Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2019 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for the South Atlantic Deep-Water Complex, 67674 [2019-26640]

Download as PDF 67674 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 622.193(h)(2)(i), NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric deep-water complex when the Administration recreational ACL has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a 50 CFR Part 622 notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register, unless NMFS [Docket No.100812345–2142–03; RTID 0648– determines that no closure is necessary XS018] based on the best scientific information Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South available. NMFS has determined that the recreational sector has exceeded the Atlantic; 2019 Recreational ACL for this complex. Therefore, this Accountability Measure and Closure temporary rule implements an AM to for the South Atlantic Deep-Water close the recreational sector for the Complex deep-water complex in the South AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Atlantic EEZ, effective 12:01 a.m., local Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and time, December 11, 2019, until January Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1, 2020, the start of the next fishing Commerce. year. During the recreational closure, the ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. bag and possession limits for the fish in SUMMARY: NMFS implements an the deep-water complex in or from the accountability measure (AM) for the South Atlantic EEZ are zero. Therefore, recreational sector for the snapperas of 12:01 a.m. on December 11, 2019, grouper deep-water complex no recreational harvest of fish in the (yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty deep-water complex from the South grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, Atlantic EEZ is allowed for the and blackfin snapper) in the South remainder of the 2019 fishing year. Atlantic for the 2019 fishing year Classification through this temporary rule. NMFS has The Regional Administrator, determined that recreational landings of Southeast Region, NMFS, has the deep-water complex have exceeded determined this temporary rule is the recreational annual catch limit necessary for the conservation and (ACL). Therefore, NMFS closes the management of the deep-water complex, recreational sector for this complex on a component of the South Atlantic December 11, 2019, through the snapper-grouper fishery, and is remainder of the 2019 fishing year in consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Act and other applicable laws. the South Atlantic. This closure is This action is taken under 50 CFR necessary to protect the species in the 622.193(h)(2)(i) and is exempt from deep-water complex. review under Executive Order 12866. DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., These measures are exempt from the local time, December 11, 2019, until procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2020. Act because the temporary rule is issued FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: without opportunity for prior notice and Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional public comment. Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: This action responds to the best frank.helies@noaa.gov. scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for NOAA SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Fisheries (AA) finds that the need to snapper-grouper fishery of the South immediately implement this action to Atlantic includes the deep-water close the recreational sector for the complex, which includes yellowedge deep-water complex constitutes good grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, cause to waive the requirements to queen snapper, sand tilefish, and blackfin snapper, and is managed under provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the the Fishery Management Plan for the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South as such procedures are unnecessary and Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was contrary to the public interest. Such prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery procedures are unnecessary because the Management Council and is rule implementing the AM itself has implemented by NMFS under the been subject to notice and comment, authority of the Magnuson-Stevens and all that remains is to notify the Fishery Conservation and Management public of the closure. Such procedures Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by are contrary to the public interest regulations at 50 CFR part 622. because of the need to immediately The recreational ACL for the deepimplement this action to protect the water complex is 38,628 lb (17,521 kg), deep-water complex. Prior notice and round weight. Under 50 CFR lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Dec 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the recreational sector to further exceed its ACL. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 5, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26640 Filed 12–6–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 191204–0101] RIN 0648–BI99 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Seabird Bycatch Avoidance Measures National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule requires commercial groundfish bottom longline vessels 26 feet (7.9 meters (m)) length overall and longer managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to use streamer lines while setting gear or to set gear between civil dusk and civil dawn (night set) when fishing in Federal waters north of 36° North latitude. The action is necessary to fulfill terms and conditions of a 2017 United States Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion to minimize incidental take of Endangered Species Act-listed shorttailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) by vessels in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. This rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, and other applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act. DATES: This final rule is effective January 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of supporting documents referenced in this final rule, including a Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No.100812345-2142-03; RTID 0648-XS018]


Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; 2019 Recreational 
Accountability Measure and Closure for the South Atlantic Deep-Water 
Complex

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the 
recreational sector for the snapper-grouper deep-water complex 
(yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand 
tilefish, and blackfin snapper) in the South Atlantic for the 2019 
fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has determined that 
recreational landings of the deep-water complex have exceeded the 
recreational annual catch limit (ACL). Therefore, NMFS closes the 
recreational sector for this complex on December 11, 2019, through the 
remainder of the 2019 fishing year in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) 
of the South Atlantic. This closure is necessary to protect the species 
in the deep-water complex.

DATES: This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, December 11, 
2019, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic includes the deep-water complex, which includes yellowedge 
grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, and 
blackfin snapper, and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for 
the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP 
was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is 
implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations 
at 50 CFR part 622.
    The recreational ACL for the deep-water complex is 38,628 lb 
(17,521 kg), round weight. Under 50 CFR 622.193(h)(2)(i), NMFS is 
required to close the recreational sector for the deep-water complex 
when the recreational ACL has been reached, or is projected to be 
reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the 
Federal Register, unless NMFS determines that no closure is necessary 
based on the best scientific information available. NMFS has determined 
that the recreational sector has exceeded the ACL for this complex. 
Therefore, this temporary rule implements an AM to close the 
recreational sector for the deep-water complex in the South Atlantic 
EEZ, effective 12:01 a.m., local time, December 11, 2019, until January 
1, 2020, the start of the next fishing year.
    During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits for 
the fish in the deep-water complex in or from the South Atlantic EEZ 
are zero. Therefore, as of 12:01 a.m. on December 11, 2019, no 
recreational harvest of fish in the deep-water complex from the South 
Atlantic EEZ is allowed for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of 
the deep-water complex, a component of the South Atlantic snapper-
grouper fishery, and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and 
other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(h)(2)(i) and is exempt 
from review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and public comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need 
to immediately implement this action to close the recreational sector 
for the deep-water complex constitutes good cause to waive the 
requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment 
pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such 
procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such 
procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the AM itself 
has been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to 
notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the 
public interest because of the need to immediately implement this 
action to protect the deep-water complex. Prior notice and opportunity 
for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the 
recreational sector to further exceed its ACL.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: December 5, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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