Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2019 Winter II Quota, 51438-51439 [2019-20674]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 51438 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 189 / Monday, September 30, 2019 / Rules and Regulations the commercial trip limit for Atlantic king mackerel from 50 fish to 75 fish from October 2019 through January 2020, in Federal waters from the Flagler/Volusia County, FL, boundary to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County, FL, boundary. One hundred and two vessels that make 28.7 percent of the trips are expected to benefit, with an average increase of dockside revenue of $203.81 per trip (2017 dollars) for 593 trips, and an increase in total dockside revenue for those trips combined approximately by $120,859. This rule also changes the February 2020 commercial trip limit from the Flagler/Volusia County, FL, boundary to the Miami-Dade/Monroe County, FL, boundary, which is presently at 75 fish if less than 70 percent of the Season 2 quota is reached and 50 fish after 70 percent of the quota is reached, to 75 fish regardless of the percentage of the quota reached. Because 70 percent of the quota has not been reached since implementation of the current trip limit, the limit in February has essentially been at 75 fish. Consequently, no changes in February landings are expected. The current ACL and accountability measures will continue to constrain commercial harvest and prevent overfishing, and no adverse effects to the king mackerel resource are expected to occur as a result of the increased trip limit. For these same reasons, the AA also finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in the date of effectiveness of the action. Also, because this measure increases the current Season 2 trip limit, it relieves a restriction, and therefore it also falls within the 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) exception to the 30-day delay in the date of effectiveness requirement. Additionally, if the increased trip limit is not in effect by the start of Season 2, October, 1, 2019, then the benefits of this action would be reduced and the full economic opportunities that are anticipated would not be realized. A reduction of expected benefits would also be contrary to the intent of the Council. This emergency rule is exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the rule is not subject to the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law. Accordingly, no regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622 Atlantic, Commercial, Fisheries, Fishing, King mackerel, Trip limits. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Sep 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 Dated: September 24, 2019. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 622 is amended as follows: PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC 1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 2. In § 622.385, suspend paragraphs (a)(1)(ii)(C) and (D), and (a)(1)(iii)(C) and (D), and add paragraphs (a)(1)(ii)(E), and (a)(1)(iii)(E) to read as follows: ■ § 622.385 Commercial trip limits. * * * * * (a) * * * (1) * * * (ii) * * * (E) From October 1 through the end of February—75 fish. (iii) * * * (E) From October 1 through the end of February—75 fish. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2019–21127 Filed 9–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 170828822–70999–02] RIN 0648–XX014 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2019 Winter II Quota National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: NMFS adjusts the 2019 Winter II commercial scup quota and per-trip Federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan that established the rollover of unused commercial scup quota from the Winter I to Winter II period. This document is intended to inform the public of this quota and trip limit change. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Effective October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9225; or Laura.Hansen@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS published a final rule for Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan in the Federal Register on November 3, 2003 (68 FR 62250), implementing a process to roll over unused Winter I commercial scup quota (January 1 through April 30) to be added to the Winter II period quota (October 1 through December 31) (50 CFR 648.122(d)). The framework also allows adjustment of the commercial possession limit for the Winter II period dependent on the amount of quota rolled over from the Winter I period. The Winter II period start date was changed from November 1 to October 1 as a part of Framework Adjustment 12 (83 FR 17314; April 19, 2018). For 2019, the initial Winter II quota is 3,822,816 lb (1,734 mt). The best available landings information indicates that 5,267,671 lb (2,389 mt) remain of the 10,820,000 lb (4,908 mt) Winter I quota. Consistent with Framework 3, the full amount of unused 2019 Winter I quota is being transferred to Winter II, resulting in a revised 2019 Winter II quota of 9,090,487 lb (4,123 mt). Because the amount transferred is between 5.0 and 5.5 million lb (2,268 mt and 2,495 mt), the Federal per trip possession limit will increase from 12,000 lb (5.4 mt) to 27,000 lb (12.2 mt), as outlined in the final rule that established the possession limit and quota rollover procedures for this year, published on December 22, 2017 (82 FR 60682). Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment on this in-season adjustment because it would be contrary to the public interest. This action transfers unused quota from Winter I Period to the remaining Winter II Period to make it accessible to the commercial scup fishery. If implementation of this inseason action is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the objective of the fishery management plan to achieve the optimum yield from the fishery could be compromised. Deteriorating weather conditions during the latter part of the E:\FR\FM\30SER1.SGM 30SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 189 / Monday, September 30, 2019 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES fishing year may reduce fishing effort, and could also prevent the annual quota from being fully harvested. This would conflict with the agency’s legal obligation under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to achieve the optimum yield from a fishery on a continuing basis, resulting in a negative economic impact on vessels permitted to fish in this fishery. Moreover, the rollover process being VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Sep 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 applied here was the subject of notice and comment rulemaking, and the range of potential trip limit changes were outlined in the final 2018 scup specifications that were published December 22, 2017; which were developed through public notice and comment. Based on these considerations, NMFS further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 51439 effectiveness period for the reasons stated above. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 19, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–20674 Filed 9–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\30SER1.SGM 30SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 170828822-70999-02]
RIN 0648-XX014


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; 
Adjustment to the 2019 Winter II Quota

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS adjusts the 2019 Winter II commercial scup quota and per-
trip Federal landing limit. This action is intended to comply with 
Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass 
Fishery Management Plan that established the rollover of unused 
commercial scup quota from the Winter I to Winter II period. This 
document is intended to inform the public of this quota and trip limit 
change.

DATES: Effective October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9225; or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS published a final rule for Framework 
Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery 
Management Plan in the Federal Register on November 3, 2003 (68 FR 
62250), implementing a process to roll over unused Winter I commercial 
scup quota (January 1 through April 30) to be added to the Winter II 
period quota (October 1 through December 31) (50 CFR 648.122(d)). The 
framework also allows adjustment of the commercial possession limit for 
the Winter II period dependent on the amount of quota rolled over from 
the Winter I period. The Winter II period start date was changed from 
November 1 to October 1 as a part of Framework Adjustment 12 (83 FR 
17314; April 19, 2018).
    For 2019, the initial Winter II quota is 3,822,816 lb (1,734 mt). 
The best available landings information indicates that 5,267,671 lb 
(2,389 mt) remain of the 10,820,000 lb (4,908 mt) Winter I quota. 
Consistent with Framework 3, the full amount of unused 2019 Winter I 
quota is being transferred to Winter II, resulting in a revised 2019 
Winter II quota of 9,090,487 lb (4,123 mt). Because the amount 
transferred is between 5.0 and 5.5 million lb (2,268 mt and 2,495 mt), 
the Federal per trip possession limit will increase from 12,000 lb (5.4 
mt) to 27,000 lb (12.2 mt), as outlined in the final rule that 
established the possession limit and quota rollover procedures for this 
year, published on December 22, 2017 (82 FR 60682).

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause 
under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for 
public comment on this in-season adjustment because it would be 
contrary to the public interest. This action transfers unused quota 
from Winter I Period to the remaining Winter II Period to make it 
accessible to the commercial scup fishery. If implementation of this 
in-season action is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the 
objective of the fishery management plan to achieve the optimum yield 
from the fishery could be compromised. Deteriorating weather conditions 
during the latter part of the

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fishing year may reduce fishing effort, and could also prevent the 
annual quota from being fully harvested. This would conflict with the 
agency's legal obligation under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act to achieve the optimum yield from a 
fishery on a continuing basis, resulting in a negative economic impact 
on vessels permitted to fish in this fishery. Moreover, the rollover 
process being applied here was the subject of notice and comment 
rulemaking, and the range of potential trip limit changes were outlined 
in the final 2018 scup specifications that were published December 22, 
2017; which were developed through public notice and comment. Based on 
these considerations, NMFS further finds, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness period 
for the reasons stated above.

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

    Dated: September 19, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-20674 Filed 9-27-19; 8:45 am]
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