Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries, 39978-39979 [2019-17327]

Download as PDF 39978 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Chapter NR 514 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, as amended by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board WA–06–18. B. Decision EPA has made a determination that the Wisconsin RD&D permit provisions in Chapter NR 514 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, as amended, comply with the Federal criteria set forth in 40 CFR 258.4. Authority: This action is issued under the authority of Sections 2002, 4005 and 4010(c) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 6912, 6945 and 6949(a). Dated: July 17, 2019. Cathy Stepp, Regional Administrator, Region 5. [FR Doc. 2019–17123 Filed 8–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 [Docket No. 180117042–8884–02] RIN 0648–XT013 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of the General category June through August fishery for 2019. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS closes the General category fishery for large medium and giant (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) for the June through August subquota time period until the General category reopens on September 1, 2019. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the June through August subquota. DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, August 9, 2019, through August 31, 2019. Brad McHale, 978–281–9260, or Larry Redd, 301–420–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of BFT by jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Aug 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) among the various domestic fishing categories, per the allocations established in the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) (71 FR 58058, October 2, 2006) and amendments. NMFS is required, under § 635.28(a)(1), to file a closure notice with the Office of the Federal Register for publication when a BFT quota (or subquota) is reached or is projected to be reached. On and after the effective date and time of such notification, for the remainder of the fishing year or for a specified period as indicated in the notification, retaining, possessing, or landing BFT under that quota category is prohibited until the opening of the subsequent quota period or until such date as specified in the notice. The 2019 base quota for the General category is 555.7 mt. See § 635.27(a). Each of the General category time periods (January, June through August, September, October through November, and December) is allocated a subquota or portion of the annual General category quota. The baseline subquotas for each time period are as follows: 29.5 mt for January; 277.9 mt for June through August; 147.3 mt for September; 72.2 mt for October through November; and 28.9 mt for December. We previously adjusted the January subquota upwards to 100 mt through three inseason quota transfers (83 FR 67140, December 28, 2018; 84 FR 3724, February 13, 2019; and 84 FR 6701, February 28, 2019) (although it is called the ‘‘January’’ subquota, the regulations currently allow landings to continue until the subquota is reached, or until March 31, whichever comes first). Based on the best available landings information for the General category BFT fishery, NMFS has determined that the June through August subquota of 277.9 mt is projected to be reached soon. As of August 6, reported landings total approximately 246 mt, and average catch rates are approximately 9.4 mt/ day. Therefore the General category fishery should be closed to avoid exceeding the subquota. This action applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT and is taken consistent with the regulations at § 635.28(a)(1). Retaining, possessing, or PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General category and HMS Charter/Headboat category (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on August 9, 2019. The General category will reopen automatically on September 1, 2019, for the September 2019 subperiod. The intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the June through August subquota. Fishermen may catch and release (or tag and release) BFT of all sizes, subject to the requirements of the catch-andrelease and tag-and-release programs at § 635.26. All BFT that are released must be handled in a manner that will maximize their survival, and without removing the fish from the water, consistent with requirements at § 635.21(a)(1). For additional information on safe handling, see the ‘‘Careful Catch and Release’’ brochure available at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/ outreach-and-education/careful-catchand-release-brochure/. Monitoring and Reporting NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fisheries closely. Dealers are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of a dealer receiving BFT. Late reporting by dealers compromises NMFS’ ability to timely implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustment, as well as closures, and may result in enforcement actions. Additionally, and separate from the dealer reporting requirement, General and HMS Charter/Headboat category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing hmspermits.noaa.gov, using the HMS Catch Reporting app, or calling (888) 872–8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.). Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, NMFS may determine that additional adjustments are necessary to ensure available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. If needed, subsequent adjustments will be published in the Federal Register. In addition, fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (978) 281–9260, or access hmspermits.noaa.gov, for updates on quota monitoring and inseason adjustments. Classification The Assistant Administrator for NMFS (AA) finds that it is impracticable E:\FR\FM\13AUR1.SGM 13AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES and contrary to the public interest to provide prior notice of, and an opportunity for public comment on, this action for the following reasons: The regulations implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and amendments provide for inseason retention limit adjustments and fishery closures to respond to the unpredictable nature of BFT availability on the fishing grounds, the migratory nature of this species, and the regional variations in the BFT fishery. These fisheries are currently underway, and delaying this VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Aug 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 action would be contrary to the public interest as it could result in BFT landings exceeding the June through August subquota, which could result in the need to reduce quota for the General category later in the year and thus could affect later fishing opportunities. Therefore, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment. For all of the above reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 39979 This action is being taken under 50 CFR 635.28(a)(1) (BFT fishery closures), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: August 8, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 156 (Tuesday, August 13, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 39978-39979]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-17327]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

[Docket No. 180117042-8884-02]
RIN 0648-XT013


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna 
Fisheries

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of the General category June through 
August fishery for 2019.

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SUMMARY: NMFS closes the General category fishery for large medium and 
giant (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) 
Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) for the June through August subquota time 
period until the General category reopens on September 1, 2019. The 
intent of this closure is to prevent overharvest of the June through 
August subquota.

DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, August 9, 2019, through August 
31, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad McHale, 978-281-9260, or Larry 
Redd, 301-420-8503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority 
of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of BFT by 
persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR 
part 635. Section 635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended by 
the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 
(ICCAT) among the various domestic fishing categories, per the 
allocations established in the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory 
Species Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) (71 FR 
58058, October 2, 2006) and amendments.
    NMFS is required, under Sec.  635.28(a)(1), to file a closure 
notice with the Office of the Federal Register for publication when a 
BFT quota (or subquota) is reached or is projected to be reached. On 
and after the effective date and time of such notification, for the 
remainder of the fishing year or for a specified period as indicated in 
the notification, retaining, possessing, or landing BFT under that 
quota category is prohibited until the opening of the subsequent quota 
period or until such date as specified in the notice.
    The 2019 base quota for the General category is 555.7 mt. See Sec.  
635.27(a). Each of the General category time periods (January, June 
through August, September, October through November, and December) is 
allocated a subquota or portion of the annual General category quota. 
The baseline subquotas for each time period are as follows: 29.5 mt for 
January; 277.9 mt for June through August; 147.3 mt for September; 72.2 
mt for October through November; and 28.9 mt for December. We 
previously adjusted the January subquota upwards to 100 mt through 
three inseason quota transfers (83 FR 67140, December 28, 2018; 84 FR 
3724, February 13, 2019; and 84 FR 6701, February 28, 2019) (although 
it is called the ``January'' subquota, the regulations currently allow 
landings to continue until the subquota is reached, or until March 31, 
whichever comes first).
    Based on the best available landings information for the General 
category BFT fishery, NMFS has determined that the June through August 
subquota of 277.9 mt is projected to be reached soon. As of August 6, 
reported landings total approximately 246 mt, and average catch rates 
are approximately 9.4 mt/day. Therefore the General category fishery 
should be closed to avoid exceeding the subquota. This action applies 
to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and 
HMS Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels with a commercial sale 
endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT and is taken consistent 
with the regulations at Sec.  635.28(a)(1). Retaining, possessing, or 
landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted 
in the Atlantic tunas General category and HMS Charter/Headboat 
category (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local 
time on August 9, 2019. The General category will reopen automatically 
on September 1, 2019, for the September 2019 subperiod. The intent of 
this closure is to prevent overharvest of the June through August 
subquota.
    Fishermen may catch and release (or tag and release) BFT of all 
sizes, subject to the requirements of the catch-and-release and tag-
and-release programs at Sec.  635.26. All BFT that are released must be 
handled in a manner that will maximize their survival, and without 
removing the fish from the water, consistent with requirements at Sec.  
635.21(a)(1). For additional information on safe handling, see the 
``Careful Catch and Release'' brochure available at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/outreach-and-education/careful-catch-and-release-brochure/.

Monitoring and Reporting

    NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fisheries closely. Dealers 
are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of a dealer 
receiving BFT. Late reporting by dealers compromises NMFS' ability to 
timely implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustment, 
as well as closures, and may result in enforcement actions. 
Additionally, and separate from the dealer reporting requirement, 
General and HMS Charter/Headboat category vessel owners are required to 
report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead within 24 hours 
of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing 
hmspermits.noaa.gov, using the HMS Catch Reporting app, or calling 
(888) 872-8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.).
    Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, 
NMFS may determine that additional adjustments are necessary to ensure 
available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data 
collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. If 
needed, subsequent adjustments will be published in the Federal 
Register. In addition, fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas 
Information Line at (978) 281-9260, or access hmspermits.noaa.gov, for 
updates on quota monitoring and inseason adjustments.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for NMFS (AA) finds that it is 
impracticable

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and contrary to the public interest to provide prior notice of, and an 
opportunity for public comment on, this action for the following 
reasons:
    The regulations implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and 
amendments provide for inseason retention limit adjustments and fishery 
closures to respond to the unpredictable nature of BFT availability on 
the fishing grounds, the migratory nature of this species, and the 
regional variations in the BFT fishery. These fisheries are currently 
underway, and delaying this action would be contrary to the public 
interest as it could result in BFT landings exceeding the June through 
August subquota, which could result in the need to reduce quota for the 
General category later in the year and thus could affect later fishing 
opportunities. Therefore, the AA finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment. 
For all of the above reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) 
to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness.
    This action is being taken under 50 CFR 635.28(a)(1) (BFT fishery 
closures), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq.

    Dated: August 8, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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