary whiting season: CLOSED. Before the primary whiting season: 20,000 lb/trip. -- During the primary season: 10,000 lb/trip. -After the primary whiting season: 10,000 lb/trip. C/J 0 c ..... ::::r --~--------------------------~-------------------------------------------------------------1~ 50 lb/ month Unlimited 60,000 lb/ month 5,000 lb/2 months 5,000 lb/2 months Unlimited Unlimited California scorpionfish Unlimited 1/ The Rockfish Conservation Area is an area closed to fishing by particular gear types, bounded by lines specifically defined by latitude and longitude oordinates set out at 660.71-660.74. This RCA is not defined b de th contours and the bounda lines that define the RCA rna close areas 2/ South of 34"27' N. lat., the RCA is 100 fm line- 150 fm line along the mainland coast; shoreline- 150 fm line around islands. 3/ "Other Fish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include kelp greenling, leopard shark, and cabezon in Washington VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.009</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 To convert pounds to kilograms, divide by 2.20462, the nunmer of pounds in one kilogram. 9662 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 16. In § 660.230, paragraph (c)(2)(i) is revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.230 Fixed gear fishery-management measures. * * * * (c) * * * (2) * * * (i) Coastwide—widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/ blackspotted rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, other fish, longnose skate, big skate, and Pacific whiting; * * * * * ■ 17. In § 660.231, paragraph (b)(3)(i) is revised to read as follows: Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 * VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 § 660.231 Limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery. * * * * * (b) * * * (3) * * * (i) A vessel participating in the primary season will be constrained by the sablefish cumulative limit associated with each of the permits registered for use with that vessel. During the primary season, each vessel authorized to fish in that season under paragraph (a) of this section may take, retain, possess, and land sablefish, up to the cumulative limits for each of the permits registered for use with that vessel (i.e., stacked permits). If multiple limited entry permits with sablefish endorsements are registered for use with a single vessel, that vessel may land up to the total of all cumulative limits announced in this paragraph for the tiers for those permits, except as limited by paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of this section. Up to 3 permits may be registered for PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 use with a single vessel during the primary season; thus, a single vessel may not take and retain, possess or land more than 3 primary season sablefish cumulative limits in any one year. A vessel registered for use with multiple limited entry permits is subject to per vessel limits for species other than sablefish, and to per vessel limits when participating in the daily trip limit fishery for sablefish under § 660.232. In 2017, the following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 45,120 lb (20,466 kg), Tier 2 at 20,509 mt (9,303 kg), and Tier 3 at 11,720 lb (5,316 kg). In 2018 and beyond, the following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 47,050 lb (21,342 kg), Tier 2 21,386 lb (9,701 kg), and Tier 3 12,221 lb (5,543 kg). * * * * * 18. Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to Part 660, Subpart E, are revised to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9663 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations !Table 2 (North) to Part 660, Subpart E --Non-Trawl RockfiSh CoriServation Areas and Trip Limits for Limited Entry Fixed Gear INorth of 40"1 0' N. lat. I !!other limits and requirements apply-- Read §§660.10 through 660.399 before using this table! JAN-FEB I MAR-APR MAY-JUN I I I JUL-AUG I SEP-OCT I I 101042017 NOV-DEC r~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!~E~~~~~~~~~~~~~--~~~~~~~--~--~--~~~~~~~~-~-~~~~~~~-~~--~--~--~--~~-~~~~-~"~~-~~~~~~~~--~--~--~~~~~---~--~~-~~ I1 North of46.16' N.lat. 11 shoreline-100fm line 11 l2 ii46.16" N.lat. -4ioo· N.lat. I3 301m line 11 -100fm line 11 301m line 11 -100fm line 11 4iOO' N.lat. -40.10' N.lat. I'' See §§660.60 and 660.230 for additional gear, trip limit and conservation area requirements and restrictions. See §§660.70-660.74 and §§660.76-660.79 for conservation area descriptions and coordinates (including RCA&, YRCAs, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). I State trip limits and seasons may be more restrictiw than Federal trip limits or seasons, particular1y in waters off Oregon and California. !!!!Minor Slope Rockfish" & Darkblotched 1 1 4 4,000 lb/2 months i rockfish 5 ;;Pacific ocean perch 1 1,800 lb/2 months I l·:~,.~ 1,125 lb/week. not to exceed 3,3751b/2 months 1,100 lblweek, not to exceed 3,300 lb/2 months 7 Longspine thomyhead 10,000 lb/2 months 11 I8 Shortspine thornyhead r--r9 " ~_!2~joover sole, arrowtooth flounder, f_1_1_:'petrale sole, English sole, stsrry I-12 -iiflounder Other Flatfish" I 13 ' il4~1 I 2,000 lb/2 months 2,500 lb/2 months -1 5,000 lb/ month South of 42' N. lat., when fishing for "other ftatfish," vessels using hook-and-line gear with no more than 12 hooks per line, using hooks no larger than "Number 2" hooks, which measure 0.44 in (11 mm) point to shank, and up to two 1 lb (0.45 kg) weights per line, are not subject to the RCA&. 1~~~~---------------------r----------------------~~~~~-----------------------i 1 15 Whiting 10,000 lb/ trip I )> m rm I 1 I 16 "Minor Shelf Rockfish", Shortbelly, & 200 lb/ month !!!!Widow rockfish f~~-~--------------------------~------------------------------------------------------------1 I : I 17 Yellowtail rockfish I 1- 1,000 lb/ month 118 !!!!Canary rockfish I 19 z 0 300 lb/2 months Yelloweye rockfish ., CLOSED I20 Minor Nearshore Rockfish & Black 1 I 21 I I i ! rockfish :::r ------+----------------------------------------------------------~~ 5,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish or blue/deacon rockfish 41 North of 42°00' N. lat. , ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~· 8,500 lb/2 months, no more than I 22 I :c2h00mlabyobfe 4iOO' N. lat._ 40-10, N. lat. wh1 1 1 7,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish species other l~r --~----------------------------~~-th~a~n~b~la~c~k--L----------r--------------------------------,---~r---~ ~ 1 23 rockfish iiiiungcod51 200 lb/2 months I 1,200 lb/2 months 1600 lb/1 200 lb/ f~~~--------------------------~~--------------------L-------------------------------~~m~o~n~th~~lm~o~n~th~ I 24 !!!!Pacific cod 1,000 lb/2 months I I 25 iiiispinydogfish 200,000 lb/2 months I 150 ·000 lb/ 2 I 100,000 lb/2 months l-~,---------------------------~~--------------------L-__ __~--------------------------------~ m_o_n_th_s l26 Longnose skate Unlimited 11 I , I L"----------------------~--------------------------------------------------------L---~ I 27 "Other Fish"& Cabezon in Oregon and I "California Unlimited L~-l!IJ~~.!IJ<:j~E!t'_~~!~'!!'-.Y~22.':~J!!~L~!!'~~'!.~".~I__l!>_B_~f!!':.~~~lpE.<;~'!'~11'2!!!~1J.!_n_ll)~~~~&_~~~~!:~l".ir)J!!".B~~~!?!~E1.P.!'!E.~.§'~.~-~-~-~-~-~-~-i L__ l~!!~~~~-~~~~-"~'-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 l?f__B~_c~~~_,__c_tlili~~__pe_r:__a_n_d_c_<>W_c~_ct_ar~_in£1llcl~d_!_n~IIJ~!riE.Iillli_~_f~_l\i1i_n~r__s_h~lf~~oc__kfi~h__a~d__,;_plilrl~~~rc>c_l<fisi1J~_incl_!!.cle_dJ~_t~e_~-~-~-~~~~~~~~~~~-~_i Jtrip limits for Minor Slope Rockfish. I 131 "Other flatfish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pac~ic sanddab, rex sole, rock sole, and sand sole. I I Wf'orili8"Ck~roci<fTst.~,-or1h~ofcaP"e.AXava(4s'69-:-s6'"N-:-TitTand"ile!Weieii~oesiruCiiCili~IS.---<47'46'"N-:-Tal:)"iinC!Teaci'be,-iierl'nl."(4so3s:17'N:--Iiii):--~~~~~~~~-~-~ r-~r.~-~------------~-~-~-~-~-~-------------~-~-~-~-~-------------~-~-~-~-~-~-------------~-~-~-~-~-------------~-~1 1 1there is an additional limit of 100 lb or 30 percent by weight of all fish on board, whichever is greater, per vessel, per fishing trip. . o 1 o I P-'It1~.11li_ni'!'ll.rn~s_~~li.rn_ilf_o'=.li11)1_c~_d_i~_2_2_ir)~IJ.es~l56~~1112.1o~_l~n_gt1J._N_o_rth~~r_4_2_~N,1_a!~~~d__24_i_ncl1~_sl§.1~~"'2.!o~1_~11j!_th__s_o"ll)_oi_42__N,J~t._~~~~~~~~-~-l 16/ "Other Fish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include kelp greenling, leopard shark, and cabezon in Washington. 1 IT:<i:C:O:~V:~~O:~~~S:"tO:~liO:O:~ariiS;=ciiV:id~"bi:2~2:0:46"2~~h:e:~~-.;~;e:r:Oii>:<i~~~S:In:O:~~=ki~"9:r~ill:=====:======================:=============] VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.010</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 I 9664 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 2 (South) to Part 660, Subpart E -- Non-Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Trip Limits for Limited Entry Fixed Gear :South of 40'10' N. lat. ' .. l()th~r li~i;s ~~d re~~irements apply-- Read §§660.10 through 660.399 before using this table .................. JAN-FEB ,R;~:~hi{N:~:;~3~~;.:.;;(RCA)": ...... MAR-APR J ; 2 !south of 34'27' N. lat. ·~ _ : ........ J 75 fm I MAY-JUN 30fmline 11 -125fmline 11 line11 - 150 fm line 11 T . i ........ I'' . . r I JUL-AUG .. SEP-OCT I 01042017 NOV-DEC L . !.. L (also applies around islands) See §§660.60 and 660.230 for additional gear, trip linit and conservation area requirements and restrictions. See §§660.70-660.74 and §§660.76-660.79 for conservation area descriptions and coordinates (including RCAs, YRCAs, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). State trip limits and seasons may be more restrictive than Federal trip limits or seasons, particularly in waters off Oregon and California. 2 3 !Minor Slope rockfish ' & Darkblotched irockfish I 40,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 1,3751b may be blackgill rockfish 4 iSplitnose rockfish 40,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 1,600 lb may be blackgill rockfish 40,000 lb/ 2 months 5 ISablefish _. r -~.,,--.,_~.,., 1,125 lblweek, not to exceed 1,100 lb/week, not to exceed 3,300 lb/ 2 months 3,3751b/ 2 months l...--.......-.·------,,----+-------'----------------------------1 '· .. ··!·· ............ South of 36'oo· N. lat. ' 8 Longspine thornyhead 9 Shortspine thornyhead 4o'1o' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. :JJ :·-;-a· 2,000 lbl week 10,000 lb/ 2 months I :.1.~. Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, ~~1~"!~ petrale sole, English sole, starry :_1_5- flounder other Flatfish" '16 '17 2,500 lb/ 2 months 3,000 lbl 2 months -1 5,000 lbl month l> South of 42. N. lat., when fishing for "other flatfish," vessels using hook-and-line gear with no more than 12 hooks per line, using hooks no larger than "Number 2" hooks, which measure 0.44 in (11 m mm) point to shank, and up to two 1 lb (0.45 kg) weights per line, are not subject to the RCAs. ' 18 !11\ihiting . 22 I 2,000 lbl 2 months South of34'27' N.lat. 11 '12 m 10,000 lbltrip en l~~~~!~~!'!''1r- I 2: r- 40.10' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. Chilipepper included under minor shelf rockfish, shortbelly and widow rockfish limits-- See above 2,000 lb/ 2 months, this opportunity only available seaward of the non-trawl RCA South of 34,27' N. lat. '2 • 2i !Canary rockfish 300 lb/ 2 months 0 s:::: :::r :-21 jYelloweye rockfish CLOSED .. : :":_:.f,~~.~~~~~------------+--------------------------C~L~O~S~E~D-------------------------1 ~ • <· ,~o~M:od · 28 Bronzespotted rockfish 29 Bocaccio ! I I 30 • CLOSED 1,000 lb/ 2 months 40.10' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. --------------------------------------·r·---------------------------------------r------ -----------------------------------------------1'500 lb/ 2 South of 34.27' N. lat. CLOSED 1,500 lbl 2 months months '31 , 32 Minor Nearshore Rockfish & Black rockfish 1 200 lb/ 2 'months , 33 Shallow nearshore CLOSED 1,200 lbl 2 months •-------c------------f--':::.:::c.='--+---·---1---------------------l 1 ~~~;~ 2 : 34 Deeper nearshore 1,500 lb/ 2 ~-==-!california Scorpionfish months 200 lb/ 2 : 36 Lingcod 41 months CLOSED 1,000 lbl 2 months CLOSED 1,500 lb/ 2 months CLOSED ; 37 ! Pacific cod ! aoo lbl 2 months 1 400 lb/ 1200 lb/ month I month 1,ooo lb/ 2 months 381Spiny dogfish 200,000 lbl 2 months 150.000 lb/ 2 months : 39 !Longnose skate I 100,000 lbl 2 months Unlimited Unlimited :·4a-'other Fish 51 & Cabezon 111 The Rockfish Conservation Area is an area closed to fishing by particular gear types, bounded by lines specifically defined by latitude i l:::::l~n<JJa~9Ti.J~e:coE<dir1;;t:e.:s:;t::c;u;:~~§:§-:66:o:7'Ess]1i::=riii5:R~}.J5:;;~ilieTine~=tiy~e~ifiE~.;ic;iJr~:I.;;!h:ii1~:;;~c"e£iiO:ri:ot:tne:2]ini:::::====:=:=:======l ! !depth contour boundary south of 42° N. lat.), and the boundary lines that define the RCA may close areas that are deeper or shallower ! l:=:=:f~~~=i~~~~~~~~~~======~l~=!~=====~!~=====~=:c~~=======~J====~=~J=:=====:=c====~:~~======!==~=======~=:=====:=:=:======i l:==i~~~~:g:~~~~~~~~~ti~[=~~~~]:~~~~~~~~~~~=01[~~=i~f]~~6~~:~~f:~6;:[;~~~i~~~i~~6::::::=====:=:=:======1 1have a species specific trip limit. 1 1:~~~9Ine~fi~tii~~~~e:~.;jj~:~~~0=~s]:13~~~IIl~lli~~~<J:~_f:~~~=~~=~"I"~!~E~"<i="E~=~~~~I"="~~~~~:~•~~E~:::~:~~c,I~~~~:~~11I~~==:=:I=====i ~~-""f!l~.£Sl.~~-~~~~..!!1J.r:!!~~~-~!~~-~!!:l-~-~~.!!~-~S"'-q_~-~J~-~~~-(~_~mj_!~~~J~~!~§~I:I!l_~-~~-~:_!~!:_ ________________________________________________ j I 151 "Other Fish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include kelp greenling, leopard shark, and cabe>on in Washington. l_!~-~~~~e_r!J~~~I!!I~_!~-~~~9.1".!~L!!~~~~~-l!¥-~.:~-~;_!!!_~-~-l:!~~-~_p~~~!!~!!"I-~1_1-~-~J~JI!!_I!~: ___________________________________________________ _j VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.011</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 19. In § 660.330, paragraph (c)(2)(i) is revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.330 Open access fishery— management measures. * * * * (c) * * * (2) * * * (i) Coastwide—widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 * VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/ blackspotted rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9665 lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, longnose skate, other fish, Pacific whiting, big skate, and Pacific sanddabs; * * * * * 20. Tables 3 (North) and 3 (South) to Part 660, Subpart F, are revised to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 9666 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 3 (North) to Part 660, Subpart F -- Non-Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Trip Limits for Open Access Gears North of 40"10" N. lat. lather limits and requirements apply- Read §§660 10 through 660 399 before using this table JAN-FEB 1\N\R-APR MAY-JUN '01042017 JUL-AUG SEP-OCT NOV-DEC -~~C,I!!IsJl..~~e_r:y!!l~_/lr:I>.'!.~C:tll'_':_ _______ l-------IL_______ _l___________L i______, ________,___________________,1_:·:---·--''-------L_______ .IL_________ J _ ____1 1 I 1 1 INorth of 46.16' N. lat. shoreline- 100 fm line 11 2 !46.16'N.Iat.-42.00'N.Iat. 30fmline 11 -100fmline 1' 3 :42"oo· N.lat. -40"10' N.lat. 30 fm line 11 - 100 fm line 11 See §§860.60, 880.330 and 860.333 for additional gear, trip linit and conservation area requirements and restrictions. See §§880.70· 660.74 and §§660.76-660.79 for conservation area descriptions and coordinates (including RCAs, YRCAs, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). State trip limits and seasons may be more restricti..e than Federal trip limits or seasons, particularly in waters off Oregon and California. 4 IMinor Slope Rockflsh 21 & Per trip, no more than 25% of weight of the sablefish landed 'Darkblotched rockfish 5 IPaclftc ocean perch 100 lb/ month 300 lb/ day, or 1 landing per week of up to 1,000 lb, not to exceed 2,000 lb/2 months I 6 iSableflsh I 300 lb/day, or 1 landing per week of up to 900 lb, not to exceed 1,BOO lb/ 2 months 7 !shortpine thornyheads and longspine CLOSED !thornyheads ~~£~~, 10 ···1'1·J >-~~-~1 Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, petrale sole, English sole, starry flounder, Other Flatfish31 k-•• 1 2:~?~~~~~~-~~--~~~=-~-~?~~~~~~~~~~-~::~.:!~-~~~!~.~~-~~~-~~~-c:.~~~. --. South of 42° N. lat., when fishing for "Other Flatfish," vessels using hook-and-line gear with no more than 12 hooks per line, using hooks no larger than "Number 2" hooks, which measure 0.44 in (11 ~~~~~ii:-:,..,..,-,-------------+-m_m_)p_o_Tn_t_to_sh_a_n_k_,a_n_d_u_p_to_tw_o_1_1b_(_o._4_5_kg_J_w_e_Tg_h_ts_pe_r_IT_ne_are_n_o_ts_u_b_jec_t_to_t_he_R_c_As_.-l -I 14 ·Whiting )> 300 lb/ month 21 15 1Minor Shelf Rockftsh , Shortbelly 1rockfish, & Widow rockfish 200 lb/ month -~;~~!Yellowtail rockfish m r 500 lb/ month 17 :Canary rockfish m 150 lb/2 months 18!Yelloweye rockfish CLOSED 19IMinor Nearshore Rockfish & Black rockfish -~~E~1[=~=-~~ of 42"00' N.lat. 1 North 5,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish i 8,500 lb/2 months, no l . 1 . morethan I 1 1,2oo lb at 1 1 . . i ;~:;,~e~~;h~~ 42.00' N.lat.- 40.10' N. lat 21 z 7,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish than black rockfish I --;~:~Spiny dogfish ::::r 100 lb/ month 22J Lingcod61 0 ""' I 23 Paclftc cod 600 lbl month 1 100 lb/ I mnnth 1,000 lb/2 months 200,000 lb/2 months 1 150,000 lb/2 I months ,_~?~~iLongnose skate 100,000 lb/2 months Unlimited Unlimited 271SALMON TROLL (subject to RCAs lll.hen retaining all species of groundfish, except for yellollllail rockfish and lingcod, as described below) Salmon trollers may retain and land up to 1 lb of yellowtail rockfish for e-..ery 2 lbs of salmon landed, with a cumulati..e limit Of 200 lblmonth, both within and outside Of the RCA. lhis limit is within the 200 lb per month combined limit for minor shelf rockfish, widow rockfish and yellowtail rockfish, and not in addition to that limit. Salmon trollers may retain and land up to 1 lingcod per 15 Chinook per trip, plus 1 lingcod per trip, up to a trip limit Of 10 lingcod, on a trip where any fishing occurs within the RCA. This limit only applies during times when lingcod retention is allowed, and is not "CLOSED." lhis limit is within the per month limit for lingcod described in the table abo-.e, and not in addition to that limit. All groundfish species are subject to the open access limits, seasons, size limits and RCA restrictions listed in the table abow, unless otherwise stated here. 281Norlh 291 PINK SHRIMP NON-GROUNDFISH TRAWL (not subject to RCAs) Effective Aprtl 1 -October 31: Groundfish: 500 lb/day, multiplied by the number Of days of the trip, not to exceed 1,500 lbltrip. lhe following sublimits also apply and are counted toward the o..erall 500 lb/day and 1,500 lbltrip groundfish limits: lingcod 300 lblmonth (minimum 24 inch size limit); sablefish 2,000 lblmonth; canary, thomyheads and yelloweye rockfish are PROHIBITED. All othergroundfish species taken are managed under the o..erall 500 lb/day and 1,500 lb/trip groundfish limits. Landings Of these species count toward the per day and per trip groundfish limits and do not have species-specific limits. The amount Of groundfish landed may not exceed the amount of pink shrimp landed. I 30 INorth , 1/ The Rockf1sh Conservation Area IS an area closed to f1shmg by particular gear types, bounded by hnes specifically def1ned by latitude , -----~:~~~i~::t::::a::~·~~-:~~-~~-=~:~~~~::~~~:~1~:;:-::~~:xt:~:;~t=~=:~~:=:~~~;:~~::~----------------, !than the depth contour. Vessels that are subject to RCA restrictions may not fish in the RCA or operate in the RCA for any purpose , ~---J~t!'!~-~~!!_~~~!!!!:. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ~ :21 Bocaccio, chilipepper and cowcod rockfishes are included in the trip limits for Minor SheW Rockfish. Splnnose rockfish is included in the trip : !limits for Mnor Slope Rockfish. : :~~=]ili~~~)~~~~~~~~~~~[~JQ~~~~~i~~IP~~~~~y~~h!~~~~~E~~~~~~:~~~~~~~!J~~~~:~~~~~~~~p~~~~~~~~~=~~=~~=~~=~~=~=~~=~=: ~5/_I~_r11i~~-IJ!Il-~iz."_li~n_f<l_r_li~!l"().<!_i~~~£tl~.@l_c:_rnl_lo_llai!_E>n_atl1_N_~~-ol.i.2"_r-!J!a~a_rl_C!_~_i11_C:~~l~!__c_rn)_~~~e~9_1tl_~u_!tl_<?!_~_r-1,_~, ____________ j :s/ "Other fish" are defined at§ 660.11 and include kelp greenling, leopard shark, and cabezon in Washington. , ~t~~~~~~~~~PC?~~~~~~i~g~~~;~~~~~~~Y.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~f~~~~~~r~-~~~~~!~~~~~--------------------------------------------------, VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.012</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 ~~FF~*~~~~~~~~!f~~:~~~~~g:~~~~~~~!~:~~~~~~~:~~i~~f.~~~i~~"'~r~~~[~~~l~~~f~~~~~~~d~f~;:=::=:=::=:=~ 9667 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Table 3 (South) to Part 660, Subpart F -- Non-Trawl RockfiSh Conservation Areas and Trip Limits for Open Access Gears South of 40°10' N. lat. Iother limits and requirements apply-- Read §§660.10 through 660.399 before using this table JAN-FEB I I I I Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) 11: I 1 140.10' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. I I MAY-JUN MAR-APR I JUL-AUG I SEP-OCT NOV-DEC I I I I I I 01042017 30 fm line 11 - 125 fm line 11 2 South of 34.27' N. lat. 75 fm line 11 - 150 fm line 11(also applies around islands) See §§660.60 and 660.230 for additional gear, trip limit and conservation area requirements and restrictions. See §§660.70-660.74 and §§660.76-660.79 for conservation area descriptions and coordinates (including RCAs, YRCAs, CCAs, Farallon Islands, Cordell Banks, and EFHCAs). State tnp limits and seasons may be more restncti"" than Federal tnp limits or seasons, particulany in waters off Oregon and California. Minor Slope Rockfish 21 & 3 Darkblotched rockfish 10,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 475110,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 550 lb may be blackgill rockfish lb may be blackgill rockfish 4 Splitnose rockfish 5 Sablefish 6 200 lb/ month 40.10' N. lat.- 36.00' N. lat. 7 300 lb/ day, or 1 landing per week of up to 300 lb/day, or 1 landing per week of up to 900 lb, not to exceed 1,800 lb/ 2 months 1,000 lb, not to exceed 2,000 lb/2 months 300 lb/ day, or 1 landing per week of up to 1,600 lb, not to exceed 3,200 lb/2 months South of 36'oo· N. lat. -1 )> Shortpine thornyheads and longspine 8 thornyheads 9 CLOSED 40.10' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. 10 11 m 50 lb/ day, no more than 1,000 lb/2 months South of 34.27' N. lat. 3,000 lb/ month, no more than 300 lb of which may be species other than Pacific sanddabs. 12 Dover sole, arrowtooth flounder, ~ ~ 14 ~ 16 petrale sole, English sole, starry South of 42° N. lat., when fishing for "other flatfish," vessels using hook-and-line gear with no more than 12 hooks per line, using hooks no larger than "Number 2" hooks, which measure 0.44 in (11 mm) point to shank, and up to two 1 lb (0.45 kg) weights per line are not subject to the RCAs. flounder, Other Flatfish31 17 Whiting 18 Minor Shelf Rockfish 21, Shortbelly, Widow rockfish and Chilipepper en 40.10' N. lat.- 34.27' N. lat. 20 w - 300 lb/ month 19 rm South of 34.27' N. lat. 400 lb/2 months 1,500 lb/2 months 0 400 lb/2 months CLOSED s::::: ..... 1,500 lb/2 months 21 Canary rockfish - 150 lb/ 2 months 22 Yelloweye rockfish 23 Cowcod 24 Bronzespotted rockfish ::::r CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 500 lb/2 months CLOSED 500 lb/2 months 1,200 lb/2 months CLOSED 1,200 lb/2 months 28 Deeper nearshore 1,000 lb/2 months CLOSED 1,000 lb/2 months 29 California scorpionfish 1,500 lb/2 months CLOSED 1,500 lb/2 months 100 lb/ month CLOSED 25 Bocaccio Minor Nearshore Rockfish & Black 26 rockfish ~ 27 30 Lingcod 41 31 Pacific cod 1,000 lb/2 months 32 Spiny dogfish 200,000 lb/2 months 150,000 lb/21 months 33 Longnose skate Unlimited 34 Other Fish 51 & Cabezon 100,000 lb/2 months Unlimited VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:33 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.013</GPH> Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 100 lb/ month 400 lb/ month Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 3510–22–C 21. In § 660.360, paragraphs (c)(1) introductory text, (c)(1)(i)(D)(3), (c)(1)(ii), (c)(1)(iv)(A) and (B), (c)(2)(i)(A) and (B), (c)(2)(iii)(A), (c)(2)(iii)(D), (c)(3) introductory text, (c)(3)(i)(A), (c)(3)(ii)(A)(1) through (4), (c)(3)(ii)(B), (c)(3)(iii)(A)(1) through (5), (c)(3)(iii)(B), (c)(3)(iv), and (c)(3)(v)(A)(1) are revised to read as follows: ■ § 660.360 Recreational fishery— management measures. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 * * * * * (c) * * * (1) Washington. For each person engaged in recreational fishing off the coast of Washington, the groundfish bag limit is 12 groundfish per day, including rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Within the groundfish bag limit, there are sublimits for rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon outlined in paragraph (c)(1)(i)(D) of this section. The recreational groundfish fishery will open the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October for all species in all areas except lingcod in Marine Area 4 as described in paragraph (c)(1)(iv) of this section. In the Pacific halibut fisheries, retention of groundfish is governed in VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 part by annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register. The following seasons, closed areas, sublimits and size limits apply: (i) * * * (D) * * * (3) Between Leadbetter Point (46°38.17′ N. lat.) and the Columbia River (Marine Area 1), when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel, no groundfish may be taken and retained, possessed or landed, except sablefish, flatfish species (except halibut), and Pacific cod from May 1 through September 30. Except that taking, retaining, possessing or landing incidental halibut with groundfish on board is allowed in the nearshore area on days not open to all-depth Pacific halibut fisheries in the area shoreward of the boundary line approximating the 30 fathom (55 m) depth contour extending from Leadbetter Point, WA (46°38.17′ N. lat., 124°15.88′ W. long.) to the Columbia River (46°16.00′ N. lat., 124°15.88′ W. long.) and from there, connecting to the boundary line approximating the 40 fathom (73 m) depth contour in Oregon. Nearshore season days are established in the PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register and are announced on the NMFS halibut hotline, 1–800–662–9825. Between Leadbetter Point (46°38.17′ N. lat. 124°21.00′ W. long) and 46°33.00′ N. lat. 124°21.00′ W. long., recreational fishing for lingcod is prohibited year round seaward of a straight line connecting all of the following points in the order stated: 46°38.17′ N. lat., 124°21.00′ W. long.; and 46°33.00′ N. lat., 124°21.00′ W. long. (ii) Rockfish. In areas of the EEZ seaward of Washington that are open to recreational groundfish fishing, there is a 10 rockfish per day bag limit. In Marine Areas 1 and 2 there is a 1 fish sub-bag limit per day for canary rockfish. Taking and retaining canary rockfish is prohibited in Marine Areas 3 and 4. Taking and retaining yelloweye rockfish is prohibited in all Marine areas. * * * * * (iv) * * * (A) Between the U.S./Canada border and 48°10′ N. lat. (Cape Alava) (Washington Marine Area 4), recreational fishing for lingcod is open, E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 ER07FE17.014</GPH> 9668 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations for 2017 and 2018, from April 16 through October 15. Lingcod may be no smaller than 22 inches (61 cm) total length. (B) Between 48°10′ N. lat. (Cape Alava) and 46°16′ N. lat. (Columbia River) (Washington Marine Areas 1–3), recreational fishing for lingcod is open for 2017 from March 11 through October 21, and for 2018 from March 10 through October 20. Lingcod may be no smaller than 22 inches (56 cm) total length. * * * * * (2) * * * (i) * * * (A) Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area. Recreational fishing for groundfish and halibut is prohibited within the Stonewall Bank YRCA. It is unlawful for recreational fishing vessels to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the Stonewall Bank YRCA. A vessel fishing in the Stonewall Bank YRCA may not be in possession of any groundfish. Recreational vessels may transit through the Stonewall Bank YRCA with or without groundfish on board. The Stonewall Bank YRCA, and two possible expansions that are available through inseason adjustment, are defined by latitude and longitude coordinates specified at § 660.70, subpart C. (B) Recreational rockfish conservation area. Fishing for groundfish with recreational gear is prohibited within the recreational RCA, a type of closed area or GCA. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the recreational RCA. A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA may not be in possession of any groundfish. [For example, if a vessel fishes in the recreational salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel cannot be in possession of groundfish while in the RCA. The vessel may, however, on the same trip fish for and retain groundfish shoreward of the RCA on the return trip to port.] Off Oregon, from April 1 through September 30, recreational fishing for groundfish is prohibited seaward of a recreational RCA boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour, except that fishing for flatfish (other than Pacific halibut) is allowed seaward of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour when recreational fishing for groundfish is permitted. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour are listed at § 660.71. * * * * * (iii) * * * (A) Marine fish. The bag limit is 10 marine fish per day, which includes VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 rockfish, kelp greenling, cabezon and other groundfish species. The bag limit of marine fish excludes Pacific halibut, salmonids, tuna, perch species, sturgeon, sanddabs, flatfish, lingcod, striped bass, hybrid bass, offshore pelagic species and baitfish (herring, smelt, anchovies and sardines). The minimum size for cabezon retained in the Oregon recreational fishery is 16 in (41 cm) total length. * * * * * (D) In the Pacific halibut fisheries. Retention of groundfish is governed in part by annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register. Between the Columbia River and Humbug Mountain, during days open to the ‘‘all-depth’’ sport halibut fisheries, when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel, no groundfish may be taken and retained, possessed or landed, except sablefish, Pacific cod, and other species of flatfish (sole, flounder, sanddab). ‘‘All-depth’’ season days are established in the annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register and are announced on the NMFS Pacific halibut hotline, 1–800–662–9825. * * * * * (3) California. Seaward of California, California law provides that, in times and areas when the recreational fishery is open, there is a 20 fish bag limit for all species of finfish, within which no more than 10 fish of any one species may be taken or possessed by any one person. [Note: There are some exceptions to this rule. The following groundfish species are not subject to a bag limit: Petrale sole, Pacific sanddab and starry flounder.] For groundfish species not specifically mentioned in this paragraph, fishers are subject to the overall 20-fish bag limit for all species of finfish and the depth restrictions at paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section. Recreational spearfishing for all federally-managed groundfish, is exempt from closed areas and seasons, consistent with Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. This exemption applies only to recreational vessels and divers provided no other fishing gear, except spearfishing gear, is on board the vessel. California state law may provide regulations similar to Federal regulations for the following statemanaged species: Ocean whitefish, California sheephead, and all greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos. Kelp greenling is the only federally-managed greenling. Retention of cowcod, yelloweye rockfish, and bronzespotted rockfish, is prohibited in the recreational fishery seaward of PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 9669 California all year in all areas. Retention of species or species groups for which the season is closed is prohibited in the recreational fishery seaward of California all year in all areas, unless otherwise authorized in this section. For each person engaged in recreational fishing in the EEZ seaward of California, the following closed areas, seasons, bag limits, and size limits apply: (i) * * * (A) Recreational rockfish conservation areas. The recreational RCAs are areas that are closed to recreational fishing for groundfish. Fishing for groundfish with recreational gear is prohibited within the recreational RCA, except that recreational fishing for ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder is permitted within the recreational RCA as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the recreational RCA, unless otherwise authorized in this section. A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA may not be in possession of any species prohibited by the restrictions that apply within the recreational RCA. [For example, if a vessel fishes in the recreational salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel cannot be in possession of rockfish while in the RCA. The vessel may, however, on the same trip fish for and retain rockfish shoreward of the RCA on the return trip to port.] If the season is closed for a species or species group, fishing for that species or species group is prohibited both within the recreational RCA and shoreward of the recreational RCA, unless otherwise authorized in this section. (1) Between 42° N. lat. (California/ Oregon border) and 40°10′ N. lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ‘‘other flatfish’’ as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from May 1 through October 31 (shoreward of 30 fm is open); is open at all depths from November 1 through December 31; and is closed entirely from January 1 through April 30. (2) Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 38°57.50′ N. lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ‘‘other flatfish’’ as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from May 1 through October 31 (shoreward of 20 fm is E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES2 9670 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 24 / Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations open), is open at all depths from November 1 through December 31, and is closed entirely from January 1 through April 30. (3) Between 38°57.50′ N. lat. and 37°11′ N. lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ‘‘other flatfish’’ as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from April 15 through December 31; and is closed entirely from January 1 through April 14. Closures around Cordell Banks (see paragraph (c)(3)(i)(C) of this section) also apply in this area. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour are listed in § 660.71. (4) Between 37°11′ N. lat. and 34°27′ N. lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ‘‘other flatfish’’ as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from April 1 through December 31; and is closed entirely from January 1 through March 31 (i.e., prohibited seaward of the shoreline). Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour are specified in § 660.72. (5) South of 34°27′ N. lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except California scorpionfish as specified below in this paragraph and in paragraph (c)(3)(v) of this section and ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder, as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 60 fm (109.7 m) depth contour from March 1 through December 31 along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts, except in the CCAs where fishing is prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour when the fishing season is open (see paragraph (c)(3)(i)(B) of this section). Recreational fishing for all groundfish (except California scorpionfish, ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder) is closed entirely from January 1 through February 28 (i.e., prohibited seaward of the shoreline). When the California scorpionfish fishing season is open, recreational fishing for California scorpionfish south of 34°27′ N. lat. is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 60 fm (109.7 m) VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 depth contour, except in the CCAs where fishing is prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour. * * * * * (ii) * * * (A) * * * (1) Between 42° N. lat. (California/ Oregon border) and 40°10′ N. lat. (North Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 30). (2) Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 38°57.50′ N. lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG Complex is open from May 1 through October December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 30). (3) Between 38°57.50′ N. lat. and 37°11′ N. lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from April 15 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 14). (4) Between 37°11′ N. lat. and 34°27′ N. lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through March 31). * * * * * (B) Bag limits, hook limits. In times and areas when the recreational season for the RCG Complex is open, there is a limit of 2 hooks and 1 line when fishing for the RCG complex and lingcod. The bag limit is 10 RCG Complex fish per day coastwide. Retention of yelloweye rockfish, bronzespotted rockfish, and cowcod is prohibited. Within the 10 RCG Complex fish per day limit, no more than 3 may be black rockfish, no more than 3 may be cabezon, and no more than 1 may be canary rockfish. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit issued by California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by the number of days in the fishing trip. * * * * * (iii) * * * (A) * * * (1) Between 42° N. lat. (California/ Oregon border) and 40°10′ N. lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 30). (2) Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 38°57.50′ N. lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 30). (3) Between 38°57.50′ N. lat. and 37°11′ N. lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 for lingcod is open from April 15 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 14). (4) Between 37°11′ N. lat. and 34°27′ N. lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through March 31). (5) South of 34°27′ N. lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from March 1 through December 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through February 28). (B) Bag limits, hook limits. In times and areas when the recreational season for lingcod is open, there is a limit of 2 hooks and 1 line when fishing for lingcod. The bag limit is 2 lingcod per day. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit issued by California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by the number of days in the fishing trip. * * * * * (iv) ‘‘Other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder. Coastwide off California, recreational fishing for ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder, is permitted both shoreward of and within the closed areas described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section. ‘‘Other flatfish’’ are defined at § 660.11, subpart C, and include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rex sole, rock sole, and sand sole. Recreational fishing for ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder, is permitted within the closed areas. Petrale sole, starry flounder, and ‘‘Other flatfish,’’ except Pacific sanddab, are subject to the overall 20-fish bag limit for all species of finfish, of which there may be no more than 10 fish of any one species. There is no season restriction or size limit for ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder however, it is prohibited to filet ‘‘other flatfish,’’ petrale sole, and starry flounder, at sea. (v) * * * (A) * * * (1) Between 40°10′ N. lat. and 38°57.50′ N. lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open from May 1 through August 31 (i.e., it’s closed from January 1 through April 30 and from September 1 through December 31). * * * * * [FR Doc. 2017–02268 Filed 2–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\07FER2.SGM 07FER2

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 160808696-7010-02]
RIN 0648-BG17


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and 
Management Measures; Amendment 27

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule establishes the 2017-2018 harvest 
specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. 
exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and 
California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act (MSA) and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan (PCGFMP), including harvest specifications consistent 
with default harvest control rules in the PCGFMP. This action also 
includes regulations to implement Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP, which 
adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as an 
actively managed stock, adds a new inseason management process for 
commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries in California, and 
makes several clarifications to existing regulations.

DATES: This final rule is effective February 7, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Information relevant to this final rule and Amendment 27, 
which includes an Environmental Assessment (EA), the Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI), a regulatory impact review (RIR), final 
regulatory flexibility analysis (FRFA), and amended PCGFMP, are 
available from Barry A. Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070. 
Electronic copies of this final rule are also available at the NMFS 
West Coast Region Web site: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206-526-6147, 
fax: 206-526-6736, or email: Gretchen.hanshew@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Electronic Access

    This rule is accessible via the Internet at the Office of the 
Federal Register Web site at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html. Background information and documents are available at the 
NMFS West Coast Region Web site at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/groundfish/index.html and at 
the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org.

Executive Summary

Purpose of the Regulatory Action

    This final rule implements the 2017-2018 harvest specifications and 
management measures for groundfish species taken in the U.S. exclusive 
economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, the 
harvest specifications consistent with default harvest control rules, 
and Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. The purpose of this action is to 
conserve and manage Pacific Coast groundfish fishery resources to 
prevent overfishing, to rebuild overfished stocks, to ensure 
conservation, to facilitate long-term protection of essential fish 
habitats (EFH), and to realize the full potential of the Nation's 
fishery resources. This action includes harvest specifications for 
2017-2018 consistent with existing or revised default harvest control 
rules for all stocks, and establishes management measures designed to 
keep catch within the appropriate limits. The harvest specifications 
are set consistent with the optimum yield (OY) harvest management 
framework described in Chapter 4 of the PCGFMP. This final rule also 
implements Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. Amendment 27 adds deacon 
rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as ``in the fishery,'' 
adds a new inseason management process for California fisheries, and 
makes several clarifications. This rule is authorized by 16 U.S.C. 1854 
and 1855 and by the PCGFMP.

Major Provisions

    This final rule contains two types of major provisions. The first 
are the harvest specifications (overfishing limits (OFLs), acceptable 
biological catches (ABCs), and annual catch limits (ACLs)), and the 
second are management measures designed to keep fishing mortality 
within the ACLs. The harvest specifications (OFLs, ABCs, and ACLs) in 
this rule have been developed through a rigorous scientific review and 
decision making process, which is described in detail in the proposed 
rule for this action (81 FR 75266, October 28, 2016) and is not 
repeated here.
    This final rule includes ACLs for the five overfished species 
managed under the PCGFMP. For the 2017-2018 biennium darkblotched 
rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (POP) have rebuilding plan changes to 
their harvest control rules, while maintaining the current target year 
for rebuilding (TTARGET). The remaining overfished species 
are making adequate progress towards rebuilding. Therefore, this rule 
establishes harvest specifications consistent with the existing 
rebuilding plan provisions for those species.
    This rule also implements Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP. Amendment 27 
consists of five components that: (1) Reclassify big skate from an 
ecosystem component species to ``in the fishery,'' (2) add deacon 
rockfish to the list of species in the PCGFMP, (3) establish a new 
inseason management process in California for black, canary, and 
yelloweye rockfishes, (4) make updates to clarify several stock 
assessment descriptions, and (5) update several sections of the PCGFMP 
because canary rockfish and petrale sole are rebuilt. The Notice of 
Availability (NOA) for Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP (Amendment 27) 
published on September 30, 2016 (81 FR 67287) and the public comment 
period closed on November 29, 2016. Public comments received on the 
Amendment 27 are discussed below in ``Comments and Reponses.''
    In addition to the annual specifications, this final rule 
implements the same management measures that were described in the 
proposed rule, with a few modifications that are discussed below in 
``Changes from the Proposed Rule.'' This final rule also corrects a 
computational error to the sablefish ACLs and revises sablefish trip 
limits, per the Council's recommendations made at its November 2016 
meeting (See ``Comments and Responses'' and ``Changes From the Proposed 
Rule,'' below).

Comments and Responses

    During the comment period of the proposed rule and NOA for 
Amendment 27, NMFS received one comment letter from the public in 
support of the proposed regulation changes to preserve fish populations 
and better regulate the fisheries in Washington, Oregon, and 
California. NMFS also received a letter from Department of the Interior 
stating they had reviewed the proposed rule and had no comments to 
offer. NMFS addresses other comments below.
    Comment 1: A participant in the fishing industry made a general 
request

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for less restrictive management such that more fishing jobs would be 
available.
    Response: Harvest specifications and management measures for 
Pacific Coast groundfish continue to be centered around allowing 
harvest of available target species such as sablefish, flatfish, 
Pacific whiting, etc., and keeping harvest of co-occurring overfished 
rockfish within their rebuilding plan ACLs. Every two years, through 
the biennial harvest specifications and management measures that this 
final rule implements, and in other ongoing rulemaking activities, the 
Council and NMFS work with industry and the public to develop and make 
incremental improvements to the management regime, including regulatory 
opportunities to increase efficiency and revenue. We note that some of 
the primary factors that drive revenue and jobs in the fishing industry 
include markets and price per pound, neither of which is within the 
direct control of the Council and NMFS. The harvest specifications and 
management measures implement regulations based on the best available 
scientific information and were developed through a public, 
collaborative Council process that incorporated feedback from affected 
industry and fishing communities.
    Comment 2: The Council submitted a letter to NMFS on November 23, 
2016, regarding the proposed sablefish ACLs for 2017-2018. In early 
November, stock assessment authors discovered an error in the 
calculation of the Council-recommended sablefish ACLs for 2017 and 2018 
and notified Council and NMFS staff. At its November 13-21, 2016, 
meeting, under the inseason agenda item, the Council considered 
corrected ACLs and management measures and heard public testimony from 
industry in support of correcting the proposed ACLs and the resulting 
allocations. The Council recommended that these corrections be made by 
NMFS as quickly as possible.
    Response: NMFS agrees that it is appropriate to correct the 2017-
2018 sablefish ACLs and resulting allocations in this final rule. The 
FMP specifies long-term, formal sector allocations for north and south 
of 36[deg] N. lat.; however the 2015 update stock assessment failed to 
correctly apportion the stock according to the 36[deg] N. lat. Split, 
and instead used 34[deg] 27' N. lat. Consequently, the ACL amounts 
apportioned north and south in the proposed rule were incorrect and 
inconsistent with the FMP and past practice.
    Corrected ACLs are included in Tables 1a and 2a, Subpart C. The 
Council's sablefish allocation framework and policies described in the 
proposed rule were applied to the updated ACLs, resulting in corrected 
allocations, as described below in ``Changes From the Proposed Rule.''
    Comment 3: In its November 23, 2016, letter, the Council also 
recommended adjustments to 2017-2018 routine management measures 
relative to limited entry fixed gear and open access sablefish trip 
limits. The adjustments to trip limits are based on the corrected 
sablefish ACLs and subsequent allocations, and also take into account 
the most recent fishery information. The Council recommended that these 
adjustments to trip limits be implemented on January 1, 2017, or as 
soon as possible thereafter.
    Reponse: The Council's recommended trip limits are based on the 
best available information, and on the corrected sablefish ACLs and 
subsequent allocations. NMFS agrees that these trip limits should be 
implemented congruently with the corrected harvest specifications and 
allocations. However, lower trip limits, as recommended by the Council 
at its November 2016 meeting, may only be implemented at the beginning 
of Period 1 (January-February). This is because, once fishing in Period 
1 has begun under higher trip limits, it is not enforceable to lower 
those trip limits until the start of the next cumulative limit period, 
or Period 2 (March-April). Therefore, for limited entry fixed gear 
north of 36[deg] N. lat., NMFS is implementing the Council-recommended 
trip limits beginning on March 1, 2017 (at the start of Period 2). The 
Council has an opportunity, if necessary, to recommend further 
refinements to sablefish trip limits under routine inseason action at 
each Council meeting starting in March 2017. Revised trip limits for 
sablefish, as recommended by the Council at its November 2016 meeting, 
can be found in Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South), Supbart E, and Tables 3 
(North) and 3 (South), Subpart F.

Changes From the Proposed Rule

Sablefish ACLs and Management Measures

    As described above in Comments and Responses, sablefish ACLs were 
based on an incorrect north/south apportionment, resulting in incorrect 
proposed ACLs. For the reasons described above, the 2017-2018 sablefish 
ACLs and management measures for the areas north and south of 36[deg] 
N. lat. are revised in this final rule to be consistent with the FMP 
and related analyses, including past EIS and RIR documents.

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   Regulatory citation/paragraph          Description of the change
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Sec.   660.50(f)(2)(ii)...........  Corrected the 2017 and 2018
                                     sablefish allocations for tribal
                                     fisheries.
Tables 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b to        Corrected the 2017 and 2018
 Supbart C.                          sablefish ACLs, allocations, and
                                     harvest guidelines described there,
                                     including footnotes.
Tables 1c and 2c to Subpart C.....  Corrected 2017 and 2018 sablefish
                                     ACLs and allocations based on the
                                     long-term formal allocation
                                     structure described in the FMP for
                                     the area north of 36[deg] N. lat.
Sec.   660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).......  Corrected the 2017 and 2018
                                     shorebased trawl allocations for
                                     sablefish north and south of
                                     36[deg] N. lat.
Sec.   660.231(b)(3)(i)...........  Corrected the 2017 and 2018
                                     sablefish tier limits for the
                                     sablefish primary fishery.
Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to   Revises sablefish trip limits
 Supbart E and Tables 3 (North)      consistent with corrected harvest
 and 3 (South) to Subpart F.         targets.
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Trip Limit Reductions for Minor Nearshore Rockfish

    The proposed rule included a reduction in trip limits for 2017-2018 
for the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex and black rockfish between 
42[deg] N. lat. and 40[deg]10' N. lat. for both limited entry fixed 
gear and open access fisheries. This reduced trip limit is to keep 
harvest of Minor Nearshore Rockfish and co-occurring species within 
their harvest targets and ACLs. In the October 23, 2016, proposed rule, 
consistent with the Council's recommendation, NMFS proposed to reduce 
the trip limit for this complex in both the limited entry fixed gear 
and open access fisheries from ``8,500 lb per 2 months, no more than 
1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish'' (the trip 
limit currently in

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regulation, and that would remain in regulation if no action was taken 
to superceed it) to ``7,000 lb per 2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of 
which may be species other than black rockfish.'' As described above in 
``Comments and Responses,'' cumulative limits may only be lowered at 
the beginning of the 2-month period. Therefore, this final rule 
implements the proposed trip limit of 7,000 lb per 2 months beginning 
March 1.

Classification

    Pursuant to section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (16 
U.S.C. 1854(b)(1)(A)), the Administrator, West Coast Region, has 
determined that this final rule and Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP are 
necessary for the conservation and management of the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery and consistent with the Pacific Coast Groundfish 
Fishery Management Plan, other provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
and other applicable law.
    NMFS finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), so that this final rule may become 
effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Because this final 
rule increases the catch limits for several species for 2017, leaving 
2016 harvest specifications in place could unnecessarily delay fishing 
opportunities until later in the year, potentially reducing the total 
catch for these species in 2017. Thus, a delay in effectiveness could 
ultimately cause economic harm to the fishing industry and associated 
fishing communities or result in harvest levels inconsistent with the 
best available scientific information. For example, due to the rebuilt 
status of canary rockfish, the Council recommended a modest trip limit 
to allow retention of this species for the first time in many years. 
This measure provides for a year round opportunity to turn regulatory 
discards into retained catch, while maintaining a precautionary trip 
limit to keep targeting effort on canary rockfish low. Because of the 
potential harm to fishing communities that could be caused by delaying 
the effectiveness of this final rule, NMFS finds there is good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness.
    In addition, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to 
waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on the 
corrections contained in this action, as notice and comment would be 
impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. At its 
November meeting, the Council recommended corrections to 2017 and 2018 
sablefish harvest specifications and resulting management measures be 
implemented as quickly as possible. There was not sufficient time after 
that meeting to allow for prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment before implementing these corrections so that NMFS could manage 
these fisheries using the best available science in accordance with the 
FMP (Section 2.1) and applicable law (National Standard 2). The 
corrected ACLs and resulting management measures are based on the best 
available scientific information regarding the relative biomass of 
sablefish north and south of 36[deg] N. lat. The corrections 
implemented in this final rule are consistent with the impacts analyses 
for the proposed action, because the coastwide harvestable surplus (the 
sum of the northern and southern ACLs) is unchanged from the proposed 
rule; only the area-specific apportionment was incorrect. Further, 
correcting the sablefish ACLs is consistent with provisions in the FMP 
(Section 5.5) to allow timely corrections to ACLs due to technical 
errors, and also with the long-term formal allocation structure for 
sablefish north of 36[deg] N. lat., which is predicated on an ACL 
calculated based on the relative biomass for the area north of 36[deg] 
N. lat. Delaying the corrected sablefish ACLs and resulting management 
measures would keep regulations in place that are not based on the best 
available scientific information. Such a delay would impair achievement 
of the FMP goals and objectives of managing for appropriate harvest 
levels while providing for year-round fishing and marketing 
opportunities. Accordingly, for the reasons stated above, NMFS finds 
good cause to waive prior notice and comment.
    NMFS prepared an EA for this action and Amendment 27 that discusses 
the impact on the environment as a result of some of the components of 
this rule. The full suite of alternatives analyzed by the Council can 
be found on the Council's Web site at www.pcouncil.org. This EA does 
not contain all of the alternatives because an EIS was prepared for the 
2015-2016 biennial harvest specifications and management measures. 
Copies of the EA and the EIS are available from NMFS (see ADDRESSES). 
This EIS examined the harvest specifications and management measures 
for 2015-2016, and included ten year projections for routinely adjusted 
harvest specifications and management measures. The ten year 
projections were produced to evaluate the impacts of the ongoing 
implementation of harvest specifications and management measures and to 
evaluate the impacts of the routine adjustments that are the main 
component of regulatory changes in each biennial cycle. Therefore, the 
EA for the 2017-2018 cycle tiers from the 2015-2016 EIS, and focuses on 
the harvest specifications and management measures where the impacts 
were not within the scope of the ten year projections in the 2015-2016 
EIS.
    When an agency proposes regulations, the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(RFA) requires the agency to prepare and make available for public 
comment an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) document that 
describes the impact on small businesses, non-profit enterprises, local 
governments, and other small entities. The IRFA is to aid the agency in 
considering all reasonable regulatory alternatives that would minimize 
the economic impact on affected small entities. After the public 
comment period, the agency prepares a Final Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis (FRFA) that takes into consideration any new information and 
public comments. This FRFA incorporates the IRFA and a summary of the 
analyses completed to support the action.
    The comment period on the proposed rule closed on November 28, 
2016, and no comments were received on the IRFA or the economic impacts 
of this action. An IRFA was prepared and summarized in the 
Classification section of the preamble to the proposed rule. The 
description of this action, its purpose, and its legal basis are 
described in the preamble to the proposed rule and are not repeated 
here. The FRFA describes the impacts on small entities, which are 
defined in the IRFA for this action and not repeated here. Analytical 
requirements for the FRFA are described in Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
section 604(a)(1) through (5), and summarized below.
    The FRFA must contain: (1) A succinct statement of the need for, 
and objectives of, the rule; (2) A summary of the significant issues 
raised by the public comments in response to the IRFA, a summary of the 
assessment of the agency of such issues, and a statement of any changes 
made in the proposed rule as a result of such comments; (3) A 
description and an estimate of the number of small entities to which 
the rule will apply, or an explanation of why no such estimate is 
available; (4) A description of the projected reporting, recordkeeping 
and other compliance requirements of the rule, including an estimate of 
the classes of small entities which will be subject to the requirement 
and the type of professional skills necessary for

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preparation of the report or record; and (5) A description of the steps 
the agency has taken to minimize the significant economic impact on 
small entities consistent with the stated objectives of applicable 
statutes, including a statement of the factual, policy, and legal 
reasons for selecting the alternative adopted in the final rule and why 
each one of the other significant alternatives to the rule considered 
by the agency which affect the impact on small entities was rejected.
    This final rule will regulate businesses that participate in the 
groundfish fishery. This rule directly affects limited entry fixed gear 
permit holders, trawl quota share (QS) holders and Pacific whiting 
catch history endorsed permit holders (which include shorebased Pacific 
whiting processors), tribal vessels, charterboat vessels, and open 
access vessels. QS holders are directly affected as their QS are 
affected by the ACLs. Vessels that fish under the trawl rationalization 
program receive their quota pounds from the QS holders, and thus are 
indirectly affected. Similarly, mothership (MS) processors are 
indirectly affected as they receive the fish they process from limited 
entry permits that are endorsed with Pacific whiting catch history 
assignments.
    To determine the number of small entities potentially affected by 
this rule, NMFS reviewed analyses of fish ticket data and limited entry 
permit data, information on charterboat, tribal, and open access 
fleets, available cost-earnings data developed by the Northwest 
Fisheries Science Center, and responses associated with the permitting 
process for the Trawl Rationalization Program where applicants were 
asked if they considered themselves a small business based on SBA 
definitions. This rule will regulate businesses that harvest 
groundfish.

Charter Operations

    There were 355 active commercial passenger fishing vessels 
(charter) engaged in groundfish fishing in California in 2014. In 2014, 
an estimated 189 charter boats targeted groundfish in Oregon and 
Washington. All 544 of these vessels and associated small businesses 
are likely to be impacted by changes in recreational harvest levels for 
groundfish.

Commercial Vessels and Shorebased Buyers

    With limited access to data for all the affiliated business 
operations for vessels and buyers, particularly in the open access and 
fixed gear fisheries, NMFS estimates the type of impacted vessels and 
buyer entities based solely on West Coast ex-vessel revenue. This may 
be an underestimate of the number of large-entities in the fishery, as 
many vessels and buyers may be affiliated, and may have income from 
non-West Coast sources (particularly Alaska).
    Open access vessels are not federally permitted so counts based on 
landings can provide an estimate of the affected vessels. The analysis 
for the 2013-2014 Pacific Groundfish Harvest Specifications and 
Management Measures Environmental Impact Statement contained the 
following assessment, which is deemed as containing reasonable 
estimates for this rule, as these fisheries have not changed 
significantly in recent years. In 2011, 682 directed open access 
vessels fished while 284 incidental open access vessels fished for a 
total of 966 vessels. Over the 2005-2010 period, 1,583 different 
directed open access vessels fished, and 837 different incidental open 
access vessels fished, for a total of 2,420 different vessels. The four 
tribal fleets sum to a total of 54 longline vessels, 5 Pacific whiting 
trawlers, and 5 non-whiting trawlers, for an overall total of 64 
vessels. Available information on average revenue per vessel suggests 
that all the entities in these groups can be considered small.
    It is expected that a total of 873 catcher vessels (CVs), 227 
buyers, 9 Catcher/Processors (C/Ps) and 6 MS entities will be impacted 
by this rule, for a total of 1,115, if commercial groundfish 
participation in 2017-2018 follows similar patterns to those of the 
last full year of available data (2015), and counting only those 
vessels and buyers who had at least $1,000 worth of groundfish sales or 
purchases in 2015.

                                    Groundfish Ex-Vessel Revenues by Fishery
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                                                                          West Coast total    Average groundfish
                                                               N        groundfish  revenue        revenue
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LE Trawl.........................  C/P................               9  $99,180,000 (2014    $11,020,000 (2014
                                                                         wholesale).          wholesale).
                                   MS.................               5  $46,385,000 (2014    $9,277,000 (2014
                                                                         wholesale).          wholesale).
                                   CV.................              83  $30,832,277 (2015    $371,473 (2015 ex-
                                                                         ex-vessel).          vessel).
                                   MS/CV..............              19  $17,300,000 (2014    $910,536.31 (2014
                                                                         ex-vessel).          ex-vessel).
                                   Buyers.............              16  $137,600,000 (2014   $8,600,000 (2014
                                                                         wholesale).          wholesale).
LE Fixed Gear....................  Primary............              89  $8,357,122 (2015 ex- $93,900 (2015 ex-
                                                                         vessel).             vessel).
                                   DTL................             152  $16,623,889 (2015    $109,368 (2015 ex-
                                                                         ex-vessel).          vessel).
                                   Buyers.............             108  N/A................  N/A.
OA...............................  CV.................             831  $7,281,894 (2015 ex- $8,763 (2015 ex-
                                                                         vessel).             vessel).
                                   Buyers.............             307  N/A................  N/A.
Research.........................  CV.................               4  $174,394 (2015 ex-   $43,599 (2015 ex-
                                                                         vessel).             vessel).
Tribal...........................  CV.................             198  $4,933,911 (2015 ex- $24,918 (2015 ex-
                                                                         vessel).             vessel).
                                   Buyers.............              19  N/A................  N/A.
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Note: 2015 reported revenues obtained from the Pacific Fisheries Information Network (PacFIN); 2014 reported
  revenues obtained from 2016 Economic Data Collection Reports.

    During development of the 2017-2018 harvest specifications, a 
mistake was made in apportioning the sablefish ACLs north and south of 
36[deg] N. lat. While the coastwide values used for calculating 
revenues in the IRFA were correctly calculated, the area-specific ACLs 
in the proposed rule were incorrect. The proposed ACLs were based on a 
north/south dividing line of 34'27[deg] N. lat. rather than the actual 
north/south dividing line of 36[deg] N. lat. Correcting the percentages 
for apportioning the ACLs, results in area-specific ACLs that best 
represent the relative biomass for the areas in which those ACLs apply. 
The corrected ACLs and allocations are consistent with the FMP and will 
be corrected in this final rule, and thus is not expected to impact 
small entities. Coastwide sablefish harvest levels, which were 
correctly calculated in the proposed rule and analyzed under the IRFA, 
are not revised.

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Limited Entry Permit Owners

    As part of the permitting process for the trawl rationalization 
program or for participating in nontrawl limited entry permit 
fisheries, applicants were asked if they considered themselves a small 
business. NMFS reviewed the ownership and affiliation relationships of 
QS permit holders, vessel account holders, catcher processor permits, 
MS processors, and first receiver/shore processor permits. As of August 
1, 2016, Dock Street Brokers has West Coast limited entry trawl 
endorsed permits for sale for $60,000 for a 46.1' permit, and two 43' 
West Coast longline permits for $135,000-$140,000. QS may be valued 
anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on 
the species and amount owned, although not enough sales have occurred 
yet to be able to confidently estimate their value.

                     Limited Entry Permit-Owner Entities by Small Business Self-Designation
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                                                                    Small business designation
                                               Permit type       --------------------------------      Total
                                                                       Small           Large
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LE Trawl..............................  C/P.....................               0              10              10
                                        MS......................               4               2               6
                                        CV......................             142              21             163
                                        FR......................              36               8              44
                                        QS......................             N/A             N/A             173
LE Fixed Gear.........................  Primary.................             159               3             162
                                        DTL.....................              52               8              60
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    If permit ownership in 2017-2018 follows similar patterns to those 
of the last full year available data (2015), it is expected that a 
total of 312 permit owning entities will be impacted by this rule. An 
estimated 222 of these entities own both permits and vessels, and 16 of 
the first receiver permit holding companies actually received 
groundfish, and are thus included in the table above.
    Accounting for joint vessel and permit ownership in the limited 
entry fisheries to the extent possible, an estimated 1,189 commercial 
entities and 544 charter entities will be impacted by this rule; 16 of 
these entities are considered large, and the remaining 1,717 are small. 
As some of these entities are likely owned by the same parent 
companies, this number is likely an overestimate of the true value.
    There are no reporting and recordkeeping requirements associated 
with this action. There are no significant alternatives to the final 
rule that accomplish the stated objectives of applicable statutes and 
that minimize any of the significant economic impact of this final rule 
on small entities.

Considered But Rejected Measures

    A summary of the three measures that were analyzed but were 
excluded from the preferred alternative, and rationales for excluding 
them from the preferred alternative, were described in the proposed 
rule and are not repeated here.
    Pursuant to Executive Order 13175, this final rule was developed 
after meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials 
from the area covered by the PCGFMP. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act at 
16 U.S.C. 1852(b)(5), one of the voting members of the Pacific Council 
must be a representative of an Indian tribe with federally recognized 
fishing rights from the area of the Council's jurisdiction. In 
addition, regulations implementing the PCGFMP establish a procedure by 
which the tribes, which have treaty fishing rights in the area covered 
by the PCGFMP, request new allocations or regulations specific to the 
tribes, in writing, before the first of the two meetings at which the 
Council considers groundfish management measures. The regulations at 50 
CFR 660.324(d) further state that the Secretary will develop tribal 
allocations and regulations in consultation with the affected tribe(s) 
and, insofar as possible, with tribal consensus. The tribal management 
measures in this final rule have been developed following these 
procedures. The tribal representative on the Council made a motion to 
adopt the non-whiting tribal management measures, which was passed by 
the Council. Those management measures, which were developed and 
proposed by the tribes, were described in the proposed rule and are 
included in this final rule.
    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 660

    Fisheries, Fishing, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: January 30, 2017.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 660 is amended 
as follows:

PART 660--FISHERIES OFF WEST COAST STATES

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1. The authority citation for part 660 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., and 
16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq.


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2. In Sec.  660.11 in the definition of ``Groundfish,'' paragraphs 
(7)(i)(A) and (7)(i)(B)(2) are revised to read as follows:


Sec.  660.11   General definitions.

* * * * *
    (7) * * *
    (i) * * *
    (A) North of 40[deg]10' N. lat.: Black and yellow rockfish, S. 
chrysomelas; blue rockfish, S. mystinus; brown rockfish, S. 
auriculatus; calico rockfish, S. dalli; China rockfish, S. nebulosus; 
copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon rockfish, S. diaconus, gopher 
rockfish, S. carnatus; grass rockfish, S. rastrelliger; kelp rockfish, 
S. atrovirens; olive rockfish, S. serranoides; quillback rockfish, S. 
maliger; treefish, S. serriceps.
    (B) * * *
    (2) Deeper nearshore rockfish consists of black rockfish, S. 
melanops; blue rockfish, S. mystinus; brown rockfish, S. auriculatus; 
calico rockfish, S. dalli; copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon 
rockfish, S. diaconus; olive rockfish, S. serranoides; quillback 
rockfish, S. maliger; treefish, S. serriceps.
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3. Section 660.40 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  660.40   Overfished species rebuilding plans.

    For each overfished groundfish stock with an approved rebuilding 
plan, this section contains the standards to be used to establish 
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ACLs, specifically the target date for rebuilding the stock to its MSY 
level and the harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the stock. The 
harvest control rule may be expressed as a ``Spawning Potential Ratio'' 
or ``SPR'' harvest rate.
    (a) Bocaccio. Bocaccio south of 40[deg]10' N. latitude was declared 
overfished in 1999. The target year for rebuilding the bocaccio stock 
south of 40[deg]10' N. latitude to BMSY is 2022. The harvest 
control rule to be used to rebuild the southern bocaccio stock is an 
annual SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent.
    (b) Cowcod. Cowcod was declared overfished in 2000. The target year 
for rebuilding the cowcod stock south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. to 
BMSY is 2020. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild 
the cowcod stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent.
    (c) Darkblotched rockfish. Darkblotched rockfish was declared 
overfished in 2000. The target year for rebuilding the darkblotched 
rockfish stock to BMSY is 2025. The harvest control rule is 
ACL = ABC (P* = 0.45).
    (d) Pacific ocean perch (POP). POP was declared overfished in 1999. 
The target year for rebuilding the POP stock to BMSY is 
2051. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the POP stock in 
2017 and 2018 is a constant catch ACL of 281 mt per year. In 2019 and 
thereafter the harvest control rule to be used to rebuild POP is an 
annual SPR harvest rate of 86.4 percent.
    (e) Yelloweye rockfish. Yelloweye rockfish was declared overfished 
in 2002. The target year for rebuilding the yelloweye rockfish stock to 
BMSY is 2074. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild 
the yelloweye rockfish stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 76.0 
percent.

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4. In Sec.  660.50, revise paragraphs (f)(2)(ii) and (f)(3), add 
paragraph (f)(9), and revise paragraph (g) to read as follows:


Sec.  660.50   Pacific Coast treaty Indian fisheries.

* * * * *
    (f) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (ii) The Tribal allocation is 525 mt in 2017 and 548 mt in 2018 per 
year. This allocation is, for each year, 10 percent of the Monterey 
through Vancouver area (North of 36[deg] N. lat.) ACL. The Tribal 
allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent for estimated discard mortality.
    (3) Lingcod. Lingcod taken in the treaty fisheries are subject to a 
harvest guideline of 250 mt.
* * * * *
    (9) Widow rockfish. Widow rockfish taken in the directed tribal 
midwater trawl fisheries are subject to a catch limit of 200 mt for the 
entire fleet, per year.
    (g) Pacific Coast treaty Indian fisheries management measures. Trip 
limits for certain species were recommended by the tribes and the 
Council and are specified here.
    (1) Rockfish. The tribes will require full retention of all 
overfished rockfish species and all other marketable rockfish species 
during treaty fisheries.
    (2) Yelloweye rockfish--are subject to a 100-lb (45-kg) trip limit.
    (3) Other rockfish--(i) Minor nearshore rockfish. Minor nearshore 
rockfish are subject to a 300-lb (136-kg) trip limit per species or 
species group, or to the non-tribal limited entry trip limit for those 
species if those limits are less restrictive than 300 lb (136 kg) per 
trip. Limited entry trip limits for waters off Washington are specified 
in Table 1 (North) to subpart D, and Table 2 (North) to subpart E of 
this part.
    (ii) Minor shelf rockfish and minor slope rockfish. Redstripe 
rockfish are subject to an 800 lb (363 kg) trip limit. Minor shelf 
(excluding redstripe rockfish), and minor slope rockfish groups are 
subject to a 300 lb (136 kg) trip limit per species or species group, 
or to the non-tribal limited entry fixed gear trip limit for those 
species if those limits are less restrictive than 300 lb (136 kg) per 
trip. Limited entry fixed gear trip limits are specified in Table 2 
(North) to subpart E of this part.
    (iii) Other rockfish. All other rockfish, not listed specifically 
in paragraph (g) of this section, are subject to a 300 lb (136 kg) trip 
limit per species or species group, or to the non-tribal limited entry 
trip limit for those species if those limits are less restrictive than 
300 lb (136 kg) per trip. Limited entry trip limits for waters off 
Washington are specified in Table 1 (North) to subpart D, and Table 2 
(North) to subpart E of this part.
    (4) Pacific whiting. Tribal whiting processed at-sea by non-tribal 
vessels, must be transferred within the tribal U&A from a member of a 
Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribe fishing under this section.
    (5) Groundfish without a tribal allocation. Makah tribal members 
may use midwater trawl gear to take and retain groundfish for which 
there is no tribal allocation and will be subject to the trip landing 
and frequency and size limits applicable to the limited entry fishery.
    (6) EFH. Measures implemented to minimize adverse impacts to 
groundfish EFH, as described in Sec.  660.12 of this subpart, do not 
apply to tribal fisheries in their U&A fishing areas described at Sec.  
660.4, subpart A.
    (7) Small footrope trawl gear. Makah tribal members fishing in the 
bottom trawl fishery may use only small footrope (less than or equal to 
8 inches (20.3 cm)) bottom trawl gear.

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5. In Sec.  660.55, revise paragraph (b) introductory text to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.55   Allocations.

* * * * *
    (b) Fishery harvest guidelines and reductions made prior to fishery 
allocations. Prior to the setting of fishery allocations, the TAC, ACL, 
or ACT when specified, is reduced by the Pacific Coast treaty Indian 
Tribal harvest (allocations, set-asides, and estimated harvest under 
regulations at Sec.  660.50); projected scientific research catch of 
all groundfish species, estimates of fishing mortality in non-
groundfish fisheries; and, as necessary, deductions to account for 
unforeseen catch events and deductions for EFPs. Deductions are listed 
in the footnotes of Tables 1a and 2a of subpart C of this part. The 
remaining amount after these deductions is the fishery harvest 
guideline or quota. (Note: recreational estimates are not deducted 
here.)
* * * * *

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6. In Sec.  660.60, paragraphs (c)(1)(i) and (c)(3)(ii) are revised and 
paragraph (c)(4) is added to read as follows:


Sec.  660.60   Specifications and management measures.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (i) Trip landing and frequency limits, size limits, all gear. Trip 
landing and frequency limits have been designated as routine for the 
following species or species groups: Widow rockfish, canary rockfish, 
yellowtail rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, yelloweye rockfish, black 
rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, splitnose rockfish, blackgill rockfish 
in the area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat., chilipepper, bocaccio, cowcod, 
Minor Nearshore Rockfish or shallow and deeper Minor Nearshore 
Rockfish, shelf or Minor Shelf Rockfish, and Minor Slope Rockfish; 
Dover sole, sablefish, shortspine thornyheads, and longspine 
thornyheads; petrale sole, rex sole, arrowtooth flounder, Pacific 
sanddabs, big skate, and the Other Flatfish complex, which is composed 
of those species plus any other flatfish species listed at Sec.  
660.11; Pacific whiting; lingcod; Pacific cod; spiny dogfish; longnose 
skate; cabezon in Oregon and California and ``Other Fish'' as defined 
at Sec.  660.11. In addition to the species and species groups listed 
above, sub-limits or aggregate limits may be specified, specific to the 
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IFQ Program, for the following species: Big skate, California skate, 
California scorpionfish, leopard shark, soupfin shark, finescale 
codling, Pacific rattail (grenadier), ratfish, kelp greenling, 
shortbelly rockfish, and cabezon in Washington. Size limits have been 
designated as routine for sablefish and lingcod. Trip landing and 
frequency limits and size limits for species with those limits 
designated as routine may be imposed or adjusted on a biennial or more 
frequent basis for the purpose of keeping landings within the harvest 
levels announced by NMFS, and for the other purposes given in 
paragraphs (c)(1)(i)(A) and (B) of this section.
* * * * *
    (3) * * *
    (ii) Non-tribal deductions from the ACL. Changes to the non-tribal 
amounts deducted from the TAC, ACLs, or ACT when specified, described 
at Sec.  660.55(b)(2) through (4) and specified in the footnotes to 
Tables 1a through 1c, and 2a through 2c, to subpart C, have been 
designated as routine to make fish that would otherwise go unharvested 
available to other fisheries during the fishing year. Adjustments may 
be made to provide additional harvest opportunities in groundfish 
fisheries when catch in scientific research activities, non-groundfish 
fisheries, and EFPs are lower than the amounts that were initially 
deducted off the TAC, ACL, or ACT when specified, during the biennial 
specifications or to allocate yield from the deduction to account for 
unforeseen catch events to groundfish fisheries. When recommending 
adjustments to the non-tribal deductions, the Council shall consider 
the allocation framework criteria outlined in the PCGFMP and the 
objectives to maintain or extend fishing and marketing opportunities 
taking into account the best available fishery information on sector 
needs.
    (4) Inseason action for canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and 
black rockfish in California State-Specific Federal Harvest Limits 
outside of a Council meeting. The Regional Administrator, NMFS West 
Coast Region, after consultation with the Chairman of the Pacific 
Fishery Management Council and the Fishery Director of the California 
Department of Fish and Wildlife, or their designees, is authorized to 
modify the following designated routine management measures for canary 
rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and black rockfish off the coast of 
California. For black rockfish in commercial fisheries trip landing and 
frequency limits; and depth based management measures. For black, 
canary, and yelloweye rockfish in recreational fisheries bag limits; 
time/area closures; depth based management. Any modifications may be 
made only after NMFS has determined that a California state-specific 
federal harvest limit for canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, or black 
rockfish, is attained or projected to be attained prior to the first 
day of the next Council meeting. Any modifications may only be used to 
restrict catch of canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, or black 
rockfish off the coast of California.
* * * * *

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7. In Sec.  660.70, paragraphs (g) through (p) are redesignated as (i) 
through (r), and new paragraphs (g) and (h) are added to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.70   Groundfish conservation areas.

* * * * *
    (g) Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, Expansion 
1. The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) 
Expansion 1 is an area off central Oregon, near Stonewall Bank, 
intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Stonewall Bank YRCA 
Expansion 1 is defined by straight lines connecting the following 
specific latitude and longitude coordinates in the order listed:
    (1) 44[deg]41.76' N. lat.; 124[deg]30.02' W. long.;
    (2) 44[deg]41.73' N. lat.; 124[deg]21.60' W. long.;
    (3) 44[deg]25.25' N. lat.; 124[deg]16.94' W. long.;
    (4) 44[deg]25.29' N. lat.; 124[deg]30.14' W. long.;
    (5) 44[deg]41.76' N. lat.; 124[deg]30.02' W. long.; and connecting 
back to 44[deg]41.76' N. lat.; 124[deg]30.02' W. long.
    (h) Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, Expansion 
2. The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) 
Expansion 2 is an area off central Oregon, near Stonewall Bank, 
intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Stonewall Bank YRCA 
Expansion 2 is defined by straight lines connecting the following 
specific latitude and longitude coordinates in the order listed:
    (1) 44[deg]38.54' N. lat.; 124[deg]27.41' W. long.;
    (2) 44[deg]38.54' N. lat.; 124[deg]23.86' W. long.;
    (3) 44[deg]27.13' N. lat.; 124[deg]21.50' W. long.;
    (4) 44[deg]27.13' N. lat.; 124[deg]26.89' W. long.;
    (5) 44[deg]31.30' N. lat.; 124[deg]28.35' W. long.; and connecting 
back to 44[deg]38.54' N. lat.; 124[deg]27.41' W. long.
* * * * *

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8. Amend Sec.  660.71 as follows:
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a. Redesignate paragraphs (e)(143) through (332) as paragraphs (e)(147) 
through (336), respectively and redesignate paragraphs (e)(140) through 
(142) as paragraphs (e)(141) through (143), respectively;
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b. Add new paragraphs (e)(140) and (e)(144) through (146);
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c. Revise newly redesignated paragraph (e)(168);
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d. Redesignate paragraphs (k)(128) through (214) as paragraphs (k)(130) 
through (216), respectively and redesignate paragraphs (k)(120) through 
(127) as paragraphs (k)(121) through (128), respectively;
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e. Add new paragraph (k)(120);
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f. Revise newly redesignated paragraph (k)(128);
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g. Add new paragraph (k)(129).
    The revisions and additions read as follows:


Sec.  660.71   Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 10-fm (18-m) 
through 40-fm (73-m) depth contours.

* * * * *
    (e) * * *
    (140) 39[deg]37.50' N. lat., 123[deg]49.20' W. long.;
* * * * *
    (144) 39[deg]13.00' N. lat., 123[deg]47.65' W. long.;
    (145) 39[deg]11.06' N. lat., 123[deg]47.16' W. long.;
    (146) 39[deg]10.35' N. lat., 123[deg]46.75' W. long.;
* * * * *
    (168) 37[deg]39.85.' N. lat., 122[deg]49.90' W. long.;
* * * * *
    (k) * * *
    (120) 38[deg]30.57' N. lat., 123[deg]18.60' W. long.;
* * * * *
    (128) 37[deg]48.22' N. lat., 123[deg]10.62' W. long.;
    (129) 37[deg]47.53' N. lat., 123[deg]11.54' W. long.;
* * * * *

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9. In Sec.  660.72, paragraph (a)(107) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  660.72   Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 50 fm (91 m) 
through 75 fm (137 m) depth contours.

* * * * *
    (a) * * *
    (107) 37[deg]45.57' N. lat., 123[deg]9.46' W. long.;
* * * * *

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10. In Sec.  660.73, redesignate paragraphs (h)(248) through (h)(309) 
as (h)(252) through (h)(313) and add new paragraphs (h)(248) through 
(h)(251) to read as follows:

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Sec.  660.73   Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 100 fm (183 
m) through 150 fm (274 m) depth contours.

* * * * *
    (h) * * *
    (248) 36[deg]47.60' N. lat., 121[deg]58.88' W. long.;
    (249) 36[deg]48.24' N. lat., 121[deg]51.40' W. long.;
    (250) 36[deg]45.84' N. lat., 121[deg]57.21' W. long.;
    (251) 36[deg]45.77' N. lat., 121[deg]57.61' W. long.;
* * * * *

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11. Tables 1a through 1d to Part 660, Subpart C, are revised to read as 
follows:
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P

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BILLING CODE 3510-22-C
    \a\ Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and 
harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values.
    \b\ Fishery harvest guidelines means the harvest guideline or 
quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes 
allocations and projected catch, projected research catch, 
deductions for fishing mortality in non-groundfish fisheries, and 
deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT.
    \c\ Bocaccio. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 for the 
bocaccio stock between the U.S.-Mexico border and Cape Blanco. The 
stock is managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north 
of 40[deg]10' N. lat. A historical catch distribution of 
approximately 7.4 percent was used to apportion the assessed stock 
to the area north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The bocaccio stock was 
estimated to be at 36.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
OFL of 2,139 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,044 mt is a 
4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The 790 mt ACL is based on the 
current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2022 and an 
SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent. 15.4 mt is deducted from the ACL 
to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.8 mt), EFP 
catch (10 mt) and research catch (4.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG 
of 774.6 mt. The California recreational fishery has an HG of 326.1 
mt.
    \d\ Cowcod. A stock assessment for the Conception Area was 
conducted in 2013 and the stock was estimated to be at 33.9 percent 
of its unfished biomass in 2013. The Conception Area OFL of 58 mt is 
projected in the 2013 rebuilding analysis using an FMSY 
proxy of F50%. The OFL contribution of 12 mt for the 
unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is based on 
depletion-based stock reduction analysis. The OFLs for the Monterey 
and Conception areas were summed to derive the south of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. OFL of 70 mt. The ABC for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. 
lat. is 63 mt. The assessed portion of the stock in the Conception 
Area is considered category 2, with a Conception area contribution 
to the ABC of 53 mt, which is an 8.7 percent reduction from the 
Conception area OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45). The unassessed 
portion of the stock in the Monterey area is considered a category 3 
stock, with a contribution to the ABC of 10 mt, which is a 16.6 
percent reduction from the Monterey area OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 
0.45). A single ACL of 10 mt is being set for both areas combined. 
The ACL of 10 mt is based on the rebuilding plan with a target year 
to rebuild of 2020 and an SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent, which is 
equivalent to an exploitation rate (catch over age 11+ biomass) of 
0.007. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental 
open access fishery (less than 0.1 mt), EFP fishing (less than 0.1 
mt) and research activity (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 8 mt. 
Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted 
from the ACL. A single ACT of 4 mt is being set for both areas 
combined.
    \e\ Darkblotched rockfish. A 2015 stock assessment estimated the 
stock to be at 39 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL 
of 671 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 641 mt is a 4.4 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because 
it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC, as the 
stock is projected to be above its target biomass of B40% 
in 2017. 77.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal 
fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (24.5 mt), EFP 
catch (0.1 mt), research catch (2.5 mt) and an additional deduction 
for unforeseen catch events (50 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
563.8 mt.
    \f\ Pacific ocean perch. A stock assessment was conducted in 
2011 and the stock was estimated to be at 19.1 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 964 mt for the area north of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. is based on an updated catch-only projection of 
the 2011 rebuilding analysis using an F50% 
FMSY proxy. The ABC of 922 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction 
from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 
stock. The ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target 
year to rebuild of 2051 and a constant catch amount of 281 mt in 
2017 and 2018, followed in 2019 and beyond by ACLs based on an SPR 
harvest rate of 86.4 percent. 49.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (10 mt), research catch (5.2 mt) and an additional deduction 
for unforeseen catch events (25 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
231.6 mt.
    \g\ Yelloweye rockfish. A stock assessment update was conducted 
in 2011. The stock was estimated to be at 21.4 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2011. The 57 mt coastwide OFL is based on a 
catch-only update of the 2011 stock assessment, assuming actual 
catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of 
F50%. The ABC of 47 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from 
the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 
stock. The 20 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a 
target year to rebuild of 2074 and an SPR harvest rate of 76.0 
percent. 5.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal 
fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.4 mt), EFP 
catch (less than 0.1 mt) and research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 14.6 mt. Recreational HGs are: 3.3 mt (Washington); 3 
mt (Oregon); and 3.9 mt (California).
    \h\ Arrowtooth flounder. The arrowtooth flounder stock was last 
assessed in 2007 and was estimated to be at 79 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2007. The OFL of 16,571 mt is derived from a 
catch-only update of the 2007 stock assessment assuming actual 
catches since 2007 and using an F30% FMSY 
proxy. The ABC of 13,804 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL 
([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The 
ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target 
biomass of B25%. 2,098.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open 
access fishery (40.8 mt), and research catch (16.4 mt), resulting in 
a fishery HG of 11,705.9 mt.
    \i\ Big skate. The OFL of 541 mt is based on an estimate of 
trawl survey biomass and natural mortality. The ABC of 494 mt is an 
8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) as 
it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. 57.4 mt 
is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), 
the incidental open access fishery (38.4 mt), and research catch (4 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 436.6 mt.
    \j\ Black rockfish (California). A 2015 stock assessment 
estimated the stock to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2015. The OFL of 349 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 334 mt 
is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of 
B40% in 2017. 1 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate EFP catch (1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 333 mt.
    \k\ Black rockfish (Oregon). A 2015 stock assessment estimated 
the stock to be at 60 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
OFL of 577 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 527 mt is an 
8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 
0.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open 
access fishery (0.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 526.4 mt.
    \l\ Black rockfish (Washington). A 2015 stock assessment 
estimated the stock to be at 43 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2015. The OFL of 319 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 305 mt 
is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 18 
mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery, 
resulting in a fishery HG of 287 mt.
    \m\ Blackgill rockfish. Blackgill rockfish contributes to the 
harvest specifications for the Minor Slope Rockfish South complex. 
See footnote \pp\.
    \n\ Cabezon (California). A cabezon stock assessment was 
conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off 
California was estimated to be at 48.3 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2009. The OFL of 157 mt is calculated using an 
FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 150 mt is based 
on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because the stock is above its target biomass of B40%. 
0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open 
access fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 149.7 mt.
    \o\ Cabezon (Oregon). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted 
in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off Oregon was 
estimated to be at 52 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The 
OFL of 49 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of 
F45%. The ABC of 47 mt is based on a 4.4 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a 
category 1 species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the 
stock is above its target biomass of B40%. There are no 
deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is also equal to the ACL 
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    \p\ California scorpionfish. A California scorpionfish 
assessment was conducted in 2005 and was estimated to be at 79.8 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 289 mt is based 
on projections from a catch-only update of the 2005 assessment 
assuming actual catches since 2005 and using an FMSY 
harvest rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 264 mt is an 8.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because 
it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set at a constant catch amount 
of 150 mt. 2.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
incidental open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (0.2 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 147.8 mt. An ACT of 111 mt is 
established.
    \q\ Canary rockfish. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 
and the stock was estimated to be at 55.5 percent of its unfished 
biomass coastwide in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 1,793 mt is 
projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY harvest 
rate proxy of F50%. The ABC of 1,714 mt is a 4.4 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a 
category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock 
is above its target biomass of B40%. 247 mt is deducted 
from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (1.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), research 
catch (7.2 mt), and an additional deduction for unforeseen catch 
events (188 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,466.6 mt. 
Recreational HGs are: 50 mt (Washington); 75 mt (Oregon); and 135 mt 
(California).
    \r\ Chilipepper. A coastwide update assessment of the 
chilipepper stock was conducted in 2015 and estimated to be at 64 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. Chilipepper are managed 
with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40[deg]10' N. 
lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. Projected OFLs are stratified north and south of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. based on the average historical assessed area catch, which 
is 93 percent for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 7 percent 
for the area north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The OFL of 2,727 mt for the 
area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. is projected in the 2015 assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,607 
mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 
0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the 
ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40%. 45.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
incidental open access fishery (5 mt), EFP fishing (30 mt), and 
research catch (10.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,561.1 mt.
    \s\ Dover sole. A 2011 Dover sole assessment estimated the stock 
to be at 83.7 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 
89,702 mt is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2011 
stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an 
FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 85,755 mt is a 
4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL could be set equal to the 
ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B25%. However, the ACL of 50,000 mt is set at a level 
below the ABC and higher than the maximum historical landed catch. 
1,593.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal 
fishery (1,497 mt), the incidental open access fishery (54.8 mt), 
and research catch (41.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,406.3 
mt.
    \t\ English sole. A 2013 stock assessment was conducted, which 
estimated the stock to be at 88 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2013. The OFL of 10,914 mt is projected in the 2013 assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F30%. The ABC of 9,964 mt is 
an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because the stock is above its target biomass of B25%. 
212.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery 
(200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (7.0 mt) and research 
catch (5.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 9,751.2 mt.
    \u\ Lingcod north. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two 
populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42[deg] 
N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion 
estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively 
in 2009. The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection from 
the 2009 assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using an 
FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned 
north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. by adding 48% of the OFL from 
California, resulting in an OFL of 3,549 mt for the area north of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. The ABC of 3,333 mt is based on a 4.4 percent 
reduction ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for 
the area north of 42[deg] N. lat. because it is a category 1 stock, 
and an 8.7 percent reduction ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) from the 
OFL contribution for the area between 42[deg] N. lat. and 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40%. 278.2 mt is deducted from the ACL for the Tribal 
fishery (250 mt), the incidental open access fishery (16 mt), EFP 
catch (0.5 mt) and research catch (11.7 mt), resulting in a fishery 
HG of 3,054.8 mt.
    \v\ Lingcod south. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two 
populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42[deg] 
N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion 
estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively 
in 2009.The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 
2009 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 using an 
FMSY proxy of F45%. The OFL is apportioned by 
subtracting 48% of the California OFL, resulting in an OFL of 1,502 
mt for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The ABC of 1,251 mt is 
based on a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* 
= 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40%. 9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
incidental open access fishery (6.9 mt), EFP fishing (1 mt), and 
research catch (1.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,242 mt.
    \w\ Longnose skate. A stock assessment was conducted in 2007 and 
the stock was estimated to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass. 
The OFL of 2,556 mt is derived from the 2007 stock assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F50%. The ABC of 2,444 mt is 
a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL of 2,000 mt is a fixed 
harvest level that provides greater access to the stock and is less 
than the ABC. 147 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (3.8 mt), 
and research catch (13.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,853 mt.
    \x\ Longspine thornyhead. A 2013 longspine thornyhead coastwide 
stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 75 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 4,571 mt is projected 
in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% 
FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 3,808 mt is a 16.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because 
it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north 
of 34[deg]27' N. lat., the ACL is 2,894 mt, and is 76 percent of the 
coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates 
(2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 46.8 mt is deducted 
from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (3.3 mt), and research catch (13.5 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,847.2 mt. For that portion of 
the stock south of 34[deg]27' N. lat. the ACL is 914 mt and is 24 
percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass 
estimates (2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 3.2 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access 
fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (1.4 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 910.8 mt.
    \y\ Pacific cod. The 3,200 mt OFL is based on the maximum level 
of historic landings. The ABC of 2,221 mt is a 30.6 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a 
category 3 stock. The 1,600 mt ACL is the OFL reduced by 50 percent 
as a precautionary adjustment. 509 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), research catch (7 mt), and 
the incidental open access fishery (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG 
of 1,091 mt.
    \z\ Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are 
assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined 
consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting Agreement and will 
be announced after the Council's April 2017 meeting.
    \aa\ Petrale sole. A 2015 stock assessment update was conducted, 
which estimated the stock to be at 31 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2015. The OFL of 3,280 mt is projected in the 2015 
assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30%. The 
ABC of 3,136 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 
0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set 
equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B25%. 240.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate 
the Tribal fishery (220 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.2 
mt) and research catch (17.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
2,895.1 mt.
    \bb\ Sablefish north. A coastwide sablefish stock assessment 
update was conducted in 2015. The coastwide sablefish biomass was 
estimated to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
coastwide OFL of 8,050 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F45%. The ABC of 7,350 
mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 
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a coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the precautionary 
zone. This coastwide ACL value is not specified in regulations. The 
coastwide ACL value is apportioned north and south of 36[deg] N. 
lat., using the 2003-2014 average estimated swept area biomass from 
the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 
36[deg] N. lat. and 26.2 percent apportioned south of 36[deg] N. 
lat. The northern ACL is 5,252 mt and is reduced by 525 mt for the 
Tribal allocation (10 percent of the ACL north of 36[deg] N. lat.). 
The 525 mt Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account 
for discard mortality. Detailed sablefish allocations are shown in 
Table 1c.
    \cc\ Sablefish south. The ACL for the area south of 36[deg] N. 
lat. is 1,864 mt (26.2 percent of the calculated coastwide ACL 
value). 5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental 
open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (3 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 1,859 mt.
    \dd\ Shortbelly rockfish. A non-quantitative shortbelly rockfish 
assessment was conducted in 2007. The spawning stock biomass of 
shortbelly rockfish was estimated to be 67 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2005. The OFL of 6,950 mt is based on the estimated MSY 
in the 2007 stock assessment. The ABC of 5,789 mt is a 16.7 percent 
reduction of the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a 
category 2 stock. The 500 mt ACL is set to accommodate incidental 
catch when fishing for co-occurring healthy stocks and in 
recognition of the stock's importance as a forage species in the 
California Current ecosystem. 10.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt) and research 
catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 489.1 mt.
    \ee\ Shortspine thornyhead. A 2013 coastwide shortspine 
thornyhead stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 74.2 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 3,144 mt 
is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50% 
FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 2,619 mt is a 16.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because 
it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north 
of 34[deg]27' N. lat., the ACL is 1,713 mt. The northern ACL is 65.4 
percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass 
estimates (2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 59 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (7.2 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,654 mt for the area north of 
34[deg]27' N. lat. For that portion of the stock south of 34[deg]27' 
N. lat. the ACL is 906 mt. The southern ACL is 34.6 percent of the 
coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates 
(2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 42.3 mt is deducted 
from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (41.3 
mt) and research catch (1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 863.7 mt 
for the area south of 34[deg]27' N. lat.
    \ff\ Spiny dogfish. A coastwide spiny dogfish stock assessment 
was conducted in 2011. The coastwide spiny dogfish biomass was 
estimated to be at 63 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The 
coastwide OFL of 2,514 mt is derived from the 2011 assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide ABC of 
2,094 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / 
P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40%. 338 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access fishery (49.5 
mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 1,756 mt.
    \gg\ Splitnose rockfish. A coastwide splitnose rockfish 
assessment was conducted in 2009 that estimated the stock to be at 
66 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. Splitnose rockfish in 
the north is managed in the Minor Slope Rockfish complex and with 
stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. 
The coastwide OFL is projected in the 2009 assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50%. The coastwide OFL is 
apportioned north and south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. based on the 
average 1916-2008 assessed area catch, resulting in 64.2 percent of 
the coastwide OFL apportioned south of 40[deg]10' N. lat., and 35.8 
percent apportioned for the contribution of splitnose rockfish to 
the northern Minor Slope Rockfish complex. The southern OFL of 1,841 
mt results from the apportionment described above. The southern ABC 
of 1,760 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the southern OFL 
([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The 
ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is estimated to be 
above its target biomass of B40%. 10.7 mt is deducted 
from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.2 
mt), research catch (9 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 1,749.3 mt.
    \hh\ Starry flounder. The stock was assessed in 2005 and was 
estimated to be above 40 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005 (44 
percent in Washington and Oregon, and 62 percent in California). The 
coastwide OFL of 1,847 mt is set equal to the 2016 OFL, which was 
derived from the 2005 assessment using an FMSY proxy of 
F30%. The ABC of 1,282 mt is a 30.6 percent reduction 
from the OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 3 
stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock was 
estimated to be above its target biomass of B25% in 2017. 
10.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery 
(2 mt), and the incidental open access fishery (8.3 mt), resulting 
in a fishery HG of 1,271.7 mt.
    ii Widow rockfish. The widow rockfish stock was 
assessed in 2015 and was estimated to be at 75 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 14,130 mt is projected in the 
2015 stock assessment using the F50 
FMSY proxy. The ABC of 13,508 mt is a 4.4 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a 
category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock 
is above its target biomass of B40. 217.7 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), 
the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP catch (9 mt) and 
research catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 13,290.3 mt.
    jj Yellowtail rockfish. A 2013 yellowtail rockfish 
stock assessment was conducted for the portion of the population 
north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The estimated stock depletion was 67 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 6,786 mt is 
projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an FMSY 
proxy of F50. The ABC of 6,196 mt is an 8.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) because 
it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because 
the stock is above its target biomass of B40. 
1,030 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery 
(1,000 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.4 mt), EFP catch 
(10 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
5,166.1 mt.
    kk Minor Nearshore Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Nearshore Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 118 mt is the sum 
of the OFL contributions for the component species managed in the 
complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a 
sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blue/deacon rockfish in 
California, brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and 
a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* 
of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 105 mt is the summed contribution of 
the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 105 mt is the sum of 
contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, 
plus the ACL contributions for blue/deacon rockfish in California 
where the 40-10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for 
this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 1.8 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt) and 
the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt), resulting in a fishery 
HG of 103.2 mt. Between 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 42[deg] N. lat. the 
Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex north has a harvest guideline of 
40.2 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42[deg] N. lat. has a stock-
specific HG, described in footnote nn/.
    ll Minor Shelf Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Shelf Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 2,303 mt is the sum of 
the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. 
The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value 
of 0.36 for a category 1 stock (chilipepper), a sigma value of 0.72 
for category 2 stocks (greenspotted rockfish between 40[deg]10' and 
42[deg] N. lat. and greenstriped rockfish), and a sigma value of 
1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The 
resulting ABC of 2,049 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for 
the component species. The ACL of 2,049 mt is the sum of 
contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, 
plus the ACL contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California 
where the 40-10 adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for 
this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 83.8 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (26 mt), EFP catch (3 mt), and 
research catch (24.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,965.2 mt.
    mm Minor Slope Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Slope Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 1,897 mt is the sum of 
the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. 
The ABCs for the Minor Slope Rockfish complexes are based on a sigma 
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sigma value of 0.36 for the other category 1 stock (splitnose 
rockfish), a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (rougheye 
rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish), and a 
sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 
0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish 
because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was greater than 
the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting 
ABC of 1,755 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the 
component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because all the 
assessed component stocks (i.e., rougheye rockfish, blackspotted 
rockfish, sharpchin rockfish, and splitnose rockfish) are above the 
target biomass of B40. 65.1 mt is deducted from 
the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the incidental 
open access fishery (18.6 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch 
(9.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,689.9 mt.
    nn Minor Nearshore Rockfish south. The OFL for the 
Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 
1,329 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component 
species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Nearshore 
Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 
stocks (i.e., blue/deacon rockfish north of 34[deg]27' N. lat., 
brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma 
value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. 
The resulting ABC of 1,166 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs 
for the component species. The ACL of 1,163 mt is the sum of the 
contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, 
plus the ACL contribution for blue/deacon rockfish north of 
34[deg]27' N. lat. and China rockfish where the 40-10 adjustment was 
applied to the ABC contributions for these two stocks because they 
are in the precautionary zone. 4.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and research 
catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,158.9 mt. Blue/deacon 
rockfish south of 42[deg] N. lat. has a stock-specific HG set equal 
to the 40-10-adjusted ACL for the portion of the stock north of 
34[deg]27' N. lat. (243.7 mt) plus the ABC contribution for the 
unassessed portion of the stock south of 34[deg]27' N. lat. (60.8 
mt). The California (i.e., south of 42[deg] N. lat.) blue/deacon 
rockfish HG is 304.5 mt.
    oo Minor Shelf Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor 
Shelf Rockfish complex south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 1,917 mt is 
the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within 
the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Shelf Rockfish complex 
is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks 
(greenspotted and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 
for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting 
ABC of 1,624 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the 
component species. The ACL of 1,623 mt is the sum of contributing 
ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL 
contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40-10 
adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock 
because it is in the precautionary zone. 47.2 mt is deducted from 
the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.6 mt), 
EFP catch (30 mt), and research catch (8.6 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 1,575.8 mt.
    pp Minor Slope Rockfish south. The OFL of 827 mt is 
the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within 
the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Slope Rockfish complex 
is based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value 
of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blackgill rockfish, rougheye 
rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish) and a sigma 
value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. 
A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish because 
the variance in estimated biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as 
a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 718 mt is 
the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The 
ACL of 707 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy 
assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of 
blackgill rockfish where the 40-10 adjustment was applied to the ABC 
contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 
20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open 
access fishery (17.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (2 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 686.8 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a 
stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery south of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. set equal to the species' contribution to the 40-
10-adjusted ACL. Harvest of blackgill rockfish in all groundfish 
fisheries counts against this HG of 120.2 mt. Nontrawl fisheries are 
subject to a blackgill rockfish HG of 44.5 mt.
    qq Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is 
comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not 
managed with stock-specific OFLs/ABCs/ACLs. Most of the species in 
the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: Butter sole, 
curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rock sole, sand sole, 
and rex sole. The Other Flatfish OFL of 11,165 mt is based on the 
sum of the OFL contributions of the component stocks. The ABC of 
8,510 mt is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for a category 2 stock 
(rex sole) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all 
others) with a P* of 0.40. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. The ACL 
is set equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (i.e., 
Pacific sanddabs and rex sole) were above their target biomass of 
B25. 204 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (125 mt), and research catch (19 mt), resulting in a fishery 
HG of 8,306 mt.
    rr Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of 
kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark 
coastwide. The 2015 assessment for the kelp greenling stock off of 
Oregon projected an estimated depletion of 80 percent in 2015. All 
other stocks are unassessed. The OFL of 537 mt is the sum of the OFL 
contributions for kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, 
and leopard shark coastwide. The ABC for the Other Fish complex is 
based on a sigma value of 0.44 for kelp greenling off Oregon and a 
sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 
0.45. A unique sigma of 0.44 was calculated for kelp greenling off 
Oregon because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was 
greater than the 0.36 sigma used as a proxy for other category 1 
stocks. The resulting ABC of 474 mt is the summed contribution of 
the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because all of the assessed stocks (kelp greenling off Oregon) were 
above their target biomass of B40. There are no 
deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 474 
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    \a\ Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and 
harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values.
    \b\ Fishery harvest guidelines means the harvest guideline or 
quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes 
allocations and projected catch, projected research catch, 
deductions for fishing mortality in non-groundfish fisheries, and 
deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT.
    \c\ Bocaccio. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 for the 
bocaccio stock between the U.S.-Mexico border and Cape Blanco. The 
stock is managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north 
of 40[deg]10' N. lat. A historical catch distribution of 
approximately 7.4 percent was used to apportion the assessed stock 
to the area north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The bocaccio stock was 
estimated to be at 36.8 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
OFL of 2,013 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 1,924 mt 
is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The 741 mt ACL is based on the 
current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2022 and an 
SPR harvest rate of 77.7 percent. 15.4 mt is deducted from the ACL 
to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.8 mt), EFP 
catch (10 mt) and research catch (4.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG 
of 725.6 mt. The California recreational fishery has an HG of 305.5 
mt.
    \d\ Cowcod. A stock assessment for the Conception Area was 
conducted in 2013 and the stock was estimated to be at 33.9 percent 
of its unfished biomass in 2013. The Conception Area OFL of 59 mt is 
projected in the 2013 rebuilding analysis using an FMSY 
proxy of F50. The OFL contribution of 12 mt for 
the unassessed portion of the stock in the Monterey area is based on 
depletion-based stock reduction analysis. The OFLs for the Monterey 
and Conception areas were summed to derive the south of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. OFL of 71 mt. The ABC for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. 
lat. is 64 mt. The assessed portion of the stock in the Conception 
Area is considered category 2, with a Conception area contribution 
to the ABC of 54 mt, which is an 8.7 percent reduction from the 
Conception area OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45). The unassessed 
portion of the stock in the Monterey area is considered a category 3 
stock, with a contribution to the ABC of 10 mt, which is a 16.6 
percent reduction from the Monterey area OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 
0.45). A single ACL of 10 mt is being set for both areas combined. 
The ACL of 10 mt is based on the rebuilding plan with a target year 
to rebuild of 2020 and an SPR harvest rate of 82.7 percent, which is 
equivalent to an exploitation rate (catch over age 11+ biomass) of 
0.007. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental 
open access fishery (less than 0.1 mt), EFP fishing (less than 0.1 
mt) and research activity (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 8 mt. 
Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted 
from the ACL. A single ACT of 4 mt is being set for both areas 
combined.
    \e\ Darkblotched rockfish. A 2015 stock assessment estimated the 
stock to be at 39 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL 
of 683 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 653 mt 
is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC, 
as the stock is projected to be above its target biomass of 
B40 in 2017. 77.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (24.5 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (2.5 mt) and 
an additional deduction for unforeseen catch events (50 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 575.8 mt.
    \f\ Pacific ocean perch. A stock assessment was conducted in 
2011 and the stock was estimated to be at 19.1 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 984 mt for the area north of 
40[deg]10' N. lat. is based on an updated catch-only projection of 
the 2011 rebuilding analysis using an F50 
FMSY proxy. The ABC of 941 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction 
from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) as it is a category 1 
stock. The ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target 
year to rebuild of 2051 and a constant catch amount of 281 mt in 
2017 and 2018, followed in 2019 and beyond by ACLs based on an SPR 
harvest rate of 86.4 percent. 49.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (10 mt), research catch (5.2 mt) and an additional deduction 
for unforeseen catch events (25 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
231.6 mt.
    \g\ Yelloweye rockfish. A stock assessment update was conducted 
in 2011. The stock was estimated to be at 21.4 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2011. The 58 mt coastwide OFL is based on a 
catch-only update of the 2011 stock assessment, assuming actual 
catches since 2011 and using an FMSY proxy of 
F50. The ABC of 48 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction 
from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) as it is a category 2 
stock. The 20 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a 
target year to rebuild of 2074 and an SPR harvest rate of 76.0 
percent. 6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal 
fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.4 mt), EFP 
catch (less than 0.1 mt) and research catch (3.27 mt) resulting in a 
fishery HG of 14 mt. Recreational HGs are: 3.3 mt (Washington); 3 mt 
(Oregon); and 3.9 mt (California).
    \h\ Arrowtooth flounder. The arrowtooth flounder stock was last 
assessed in 2007 and was estimated to be at 79 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2007. The OFL of 16,498 mt is derived from a 
catch-only update of the 2007 assessment assuming actual catches 
since 2007 and using an F30 FMSY 
proxy. The ABC of 13,743 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL 
([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) as it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is 
set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass 
of B25. 2,098.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open 
access fishery (40.8 mt), and research catch (16.4 mt), resulting in 
a fishery HG of 11,644.9 mt.
    \i\ Big skate. The OFL of 541 mt is based on an estimate of 
trawl survey biomass and natural mortality. The ABC of 494 mt is a 
8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) as 
it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. 57.4 mt 
is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), 
the incidental open access fishery (38.4 mt), and research catch (4 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 436.6 mt.
    \j\ Black rockfish (California). A 2015 stock assessment 
estimated the stock to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2015. The OFL of 347 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 
332 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* 
= 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is projected to be above its target 
biomass of B40 in 2018. 1 mt is deducted from the 
ACL for EFP catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 331 mt.
    \k\ Black rockfish (Oregon). A 2015 stock assessment estimated 
the stock to be at 60 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
OFL of 570 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 520 mt 
is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 
0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the 
ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40. 0.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery, resulting in a 
fishery HG of 519.4 mt.
    \l\ Black rockfish (Washington). A 2015 stock assessment 
estimated the stock to be at 43 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2015. The OFL of 315 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 
301 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* 
= 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40. 18 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 283 mt.
    \m\ Blackgill rockfish. Blackgill rockfish contributes to the 
harvest specifications for the Minor Slope Rockfish South complex. 
See footnote pp.
    \n\ Cabezon (California). A cabezon stock assessment was 
conducted in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off 
California was estimated to be at 48.3 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2009. The OFL of 156 mt is calculated using an 
FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 149 mt 
is based on a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / 
P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40. 0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt), resulting 
in a fishery HG of 148.7 mt.
    \o\ Cabezon (Oregon). A cabezon stock assessment was conducted 
in 2009. The cabezon spawning biomass in waters off Oregon was 
estimated to be at 52 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. The 
OFL of 49 mt is calculated using an FMSY proxy of 
F45. The ABC of 47 mt is based on a 4.4 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a 
category 1 species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the 
stock is above its target biomass of B40. There 
are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is also equal to 
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    \p\ California scorpionfish. A California scorpionfish 
assessment was conducted in 2005 and was estimated to be at 79.8 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2005. The OFL of 278 mt is based 
on projections from a catch-only update of the 2005 assessment 
assuming actual catches since 2005 and using an FMSY 
harvest rate proxy of F50. The ABC of 254 mt is 
an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) 
because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set at a constant catch 
amount of 150 mt. 2.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
incidental open access fishery (2 mt) and research catch (0.2 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 147.8 mt. An ACT of 111 mt is 
established.
    \q\ Canary rockfish. A stock assessment was conducted in 2015 
and the stock was estimated to be at 55.5 percent of its unfished 
biomass coastwide in 2015. The coastwide OFL of 1,596 mt is 
projected in the 2015 assessment using an FMSY harvest 
rate proxy of F50. The ABC of 1,526 mt is a 4.4 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) as it is 
a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the 
stock is above its target biomass of B40. 59.4 mt 
is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), 
the incidental open access fishery (1.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt) and 
research catch (7.2 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 1,466.6 mt. 
Recreational HGs are: 50 mt (Washington); 75 mt (Oregon); and 135 mt 
(California).
    \r\ Chilipepper. A coastwide update assessment of the 
chilipepper stock was conducted in 2015 and estimated to be at 64 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. Chilipepper are managed 
with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40[deg]10' N. 
lat. and within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. Projected OFLs are stratified north and south of 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. based on the average historical assessed area catch, which 
is 93 percent for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 7 percent 
for the area north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The OFL of 2,623 mt for the 
area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. is projected in the 2015 assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 
2,507 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / 
P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to 
the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40. 45.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (5 mt), EFP fishing 
(30 mt), and research catch (10.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
2,461.1 mt.
    \s\ Dover sole. A 2011 Dover sole assessment estimated the stock 
to be at 83.7 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The OFL of 
90,282 mt is based on an updated catch-only projection from the 2011 
stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2011 and using an 
FMSY proxy of F30. The ABC of 86,310 
mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 
0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL could be set equal 
to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B25. However, the ACL of 50,000 mt is set at a 
level below the ABC and higher than the maximum historical landed 
catch. 1,593.7 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal 
fishery (1,497 mt), the incidental open access fishery (54.8 mt), 
and research catch (41.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,406.3 
mt.
    \t\ English sole. A 2013 stock assessment was conducted, which 
estimated the stock to be at 88 percent of its unfished biomass in 
2013. The OFL of 8,255 mt is projected in the 2013 assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F30. The ABC of 7,537 
mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 
0.45) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the 
ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B25. 212.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (7 mt) and research catch (5.8 mt), resulting in a fishery 
HG of 7,324.2 mt.
    \u\ Lingcod north. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two 
populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42[deg] 
N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion 
estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively 
in 2009.The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection from 
the 2009 assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using an 
FMSY proxy of F45. The OFL is 
apportioned by adding 48% of the OFL from California, resulting in 
an OFL of 3,310 mt for the area north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The ABC 
of 3,110 mt is based on a 4.4 percent reduction ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* 
= 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area north of 42[deg] N. 
lat. because it is a category 1 stock, and an 8.7 percent reduction 
([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.45) from the OFL contribution for the area 
between 42[deg] N. lat. and 40[deg]10' N. lat. because it is a 
category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock 
is above its target biomass of B40. 278.2 mt is 
deducted from the ACL for the Tribal fishery (250 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (16 mt), EFP catch (0.5 mt) and 
research catch (11.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,831.8 mt.
    \v\ Lingcod south. The 2009 lingcod assessment modeled two 
populations north and south of the California-Oregon border (42[deg] 
N. lat.). Both populations were healthy with stock depletion 
estimated at 62 and 74 percent for the north and south, respectively 
in 2009. The OFL is based on an updated catch-only projection of the 
2009 stock assessment assuming actual catches since 2009 and using 
an FMSY proxy of F45. The OFL is 
apportioned by subtracting 48% of the California OFL, resulting in 
an OFL of 1,373 mt for the area south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The ABC 
of 1,144 mt is based on a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL 
([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The 
ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target 
biomass of B40. 9 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (6.9 mt), EFP fishing 
(1 mt), and research catch (1.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
1,135 mt.
    \w\ Longnose skate. A stock assessment was conducted in 2007 and 
the stock was estimated to be at 66 percent of its unfished biomass. 
The OFL of 2,526 mt is derived from the 2007 stock assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F50. The ABC of 2,415 
mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 
0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL of 2,000 mt is a 
fixed harvest level that provides greater access to the stock and is 
less than the ABC. 147 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate 
the Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (3.8 
mt), and research catch (13.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
1,853 mt.
    \x\ Longspine thornyhead. A 2013 longspine thornyhead coastwide 
stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 75 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 4,339 mt is projected 
in the 2013 stock assessment using an F50 
FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 3,614 mt is a 16.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because 
it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the stock that is north 
of 34[deg]27' N. lat., the ACL is 2,747 mt, and is 76 percent of the 
coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass estimates 
(2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 46.8 mt is deducted 
from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (3.3 mt), and research catch (13.5 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,700.2 mt. For that portion of 
the stock south of 34[deg]27' N. lat. the ACL is 867 mt and is 24 
percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-area biomass 
estimates (2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 3.2 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access 
fishery (1.8 mt), and research catch (1.4 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 863.8 mt.
    \y\ Pacific cod. The 3,200 mt OFL is based on the maximum level 
of historic landings. The ABC of 2,221 mt is a 30.6 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) as it is a 
category 3 stock. The 1,600 mt ACL is the OFL reduced by 50 percent 
as a precautionary adjustment. 509 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), research catch (7 mt), and 
the incidental open access fishery (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG 
of 1,091 mt.
    \z\ Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are 
assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined 
consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting Agreement and will 
be announced after the Council's April 2018 meeting.
    \aa\ Petrale sole. A 2015 stock assessment update was conducted, 
which estimated the stock to be at 31 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2015. The OFL of 3,152 mt is projected in the 2015 
assessment using an FMSY proxy of F30. 
The ABC of 3,013 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] 
= 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The ACL is set 
equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B25. 240.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (220 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (3.2 mt) and research catch (17.7 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 2,772.1 mt.
    \bb\ Sablefish north. A coastwide sablefish stock assessment 
update was conducted in 2015. The coastwide sablefish biomass was 
estimated to be at 33 percent of its unfished biomass in 2015. The 
coastwide OFL of 8,329 mt is projected in the 2015 stock assessment 
using an FMSY proxy of F45. The ABC of 
7,604 mt is an 8.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / 
P* = 0.40). The 40-10 adjustment is applied to the ABC to derive a 
coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the precautionary zone. 
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ACL value is not specified in regulations. The coastwide ACL value 
is apportioned north and south of 36[deg] N. lat., using the 2003-
2014 average estimated swept area biomass from the NMFS NWFSC trawl 
survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 36[deg] N. lat. and 
26.2 percent apportioned south of 36[deg] N. lat. The northern ACL 
is 5,475 mt and is reduced by 548 mt for the Tribal allocation (10 
percent of the ACL north of 36[deg] N. lat.). The 548 mt Tribal 
allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account for discard 
mortality. Detailed sablefish allocations are shown in Table 2c.
    \cc\ Sablefish south. The ACL for the area south of 36[deg] N. 
lat. is 1,944 mt (26.2 percent of the calculated coastwide ACL 
value). 5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental 
open acrdedseescess fishery (2 mt) and research catch (3 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 1,939 mt.
    \dd\ Shortbelly rockfish. A non-quantitative shortbelly rockfish 
assessment was conducted in 2007. The spawning stock biomass of 
shortbelly rockfish was estimated to be 67 percent of its unfished 
biomass in 2005. The OFL of 6,950 mt is based on the estimated MSY 
in the 2007 stock assessment. The ABC of 5,789 mt is a 16.7 percent 
reduction of the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a 
category 2 stock. The 500 mt ACL is set to accommodate incidental 
catch when fishing for co-occurring healthy stocks and in 
recognition of the stock's importance as a forage species in the 
California Current ecosystem. 10.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt) and research 
catch (2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 489.1 mt.
    \ee\ Shortspine thornyhead. A 2013 coastwide shortspine 
thornyhead stock assessment estimated the stock to be at 74.2 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. A coastwide OFL of 3,116 mt 
is projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an 
F50 FMSY proxy. The coastwide ABC of 
2,596 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / 
P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. For the portion of the 
stock that is north of 34[deg]27' N. lat., the ACL is 1,698 mt. The 
northern ACL is 65.4 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the 
average swept-area biomass estimates (2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC 
trawl survey. 59 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the 
Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt), 
and research catch (7.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,639 mt 
for the area north of 34[deg]27' N. lat. For that portion of the 
stock south of 34[deg]27' N. lat. the ACL is 898 mt. The southern 
ACL is 34.6 percent of the coastwide ABC based on the average swept-
area biomass estimates (2003-2012) from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey. 
42.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open 
access fishery (41.3 mt) and research catch (1 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 855.7 mt for the area south of 34[deg]27' N. lat.
    \ff\ Spiny dogfish. A coastwide spiny dogfish stock assessment 
was conducted in 2011. The coastwide spiny dogfish biomass was 
estimated to be at 63 percent of its unfished biomass in 2011. The 
coastwide OFL of 2,500 mt is derived from the 2011 assessment using 
an FMSY proxy of F50. The coastwide 
ABC of 2,083 mt is a 16.7 percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 
0.72 / P* = 0.40) because it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set 
equal to the ABC because the stock is above its target biomass of 
B40. 338 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery (49.5 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 1,745 mt.
    \gg\ Splitnose rockfish. A coastwide splitnose rockfish 
assessment was conducted in 2009 that estimated the stock to be at 
66 percent of its unfished biomass in 2009. Splitnose rockfish in 
the north is managed in the Minor Slope Rockfish complex and with 
stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. 
The coastwide OFL is projected in the 2009 assessment using an 
FMSY proxy of F50. The coastwide OFL 
is apportioned north and south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. based on the 
average 1916-2008 assessed area catch resulting in 64.2 percent of 
the coastwide OFL apportioned south of 40[deg]10' N. lat., and 35.8 
percent apportioned for the contribution of splitnose rockfish to 
the northern Minor Slope Rockfish complex. The southern OFL of 1,842 
mt results from the apportionment described above. The southern ABC 
of 1,761 mt is a 4.4 percent reduction from the southern OFL 
([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a category 1 stock. The 
ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock is estimated to be 
above its target biomass of B40. 10.7 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access 
fishery (0.2 mt), research catch (9 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), 
resulting in a fishery HG of 1,750.3 mt.
    \hh\ Starry flounder. The stock was assessed in 2005 and was 
estimated to be above 40 percent of its unfished biomass in 2005 (44 
percent in Washington and Oregon, and 62 percent in California). The 
coastwide OFL of 1,847 mt is set equal to the 2016 OFL, which was 
derived from the 2005 assessment using an FMSY proxy of 
F30. The ABC of 1,282 mt is a 30.6 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 1.44 / P* = 0.40) because it is a 
category 3 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock 
was estimated to be above its target biomass of 
B25 in 2018. 10.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (2 mt), and the incidental open 
access fishery (8.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,271.7 mt.
    ii Widow rockfish. The widow rockfish stock was 
assessed in 2015 and was estimated to be at 75 percent of its 
unfished biomass in 2015. The OFL of 13,237 mt is projected in the 
2015 stock assessment using the F50 
FMSY proxy. The ABC of 12,655 mt is a 4.4 percent 
reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.36 / P* = 0.45) because it is a 
category 1 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because the stock 
is above its target biomass of B40. 217.7 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), 
the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP catch (9 mt) and 
research catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 12,437.3 mt.
    jj Yellowtail rockfish. A 2013 yellowtail rockfish 
stock assessment was conducted for the portion of the population 
north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. The estimated stock depletion is 67 
percent of its unfished biomass in 2013. The OFL of 6,574 mt is 
projected in the 2013 stock assessment using an FMSY 
proxy of F50. The ABC of 6,002 mt is an 8.7 
percent reduction from the OFL ([sigma] = 0.72 / P*= 0.45) because 
it is a category 2 stock. The ACL is set equal to the ABC because 
the stock is above its target biomass of B40. 
1,030 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery 
(1,000 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.4 mt), EFP catch 
(10 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 
4,972.1 mt.
    kk Minor Nearshore Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Nearshore Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 119 mt is the sum 
of the OFL contributions for the component species managed in the 
complex. The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a 
sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blue/deacon rockfish in 
California, brown rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and 
a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* 
of 0.45. The resulting ABC of 105 mt is the summed contribution of 
the ABCs for the component species. The ACL of 105 mt is the sum of 
contributing ABCs. 1.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate 
the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt), and the incidental open access fishery 
(0.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 103.2 mt. Between 40[deg]10' 
N. lat. and 42[deg] N. lat. the Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex 
north has a harvest guideline of 40.2 mt. Blue/deacon rockfish south 
of 42[deg] N. lat. has a species-specific HG, described in footnote 
pp.
    ll Minor Shelf Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Shelf Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 2,302 mt is the sum of 
the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. 
The ABCs for the minor rockfish complexes are based on a sigma value 
of 0.36 for a category 1 stock (chilipepper), a sigma value of 0.72 
for category 2 stocks (greenspotted rockfish between 40[deg]10' and 
42[deg] N. lat. and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 
for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting 
ABC of 2,048 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the 
component species. The ACL of 2,047 mt is the sum of contributing 
ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL 
contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40-10 
adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock 
because it is in the precautionary zone. 83.8 mt is deducted from 
the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental 
open access fishery (26 mt), EFP catch (3 mt), and research catch 
(24.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,963.2 mt.
    mm Minor Slope Rockfish north. The OFL for Minor 
Slope Rockfish north of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 1,896 mt is the sum of 
the OFL contributions for the component species within the complex. 
The ABCs for the Minor Slope Rockfish complexes are based on a sigma 
value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value of 0.36 for the 
other category 1 stock (splitnose rockfish), a sigma value of 0.72 
for category 2 stocks (rougheye rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and 
sharpchin rockfish), and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks 
(all others) with a P* of 0.45. A unique sigma of 0.39 was 
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for aurora rockfish because the variance in estimated spawning 
biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as a proxy for other category 
1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 1,754 mt is the summed contribution 
of the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the 
ABC because all the assessed component stocks (rougheye rockfish, 
blackspotted rockfish, sharpchin rockfish, and splitnose rockfish) 
are above the target biomass of B40. 65.1 mt is 
deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the 
incidental open access fishery (18.6 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and 
research catch (9.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,688.9 mt.
    nn Minor Nearshore Rockfish south. The OFL for the 
Minor Nearshore Rockfish complex south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 
1,344 mt is the sum of the OFL contributions for the component 
species within the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Nearshore 
Rockfish complex is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 
stocks (blue/deacon rockfish north of 34[deg]27' N. lat., brown 
rockfish, China rockfish, and copper rockfish) and a sigma value of 
1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The 
resulting ABC of 1,180 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for 
the component species. The ACL of 1,179 mt is the sum of the 
contributing ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, 
plus the ACL contribution for China rockfish where the 40-10 
adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock 
because it is in the precautionary zone. 4.1 mt is deducted from the 
ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and 
research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,174.9 mt. 
Blue/deacon rockfish south of 42[deg] N. lat. has a species-specific 
HG set equal to the 40-10-adjusted ACL for the portion of the stock 
north of 34[deg]27' N. lat. (250.3 mt) plus the ABC contribution for 
the unassessed portion of the stock south of 34[deg]27' N. lat. 
(60.8 mt). The California (i.e., south of 42[deg] N. lat.) blue/
deacon rockfish HG is 311.1 mt.
    oo Minor Shelf Rockfish south. The OFL for the Minor 
Shelf Rockfish complex south of 40[deg]10' N. lat. of 1,918 mt is 
the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within 
the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Shelf Rockfish complex 
is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (i.e., 
greenspotted and greenstriped rockfish) and a sigma value of 1.44 
for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. The resulting 
ABC of 1,625 mt is the summed contribution of the ABCs for the 
component species. The ACL of 1,624 mt is the sum of contributing 
ABCs of healthy assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL 
contribution of greenspotted rockfish in California where the 40-10 
adjustment was applied to the ABC contribution for this stock 
because it is in the precautionary zone. 47.2 mt is deducted from 
the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.6 mt), 
EFP catch (30 mt), and research catch (8.6 mt), resulting in a 
fishery HG of 1,576.8 mt.
    pp Minor Slope Rockfish south. The OFL of 829 mt is 
the sum of the OFL contributions for the component species within 
the complex. The ABC for the southern Minor Slope Rockfish complex 
is based on a sigma value of 0.39 for aurora rockfish, a sigma value 
of 0.72 for category 2 stocks (blackgill rockfish, rougheye 
rockfish, blackspotted rockfish, and sharpchin rockfish) and a sigma 
value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 0.45. 
A unique sigma of 0.39 was calculated for aurora rockfish because 
the variance in estimated biomass was greater than the 0.36 used as 
a proxy for other category 1 stocks. The resulting ABC of 719 mt is 
the summed contribution of the ABCs for the component species. The 
ACL of 709 mt is the sum of the contributing ABCs of healthy 
assessed stocks and unassessed stocks, plus the ACL contribution of 
blackgill rockfish where the 40-10 adjustment was applied to the ABC 
contribution for this stock because it is in the precautionary zone. 
20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open 
access fishery (17.2 mt), EFP catch (1 mt), and research catch (2 
mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 688.8 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a 
stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery south of 
40[deg]10' N lat. set equal to the species' contribution to the 40-
10-adjusted ACL. Harvest of blackgill rockfish in all groundfish 
fisheries counts against this HG of 122.4 mt. Nontrawl fisheries are 
subject to a blackgill rockfish HG of 45.3 mt.
    qq Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is 
comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not 
managed with species-specific OFLs/ABCs/ACLs. Most of the species in 
the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: Butter sole, 
curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rock sole, sand sole, 
and rex sole. The Other Flatfish OFL of 9,690 mt is based on the sum 
of the OFL contributions of the component stocks. The ABC of 7,281 
mt is based on a sigma value of 0.72 for a category 2 stock (rex 
sole) and a sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) 
with a P* of 0.40. The ACL is set equal to the ABC. The ACL is set 
equal to the ABC because all of the assessed stocks (i.e., Pacific 
sanddabs and rex sole) were above their target biomass of 
B25. 204 mt is deducted from the ACL to 
accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access 
fishery 125 mt), and research catch (19 mt), resulting in a fishery 
HG of 7,077 mt.
    rr Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of 
kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, and leopard shark 
coastwide. The 2015 assessment for the kelp greenling stock off of 
Oregon projected an estimated depletion of 80 percent. All other 
stocks are unassessed. The OFL of 501 mt is the sum of the OFL 
contributions for kelp greenling coastwide, cabezon off Washington, 
and leopard shark coastwide. The ABC for the Other Fish complex is 
based on a sigma value of 0.44 for kelp greenling off Oregon and a 
sigma value of 1.44 for category 3 stocks (all others) with a P* of 
0.45. A unique sigma of 0.44 was calculated for kelp greenling off 
Oregon because the variance in estimated spawning biomass was 
greater than the 0.36 sigma used as a proxy for other category 1 
stocks. The resulting ABC of 441 mt is the summed contribution of 
the ABCs for the component species. The ACL is set equal to the ABC 
because all of the assessed stocks (kelp greenling off Oregon) were 
above their target biomass of B40. There are no 
deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 441 
mt.
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13. In Sec.  660.130, paragraph (d)(1)(i) is revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.130   Trawl fishery-management measures.

* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (i) Coastwide. Widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched 
rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, 
blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, 
minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/blackspotted 
rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth 
flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, 
lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, other fish, longnose 
skate, Pacific whiting, and big skate.
* * * * *

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14. In Sec.  660.140, paragraphs (d)(1)(ii)(D) and (e)(4)(i) are 
revised to read as follows:


Sec.  660.140  Shorebased IFQ Program.

* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (1) * * *
    (ii) * * *
    (D) For the trawl fishery, NMFS will issue QP based on the 
following shorebased trawl allocations:

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                                                                                       2017            2018
                                                                                    shorebased      shorebased
             IFQ species                                  Area                         trawl           trawl
                                                                                    allocation      allocation
                                                                                       (mt)            (mt)
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Arrowtooth flounder..................  Coastwide................................        11,050.6        10,992.6
BOCACCIO.............................  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............           302.4           283.3
Canary rockfish......................  Coastwide................................         1,014.1         1,014.1
Chilipepper..........................  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............         1,920.8         1,845.8
COWCOD...............................  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............            1.40            1.40
DARKBLOTCHED ROCKFISH................  Coastwide................................           507.6           518.4
Dover sole...........................  Coastwide................................        45,981.0        45,981.0
English sole.........................  Coastwide................................         9,258.6         6,953.0
Lingcod..............................  North of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............         1,359.7        1,259.32
Lingcod..............................  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............           558.9          510.75
Longspine thornyhead.................  North of 34[deg]27' N. lat...............         2,699.8         2,560.2
Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.........  North of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............         1,148.1         1,146.8
Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.........  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............           192.2           192.4
Minor Slope Rockfish complex.........  North of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............         1,268.8         1,268.0
Minor Slope Rockfish complex.........  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............           432.7           433.9
Other Flatfish complex...............  Coastwide................................         7,455.4         6,349.3
Pacific cod..........................  Coastwide................................         1,031.4         1,031.4
PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH..................  North of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............           198.3           198.3
Pacific whiting......................  Coastwide................................  ..............  ..............
Petrale sole.........................  Coastwide................................         2,745.3         2,628.5
Sablefish............................  North of 36[deg] N. lat..................         2,416.4         2,521.9
Sablefish............................  South of 36[deg] N. lat..................           780.8           814.4
Shortspine thornyhead................  North of 34[deg]27' N. lat...............          1551.3         1,537.0
Shortspine thornyhead................  South of 34[deg]27' N. lat...............            50.0            50.0
Splitnose rockfish...................  South of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............          1661.8         1,662.8
Starry flounder......................  Coastwide................................           630.9           630.9
Widow rockfish.......................  Coastwide................................        11,392.7        10,661.5
YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH...................  Coastwide................................            1.10            1.10
Yellowtail rockfish..................  North of 40[deg]10' N. lat...............         4,246.1         4,075.4
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* * * * *
    (e) * * *
    (4) * * *
    (i) Vessel limits. For each IFQ species or species group specified 
in this paragraph, vessel accounts may not have QP or IBQ pounds in 
excess of the QP vessel limit (annual limit) in any year, and, for 
species covered by unused QP vessel limits (daily limit), may not have 
QP or IBQ pounds in excess of the unused QP vessel limit at any time. 
The QP vessel limit (annual limit) is calculated as all QPs transferred 
in minus all QPs transferred out of the vessel account. The unused QP 
vessel limits (daily limit) is calculated as unused available QPs plus 
any pending outgoing transfer of QPs. Vessel Limits are as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        Unused QP vessel
                                     QP vessel limit      limit (daily
         Species category             (annual limit)       limit) (in
                                       (in percent)         percent)
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Arrowtooth flounder...............                 20  .................
Bocaccio S. of 40[deg]10' N. lat..               15.4               13.2
Canary rockfish...................                 10  .................
Chilipepper S. of 40[deg]10' N.                    15  .................
 lat..............................
Cowcod S. of 40[deg]10' N. lat....               17.7               17.7
Darkblotched rockfish.............                6.8                4.5
Dover sole........................                3.9  .................
English sole......................                7.5  .................
Lingcod:
    N. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......                5.3  .................

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    S. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......               13.3  .................
Longspine thornyhead:
    N. of 34[deg]27' N. lat.......                  9  .................
Minor Shelf Rockfish complex:
    N. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......                7.5  .................
    S. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......               13.5  .................
Minor Slope Rockfish complex:
    N. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......                7.5  .................
    S. of 40[deg]10' N. lat.......                  9  .................
Other flatfish complex............                 15  .................
Pacific cod.......................                 20  .................
Pacific halibut (IBQ) N. of                      14.4                5.4
 40[deg]10' N. lat................
Pacific ocean perch N. of                           6                  4
 40[deg]10' N. lat................
Pacific whiting (shoreside).......                 15  .................
Petrale sole......................                4.5  .................
Sablefish:
    N. of 36[deg] N. lat.                         4.5  .................
     (Monterey north).............
    S. of 36[deg] N. lat.                          15  .................
     (Conception area)............
Shortspine thornyhead:
    N. of 34[deg]27' N. lat.......                  9  .................
    S. of 34[deg]27' N. lat.......                  9  .................
Splitnose rockfish S. of                           15  .................
 40[deg]10' N. lat................
Starry flounder...................                 20  .................
Widow rockfish....................                8.5                5.1
Yelloweye rockfish................               11.4                5.7
Yellowtail rockfish N. of                         7.5  .................
 40[deg]10' N. lat................
Non-whiting groundfish species....                3.2  .................
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15. Table 1 (North) and 1 (South) to Part 660, Subpart D, are revised 
to read as follows:
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16. In Sec.  660.230, paragraph (c)(2)(i) is revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.230  Fixed gear fishery-management measures.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (i) Coastwide--widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched 
rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, 
blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, 
minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/blackspotted 
rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth 
flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, 
lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, other fish, longnose 
skate, big skate, and Pacific whiting;
* * * * *

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17. In Sec.  660.231, paragraph (b)(3)(i) is revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.231   Limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (i) A vessel participating in the primary season will be 
constrained by the sablefish cumulative limit associated with each of 
the permits registered for use with that vessel. During the primary 
season, each vessel authorized to fish in that season under paragraph 
(a) of this section may take, retain, possess, and land sablefish, up 
to the cumulative limits for each of the permits registered for use 
with that vessel (i.e., stacked permits). If multiple limited entry 
permits with sablefish endorsements are registered for use with a 
single vessel, that vessel may land up to the total of all cumulative 
limits announced in this paragraph for the tiers for those permits, 
except as limited by paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of this section. Up to 3 
permits may be registered for use with a single vessel during the 
primary season; thus, a single vessel may not take and retain, possess 
or land more than 3 primary season sablefish cumulative limits in any 
one year. A vessel registered for use with multiple limited entry 
permits is subject to per vessel limits for species other than 
sablefish, and to per vessel limits when participating in the daily 
trip limit fishery for sablefish under Sec.  660.232. In 2017, the 
following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 45,120 lb (20,466 kg), 
Tier 2 at 20,509 mt (9,303 kg), and Tier 3 at 11,720 lb (5,316 kg). In 
2018 and beyond, the following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 
47,050 lb (21,342 kg), Tier 2 21,386 lb (9,701 kg), and Tier 3 12,221 
lb (5,543 kg).
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18. Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to Part 660, Subpart E, are revised 
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19. In Sec.  660.330, paragraph (c)(2)(i) is revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  660.330  Open access fishery--management measures.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (i) Coastwide--widow rockfish, canary rockfish, darkblotched 
rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, shortbelly rockfish, black rockfish, 
blue/deacon rockfish, minor nearshore rockfish, minor shelf rockfish, 
minor slope rockfish, shortraker rockfish, rougheye/blackspotted 
rockfish, shortspine and longspine thornyhead, Dover sole, arrowtooth 
flounder, petrale sole, starry flounder, English sole, other flatfish, 
lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, spiny dogfish, longnose skate, other 
fish, Pacific whiting, big skate, and Pacific sanddabs;
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20. Tables 3 (North) and 3 (South) to Part 660, Subpart F, are revised 
to read as follows:

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21. In Sec.  660.360, paragraphs (c)(1) introductory text, 
(c)(1)(i)(D)(3), (c)(1)(ii), (c)(1)(iv)(A) and (B), (c)(2)(i)(A) and 
(B), (c)(2)(iii)(A), (c)(2)(iii)(D), (c)(3) introductory text, 
(c)(3)(i)(A), (c)(3)(ii)(A)(1) through (4), (c)(3)(ii)(B), 
(c)(3)(iii)(A)(1) through (5), (c)(3)(iii)(B), (c)(3)(iv), and 
(c)(3)(v)(A)(1) are revised to read as follows:


Sec.  660.360  Recreational fishery--management measures.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (1) Washington. For each person engaged in recreational fishing off 
the coast of Washington, the groundfish bag limit is 12 groundfish per 
day, including rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Within the groundfish bag 
limit, there are sub-limits for rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon outlined 
in paragraph (c)(1)(i)(D) of this section. The recreational groundfish 
fishery will open the second Saturday in March through the third 
Saturday in October for all species in all areas except lingcod in 
Marine Area 4 as described in paragraph (c)(1)(iv) of this section. In 
the Pacific halibut fisheries, retention of groundfish is governed in 
part by annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which 
are published in the Federal Register. The following seasons, closed 
areas, sub-limits and size limits apply:
    (i) * * *
    (D) * * *
    (3) Between Leadbetter Point (46[deg]38.17' N. lat.) and the 
Columbia River (Marine Area 1), when Pacific halibut are onboard the 
vessel, no groundfish may be taken and retained, possessed or landed, 
except sablefish, flatfish species (except halibut), and Pacific cod 
from May 1 through September 30. Except that taking, retaining, 
possessing or landing incidental halibut with groundfish on board is 
allowed in the nearshore area on days not open to all-depth Pacific 
halibut fisheries in the area shoreward of the boundary line 
approximating the 30 fathom (55 m) depth contour extending from 
Leadbetter Point, WA (46[deg]38.17' N. lat., 124[deg]15.88' W. long.) 
to the Columbia River (46[deg]16.00' N. lat., 124[deg]15.88' W. long.) 
and from there, connecting to the boundary line approximating the 40 
fathom (73 m) depth contour in Oregon. Nearshore season days are 
established in the annual management measures for Pacific halibut 
fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register and are 
announced on the NMFS halibut hotline, 1-800-662-9825. Between 
Leadbetter Point (46[deg]38.17' N. lat. 124[deg]21.00' W. long) and 
46[deg]33.00' N. lat. 124[deg]21.00' W. long., recreational fishing for 
lingcod is prohibited year round seaward of a straight line connecting 
all of the following points in the order stated: 46[deg]38.17' N. lat., 
124[deg]21.00' W. long.; and 46[deg]33.00' N. lat., 124[deg]21.00' W. 
long.
    (ii) Rockfish. In areas of the EEZ seaward of Washington that are 
open to recreational groundfish fishing, there is a 10 rockfish per day 
bag limit. In Marine Areas 1 and 2 there is a 1 fish sub-bag limit per 
day for canary rockfish. Taking and retaining canary rockfish is 
prohibited in Marine Areas 3 and 4. Taking and retaining yelloweye 
rockfish is prohibited in all Marine areas.
* * * * *
    (iv) * * *
    (A) Between the U.S./Canada border and 48[deg]10' N. lat. (Cape 
Alava) (Washington Marine Area 4), recreational fishing for lingcod is 
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smaller than 22 inches (61 cm) total length.
    (B) Between 48[deg]10' N. lat. (Cape Alava) and 46[deg]16' N. lat. 
(Columbia River) (Washington Marine Areas 1-3), recreational fishing 
for lingcod is open for 2017 from March 11 through October 21, and for 
2018 from March 10 through October 20. Lingcod may be no smaller than 
22 inches (56 cm) total length.
* * * * *
    (2) * * *
    (i) * * *
    (A) Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area. 
Recreational fishing for groundfish and halibut is prohibited within 
the Stonewall Bank YRCA. It is unlawful for recreational fishing 
vessels to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with 
recreational gear within the Stonewall Bank YRCA. A vessel fishing in 
the Stonewall Bank YRCA may not be in possession of any groundfish. 
Recreational vessels may transit through the Stonewall Bank YRCA with 
or without groundfish on board. The Stonewall Bank YRCA, and two 
possible expansions that are available through inseason adjustment, are 
defined by latitude and longitude coordinates specified at Sec.  
660.70, subpart C.
    (B) Recreational rockfish conservation area. Fishing for groundfish 
with recreational gear is prohibited within the recreational RCA, a 
type of closed area or GCA. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, 
or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the recreational 
RCA. A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA may not be in possession 
of any groundfish. [For example, if a vessel fishes in the recreational 
salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel cannot be in possession of 
groundfish while in the RCA. The vessel may, however, on the same trip 
fish for and retain groundfish shoreward of the RCA on the return trip 
to port.] Off Oregon, from April 1 through September 30, recreational 
fishing for groundfish is prohibited seaward of a recreational RCA 
boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour, except that 
fishing for flatfish (other than Pacific halibut) is allowed seaward of 
the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour when recreational fishing for groundfish 
is permitted. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm 
(73 m) depth contour are listed at Sec.  660.71.
* * * * *
    (iii) * * *
    (A) Marine fish. The bag limit is 10 marine fish per day, which 
includes rockfish, kelp greenling, cabezon and other groundfish 
species. The bag limit of marine fish excludes Pacific halibut, 
salmonids, tuna, perch species, sturgeon, sanddabs, flatfish, lingcod, 
striped bass, hybrid bass, offshore pelagic species and baitfish 
(herring, smelt, anchovies and sardines). The minimum size for cabezon 
retained in the Oregon recreational fishery is 16 in (41 cm) total 
length.
* * * * *
    (D) In the Pacific halibut fisheries. Retention of groundfish is 
governed in part by annual management measures for Pacific halibut 
fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register. Between the 
Columbia River and Humbug Mountain, during days open to the ``all-
depth'' sport halibut fisheries, when Pacific halibut are onboard the 
vessel, no groundfish may be taken and retained, possessed or landed, 
except sablefish, Pacific cod, and other species of flatfish (sole, 
flounder, sanddab). ``All-depth'' season days are established in the 
annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are 
published in the Federal Register and are announced on the NMFS Pacific 
halibut hotline, 1-800-662-9825.
* * * * *
    (3) California. Seaward of California, California law provides 
that, in times and areas when the recreational fishery is open, there 
is a 20 fish bag limit for all species of finfish, within which no more 
than 10 fish of any one species may be taken or possessed by any one 
person. [Note: There are some exceptions to this rule. The following 
groundfish species are not subject to a bag limit: Petrale sole, 
Pacific sanddab and starry flounder.] For groundfish species not 
specifically mentioned in this paragraph, fishers are subject to the 
overall 20-fish bag limit for all species of finfish and the depth 
restrictions at paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section. Recreational 
spearfishing for all federally-managed groundfish, is exempt from 
closed areas and seasons, consistent with Title 14 of the California 
Code of Regulations. This exemption applies only to recreational 
vessels and divers provided no other fishing gear, except spearfishing 
gear, is on board the vessel. California state law may provide 
regulations similar to Federal regulations for the following state-
managed species: Ocean whitefish, California sheephead, and all 
greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos. Kelp greenling is the only 
federally-managed greenling. Retention of cowcod, yelloweye rockfish, 
and bronzespotted rockfish, is prohibited in the recreational fishery 
seaward of California all year in all areas. Retention of species or 
species groups for which the season is closed is prohibited in the 
recreational fishery seaward of California all year in all areas, 
unless otherwise authorized in this section. For each person engaged in 
recreational fishing in the EEZ seaward of California, the following 
closed areas, seasons, bag limits, and size limits apply:
    (i) * * *
    (A) Recreational rockfish conservation areas. The recreational RCAs 
are areas that are closed to recreational fishing for groundfish. 
Fishing for groundfish with recreational gear is prohibited within the 
recreational RCA, except that recreational fishing for ``other 
flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder is permitted within the 
recreational RCA as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section. 
It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken 
with recreational gear within the recreational RCA, unless otherwise 
authorized in this section. A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA 
may not be in possession of any species prohibited by the restrictions 
that apply within the recreational RCA. [For example, if a vessel 
fishes in the recreational salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel 
cannot be in possession of rockfish while in the RCA. The vessel may, 
however, on the same trip fish for and retain rockfish shoreward of the 
RCA on the return trip to port.] If the season is closed for a species 
or species group, fishing for that species or species group is 
prohibited both within the recreational RCA and shoreward of the 
recreational RCA, unless otherwise authorized in this section.
    (1) Between 42[deg] N. lat. (California/Oregon border) and 
40[deg]10' N. lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for 
all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``other 
flatfish'' as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is 
prohibited seaward of the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour along the mainland 
coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from May 1 through 
October 31 (shoreward of 30 fm is open); is open at all depths from 
November 1 through December 31; and is closed entirely from January 1 
through April 30.
    (2) Between 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. (Mendocino 
Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except 
petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``other flatfish'' as specified in 
paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of the 20 
fm (37 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and 
offshore seamounts from May 1 through October 31 (shoreward of 20 fm is

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open), is open at all depths from November 1 through December 31, and 
is closed entirely from January 1 through April 30.
    (3) Between 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. and 37[deg]11' N. lat. (San 
Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish 
(except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``other flatfish'' as 
specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited 
seaward of the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth 
contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore 
seamounts from April 15 through December 31; and is closed entirely 
from January 1 through April 14. Closures around Cordell Banks (see 
paragraph (c)(3)(i)(C) of this section) also apply in this area. 
Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth 
contour are listed in Sec.  660.71.
    (4) Between 37[deg]11' N. lat. and 34[deg]27' N. lat. (Central 
Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except 
petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``other flatfish'' as specified in 
paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of a 
boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour along the 
mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from April 1 
through December 31; and is closed entirely from January 1 through 
March 31 (i.e., prohibited seaward of the shoreline). Coordinates for 
the boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour are 
specified in Sec.  660.72.
    (5) South of 34[deg]27' N. lat. (Southern Management Area), 
recreational fishing for all groundfish (except California scorpionfish 
as specified below in this paragraph and in paragraph (c)(3)(v) of this 
section and ``other flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder, as 
specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited 
seaward of a boundary line approximating the 60 fm (109.7 m) depth 
contour from March 1 through December 31 along the mainland coast and 
along islands and offshore seamounts, except in the CCAs where fishing 
is prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour when the 
fishing season is open (see paragraph (c)(3)(i)(B) of this section). 
Recreational fishing for all groundfish (except California 
scorpionfish, ``other flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder) is 
closed entirely from January 1 through February 28 (i.e., prohibited 
seaward of the shoreline). When the California scorpionfish fishing 
season is open, recreational fishing for California scorpionfish south 
of 34[deg]27' N. lat. is prohibited seaward of a boundary line 
approximating the 60 fm (109.7 m) depth contour, except in the CCAs 
where fishing is prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour.
* * * * *
    (ii) * * *
    (A) * * *
    (1) Between 42[deg] N. lat. (California/Oregon border) and 
40[deg]10' N. lat. (North Management Area), recreational fishing for 
the RCG complex is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's 
closed from January 1 through April 30).
    (2) Between 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. (Mendocino 
Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG Complex is open from 
May 1 through October December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 
through April 30).
    (3) Between 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. and 37[deg]11' N. lat. (San 
Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is 
open from April 15 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 
1 through April 14).
    (4) Between 37[deg]11' N. lat. and 34[deg]27' N. lat. (Central 
Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from 
April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through 
March 31).
* * * * *
    (B) Bag limits, hook limits. In times and areas when the 
recreational season for the RCG Complex is open, there is a limit of 2 
hooks and 1 line when fishing for the RCG complex and lingcod. The bag 
limit is 10 RCG Complex fish per day coastwide. Retention of yelloweye 
rockfish, bronzespotted rockfish, and cowcod is prohibited. Within the 
10 RCG Complex fish per day limit, no more than 3 may be black 
rockfish, no more than 3 may be cabezon, and no more than 1 may be 
canary rockfish. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit 
issued by California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by 
the number of days in the fishing trip.
* * * * *
    (iii) * * *
    (A) * * *
    (1) Between 42[deg] N. lat. (California/Oregon border) and 
40[deg]10' N. lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for 
lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from 
January 1 through April 30).
    (2) Between 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. (Mendocino 
Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 
through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 
30).
    (3) Between 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. and 37[deg]11' N. lat. (San 
Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open 
from April 15 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 
through April 14).
    (4) Between 37[deg]11' N. lat. and 34[deg]27' N. lat. (Central 
Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from April 1 
through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 
31).
    (5) South of 34[deg]27' N. lat. (Southern Management Area), 
recreational fishing for lingcod is open from March 1 through December 
31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through February 28).
    (B) Bag limits, hook limits. In times and areas when the 
recreational season for lingcod is open, there is a limit of 2 hooks 
and 1 line when fishing for lingcod. The bag limit is 2 lingcod per 
day. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit issued by 
California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by the number 
of days in the fishing trip.
* * * * *
    (iv) ``Other flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder. 
Coastwide off California, recreational fishing for ``other flatfish,'' 
petrale sole, and starry flounder, is permitted both shoreward of and 
within the closed areas described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this 
section. ``Other flatfish'' are defined at Sec.  660.11, subpart C, and 
include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rex 
sole, rock sole, and sand sole. Recreational fishing for ``other 
flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder, is permitted within the 
closed areas. Petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other flatfish,'' 
except Pacific sanddab, are subject to the overall 20-fish bag limit 
for all species of finfish, of which there may be no more than 10 fish 
of any one species. There is no season restriction or size limit for 
``other flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder however, it is 
prohibited to filet ``other flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry 
flounder, at sea.
    (v) * * *
    (A) * * *
    (1) Between 40[deg]10' N. lat. and 38[deg]57.50' N. lat. (Mendocino 
Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is 
open from May 1 through August 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 
through April 30 and from September 1 through December 31).
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[FR Doc. 2017-02268 Filed 2-6-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P