Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2019 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Red Snapper, 45437-45438 [2019-18703]

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[FR Doc. 2019–18493 Filed 8–28–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–04–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 121004515–3608–02] RIN 0648–XS009 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2019 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Red Snapper National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements accountability measures for commercial SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:42 Aug 28, 2019 Jkt 247001 red snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for red snapper will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the 2019 fishing year. Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for red snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on August 30, 2019. This closure is necessary to protect the red snapper resource. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2019, through December 31, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: frank.helies@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes red snapper and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The commercial ACL for red snapper in the South Atlantic is 124,815 lb (56,615 kg), round weight, as specified in 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1). Under 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1), NMFS is required to close the commercial sector for red snapper when the commercial ACL specified is reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial ACL for South Atlantic red snapper will be reached by August 30, 2019. Accordingly, the commercial sector for South Atlantic red snapper is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2019. For the 2020 fishing year, unless otherwise specified, the commercial season will begin on the second Monday in July (50 CFR 622.183(b)(5)(i)). The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper having red snapper onboard must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such red snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2019. Because the recreational harvest sector closed on July 21, 2019 (84 FR 7827), after the commercial closure on August 30, 2019, all harvest and possession of red snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ is prohibited. On and after the effective date of the closure notification, all sale or purchase of red snapper is prohibited. This PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 45437 prohibition on the harvest, possession, sale or purchase apply in the South Atlantic on board a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, without regard to where such species were harvested or possessed, i.e., in state or Federal waters (50 CFR 622.193(y)(1) and 622.181(c)(2)). Classification The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of red snapper and the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery and is consistent with the MagnusonStevens Act and other applicable laws. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial sector for red snapper constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing Amendment 43 to the FMP, which established the commercial season and ACLs for red snapper, and the accountability measures has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect red snapper since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial ACL. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and could potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial ACL. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. E:\FR\FM\29AUR1.SGM 29AUR1 45438 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 168 / Thursday, August 29, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Dated: August 26, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–18703 Filed 8–26–19; 4:15 pm] khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:42 Aug 28, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\29AUR1.SGM 29AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 168 (Thursday, August 29, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 45437-45438]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18703]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 121004515-3608-02]
RIN 0648-XS009


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
2019 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic 
Red Snapper

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements accountability measures for commercial red 
snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. 
NMFS projects commercial landings for red snapper will reach the 
commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the 2019 fishing year. 
Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for red snapper in the 
South Atlantic EEZ on August 30, 2019. This closure is necessary to 
protect the red snapper resource.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, August 30, 2019, 
through December 31, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes red snapper and is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic 
Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    The commercial ACL for red snapper in the South Atlantic is 124,815 
lb (56,615 kg), round weight, as specified in 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1).
    Under 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1), NMFS is required to close the 
commercial sector for red snapper when the commercial ACL specified is 
reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to 
that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has 
determined that the commercial ACL for South Atlantic red snapper will 
be reached by August 30, 2019. Accordingly, the commercial sector for 
South Atlantic red snapper is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, 
August 30, 2019. For the 2020 fishing year, unless otherwise specified, 
the commercial season will begin on the second Monday in July (50 CFR 
622.183(b)(5)(i)).
    The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for 
South Atlantic snapper-grouper having red snapper onboard must have 
landed and bartered, traded, or sold such red snapper prior to 12:01 
a.m., local time, August 30, 2019. Because the recreational harvest 
sector closed on July 21, 2019 (84 FR 7827), after the commercial 
closure on August 30, 2019, all harvest and possession of red snapper 
in the South Atlantic EEZ is prohibited.
    On and after the effective date of the closure notification, all 
sale or purchase of red snapper is prohibited. This prohibition on the 
harvest, possession, sale or purchase apply in the South Atlantic on 
board a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial or charter vessel/
headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, 
without regard to where such species were harvested or possessed, i.e., 
in state or Federal waters (50 CFR 622.193(y)(1) and 622.181(c)(2)).

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of 
red snapper and the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery and is 
consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(y)(1) and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), finds that the 
need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial 
sector for red snapper constitutes good cause to waive the requirements 
to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 
the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures are 
unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are 
unnecessary because the rule implementing Amendment 43 to the FMP, 
which established the commercial season and ACLs for red snapper, and 
the accountability measures has already been subject to notice and 
comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. 
Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need 
to immediately implement this action to protect red snapper since the 
capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the 
commercial ACL. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would 
require time and could potentially result in a harvest well in excess 
of the established commercial ACL.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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


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    Dated: August 26, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-18703 Filed 8-26-19; 4:15 pm]
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