International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2017 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, 41562-41563 [2017-18577]

Download as PDF 41562 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 169 / Friday, September 1, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, and 307(e), unless otherwise noted. 18. Section 87.303 is amended by revising paragraph (d)(1) and adding paragraph (d)(4) to read as follows: ■ § 87.303 Frequencies. * * * * * (d) * * * (1) Frequencies in the 1435–1525 MHz and 2360–2395 MHz bands are assigned in the mobile service primarily for aeronautical telemetry and associated telecommand operations for flight testing of aircraft and missiles, or their major components. Until January 1, 2020, the 2345–2360 MHz band is also available to licensees holding a valid authorization on April 23, 2015 for these purposes on a secondary basis. Permissible uses of these bands include telemetry and associated telecommand operations associated with the launching and reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as any incidental orbiting prior to reentry, of objects undergoing flight tests. In the 1435– 1525 MHz band, the following frequencies are shared on a co-equal basis with flight telemetering mobile stations: 1444.5, 1453.5, 1501.5, 1515.5, and 1524.5 MHz. In the 2360–2395 MHz band, the following frequencies may be assigned for telemetry and associated telecommand operations of expendable and re-usable launch vehicles, whether or not such operations involve flight testing: 2364.5, 2370.5 and 2382.5 MHz. All other mobile telemetry uses of the 2360–2395 MHz band shall be on a noninterfering and unprotected basis to the above uses. * * * * * (4) Frequencies in the bands 1435– 1525 MHz are also available for low power auxiliary station use on a secondary basis. * * * * * PART 90—PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO SERVICES 19. The authority citation for part 90 continues to read as follows: ■ sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Authority: Sections 4(i), 11, 303(g), 303(r), and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 161, 303(g), 303(r), and 332(c)(7), and Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Pub. L. 112–96, 126 Stat. 156. 20. Section 90.265 is amended by revising paragraph (b) introductory text and paragraph (b)(1) to read as follows: ■ § 90.265 Assignment and use of frequencies in the bands allocated for Federal use. * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 16:20 Aug 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 (b) The following frequencies are available for wireless microphone operations to eligibles in this part, subject to the provisions of this paragraph: Frequencies (MHz) 169.445 169.505 169.545 169.575 169.605 169.995 170.025 170.055 170.245 170.305 171.045 171.075 171.105 171.845 171.875 171.905 (1) On center frequencies 169.575 MHz, 170.025 MHz, 171.075 MHz, and 171.875 MHz, the emission bandwidth shall not exceed 200 kHz. On the other center frequencies listed in this paragraph (b), the emission bandwidth shall not exceed 54 kHz. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2017–17442 Filed 8–31–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 [Docket No. 170223197–7311–01] RIN 0648–XF605 International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2017 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2017, because the 2017 catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to be reached. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch limit established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C– 17–01 (Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during 2017). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The rule is effective 12:00 a.m. local time September 8, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–980–4066. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States is a member of the IATTC, which was established under the Convention for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission signed in 1949 (Convention). The Convention provides an international agreement to ensure the effective international conservation and management of highly migratory species of fish in the IATTC Convention Area. The IATTC Convention Area, as amended by the Antigua Convention, includes the waters of the EPO bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is managed, in part, under the Tuna Conventions Act as amended (Act), 16 U.S.C. 951–962. Under the Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry out recommendations of the IATTC that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the Act appear at 50 CFR part 300, subpart C. These regulations implement IATTC recommendations for the conservation and management of highly migratory fish resources in the EPO. In 2017, the IATTC adopted Resolution C–17–01, which establishes an annual catch limit of bigeye tuna for longline vessels over 24 meters. For calendar year 2017, the catch of bigeye tuna by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the United States that are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 500 metric tons per year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS implemented this catch limit by notice-and-comment rulemaking under the Act (82 FR 17382, April 11, 2017, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25). NMFS, through monitoring the retained catches of bigeye tuna using logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information from the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, has determined that the 2017 catch limit is expected to be reached by September 8, 2017. In accordance with 50 CFR 300.25(a), this Federal Register notice announces that the U.S. longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the IATTC Convention Area will be closed for vessels over 24 meters in overall length starting on September 8, 2017, through the end of the 2017 DATES: E:\FR\FM\01SER1.SGM 01SER1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 169 / Friday, September 1, 2017 / Rules and Regulations calendar year. The 2018 fishing year is scheduled to open on January 1, 2018; the bigeye tuna catch limit for longline vessels over 24 meters in overall length has yet to be established through domestic rulemaking, though, the IATTC agreed to a U.S. limit of 750 mt in a new resolution (C–17–02) at the 92nd Meeting in July 2017. During the closure, a U.S. fishing vessel over 24 meters in overall length may not be used to retain on board, transship, or land bigeye tuna captured by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area, except as follows: • Any bigeye tuna already on board a fishing vessel on September 8, 2017, may be retained on board, transshipped, and/or landed, to the extent authorized by applicable laws and regulations, provided all bigeye tuna are landed within 14 days after the effective date of this rule, that is, no later than September 22, 2017. • The 14-day limit is waived in the case of a U.S. fishing vessel that has already declared to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 665.803(a), that the current trip type is shallow-setting. However, the number of bigeye tuna retained on board, transshipped, or landed must not exceed the number on board the vessel on September 22, 2017, as recorded by the NMFS observer on board the vessel. Other prohibitions during the closure include the following: • Bigeye tuna caught by a United States vessel over 24 meters in overall length with longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area may not be transshipped to a fishing vessel unless that fishing vessel is operated in compliance with a valid permit issued under 50 CFR 660.707 or 665.801. • A fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters in overall length may not be used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline gear both inside and outside the Convention Area during the same fishing trip. The only exceptions are: a fishing trip during which the closure date was announced, and a trip for which a declaration has been made to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 665.803(a), that the current trip is shallow-setting. • If a fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters in overall length is used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline gear outside the Convention Area and the vessel enters the Convention Area at any time after September 8, 2017, on the same fishing trip, the longline gear on the fishing vessel must be stowed in a manner so as not to be readily available for fishing. Specifically, the hooks, branch or dropper lines, and floats used to buoy the mainline must be stowed and not VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:20 Aug 31, 2017 Jkt 241001 available for immediate use, and any power-operated mainline hauler on deck must be covered in such a manner that it is not readily available for use. This provision does not apply to trips in which vessels have made a declaration to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 665.803(a), that the trip type is shallowsetting. Classification NMFS has determined there is good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). This action is based on the best available information and is necessary for the conservation and management of bigeye tuna. Compliance with the notice and comment requirement would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest because NMFS would be unable to ensure that the 2017 bigeye tuna catch limit applicable to longline vessels over 24 meters is not exceeded. The annual catch limit is an important mechanism to ensure that the United States complies with its international obligations in preventing overfishing and managing the fishery at optimum yield. For the same reasons, NMFS has also determined there is good cause to waive the requirement for a 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This action is required by § 300.25(a) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. Dated: August 29, 2017. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–18577 Filed 8–29–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 101206604–1758–02] RIN 0648–XF652 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2017 Commercial Accountability Measures and Closure for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41563 NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for Atlantic migratory group cobia that are sold (commercial) and harvested from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Atlantic. NMFS projects that commercial landings of Atlantic migratory group cobia have reached the commercial quota. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for Atlantic migratory group cobia in the EEZ on September 5, 2017, and it will remain closed until the next fishing year that begins on January 1, 2018. This closure is necessary to protect the resource of Atlantic migratory group cobia. DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, September 5, 2017, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: frank.helies@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish includes king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia, and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Separate migratory groups of cobia were established in Amendment 18 to the FMP (76 FR 82058, December 29, 2011), and then revised in Amendment 20B to the FMP (80 FR 4216, January 27, 2015). The southern boundary for Atlantic migratory group cobia occurs at a line that extends due east of the Florida and Georgia state border at 30°42′45.6″ N. lat. The northern boundary for Atlantic migratory group cobia is the jurisdictional boundary between the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils, as specified in 50 CFR 600.105(a). Atlantic migratory group cobia are unique among federally managed species in the southeast region, because no commercial permit is required to harvest and sell them. The distinction between commercial and recreational sectors is not as clear as other federally managed species in the southeast region. For example, regulations at 50 CFR part 622 specify quotas, annual catch limits, and AMs for cobia that are sold and cobia that are not sold. However, for purposes of this temporary SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01SER1.SGM 01SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

[Docket No. 170223197-7311-01]
RIN 0648-XF605


International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2017 Bigeye Tuna 
Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery 
for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the 
eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2017, because the 2017 
catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to be reached. This action 
is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch 
limit established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
(IATTC) in Resolution C-17-01 (Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern 
Pacific Ocean during 2017).

DATES: The rule is effective 12:00 a.m. local time September 8, 2017, 
through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast 
Region, 562-980-4066.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States is a member of the IATTC, 
which was established under the Convention for the Establishment of an 
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission signed in 1949 (Convention). 
The Convention provides an international agreement to ensure the 
effective international conservation and management of highly migratory 
species of fish in the IATTC Convention Area. The IATTC Convention 
Area, as amended by the Antigua Convention, includes the waters of the 
EPO bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50[deg] N. and 50[deg] S. 
parallels, and the 150[deg] W. meridian.
    Pelagic longline fishing in the EPO is managed, in part, under the 
Tuna Conventions Act as amended (Act), 16 U.S.C. 951-962. Under the 
Act, NMFS must publish regulations to carry out recommendations of the 
IATTC that have been approved by the Department of State (DOS). 
Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the 
Act appear at 50 CFR part 300, subpart C. These regulations implement 
IATTC recommendations for the conservation and management of highly 
migratory fish resources in the EPO.
    In 2017, the IATTC adopted Resolution C-17-01, which establishes an 
annual catch limit of bigeye tuna for longline vessels over 24 meters. 
For calendar year 2017, the catch of bigeye tuna by longline gear in 
the IATTC Convention Area by fishing vessels of the United States that 
are over 24 meters in overall length is limited to 500 metric tons per 
year. With the approval of the DOS, NMFS implemented this catch limit 
by notice-and-comment rulemaking under the Act (82 FR 17382, April 11, 
2017, and codified at 50 CFR 300.25).
    NMFS, through monitoring the retained catches of bigeye tuna using 
logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available 
information from the longline fisheries in the IATTC Convention Area, 
has determined that the 2017 catch limit is expected to be reached by 
September 8, 2017. In accordance with 50 CFR 300.25(a), this Federal 
Register notice announces that the U.S. longline fishery for bigeye 
tuna in the IATTC Convention Area will be closed for vessels over 24 
meters in overall length starting on September 8, 2017, through the end 
of the 2017

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calendar year. The 2018 fishing year is scheduled to open on January 1, 
2018; the bigeye tuna catch limit for longline vessels over 24 meters 
in overall length has yet to be established through domestic 
rulemaking, though, the IATTC agreed to a U.S. limit of 750 mt in a new 
resolution (C-17-02) at the 92nd Meeting in July 2017.
    During the closure, a U.S. fishing vessel over 24 meters in overall 
length may not be used to retain on board, transship, or land bigeye 
tuna captured by longline gear in the IATTC Convention Area, except as 
follows:
     Any bigeye tuna already on board a fishing vessel on 
September 8, 2017, may be retained on board, transshipped, and/or 
landed, to the extent authorized by applicable laws and regulations, 
provided all bigeye tuna are landed within 14 days after the effective 
date of this rule, that is, no later than September 22, 2017.
     The 14-day limit is waived in the case of a U.S. fishing 
vessel that has already declared to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 
665.803(a), that the current trip type is shallow-setting. However, the 
number of bigeye tuna retained on board, transshipped, or landed must 
not exceed the number on board the vessel on September 22, 2017, as 
recorded by the NMFS observer on board the vessel.
    Other prohibitions during the closure include the following:
     Bigeye tuna caught by a United States vessel over 24 
meters in overall length with longline gear in the IATTC Convention 
Area may not be transshipped to a fishing vessel unless that fishing 
vessel is operated in compliance with a valid permit issued under 50 
CFR 660.707 or 665.801.
     A fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters in 
overall length may not be used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using 
longline gear both inside and outside the Convention Area during the 
same fishing trip. The only exceptions are: a fishing trip during which 
the closure date was announced, and a trip for which a declaration has 
been made to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 665.803(a), that the current trip 
is shallow-setting.
     If a fishing vessel of the United States over 24 meters in 
overall length is used to fish in the Pacific Ocean using longline gear 
outside the Convention Area and the vessel enters the Convention Area 
at any time after September 8, 2017, on the same fishing trip, the 
longline gear on the fishing vessel must be stowed in a manner so as 
not to be readily available for fishing. Specifically, the hooks, 
branch or dropper lines, and floats used to buoy the mainline must be 
stowed and not available for immediate use, and any power-operated 
mainline hauler on deck must be covered in such a manner that it is not 
readily available for use. This provision does not apply to trips in 
which vessels have made a declaration to NMFS, pursuant to 50 CFR 
665.803(a), that the trip type is shallow-setting.

Classification

    NMFS has determined there is good cause to waive prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). This 
action is based on the best available information and is necessary for 
the conservation and management of bigeye tuna. Compliance with the 
notice and comment requirement would be impracticable and contrary to 
the public interest because NMFS would be unable to ensure that the 
2017 bigeye tuna catch limit applicable to longline vessels over 24 
meters is not exceeded. The annual catch limit is an important 
mechanism to ensure that the United States complies with its 
international obligations in preventing overfishing and managing the 
fishery at optimum yield. For the same reasons, NMFS has also 
determined there is good cause to waive the requirement for a 30-day 
delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).
    This action is required by Sec.  300.25(a) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

    Dated: August 29, 2017.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-18577 Filed 8-29-17; 4:15 pm]
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