Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups Retention Limit Adjustment, 12524-12526 [2019-06369]

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AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the commercial aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) and hammerhead shark management group retention limit for directed shark limited access permit holders in the Atlantic region from 25 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip to 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip. NMFS is taking this action after considering the regulatory criteria regarding inseason adjustments to trip limits. The retention limit will remain at 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the Atlantic region through the rest of the 2019 fishing season, unless NMFS announces another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure with a separate notification in the Federal Register. This retention limit adjustment will affect anyone with a directed shark limited access permit fishing for LCS in the Atlantic region. DATES: This retention limit adjustment is effective at 11:30 p.m. local time April 1, 2019, through the end of the 2019 fishing season on December 31, 2019, or until NMFS announces via a notification in the Federal Register another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure, if warranted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Latchford or Karyl BrewsterGeisz 301–427–8503; fax 301–713–1917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), its amendments, and implementing regulations (50 CFR part 635) issued under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Under § 635.24(a)(8), NMFS may adjust the commercial retention limit in the shark fisheries during the fishing season. Before making any adjustment, NMFS must consider specified regulatory criteria and other relevant factors see § 635.24(a)(8)(i)–(vi). After considering these criteria as discussed below, we have concluded that reducing the retention limit of the Atlantic aggregated LCS and hammerhead management groups for directed shark limited access permit holders will slow the fishery catch rates to allow the fishery throughout the Atlantic region to remain open for the rest of the year. Since landings for hammerhead sharks have reached approximately 24 percent of the quota and are projected to reach 80 percent by July, NMFS is reducing the commercial Atlantic aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark retention limit from 25 to 3 LCS other than sandbar per vessel per trip. NMFS analyzed whether to reduce the retention limit for LCS other than sandbar sharks, considering the inseason retention limit adjustment criteria listed in § 635.24(a)(8), which includes: • The amount of remaining shark quota in the relevant area, region, or sub-region, to date, based on dealer reports. Based on dealer reports, 6.54 mt dw or 24 percent of the 27.1 mt dw shark quota for the hammerhead shark management group has already been landed in the Atlantic region. This means that approximately 76 percent of the quota remains. • The catch rates of the relevant shark species/complexes in the region or subregion, to date, based on dealer reports. Dealer reports indicate a high level of average daily landings. At this level, hammerhead sharks are being harvested too quickly to ensure fishing opportunities throughout the season. If the current trip limit is left unchanged, hammerhead sharks would likely be harvested at such a high rate that there would not be enough hammerhead shark quota remaining to keep the fishery open year-round, precluding equitable fishing opportunities for the entire Atlantic region. • Estimated date of fishery closure based on when the landings are projected to reach 80 percent of the quota given the realized catch rates. Once the landings reach, or are projected to reach 80 percent of the quota, NMFS would have to close the hammerhead shark management group as well as the linked aggregated LCS management group, as required by existing regulations. Current catch rates would likely result in reaching 80 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 percent by July. A closure would preclude fishing opportunities in the Atlantic region for the remainder of the year. • Effects of the adjustment on accomplishing the objectives of the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and its amendments. Reducing the retention limit for the aggregated LCS and hammerhead management groups from 25 to 3 LCS per trip would allow for fishing opportunities later in the year consistent with the FMP’s objectives to ensure equitable fishing opportunities throughout the fishing season and to limit bycatch and discards. • Variations in seasonal distribution, abundance, or migratory patterns of the relevant shark species based on scientific and fishery-based knowledge. The directed shark fisheries in the Atlantic region exhibit a mixed species composition, with a high abundance of aggregated LCS caught in conjunction with hammerhead sharks. As a result, by slowing the harvest and reducing landings on a per-trip basis, both fisheries could remain open for the remainder of the year. • Effects of catch rates in one part of a region or sub-region precluding vessels in another part of that region or sub-region from having a reasonable opportunity to harvest a portion of the relevant quota. Given the remaining quota and current catch rates, NMFS has concluded that the fishery is harvesting the hammerhead shark quota too quickly to ensure equitable fishing opportunities throughout the Atlantic. If the current trip limit is left unchanged, hammerhead sharks would likely be harvested at such a high rate that there would not be enough hammerhead shark quota remaining to keep the fishery open year-round. NMFS previously told the regulated community in a Federal Register notification (83 FR 60777) that a goal of this year’s shark fishery is to ensure year-round shark fishing opportunities, but if the harvest of hammerhead shark quota is not slowed, we estimate that the fishery would reach 80 percent by July. Closing the fishery so early would prevent fishermen from the Northern part of the Atlantic region from having a reasonable opportunity to harvest the aggregated LCS and hammerhead quota, because the aggregated LCS and hammerhead management groups generally have not migrated to that area until later in the year. On November 27, 2018 (83 FR 60777), NMFS announced that the aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management groups for the Atlantic PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 12525 region would open on January 1 with a quota of 168.9 metric tons (mt) dressed weight (dw) (372,552 lb dw) and 27.1 mt dw (59,736 lb dw), respectively. In that final rule, NMFS also indicated that if it appeared that the aggregated LCS or hammerhead shark management group quota was being harvested too quickly to allow fishermen throughout the entire region an opportunity to fish, (e.g., if approximately 20 percent of the quota is caught at the beginning of the year), NMFS would consider reducing the commercial retention limit for LCS other than sandbar sharks. Dealer reports through March 22, 2019, indicate that 6.54 mt dw or 24 percent of the available quota for the hammerhead shark management group has been harvested. If the average landings rate for the hammerhead shark management group reflected in the dealer reports continues, landings could reach 80 percent of the quota by the beginning of July. Once the landings reach 80 percent of the quota, NMFS would close both the aggregated LCS and hammerhead management group because they are linked under the regulations (§ 635.28(b)(3)). Accordingly, as of 11:30 p.m. local time April 1, 2019, NMFS is reducing the retention limit for the commercial aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management groups in the Atlantic region for directed shark limited access permit holders from 25 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip to 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip. If the vessel is properly permitted to operate as a charter vessel or headboat for HMS and is engaged in a for-hire trip, in which case the recreational retention limits for sharks and ‘‘no sale’’ provisions apply (§ 635.22(a) and (c)), or if the vessel possesses a valid shark research permit under § 635.32 and a NMFS-approved observer is onboard, then they are exempted from the retention limit adjustment. All other retention limits and shark fisheries in the Atlantic region remain unchanged. This retention limit will remain at 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip until NMFS announces via notification in the Federal Register another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure is warranted. The boundary between the Gulf of Mexico region and the Atlantic region is defined at § 635.27(b)(1) as a line beginning on the East Coast of Florida at the mainland at 25°20.4′ N lat, proceeding due east. Any water and land to the north and east of that boundary is considered, for the purposes of quota monitoring and E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 12526 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Rules and Regulations setting of quotas, to be within the Atlantic region. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with RULES Classification Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds there is good cause to waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Providing prior notice and an opportunity for comment is impracticable because the catch and landings that need to be reduced are ongoing and must be reduced immediately to meet conservation and management objectives for the fishery. Continued fishing at those levels during the time that notice and comment takes place would result in the much of the quota being landed and could result in a very early closure of the fishery, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 contrary to the objectives of the existing conservation and management measures in place for those species. These objectives include ensuring that fishing opportunities are equitable and that bycatch and discards are minimized. Allowing fishing to continue at the existing rates even for a limited time is contrary to these objectives and would thus be impracticable. It would also be contrary to the public interest because, if the quota continues to be caught at the current levels, the quota will not last throughout the remainder of the fishing season and a large number of fishermen would be denied the opportunity to land sharks from the quota. Furthermore, continued catch at the current rates, even for a limited period, could result in eventual quota overharvests, since it is still so early in the fishing year. The AA also finds good PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 cause to waive the 30-day delay in effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) for the same reasons. This action is required under § 635.28(b)(2) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS has concluded that reducing the retention limit of the Atlantic aggregated LCS and hammerhead management groups for directed shark limited access permit holders will slow the fishery catch rates to allow the fishery throughout the Atlantic region to remain open for the rest of the year. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 28, 2019. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–06369 Filed 3–28–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 63 (Tuesday, April 2, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12524-12526]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-06369]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

[Docket No. 180517486-8999-02]
RIN 0648-XG930


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Aggregated Large 
Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups Retention Limit 
Adjustment

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason retention limit adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the commercial aggregated large coastal 
shark (LCS) and hammerhead shark management group retention limit for 
directed shark limited access permit holders in the Atlantic region 
from 25 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip to 3 LCS 
other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip. NMFS is taking this 
action after considering the regulatory criteria regarding inseason 
adjustments to trip limits. The retention limit will remain at 3 LCS 
other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the Atlantic region 
through the rest of the 2019 fishing season, unless NMFS announces 
another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure with a 
separate notification in the Federal Register. This retention limit 
adjustment will affect anyone with a directed shark limited access 
permit fishing for LCS in the Atlantic region.

DATES: This retention limit adjustment is effective at 11:30 p.m. local 
time April 1, 2019, through the end of the 2019 fishing season on 
December 31, 2019, or until NMFS announces via a notification in the 
Federal Register another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery 
closure, if warranted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Latchford or Karyl Brewster-
Geisz 301-427-8503; fax 301-713-1917.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under 
the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management 
Plan (FMP), its amendments, and implementing regulations (50 CFR part 
635) issued under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.).

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    Under Sec.  635.24(a)(8), NMFS may adjust the commercial retention 
limit in the shark fisheries during the fishing season. Before making 
any adjustment, NMFS must consider specified regulatory criteria and 
other relevant factors see Sec.  635.24(a)(8)(i)-(vi). After 
considering these criteria as discussed below, we have concluded that 
reducing the retention limit of the Atlantic aggregated LCS and 
hammerhead management groups for directed shark limited access permit 
holders will slow the fishery catch rates to allow the fishery 
throughout the Atlantic region to remain open for the rest of the year. 
Since landings for hammerhead sharks have reached approximately 24 
percent of the quota and are projected to reach 80 percent by July, 
NMFS is reducing the commercial Atlantic aggregated LCS and hammerhead 
shark retention limit from 25 to 3 LCS other than sandbar per vessel 
per trip.
    NMFS analyzed whether to reduce the retention limit for LCS other 
than sandbar sharks, considering the inseason retention limit 
adjustment criteria listed in Sec.  635.24(a)(8), which includes:
     The amount of remaining shark quota in the relevant area, 
region, or sub-region, to date, based on dealer reports.
    Based on dealer reports, 6.54 mt dw or 24 percent of the 27.1 mt dw 
shark quota for the hammerhead shark management group has already been 
landed in the Atlantic region. This means that approximately 76 percent 
of the quota remains.
     The catch rates of the relevant shark species/complexes in 
the region or sub-region, to date, based on dealer reports.
    Dealer reports indicate a high level of average daily landings. At 
this level, hammerhead sharks are being harvested too quickly to ensure 
fishing opportunities throughout the season. If the current trip limit 
is left unchanged, hammerhead sharks would likely be harvested at such 
a high rate that there would not be enough hammerhead shark quota 
remaining to keep the fishery open year-round, precluding equitable 
fishing opportunities for the entire Atlantic region.
     Estimated date of fishery closure based on when the 
landings are projected to reach 80 percent of the quota given the 
realized catch rates.
    Once the landings reach, or are projected to reach 80 percent of 
the quota, NMFS would have to close the hammerhead shark management 
group as well as the linked aggregated LCS management group, as 
required by existing regulations. Current catch rates would likely 
result in reaching 80 percent by July. A closure would preclude fishing 
opportunities in the Atlantic region for the remainder of the year.
     Effects of the adjustment on accomplishing the objectives 
of the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and its amendments.
    Reducing the retention limit for the aggregated LCS and hammerhead 
management groups from 25 to 3 LCS per trip would allow for fishing 
opportunities later in the year consistent with the FMP's objectives to 
ensure equitable fishing opportunities throughout the fishing season 
and to limit bycatch and discards.
     Variations in seasonal distribution, abundance, or 
migratory patterns of the relevant shark species based on scientific 
and fishery-based knowledge.
    The directed shark fisheries in the Atlantic region exhibit a mixed 
species composition, with a high abundance of aggregated LCS caught in 
conjunction with hammerhead sharks. As a result, by slowing the harvest 
and reducing landings on a per-trip basis, both fisheries could remain 
open for the remainder of the year.
     Effects of catch rates in one part of a region or sub-
region precluding vessels in another part of that region or sub-region 
from having a reasonable opportunity to harvest a portion of the 
relevant quota.
    Given the remaining quota and current catch rates, NMFS has 
concluded that the fishery is harvesting the hammerhead shark quota too 
quickly to ensure equitable fishing opportunities throughout the 
Atlantic. If the current trip limit is left unchanged, hammerhead 
sharks would likely be harvested at such a high rate that there would 
not be enough hammerhead shark quota remaining to keep the fishery open 
year-round. NMFS previously told the regulated community in a Federal 
Register notification (83 FR 60777) that a goal of this year's shark 
fishery is to ensure year-round shark fishing opportunities, but if the 
harvest of hammerhead shark quota is not slowed, we estimate that the 
fishery would reach 80 percent by July. Closing the fishery so early 
would prevent fishermen from the Northern part of the Atlantic region 
from having a reasonable opportunity to harvest the aggregated LCS and 
hammerhead quota, because the aggregated LCS and hammerhead management 
groups generally have not migrated to that area until later in the 
year.
    On November 27, 2018 (83 FR 60777), NMFS announced that the 
aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management groups for the Atlantic 
region would open on January 1 with a quota of 168.9 metric tons (mt) 
dressed weight (dw) (372,552 lb dw) and 27.1 mt dw (59,736 lb dw), 
respectively. In that final rule, NMFS also indicated that if it 
appeared that the aggregated LCS or hammerhead shark management group 
quota was being harvested too quickly to allow fishermen throughout the 
entire region an opportunity to fish, (e.g., if approximately 20 
percent of the quota is caught at the beginning of the year), NMFS 
would consider reducing the commercial retention limit for LCS other 
than sandbar sharks. Dealer reports through March 22, 2019, indicate 
that 6.54 mt dw or 24 percent of the available quota for the hammerhead 
shark management group has been harvested. If the average landings rate 
for the hammerhead shark management group reflected in the dealer 
reports continues, landings could reach 80 percent of the quota by the 
beginning of July. Once the landings reach 80 percent of the quota, 
NMFS would close both the aggregated LCS and hammerhead management 
group because they are linked under the regulations (Sec.  
635.28(b)(3)).
    Accordingly, as of 11:30 p.m. local time April 1, 2019, NMFS is 
reducing the retention limit for the commercial aggregated LCS and 
hammerhead shark management groups in the Atlantic region for directed 
shark limited access permit holders from 25 LCS other than sandbar 
sharks per vessel per trip to 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per 
vessel per trip. If the vessel is properly permitted to operate as a 
charter vessel or headboat for HMS and is engaged in a for-hire trip, 
in which case the recreational retention limits for sharks and ``no 
sale'' provisions apply (Sec.  635.22(a) and (c)), or if the vessel 
possesses a valid shark research permit under Sec.  635.32 and a NMFS-
approved observer is onboard, then they are exempted from the retention 
limit adjustment.
    All other retention limits and shark fisheries in the Atlantic 
region remain unchanged. This retention limit will remain at 3 LCS 
other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip until NMFS announces via 
notification in the Federal Register another adjustment to the 
retention limit or a fishery closure is warranted.
    The boundary between the Gulf of Mexico region and the Atlantic 
region is defined at Sec.  635.27(b)(1) as a line beginning on the East 
Coast of Florida at the mainland at 25[deg]20.4' N lat, proceeding due 
east. Any water and land to the north and east of that boundary is 
considered, for the purposes of quota monitoring and

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setting of quotas, to be within the Atlantic region.

Classification

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for 
Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds there is good cause to waive prior notice 
and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and 
comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. 
Providing prior notice and an opportunity for comment is impracticable 
because the catch and landings that need to be reduced are ongoing and 
must be reduced immediately to meet conservation and management 
objectives for the fishery. Continued fishing at those levels during 
the time that notice and comment takes place would result in the much 
of the quota being landed and could result in a very early closure of 
the fishery, contrary to the objectives of the existing conservation 
and management measures in place for those species. These objectives 
include ensuring that fishing opportunities are equitable and that 
bycatch and discards are minimized. Allowing fishing to continue at the 
existing rates even for a limited time is contrary to these objectives 
and would thus be impracticable. It would also be contrary to the 
public interest because, if the quota continues to be caught at the 
current levels, the quota will not last throughout the remainder of the 
fishing season and a large number of fishermen would be denied the 
opportunity to land sharks from the quota. Furthermore, continued catch 
at the current rates, even for a limited period, could result in 
eventual quota overharvests, since it is still so early in the fishing 
year. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) for the same reasons. 
This action is required under Sec.  635.28(b)(2) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS has concluded that reducing 
the retention limit of the Atlantic aggregated LCS and hammerhead 
management groups for directed shark limited access permit holders will 
slow the fishery catch rates to allow the fishery throughout the 
Atlantic region to remain open for the rest of the year.

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

    Dated: March 28, 2019.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-06369 Filed 3-28-19; 4:15 pm]
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