Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2017 Sector Quota Transfer Adjustment, 13402-13404 [2017-04864]

Download as PDF 13402 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 47 / Monday, March 13, 2017 / Rules and Regulations the Board will add the additional fertilizer STCC that TFI now proposes. The Board will make this correction without additional notice and public comment. As noted, this technical correction to the fertilizer STCCs in 49 CFR pt. 1250 is not contested. The correction is also non-substantive in that it merely corrects the fertilizer STCC list to include all of the relevant codes in accordance with the Board’s decision to require certain reporting on fertilizer traffic. See November Decision, EP 724 (Sub-No. 4), slip op. at 15. Accordingly, for good cause shown, the Board finds that notice and public comment on this correction is unnecessary. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). The change to the final rule is set forth in the Appendix to this decision. The only correction to the final rule served on November 30, 2016, is the addition of STCC 2871313 to 49 CFR 1250.2(a)(6). The Board certifies that there is no change to its Regulatory Flexibility or Paperwork Reduction Act analyses in the November Decision, EP 724 (Sub-No. 4), slip op. at 24–25. It is ordered: 1. The Board will grant the unopposed request for a technical correction of the final rule. 2. The final rule set forth below is adopted and will be effective on March 21, 2017. The initial reporting date will be March 29, 2017. Notice of the rule adopted here will be published in the Federal Register. 3. A copy of this decision will be served upon the Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration. § 1250.2 Railroad performance data elements. List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1250 50 CFR Part 648 Administrative practice and procedure, Railroads, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. [Docket No. 151130999–6594–02] Decided: March 7, 2017. By the Board, Board Members Begeman, Elliott, and Miller. Kenyatta Clay, Clearance Clerk. Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2017 Sector Quota Transfer Adjustment jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES 2. In 1250.2, paragraph (a)(6) is revised to read as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:45 Mar 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer adjustment. This action adjusts the previously established 2017 Atlantic bluefish sector transfer amount from the recreational fishery to the commercial fishery. Updated information from 2016 catch estimates indicate that the 2017 transfer amount may be increased, which adjusts the 2017 bluefish recreational harvest limit and SUMMARY: 1. The authority citation for part 1250 continues to read as follows: ■ BILLING CODE 4915–01–P AGENCY: PART 1250—RAILROAD PERFORMANCE DATA REPORTING Authority: 49 U.S.C. 1321 and 11145. [FR Doc. 2017–04841 Filed 3–10–17; 8:45 am] RIN 0648–XF247 For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, subchapter D, part 1250 of the Code of Federal Regulations is corrected as follows: ■ (a) * * * (6) The weekly average of loaded and empty cars, operating in normal movement and billed to an origin or destination, which have not moved in 48 hours or more sorted by service type (intermodal, grain, coal, crude oil, automotive, ethanol, fertilizer (the following Standard Transportation Commodity Codes (STCCs): 2871236, 2871235, 2871238, 2819454, 2812534, 2818426, 2819815, 2818170, 2871315, 2818142, 2818146, 2871244, 2819173, 2871313, and 2871451), and all other). In order to derive the averages for the reporting period, carriers should run a same-time snapshot each day of the reporting period, capturing cars that have not moved in 48 hours or more. The number of cars captured on the daily snapshot for each category should be added, and then divided by the number of days in the reporting period. In deriving this data, carriers should include cars in normal service anywhere on their system, but should not include cars placed at a customer facility; in constructive placement; placed for interchange to another carrier; in bad order status; in storage; or operating in railroad service (e.g., ballast). * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 commercial quota values. This action notifies the public of these adjustments. DATES: This action is effective March 10, 2017, through December 31, 2017. ADDRESSES: The Atlantic bluefish specifications final rule (81 FR 51370; August 4, 2016) that established the initial 2017 commercial quota and recreational harvest limit is accessible via the Internet at www.regulations.gov. Copies of the original specifications document, including the Environmental Assessment and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EA/IRFA), and other supporting documents, are available on request from Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Suite 201, 800 North State Street, Dover, DE 19901. These documents are also accessible via the Internet at http://www.mafmc.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Hanson, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The regulations governing the Atlantic bluefish fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.160 through 648.167. In August 2016, we implemented the Atlantic bluefish fishery specifications for the 2016 through 2018 fishing years. These specifications, consistent with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) specification setting process, included the contingency that the estimated sector transfer of quota for 2017 would be re-evaluated and adjusted with realized recreational landings from the preceding year (2016). The process to transfer quota from the recreational to the commercial sector of the bluefish fishery is described in § 648.162(b)(2). Final Sector Transfer and Specification Adjustments A transfer of quota from the recreational fishery to the commercial fishery is permitted under the FMP up to a commercial fishery quota of 10.5 million lb (4,763 mt), provided the combined expected recreational landings and the commercial quota do not exceed the total allowable landings (TAL), and the recreational fishery is not projected to exceed its harvest limit. The initial 2017 bluefish specifications contained an estimated sector quota transfer based on recreational catch data projected from available 2015 recreational landings. That transfer amount (2,561,747 lb; 1,161 mt) was calculated so that the initial 2017 recreational harvest limit was equal to the expected 2015 recreational landings, E:\FR\FM\13MRR1.SGM 13MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 47 / Monday, March 13, 2017 / Rules and Regulations and the final commercial quota did not exceed 10.5 million lb, consistent with the FMP requirement outlining the transfer process. This resulted in an initial 2017 commercial quota of 6,070,867 lb (2,753 mt) and an initial 2017 recreational harvest limit of 11,581,548 lb (5,253 mt). The bluefish quota management system for the commercial fishery has been timely and effective at constraining catch in the past, and no state is expected to exceed their quota. However, recreational bluefish catches can be more variable, so the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended that we re-evaluate the suggested sector quota transfer each year, consistent with the FMP requirements, as additional, updated recreational fishery data become available. The preliminary 2016 Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) catch estimates for the full year became available in February, providing the most recent complete recreational data for 2016. The 2016 recreational bluefish catch estimate (see Table 1) is lower than the 2015 projected value (11,581,548 lb, 5,253 mt) used to calculate the initial 2017 transfer in the 2016–2018 bluefish specifications, so we are adjusting the transfer amount and resulting quotas accordingly in this notice. Using these updated recreational landings to project 2017 catch, we are 13403 implementing an adjusted transfer of 5,033,101 lb (2,282 mt) from the recreational to commercial sector; resulting in a revised harvest limit of 9,653,715 lb (4,379 mt), and a revised commercial quota of 8,542,221 lb (3,874 mt). Consistent with the FMP protocol, we calculated the size of the transfer so that the 2017 recreational harvest limit is equal to the updated 2016 recreational landings estimate, and the final commercial quota does not exceed 10.5 million lb. The adjusted 2017 specifications are shown in Table 1. When final data become available later this spring, we will determine if any adjustments to this transfer amount are necessary. TABLE 1—ADJUSTED 2017 ATLANTIC BLUEFISH SPECIFICATIONS 2017 lb OFL .......................................................................................................................................................................... ABC .......................................................................................................................................................................... ACL .......................................................................................................................................................................... Management Uncertainty ......................................................................................................................................... Commercial ACT ..................................................................................................................................................... Recreational ACT .................................................................................................................................................... Commercial Discards ............................................................................................................................................... Recreational Discards* ............................................................................................................................................ Commercial TAL ...................................................................................................................................................... Recreational TAL* .................................................................................................................................................... Combined TAL ......................................................................................................................................................... Expected Recreational Landings ............................................................................................................................. Transfer .................................................................................................................................................................... Commercial Quota ................................................................................................................................................... Recreational Harvest Limit ...................................................................................................................................... mt 26,444,448 20,641,883 20,641,883 0 3,509,120 17,132,763 0 2,445,947 3,509,120 14,686,816 18,195,936 9,653,715 5,033,101 8,542,221 9,653,715 11,995 9,363 9,363 0 1,592 7,770 0 1,109 1,592 6,661 8,253 4,379 2,282 3,874 4,379 * Recreational discards and TAL have also been updated from those outlined in the 2016–2018 specifications based on updated 2016 MRIP information. This sector transfer is included in the Atlantic bluefish regulations, and is therefore consistent with the objectives of the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. mt). Regardless of this adjustment, and consistent with the recommendation of the Council, the daily recreational possession limit for 2017 remains up to 15 fish per person, with a year-round open recreational season. Final Recreational Possession Limit As a result of the revised sector transfer of 5,033,101 lb (2,282 mt) described above, the final, adjusted recreational harvest limit for the 2017 bluefish fishery is 9,653,715 lb (4,379 Final State Commercial Allocations As required by regulations and described in § 648.162, the 2016–2018 bluefish specifications set an initial distribution of commercial quota for 2017 among the coastal states from Maine through Florida. Due to the increase in the 2017 commercial quota resulting from this sector quota transfer, these state-by-state allocations are also revised based on percentages specified in the FMP. The final, adjusted state commercial quotas for 2017 are shown in Table 2. No states exceeded their quota in 2016, so we are not implementing any accountability measures for the 2017 fishing year. TABLE 2—FINAL 2017 BLUEFISH COMMERCIAL STATE-BY-STATE ALLOCATIONS FMP percent share jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES State ME ................................................................................................................................................ NH ................................................................................................................................................ MA ................................................................................................................................................ RI ................................................................................................................................................. CT ................................................................................................................................................ NY ................................................................................................................................................ NJ ................................................................................................................................................. DE ................................................................................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:45 Mar 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 0.6685 0.4145 6.7167 6.8081 1.2663 10.3851 14.8162 1.8782 E:\FR\FM\13MRR1.SGM 13MRR1 2017 Quota kg 25,902 16,061 260,251 263,793 49,065 402,390 574,081 72,774 lb 57,105 35,408 573,755 581,563 108,170 887,118 1,265,633 160,440 13404 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 47 / Monday, March 13, 2017 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 2—FINAL 2017 BLUEFISH COMMERCIAL STATE-BY-STATE ALLOCATIONS—Continued FMP percent share State 2017 Quota kg lb MD ............................................................................................................................................... VA ................................................................................................................................................ NC ................................................................................................................................................ SC ................................................................................................................................................ GA ................................................................................................................................................ FL ................................................................................................................................................. 3.0018 11.8795 32.0608 0.0352 0.0095 10.0597 116,310 460,293 1,242,255 1,364 368 389,782 256,420 1,014,773 2,738,704 3,007 812 859,322 Total ...................................................................................................................................... 100.0001 3,874,690 8,542,230 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Classification This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Dated: March 7, 2017. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–04864 Filed 3–10–17; 8:45 am] jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:45 Mar 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\13MRR1.SGM 13MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 47 (Monday, March 13, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13402-13404]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-04864]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 151130999-6594-02]
RIN 0648-XF247


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish 
Fishery; 2017 Sector Quota Transfer Adjustment

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer adjustment.

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SUMMARY: This action adjusts the previously established 2017 Atlantic 
bluefish sector transfer amount from the recreational fishery to the 
commercial fishery. Updated information from 2016 catch estimates 
indicate that the 2017 transfer amount may be increased, which adjusts 
the 2017 bluefish recreational harvest limit and commercial quota 
values. This action notifies the public of these adjustments.

DATES: This action is effective March 10, 2017, through December 31, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: The Atlantic bluefish specifications final rule (81 FR 
51370; August 4, 2016) that established the initial 2017 commercial 
quota and recreational harvest limit is accessible via the Internet at 
www.regulations.gov. Copies of the original specifications document, 
including the Environmental Assessment and Initial Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis (EA/IRFA), and other supporting documents, are 
available on request from Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, 
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Suite 201, 800 North State 
Street, Dover, DE 19901. These documents are also accessible via the 
Internet at http://www.mafmc.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Hanson, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9180.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The regulations governing the Atlantic bluefish fishery are found 
in 50 CFR 648.160 through 648.167. In August 2016, we implemented the 
Atlantic bluefish fishery specifications for the 2016 through 2018 
fishing years. These specifications, consistent with the Atlantic 
Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) specification setting process, 
included the contingency that the estimated sector transfer of quota 
for 2017 would be re-evaluated and adjusted with realized recreational 
landings from the preceding year (2016). The process to transfer quota 
from the recreational to the commercial sector of the bluefish fishery 
is described in Sec.  648.162(b)(2).

Final Sector Transfer and Specification Adjustments

    A transfer of quota from the recreational fishery to the commercial 
fishery is permitted under the FMP up to a commercial fishery quota of 
10.5 million lb (4,763 mt), provided the combined expected recreational 
landings and the commercial quota do not exceed the total allowable 
landings (TAL), and the recreational fishery is not projected to exceed 
its harvest limit. The initial 2017 bluefish specifications contained 
an estimated sector quota transfer based on recreational catch data 
projected from available 2015 recreational landings. That transfer 
amount (2,561,747 lb; 1,161 mt) was calculated so that the initial 2017 
recreational harvest limit was equal to the expected 2015 recreational 
landings,

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and the final commercial quota did not exceed 10.5 million lb, 
consistent with the FMP requirement outlining the transfer process. 
This resulted in an initial 2017 commercial quota of 6,070,867 lb 
(2,753 mt) and an initial 2017 recreational harvest limit of 11,581,548 
lb (5,253 mt). The bluefish quota management system for the commercial 
fishery has been timely and effective at constraining catch in the 
past, and no state is expected to exceed their quota. However, 
recreational bluefish catches can be more variable, so the Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council recommended that we re-evaluate the 
suggested sector quota transfer each year, consistent with the FMP 
requirements, as additional, updated recreational fishery data become 
available.
    The preliminary 2016 Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) 
catch estimates for the full year became available in February, 
providing the most recent complete recreational data for 2016. The 2016 
recreational bluefish catch estimate (see Table 1) is lower than the 
2015 projected value (11,581,548 lb, 5,253 mt) used to calculate the 
initial 2017 transfer in the 2016-2018 bluefish specifications, so we 
are adjusting the transfer amount and resulting quotas accordingly in 
this notice. Using these updated recreational landings to project 2017 
catch, we are implementing an adjusted transfer of 5,033,101 lb (2,282 
mt) from the recreational to commercial sector; resulting in a revised 
harvest limit of 9,653,715 lb (4,379 mt), and a revised commercial 
quota of 8,542,221 lb (3,874 mt). Consistent with the FMP protocol, we 
calculated the size of the transfer so that the 2017 recreational 
harvest limit is equal to the updated 2016 recreational landings 
estimate, and the final commercial quota does not exceed 10.5 million 
lb. The adjusted 2017 specifications are shown in Table 1. When final 
data become available later this spring, we will determine if any 
adjustments to this transfer amount are necessary.

         Table 1--Adjusted 2017 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications
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                                                       2017
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                                                lb              mt
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OFL.....................................      26,444,448          11,995
ABC.....................................      20,641,883           9,363
ACL.....................................      20,641,883           9,363
Management Uncertainty..................               0               0
Commercial ACT..........................       3,509,120           1,592
Recreational ACT........................      17,132,763           7,770
Commercial Discards.....................               0               0
Recreational Discards*..................       2,445,947           1,109
Commercial TAL..........................       3,509,120           1,592
Recreational TAL*.......................      14,686,816           6,661
Combined TAL............................      18,195,936           8,253
Expected Recreational Landings..........       9,653,715           4,379
Transfer................................       5,033,101           2,282
Commercial Quota........................       8,542,221           3,874
Recreational Harvest Limit..............       9,653,715           4,379
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* Recreational discards and TAL have also been updated from those
  outlined in the 2016-2018 specifications based on updated 2016 MRIP
  information.

    This sector transfer is included in the Atlantic bluefish 
regulations, and is therefore consistent with the objectives of the FMP 
and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Final Recreational Possession Limit

    As a result of the revised sector transfer of 5,033,101 lb (2,282 
mt) described above, the final, adjusted recreational harvest limit for 
the 2017 bluefish fishery is 9,653,715 lb (4,379 mt). Regardless of 
this adjustment, and consistent with the recommendation of the Council, 
the daily recreational possession limit for 2017 remains up to 15 fish 
per person, with a year-round open recreational season.

Final State Commercial Allocations

    As required by regulations and described in Sec.  648.162, the 
2016-2018 bluefish specifications set an initial distribution of 
commercial quota for 2017 among the coastal states from Maine through 
Florida. Due to the increase in the 2017 commercial quota resulting 
from this sector quota transfer, these state-by-state allocations are 
also revised based on percentages specified in the FMP. The final, 
adjusted state commercial quotas for 2017 are shown in Table 2. No 
states exceeded their quota in 2016, so we are not implementing any 
accountability measures for the 2017 fishing year.

                       Table 2--Final 2017 Bluefish Commercial State-by-State Allocations
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                                                                                            2017 Quota
                              State                                 FMP percent  -------------------------------
                                                                       share            kg              lb
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ME..............................................................          0.6685          25,902          57,105
NH..............................................................          0.4145          16,061          35,408
MA..............................................................          6.7167         260,251         573,755
RI..............................................................          6.8081         263,793         581,563
CT..............................................................          1.2663          49,065         108,170
NY..............................................................         10.3851         402,390         887,118
NJ..............................................................         14.8162         574,081       1,265,633
DE..............................................................          1.8782          72,774         160,440

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MD..............................................................          3.0018         116,310         256,420
VA..............................................................         11.8795         460,293       1,014,773
NC..............................................................         32.0608       1,242,255       2,738,704
SC..............................................................          0.0352           1,364           3,007
GA..............................................................          0.0095             368             812
FL..............................................................         10.0597         389,782         859,322
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    Total.......................................................        100.0001       3,874,690       8,542,230
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Classification

    This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: March 7, 2017.
Karen H. Abrams,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-04864 Filed 3-10-17; 8:45 am]
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