Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2017 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Greater Amberjack, 50322-50323 [2017-23667]

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Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–23621 Filed 10–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 140819686–5999–02] RIN 0648–XF779 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2017 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Greater Amberjack National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the recreational sector of greater amberjack in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ) through this temporary rule. NMFS estimates that recreational landings have reached the recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for greater amberjack in the South Atlantic. Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational sector for greater amberjack in the South Atlantic EEZ for the remainder of the current fishing year (see DATES). This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource in the South Atlantic. DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, October 31, 2017, until 12:01 a.m. local time, on March 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Vara, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: mary.vara@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes greater amberjack and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) 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. The recreational ACL for South Atlantic greater amberjack is 1,167,837 lb (529,722 kg), round weight, as specified at 50 CFR 622.193(k)(2)(i). The fishing year for South Atlantic greater amberjack is from March 1 through the end of February (50 CFR 622.7(d)). Under the recreational AM at 50 CFR 622.193(k)(2)(i), when landings of the greater amberjack recreational sector reach, or are projected to reach, its ACL, NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for greater amberjack by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register unless NMFS determines that no closure is necessary based on the best scientific information available. NMFS has determined that the recreational ACL has been reached in the current fishing year of March 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018, and that a closure is necessary. Therefore, this temporary rule implements an AM to close the greater amberjack recreational sector in the South Atlantic for the remainder of the current fishing year. As a result, the recreational sector for greater amberjack in the South Atlantic EEZ will close effective at 12:01 a.m., local time October 31, 2017. On October 18, 2017, NMFS closed the commercial sector of greater amberjack in the South Atlantic because the sector had reached the commercial quota (equivalent to the commercial ACL) (82 FR 47640, October 13, 2017). Because the commercial sector for South Atlantic greater amberjack has already closed for the remainder of the current fishing year, all harvest of South Atlantic greater amberjack will end on October 31, 2017. Both the commercial and recreational sectors for South Atlantic greater amberjack will reopen on March 1, 2018, the start of the next fishing year. During this closure, the bag and possession limits for greater amberjack in or from the South Atlantic EEZ are zero. The prohibition on harvest or possession of greater amberjack applies on board a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/ headboat permit for South Atlantic SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 209 / Tuesday, October 31, 2017 / Rules and Regulations snapper-grouper has been issued, without regard to where the greater amberjack was harvested or possessed, i.e., in state or Federal waters. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of South Atlantic greater amberjack and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(k)(2)(i) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:53 Oct 30, 2017 Jkt 244001 This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector for greater amberjack constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the AM itself has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 50323 because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect South Atlantic greater amberjack. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector to exceed the recreational ACL. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 26, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–23667 Filed 10–26–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 140819686-5999-02]
RIN 0648-XF779


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2017 Recreational 
Accountability Measure and Closure for Greater Amberjack

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the 
recreational sector of greater amberjack in the South Atlantic 
exclusive economic zone (EEZ) through this temporary rule. NMFS 
estimates that recreational landings have reached the recreational 
annual catch limit (ACL) for greater amberjack in the South Atlantic. 
Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational sector for greater amberjack in 
the South Atlantic EEZ for the remainder of the current fishing year 
(see DATES). This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack 
resource in the South Atlantic.

DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, October 31, 
2017, until 12:01 a.m. local time, on March 1, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Vara, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes greater amberjack and is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic 
Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council (Council) 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.
    The recreational ACL for South Atlantic greater amberjack is 
1,167,837 lb (529,722 kg), round weight, as specified at 50 CFR 
622.193(k)(2)(i). The fishing year for South Atlantic greater amberjack 
is from March 1 through the end of February (50 CFR 622.7(d)). Under 
the recreational AM at 50 CFR 622.193(k)(2)(i), when landings of the 
greater amberjack recreational sector reach, or are projected to reach, 
its ACL, NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for greater 
amberjack by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of 
the Federal Register unless NMFS determines that no closure is 
necessary based on the best scientific information available.
    NMFS has determined that the recreational ACL has been reached in 
the current fishing year of March 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018, 
and that a closure is necessary. Therefore, this temporary rule 
implements an AM to close the greater amberjack recreational sector in 
the South Atlantic for the remainder of the current fishing year. As a 
result, the recreational sector for greater amberjack in the South 
Atlantic EEZ will close effective at 12:01 a.m., local time October 31, 
2017.
    On October 18, 2017, NMFS closed the commercial sector of greater 
amberjack in the South Atlantic because the sector had reached the 
commercial quota (equivalent to the commercial ACL) (82 FR 47640, 
October 13, 2017). Because the commercial sector for South Atlantic 
greater amberjack has already closed for the remainder of the current 
fishing year, all harvest of South Atlantic greater amberjack will end 
on October 31, 2017. Both the commercial and recreational sectors for 
South Atlantic greater amberjack will reopen on March 1, 2018, the 
start of the next fishing year.
    During this closure, the bag and possession limits for greater 
amberjack in or from the South Atlantic EEZ are zero. The prohibition 
on harvest or possession of greater amberjack applies on board a vessel 
for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit 
for South Atlantic

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snapper-grouper has been issued, without regard to where the greater 
amberjack was harvested or possessed, i.e., in state or Federal waters.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has 
determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and 
management of South Atlantic greater amberjack and is consistent with 
the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(k)(2)(i) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need 
to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector 
for greater amberjack constitutes good cause to waive the requirements 
to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this 
temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the 
public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule 
implementing the AM itself has been subject to notice and comment, and 
all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such 
procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to 
immediately implement this action to protect South Atlantic greater 
amberjack. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would 
require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector to 
exceed the recreational ACL.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: October 26, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-23667 Filed 10-26-17; 4:15 pm]
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