Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices, 68409-68418 [2019-27064]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS 13 and must be served on interested parties.14 Executive summaries should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via Commerce’s electronic records system, ACCESS. An electronically filed request must be received successfully in its entirety by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice.15 Requests should contain: (1) The party’s name, address and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues parties intend to discuss. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a date and time to be determined.16 Parties should confirm the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any case or rebuttal briefs, no later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, unless extended.17 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Assessment Rates Upon completion of this administrative review, Commerce shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. If Hyundai’s weighted-average dumping margin is not zero or de minimis (i.e., less than 0.5 percent) in the final results of this review, we will calculate importer-specific ad valorem antidumping duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer’s examined sales to the total entered value of those same sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importerspecific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is not zero or de minimis. If Hyundai’s weighted-average dumping margin is generally 19 CFR 351.303. 19 CFR 351.303(f). 15 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 16 See 19 CFR 351.310(d). 17 See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act; and 19 CFR 351.213(h). zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties. The final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.18 In accordance with Commerce’s ‘‘automatic assessment’’ practice, for entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by Hyundai for which it did not know that the merchandise was destined to the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate those entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction.19 We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Hyundai and POSCO in the final results of review will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margin established in the final results of this administrative review; (2) for merchandise exported by producers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding in which they were reviewed; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review or the original investigation but the producer is, then the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding for the producer of the merchandise; (4) the cash deposit rate for all other producers or exporters will continue to be 6.05 percent, the allothers rate established in the less-thanfair-value investigation. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 18 See section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act. a full discussion of this practice, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). 19 For PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. Notification to Interested Parties This administrative review and notice are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: December 9, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix Cash Deposit Requirements 13 See 14 See 68409 List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments V. Affiliation VI. Particular Market Situation VII. Discussion of the Methodology VIII. Currency Conversion IX. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2019–27027 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XY050] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: NMFS publishes standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other Observer Program participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that will be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 68410 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and halibut made in 2020. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2021. Fees are due to NMFS on or before February 15, 2021. DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Alicia M. Miller at (907) 586–7471. For questions about the fee billing process, contact Carl Greene at (907) 586–7003. Additional information about the Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region’s website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ fisheries-observers/north-pacificobserver-program. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Background Regulations at 50 CFR part 679, subpart E, governing the Observer Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) and electronic monitoring (EM) systems to collect information necessary for the conservation and management of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish and halibut fisheries. Fishery managers use information collected by observers to monitor quotas, manage groundfish and prohibited species catch, and document and reduce fishery interactions with protected resources. Scientists use observer-collected information for stock assessments and marine ecosystem research. The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories—the partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors that are not required to have an observer or electronic monitoring (EM) at all times and the full coverage category includes vessels and processors required to have all of their fishing and processing activity observed. Vessels and processors in the full coverage category arrange and pay for observer services from a permitted observer provider. Observer coverage and EM for the partial coverage category is funded through a system of fees based on the ex-vessel value of groundfish and halibut. Throughout this notice, the term ‘‘processor’’ refers to shoreside processors, stationary floating VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 processors, and catcher/processors in the partial coverage category. Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or a commercial halibut quota made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and not included in the full coverage category. A fee is only assessed on landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal Fisheries Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which landings are and are not subject to the observer fee is at § 679.55(c) and is on page 2 of an informational bulletin titled ‘‘Observer Fee Collection’’ on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/ document/observer-fee-collection-northpacific-groundfish-and-halibutfisheries-observer. Fee Determination A fee equal to 1.25 percent of the exvessel value is assessed on the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port combination, and the standard price for halibut by the headed and gutted weight equivalent. Standard prices are determined by aggregating prices by species, gear, and area grouping to arrive at an average price per pound for each grouping. NMFS reviews each vessel landing report and determines whether the reported landing is subject to the observer fee and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are subject to the observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing subject to the observer fee will be included in the observer fee calculation. For any landed groundfish or halibut subject to the observer fee, NMFS will apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices for the species, gear type, and port, and calculate the observer fee associated with the landing. Processors and registered buyers access the landing-specific, observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https:// PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/ login) or eLandings (https:// elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must process each landing report through the catch accounting system computer programs to determine which groundfish in a landing accrues against a Federal TAC and are subject to the observer fee. Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the registered buyers or owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/ processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for remitting the full fee to NMFS. NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must pay the fees to NMFS using NMFS Web Application by February 15 each year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for electronic payment will be provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ commercial-fishing/observer-feecollection-and-payment-north-pacificgroundfish-and-halibut and on the observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered buyer. Standard Prices This notice provides the standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2020. Data sources for ex-vessel prices are: • For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of Alaska’s Commercial Fishery Entry Commission’s (CFEC) gross revenue data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and • For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish accruing E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 68411 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer Report that is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that operates as a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ landings of sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under § 679.5(l)(7)(i). The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular speciesgear-port combination, the price data used to calculate the standard price must represent landings from at least four different vessels to at least three different processors in a port or port group. Price data that is confidential because fewer than four vessels or three processors contributed data to a particular species-gear-port combination has been aggregated. Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to calculate the fee for 2020. These prices are based on the CFEC gross revenue data, which are based on landings data from ADF&G fish tickets and information from the COAR. The COAR contains statewide buying and production information, and is considered the most complete routinely collected information to determine the ex-vessel value of groundfish harvested from waters off Alaska. The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2016, 2017, and 2018 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2016, 2017, and 2018 by species, port, and gear category, and then dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each category by total volume over the 3-year period in each category. This calculation results in an average ex-vessel price per pound by species, port, and gear category for the 3-year period. Three gear categories were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl gear, including hook-and-line, pot, jig, troll, and others (Non-Trawl); (2) nonpelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR). CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are less than two years old. For the 2020 groundfish standard ex-vessel prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available is from 2018. If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the standard exvessel price for a species group, if it exists in the management area, will be used. If price data for a particular species remained confidential once aggregated to the ALL level, data is aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-water Flatfish; GOA Shallow-water Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other Rockfish). Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown in Table 2. If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are available. Port-group data is then aggregated by regulatory area in the GOA (Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the BSAI (BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are still not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the prices are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) and ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including those outside of Alaska (ALL). Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and pelagic trawl when non-confidential data is available. NMFS also calculated prices for a ‘‘Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined’’ (PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2020 landings of some of the species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price for the port or port group. If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, if that data becomes available and display of a standard ex-vessel price meets confidentiality requirements. TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Alaska Plaice Flounder (133) ........... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... AK ..................................................... SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Arrowtooth Flounder (121) ................ lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Atka Mackerel (193) .......................... Black Rockfish (142) ......................... Bocaccio Rockfish (137) ................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Non-trawl Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT ------------------$0.12 0.12 ---------------0.54 0.53 0.53 0.74 0.56 0.56 0.55 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR $0.10 0.10 0.10 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.19 ------------------- 16DEN1 ---------$0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 ------------------------------------- PTR/NPT $0.10 0.10 0.10 ---------------0.21 0.21 0.21 0.20 0.20 0.19 ------------------- 68412 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Butter Sole (126) ............................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Craig ................................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Whittier ............................................. EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. BSAI ................................................. AK ..................................................... Canary Rockfish (146) ...................... China Rockfish (149) ........................ Copper Rockfish (138) ...................... Darkblotched Rockfish (159) ............ Dover Sole (124) ............................... Dusky Rockfish (172) ........................ English Sole (128) ............................ lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Flathead Sole (122) .......................... Northern Rockfish (136) .................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Non-trawl Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT ---------------0.45 0.49 0.56 0.52 0.36 0.66 0.48 0.50 0.51 0.51 0.51 0.70 0.61 0.27 0.27 0.68 0.63 0.68 0.55 0.55 0.55 0.76 0.66 0.56 0.62 0.42 0.49 0.55 0.55 0.55 0.50 0.50 0.50 ---------------0.54 0.55 0.55 0.41 0.30 0.59 0.41 0.60 0.43 0.44 0.44 0.44 ------------------------------0.21 0.22 0.23 0.68 0.62 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.09 ------------------0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---0.16 16DEN1 PTR/NPT 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.10 0.10 0.10 ------------------0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 ---------------0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---0.16 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.09 0.09 ---------------------------------------------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ------------------------------- 68413 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Octopus (870) ................................... Pacific Cod (110) .............................. Pacific Ocean Perch (141) ................ Pollock (270) ..................................... lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Quillback Rockfish (147) ................... Redbanded Rockfish (153) ............... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Non-trawl ALL ................................................... Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. Dutch Harbor .................................... BS ..................................................... BSAI ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ Whittier ............................................. EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... King Cove ......................................... WGOA .............................................. GOA ................................................. Dutch Harbor .................................... BS ..................................................... BSAI ................................................. Stationary Floating Processor .......... AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. BSAI ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. Dutch Harbor .................................... BS ..................................................... BSAI ................................................. Stationary Floating Processor .......... AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Craig ................................................. Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ Whittier ............................................. EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT 0.62 0.76 0.49 0.51 0.51 0.30 0.54 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.62 0.36 0.19 0.34 0.59 0.41 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.37 0.40 0.37 0.30 0.29 ---0.33 0.33 0.34 0.33 0.34 0.34 ---0.34 0.34 0.77 ---0.54 0.54 0.06 0.03 0.06 0.06 ------------0.06 0.06 0.65 0.44 0.80 0.25 0.82 0.65 0.26 0.39 0.34 0.49 0.41 0.42 0.48 0.48 0.48 0.34 0.33 0.23 0.52 0.39 0.30 0.33 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR 0.16 ---0.60 0.60 0.59 ---------0.59 0.59 ---------------------------0.34 ---0.34 ------0.31 0.31 0.31 0.31 0.31 0.31 0.31 0.19 ---0.19 0.19 ---0.19 0.19 0.10 ---0.10 0.10 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.13 0.10 0.10 ------------------------------------------------------------------- 16DEN1 PTR/NPT 0.16 ------------------------------------------------------0.30 ---0.30 ------0.25 ------0.11 ---0.25 0.25 0.19 ---0.19 0.19 0.05 0.19 0.19 0.10 ---0.10 0.10 ---0.13 0.13 ---0.10 0.10 ------------------------------------------------------------------- ------0.60 0.60 0.59 ---------0.59 0.59 ---------------------------------------------0.31 0.31 ---0.31 ------------------0.05 ------------------0.14 ------0.12 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68414 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Redstripe Rockfish (158) .................. Rex Sole (125) .................................. Rock Sole (123) ................................ Rosethorn Rockfish (150) ................. Rougheye Rockfish (151) ................. Sablefish (blackcod) (710) ................ lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Shortraker Rockfish (152) ................. Silvergray Rockfish (157) .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Non-trawl Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. BS ..................................................... BSAI ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT 0.26 0.34 0.31 0.37 0.37 0.38 0.56 0.62 0.53 0.72 0.54 0.53 0.53 0.53 ------------------------------0.44 0.40 0.40 0.43 0.49 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.33 0.32 0.28 0.52 0.44 0.27 0.27 0.38 0.32 0.40 0.35 0.38 0.38 0.38 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 0.33 0.32 0.30 0.50 0.41 0.51 0.36 0.35 0.38 0.38 0.40 0.32 0.32 0.40 0.40 0.39 0.58 0.53 0.45 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR ---------0.23 0.23 0.23 ------------------------0.36 0.36 0.37 0.37 0.37 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 ------------------------------------------------0.21 ---0.21 0.23 0.23 0.23 2.98 2.98 2.86 2.86 2.86 ---------------------0.23 ---0.23 0.31 ------0.31 0.31 ------------- 16DEN1 PTR/NPT ------------------------------------------0.36 0.36 0.45 0.43 0.43 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 ------------------------------------------------0.22 ---0.21 0.21 0.21 0.21 2.82 2.82 2.56 2.41 2.41 ---------------------0.27 ---0.25 0.25 ------0.25 0.25 ------------- ---------0.23 0.23 0.23 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68415 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Skate, Alaska (703) .......................... Skate, Big (702) ................................ Skate, Longnose (701) ..................... Skate, Other (700) ............................ Starry Flounder (129) ........................ Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots) (143) .. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Tiger Rockfish (148) ......................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Non-trawl EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... EGOA ............................................... Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Petersburg ........................................ SEAK ................................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... WGOA .............................................. GOA ................................................. Adak ................................................. AI ...................................................... BS ..................................................... AK ..................................................... Bellingham ........................................ OTAK ................................................ ALL ................................................... Juneau .............................................. Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT 0.40 0.46 0.41 0.42 0.44 0.44 0.44 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.39 0.39 0.45 0.39 0.44 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.40 0.40 0.32 0.38 0.45 0.39 0.43 0.41 0.41 0.41 0.03 0.35 0.35 0.38 0.38 0.38 ---------------0.98 1.19 0.97 0.99 1.00 0.54 0.70 0.73 0.51 0.74 0.66 0.79 ---0.55 0.57 0.70 0.78 0.89 0.89 0.78 0.43 0.52 0.50 0.38 0.43 0.40 0.41 0.44 0.44 0.44 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR ---------------------------------------0.46 ---0.46 0.46 0.46 0.46 ------------0.46 ---0.46 0.46 0.46 0.46 ------------0.12 0.12 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 ------------------------0.68 ---0.68 ---0.69 ---------0.69 ------0.69 ------------------------------- 16DEN1 PTR/NPT ---------------------------------------0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ------------0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------0.43 0.12 0.12 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.08 ------------------------0.69 ---0.69 ---0.70 ---------0.70 ------0.70 ------------------------------- 68416 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2020 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species (species code) 1 2 Port/area 3 4 Vermilion Rockfish (184) ................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Craig ................................................. Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ Whittier ............................................. EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... WGOA .............................................. GOA ................................................. BS ..................................................... BSAI ................................................. AK ..................................................... Bellingham ........................................ OTAK ................................................ ALL ................................................... Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... ALL ................................................... Widow Rockfish (156) ....................... Yelloweye Rockfish (145) ................. Yellowtail Rockfish (155) .................. Non-trawl NPT 0.95 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 0.81 1.13 1.08 1.08 1.08 1.31 1.30 1.87 1.14 2.02 1.80 0.97 0.98 1.00 0.88 0.33 0.64 0.67 0.46 ---0.18 0.18 1.52 1.16 1.16 1.52 0.67 0.64 0.64 0.69 0.28 0.46 0.53 0.53 0.51 PTR ------------------------------------------------------------0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 ------0.25 ------0.25 ---------------------------- PTR/NPT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 ------0.25 ------0.25 ---------------------------- ---- = No landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. 2 For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679. 3 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 4 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type, or see Table 2 or Table 3. 5 n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings. TABLE 2—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES GROUPS FOR 2020 OBSERVER Coverage Fee [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species group 1 Port/area 2 3 Flathead Sole (FSOL) ....................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. AK ..................................................... Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. Kodiak .............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. Juneau .............................................. SEAK ................................................ EGOA ............................................... lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES GOA Deep Water Flatfish (DFL4) 4 .. GOA Shallow Water Flatfish (SFL1) 5 GOA Skate, Other (USKT) ............... VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:20 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Non-trawl Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NPT ------------------------------0.03 0.35 0.35 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM PTR $0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.09 0.09 0.09 0.17 0.17 0.17 ---------- 16DEN1 $0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.09 ---0.10 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---------- PTR/NPT ------------0.09 ---------------------- 68417 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 2—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES GROUPS FOR 2020 OBSERVER—Continued Coverage Fee [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018] Species group 1 Port/area 2 3 Other Rockfish (ROCK) 6 7 ................ Non-trawl Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... GOA ................................................. Juneau .............................................. Ketchikan .......................................... Petersburg ........................................ Sitka ................................................. SEAK ................................................ Cordova ............................................ Whittier ............................................. EGOAxSE ........................................ Homer ............................................... Kodiak .............................................. Seward ............................................. CGOA ............................................... WGOA .............................................. GOA ................................................. Adak ................................................. AI ...................................................... Dutch Harbor .................................... BS ..................................................... AK ..................................................... NPT 0.42 0.41 0.38 0.51 0.36 0.35 0.54 0.47 0.74 0.75 0.75 0.81 0.34 0.54 0.58 0.61 ---0.55 0.57 0.74 0.67 ---- PTR ------------------------------------0.20 ---0.20 ---0.21 ------------0.21 PTR/NPT ------------------------------------------------------------------- ------0.43 ---------------------------0.20 ---0.20 ---0.21 ------------0.21 ---- = No landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. 2 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 3 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type combination. 4 ‘‘Deep-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole. 5 ‘‘Shallow-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means flatfish not including ‘‘deep-water flatfish,’’ flathead sole, rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder. 6 In the GOA: ‘‘Other rockfish’’ means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S. goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S. wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA only, other rockfish also includes northern rockfish, S. polyspinis. ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District means other rockfish and demersal shelf rockfish. The ‘‘other rockfish’’ species group in the SEO District only includes other rockfish. ‘‘Demersal shelf rockfish’’ means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S. maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye). 7 ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for dark rockfish, Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, and shortraker rockfish. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are calculated as a single annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-vessel value data collected on the 2019 IFQ Buyer Report for landings made from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, were used to calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2020 observer fee for halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 TABLE 3—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR HALIBUT IFQ, HALIBUT CDQ, SABLEFISH IFQ, AND SABLEFISH ACCRUING AGAINST THE FIXED GEAR SABLEFISH CDQ RESERVE FOR THE 2020 OBSERVER FEE [Based on 2019 IFQ Buyer Reports] Species Port/area 1 Halibut (200) ....... Craig ................... Ketchikan ............ Petersburg .......... Sitka ................... SEAK .................. Cordova .............. EGOAxSE .......... Homer ................. Kodiak ................ Seward ............... CGOA ................. WGOA ................ BS ....................... BSAI ................... AK ....................... ALL ..................... PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Price 2 $5.56 5.60 5.54 5.47 5.62 5.72 5.66 5.80 5.07 5.61 5.48 4.64 4.30 4.32 5.31 5.31 TABLE 3—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR HALIBUT IFQ, HALIBUT CDQ, SABLEFISH IFQ, AND SABLEFISH ACCRUING AGAINST THE FIXED GEAR SABLEFISH CDQ RESERVE FOR THE 2020 OBSERVER FEE— Continued [Based on 2019 IFQ Buyer Reports] Species Port/area 1 Sablefish (710) ... Craig ................... Sitka ................... SEAK .................. Cordova .............. EGOAxSE .......... Homer ................. Kodiak ................ Seward ............... CGOA ................. WGOA ................ BS ....................... BSAI ................... AK ....................... E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Price 2 3.30 3.61 3.55 3.27 3.16 2.92 2.65 3.17 2.83 4.32 1.98 2.08 3.12 68418 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2019 / Notices TABLE 3—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR HALIBUT IFQ, HALIBUT CDQ, SABLEFISH IFQ, AND SABLEFISH ACCRUING AGAINST THE FIXED GEAR SABLEFISH CDQ RESERVE FOR THE 2020 OBSERVER FEE— Continued [Based on 2019 IFQ Buyer Reports] Port/area 1 Species Price 2 ALL ..................... 3.12 1 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; AI = Aleutian Islands subarea; BS = Bering Sea subarea; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 2 If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 11, 2019. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27064 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XV148] Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of scheduled SEDAR 59 Assessment Webinar III. AGENCY: The SEDAR 59 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of Greater Amberjack will consist of a series of Data and Assessment webinars. DATES: The SEDAR 59-Assessment Webinar III has been scheduled for January 22 2020, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Registration is available online at: https:// attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ 5706560309522095885. SEDAR address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405; www.sedarweb.org. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:21 Dec 13, 2019 Jkt 250001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Howington, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone: (843) 571–4366; email: Kathleen.Howington@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a threestep process including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Process utilizing webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a data report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The product of the Assessment Process is a stock assessment report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: Data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The items of discussion at the Assessment webinar III are as follows: • Finalize discussion about model structure and address the terms of reference. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 11, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27059 Filed 12–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XV149] Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) will hold a meeting, which will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23, 2020, starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and will end when business for the day has been completed. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, Bridal Veil Room, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97220; telephone: (503) 256–5000. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Jim Seger, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: At its meeting, the SaMTAAC will continue to develop alternatives that address SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XY050]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North 
Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish and 
halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific 
Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide 
information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other 
Observer Program participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that 
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used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and 
halibut made in 2020. NMFS will send invoices to processors and 
registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2021. Fees are due 
to NMFS on or before February 15, 2021.

DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the 
observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Alicia M. Miller at 
(907) 586-7471. For questions about the fee billing process, contact 
Carl Greene at (907) 586-7003. Additional information about the 
Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region's website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/fisheries-observers/north-pacific-observer-program.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Regulations at 50 CFR part 679, subpart E, governing the Observer 
Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) 
and electronic monitoring (EM) systems to collect information necessary 
for the conservation and management of the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish and halibut 
fisheries. Fishery managers use information collected by observers to 
monitor quotas, manage groundfish and prohibited species catch, and 
document and reduce fishery interactions with protected resources. 
Scientists use observer-collected information for stock assessments and 
marine ecosystem research.
    The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories--the 
partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All 
groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer 
coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 
679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors 
that are not required to have an observer or electronic monitoring (EM) 
at all times and the full coverage category includes vessels and 
processors required to have all of their fishing and processing 
activity observed. Vessels and processors in the full coverage category 
arrange and pay for observer services from a permitted observer 
provider. Observer coverage and EM for the partial coverage category is 
funded through a system of fees based on the ex-vessel value of 
groundfish and halibut. Throughout this notice, the term ``processor'' 
refers to shoreside processors, stationary floating processors, and 
catcher/processors in the partial coverage category.

Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee

    Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is 
authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal 
total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or a commercial halibut 
quota made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and not 
included in the full coverage category. A fee is only assessed on 
landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal Fisheries 
Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or 
community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the 
subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing 
against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included 
in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which 
landings are and are not subject to the observer fee is at Sec.  
679.55(c) and is on page 2 of an informational bulletin titled 
``Observer Fee Collection'' on the NMFS Alaska Region website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/observer-fee-collection-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut-fisheries-observer.

Fee Determination

    A fee equal to 1.25 percent of the ex-vessel value is assessed on 
the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel 
value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by 
the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port 
combination, and the standard price for halibut by the headed and 
gutted weight equivalent. Standard prices are determined by aggregating 
prices by species, gear, and area grouping to arrive at an average 
price per pound for each grouping. NMFS reviews each vessel landing 
report and determines whether the reported landing is subject to the 
observer fee and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are 
subject to the observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing 
subject to the observer fee will be included in the observer fee 
calculation. For any landed groundfish or halibut subject to the 
observer fee, NMFS will apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices 
for the species, gear type, and port, and calculate the observer fee 
associated with the landing.
    Processors and registered buyers access the landing-specific, 
observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/login) or eLandings (https://elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available 
immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted 
electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must 
process each landing report through the catch accounting system 
computer programs to determine which groundfish in a landing accrues 
against a Federal TAC and are subject to the observer fee.
    Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the 
registered buyers or owners of shoreside or stationary floating 
processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the 
partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion 
of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors 
and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from 
catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/
processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for 
remitting the full fee to NMFS.
    NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 
15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum 
of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered 
buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must 
pay the fees to NMFS using NMFS Web Application by February 15 each 
year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system 
through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for 
electronic payment will be provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website 
at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/observer-fee-collection-and-payment-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut and on 
the observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered 
buyer.

Standard Prices

    This notice provides the standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish 
and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2020. Data sources 
for ex-vessel prices are:
     For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish 
accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of 
Alaska's Commercial Fishery Entry Commission's (CFEC) gross revenue 
data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) 
and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and
     For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish 
accruing

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against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer Report that 
is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that operates as 
a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ landings of 
sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under Sec.  
679.5(l)(7)(i).
    The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the 
following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted 
to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information 
that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For 
NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular species-gear-port 
combination, the price data used to calculate the standard price must 
represent landings from at least four different vessels to at least 
three different processors in a port or port group. Price data that is 
confidential because fewer than four vessels or three processors 
contributed data to a particular species-gear-port combination has been 
aggregated.

Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices that 
will be used to calculate the fee for 2020. These prices are based on 
the CFEC gross revenue data, which are based on landings data from 
ADF&G fish tickets and information from the COAR. The COAR contains 
statewide buying and production information, and is considered the most 
complete routinely collected information to determine the ex-vessel 
value of groundfish harvested from waters off Alaska.
    The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by 
adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2016, 
2017, and 2018 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the 
volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 
2016, 2017, and 2018 by species, port, and gear category, and then 
dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each 
category by total volume over the 3-year period in each category. This 
calculation results in an average ex-vessel price per pound by species, 
port, and gear category for the 3-year period. Three gear categories 
were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl gear, 
including hook-and-line, pot, jig, troll, and others (Non-Trawl); (2) 
non-pelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR).
    CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of 
the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not 
possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are 
less than two years old. For the 2020 groundfish standard ex-vessel 
prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available is 
from 2018.
    If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the 
standard ex-vessel price for a species group, if it exists in the 
management area, will be used. If price data for a particular species 
remained confidential once aggregated to the ALL level, data is 
aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-water Flatfish; 
GOA Shallow-water Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other Rockfish). 
Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown in Table 2.
    If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality 
requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data 
for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast 
Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are 
available. Port-group data is then aggregated by regulatory area in the 
GOA (Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the 
BSAI (BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are 
still not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the 
prices are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) 
and ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including 
those outside of Alaska (ALL).
    Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and 
pelagic trawl when non-confidential data is available. NMFS also 
calculated prices for a ``Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined'' 
(PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for 
landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not 
violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price 
category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2020 landings of some of the 
species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price 
for the port or port group.
    If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species 
group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no 
fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that 
species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, 
if that data becomes available and display of a standard ex-vessel 
price meets confidentiality requirements.

            Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species for 2020 Observer Coverage Fee
                              [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018]
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  Species (species code) 1 2      Port/area 3 4      Non-trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alaska Plaice Flounder (133)..  GOA.............            ----           $0.10            ----           $0.10
                                AK..............            ----            0.10            ----            0.10
                                ALL.............            ----            0.10            ----            0.10
Arrowtooth Flounder (121).....  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09           $0.08            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            0.08            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            0.08            ----
                                AK..............           $0.12            0.09            0.08            ----
                                ALL.............            0.12            0.09            0.08            ----
Atka Mackerel (193)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.20            ----            0.21
                                CGOA............            ----            0.20            ----            0.21
                                GOA.............            ----            0.20            ----            0.21
                                AK..............            ----            0.20            ----            0.20
                                ALL.............            ----            0.20            ----            0.20
Black Rockfish (142)..........  AK..............            0.54            0.19            ----            0.19
Bocaccio Rockfish (137).......  SEAK............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----

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Butter Sole (126).............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
Canary Rockfish (146).........  Craig...........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
China Rockfish (149)..........  Sitka...........            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.68            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.63            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.68            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
Copper Rockfish (138).........  Sitka...........            0.76            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.62            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
Darkblotched Rockfish (159)...  GOA.............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
Dover Sole (124)..............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            0.10            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.09            0.10            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.09            0.10            ----
Dusky Rockfish (172)..........  Juneau..........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.41            0.17            0.17            ----
                                Seward..........            0.60            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            0.17            0.17            ----
                                GOA.............            0.44            0.17            0.17            ----
                                AK..............            0.44            0.17            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            0.44            0.17            0.17            ----
English Sole (128)............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                CGOA............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
Flathead Sole (122)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
Northern Rockfish (136).......  Kodiak..........            0.21            0.16            0.16            ----
                                CGOA............            0.22            0.16            0.16            ----
                                GOA.............            0.23            0.16            0.16            ----
                                BSAI............            0.68            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.62            0.16            0.16            ----

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                                ALL.............            0.62            0.16            0.16            ----
Octopus (870).................  Homer...........            0.76            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.49            0.60            ----            0.60
                                CGOA............            0.51            0.60            ----            0.60
                                GOA.............            0.51            0.59            ----            0.59
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.50            0.59            ----            0.59
                                ALL.............            0.50            0.59            ----            0.59
Pacific Cod (110).............  Juneau..........            0.62            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.19            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.37            0.34            0.30            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.37            0.34            0.30            ----
                                King Cove.......            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                WGOA............            0.29            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.31            0.25            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.33            0.31            ----            0.31
                                BS..............            0.33            0.31            ----            0.31
                                BSAI............            0.34            0.31            0.11            ----
                                Stationary                  0.33            0.31            ----            0.31
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.34            0.31            0.25            ----
                                ALL.............            0.34            0.31            0.25            ----
Pacific Ocean Perch (141).....  Kodiak..........            ----            0.19            0.19            ----
                                Seward..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.34            0.19            0.19            ----
                                GOA.............            0.77            0.19            0.19            ----
                                BSAI............            ----            ----            0.05            0.05
                                AK..............            0.54            0.19            0.19            ----
                                ALL.............            0.54            0.19            0.19            ----
Pollock (270).................  Kodiak..........            0.06            0.10            0.10            ----
                                Seward..........            0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.06            0.10            0.10            ----
                                GOA.............            0.06            0.10            0.10            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            ----            0.14            ----            0.14
                                BS..............            ----            0.14            0.13            ----
                                BSAI............            ----            0.14            0.13            ----
                                Stationary                  ----            0.13            ----            0.12
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.06            0.10            0.10            ----
                                ALL.............            0.06            0.10            0.10            ----
Quillback Rockfish (147)......  Craig...........            0.65            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.80            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.25            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.82            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.65            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.48            ----            ----            ----
Redbanded Rockfish (153)......  Juneau..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.23            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.33            ----            ----            ----

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                                Kodiak..........            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.31            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.37            0.23            ----            0.23
                                AK..............            0.37            0.23            ----            0.23
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.23            ----            0.23
Redstripe Rockfish (158)......  Sitka...........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.62            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
Rex Sole (125)................  Kodiak..........            ----            0.36            0.36            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.36            0.36            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.37            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.37            0.43            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.37            0.43            ----
Rock Sole (123)...............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
Rosethorn Rockfish (150)......  Sitka...........            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
Rougheye Rockfish (151).......  Juneau..........            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.32            0.21            0.22            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.35            0.21            0.21            ----
                                GOA.............            0.38            0.23            0.21            ----
                                AK..............            0.38            0.23            0.21            ----
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.23            0.21            ----
Sablefish (blackcod) (710)....  Kodiak..........         \5\ n/a            2.98            2.82            ----
                                CGOA............         \5\ n/a            2.98            2.82            ----
                                GOA.............         \5\ n/a            2.86            2.56            ----
                                AK..............         \5\ n/a            2.86            2.41            ----
                                ALL.............         \5\ n/a            2.86            2.41            ----
Shortraker Rockfish (152).....  Juneau..........            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.35            0.23            0.27            ----
                                Seward..........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.38            0.23            0.25            ----
                                GOA.............            0.40            0.31            0.25            ----
                                BS..............            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.40            0.31            0.25            ----
                                ALL.............            0.40            0.31            0.25            ----
Silvergray Rockfish (157).....  Juneau..........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.45            ----            ----            ----

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                                EGOAxSE.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.42            ----            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            0.44            ----            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            0.44            ----            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            0.44            ----            ----            0.13
Skate, Alaska (703)...........  CGOA............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
Skate, Big (702)..............  EGOA............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.46            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.44            0.46            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            0.46            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            0.46            0.45            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            0.46            0.45            ----
Skate, Longnose (701).........  Petersburg......            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.46            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            0.46            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.41            0.46            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            0.41            0.46            0.45            ----
                                ALL.............            0.41            0.46            0.45            ----
Skate, Other (700)............  Juneau..........            0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.38            ----            ----            0.43
                                AK..............            0.38            0.12            ----            0.12
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.12            ----            0.12
Starry Flounder (129).........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                CGOA............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                GOA.............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                AK..............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                ALL.............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots)    Juneau..........            0.98            ----            ----            ----
 (143).
                                Ketchikan.......            1.19            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.97            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.99            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.73            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.51            0.68            ----            0.69
                                Seward..........            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.66            0.68            ----            0.69
                                WGOA............            0.79            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.69            ----            0.70
                                Adak............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                AI..............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.78            0.69            ----            0.70
                                Bellingham......            0.89            ----            ----            ----
                                OTAK............            0.89            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.78            0.69            ----            0.70
Tiger Rockfish (148)..........  Juneau..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.44            ----            ----            ----

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Vermilion Rockfish (184)......  Sitka...........            0.95            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.81            ----            ----            ----
Widow Rockfish (156)..........  CGOA............            1.13            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            1.08            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            1.08            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            1.08            ----            ----            ----
Yelloweye Rockfish (145)......  Craig...........            1.31            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            1.30            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            1.87            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            1.14            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            2.02            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.80            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.97            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.98            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            1.00            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.88            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.33            0.25            ----            0.25
                                Seward..........            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.67            0.25            ----            0.25
                                WGOA............            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.25            ----            0.25
                                BS..............            0.18            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.18            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            1.52            0.25            ----            0.25
                                Bellingham......            1.16            ----            ----            ----
                                OTAK............            1.16            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            1.52            0.25            ----            0.25
Yellowtail Rockfish (155).....  Sitka...........            0.67            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.69            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
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---- = No landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If
  no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be
  assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.
\2\ For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679.
\3\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska;
  BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern
  Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\4\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type, or see Table 2 or Table 3.
\5\ n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with
  the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings.


               Table 2--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species Groups for 2020 Observer
                       Coverage Fee [Based on volume and value from 2016, 2017, and 2018]
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       Species group \1\          Port/area 2 3      Non-trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Flathead Sole (FSOL)..........  Kodiak..........            ----           $0.15           $0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.15            0.15            ----
GOA Deep Water Flatfish (DFL4)  Kodiak..........            ----            0.09            0.09
 \4\.
                                CGOA............            ----            0.09            ----            0.09
                                GOA.............            ----            0.09            0.10            ----
GOA Shallow Water Flatfish      Kodiak..........            ----            0.17            0.16            ----
 (SFL1) \5\.
                                CGOA............            ----            0.17            0.16            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.17            0.16            ----
GOA Skate, Other (USKT).......  Juneau..........            0.03            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.35            ----            ----            ----

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                                Seward..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.38            ----            ----            0.43
Other Rockfish (ROCK) 6 7.....  Juneau..........            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.75            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.75            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.34            0.20            ----            0.20
                                Seward..........            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.58            0.20            ----            0.20
                                WGOA............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.21            ----            0.21
                                Adak............            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                AI..............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.74            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.67            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.21            ----            0.21
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---- = No landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the
  management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no
  fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.
\2\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/
  Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of
  Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\3\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type combination.
\4\ ``Deep-water flatfish'' in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole.
\5\ ``Shallow-water flatfish'' in the GOA means flatfish not including ``deep-water flatfish,'' flathead sole,
  rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder.
\6\ In the GOA:
 ``Other rockfish'' means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S.
  goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S.
  wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani
  (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus
  (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA
  only, other rockfish also includes northern rockfish, S. polyspinis.
 ``Other rockfish'' in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District means other
  rockfish and demersal shelf rockfish. The ``other rockfish'' species group in the SEO District only includes
  other rockfish.
 ``Demersal shelf rockfish'' means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S.
  maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye).
\7\ ``Other rockfish'' in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for dark rockfish,
  Pacific ocean perch, northern rockfish, blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, and shortraker rockfish.

Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for 
halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are calculated as a single 
annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-
vessel value data collected on the 2019 IFQ Buyer Report for landings 
made from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, were used to 
calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2020 observer fee for 
halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that 
accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve.

    Table 3--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Halibut IFQ, Halibut CDQ,
 Sablefish IFQ, and Sablefish Accruing Against the Fixed Gear Sablefish
                  CDQ Reserve for the 2020 Observer Fee
                    [Based on 2019 IFQ Buyer Reports]
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              Species                     Port/area \1\       Price \2\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Halibut (200)......................  Craig.................        $5.56
                                     Ketchikan.............         5.60
                                     Petersburg............         5.54
                                     Sitka.................         5.47
                                     SEAK..................         5.62
                                     Cordova...............         5.72
                                     EGOAxSE...............         5.66
                                     Homer.................         5.80
                                     Kodiak................         5.07
                                     Seward................         5.61
                                     CGOA..................         5.48
                                     WGOA..................         4.64
                                     BS....................         4.30
                                     BSAI..................         4.32
                                     AK....................         5.31
                                     ALL...................         5.31
Sablefish (710)....................  Craig.................         3.30
                                     Sitka.................         3.61
                                     SEAK..................         3.55
                                     Cordova...............         3.27
                                     EGOAxSE...............         3.16
                                     Homer.................         2.92
                                     Kodiak................         2.65
                                     Seward................         3.17
                                     CGOA..................         2.83
                                     WGOA..................         4.32
                                     BS....................         1.98
                                     BSAI..................         2.08
                                     AK....................         3.12

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                                     ALL...................         3.12
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\1\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL =
  all ports including those outside Alaska; AI = Aleutian Islands
  subarea; BS = Bering Sea subarea; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska;
  EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\2\ If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that
  price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish
  landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut
  landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group.


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

    Dated: December 11, 2019.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-27064 Filed 12-13-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P