Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 53659-53661 [2019-21895]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 8, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 53659 TABLE 1 TO § 25.228(j)(3)—APPLICABLE RADIO ASTRONOMY SERVICE (RAS) FACILITIES AND ASSOCIATED COORDINATION DISTANCES—Continued Latitude (north) Longitude (west) 34°04′44″ 35°11′59″ 42°23′56″ 107°37′06″ 82°52′19″ 83°56′11″ 160. 160. 160. 37°13′54″ 19°48′05″ 48°07′52″ 31°57′23″ 34°18′04″ 35°46′30″ 30°38′06″ 41°46′17″ 42°56′01″ 17°45′24″ 118°16′37″ 155°27′20″ 119°41′00″ 111°36′45″ 108°07′09″ 106°14′44″ 103°56′41″ 91°34′27″ 71°59′12″ 64°35′01″ 160 *. 50. 50. 50. 50. 50. 50. 50. 50. 50. Observatory Very Large Array, near Socorro, NM .......................................................................................... Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Rosman, NC ............................................................... U of Michigan Radio Astronomy Observatory, Stinchfield Woods, MI ........................................ Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) stations: Owens Valley, CA ................................................................................................................ Mauna Kea, HI ..................................................................................................................... Brewster, WA ........................................................................................................................ Kitt Peak, AZ ........................................................................................................................ Pie Town, NM ....................................................................................................................... Los Alamos, NM ................................................................................................................... Fort Davis, TX ...................................................................................................................... North Liberty, IA ................................................................................................................... Hancock, NH ........................................................................................................................ St. Croix, VI .......................................................................................................................... Radius (km) of coordination zone jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES * Owens Valley, CA operates both a VLBA station and single-dish telescopes. (4) When NTIA seeks to provide similar protection to future RAS sites that have been coordinated through the IRAC Frequency Assignment Subcommittee process, NTIA will notify the Commission’s International Bureau that the site is nearing operational status. Upon public notice from the International Bureau, all Ku-band ESIMs licensees must cease operations in the 14.47–14.5 GHz band within the relevant geographic zone (160 kms for single-dish radio observatories and Very Large Array antenna systems and 50 kms for Very Long Baseline Array antenna systems for ESVs and VMESs, radio line of sight for ESAAs) of the new RAS site until the licensees complete coordination for the new RAS facility. Licensees must notify the International Bureau once they have completed coordination for the new RAS site and must submit the coordination agreement to the Commission. Upon receipt of such notification from a licensee, the International Bureau will issue a public notice stating that the licensee may commence operations within the coordination zone in 30 days if no party opposed the operations. The ESIMs licensee then will be permitted to commence operations in the 14.47–14.5 GHz band within the relevant coordination distance around the new RAS site, subject to any operational constraints developed in the coordination process. (5) ESIMs licensees must use Global Positioning Satellite-related or other similar position location technology to ensure compliance with the provisions of subparagraphs 1–3 of this paragraph. 24. Amend § 25.258 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Oct 07, 2019 Jkt 250001 § 25.258 Sharing between NGSO MSS feeder-link stations and GSO FSS services in the 29.25–29.5 GHz band. * * * * * (b) Licensed GSO FSS earth stations in the vicinity of operational NGSO MSS feeder-link earth station complexes must, to the maximum extent possible, operate with frequency/polarization selections that will minimize unacceptable interference with reception of GSO FSS and NGSO MSS uplink transmissions in the 29.25–29.5 GHz band. Earth station licensees operating with GSO FSS systems shall be capable of providing earth station locations to support coordination of NGSO MSS feeder link stations under paragraphs (a) and (c) of this section. Operation of ubiquitously deployed GSO FSS earth stations in the 29.25– 29.5 GHz frequency band must conform to the rules contained in § 25.218(i). * * * * * § 25.287 [Amended] 25. Amend § 25.287 by removing paragraph (d). ■ 26. Add § 25.290 to subpart D to read as follows: ■ § 25.290 Responsibility of licensee for blanket-licensed earth station operation. The holder of an FCC blanket earth station license is responsible for operation of any earth station under that license. Operators of satellite networks and systems must not transmit communications to or from such earth stations in the United States unless such communications are authorized under a service contract with the holder of a pertinent FCC blanket earth station license or under a service contract with another party with authority for such PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 operation delegated by such a blanket licensee. [FR Doc. 2019–19810 Filed 10–7–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180713633–9174–02] RIN 0648–XY040 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of the 2019 Atka mackerel incidental catch allowance (ICA) for the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian district (BS/EAI) to the Amendment 80 cooperative allocation in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2019 total allowable catch of Atka mackerel in the BSAI to be fully harvested. SUMMARY: Effective 12 hrs Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 4, 2019 through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the DATES: E:\FR\FM\08OCR1.SGM 08OCR1 53660 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 8, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 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 Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI is 800 metric tons (mt) and the 2019 Atka mackerel total allowable catch allocated to the Amendment 80 cooperative is 18,452 mt as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that 400 mt of the Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.91(f), NMFS reallocates 400 mt of Atka mackerel from the BS/EAI ICA to the Amendment 80 cooperative in the BSAI. In accordance with § 679.91(f), NMFS will reissue cooperative quota permit for the reallocated Atka mackerel following the procedures set forth in § 679.91(f)(3). The harvest specifications for Atka mackerel included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 13, 2019) are revised as follows: 400 mt of Atka mackerel for the BS/EAI ICA and 18,842 mt of Atka mackerel for the Amendment 80 cooperative allocations in the BS/ EAI. Table 6 is revised and republished in its entirety as follows: TABLE 6—FINAL 2019 SEASONAL AND SPATIAL ALLOWANCES, GEAR SHARES, CDQ RESERVE, INCIDENTAL CATCH ALLOWANCE, AND AMENDMENT 80 ALLOCATIONS OF THE BSAI ATKA MACKEREL TAC [Amounts are in metric tons] 2019 allocation by area Eastern Aleutian District/ Bering Sea Sector 1 Season 2 3 4 TAC ................................................................. CDQ reserve ................................................... n/a .................................................................. Total ............................................................... A ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ B ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ n/a .................................................................. Total ............................................................... Total ............................................................... Total ............................................................... A ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ B ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ Total ............................................................... A ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ B ..................................................................... Critical Habitat ................................................ Non-CDQ TAC ................................................ ICA .................................................................. Jig 7 ................................................................. BSAI trawl limited access ............................... Amendment 80 sector ..................................... 23,970 2,565 1,282 n/a 1,282 n/a 21,405 400 103 2,050 1,025 n/a 1,025 n/a 18,852 9,426 n/a 9,426 n/a Central Aleutian district 5 Western Aleutian district 14,390 1,540 770 462 770 462 12,850 75 ........................ 1,278 639 383 639 383 11,498 5,749 3,449 5,749 3,449 19,591 2,096 1,048 629 1,048 629 17,495 20 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 17,475 8,737 5,242 8,737 5,242 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES 1 Section 679.20(a)(8)(ii) allocates the Atka mackerel TACs, after subtracting the CDQ reserves, jig gear allocation, and ICAs, to the Amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited access sectors. The allocation of the ITAC for Atka mackerel to the Amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited access sectors is established in Table 33 to 50 CFR part 679 and § 679.91. The CDQ reserve is 10.7 percent of the TAC for use by CDQ participants (see §§ 679.20(b)(1)(ii)(C) and 679.31). 2 Sections 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(A) and 679.22(a) establish temporal and spatial limitations for the Atka mackerel fishery. 3 The seasonal allowances of Atka mackerel are 50 percent in the A season and 50 percent in the B season. 4 Section 679.23(e)(3) authorizes directed fishing for Atka mackerel with trawl gear during the A season from January 20 to June 10 and the B season from June 10 to December 31. 5 Section 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1)(i) limits no more than 60 percent of the annual TACs in Areas 542 and 543 to be caught inside of Steller sea lion critical habitat; § 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1)(ii) equally divides the annual TACs between the A and B seasons as defined at § 679.23(e)(3); and § 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(2) requires the TAC in Area 543 shall be no more than 65 percent of ABC in Area 543. 6 Section 679.20(a)(8)(i) requires that up to 2 percent of the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea subarea TAC be allocated to jig gear after subtracting the CDQ reserve and the ICA. NMFS sets the amount of this allocation for 2019 at 0.5 percent. The jig gear allocation is not apportioned by season. Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters dependent upon Atka mackerel in this area. The Regional Administrator considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) The current catch of Atka mackerel ICA in the BS/EAI, (2) the harvest capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of the Amendment 80 cooperative that participates in this BS/EAI fishery. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Oct 07, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 reallocation of Atka mackerel from the BS/EAI ICA to the Amendment 80 cooperative in the BSAI. Since the fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate E:\FR\FM\08OCR1.SGM 08OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 8, 2019 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES 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 September 26, 2019. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Oct 07, 2019 Jkt 250001 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 § 679.91 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 53661 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 2, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–21895 Filed 10–3–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\08OCR1.SGM 08OCR1

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[FR Doc No: 2019-21895]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 180713633-9174-02]
RIN 0648-XY040


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Atka Mackerel 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 reallocating the projected unused amount of the 2019 
Atka mackerel incidental catch allowance (ICA) for the Bering Sea 
subarea and Eastern Aleutian district (BS/EAI) to the Amendment 80 
cooperative allocation in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2019 
total allowable catch of Atka mackerel in the BSAI to be fully 
harvested.

DATES: Effective 12 hrs Alaska local time (A.l.t.), October 4, 2019 
through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2019.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the

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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 Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI is 800 metric tons (mt) 
and the 2019 Atka mackerel total allowable catch allocated to the 
Amendment 80 cooperative is 18,452 mt as established by the final 2019 
and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, 
March 13, 2019).
    The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that 400 mt 
of the Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI will not be harvested. 
Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.91(f), NMFS reallocates 400 mt 
of Atka mackerel from the BS/EAI ICA to the Amendment 80 cooperative in 
the BSAI. In accordance with Sec.  679.91(f), NMFS will reissue 
cooperative quota permit for the reallocated Atka mackerel following 
the procedures set forth in Sec.  679.91(f)(3).
    The harvest specifications for Atka mackerel included in the 
harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (84 FR 9000, March 
13, 2019) are revised as follows: 400 mt of Atka mackerel for the BS/
EAI ICA and 18,842 mt of Atka mackerel for the Amendment 80 cooperative 
allocations in the BS/EAI. Table 6 is revised and republished in its 
entirety as follows:

 Table 6--Final 2019 Seasonal and Spatial Allowances, Gear Shares, CDQ Reserve, Incidental Catch Allowance, and
                             Amendment 80 Allocations of the BSAI ATKA Mackerel TAC
                                          [Amounts are in metric tons]
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                                                                              2019 allocation by area
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                                                                      Eastern
              Sector \1\                      Season 2 3 4           Aleutian         Central         Western
                                                                     District/       Aleutian        Aleutian
                                                                    Bering Sea     district \5\      district
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TAC...................................  n/a.....................          23,970          14,390          19,591
CDQ reserve...........................  Total...................           2,565           1,540           2,096
                                        A.......................           1,282             770           1,048
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a             462             629
                                        B.......................           1,282             770           1,048
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a             462             629
Non-CDQ TAC...........................  n/a.....................          21,405          12,850          17,495
ICA...................................  Total...................             400              75              20
Jig \7\...............................  Total...................             103  ..............  ..............
BSAI trawl limited access.............  Total...................           2,050           1,278  ..............
                                        A.......................           1,025             639  ..............
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a             383  ..............
                                        B.......................           1,025             639  ..............
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a             383  ..............
Amendment 80 sector...................  Total...................          18,852          11,498          17,475
                                        A.......................           9,426           5,749           8,737
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a           3,449           5,242
                                        B.......................           9,426           5,749           8,737
                                        Critical Habitat........             n/a           3,449           5,242
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\1\ Section 679.20(a)(8)(ii) allocates the Atka mackerel TACs, after subtracting the CDQ reserves, jig gear
  allocation, and ICAs, to the Amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited access sectors. The allocation of the ITAC
  for Atka mackerel to the Amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited access sectors is established in Table 33 to 50
  CFR part 679 and Sec.   679.91. The CDQ reserve is 10.7 percent of the TAC for use by CDQ participants (see
  Sec.  Sec.   679.20(b)(1)(ii)(C) and 679.31).
\2\ Sections 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(A) and 679.22(a) establish temporal and spatial limitations for the Atka mackerel
  fishery.
\3\ The seasonal allowances of Atka mackerel are 50 percent in the A season and 50 percent in the B season.
\4\ Section 679.23(e)(3) authorizes directed fishing for Atka mackerel with trawl gear during the A season from
  January 20 to June 10 and the B season from June 10 to December 31.
\5\ Section 679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1)(i) limits no more than 60 percent of the annual TACs in Areas 542 and 543 to
  be caught inside of Steller sea lion critical habitat; Sec.   679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(1)(ii) equally divides the
  annual TACs between the A and B seasons as defined at Sec.   679.23(e)(3); and Sec.   679.20(a)(8)(ii)(C)(2)
  requires the TAC in Area 543 shall be no more than 65 percent of ABC in Area 543.
\6\ Section 679.20(a)(8)(i) requires that up to 2 percent of the Eastern Aleutian District and the Bering Sea
  subarea TAC be allocated to jig gear after subtracting the CDQ reserve and the ICA. NMFS sets the amount of
  this allocation for 2019 at 0.5 percent. The jig gear allocation is not apportioned by season.
Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.

    This will enhance the socioeconomic well-being of harvesters 
dependent upon Atka mackerel in this area. The Regional Administrator 
considered the following factors in reaching this decision: (1) The 
current catch of Atka mackerel ICA in the BS/EAI, (2) the harvest 
capacity and stated intent on future harvesting patterns of the 
Amendment 80 cooperative that participates in this BS/EAI fishery.

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 reallocation of Atka mackerel from the BS/EAI ICA to 
the Amendment 80 cooperative in the BSAI. Since the fishery is 
currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as 
to the revised allocations. Immediate

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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 September 26, 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.  679.91 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: October 2, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-21895 Filed 10-3-19; 4:15 pm]
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