Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, 67723 [2019-26630]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / Notices a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA. Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226), as applicable. Dated: December 5, 2019. Amy Sloan, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26619 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XV139] Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of fee rate adjustment. AGENCY: NMFS issues this notice to decrease the fee rate to 3.5 percent for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fee-share fishery to repay the $28,428,718.88 Groundfish sub-loan of the $35,662,471 reduction loan that financed the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishing capacity reduction program. DATES: The fee rate decrease for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery will begin on landings starting on January 1, 2020. The first due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send questions about this notice to Elaine Saiz, Chief, Financial Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910– 3282. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine Saiz, (301) 427–8752. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Dec 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 I. Background Sections 312(b) through (e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e)) generally authorizes fishing capacity reduction programs. In particular, section 312(d) authorizes industry fee systems for repaying reduction loans that finance reduction programs. Subpart L of 50 CFR part 600 is the framework rule generally implementing section 312(b) through (e). Sections 1111 and 1112 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1279f and 1279g) generally authorizes reduction loans. Enacted on February 20, 2003, section 212 of Division B, Title II, of Public Law 108–7 (section 212) specifically authorizes a fishing capacity reduction program for that portion of the limited entry trawl fishery under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan whose permits, excluding those registered to whiting catcher-processors, are endorsed for trawl gear operation (reduction fishery). The reduction program’s objective was to reduce the number of vessels and permits endorsed for the operation of groundfish trawl gear. The program also involved corollary fishing capacity reduction in the California, Oregon, and Washington fisheries for Dungeness crab and pink shrimp and the sub-loans for these state fisheries have all been repaid. NMFS proposed the implementing notice on May 28, 2003 (68 FR 31653) and published the final notice on July 18, 2003 (68 FR 42613). NMFS allocated a $28,428,719 reduction loan to the groundfish fishery. The allocation became a reduction loan repayable by fees from the groundfish fishery. NMFS published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225), the final rule to implement the industry fee system for repaying the program’s reduction loan. The regulations implementing the program are located at § 600.1012 of 50 CFR part 600’s subpart M. On August 8, 2005, NMFS published in the Federal Register (70 FR 45695) a notice of the fee effective date and established September 8, 2005 as the effective date when fee collection and loan repayment began. II. Purpose The purpose of this notice is to adjust, in accordance with the framework rule’s § 600.1013(b), the fee rate for the groundfish fishery. Section 600.1013(b) directs NMFS to recalculate the fee rate that will be reasonably necessary to ensure reduction loan repayment within the specified 30-year term. NMFS has PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 67723 determined that the current fee rate of 4.0 percent for the groundfish fishery is projected to collect more than the annual amortization amount needed for 2020. Therefore, NMFS is decreasing the fee rate to 3.5 percent for all landings beginning January 1, 2020. Fish buyers may continue to disburse collected fee deposits to NMFS by using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) or by mailing payments to our lockbox. Our lockbox’s address is: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Coast Groundfish Buyback, P.O. Box 979059, St. Louis, MO 63197–9000. Fish buyers must include the fee collection report with the fee payment. Fish buyers using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) will find an electronic fee collection report form. Fish buyers not using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) may also access the NMFS website for a copy of the fee collection report at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/ funding-and-financial-services/pacificcoast-groundfish-buyback. III. Notice The new 3.5 percent fee rate for the groundfish fishery will begin for all landings starting January 1, 2020. From and after this date, all groundfish program fish sellers paying fees shall begin paying groundfish program fees at the revised rate. From and after this date, all fees received by NMFS for the groundfish fishery shall be subject to the new fee rates regardless of the applicable fee month. The first due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2020. Fee collection and submission shall follow previously established methods in § 600.1013 of the framework rule and in the final fee rule published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225). Authority: The authority for this action is Pub. L. 107 206, Pub. L. 108 7, 16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e), and 50 CFR 600.1000 et seq. Dated: December 5, 2019. Brian T. Pawlak, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26630 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XV139]


Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of fee rate adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues this notice to decrease the fee rate to 3.5 
percent for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fee-share fishery to repay the 
$28,428,718.88 Groundfish sub-loan of the $35,662,471 reduction loan 
that financed the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishing capacity reduction 
program.

DATES: The fee rate decrease for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery 
will begin on landings starting on January 1, 2020. The first due date 
for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Send questions about this notice to Elaine Saiz, Chief, 
Financial Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 
East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine Saiz, (301) 427-8752.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Sections 312(b) through (e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e)) 
generally authorizes fishing capacity reduction programs. In 
particular, section 312(d) authorizes industry fee systems for repaying 
reduction loans that finance reduction programs. Subpart L of 50 CFR 
part 600 is the framework rule generally implementing section 312(b) 
through (e). Sections 1111 and 1112 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 
(46 App. U.S.C. 1279f and 1279g) generally authorizes reduction loans.
    Enacted on February 20, 2003, section 212 of Division B, Title II, 
of Public Law 108-7 (section 212) specifically authorizes a fishing 
capacity reduction program for that portion of the limited entry trawl 
fishery under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan 
whose permits, excluding those registered to whiting catcher-
processors, are endorsed for trawl gear operation (reduction fishery).
    The reduction program's objective was to reduce the number of 
vessels and permits endorsed for the operation of groundfish trawl 
gear. The program also involved corollary fishing capacity reduction in 
the California, Oregon, and Washington fisheries for Dungeness crab and 
pink shrimp and the sub-loans for these state fisheries have all been 
repaid.
    NMFS proposed the implementing notice on May 28, 2003 (68 FR 31653) 
and published the final notice on July 18, 2003 (68 FR 42613). NMFS 
allocated a $28,428,719 reduction loan to the groundfish fishery. The 
allocation became a reduction loan repayable by fees from the 
groundfish fishery.
    NMFS published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 
40225), the final rule to implement the industry fee system for 
repaying the program's reduction loan. The regulations implementing the 
program are located at Sec.  600.1012 of 50 CFR part 600's subpart M. 
On August 8, 2005, NMFS published in the Federal Register (70 FR 45695) 
a notice of the fee effective date and established September 8, 2005 as 
the effective date when fee collection and loan repayment began.

II. Purpose

    The purpose of this notice is to adjust, in accordance with the 
framework rule's Sec.  600.1013(b), the fee rate for the groundfish 
fishery. Section 600.1013(b) directs NMFS to recalculate the fee rate 
that will be reasonably necessary to ensure reduction loan repayment 
within the specified 30-year term. NMFS has determined that the current 
fee rate of 4.0 percent for the groundfish fishery is projected to 
collect more than the annual amortization amount needed for 2020. 
Therefore, NMFS is decreasing the fee rate to 3.5 percent for all 
landings beginning January 1, 2020.
    Fish buyers may continue to disburse collected fee deposits to NMFS 
by using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) or by mailing payments to our 
lockbox. Our lockbox's address is: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Buyback, P.O. Box 979059, St. Louis, MO 63197-9000. Fish 
buyers must include the fee collection report with the fee payment. 
Fish buyers using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) will find an 
electronic fee collection report form. Fish buyers not using 
www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) may also access the NMFS website for a 
copy of the fee collection report at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/funding-and-financial-services/pacific-coast-groundfish-buyback.

III. Notice

    The new 3.5 percent fee rate for the groundfish fishery will begin 
for all landings starting January 1, 2020. From and after this date, 
all groundfish program fish sellers paying fees shall begin paying 
groundfish program fees at the revised rate. From and after this date, 
all fees received by NMFS for the groundfish fishery shall be subject 
to the new fee rates regardless of the applicable fee month. The first 
due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 
2020.
    Fee collection and submission shall follow previously established 
methods in Sec.  600.1013 of the framework rule and in the final fee 
rule published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225).

    Authority: The authority for this action is Pub. L. 107 206, 
Pub. L. 108 7, 16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e), and 50 CFR 600.1000 
et seq.

    Dated: December 5, 2019.
Brian T. Pawlak,
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Director, Office 
of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-26630 Filed 12-10-19; 8:45 am]
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