Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2019 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack, 10995-10996 [2019-05517]

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[FR Doc. 2019–05576 Filed 3–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 RIN 0648–XG871 Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2019 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the greater amberjack recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2018– 2019 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that for the 2018–2019 fishing year, the recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf greater amberjack has been met; therefore, the greater amberjack recreational season in the Gulf EEZ will not re-open on May 1, 2019, and will remain closed for the remainder of the current fishing year. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf greater amberjack resource. DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, May 1, 2019, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 1, 2019. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: lauren.waters@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes greater amberjack, under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All greater amberjack weights discussed in this temporary rule are in round weight. The recreational fishing year for Gulf greater amberjack is August 1 through July 31 each year. The 2018–2019 recreational ACL for Gulf greater amberjack specified in 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(iii) is 1,086,970 lb (493,041 kg), and the recreational ACT specified E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1 10996 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 57 / Monday, March 25, 2019 / Rules and Regulations in 50 CFR 622.39(a)(2)(ii)(B) is 902,185 lb (409,224 kg). Regulations at 50 CFR 622.34(c) designate a seasonal closure for Gulf greater amberjack from November 1 to April 30 each fishing year before allowing recreational harvest during the month of May. However, under 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(i), NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for greater amberjack when the recreational ACT is reached or is projected to be reached by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that for the 2018–2019 fishing year, the recreational ACT has been met. Accordingly, the recreational sector for Gulf greater amberjack will not re-open on May 1, 2019, and the recreational season will remain closed for the rest of the 2018–2019 fishing year, which ends on July 31, 2019. During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits for greater amberjack in or from the Gulf EEZ are zero. The prohibition on possession in the Gulf on board a vessel for which a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued applies regardless of whether greater amberjack were harvested in state or Federal waters. The recreational sector for greater amberjack will reopen on August 1, 2019, the beginning of the 2019–2020 recreational fishing year. Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf greater amberjack and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(i) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector for greater amberjack constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule establishing the closure provisions VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:47 Mar 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 was subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect greater amberjack. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector to exceed the recreational ACL. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 19, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–05517 Filed 3–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 121004518–3398–01] RIN 0648–XG870 Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2019 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Gulf of Mexico Gray Triggerfish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the gray triggerfish recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2019 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has projected that the 2019 recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf gray triggerfish will be met by May 11, 2019. Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational sector for Gulf gray triggerfish on May 11, 2019, and it will remain closed through the end of the fishing year on December 31, 2019. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf gray triggerfish resource. DATES: This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 11, 2019, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: lauren.waters@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes gray triggerfish, under the Fishery Management Plan for the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All gray triggerfish weights discussed in this temporary rule are in round weight. The recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for Gulf gray triggerfish is 241,200 lb (109,406 kg), and the recreational ACT is 217,100 lb (98,475 kg) (50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(iii)). As specified in 50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(i), NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for gray triggerfish when the recreational ACT is reached or is projected to be reached by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined the 2019 recreational ACT for Gulf gray triggerfish will be reached by May 11, 2019. Accordingly, this temporary rule closes the recreational sector for Gulf gray triggerfish effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on May 11, 2019, and it will remain closed through the end of the fishing year on December 31, 2019. During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits for gray triggerfish in or from the Gulf EEZ are zero. The prohibition on possession of Gulf gray triggerfish also applies in Gulf state waters for a vessel issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish. As specified in 50 CFR 622.34(f), there is a seasonal closure for Gulf gray triggerfish at the beginning of each fishing year from January 1 through the end of February; therefore, after the closure implemented by this temporary rule is effective on May 11, 2019, the recreational harvest or possession of Gulf gray triggerfish will not again be allowed until March 1, 2020. Classification The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf gray triggerfish and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(i) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The E:\FR\FM\25MRR1.SGM 25MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 57 (Monday, March 25, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-05517]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 171017999-8262-01]
RIN 0648-XG871


Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2019 Recreational 
Accountability Measure and Closure for Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the greater 
amberjack recreational sector in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 
the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2018-2019 fishing year through this 
temporary rule. NMFS has determined that for the 2018-2019 fishing 
year, the recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf greater 
amberjack has been met; therefore, the greater amberjack recreational 
season in the Gulf EEZ will not re-open on May 1, 2019, and will remain 
closed for the remainder of the current fishing year. This closure is 
necessary to protect the Gulf greater amberjack resource.

DATES: This rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, May 1, 2019, 
until 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 1, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: lauren.waters@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the Gulf reef fish fishery, 
which includes greater amberjack, under the Fishery Management Plan for 
the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented 
by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through 
regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All greater amberjack weights discussed 
in this temporary rule are in round weight.
    The recreational fishing year for Gulf greater amberjack is August 
1 through July 31 each year. The 2018-2019 recreational ACL for Gulf 
greater amberjack specified in 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(iii) is 1,086,970 lb 
(493,041 kg), and the recreational ACT specified

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in 50 CFR 622.39(a)(2)(ii)(B) is 902,185 lb (409,224 kg).
    Regulations at 50 CFR 622.34(c) designate a seasonal closure for 
Gulf greater amberjack from November 1 to April 30 each fishing year 
before allowing recreational harvest during the month of May. However, 
under 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(i), NMFS is required to close the 
recreational sector for greater amberjack when the recreational ACT is 
reached or is projected to be reached by filing a notification to that 
effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined 
that for the 2018-2019 fishing year, the recreational ACT has been met. 
Accordingly, the recreational sector for Gulf greater amberjack will 
not re-open on May 1, 2019, and the recreational season will remain 
closed for the rest of the 2018-2019 fishing year, which ends on July 
31, 2019.
    During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits for 
greater amberjack in or from the Gulf EEZ are zero. The prohibition on 
possession in the Gulf on board a vessel for which a valid Federal 
charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued 
applies regardless of whether greater amberjack were harvested in state 
or Federal waters.
    The recreational sector for greater amberjack will reopen on August 
1, 2019, the beginning of the 2019-2020 recreational fishing year.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator for the NMFS Southeast Region has 
determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and 
management of Gulf greater amberjack and is consistent with the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.41(a)(2)(i) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need 
to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector 
for greater amberjack constitutes good cause to waive the requirements 
to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this 
temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the 
public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule 
establishing the closure provisions was subject to notice and comment, 
and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such 
procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to 
immediately implement this action to protect greater amberjack. Prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would 
potentially allow the recreational sector to exceed the recreational 
ACL.

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

    Dated: March 19, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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