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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Rules and Regulations to § 600.1514, or the type-approval holder chooses or agrees to forfeit their type-approval. Due to the removal of the type-approval renewal process in § 600.1513, NMFS is removing the reference to that section in § 600.1510 (Notification of type-approval). NMFS is also re-designating §§ 600.1514 through 600.1518 as §§ 600.1512 through 600.1516, in light of the removal of the former §§ 600.1512 and 600.1513. NMFS issued a proposed rule on December 5, 2017, to remove the VMS type-approval renewal requirement discussed above. See 82 FR 57419 (December 5, 2017). NMFS received no comments during the initial 30-day comment period on the rule and reopened the comment period for an additional 30 days in February 2018. See 83 FR 8416 (Feb. 27, 2018). approval requirements over the preceding three years. 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Two individuals provided comments in support of the rule. NMFS received four comments that compared U.S. air quality to that of other countries and expressed the view that U.S. environmental regulations hinder business growth. These comments are not directly relevant to this rulemaking, so we did not prepare a response. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 600 is amended as follows: Classification ■ The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this rule is consistent with the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable law. This rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. This rule is an Executive Order 13771 deregulatory action. Because this rule relieves a restriction by removing the requirement that VMS type-approval holders renew their type approval every three years, it falls within an exception to the 30-day delay in the date of effectiveness provision of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1)). As noted in the Background section above, this final rule removes two sections of 50 CFR part 600, subpart Q that require VMS type approval holders to periodically renew their type approval. This final rule eliminates the requirement for typeapproval holders to submit to NMFS a written renewal request and supporting documentation demonstrating their compliance with the detailed VMS type- VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Apr 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 PART 600—MAGNUSON–STEVENS ACT PROVISIONS 1. The authority citation for part 600 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 561 and 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 2. In § 600.1510, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows: § 600.1510 Notification of type-approval. (a) If a request made pursuant to § 600.1501 (type-approval) is approved or partially approved, NMFS will issue a type approval letter and publish a notice in the Federal Register to indicate the specific EMTU model, MCSP or bundle that is approved for use, the MCS or class of MCSs permitted for use with the type-approved EMTU, and the regions or fisheries in which the EMTU, MCSP, or bundle is approved for use. * * * * * §§ 600.1512 and 600.1513 ■ [Removed] 3. Remove §§ 600.1512 and 600.1513. §§ 600.1514 through 600.1518 [Redesignated as §§ 600.1512 through 600.1516] 4. Redesignate §§ 600.1514 through 600.1518 as §§ 600.1512 through 600.1516, respectively. ■ [FR Doc. 2019–07304 Filed 4–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 14887 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180831813–9332–03] RIN 0648–XG471 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2019 and 2020 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is correcting a final rule that published on March 14, 2019, implementing the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska. One table in the document contains errors associated with flathead sole. These corrections are necessary to provide the correction information about the amount of flathead sole available for commercial harvest in 2019, thus allowing commercial fishermen to maximize their economic opportunities in this fishery. This correction also is necessary to comport with the requirements of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective April 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Need for Correction The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications in the Federal Register on March 14, 2019 (84 FR 9416). The harvest specifications were effective March 14, 2019. A table (Table 1) providing information about the 2019 overfishing levels, acceptable biological catch (ABC), and total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish of the GOA contains errors associated with the flathead sole ABC for the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA, as well as the flathead sole ABCs and TACs in the West Yakutat (WYK) and Southeast Outside (SEO) Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA. In Table 1 on page 9420 of the harvest specifications published in the Federal Register, NMFS inadvertently used incorrect values for the flathead sole E:\FR\FM\12APR1.SGM 12APR1 14888 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Rules and Regulations ABCs and TACs for these management areas. The correct 2019 flathead sole ABC for the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA is 21,109 metric tons (mt). The correct 2019 flathead sole ABCs for the WYK and SEO Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are 2,016 mt and 423 mt, respectively. The correct 2019 flathead sole TACs for the WYK and SEO Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are 2,016 mt and 423 mt, respectively. These corrections also require the corresponding grand total of the 2019 flathead sole ABCs and TACs to be revised to 36,782 mt and 26,489 mt, respectively. Classification The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. This correcting amendment makes changes to correct mis-specified 2019 flathead sole ABCs and TACs in Table 1, as described above, and does not change operating practices in the fisheries. This correcting action is consistent with the harvest specifications recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in December 2018, and ensures that the flathead sole TACs that the fishing industry expected to be available in 2019 are correct. If this correction is delayed to allow for notice and comment, it would result in confusion for participants in the fisheries, given that the final rule implementing the 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications already is effective. Therefore, in order to avoid any negative consequences that could result from this correction, the AA finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment. The correct 2019 flathead sole TACs for the WYK and SEO Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are slightly more than the incorrectly specified TACs for these two management areas. Without this correction, commercial fishermen may believe that there is less flathead sole available for harvest in 2019 then is actually available, to their economic detriment. For the reasons above, the AA also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in effective date and make this rule effective immediately upon publication. Correction In the final rule, published on March 14, 2019 (84 FR 9416), the following corrections are made to Table 1: On page 9420, in Table 1, columns 4 and 5 are corrected to incorporate the correct amounts for the 2019 flathead sole ABCs and TACs. Table 1 is corrected and reprinted in its entirety to read as follows: TABLE 1—FINAL 2019 OFLS, ABCS, AND TACS OF GROUNDFISH FOR THE WESTERN/CENTRAL/WEST YAKUTAT, WESTERN, CENTRAL, EASTERN REGULATORY AREAS, THE WEST YAKUTAT AND SOUTHEAST OUTSIDE DISTRICTS OF THE EASTERN REGULATORY AREA, AND GULFWIDE DISTRICTS OF THE GULF OF ALASKA [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] Area 1 Species Pollock 2 .......................................................... Pacific cod 3 .................................................... Sablefish 4 ....................................................... Shallow-water flatfish 5 .................................... jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with RULES Deep-water flatfish 6 ........................................ Rex sole .......................................................... Arrowtooth flounder ......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Apr 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 OFL ABC TAC Shumagin (610) .............................................. Chirikof (620) .................................................. Kodiak (630) ................................................... WYK (640) ...................................................... W/C/WYK (subtotal) 2 ..................................... SEO (650) ...................................................... n/a n/a n/a n/a 194,230 11,697 24,875 67,388 34,443 5,748 135,850 8,773 24,875 67,388 34,443 5,748 132,454 8,773 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 205,927 n/a n/a n/a 144,623 7,633 7,667 1,700 141,227 5,343 5,750 1,275 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ E (WYK and SEO) (subtotal) ......................... 23,669 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 17,000 1,581 5,178 1,828 2,984 4,812 12,368 1,581 5,178 1,828 2,984 4,812 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 25,227 n/a n/a n/a n/a 11,571 25,620 25,731 2,279 1,957 11,571 13,250 25,731 2,279 1,957 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 68,309 n/a n/a n/a n/a 55,587 416 3,443 3,280 2,362 43,217 416 3,443 3,280 2,362 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 11,434 n/a n/a n/a n/a 9,501 2,951 8,357 1,657 1,727 9,501 2,951 8,357 1,657 1,727 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... 17,889 n/a 14,692 35,994 14,692 14,500 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\12APR1.SGM 12APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 14889 TABLE 1—FINAL 2019 OFLS, ABCS, AND TACS OF GROUNDFISH FOR THE WESTERN/CENTRAL/WEST YAKUTAT, WESTERN, CENTRAL, EASTERN REGULATORY AREAS, THE WEST YAKUTAT AND SOUTHEAST OUTSIDE DISTRICTS OF THE EASTERN REGULATORY AREA, AND GULFWIDE DISTRICTS OF THE GULF OF ALASKA—Continued [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] Area 1 OFL C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ n/a n/a ........................ 70,995 15,911 22,941 70,995 6,900 6,900 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 174,598 n/a n/a n/a n/a 145,841 13,234 21,109 2,016 423 99,295 8,650 15,400 2,016 423 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... W/C/WYK subtotal ......................................... SEO ................................................................ 44,865 n/a n/a n/a 31,113 2,838 36,782 3,227 19,646 3,296 26,169 2,386 26,489 3,227 19,646 3,296 26,169 2,386 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 33,951 n/a n/a n/a 28,555 1,190 3,338 1 28,555 1,190 3,338 ........................ Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 5,402 n/a n/a n/a 4,529 44 305 514 4,528 44 305 514 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 1,151 n/a n/a n/a n/a 863 781 2,764 95 60 863 781 2,764 95 60 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 4,521 n/a n/a n/a 3,700 174 550 704 3,700 174 550 704 Total ........................................................ SEO ................................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 1,715 411 n/a n/a n/a 1,428 261 326 911 779 1,428 261 326 911 779 Total ........................................................ W and C ......................................................... WYK ............................................................... SEO ................................................................ 2,688 n/a n/a n/a 2,016 1,737 368 3,489 2,016 1,737 368 3,489 Total ........................................................ GW ................................................................. W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 7,356 6,200 n/a n/a n/a 5,594 4,700 504 1,774 570 5,594 3,000 504 1,774 570 Total ........................................................ W .................................................................... C ..................................................................... E ..................................................................... 3,797 n/a n/a n/a 2,848 149 2,804 619 2,848 149 2,804 619 Total ........................................................ ................................................................. ................................................................. ................................................................. ................................................................. 4,763 1,845 6,958 10,913 1,300 3,572 1,384 5,301 8,184 975 3,572 1,384 5,301 8,184 975 ......................................................................... 664,889 509,507 430,569 Species Flathead sole .................................................. Pacific ocean perch 7 ...................................... Northern rockfish 8 .......................................... Shortraker rockfish 9 ........................................ Dusky rockfish 10 ............................................. Rougheye and Blackspotted rockfish 11 .......... Demersal shelf rockfish 12 ............................... Thornyhead rockfish ....................................... Other rockfish 13 14 .......................................... Atka mackerel ................................................. Big skate 15 ...................................................... jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with RULES Longnose skate 16 ........................................... Other skates 17 ................................................ Sculpins ........................................................... Sharks ............................................................. Octopus ........................................................... Total ......................................................... GW GW GW GW ABC 1 Regulatory TAC areas and districts are defined at § 679.2. (W = Western Gulf of Alaska; C = Central Gulf of Alaska; E = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; WYK = West Yakutat District; SEO = Southeast Outside District; GW = Gulf-wide). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Apr 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\12APR1.SGM 12APR1 14890 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 2 The total for the W/C/WYK Regulatory Areas pollock ABC is 135,850 mt. After deducting 2.5 percent (3,396 mt) of that ABC for the State’s pollock GHL fishery, the remaining pollock ABC of 132,454 mt (for the W/C/WYK Regulatory Areas) is apportioned among four statistical areas (Areas 610, 620, 630, and 640). These apportionments are considered subarea ACLs, rather than ABCs, for specification and reapportionment purposes. The ACLs in Areas 610, 620, and 630 are further divided by season, as detailed in Table 3 (final 2019 seasonal biomass distribution of pollock in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas, area apportionments, and seasonal allowances). In the West Yakutat (Area 640) and Southeast Outside (Area 650) Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area, pollock is not divided into seasonal allowances. 3 The annual Pacific cod TAC is apportioned 60 percent to the A season and 40 percent to the B season in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA. Pacific cod TAC in the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA is allocated 90 percent to vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component and 10 percent to vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component. Table 5 lists the final 2019 Pacific cod seasonal apportionments. 4 Sablefish is allocated to trawl and fixed gear in 2019 and trawl gear in 2020. Table 7 lists the final 2019 allocations of sablefish TACs. 5 ‘‘Shallow-water flatfish’’ means flatfish not including ‘‘deep-water flatfish,’’ flathead sole, rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder. 6 ‘‘Deep-water flatfish’’ means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole. 7 ‘‘Pacific ocean perch’’ means Sebastes alutus. 8 ‘‘Northern rockfish’’ means Sebastes polyspinis. For management purposes, the 1 mt apportionment of ABC to the WYK District of the Eastern Gulf of Alaska has been included in the ‘‘other rockfish’’ species group. 9 ‘‘Shortraker rockfish’’ means Sebastes borealis. 10 ‘‘Dusky rockfish’’ means Sebastes variabilis. 11 ‘‘Rougheye and blackspotted rockfish’’ means Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus (blackspotted). 12 ‘‘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). 13 ‘‘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 (silvergrey), 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. 14 ‘‘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. 15 ‘‘Big skate’’ means Raja binoculata. 16 ‘‘Longnose skate’’ means Raja rhina. 17 ‘‘Other skates’’ means Bathyraja and Raja spp. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1540 (f), 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 105–277; Pub. L. 106–31; Pub. L. 106–554; Pub. L. 108–199; Pub. L. 108–447; Pub. L. 109–241; Pub. L 109–479. Dated: April 8, 2019. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 180831813-9332-03]
RIN 0648-XG471


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of 
Alaska; Final 2019 and 2020 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; 
Correction

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

ACTION:  Final rule; correction.

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is correcting a final 
rule that published on March 14, 2019, implementing the final 2019 and 
2020 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for 
the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska. One table in the document 
contains errors associated with flathead sole. These corrections are 
necessary to provide the correction information about the amount of 
flathead sole available for commercial harvest in 2019, thus allowing 
commercial fishermen to maximize their economic opportunities in this 
fishery. This correction also is necessary to comport with the 
requirements of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf 
of Alaska.

DATES: Effective April 12, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Need for Correction

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published the Gulf of 
Alaska (GOA) final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications in the Federal 
Register on March 14, 2019 (84 FR 9416). The harvest specifications 
were effective March 14, 2019. A table (Table 1) providing information 
about the 2019 overfishing levels, acceptable biological catch (ABC), 
and total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish of the GOA contains 
errors associated with the flathead sole ABC for the Central Regulatory 
Area of the GOA, as well as the flathead sole ABCs and TACs in the West 
Yakutat (WYK) and Southeast Outside (SEO) Districts of the Eastern 
Regulatory Area of the GOA. In Table 1 on page 9420 of the harvest 
specifications published in the Federal Register, NMFS inadvertently 
used incorrect values for the flathead sole

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ABCs and TACs for these management areas. The correct 2019 flathead 
sole ABC for the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA is 21,109 metric 
tons (mt). The correct 2019 flathead sole ABCs for the WYK and SEO 
Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are 2,016 mt and 
423 mt, respectively. The correct 2019 flathead sole TACs for the WYK 
and SEO Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are 2,016 
mt and 423 mt, respectively. These corrections also require the 
corresponding grand total of the 2019 flathead sole ABCs and TACs to be 
revised to 36,782 mt and 26,489 mt, respectively.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good 
cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity 
for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) as such requirement is unnecessary and contrary to the public 
interest. This correcting amendment makes changes to correct mis-
specified 2019 flathead sole ABCs and TACs in Table 1, as described 
above, and does not change operating practices in the fisheries. This 
correcting action is consistent with the harvest specifications 
recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in December 
2018, and ensures that the flathead sole TACs that the fishing industry 
expected to be available in 2019 are correct. If this correction is 
delayed to allow for notice and comment, it would result in confusion 
for participants in the fisheries, given that the final rule 
implementing the 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications already is 
effective. Therefore, in order to avoid any negative consequences that 
could result from this correction, the AA finds good cause to waive the 
requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment. 
The correct 2019 flathead sole TACs for the WYK and SEO Districts of 
the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA are slightly more than the 
incorrectly specified TACs for these two management areas. Without this 
correction, commercial fishermen may believe that there is less 
flathead sole available for harvest in 2019 then is actually available, 
to their economic detriment.
    For the reasons above, the AA also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in effective date and make this 
rule effective immediately upon publication.

Correction

    In the final rule, published on March 14, 2019 (84 FR 9416), the 
following corrections are made to Table 1:
    On page 9420, in Table 1, columns 4 and 5 are corrected to 
incorporate the correct amounts for the 2019 flathead sole ABCs and 
TACs.
    Table 1 is corrected and reprinted in its entirety to read as 
follows:

 Table 1--Final 2019 OFLs, ABCs, and TACs of Groundfish for the Western/Central/West Yakutat, Western, Central,
 Eastern Regulatory Areas, the West Yakutat and Southeast Outside Districts of the Eastern Regulatory Area, and
                                    Gulfwide Districts of the Gulf of Alaska
                                 [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]
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              Species                          Area \1\                 OFL             ABC             TAC
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Pollock \2\........................  Shumagin (610).............             n/a          24,875          24,875
                                     Chirikof (620).............             n/a          67,388          67,388
                                     Kodiak (630)...............             n/a          34,443          34,443
                                     WYK (640)..................             n/a           5,748           5,748
                                     W/C/WYK (subtotal) \2\.....         194,230         135,850         132,454
                                     SEO (650)..................          11,697           8,773           8,773
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................         205,927         144,623         141,227
Pacific cod \3\....................  W..........................             n/a           7,633           5,343
                                     C..........................             n/a           7,667           5,750
                                     E..........................             n/a           1,700           1,275
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................          23,669          17,000          12,368
Sablefish \4\......................  W..........................             n/a           1,581           1,581
                                     C..........................             n/a           5,178           5,178
                                     WYK........................             n/a           1,828           1,828
                                     SEO........................             n/a           2,984           2,984
                                     E (WYK and SEO) (subtotal).             n/a           4,812           4,812
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................          25,227          11,571          11,571
Shallow-water flatfish \5\.........  W..........................             n/a          25,620          13,250
                                     C..........................             n/a          25,731          25,731
                                     WYK........................             n/a           2,279           2,279
                                     SEO........................             n/a           1,957           1,957
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                                        Total...................          68,309          55,587          43,217
Deep-water flatfish \6\............  W..........................             n/a             416             416
                                     C..........................             n/a           3,443           3,443
                                     WYK........................             n/a           3,280           3,280
                                     SEO........................             n/a           2,362           2,362
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                                        Total...................          11,434           9,501           9,501
Rex sole...........................  W..........................             n/a           2,951           2,951
                                     C..........................             n/a           8,357           8,357
                                     WYK........................             n/a           1,657           1,657
                                     SEO........................             n/a           1,727           1,727
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................          17,889          14,692          14,692
Arrowtooth flounder................  W..........................             n/a          35,994          14,500

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                                     C..........................             n/a          70,995          70,995
                                     WYK........................             n/a          15,911           6,900
                                     SEO........................  ..............          22,941           6,900
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                                        Total...................         174,598         145,841          99,295
Flathead sole......................  W..........................             n/a          13,234           8,650
                                     C..........................             n/a          21,109          15,400
                                     WYK........................             n/a           2,016           2,016
                                     SEO........................             n/a             423             423
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                                        Total...................          44,865          36,782          26,489
Pacific ocean perch \7\............  W..........................             n/a           3,227           3,227
                                     C..........................             n/a          19,646          19,646
                                     WYK........................             n/a           3,296           3,296
                                     W/C/WYK subtotal...........          31,113          26,169          26,169
                                     SEO........................           2,838           2,386           2,386
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                                        Total...................          33,951          28,555          28,555
Northern rockfish \8\..............  W..........................             n/a           1,190           1,190
                                     C..........................             n/a           3,338           3,338
                                     E..........................             n/a               1  ..............
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                                        Total...................           5,402           4,529           4,528
Shortraker rockfish \9\............  W..........................             n/a              44              44
                                     C..........................             n/a             305             305
                                     E..........................             n/a             514             514
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                                        Total...................           1,151             863             863
Dusky rockfish \10\................  W..........................             n/a             781             781
                                     C..........................             n/a           2,764           2,764
                                     WYK........................             n/a              95              95
                                     SEO........................             n/a              60              60
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           4,521           3,700           3,700
Rougheye and Blackspotted rockfish   W..........................             n/a             174             174
 \11\.
                                     C..........................             n/a             550             550
                                     E..........................             n/a             704             704
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           1,715           1,428           1,428
Demersal shelf rockfish \12\.......  SEO........................             411             261             261
Thornyhead rockfish................  W..........................             n/a             326             326
                                     C..........................             n/a             911             911
                                     E..........................             n/a             779             779
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           2,688           2,016           2,016
Other rockfish 13 14...............  W and C....................             n/a           1,737           1,737
                                     WYK........................             n/a             368             368
                                     SEO........................             n/a           3,489           3,489
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           7,356           5,594           5,594
Atka mackerel......................  GW.........................           6,200           4,700           3,000
Big skate \15\.....................  W..........................             n/a             504             504
                                     C..........................             n/a           1,774           1,774
                                     E..........................             n/a             570             570
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           3,797           2,848           2,848
Longnose skate \16\................  W..........................             n/a             149             149
                                     C..........................             n/a           2,804           2,804
                                     E..........................             n/a             619             619
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
                                        Total...................           4,763           3,572           3,572
Other skates \17\..................  GW.........................           1,845           1,384           1,384
Sculpins...........................  GW.........................           6,958           5,301           5,301
Sharks.............................  GW.........................          10,913           8,184           8,184
Octopus............................  GW.........................           1,300             975             975
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
    Total..........................  ...........................         664,889         509,507         430,569
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\1\ Regulatory areas and districts are defined at Sec.   679.2. (W = Western Gulf of Alaska; C = Central Gulf of
  Alaska; E = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; WYK = West Yakutat District; SEO = Southeast Outside District; GW = Gulf-
  wide).

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\2\ The total for the W/C/WYK Regulatory Areas pollock ABC is 135,850 mt. After deducting 2.5 percent (3,396 mt)
  of that ABC for the State's pollock GHL fishery, the remaining pollock ABC of 132,454 mt (for the W/C/WYK
  Regulatory Areas) is apportioned among four statistical areas (Areas 610, 620, 630, and 640). These
  apportionments are considered subarea ACLs, rather than ABCs, for specification and reapportionment purposes.
  The ACLs in Areas 610, 620, and 630 are further divided by season, as detailed in Table 3 (final 2019 seasonal
  biomass distribution of pollock in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas, area apportionments, and seasonal
  allowances). In the West Yakutat (Area 640) and Southeast Outside (Area 650) Districts of the Eastern
  Regulatory Area, pollock is not divided into seasonal allowances.
\3\ The annual Pacific cod TAC is apportioned 60 percent to the A season and 40 percent to the B season in the
  Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA. Pacific cod TAC in the Eastern Regulatory Area of the GOA is
  allocated 90 percent to vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component and 10 percent
  to vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component. Table 5 lists the final 2019
  Pacific cod seasonal apportionments.
\4\ Sablefish is allocated to trawl and fixed gear in 2019 and trawl gear in 2020. Table 7 lists the final 2019
  allocations of sablefish TACs.
\5\ ``Shallow-water flatfish'' means flatfish not including ``deep-water flatfish,'' flathead sole, rex sole, or
  arrowtooth flounder.
\6\ ``Deep-water flatfish'' means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole.
\7\ ``Pacific ocean perch'' means Sebastes alutus.
\8\ ``Northern rockfish'' means Sebastes polyspinis. For management purposes, the 1 mt apportionment of ABC to
  the WYK District of the Eastern Gulf of Alaska has been included in the ``other rockfish'' species group.
\9\ ``Shortraker rockfish'' means Sebastes borealis.
\10\ ``Dusky rockfish'' means Sebastes variabilis.
\11\ ``Rougheye and blackspotted rockfish'' means Sebastes aleutianus (rougheye) and Sebastes melanostictus
  (blackspotted).
\12\ ``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).
\13\ ``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 (silvergrey), 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.
\14\ ``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.
\15\ ``Big skate'' means Raja binoculata.
\16\ ``Longnose skate'' means Raja rhina.
\17\ ``Other skates'' means Bathyraja and Raja spp.


    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1540 (f), 1801 et 
seq.; 16 U.S.C. 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 105-277; Pub. L. 106-31; Pub. 
L. 106-554; Pub. L. 108-199; Pub. L. 108-447; Pub. L. 109-241; Pub. 
L 109-479.

    Dated: April 8, 2019.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-07276 Filed 4-11-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P