Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 56571-56573 [2017-25759]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / Rules and Regulations pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES be subject to ex ante pricing regulation. The Commission amended its rules to specify that its pricing flexibility rules no longer apply to business data services. The Commission also limited the circumstances under which price cap LECs must file their business data services contracts as contract-based tariffs. This document is consistent with the Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of this rule. DATES: The amendments to §§ 1.776 and 69.701 of the Commission’s rules, published at June 2, 2017, 82 FR 25660, are effective November 29, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Kehoe, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418–7122, or email: william.kehoe@ fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document announces that, on November 7, 2017, OMB approved, for a period of three years, the changes in information collection requirements relating to §§ 1.774, 1.776 and 69.701 of the Commission’s rules, as contained in the Commission’s Business Data Services Report and Order, FCC 17–43, published at 82 FR 25660, June 2, 2017. The OMB Control Number is 3060– 0760. The Commission publishes this document as an announcement of the effective date of §§ 1.776 and 69.701 of the Commission’s rules. If you have any comments on the burden estimates listed below, or how the Commission can improve the collections and reduce any burdens caused thereby, please contact Nicole Ongele, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1– A620, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. Please include the OMB Control Number, 3060–0760, in your correspondence. The Commission will also accept your comments via email at PRA@fcc.gov. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (TTY). Synopsis As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), the FCC is notifying the public that it received final OMB approval on November 7, 2017, for the information collection requirements contained in the modifications to §§ 1.774, 1.776, and 69.701 of the Commission’s rules. Under 5 CFR part 1320, an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:16 Nov 28, 2017 Jkt 244001 information unless it displays a current, valid OMB Control Number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act that does not display a current, valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number is 3060–0760. The foregoing notice is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, October 1, 1995, and 44 U.S.C. 3507. The total annual reporting burdens and costs for the respondents are as follows: OMB Control Number: 3060–0760. OMB Approval Date: November 7, 2017. OMB Expiration Date: November 30, 2020. Title: 272 Sunset Order, WC Docket No. 06–120; Access Charge Reform, CC Docket No. 96–262, First Report and Order; Second Order on Reconsideration and Memorandum Opinion and Order; and Fifth Report and Order; Business Data Services Report and Order, WC Docket No. 16– 143 et al. Form Number: N/A. Respondents: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents and Responses: 13 respondents; 66 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 3–80 hours. Frequency of Response: One-time reporting requirement; on-occasion reporting requirement; third-party disclosure requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 1, 4(i) through (j), 201 through 205, and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i) through (j), 201 through 205, and 303(r). Total Annual Burden: 1,256 hours. Total Annual Cost: $61,050. Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The information requested is not of a confidential nature. However, respondents may request materials or information submitted to the Commission be withheld from public inspection under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission’s rules. Needs and Uses: On April 28, 2017, the Commission released the Business Data Services Order, WC Docket No. 16– 143 et al., FCC 17–43, reforming the business data services/special access regulations for incumbent and competitive LECs. The Commission’s PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 56571 reforms included replacing the application-based pricing flexibility rules with a new framework under which: (a) Packet-based services, time division multiplexing (TDM) services with bandwidth greater than 45 mbps, and TDM transport services are not subject to ex ante pricing regulation; (b) a new standard is applied to determine the extent to which the Commission regulates price cap LECs’ TDM end user channel terminations with bandwidth less than 45 mbps and certain other low bandwidth business data services. Under this standard, a price cap LEC is not subject to ex ante pricing regulation in the provision of these services in counties deemed competitive under the Commission’s competitive market test or for which the price cap LEC previously obtained Phase II pricing flexibility; (c) the price cap LEC is subject to ex ante pricing regulation in other counties where it is the incumbent LEC, but in these counties the price cap LEC has downward pricing flexibility (i.e., the equivalent of Phase I pricing flexibility under the prior rules); and (d) the Commission will update the competitive market test results every three years using data already collected in FCC Form 477. Among other rules changes, the Business Data Services Order repealed § 1.774, which set forth requirements for pricing flexibility applications, and added § 1.776, which limits the circumstances under which price cap LECs must file their business data services contracts as contract-based tariffs. The Commission also amended § 69.701 of its rules to specify that its pricing flexibility rules no longer apply to business data services. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25674 Filed 11–28–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 161020985–7181–02] RIN 0648–XF702 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29NOR1.SGM 29NOR1 56572 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for comments. NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of Aleutian Islands (AI) Greenland turbot, AI ‘‘other rockfish,’’ Bering Sea (BS) sablefish, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Alaska plaice, BSAI northern rockfish, BSAI ‘‘other flatfish,’’ BSAI shortraker rockfish, BSAI sculpin, BSAI skates, and Central and Western Aleutian Islands (CAI/WAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish in the BSAI management area. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI management area. DATES: Effective November 24, 2017, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local time, December 31, 2017. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, December 11, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2016–0140, by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0140, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender is publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:16 Nov 28, 2017 Jkt 244001 NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the (BSAI) exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2017 ITAC of AI Greenland turbot was established as 106 metric tons (mt), the 2017 ITAC of AI ‘‘other rockfish’’ was established at 550 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BS sablefish was established as 1,051 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BSAI Alaska plaice was established as 11,050 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BSAI northern rockfish was established as 4,250 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BSAI ‘‘other flatfish’’ was established as 2,125 mt, the 2017 TAC of BSAI shortraker rockfish was established as 125 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BSAI sculpins was established as 3,825 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BSAI skates was established as 22,100 mt, and the 2017 TAC of CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish was established as 125 mt by the final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (82 FR 11826, February 27, 2017). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(3) the Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has reviewed the most current available data and finds that the ITACs for AI Greenland turbot, AI ‘‘other rockfish,’’ BS sablefish, BSAI Alaska plaice, BSAI northern rockfish, BSAI ‘‘other flatfish,’’ BSAI shortraker rockfish, BSAI sculpin, BSAI skates, and CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish need to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve to promote efficiency in the utilization of fishery resources in the BSAI and allow fishing operations to continue. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions from the non-specified reserve of groundfish 19 mt to AI Greenland turbot, 21 mt to AI ‘‘other rockfish,’’ 48 mt to BS sablefish, 5,500 mt to BSAI Alaska plaice ITAC, 475 mt to BSAI northern rockfish ITAC, 2,050 mt to BSAI ‘‘other flatfish’’ ITAC, 30 mt to BSAI shortraker rockfish ITAC, 1,500 mt to BSAI sculpin ITAC, 1,487 mt to BSAI skates ITAC, and 10 mt to the CAI/WAI blackspotted/ rougheye rockfish TAC in the BSAI management area. These SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 apportionments are consistent with § 679.20(b)(1)(i) and do not result in overfishing of any target species because the revised ITACs and total allowable catch (TAC) are equal to or less than the specifications of the acceptable biological catch in the final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (82 FR 11826, February 27, 2017). The harvest specification for the 2017 ITACs and TACs included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI are revised as follows: 125 mt for AI Greenland turbot, 571 mt for AI ‘‘other rockfish,’’ 16,550 mt for Alaska plaice, 4,175 mt for ‘‘other flatfish’’, 155 mt for BSAI shortraker rockfish, 5,325 mt for BSAI sculpins, and 135 mt for CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish. The harvest specification for the 2017 ITAC included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI is revised as follows: 1,099 mt for BS sablefish, 4,725 mt for BSAI northern rockfish, and 23,587 mt for BSAI skates. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, (AA) finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and § 679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) as such a requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the apportionment of the non-specified reserves of groundfish to the AI Greenland turbot, AI ‘‘other rockfish,’’ BS sablefish, BSAI Alaska plaice, BSAI northern rockfish, BSAI ‘‘other flatfish,’’ BSAI shortraker rockfish, BSAI sculpin, BSAI skates, and CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish in the BSAI. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet and processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 21, 2017. E:\FR\FM\29NOR1.SGM 29NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 228 / Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / Rules and Regulations pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:16 Nov 28, 2017 Jkt 244001 Under § 679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until December 11, 2017. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 56573 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801, et seq. Dated: November 24, 2017. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–25759 Filed 11–24–17; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\29NOR1.SGM 29NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 228 (Wednesday, November 29, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 161020985-7181-02]
RIN 0648-XF702


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several 
Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management 
Area

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Temporary rule; apportionment of reserves; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the 
initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of Aleutian Islands (AI) Greenland 
turbot, AI ``other rockfish,'' Bering Sea (BS) sablefish, Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Alaska plaice, BSAI northern rockfish, BSAI 
``other flatfish,'' BSAI shortraker rockfish, BSAI sculpin, BSAI 
skates, and Central and Western Aleutian Islands (CAI/WAI) 
blackspotted/rougheye rockfish in the BSAI management area. This action 
is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is 
intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management 
plan for the BSAI management area.

DATES: Effective November 24, 2017, through 2400 hrs, Alaska local 
time, December 31, 2017. Comments must be received at the following 
address no later than 4:30 p.m., Alaska local time, December 11, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2016-0140, by 
either of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0140, click the ``Comment 
Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your 
comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, 
AK 99802-1668.
    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by 
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after 
the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public 
record and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender is publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
(BSAI) exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 
(FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with 
the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    The 2017 ITAC of AI Greenland turbot was established as 106 metric 
tons (mt), the 2017 ITAC of AI ``other rockfish'' was established at 
550 mt, the 2017 ITAC of BS sablefish was established as 1,051 mt, the 
2017 ITAC of BSAI Alaska plaice was established as 11,050 mt, the 2017 
ITAC of BSAI northern rockfish was established as 4,250 mt, the 2017 
ITAC of BSAI ``other flatfish'' was established as 2,125 mt, the 2017 
TAC of BSAI shortraker rockfish was established as 125 mt, the 2017 
ITAC of BSAI sculpins was established as 3,825 mt, the 2017 ITAC of 
BSAI skates was established as 22,100 mt, and the 2017 TAC of CAI/WAI 
blackspotted/rougheye rockfish was established as 125 mt by the final 
2017 and 2018 harvest specifications for groundfish of the BSAI (82 FR 
11826, February 27, 2017). In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(3) the 
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has reviewed the most 
current available data and finds that the ITACs for AI Greenland 
turbot, AI ``other rockfish,'' BS sablefish, BSAI Alaska plaice, BSAI 
northern rockfish, BSAI ``other flatfish,'' BSAI shortraker rockfish, 
BSAI sculpin, BSAI skates, and CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish 
need to be supplemented from the non-specified reserve to promote 
efficiency in the utilization of fishery resources in the BSAI and 
allow fishing operations to continue.
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(b)(3), NMFS apportions 
from the non-specified reserve of groundfish 19 mt to AI Greenland 
turbot, 21 mt to AI ``other rockfish,'' 48 mt to BS sablefish, 5,500 mt 
to BSAI Alaska plaice ITAC, 475 mt to BSAI northern rockfish ITAC, 
2,050 mt to BSAI ``other flatfish'' ITAC, 30 mt to BSAI shortraker 
rockfish ITAC, 1,500 mt to BSAI sculpin ITAC, 1,487 mt to BSAI skates 
ITAC, and 10 mt to the CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish TAC in 
the BSAI management area. These apportionments are consistent with 
Sec.  679.20(b)(1)(i) and do not result in overfishing of any target 
species because the revised ITACs and total allowable catch (TAC) are 
equal to or less than the specifications of the acceptable biological 
catch in the final 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications for groundfish 
in the BSAI (82 FR 11826, February 27, 2017).
    The harvest specification for the 2017 ITACs and TACs included in 
the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI are revised as 
follows: 125 mt for AI Greenland turbot, 571 mt for AI ``other 
rockfish,'' 16,550 mt for Alaska plaice, 4,175 mt for ``other 
flatfish'', 155 mt for BSAI shortraker rockfish, 5,325 mt for BSAI 
sculpins, and 135 mt for CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish. The 
harvest specification for the 2017 ITAC included in the harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI is revised as follows: 1,099 
mt for BS sablefish, 4,725 mt for BSAI northern rockfish, and 23,587 mt 
for BSAI skates.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA, (AA) finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and Sec.  679.20(b)(3)(iii)(A) as such a 
requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This 
requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it 
would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in 
a timely fashion and would delay the apportionment of the non-specified 
reserves of groundfish to the AI Greenland turbot, AI ``other 
rockfish,'' BS sablefish, BSAI Alaska plaice, BSAI northern rockfish, 
BSAI ``other flatfish,'' BSAI shortraker rockfish, BSAI sculpin, BSAI 
skates, and CAI/WAI blackspotted/rougheye rockfish in the BSAI. 
Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct 
and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan 
for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the 
fishing fleet and processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice 
providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant 
data only became available as of November 21, 2017.

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    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    Under Sec.  679.20(b)(3)(iii), interested persons are invited to 
submit written comments on this action (see ADDRESSES) until December 
11, 2017.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: November 24, 2017.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-25759 Filed 11-24-17; 4:15 pm]
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