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Download as PDF 13203 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations EPA-APPROVED ILLINOIS NONREGULATORY AND QUASI-REGULATORY PROVISIONS—Continued Applicable geographic or nonattainment area Name of SIP provision * * * State submittal date EPA approval date * * Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401, et seq. PART 81—DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES 4. Section 81.314 is amended by revising the table entitled ‘‘Illinois— 2008 Lead NAAQS’’ to read as follows: ■ 3. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows: ■ Comments * § 81.314 * * * Illinois. * * * ILLINOIS—2008 LEAD NAAQS Designation for the 2008 NAAQS a Designated area Date 1 Chicago, IL: Cook County (part) ........................................................................................................................... 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Indian Country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified. 31, 2011 unless otherwise noted. 1 December [FR Doc. 2018–06128 Filed 3–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 [Docket No. 170925942–8250–02] RIN 0648–BH30 International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Revised 2018 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; 2018 Catch Limit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule and notice of availability of a final supplemental environmental assessment (EA). daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to revise trip limits on the commercial catch of Pacific bluefin tuna applicable to 2018. U.S. commercial fishing vessels are subject to a biennial limit for 2017 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 and 2018, and the catch limit in 2018 is 114 metric tons (mt). To avoid exceeding the biennial limit, NMFS is imposing a 1-mt trip limit—except for large-mesh drift gillnet vessels, which would be subject to a 2-mt trip limit— throughout 2018 or until the 2018 catch limit is reached and the fishery is closed. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. This document also announces the availability of a final supplemental Environmental Assessment that analyzed the environmental impacts of imposing a reduced trip limit. DATES: The final rule is effective April 27, 2018. ADDRESSES: Copies of the supplemental Environmental Assessment and other supporting documents are available via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov, docket NOAA– NMFS–2017–0128, or contact the Highly Migratory Species Branch Chief, Heidi Taylor, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802, or RegionalAdministrator.WCRHMS@ noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celia Barroso, NMFS, Celia.Barroso@ noaa.gov, 562–432–1850. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Background On December 7, 2017, NMFS published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (82 FR 57699) to revise regulations at 50 CFR part 300, subpart C, for the commercial catch of Pacific bluefin tuna applicable to U.S. commercial vessels in 2018. The public comment period was open until January 8, 2018. This final rule is implemented under the authority of the Tuna Conventions Act (16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.), which directs the Secretary of Commerce, after approval by the Secretary of State, to promulgate regulations as may be necessary to implement resolutions adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). This authority has been delegated to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The proposed rule contains additional background information, including information on the IATTC, the international obligations of the United States as a member of the IATTC, and the need for regulations. Public comments received are addressed below. The regulatory text in this final rule is unchanged from the regulatory text of the proposed rule. E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 13204 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations New Regulations for 2018 This final rule revises the trip limits for U.S. commercial vessels that catch Pacific bluefin tuna in the Convention Area (defined as the area bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N and 50° S parallels, the 150° W meridian, and the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO)) for 2018. A 1-metric ton (mt) trip limit applicable to all U.S. commercial vessels except large-mesh drift gillnet vessels and a 2-mt trip limit applicable to large-mesh drift gillnet vessels will be in effect in 2018 or until the fishery is closed. When the 2018 catch limit of 114 mt is reached, the fishery shall be closed through the end of the 2018 calendar year. When NMFS determines that the catch limit is expected to be reached in 2018 (based on landings receipts, data submitted in logbooks, and other available fishery information), it will prohibit commercial fishing for, or retention of, Pacific bluefin tuna for the remainder of the calendar year. NMFS will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the targeting, retaining, transshipping, or landing of Pacific bluefin tuna will be prohibited on a specified effective date through the end of that calendar year. Upon that effective date, a commercial fishing vessel of the United States may not be used to target, retain on board, transship, or land Pacific bluefin tuna captured in the Convention Area during the period specified in the announcement; however, any Pacific bluefin tuna already on board a fishing vessel on the effective date may be retained on board, transshipped, and/or landed, to the extent authorized by applicable laws and regulations, provided that they are landed within 14 days after the effective date. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Catch Monitoring NMFS will provide updates on Pacific bluefin tuna catch in the Convention Area to the public via the IATTC listserv and the West Coast Region website: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ fisheries/migratory_species/bluefin_ tuna_harvest_status.html. Additionally, NMFS will report preliminary estimates of Pacific bluefin tuna catch more frequently than monthly intervals if and when commercial catch approaches the limit to allow participants in the U.S. commercial fishery plan for the possibility of a fishery closure. Public Comments and Responses NMFS received five written comments during the 30-day public comment period on the proposed rule VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 that closed on January 8, 2018. Two comments expressed support for the measures. Another two comments urged a 5-mt trip limit when PBF is landed with yellowfin tuna (YFT) and the majority of the landing consists of YFT. These commenters asserted that more than 1 mt of PBF is often caught incidentally in individual purse seine sets that are targeting YFT. However, NMFS does not have data that confirms the assertion that purse seine vessels harvest between 1 and 5 mt of PBF in sets that are targeting YFT. NMFS will attempt to obtain this data and consider this request in the future management of PBF, if appropriate. Furthermore, these commenters also suggested the rule would have a significant economic impact for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., contrary to the agency’s conclusion. However, available data used in the analysis do not support this position. As stated in the Classification section of the proposed rule, ‘‘the value of Pacific bluefin tuna in coastal pelagic purse seine fishery [including as incidental catch on trips targeting yellowfin] from 2006–2015 . . . is negligible relative to the fleet’s annual revenue resulting from other species.’’ Additionally, this rule will apply only to 2018, so the impacts from this rule for affected entities will be limited to one year. Managers will continue to assess the relative importance of the PBF fishery to the fleet’s portfolio, along with conservation and other management priorities, in future decision-making. A fifth commenter suggested a 2-mt trip limit for all gear-types and proposed a phased approach in which, as the annual limit is neared, the trip limit gets reduced to 1 mt and then 0.5 mt. However, because processors in California are not required to submit landing receipts until 15 days after a landing, depending on the date of the landing, NMFS may not have adequate time to reduce the trip limits on time if the catch rate is increased to 2-mt per trip. Furthermore, the proposed trip limits are designed to be large enough to avoid regulatory discards throughout the year, but a 1-mt trip limit would increase the likelihood of regulatory discards for drift gillnet vessels and 0.5mt trip limit would likely result in regulatory discards for other gear-types as well. Classification After consulting with the Department of State and the United States Coast Guard, the NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this rule is consistent with the Tuna PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Conventions Act and other applicable laws. This rule was determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Although there are no new collectionof-information requirements associated with this action that are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, existing collection-of-information requirements associated with the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species still apply. These requirements have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 0648–0204. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, and no person shall be subject to penalty for failure to comply with, a collection-ofinformation subject to the requirements of the PRA, unless that collection-ofinformation displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration during the proposed rule stage that, for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, this action would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The factual basis for the certification was published in the proposed rule and is not repeated here. NMFS received two comments on the certification and they are addressed above under the Public Comments and Responses section. No information received during the public comment period changes NMFS’ analysis. Therefore, the initial certification published with the proposed rule—that this rule is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities—remains unchanged. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis was not required and none was prepared. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 300 Administrative practice and procedure, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Marine resources, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Treaties. Dated: March 22, 2018. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 300 is amended as follows: E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Rules and Regulations PART 300—INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES REGULATIONS Subpart C—Eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries 1. The authority citation for part 300, subpart C, continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. 2. In § 300.25, revise paragraph (g)(3) to read as follows: ■ § 300.25 Fisheries management. * * * * * (g) * * * (3) In 2018, a 1 metric ton trip limit will be in effect, except for vessels using large-mesh (14 inch or greater stretched mesh) drift gillnet gear. In 2018, a 2 metric ton trip limit will be in effect for vessels using large-mesh drift gillnet gear. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2018–06148 Filed 3–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 170816769–8162–02] RIN 0648–XG109 Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Mar 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the first seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA will be reached. DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time March 23, 2018, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., April 1, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens 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 first seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl deep-water species fishery in the GOA is 85 metric tons as established by the final 2018 and 2019 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (83 FR 8768, March 1, 2018), for the period 1200 hours, A.l.t., January 20, 2018, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., April 1, 2018. In accordance with § 679.21(d)(6)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that the first seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl deep-water species fishery in the GOA will be reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. The species and species groups that comprise the deep-water species fishery include sablefish, rockfish, deep-water PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 13205 flatfish, rex sole, and arrowtooth flounder. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. 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) as such 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 closure of the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 21, 2018. 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. This action is required by § 679.21 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 22, 2018. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–06145 Filed 3–22–18; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13203-13205]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-06148]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

[Docket No. 170925942-8250-02]
RIN 0648-BH30


International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Revised 2018 
Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern 
Pacific Ocean; 2018 Catch Limit

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

ACTION: Final rule and notice of availability of a final supplemental 
environmental assessment (EA).

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is issuing regulations 
under the Tuna Conventions Act to revise trip limits on the commercial 
catch of Pacific bluefin tuna applicable to 2018. U.S. commercial 
fishing vessels are subject to a biennial limit for 2017 and 2018, and 
the catch limit in 2018 is 114 metric tons (mt). To avoid exceeding the 
biennial limit, NMFS is imposing a 1-mt trip limit--except for large-
mesh drift gillnet vessels, which would be subject to a 2-mt trip 
limit--throughout 2018 or until the 2018 catch limit is reached and the 
fishery is closed. This action is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its obligations as a member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission. This document also announces the availability of a final 
supplemental Environmental Assessment that analyzed the environmental 
impacts of imposing a reduced trip limit.

DATES: The final rule is effective April 27, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the supplemental Environmental Assessment and 
other supporting documents are available via the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, docket NOAA-NMFS-2017-0128, or 
contact the Highly Migratory Species Branch Chief, Heidi Taylor, 501 W. 
Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802, or 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celia Barroso, NMFS, 
[email protected], 562-432-1850.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On December 7, 2017, NMFS published a proposed rule in the Federal 
Register (82 FR 57699) to revise regulations at 50 CFR part 300, 
subpart C, for the commercial catch of Pacific bluefin tuna applicable 
to U.S. commercial vessels in 2018. The public comment period was open 
until January 8, 2018.
    This final rule is implemented under the authority of the Tuna 
Conventions Act (16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.), which directs the Secretary of 
Commerce, after approval by the Secretary of State, to promulgate 
regulations as may be necessary to implement resolutions adopted by the 
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). This authority has 
been delegated to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
    The proposed rule contains additional background information, 
including information on the IATTC, the international obligations of 
the United States as a member of the IATTC, and the need for 
regulations. Public comments received are addressed below. The 
regulatory text in this final rule is unchanged from the regulatory 
text of the proposed rule.

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New Regulations for 2018

    This final rule revises the trip limits for U.S. commercial vessels 
that catch Pacific bluefin tuna in the Convention Area (defined as the 
area bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50[deg] N and 50[deg] S 
parallels, the 150[deg] W meridian, and the waters of the eastern 
Pacific Ocean (EPO)) for 2018. A 1-metric ton (mt) trip limit 
applicable to all U.S. commercial vessels except large-mesh drift 
gillnet vessels and a 2-mt trip limit applicable to large-mesh drift 
gillnet vessels will be in effect in 2018 or until the fishery is 
closed. When the 2018 catch limit of 114 mt is reached, the fishery 
shall be closed through the end of the 2018 calendar year.
    When NMFS determines that the catch limit is expected to be reached 
in 2018 (based on landings receipts, data submitted in logbooks, and 
other available fishery information), it will prohibit commercial 
fishing for, or retention of, Pacific bluefin tuna for the remainder of 
the calendar year. NMFS will publish a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing that the targeting, retaining, transshipping, or landing of 
Pacific bluefin tuna will be prohibited on a specified effective date 
through the end of that calendar year. Upon that effective date, a 
commercial fishing vessel of the United States may not be used to 
target, retain on board, transship, or land Pacific bluefin tuna 
captured in the Convention Area during the period specified in the 
announcement; however, any Pacific bluefin tuna already on board a 
fishing vessel on the effective date may be retained on board, 
transshipped, and/or landed, to the extent authorized by applicable 
laws and regulations, provided that they are landed within 14 days 
after the effective date.

Catch Monitoring

    NMFS will provide updates on Pacific bluefin tuna catch in the 
Convention Area to the public via the IATTC listserv and the West Coast 
Region website: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/migratory_species/bluefin_tuna_harvest_status.html. Additionally, NMFS 
will report preliminary estimates of Pacific bluefin tuna catch more 
frequently than monthly intervals if and when commercial catch 
approaches the limit to allow participants in the U.S. commercial 
fishery plan for the possibility of a fishery closure.

Public Comments and Responses

    NMFS received five written comments during the 30-day public 
comment period on the proposed rule that closed on January 8, 2018. Two 
comments expressed support for the measures. Another two comments urged 
a 5-mt trip limit when PBF is landed with yellowfin tuna (YFT) and the 
majority of the landing consists of YFT. These commenters asserted that 
more than 1 mt of PBF is often caught incidentally in individual purse 
seine sets that are targeting YFT. However, NMFS does not have data 
that confirms the assertion that purse seine vessels harvest between 1 
and 5 mt of PBF in sets that are targeting YFT. NMFS will attempt to 
obtain this data and consider this request in the future management of 
PBF, if appropriate. Furthermore, these commenters also suggested the 
rule would have a significant economic impact for purposes of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., contrary to the 
agency's conclusion. However, available data used in the analysis do 
not support this position. As stated in the Classification section of 
the proposed rule, ``the value of Pacific bluefin tuna in coastal 
pelagic purse seine fishery [including as incidental catch on trips 
targeting yellowfin] from 2006-2015 . . . is negligible relative to the 
fleet's annual revenue resulting from other species.'' Additionally, 
this rule will apply only to 2018, so the impacts from this rule for 
affected entities will be limited to one year. Managers will continue 
to assess the relative importance of the PBF fishery to the fleet's 
portfolio, along with conservation and other management priorities, in 
future decision-making.
    A fifth commenter suggested a 2-mt trip limit for all gear-types 
and proposed a phased approach in which, as the annual limit is neared, 
the trip limit gets reduced to 1 mt and then 0.5 mt. However, because 
processors in California are not required to submit landing receipts 
until 15 days after a landing, depending on the date of the landing, 
NMFS may not have adequate time to reduce the trip limits on time if 
the catch rate is increased to 2-mt per trip. Furthermore, the proposed 
trip limits are designed to be large enough to avoid regulatory 
discards throughout the year, but a 1-mt trip limit would increase the 
likelihood of regulatory discards for drift gillnet vessels and 0.5-mt 
trip limit would likely result in regulatory discards for other gear-
types as well.

Classification

    After consulting with the Department of State and the United States 
Coast Guard, the NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this 
rule is consistent with the Tuna Conventions Act and other applicable 
laws.
    This rule was determined to be not significant for purposes of 
Executive Order 12866.
    Although there are no new collection-of-information requirements 
associated with this action that are subject to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act, existing collection-of-information requirements associated with 
the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly 
Migratory Species still apply. These requirements have been approved by 
the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 0648-0204. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required 
to respond to, and no person shall be subject to penalty for failure to 
comply with, a collection-of-information subject to the requirements of 
the PRA, unless that collection-of-information displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce 
certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration during the proposed rule stage that, for purposes of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, this action would not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The factual 
basis for the certification was published in the proposed rule and is 
not repeated here. NMFS received two comments on the certification and 
they are addressed above under the Public Comments and Responses 
section. No information received during the public comment period 
changes NMFS' analysis. Therefore, the initial certification published 
with the proposed rule--that this rule is not expected to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities--
remains unchanged. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis was 
not required and none was prepared.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 300

    Administrative practice and procedure, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, 
Marine resources, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Treaties.

    Dated: March 22, 2018.
Samuel D. Rauch, III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 300 is amended 
as follows:

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PART 300--INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES REGULATIONS

Subpart C--Eastern Pacific Tuna Fisheries

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1. The authority citation for part 300, subpart C, continues to read as 
follows:

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


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2. In Sec.  300.25, revise paragraph (g)(3) to read as follows:


Sec.  300.25   Fisheries management.

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    (g) * * *
    (3) In 2018, a 1 metric ton trip limit will be in effect, except 
for vessels using large-mesh (14 inch or greater stretched mesh) drift 
gillnet gear. In 2018, a 2 metric ton trip limit will be in effect for 
vessels using large-mesh drift gillnet gear.
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