Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer, 60372 [2018-25566]

Download as PDF 60372 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2018 / Rules and Regulations portion of its 2018 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This quota adjustment is Cattle, liver .................................. 0.04 necessary to comply with the Summer Goat, liver ................................... 0.04 Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Horse, liver ................................. 0.04 Fishery Management Plan quota transfer Sheep, liver ................................. 0.04 provisions. This announcement informs (b) Section 18 emergency exemptions. the public of the revised commercial quotas for Maryland and Massachusetts. [Reserved] DATES: Effective November 23, 2018, (c) Tolerances with regional through December 31, 2018. registrations. [Reserved] (d) Indirect or inadvertent residues. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [Reserved] Cynthia Ferrio, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9180. [FR Doc. 2018–25690 Filed 11–23–18; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE regulations require annual specification National Oceanic and Atmospheric of a commercial quota that is Administration apportioned among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The 50 CFR Part 648 process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each [Docket No. 170828822–70999–04] state is described in § 648.102, and the RIN 0648–XG633 initial 2018 allocations were published on December 22, 2017 (82 FR 60682), Fisheries of the Northeastern United and corrected January 30, 2018 (83 FR States; Summer Flounder Fishery; 4165). Quota Transfer The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Fishery Management Plan, as published Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and in the Federal Register on December 17, Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a Commerce. mechanism for transferring summer ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer. flounder commercial quota from one SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the state to another. Two or more states, State of Maryland is transferring a under mutual agreement and with the Commodity VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 Nov 23, 2018 Parts per million Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 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. Maryland is transferring 3,169 lb (1,437 kg) of summer flounder commercial quota to Massachusetts through mutual agreement of the states. This transfer was requested to repay landings by a Maryland-permitted vessel that landed in Massachusetts under a safe harbor agreement. Based on the initial quotas published in the 2018 Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications and subsequent adjustments, the revised summer flounder quotas for calendar year 2018 are now: Maryland, 128,070 lb (58,092 kg); and Massachusetts, 413,361 lb (187,497 kg). 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 19, 2018. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–25566 Filed 11–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 227 (Monday, November 26, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 170828822-70999-04]
RIN 0648-XG633


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder 
Fishery; Quota Transfer

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the State of Maryland is transferring a 
portion of its 2018 commercial summer flounder quota to the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 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 Maryland and 
Massachusetts.

DATES: Effective November 23, 2018, through December 31, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Ferrio, 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 process 
to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each 
state is described in Sec.  648.102, and the initial 2018 allocations 
were published on December 22, 2017 (82 FR 60682), and corrected 
January 30, 2018 (83 FR 4165).
    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 Sec.  648.102(c)(2). The Regional 
Administrator is required to consider the criteria in Sec.  
648.102(c)(2)(i)(A) through (C) in the evaluation of requests for quota 
transfers or combinations.
    Maryland is transferring 3,169 lb (1,437 kg) of summer flounder 
commercial quota to Massachusetts through mutual agreement of the 
states. This transfer was requested to repay landings by a Maryland-
permitted vessel that landed in Massachusetts under a safe harbor 
agreement. Based on the initial quotas published in the 2018 Summer 
Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications and subsequent 
adjustments, the revised summer flounder quotas for calendar year 2018 
are now: Maryland, 128,070 lb (58,092 kg); and Massachusetts, 413,361 
lb (187,497 kg).

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 19, 2018.
Karen H. Abrams,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-25566 Filed 11-23-18; 8:45 am]
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