Revisions to Framework Adjustment 56 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, 51778-51781 [2017-24346]

Download as PDF 51778 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / Rules and Regulations ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES and bartered, traded, or sold such gray triggerfish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, November 8, 2017. During the closure, the bag limit specified in 50 CFR 622.187(b)(8), and the possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.187(c), apply to all harvest or possession of gray triggerfish in or from the South Atlantic EEZ. Also, during the closure, the sale or purchase of gray triggerfish taken from the South Atlantic EEZ is prohibited. The prohibition on the sale or purchase does not apply to gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, November 8, 2017, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. For a person onboard a vessel for which a Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery has been issued, the bag and possession limits and sale and purchase prohibitions applicable after the commercial quota closure for gray triggerfish apply regardless of whether the fish are harvested in state or Federal waters, as specified in 50 CFR 622.193(q)(1)(i). Classification The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of gray triggerfish and the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery and is consistent with the MagnusonStevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(q)(1)(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 NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial sector for gray triggerfish constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing Amendment 29, which established the split commercial seasons and quotas for gray triggerfish, and the accountability measures have already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Nov 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect gray triggerfish since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and could potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial quota. 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: November 3, 2017. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24311 Filed 11–3–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 161017970–6999–02] RIN 0648–XF806 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of Maine is transferring a portion of its 2017 commercial summer flounder quota to the State of Connecticut. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for Maine and Connecticut. DATES: Effective November 7, 2017, through December 31, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Hanson, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.102, and the initial 2017 allocations were published on December 22, 2016 (81 FR 93842). The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan, as published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.102(c)(2). The Regional Administrator is required to consider the criteria in § 648.102(c)(2)(i)(A) through (C) in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations. Maine is transferring 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of summer flounder commercial quota to Connecticut. This transfer was requested by state officials in Connecticut to ensure their commercial summer flounder quota is not exceeded. The revised summer flounder quotas for calendar year 2017 are now: Maine, 192 lb (87 kg); and Connecticut, 130,234 lb (59,073 kg); based on the initial quotas published in the 2017 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications and subsequent transfers. 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: November 3, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24321 Filed 11–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 170919911–7911–01] RIN 0648–XF710 Revisions to Framework Adjustment 56 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\08NOR1.SGM 08NOR1 51779 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Final rule; adjustment to specifications. ACTION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: We are adjusting the 2017 fishing year Georges Bank cod allocation for the common pool and making minor corrections to the 2017 sector carryover and annual catch entitlement. This action is necessary to respond to a 2016 overage of the Georges Bank cod allocation for the common pool fishery and correct an error in the carryover and annual catch entitlement available to sectors in 2017. These adjustments are routine and formulaic and are intended to ensure that final allocations are based on the best scientific information available. Emily Keiley, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9116. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We recently approved Framework Adjustment 56 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which set annual catch limits (ACLs) for groundfish stocks and three jointly managed U.S./Canada stocks for the 2017 fishing year. This action became effective on August 1, 2017 (82 FR 16133). The possibility of minor adjustments and corrections was noted in the Framework 56 proposed and final rules because final allocations are not always available at the time of the rulemaking for the upcoming fishing year. This action revises the Georges Bank (GB) cod common pool sub-ACL due to a 2016 overage as required by SUMMARY: Effective November 8, 2017, through April 30, 2018. DATES: regulation and corrects an error in the 2017 sector carryover and annual catch entitlement (ACE) included in the Framework 56 final rule. Georges Bank Cod Common Pool SubAnnual Catch Limit If the common pool sub-ACL for any stock is exceeded, we are required to reduce the common pool sub-ACL by the amount of the overage in the next fishing year. The fishing year 2016 common pool sub-ACL for GB cod was exceeded by 2.8 mt. Therefore, this action reduces the fishing year 2017 GB cod common pool sub-ACL by 2.8 mt resulting in a sub-ACL of 7.0 mt. The revised trimester total allowable catches (TACs), based on the overage deduction, are provided in Table 1. TABLE 1—INITIAL AND REVISED GEORGES BANK COD TRIMESTER TACS Trimester 1 Allocation Percentage ................................................................................................................. Initial Trimester TAC ................................................................................................................... Revised Trimester TAC .............................................................................................................. Correction to Sector Carryover The Framework 56 final rule included the amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2016 to the 2017 fishing year based on the final 2016 sector catch. An error was made when calculating the de minimis amount of GB haddock carryover and the total Eastern GB haddock ACE available to sectors in 2017. The corrected Eastern GB haddock ACE available to sectors in 2017 and the Trimester 2 25% ................ 2.4 mt ............. 1.7 mt ............. 37% ................ 3.6 mt ............. 2.6 mt ............. Trimester 3 38% 3.7 mt 2.7 mt revised de minimis carryover ACE for GB haddock are provided in Tables 2 and 3. These adjustments are minor, increase available catch, will not affect fishery operations, and have already been provided to sectors. TABLE 2—COMPARISON OF DE MINIMIS GB HADDOCK CARRYOVER ACE FROM FISHING YEAR 2016 TO FISHING YEAR 2017 (lb) PUBLISHED IN FRAMEWORK 56 AND THE CORRECTED VALUES Framework 56 Table 14 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Sector Revised Fixed Gear Sector ................................................................................................................................................. MCCS 1 .................................................................................................................................................................. NCCS 1 ................................................................................................................................................................... NEFS 1 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 2 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 3 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 4 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 5 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 6 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 7 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 8 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 9 .................................................................................................................................................................. NEFS 10 ................................................................................................................................................................ NEFS 11 ................................................................................................................................................................ NEFS 12 ................................................................................................................................................................ NEFS 13 ................................................................................................................................................................ Sustainable Harvest Sector 1 ................................................................................................................................ Sustainable Harvest Sector 2 ................................................................................................................................ Sustainable Harvest Sector 3 ................................................................................................................................ 60,981 2,679 3,379 0 102,574 486 51,454 7,843 28,146 13,006 57,191 108,123 1,583 358 904 193,422 24,260 3863 287,713 73,563 2,679 4,076 0 123,738 586 62,071 9,461 33,953 15,690 68,991 130,432 1,910 432 1,091 233,331 29,265 4,659 347,077 Sectors Total .................................................................................................................................................. 947,965 1,143,005 1 Maine Coast Community Sector (MCCS), Northeast Coastal Community Sector (NCCS). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Nov 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08NOR1.SGM 08NOR1 51780 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 3—COMPARISON OF TOTAL EASTERN GB HADDOCK ACE AVAILABLE TO SECTORS IN FISHING YEAR 2017 WITH FINALIZED CARRYOVER (mt AND 1,000 lb) PUBLISHED IN FRAMEWORK 56 AND AS REVISED Total ACE available to sectors in fishing year 2017 with finalized carryover Sector (mt) Framework 56 Table 15 (1,000 lb) Framework 56 Table 16 Revised Revised Fixed Gear Sector ....................................................................................... MCCS .......................................................................................................... Maine Permit Bank ...................................................................................... NCCS ........................................................................................................... NEFS 1 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 2 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 3 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 4 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 5 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 6 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 7 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 8 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 9 ........................................................................................................ NEFS 10 ...................................................................................................... NEFS 11 ...................................................................................................... NEFS 12 ...................................................................................................... NEFS 13 ...................................................................................................... New Hampshire Permit Bank ...................................................................... Sustainable Harvest Sector 1 ...................................................................... Sustainable Harvest Sector 2 ...................................................................... Sustainable Harvest Sector 3 ...................................................................... 1,300 197 9 72 0 2,187 10 1,097 167 600 277 1,219 2,305 34 8 19 4,123 0 517 82 6,133 1,871 283 13 104 0 3,147 15 1,578 241 863 399 1,754 3,317 49 11 28 5,934 0 744 118 8,826 2,866 434 20 159 0 4,821 23 2,418 369 1,323 611 2,688 5,081 74 17 42 9,090 0 1,140 182 13,522 4,124 625 29 228 0 6,937 33 3,480 530 1,903 880 3,868 7,312 107 24 61 13,081 0 1,641 261 19,458 Sectors Total ........................................................................................ 20,375 29,295 44,880 64,583 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Classification The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable law. This action is exempt from the procedures of Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. We also find 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. There are several reasons that notice and comment are impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. The proposed and final rules for Framework 56 explained the possibility of minor adjustments and corrections because final allocations are not always available at the time of the rulemaking for the upcoming fishing year. These adjustments are routine and formulaic, required by regulation, and necessary to ensure that overfishing VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Nov 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 does not occur. Because these adjustments are part of the annual allocation process, and are highlighted in the proposed and final rules for the upcoming fishing year, industry anticipates an annual adjustment rule. No comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which provide an accurate accounting of a sector and common pool allocations. Additionally, the adjustments in this rule are based on either a predetermined accountability measure, and are not subject to NMFS’ discretion, or a need to correct an error, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for prior notice and comment. Data regarding final 2016 catch only became available after publication of the Framework 56 final rule. If this rule is not effective immediately, common pool and sector vessels will be operating under incorrect information on the catch limits for each stock. The adjustment of the common pool GB cod TAC requires immediate action to ensure that additional overages do not occur. TAC overages have negative economic impacts, as well as increasing the risk of overfishing. Fishermen may make both short- and long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may cause the affected PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 fishing entities to slow down or speed up their fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery and the businesses and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment period and delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively. The Chief Counsel for Regulation, Department of Commerce, previously certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration at the proposed rule stage that Framework 56 would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. These minor adjustments will not change the conclusions drawn from that framework. Because advanced notice and the opportunity for public comment are not required for the correction under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no new regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. E:\FR\FM\08NOR1.SGM 08NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 215 / Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Dated: November 3, 2017. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24346 Filed 11–7–17; 8:45 am] ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Nov 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\08NOR1.SGM 08NOR1 51781

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 215 (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 51778-51781]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-24346]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 170919911-7911-01]
RIN 0648-XF710


Revisions to Framework Adjustment 56 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

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

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ACTION: Final rule; adjustment to specifications.

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SUMMARY: We are adjusting the 2017 fishing year Georges Bank cod 
allocation for the common pool and making minor corrections to the 2017 
sector carryover and annual catch entitlement. This action is necessary 
to respond to a 2016 overage of the Georges Bank cod allocation for the 
common pool fishery and correct an error in the carryover and annual 
catch entitlement available to sectors in 2017. These adjustments are 
routine and formulaic and are intended to ensure that final allocations 
are based on the best scientific information available.

DATES: Effective November 8, 2017, through April 30, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Keiley, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9116.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We recently approved Framework Adjustment 56 
to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which set 
annual catch limits (ACLs) for groundfish stocks and three jointly 
managed U.S./Canada stocks for the 2017 fishing year. This action 
became effective on August 1, 2017 (82 FR 16133). The possibility of 
minor adjustments and corrections was noted in the Framework 56 
proposed and final rules because final allocations are not always 
available at the time of the rulemaking for the upcoming fishing year. 
This action revises the Georges Bank (GB) cod common pool sub-ACL due 
to a 2016 overage as required by regulation and corrects an error in 
the 2017 sector carryover and annual catch entitlement (ACE) included 
in the Framework 56 final rule.

Georges Bank Cod Common Pool Sub-Annual Catch Limit

    If the common pool sub-ACL for any stock is exceeded, we are 
required to reduce the common pool sub-ACL by the amount of the overage 
in the next fishing year. The fishing year 2016 common pool sub-ACL for 
GB cod was exceeded by 2.8 mt. Therefore, this action reduces the 
fishing year 2017 GB cod common pool sub-ACL by 2.8 mt resulting in a 
sub-ACL of 7.0 mt. The revised trimester total allowable catches 
(TACs), based on the overage deduction, are provided in Table 1.

                          Table 1--Initial and Revised Georges Bank Cod Trimester TACs
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                                           Trimester 1               Trimester 2               Trimester 3
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Allocation Percentage.............  25%.....................  37%.....................  38%
Initial Trimester TAC.............  2.4 mt..................  3.6 mt..................  3.7 mt
Revised Trimester TAC.............  1.7 mt..................  2.6 mt..................  2.7 mt
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Correction to Sector Carryover

    The Framework 56 final rule included the amount of allocation that 
sectors may carry over from the 2016 to the 2017 fishing year based on 
the final 2016 sector catch. An error was made when calculating the de 
minimis amount of GB haddock carryover and the total Eastern GB haddock 
ACE available to sectors in 2017. The corrected Eastern GB haddock ACE 
available to sectors in 2017 and the revised de minimis carryover ACE 
for GB haddock are provided in Tables 2 and 3. These adjustments are 
minor, increase available catch, will not affect fishery operations, 
and have already been provided to sectors.

   Table 2--Comparison of De Minimis GB Haddock Carryover ACE From Fishing Year 2016 to Fishing Year 2017 (lb)
                               Published in Framework 56 and the Corrected Values
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                                                                                   Framework 56
                                     Sector                                          Table 14         Revised
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Fixed Gear Sector..............................................................           60,981          73,563
MCCS \1\.......................................................................            2,679           2,679
NCCS \1\.......................................................................            3,379           4,076
NEFS 1.........................................................................                0               0
NEFS 2.........................................................................          102,574         123,738
NEFS 3.........................................................................              486             586
NEFS 4.........................................................................           51,454          62,071
NEFS 5.........................................................................            7,843           9,461
NEFS 6.........................................................................           28,146          33,953
NEFS 7.........................................................................           13,006          15,690
NEFS 8.........................................................................           57,191          68,991
NEFS 9.........................................................................          108,123         130,432
NEFS 10........................................................................            1,583           1,910
NEFS 11........................................................................              358             432
NEFS 12........................................................................              904           1,091
NEFS 13........................................................................          193,422         233,331
Sustainable Harvest Sector 1...................................................           24,260          29,265
Sustainable Harvest Sector 2...................................................             3863           4,659
Sustainable Harvest Sector 3...................................................          287,713         347,077
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    Sectors Total..............................................................          947,965       1,143,005
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\1\ Maine Coast Community Sector (MCCS), Northeast Coastal Community Sector (NCCS).


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  Table 3--Comparison of Total Eastern GB Haddock ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2017 With Finalized
                      Carryover (mt and 1,000 lb) Published in Framework 56 and as Revised
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                                                    Total ACE available to sectors in fishing year 2017 with
                                                                       finalized carryover
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                                                  Framework 56                     Framework 56
                                                    Table 15         Revised         Table 16         Revised
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Fixed Gear Sector.............................            1,300           1,871            2,866           4,124
MCCS..........................................              197             283              434             625
Maine Permit Bank.............................                9              13               20              29
NCCS..........................................               72             104              159             228
NEFS 1........................................                0               0                0               0
NEFS 2........................................            2,187           3,147            4,821           6,937
NEFS 3........................................               10              15               23              33
NEFS 4........................................            1,097           1,578            2,418           3,480
NEFS 5........................................              167             241              369             530
NEFS 6........................................              600             863            1,323           1,903
NEFS 7........................................              277             399              611             880
NEFS 8........................................            1,219           1,754            2,688           3,868
NEFS 9........................................            2,305           3,317            5,081           7,312
NEFS 10.......................................               34              49               74             107
NEFS 11.......................................                8              11               17              24
NEFS 12.......................................               19              28               42              61
NEFS 13.......................................            4,123           5,934            9,090          13,081
New Hampshire Permit Bank.....................                0               0                0               0
Sustainable Harvest Sector 1..................              517             744            1,140           1,641
Sustainable Harvest Sector 2..................               82             118              182             261
Sustainable Harvest Sector 3..................            6,133           8,826           13,522          19,458
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    Sectors Total.............................           20,375          29,295           44,880          64,583
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Classification

    The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final 
rule is consistent with the FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable 
law.
    This action is exempt from the procedures of Executive Order (E.O.) 
12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive 
prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch 
limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and 
comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public 
interest. We also find 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.
    There are several reasons that notice and comment are 
impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. The 
proposed and final rules for Framework 56 explained the possibility of 
minor adjustments and corrections because final allocations are not 
always available at the time of the rulemaking for the upcoming fishing 
year. These adjustments are routine and formulaic, required by 
regulation, and necessary to ensure that overfishing does not occur. 
Because these adjustments are part of the annual allocation process, 
and are highlighted in the proposed and final rules for the upcoming 
fishing year, industry anticipates an annual adjustment rule. No 
comments were received on the potential for these adjustments, which 
provide an accurate accounting of a sector and common pool allocations. 
Additionally, the adjustments in this rule are based on either a pre-
determined accountability measure, and are not subject to NMFS' 
discretion, or a need to correct an error, so there would be no benefit 
to allowing time for prior notice and comment. Data regarding final 
2016 catch only became available after publication of the Framework 56 
final rule.
    If this rule is not effective immediately, common pool and sector 
vessels will be operating under incorrect information on the catch 
limits for each stock. The adjustment of the common pool GB cod TAC 
requires immediate action to ensure that additional overages do not 
occur. TAC overages have negative economic impacts, as well as 
increasing the risk of overfishing. Fishermen may make both short- and 
long-term business decisions based on the catch limits in a given 
sector or the common pool. Any delays in adjusting these limits may 
cause the affected fishing entities to slow down or speed up their 
fishing activities during the interim period before this rule becomes 
effective. Both of these reactions could negatively affect the fishery 
and the businesses and communities that depend on them. Therefore, it 
is important to implement adjusted catch limits and allocations as soon 
as possible. For these reasons, we are waiving the public comment 
period and delay in effectiveness for this rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(3)(B) and (d), respectively.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation, Department of Commerce, 
previously certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small 
Business Administration at the proposed rule stage that Framework 56 
would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. These minor adjustments will not change the conclusions 
drawn from that framework. Because advanced notice and the opportunity 
for public comment are not required for the correction under the 
Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., 
do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no new regulatory flexibility 
analysis is required and none has been prepared.

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


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    Dated: November 3, 2017.
Samuel D. Rauch, III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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