Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 34070-34071 [2019-15194]

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SUMMARY: Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605, 2607(c), 2643, and 2646. ■ * Region I ■ jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES Appendix C to Subpart E of Part 763— Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Effective July 17, 2019, through December 31, 2019. Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2019 flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole Amendment 80 allocations of the total allowable catch (TAC) specified in the BSAI are 9,949 metric tons (mt), 36,060 mt, and 115,171 mt, respectively, as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019). The 2019 flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole Amendment 80 ABC reserves are 46,548 mt, 64,117 mt, and 97,516 mt, respectively, as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019). The Alaska Seafood Cooperative has requested that NMFS exchange 5,200 mt of rock sole Amendment 80 allocation of the TAC for 3,200 mt of flathead sole and 2,000 mt of yellowfin sole Amendment 80 ABC reserves under § 679.91(i). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.91(i), NMFS exchanges 5,200 mt of rock sole Amendment 80 allocation of the TAC for 3,200 mt of flathead sole and 2,000 mt of yellowfin sole Amendment 80 ABC reserves in the BSAI. This action also decreases and increases the TACs and Amendment 80 ABC reserves by the corresponding amounts. Tables 11 and 13 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019) and as revised (84 FR 24399, May 28, 2019) are further revised as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17JYR1.SGM 17JYR1 34071 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 11—FINAL 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT QUOTA (CDQ) RESERVES, INCIDENTAL CATCH AMOUNTS (ICAS), AND AMENDMENT 80 ALLOCATIONS OF THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH, AND BSAI FLATHEAD SOLE, ROCK SOLE, AND YELLOWFIN SOLE TACS [Amounts are in metric tons] Pacific ocean perch Sector Eastern Aleutian district TAC .......................................................... CDQ ......................................................... ICA ........................................................... BSAI trawl limited access ........................ Amendment 80 ......................................... Central Aleutian district 11,009 1,178 100 973 8,758 Western Aleutian district 8,385 897 60 743 6,685 10,000 1,070 10 178 8,742 Flathead sole Rock sole Yellowfin sole BSAI BSAI BSAI 17,700 1,552 3,000 ........................ 13,149 42,300 5,440 6,000 ........................ 30,860 155,600 16,078 4,000 18,351 117,171 Note: Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. TABLE 13—FINAL 2019 AND 2020 ABC SURPLUS, ABC RESERVES, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT QUOTA (CDQ) ABC RESERVES, AND AMENDMENT 80 ABC RESERVES IN THE BSAI FOR FLATHEAD SOLE, ROCK SOLE, AND YELLOWFIN SOLE [Amounts are in metric tons] 2019 Flathead sole Sector ABC .......................................................... TAC .......................................................... ABC surplus ............................................. ABC reserve ............................................. CDQ ABC reserve ................................... Amendment 80 ABC reserve ................... 66,625 17,700 48,925 48,925 5,577 43,348 2019 Rock sole 2019 Yellowfin sole 118,900 42,300 76,600 76,600 7,283 69,317 2020 1 Flathead sole 263,200 155,600 107,600 107,600 12,084 95,516 68,448 14,500 53,948 53,948 5,772 48,176 2020 1 Rock sole 2020 1 Yellowfin sole 143,700 57,100 86,600 86,600 9,266 77,334 257,800 166,425 91,375 91,375 9,777 81,598 1 The 2020 allocations for Amendment 80 species between Amendment 80 cooperatives and the Amendment 80 limited access sector will not be known until eligible participants apply for participation in the program by November 1, 2019. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. 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 impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the flatfish exchange by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Jul 16, 2019 Jkt 247001 Alaska Seafood cooperative the BSAI. Since these fisheries are currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of July 3, 2019. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 12, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15194 Filed 7–16–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\17JYR1.SGM 17JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 137 (Wednesday, July 17, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 34070-34071]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-15194]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 180713633-9174-02]
RIN 0648-XG086


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of 
Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative 
quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. 
This action is necessary to allow the 2019 total allowable catch of 
flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.

DATES: Effective July 17, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) according to the 
Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery 
Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. 
vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 
600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    The 2019 flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole Amendment 80 
allocations of the total allowable catch (TAC) specified in the BSAI 
are 9,949 metric tons (mt), 36,060 mt, and 115,171 mt, respectively, as 
established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019). The 2019 flathead 
sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole Amendment 80 ABC reserves are 
46,548 mt, 64,117 mt, and 97,516 mt, respectively, as established by 
the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019).
    The Alaska Seafood Cooperative has requested that NMFS exchange 
5,200 mt of rock sole Amendment 80 allocation of the TAC for 3,200 mt 
of flathead sole and 2,000 mt of yellowfin sole Amendment 80 ABC 
reserves under Sec.  679.91(i). Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  
679.91(i), NMFS exchanges 5,200 mt of rock sole Amendment 80 allocation 
of the TAC for 3,200 mt of flathead sole and 2,000 mt of yellowfin sole 
Amendment 80 ABC reserves in the BSAI. This action also decreases and 
increases the TACs and Amendment 80 ABC reserves by the corresponding 
amounts. Tables 11 and 13 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019) 
and as revised (84 FR 24399, May 28, 2019) are further revised as 
follows:

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 Table 11--Final 2019 Community Development Quota (CDQ) Reserves, Incidental Catch Amounts (ICAS), and Amendment 80 Allocations of the Aleutian Islands
                                     Pacific Ocean Perch, and BSAI Flathead Sole, Rock Sole, and Yellowfin Sole TACS
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                        Pacific ocean perch                Flathead sole     Rock sole    Yellowfin sole
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                         Sector                               Eastern         Central         Western
                                                             Aleutian        Aleutian        Aleutian          BSAI            BSAI            BSAI
                                                             district        district        district
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TAC.....................................................          11,009           8,385          10,000          17,700          42,300         155,600
CDQ.....................................................           1,178             897           1,070           1,552           5,440          16,078
ICA.....................................................             100              60              10           3,000           6,000           4,000
BSAI trawl limited access...............................             973             743             178  ..............  ..............          18,351
Amendment 80............................................           8,758           6,685           8,742          13,149          30,860         117,171
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Note: Sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.


 Table 13--Final 2019 and 2020 ABC Surplus, ABC Reserves, Community Development Quota (CDQ) ABC Reserves, and Amendment 80 ABC Reserves in the BSAI for
                                                      Flathead Sole, Rock Sole, and Yellowfin Sole
                                                              [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                          2019  Flathead    2019  Rock         2019          2020 \1\     2020 \1\  Rock     2020 \1\
                         Sector                                sole            sole       Yellowfin sole   Flathead sole       sole       Yellowfin sole
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ABC.....................................................          66,625         118,900         263,200          68,448         143,700         257,800
TAC.....................................................          17,700          42,300         155,600          14,500          57,100         166,425
ABC surplus.............................................          48,925          76,600         107,600          53,948          86,600          91,375
ABC reserve.............................................          48,925          76,600         107,600          53,948          86,600          91,375
CDQ ABC reserve.........................................           5,577           7,283          12,084           5,772           9,266           9,777
Amendment 80 ABC reserve................................          43,348          69,317          95,516          48,176          77,334          81,598
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\1\ The 2020 allocations for Amendment 80 species between Amendment 80 cooperatives and the Amendment 80 limited access sector will not be known until
  eligible participants apply for participation in the program by November 1, 2019.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. 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 impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would delay the flatfish exchange by the Alaska Seafood cooperative the 
BSAI. Since these fisheries are currently open, it is important to 
immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. 
Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct 
and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan 
for the fishing season, and to avoid potential disruption to the 
fishing fleet as well as processors. NMFS was unable to publish a 
notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, 
relevant data only became available as of July 3, 2019.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: July 12, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15194 Filed 7-16-19; 8:45 am]
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