Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices, 65146-65155 [2018-27441]

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AGENCY: NMFS publishes standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other participants about the standard exvessel prices that will be used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and halibut made in 2019. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2020. Fees are due to NMFS on or before February 15, 2020. DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Alicia M. Miller at (907) 586–7471. For questions about the fee billing process, contact Carl Greene at (907) 586–7003. Additional information about the Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region’s website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ fisheries-observers/north-pacificobserver-program. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Regulations at 50 CFR 679 subpart E, governing the Observer Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) to collect information necessary for the conservation and management of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish and halibut fisheries. Fishery managers use information collected by observers to monitor quotas, manage groundfish and prohibited species catch, and document and reduce fishery interactions with protected resources. Scientists use observer-collected information for stock assessments and marine ecosystem research. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories—the partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors that are not required to have an observer or electronic monitoring (EM) at all times and the full coverage category includes vessels and processors required to have all of their fishing and processing activity observed. Vessels and processors in the full coverage category arrange and pay for observer services from a permitted observer provider. Observer coverage and EM for the partial coverage category is funded through a system of fees based on the ex-vessel value of groundfish and halibut. Throughout this notice, the term ‘‘processor’’ refers to shoreside processors, stationary floating processors, and catcher/processors in the partial coverage category. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or a commercial halibut quota made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and not included in the full coverage category. A fee is only assessed on landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal Fisheries Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which landings are and are not subject to the observer fee is at § 679.55(c) and is on page 2 of an informational bulletin titled ‘‘Observer Fee Collection’’ on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/ document/observer-fee-collection-northpacific-groundfish-and-halibut-fisheries. Fee Determination A fee equal to 1.25 percent of the exvessel value is assessed on the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port combination, and the standard VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 price for halibut by the headed and gutted weight equivalent. NMFS reviews each vessel landing report and determines whether the reported landing is subject to the observer fee and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are subject to the observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing subject to the observer fee will be included in the observer fee calculation. For any landed groundfish or halibut subject to the observer fee, NMFS will apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices for the species, gear type, and port, and calculate the observer fee associated with the landing. Processors and registered buyers access the landing-specific, observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/ login) or eLandings (https:// elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must process each landing report through the catch accounting system computer programs to determine which groundfish in a landing accrues against a Federal TAC and are subject to the observer fee. Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the registered buyers or owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/ processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for remitting the full fee to NMFS. NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must pay the fees to NMFS using NMFS Web Application by February 15 each year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for electronic payment will be provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/ alaska-regional-office and on the observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered buyer. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65147 Standard Prices This notice provides the standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2019. Data sources for ex-vessel prices are: • For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of Alaska’s Commercial Fishery Entry Commission’s (CFEC) gross revenue data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and • For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer Report that is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that operates as a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ landings of sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under § 679.5(l)(7)(i). The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular speciesgear-port combination, the price data used to calculate the standard price must represent landings from at least four different vessels to at least three different processors in a port or port group. Price data that is confidential because fewer than four vessels or three processors contributed data to a particular species-gear-port combination has been aggregated to protect confidential data. Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices for 2019. These prices are based on the CFEC gross revenue data, which are based on landings data from ADF&G fish tickets and information from the COAR. The COAR contains statewide buying and production information, and is considered the most complete routinely collected information to determine the ex-vessel value of groundfish harvested from waters off Alaska. The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2015, 2016, and 2017 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2015, 2016, and 2017 by species, port, and gear category, and E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 65148 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices then dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each category by total volume over the 3-year period in each category. This calculation results in an average ex-vessel price per pound by species, port, and gear category for the 3-year period. Three gear categories were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl gear, including hook-and-line, pot, jig, troll, and others (Non-Trawl); (2) nonpelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR). CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are less than two years old. For the 2019 groundfish standard ex-vessel prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available is from 2017. If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the standard exvessel price for a species group, if it exists in the management area, will be used. If price data for a particular species remained confidential once aggregated to the ALL level, data is aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-water Flatfish; GOA Shallow-water Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other Rockfish). Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown in Table 2. If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are available. Port-group data is then aggregated by regulatory area in the GOA (Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the BSAI (BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are still not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the prices are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) and ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including those outside of Alaska (ALL). Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and pelagic trawl when non-confidential data is available. NMFS also calculated prices for a ‘‘Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined’’ (PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2019 landings of some of the species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price for the port or port group. If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, if that data becomes available and display of a standard ex-vessel price meets confidentiality requirements. TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Arrowtooth Flounder (121) ................................... Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ AK ................................. Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ Atka Mackerel (193) ............................................. Black Rockfish (142) ............................................ Bocaccio Rockfish (137) ...................................... Butter Sole (126) .................................................. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Canary Rockfish (146) ......................................... China Rockfish (149) ............................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Non-trawl Sfmt 4703 NPT ---$0.09 0.09 0.12 0.12 ---------------0.55 0.54 0.53 0.53 0.81 0.56 0.56 0.56 ---------------0.51 0.43 0.32 0.72 0.42 0.45 0.43 0.43 0.43 1.24 1.09 0.40 0.40 0.77 0.61 0.73 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM PTR $0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.19 ---------------------0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ------------------------------------------------- 19DEN1 $0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 ---------------------------------------0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ------------------------------------------------- PTR/NPT ---------------$0.22 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.22 0.19 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 65149 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Copper Rockfish (138) ......................................... Darkblotched Rockfish (159) ................................ Dover Sole (124) .................................................. Dusky Rockfish (172) ........................................... English Sole (128) ................................................ Flathead Sole (122) .............................................. Northern Rockfish (136) ....................................... Octopus (870) ....................................................... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Pacific Cod (110) .................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 Non-trawl GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Dutch Harbor ................. BS ................................. BSAI .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... Whittier .......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ King Cove ..................... WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT 0.71 0.71 0.71 0.97 0.79 0.70 0.66 0.41 0.44 0.59 0.59 0.59 0.58 0.58 0.58 ---------------0.38 0.55 0.54 0.30 0.64 0.39 0.59 0.41 0.42 0.42 0.42 ------------------------------0.22 0.23 0.24 0.31 0.31 0.65 0.54 0.54 0.54 0.28 0.40 0.40 0.50 0.50 0.58 0.39 0.19 0.58 0.56 0.35 0.36 0.36 0.37 0.35 0.36 0.35 0.26 0.26 ---- E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM PTR ---------------------------------------------0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 ---------------0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---0.55 0.55 0.55 ---------0.49 0.49 ---------------------------0.30 ---0.30 ---0.26 0.28 19DEN1 PTR/NPT ---------------------------------------------------------------------------0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---0.52 0.52 0.52 ---------0.52 0.52 ---------------------------0.27 ---0.27 ------0.24 ---------------------------------------------0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.26 ---- 65150 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Pacific Ocean Perch (141) ................................... Pollock (270) ........................................................ Quillback Rockfish (147) ...................................... Redbanded Rockfish (153) .................................. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Redstripe Rockfish (158) ...................................... Rex Sole (125) ..................................................... Rock Sole (123) ................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 Non-trawl Dutch Harbor ................. BS ................................. BSAI .............................. Stationary Floating Processor. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. Dutch Harbor ................. BS ................................. BSAI .............................. Stationary Floating Processor. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Craig .............................. Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... Whittier .......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT PTR PTR/NPT 0.29 0.29 0.30 0.29 0.28 0.27 0.27 0.27 ------------- 0.28 0.27 0.27 0.27 0.30 0.30 ---0.22 0.22 0.17 0.41 0.41 0.04 0.08 0.03 0.08 ---0.08 ---0.05 0.05 ---- 0.27 0.27 0.18 ---0.18 0.18 0.18 0.18 ---0.10 ---0.10 0.12 0.10 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---- 0.24 0.24 0.19 ---0.19 0.19 0.17 0.17 ---0.10 ---0.10 ---0.10 ------------- ------------------------------------0.10 ---0.15 0.13 0.13 0.12 0.08 0.08 0.79 0.43 0.75 0.26 0.99 0.67 0.27 0.39 0.35 0.50 0.40 0.40 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.34 0.33 0.23 0.54 0.39 0.34 0.35 0.21 0.37 0.34 0.38 0.38 0.38 0.52 0.55 0.48 0.70 0.53 0.52 0.52 0.52 ------------------------- 0.10 0.10 ------------------------------------------------------------------0.20 ---0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 ------------------------0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.10 0.10 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.35 0.35 0.35 0.33 0.33 0.19 0.19 0.19 ------------------------------------------------------------------------0.20 ---0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 ------------------------------------------------- E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 65151 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Rosethorn Rockfish (150) .................................... Rougheye Rockfish (151) ..................................... Sablefish (blackcod) (710) ................................... Shortraker Rockfish (152) .................................... Silvergray Rockfish (157) ..................................... Skate, Alaska (703) .............................................. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Skate, Big (702) ................................................... Skate, Longnose (701) ......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 Non-trawl AK ................................. ALL ................................ SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. BS ................................. BSAI .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ EGOA ............................ Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Petersburg ..................... SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT ------0.38 0.38 0.43 0.47 0.44 0.44 0.44 0.32 0.32 0.27 0.55 0.45 0.29 0.37 0.32 0.41 0.36 0.38 0.38 0.38 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 0.34 0.32 0.29 0.53 0.42 0.45 0.37 0.35 0.40 0.39 0.41 0.52 0.52 0.41 0.41 0.38 0.61 0.56 0.46 0.43 0.58 0.43 0.46 0.46 0.46 0.46 0.45 0.45 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.40 0.39 0.45 0.40 0.45 0.44 0.44 0.44 0.40 0.40 0.39 0.40 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM PTR 0.19 0.19 ------------------------------------------0.20 ---0.20 0.22 0.22 0.22 2.99 2.99 2.99 2.99 2.99 ---------------------0.21 ---0.21 0.25 ------0.25 0.25 ------------------------------------------------------0.47 ---0.47 0.47 0.47 0.47 ------------- 19DEN1 PTR/NPT 0.19 0.19 ------------------------------------------0.19 ---0.19 0.19 0.19 0.19 2.73 2.73 2.73 2.63 2.63 ---------------------0.20 ---0.21 0.21 ------0.21 0.21 ------------------------------------------------------0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---------------------------------------------------- 65152 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Skate, Other (700) ................................................ Starry Flounder (129) ........................................... Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots) (143) ...................... Tiger Rockfish (148) ............................................. Vermilion Rockfish (184) ...................................... Widow Rockfish (156) .......................................... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Yelloweye Rockfish (145) ..................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 Non-trawl Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. AI ................................... BSAI .............................. AK ................................. Bellingham .................... OTAK ............................ ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ Craig .............................. Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... Whittier .......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. BS ................................. BSAI .............................. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT 0.45 0.40 0.43 0.42 0.42 0.42 0.03 0.33 0.33 0.37 0.38 0.38 ---------------0.98 1.17 0.95 0.99 1.00 0.68 0.77 0.54 0.74 0.68 0.78 ---0.51 0.70 0.78 0.93 0.93 0.78 0.52 0.50 0.39 0.48 0.41 0.43 0.45 0.45 0.45 1.15 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.17 1.17 1.17 0.99 1.23 1.66 1.12 1.90 1.69 1.01 0.94 0.98 0.89 0.37 0.58 0.63 0.47 ---0.19 0.19 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM PTR 0.46 ---0.46 0.46 0.46 0.46 ------------------0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 ---------------------0.69 ---0.69 ---0.71 ------0.71 ------0.71 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.24 ---0.24 ---0.24 ------- 19DEN1 PTR/NPT 0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------0.13 0.13 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 ---------------------0.70 ---0.70 ---0.71 ------0.71 ------0.71 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.24 ---0.24 ---0.24 ------- 65153 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Yellowtail Rockfish (155) ...................................... Non-trawl AK ................................. Bellingham .................... OTAK ............................ ALL ................................ Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. ALL ................................ NPT 1.37 1.14 1.14 1.37 0.75 0.66 0.66 0.59 0.29 0.85 0.54 0.57 0.57 0.55 PTR 0.24 ------0.24 ------------------------------- PTR/NPT ------------------------------------------- 0.24 ------0.24 ------------------------------- ---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. 2 For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679. 3 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 4 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type, or see Table 2 or Table 3. 5 n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings. TABLE 2—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES GROUPS FOR 2019 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017] Species group 1 Port/area 2 3 Flathead Sole (FSOL) .......................................... Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Juneau .......................... SEAK ............................. EGOA ............................ Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... Whittier .......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. AI ................................... BS ................................. AK ................................. GOA Deep Water Flatfish (DFL4) 4 ...................... GOA Shallow Water Flatfish (SFL1) 5 .................. GOA Skate, Other (USKT) ................................... amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Other Rockfish (ROCK) 6 7 ................................... Non-trawl NPT ------------------------------$0.03 0.33 0.33 ---0.42 0.42 0.37 0.50 0.36 0.30 0.56 0.47 0.77 0.72 0.74 0.82 0.36 0.50 0.54 0.59 ---0.51 0.71 ---- PTR $0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.19 0.19 0.19 ------------------------------------------------0.18 ---0.18 ---0.18 ------0.18 $0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------0.18 0.18 0.18 ------------------------------------------------0.21 ---0.21 ---0.21 ------0.21 PTR/NPT ------------$0.09 0.09 0.09 ------------------0.44 ---0.44 0.44 ---------------------------------------------------- ---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 65154 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices 2 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 3 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type combination. 4 ‘‘Deep-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole. 5 ‘‘Shallow-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means flatfish not including ‘‘deep-water flatfish,’’ flathead sole, rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder. 6 In the GOA: ‘‘Other rockfish’’ means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S. goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S. wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA only, other rockfish also includes northern rockfish, S. polyspinis. ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District means other rockfish and demersal shelf rockfish. The ‘‘other rockfish’’ species group in the SEO District only includes other rockfish. ‘‘Demersal shelf rockfish’’ means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S. maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye). 7 ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, northern, shortraker, and rougheye rockfish. ‘‘Rougheye rockfish’’ includes Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus (blackspotted). Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are calculated as a single annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-vessel value data collected on the 2018 IFQ Buyer Report for landings made from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018, were used to calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2019 observer fee for halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve. TABLE 3—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR HALIBUT IFQ, HALIBUT CDQ, SABLEFISH IFQ, AND SABLEFISH ACCRUING AGAINST THE FIXED GEAR SABLEFISH CDQ RESERVE FOR THE 2019 OBSERVER FEE [Based on 2018 IFQ Buyer Reports] Species Port/area 1 Halibut (200) ................................................................................................... Ketchikan ................................................................ Petersburg Sitka SEAK Cordova EGOAxSE Homer Kenai Kodiak Seward CGOA WGOA BS BSAI AK ALL Sitka ....................................................................... SEAK Cordova EGOAxSE Kodiak Seward CGOA WGOA BS BSAI AK ALL Sablefish (710) ................................................................................................ Price 2 $5.53 5.43 5.28 5.47 5.55 5.48 5.90 6.22 5.28 5.52 5.54 4.88 4.95 4.83 5.37 5.37 4.31 4.22 3.36 3.66 3.88 3.71 3.82 3.35 2.89 2.89 3.80 3.80 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 1 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; AI = Aleutian Islands subarea; BS = Bering Sea subarea; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 2 If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2018 / Notices Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 14, 2018. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–27441 Filed 12–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Alaska Quota Cost Recovery Programs. OMB Control Number: 0648–0711. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 2,047. Average Hours per Response: 1 minute for cost recovery fee, observer coverage fee, and Value and Volume Report; 4 hours for Appeals for any person who receives an IAD for incomplete payment of a fee liability. Burden Hours: 97. Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of an existing information collection. Three existing collections are being merged into this collection: OMB control numbers 0648–0727, 0648–0758, and 0648–0764. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act both authorizes and requires the collection of cost recovery fees for Limited Access Privilege (LAP) programs and Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) programs. The cost recovery fees may not exceed three percent of the ex-vessel value, and must recover costs associated with the management, data collection, and enforcement of these programs that are directly incurred by government agencies tasked with overseeing these fisheries. In addition, NMFS collects observer coverage fees to support the funding and deployment of observers on vessels and in plants in the partial observer coverage category. The observer coverage fee must be paid by permit holders in the partial observer coverage VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Dec 18, 2018 Jkt 247001 category, i.e., small catcher/processors, catcher vessels, shoreside processors, and stationary floating processors named on a Federal Fisheries Permit, or a person named on a Registered Buyer permit. Processors that receive and purchase landings of IFQ halibut or sablefish, rockfish, groundfish, and crab subject to observer and/or cost recovery fees must submit an Ex-vessel Value and Volume report under 50 CFR 679.5 or 50 CFR 680.5 that provides information on the pounds purchased and value paid. NMFS uses this information to establish the total ex-vessel value of the fishery, to calculate standard prices, and to establish annual fee percentages in each fishery. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: December 14, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–27463 Filed 12–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA–2018–HQ–0020] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Department of the Army, DoD. 30-Day information collection AGENCY: ACTION: notice. The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by January 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: Comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be emailed to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra, DoD Desk Officer, at oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. Please identify the proposed information collection by DoD SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 65155 Desk Officer, Docket ID number, and title of the information collection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Licari, 571–372–0493, or whs.mcalex.esd.mbx.dd-dod-informationcollections@mail.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Army and Air Force Exchange Service Identification and Privilege Card Application; Exchange Form 1100–016; OMB Control Number 0702–0129. Type of Request: Extension. Number of Respondents: 2,500. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 2,500. Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes. Annual Burden Hours: 625. Needs and Uses: Respondents are Exchange employee dependents and Exchange retirees who wish to become or remain eligible Exchange patrons. Exchange Form 1100–016 provides Exchange Human Resource information to verify and authorize patronage to these individuals. If verification is approved, the individual will obtain a personalized, laminated dependent card for shopping privileges. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to obtain privileges. OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Jasmeet Seehra. You may also submit comments and recommendations, identified by Docket ID number and title, by the following method: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, Docket ID number, and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DOD Clearance Officer: Mr. Frederick Licari. Requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Mr. Licari at whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.dddod-information-collections@mail.mil. Dated: December 14, 2018. Shelly E. Finke, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2018–27448 Filed 12–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG590


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North 
Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

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

ACTION: Notification of standard ex-vessel prices.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish and 
halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific 
Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide 
information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other 
participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to 
calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and halibut made 
in 2019. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers 
subject to the fee by January 15, 2020. Fees are due to NMFS on or 
before February 15, 2020.

DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the 
observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Alicia M. Miller at 
(907) 586-7471. For questions about the fee billing process, contact 
Carl Greene at (907) 586-7003. Additional information about the 
Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region's website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/fisheries-observers/north-pacific-observer-program.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Regulations at 50 CFR 679 subpart E, governing the Observer 
Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) 
to collect information necessary for the conservation and management of 
the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) 
groundfish and halibut fisheries. Fishery managers use information 
collected by observers to monitor quotas, manage groundfish and 
prohibited species catch, and document and reduce fishery interactions 
with protected resources. Scientists use observer-collected information 
for stock assessments and marine ecosystem research.

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    The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories--the 
partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All 
groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer 
coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 
679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors 
that are not required to have an observer or electronic monitoring (EM) 
at all times and the full coverage category includes vessels and 
processors required to have all of their fishing and processing 
activity observed. Vessels and processors in the full coverage category 
arrange and pay for observer services from a permitted observer 
provider. Observer coverage and EM for the partial coverage category is 
funded through a system of fees based on the ex-vessel value of 
groundfish and halibut. Throughout this notice, the term ``processor'' 
refers to shoreside processors, stationary floating processors, and 
catcher/processors in the partial coverage category.

Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee

    Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is 
authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal 
total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or a commercial halibut 
quota made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and not 
included in the full coverage category. A fee is only assessed on 
landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal Fisheries 
Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or 
community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the 
subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing 
against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included 
in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which 
landings are and are not subject to the observer fee is at Sec.  
679.55(c) and is on page 2 of an informational bulletin titled 
``Observer Fee Collection'' on the NMFS Alaska Region website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/observer-fee-collection-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut-fisheries.

Fee Determination

    A fee equal to 1.25 percent of the ex-vessel value is assessed on 
the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel 
value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by 
the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port 
combination, and the standard price for halibut by the headed and 
gutted weight equivalent. NMFS reviews each vessel landing report and 
determines whether the reported landing is subject to the observer fee 
and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are subject to the 
observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing subject to the 
observer fee will be included in the observer fee calculation. For any 
landed groundfish or halibut subject to the observer fee, NMFS will 
apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices for the species, gear 
type, and port, and calculate the observer fee associated with the 
landing.
    Processors and registered buyers access the landing-specific, 
observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/login) or eLandings (https://elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available 
immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted 
electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must 
process each landing report through the catch accounting system 
computer programs to determine which groundfish in a landing accrues 
against a Federal TAC and are subject to the observer fee.
    Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the 
registered buyers or owners of shoreside or stationary floating 
processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the 
partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion 
of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors 
and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from 
catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/
processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for 
remitting the full fee to NMFS.
    NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 
15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum 
of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered 
buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must 
pay the fees to NMFS using NMFS Web Application by February 15 each 
year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system 
through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for 
electronic payment will be provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website 
at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/alaska-regional-office and on 
the observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered 
buyer.

Standard Prices

    This notice provides the standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish 
and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2019. Data sources 
for ex-vessel prices are:
     For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish 
accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of 
Alaska's Commercial Fishery Entry Commission's (CFEC) gross revenue 
data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) 
and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and
     For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish 
accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer 
Report that is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that 
operates as a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ 
landings of sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under 
Sec.  679.5(l)(7)(i).
    The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the 
following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted 
to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information 
that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For 
NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular species-gear-port 
combination, the price data used to calculate the standard price must 
represent landings from at least four different vessels to at least 
three different processors in a port or port group. Price data that is 
confidential because fewer than four vessels or three processors 
contributed data to a particular species-gear-port combination has been 
aggregated to protect confidential data.

Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices for 
2019. These prices are based on the CFEC gross revenue data, which are 
based on landings data from ADF&G fish tickets and information from the 
COAR. The COAR contains statewide buying and production information, 
and is considered the most complete routinely collected information to 
determine the ex-vessel value of groundfish harvested from waters off 
Alaska.
    The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by 
adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2015, 
2016, and 2017 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the 
volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 
2015, 2016, and 2017 by species, port, and gear category, and

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then dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each 
category by total volume over the 3-year period in each category. This 
calculation results in an average ex-vessel price per pound by species, 
port, and gear category for the 3-year period. Three gear categories 
were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl gear, 
including hook-and-line, pot, jig, troll, and others (Non-Trawl); (2) 
non-pelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR).
    CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of 
the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not 
possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are 
less than two years old. For the 2019 groundfish standard ex-vessel 
prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available is 
from 2017.
    If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the 
standard ex-vessel price for a species group, if it exists in the 
management area, will be used. If price data for a particular species 
remained confidential once aggregated to the ALL level, data is 
aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-water Flatfish; 
GOA Shallow-water Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other Rockfish). 
Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown in Table 2.
    If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality 
requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data 
for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast 
Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are 
available. Port-group data is then aggregated by regulatory area in the 
GOA (Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the 
BSAI (BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are 
still not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the 
prices are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) 
and ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including 
those outside of Alaska (ALL).
    Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and 
pelagic trawl when non-confidential data is available. NMFS also 
calculated prices for a ``Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined'' 
(PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for 
landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not 
violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price 
category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2019 landings of some of the 
species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price 
for the port or port group.
    If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species 
group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no 
fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that 
species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, 
if that data becomes available and display of a standard ex-vessel 
price meets confidentiality requirements.

            Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species for 2019 Observer Coverage Fee
                              [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Species  (species code) 1 2     Port/area 3 4
                                                     Non-trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arrowtooth Flounder (121).....  Kodiak..........            ----           $0.08           $0.07            ----
                                CGOA............           $0.09            0.08            0.07            ----
                                GOA.............            0.09            0.08            0.07            ----
                                AK..............            0.12            0.08            0.07            ----
                                ALL.............            0.12            0.08            0.07            ----
Atka Mackerel (193)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.22            ----           $0.22
                                CGOA............            ----            0.22            ----            0.22
                                GOA.............            ----            0.22            ----            0.22
                                AK..............            ----            0.22            ----            0.22
                                ALL.............            ----            0.22            ----            0.22
Black Rockfish (142)..........  AK..............            0.55            0.19            ----            0.19
Bocaccio Rockfish (137).......  Sitka...........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
Butter Sole (126).............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
Canary Rockfish (146).........  Sitka...........            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
China Rockfish (149)..........  Sitka...........            1.24            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.09            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.77            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.73            ----            ----            ----

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                                GOA.............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
Copper Rockfish (138).........  Sitka...........            0.97            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.79            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.59            ----            ----            ----
Darkblotched Rockfish (159)...  GOA.............            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.58            ----            ----            ----
Dover Sole (124)..............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                AK..............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                ALL.............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
Dusky Rockfish (172)..........  Juneau..........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.39            0.17            0.17            ----
                                Seward..........            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.41            0.17            0.17            ----
                                GOA.............            0.42            0.17            0.17            ----
                                AK..............            0.42            0.17            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            0.42            0.17            0.17            ----
English Sole (128)............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.12            0.12            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.12            0.12            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.12            0.12            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.12            0.12            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.12            0.12            ----
Flathead Sole (122)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
Northern Rockfish (136).......  Kodiak..........            0.22            0.16            0.16            ----
                                CGOA............            0.23            0.16            0.16            ----
                                GOA.............            0.24            0.16            0.16            ----
                                AK..............            0.31            0.16            0.16            ----
                                ALL.............            0.31            0.16            0.16            ----
Octopus (870).................  Homer...........            0.65            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.54            0.55            0.52            ----
                                CGOA............            0.54            0.55            0.52            ----
                                GOA.............            0.54            0.55            0.52            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.50            0.49            0.52            ----
                                ALL.............            0.50            0.49            0.52            ----
Pacific Cod (110).............  Juneau..........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.19            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.35            0.30            0.27            ----
                                Seward..........            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.35            0.30            0.27            ----
                                King Cove.......            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                WGOA............            0.26            0.26            ----            0.26
                                GOA.............            ----            0.28            0.24            ----

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                                Dutch Harbor....            0.29            0.28            ----            0.28
                                BS..............            0.29            0.27            ----            0.27
                                BSAI............            0.30            0.27            ----            0.27
                                Stationary                  0.29            0.27            ----            0.27
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.30            0.27            0.24            ----
                                ALL.............            0.30            0.27            0.24            ----
Pacific Ocean Perch (141).....  Kodiak..........            ----            0.18            0.19            ----
                                Seward..........            0.22            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.22            0.18            0.19            ----
                                GOA.............            0.17            0.18            0.19            ----
                                AK..............            0.41            0.18            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            0.41            0.18            0.17            ----
Pollock (270).................  Homer...........            0.04            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.08            0.10            0.10            ----
                                Seward..........            0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.08            0.10            0.10            ----
                                WGOA............            ----            0.12            ----            0.10
                                GOA.............            0.08            0.10            0.10            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            ----            0.15            ----            0.15
                                BS..............            0.05            0.15            ----            0.13
                                BSAI............            0.05            0.15            ----            0.13
                                Stationary                  ----            ----            ----            0.12
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.08            0.10            0.10            ----
                                ALL.............            0.08            0.10            0.10            ----
Quillback Rockfish (147)......  Craig...........            0.79            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.75            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.99            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.67            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
Redbanded Rockfish (153)......  Juneau..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.23            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.21            0.20            ----            0.20
                                Seward..........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.34            0.20            ----            0.20
                                GOA.............            0.38            0.20            ----            0.20
                                AK..............            0.38            0.20            ----            0.20
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.20            ----            0.20
Redstripe Rockfish (158)......  Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
Rex Sole (125)................  Kodiak..........            ----            0.35            0.35            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.35            0.35            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.35            0.35            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.35            0.33            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.35            0.33            ----
Rock Sole (123)...............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.19            0.19            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.19            0.19            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.19            0.19            ----

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                                AK..............            ----            0.19            0.19            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.19            0.19            ----
Rosethorn Rockfish (150)......  SEAK............            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
Rougheye Rockfish (151).......  Juneau..........            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.29            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.32            0.20            0.19            ----
                                Seward..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.36            0.20            0.19            ----
                                GOA.............            0.38            0.22            0.19            ----
                                AK..............            0.38            0.22            0.19            ----
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.22            0.19            ----
Sablefish (blackcod) (710)....  Kodiak..........         \5\ n/a            2.99            2.73            ----
                                CGOA............         \5\ n/a            2.99            2.73            ----
                                GOA.............         \5\ n/a            2.99            2.73            ----
                                AK..............         \5\ n/a            2.99            2.63            ----
                                ALL.............         \5\ n/a            2.99            2.63            ----
Shortraker Rockfish (152).....  Juneau..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.29            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.35            0.21            0.20            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.39            0.21            0.21            ----
                                GOA.............            0.41            0.25            0.21            ----
                                BS..............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.41            0.25            0.21            ----
                                ALL.............            0.41            0.25            0.21            ----
Silvergray Rockfish (157).....  Juneau..........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.46            ----            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            0.46            ----            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            0.46            ----            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            0.46            ----            ----            0.13
Skate, Alaska (703)...........  Seward..........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
Skate, Big (702)..............  EGOA............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.47            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.45            0.47            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.44            0.47            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            0.44            0.47            0.45            ----
                                ALL.............            0.44            0.47            0.45            ----
Skate, Longnose (701).........  Petersburg......            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.40            ----            ----            ----

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                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.46            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            0.46            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.42            0.46            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            0.42            0.46            0.45            ----
                                ALL.............            0.42            0.46            0.45            ----
Skate, Other (700)............  Juneau..........            0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.38            ----            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            0.38            ----            ----            0.13
Starry Flounder (129).........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                AK..............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                ALL.............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots)    Juneau..........            0.98            ----            ----            ----
 (143).
                                Ketchikan.......            1.17            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.95            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.99            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.68            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.77            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.54            0.69            ----            0.70
                                Seward..........            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.68            0.69            ----            0.70
                                WGOA............            0.78            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.71            ----            0.71
                                AI..............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.78            0.71            ----            0.71
                                Bellingham......            0.93            ----            ----            ----
                                OTAK............            0.93            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.78            0.71            ----            0.71
Tiger Rockfish (148)..........  Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.45            ----            ----            ----
Vermilion Rockfish (184)......  Sitka...........            1.15            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
Widow Rockfish (156)..........  GOA.............            1.17            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            1.17            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            1.17            ----            ----            ----
Yelloweye Rockfish (145)......  Craig...........            0.99            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            1.23            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            1.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            1.12            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            1.90            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.69            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            1.01            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.94            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.98            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.89            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.37            0.24            ----            0.24
                                Seward..........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.63            0.24            ----            0.24
                                WGOA............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.24            ----            0.24
                                BS..............            0.19            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.19            ----            ----            ----

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                                AK..............            1.37            0.24            ----            0.24
                                Bellingham......            1.14            ----            ----            ----
                                OTAK............            1.14            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            1.37            0.24            ----            0.24
Yellowtail Rockfish (155).....  Sitka...........            0.75            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.29            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.85            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
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---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If
  no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be
  assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.
\2\ For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679.
\3\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska;
  BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern
  Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\4\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type, or see Table 2 or Table 3.
\5\ n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with
  the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings.


         Table 2--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species Groups for 2019 Observer Coverage Fee
                              [Based on volume and value from 2015, 2016, and 2017]
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                                  Port/area \2\
       Species group \1\               \3\           Non-trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Flathead Sole (FSOL)..........  Kodiak..........            ----           $0.15           $0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
GOA Deep Water Flatfish (DFL4)  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09            ----           $0.09
 \4\.
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
GOA Shallow Water Flatfish      Kodiak..........            ----            0.19            0.18            ----
 (SFL1) \5\.
                                CGOA............            ----            0.19            0.18            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.19            0.18            ----
GOA Skate, Other (USKT).......  Juneau..........           $0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            ----            ----            ----            0.44
                                Seward..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.42            ----            ----            0.44
                                GOA.............            0.37            ----            ----            0.44
Other Rockfish (ROCK) \6\ \7\.  Juneau..........            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.77            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.82            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.36            0.18            0.21            ----
                                Seward..........            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.54            0.18            0.21            ----
                                WGOA............            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.18            0.21            ----
                                AI..............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.18            0.21            ----
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---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the
  management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no
  fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.

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\2\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/
  Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of
  Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\3\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type combination.
\4\ ``Deep-water flatfish'' in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole.
\5\ ``Shallow-water flatfish'' in the GOA means flatfish not including ``deep-water flatfish,'' flathead sole,
  rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder.
\6\ In the GOA:
``Other rockfish'' means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S.
  goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S.
  wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani
  (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus
  (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA
  only, other rockfish also includes northern rockfish, S. polyspinis.
``Other rockfish'' in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District means other
  rockfish and demersal shelf rockfish. The ``other rockfish'' species group in the SEO District only includes
  other rockfish.
``Demersal shelf rockfish'' means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S.
  maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye).
\7\ ``Other rockfish'' in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean
  perch, northern, shortraker, and rougheye rockfish. ``Rougheye rockfish'' includes Sebastes aleutianus
  (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus (blackspotted).

Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for 
halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are calculated as a single 
annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-
vessel value data collected on the 2018 IFQ Buyer Report for landings 
made from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018, were used to 
calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2019 observer fee for 
halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that 
accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve.

    Table 3--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Halibut IFQ, Halibut CDQ,
 Sablefish IFQ, and Sablefish Accruing Against the Fixed Gear Sablefish
                  CDQ Reserve for the 2019 Observer Fee
                    [Based on 2018 IFQ Buyer Reports]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Species                   Port/area \1\        Price \2\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Halibut (200).....................  Ketchikan...........           $5.53
                                    Petersburg                      5.43
                                    Sitka                           5.28
                                    SEAK                            5.47
                                    Cordova                         5.55
                                    EGOAxSE                         5.48
                                    Homer                           5.90
                                    Kenai                           6.22
                                    Kodiak                          5.28
                                    Seward                          5.52
                                    CGOA                            5.54
                                    WGOA                            4.88
                                    BS                              4.95
                                    BSAI                            4.83
                                    AK                              5.37
                                    ALL                             5.37
Sablefish (710)...................  Sitka...............            4.31
                                    SEAK                            4.22
                                    Cordova                         3.36
                                    EGOAxSE                         3.66
                                    Kodiak                          3.88
                                    Seward                          3.71
                                    CGOA                            3.82
                                    WGOA                            3.35
                                    BS                              2.89
                                    BSAI                            2.89
                                    AK                              3.80
                                    ALL                             3.80
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL =
  all ports including those outside Alaska; AI = Aleutian Islands
  subarea; BS = Bering Sea subarea; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska;
  EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\2\ If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that
  price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish
  landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut
  landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group.



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


    Dated: December 14, 2018.
Karen H. Abrams,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-27441 Filed 12-18-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P