Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska, 59588-59589 [2019-24153]

Download as PDF 59588 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Dated: October 29, 2019. Margaret E. Everson, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Exercising the Authority of the Director, For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24124 Filed 11–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [RTID 0648–XX020] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NC to RI and VA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2019 commercial summer flounder quota to the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Virginia. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for North Carolina, Virginia, and Rhode Island. DATES: Effective November 4, 2019, through December 31, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.102 and final 2019 allocations were published on May 17, 2019 (84 FR 22392). The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan, as published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS Greater khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Nov 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.102(c)(2). The Regional Administrator is required to consider three criteria in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations: The transfer or combinations would preclude the overall annual quota from being fully harvested, the transfer addresses an unforeseen variation or contingency in the fishery, and the transfer is consistent with the objectives of the GMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. North Carolina is transferring 23,481 lb (10,651 kg) and 7,706 lb (3,495 kg) of summer flounder commercial quota to Rhode Island and Virginia, respectively, through mutual agreement of the states. These transfers were requested to repay landings made by North Carolinapermitted vessels in Rhode Island and Virginia under safe harbor agreements. Based on the revised Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specifications, the revised summer flounder quotas for fishing year 2019 are now: North Carolina, 2,926,555 lb (1,327,463 kg); Rhode Island, 1,745,943 lb (9,1946 kg); and Virginia, 2,398,416 lb (1,087,903 kg). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 29, 2019. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23966 Filed 11–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180831813–9170–02] RIN 0648–XY053 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) from catcher vessels using trawl gear to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, vessels using jig gear, and vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the 2019 TAC of Pacific cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA to be harvested. DATES: Effective November 1, 2019 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens 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 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 73 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 125 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessel using jig gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 134 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 1,980 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The 2019 Pacific cod TAC apportioned to catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 2,000 metric tons (mt), as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to harvest 330 mt of the 2019 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(12)(i)(A)(3). In accordance with § 679.20(a)(12)(ii)(B), the Regional Administrator has also determined that catcher vessels using hook-and-line E:\FR\FM\05NOR1.SGM 05NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, vessels using jig gear, and vessels using pot gear currently have the capacity to harvest this excess allocation. Therefore, NMFS apportions 330 mt of Pacific cod from the trawl catcher vessel apportionment to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, vessels using jig gear, and vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. The harvest specifications for Pacific cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA included in the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) are revised as follows: 1,670 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear, 155 mt to catcher/processors using trawl gear, 108 mt to vessels using hookand-line gear, 184 mt to vessels using jig gear, and 2,195 mt to vessels using pot gear. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Nov 04, 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 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 reallocations of Pacific cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. Since the fishery is currently open, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery, to allow the industry to plan for PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 59589 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 October 28, 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 § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 31, 2019. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24153 Filed 10–31–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\05NOR1.SGM 05NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 214 (Tuesday, November 5, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 180831813-9170-02]
RIN 0648-XY053


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific Cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska

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 amounts of Pacific 
cod total allowable catch (TAC) from catcher vessels using trawl gear 
to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear, catcher/processors using 
trawl gear, vessels using jig gear, and vessels using pot gear in the 
Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is 
necessary to allow the 2019 TAC of Pacific cod in the Western 
Regulatory Area of the GOA to be harvested.

DATES: Effective November 1, 2019 through 2400 hours, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (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 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels using hook-
and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 73 metric 
tons (mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest 
specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019).
    The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher/processors using 
trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 125 metric tons 
(mt) as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications 
for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019).
    The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessel using jig gear in the 
Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 134 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for 
groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019).
    The 2019 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessels using pot gear in 
the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 1,980 metric tons (mt) as 
established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for 
groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019).
    The 2019 Pacific cod TAC apportioned to catcher vessels using trawl 
gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 2,000 metric tons 
(mt), as established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications 
for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019). The 
Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has 
determined that catcher vessels using trawl gear will not be able to 
harvest 330 mt of the 2019 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels 
under Sec.  679.20(a)(12)(i)(A)(3).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(12)(ii)(B), the Regional 
Administrator has also determined that catcher vessels using hook-and-
line

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gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, vessels using jig gear, and 
vessels using pot gear currently have the capacity to harvest this 
excess allocation. Therefore, NMFS apportions 330 mt of Pacific cod 
from the trawl catcher vessel apportionment to catcher vessels using 
hook-and-line gear, catcher/processors using trawl gear, vessels using 
jig gear, and vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of 
the GOA.
    The harvest specifications for Pacific cod in the Western 
Regulatory Area of the GOA included in the final 2019 and 2020 harvest 
specifications for groundfish of the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) 
are revised as follows: 1,670 mt to catcher vessels using trawl gear, 
155 mt to catcher/processors using trawl gear, 108 mt to vessels using 
hook-and-line gear, 184 mt to vessels using jig gear, and 2,195 mt to 
vessels using pot gear.

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 reallocations of Pacific cod in the Western Regulatory 
Area of the GOA. Since the fishery is currently open, it is important 
to immediately inform the industry as to the revised allocations. 
Immediate 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 October 28, 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.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: October 31, 2019.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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