Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels, 53065 [2019-21636]

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Amend § 105–70.003 by removing from paragraphs (a)(1)(iv) and (b)(1)(ii) the amount ‘‘$11,001’’ and adding ‘‘$11,282’’ in its place. ■ [FR Doc. 2019–21465 Filed 10–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–81–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 181210999–9239–02] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES RIN 0648–XX016 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to General Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Oct 03, 2019 Jkt 250001 NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is closed to Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year. No vessel issued a Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. Regulations require this action once it is projected that 100 percent of trips allocated to the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area will be taken. DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, October 2, 2019, through March 31, 2020. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: September 25, 2019. Emily W. Murphy, Administrator. * Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. Travis Ford, Policy Analyst, (978) 281– 9233. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing fishing activity in the Sea Scallop Access Areas can be found in 50 CFR 648.59 and 648.60. These regulations authorize vessels issued a valid Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop permit to fish in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area under specific conditions, including a total of 1,713 trips that may be taken during the 2019 fishing year. Section 648.59(g)(3)(iii) requires the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area to be closed to LAGC IFQ permitted vessels for the remainder of the fishing year once the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator determines that the allocated number of trips for fishing year 2019 are projected to be taken. Based on trip declarations by LAGC IFQ scallop vessels fishing in the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area, analysis of fishing effort, and other information, NMFS projects that 1,713 trips will be taken as of October 2, 2019. Therefore, in accordance with § 648.59(g)(3)(iii), NMFS is closing the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to all LAGC IFQ scallop vessels as of October 2, 2019. No vessel issued an LAGC IFQ permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area after 0001 local time, October 2, 2019. Any LAGC IFQ vessel that has declared into the Mid-Atlantic Access Area scallop fishery, complied with all trip notification and observer requirements, and crossed the VMS demarcation line on the way to the area before 0001, October 2, 2019, may PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 53065 complete its trip without being subject to this closure. This closure is in effect for the remainder of the 2019 scallop fishing year, through March 31, 2020. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause under to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. The Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area opened for the 2019 fishing year on April 1, 2019. The regulations at § 648.59(g)(3)(iii) require this closure to ensure that LAGC IFQ scallop vessels do not take more than their allocated number of trips in the area. The projected date on which the LAGC IFQ fleet will have taken all of its allocated trips in an Access Area becomes apparent only as trips into the area occur on a real-time basis and as activity trends begin to appear. As a result, NMFS can only make an accurate projection very close in time to when the fleet has taken all of its trips. To allow LAGC IFQ scallop vessels to continue to take trips in the MidAtlantic Scallop Access Area during the period necessary to publish and receive comments on a proposed rule would likely result in the vessels taking much more than the allowed number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area. Excessive trips and harvest from the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area would result in excessive fishing effort in the area, where effort controls are critical, thereby undermining conservation objectives of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan and requiring more restrictive future management measures. Also, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this closure process when it was enacted. For these same reasons, NMFS further finds, under to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30day delayed effectiveness period. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 1, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–21636 Filed 10–1–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\04OCR1.SGM 04OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 193 (Friday, October 4, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 181210999-9239-02]
RIN 0648-XX016


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop 
Fishery; Closure of the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to General 
Category Individual Fishing Quota Scallop Vessels

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area is 
closed to Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota 
scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year. No vessel 
issued a Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota 
permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops from the Mid-Atlantic 
Scallop Access Area. Regulations require this action once it is 
projected that 100 percent of trips allocated to the Limited Access 
General Category Individual Fishing Quota scallop vessels for the Mid-
Atlantic Scallop Access Area will be taken.

DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, October 2, 2019, through March 31, 
2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Travis Ford, Policy Analyst, (978) 
281-9233.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing fishing activity in 
the Sea Scallop Access Areas can be found in 50 CFR 648.59 and 648.60. 
These regulations authorize vessels issued a valid Limited Access 
General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) scallop permit 
to fish in the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area under specific 
conditions, including a total of 1,713 trips that may be taken during 
the 2019 fishing year. Section 648.59(g)(3)(iii) requires the Mid-
Atlantic Scallop Access Area to be closed to LAGC IFQ permitted vessels 
for the remainder of the fishing year once the NMFS Greater Atlantic 
Regional Administrator determines that the allocated number of trips 
for fishing year 2019 are projected to be taken.
    Based on trip declarations by LAGC IFQ scallop vessels fishing in 
the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area, analysis of fishing effort, and 
other information, NMFS projects that 1,713 trips will be taken as of 
October 2, 2019. Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  648.59(g)(3)(iii), 
NMFS is closing the Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area to all LAGC IFQ 
scallop vessels as of October 2, 2019. No vessel issued an LAGC IFQ 
permit may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Mid-
Atlantic Scallop Access Area after 0001 local time, October 2, 2019. 
Any LAGC IFQ vessel that has declared into the Mid-Atlantic Access Area 
scallop fishery, complied with all trip notification and observer 
requirements, and crossed the VMS demarcation line on the way to the 
area before 0001, October 2, 2019, may complete its trip without being 
subject to this closure. This closure is in effect for the remainder of 
the 2019 scallop fishing year, through March 31, 2020.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause under to 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public 
comment because it would be contrary to the public interest and 
impracticable. The Mid-Atlantic Scallop Access Area opened for the 2019 
fishing year on April 1, 2019. The regulations at Sec.  
648.59(g)(3)(iii) require this closure to ensure that LAGC IFQ scallop 
vessels do not take more than their allocated number of trips in the 
area. The projected date on which the LAGC IFQ fleet will have taken 
all of its allocated trips in an Access Area becomes apparent only as 
trips into the area occur on a real-time basis and as activity trends 
begin to appear. As a result, NMFS can only make an accurate projection 
very close in time to when the fleet has taken all of its trips. To 
allow LAGC IFQ scallop vessels to continue to take trips in the Mid-
Atlantic Scallop Access Area during the period necessary to publish and 
receive comments on a proposed rule would likely result in the vessels 
taking much more than the allowed number of trips in the Mid-Atlantic 
Scallop Access Area. Excessive trips and harvest from the Mid-Atlantic 
Scallop Access Area would result in excessive fishing effort in the 
area, where effort controls are critical, thereby undermining 
conservation objectives of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management 
Plan and requiring more restrictive future management measures. Also, 
the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this 
closure process when it was enacted. For these same reasons, NMFS 
further finds, under to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause to waive the 30-
day delayed effectiveness period.

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

    Dated: October 1, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-21636 Filed 10-1-19; 4:15 pm]
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