Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts, 70436-70438 [2019-27539]

Download as PDF 70436 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Additionally, this final guidance document incorporates the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program guidance into the NPS, thus ensuring that it is risk- and threat-informed and appropriate for the whole community. The contents of this final guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This final guidance document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. Implementation: The timeframe for transition to the final guidance document, ‘‘Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants’’ (NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Rev. 2), will vary amongst State, local, and Tribal governments and will be tied to their individual exercise cycle. FEMA intends to work with each jurisdiction to determine the best timeframe for transition, taking both the level of effort and where each is within their exercise cycle into account. Authority: NRC Authorization Acts of 1980 (Pub. L. 96–295) and 1982–1983 (Pub. L. 97–415); Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended, Titles II and VI, Sections 201 and 611, 42 U.S.C. 5131 and 5196; Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, Title VI, Chapter 1, Subchapter V, Sections 503 and 504, 6 U.S.C. 313 and 314; Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006, Title V, Section 612, 6 U.S.C. 314a; Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations for 1999, 42 U.S.C. 5196e; Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, Title VI, Sections 602, 642, 643, and 644, 6 U.S.C. 701, 742, 743, and 744; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; E.O. 12241, as amended; E.O. 12127, as amended. E.O. 12148, as amended; E.O. 12657, as amended; FEMA’s regulations in title 44, chapter I, parts 350–354 of the CFR. Dated: November 27, 2019. Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2019–27384 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 9111–46–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180831813–9170–02; RTID 0648–XY058] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2020, until the effective date of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2018–0103 by any of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2018– 0103, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record, and NMFS will post the comments for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 pollock TAC at 114,943 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 pollock TAC of 115,930 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 114,943 mt established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2020 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2019. The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 Pacific cod TAC at 15,709 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 Pacific cod TAC of 6,431 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 15,709 mt established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2020 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2019. Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and Pacific E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1 70437 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at § 679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and the regulations at § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned. In accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and (a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2020 GOA pollock TAC to 115,930 mt and the 2020 Pacific cod TAC to 6,431 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) are revised consistent with this adjustment. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) is revised for the 2020 TACs of pollock in the Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. TABLE 4—FINAL 2020 DISTRIBUTION OF POLLOCK IN THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL REGULATORY AREAS OF THE GOA; SEASONAL BIOMASS DISTRIBUTION, AREA APPORTIONMENTS; AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF ANNUAL TAC Season 1 Shumagin (area 610) Chirikof (area 620) Total 2 Kodiak (area 630) A (Jan 20–Mar 10) ........................................ B (Mar 10–May 31) ....................................... C (Aug 25–Oct 1) .......................................... D (Oct 1–Nov 1) ............................................ 517 517 9,070 9,070 2.06% 2.06% 36.20% 36.20% 18,757 22,222 6,739 6,739 74.86% 88.68% 26.89% 26.89% 5,783 2,318 9,248 9,248 23.08% 9.25% 36.91% 36.91% 25,057 25,057 25,057 25,057 Annual Total ........................................... 19,175 ........................ 54,456 ........................ 26,597 ........................ 100,228 1 As established by § 679.23(d)(2)(i) through (iv), the A, B, C, and D season allowances are available from January 20 to March 10, March 10 to May 31, August 25 to October 1, and October 1 to November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table. 2 The WYK and SEO District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table. Note: Seasonal apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.01. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) is revised for the 2020 TACs of Pacific cod in the GOA. TABLE 6—FINAL 2020 SEASONAL APPORTIONMENTS AND ALLOCATION OF PACIFIC COD TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) AMOUNTS IN THE GOA; ALLOCATIONS IN THE WESTERN GOA AND CENTRAL GOA SECTORS, AND THE EASTERN GOA INSHORE AND OFFSHORE PROCESSING COMPONENTS A Season Annual allocation (mt) lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES Regulatory area and sector Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC B Season Seasonal allowances (mt) Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC Seasonal allowances (mt) Western GOA: Jig (2.5% of TAC) ........................................................ Hook-and-line CV ......................................................... Hook-and-line C/P ........................................................ Trawl CV ...................................................................... Trawl C/P ..................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot C/P ................................................ 52 28 401 777 49 769 N/A 0.70 10.90 27.70 0.90 19.80 31 14 221 561 18 401 N/A 0.70 8.90 10.70 1.50 18.20 21 14 180 217 30 368 Total ...................................................................... 2,076 60.00 1,246 40.00 830 Central GOA: Jig (1.0% of TAC) ........................................................ Hook-and-line <50 CV ................................................. Hook-and-line ≥50 CV .................................................. Hook-and-line C/P ........................................................ Trawl CV 1 .................................................................... Trawl C/P ..................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot C/P ....................................................... 38 550 253 192 1,567 158 1,048 N/A 9.32 5.61 4.11 21.14 2.00 17.83 23 351 211 155 796 75 672 N/A 5.29 1.10 1.00 20.45 2.19 9.97 15 199 41 38 771 83 376 Total ...................................................................... 3,806 60.00 2,284 40.00 1,522 Eastern GOA: Inshore (90% of Annual TAC) 549 494 1 Trawl Offshore (10% of Annual TAC) 55 catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 145 mt, of the annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season allowance (see Table 12. Final 2020 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679). Note: Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:35 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1 70438 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Classification DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocation for pollock and Pacific cod based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 9, 2019, and additional time for prior public comment would result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed Steller sea lions. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 7, 2020. This action is required by §§ 679.20 and 679.25 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 17, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27539 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 20, 2019 Jkt 250001 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 180831813–9170–02; RTID 0648–XY057] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because a biological assessment of stock condition for Pacific cod in the GOA projects that the spawning biomass will be below 20 percent of the projected unfished spawning biomass during 2020. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2020, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Furuness, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. Regulations governing sideboard protections for GOA groundfish fisheries appear at subpart B of 50 CFR part 680. The most recent biological assessment available of the stock condition for Pacific cod in the GOA has determined that the spawning biomass will be below 20 percent of the projected unfished spawning biomass during 2020 (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 population-assessments/north-pacificgroundfish-stock-assessment-andfishery-evaluation). In accordance with § 679.20(d)(4), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) has determined that a biological assessment of stock condition for Pacific cod in the GOA projects that the spawning biomass will be below 20 percent of the projected unfished spawning biomass during 2020. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod in the GOA. While this closure is effective the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. Classification This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the directed fishing closure of Pacific cod in the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 6, 2019. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 17, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27567 Filed 12–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 180831813-9170-02; RTID 0648-XY058]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total 
Allowable Catch Amounts

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts 
for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This 
action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are 
incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod 
TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific 
information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is 
consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 
2020, until the effective date of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest 
specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or 
superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal 
Register.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 7, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2018-0103 by 
any of the following methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0103, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-
1668.
    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by 
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after 
the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public 
record, and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, 
or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter 
``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations 
governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at 
subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 pollock TAC at 
114,943 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 pollock 
TAC of 115,930 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 114,943 mt 
established by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the GOA. The Council's recommended 2020 TAC, and the area 
and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and 
Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2019.
    The final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) set the 2020 Pacific cod TAC at 
15,709 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2019, the North Pacific 
Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended a 2020 Pacific cod TAC 
of 6,431 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 15,709 mt established 
by the final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the 
GOA. The Council's recommended 2020 TAC, and the area and seasonal 
apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation 
report (SAFE), dated November 2019.
    Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and 
Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species 
for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock 
and Pacific

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cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries are not 
likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of 
critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and 
the regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how 
the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and 
(a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available 
scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and 
Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to 
Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 
2020 GOA pollock TAC to 115,930 mt and the 2020 Pacific cod TAC to 
6,431 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2019 and 2020 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) 
are revised consistent with this adjustment.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2019 and 
2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (84 FR 9416, 
March 14, 2019) is revised for the 2020 TACs of pollock in the Central 
and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

 Table 4--Final 2020 Distribution of Pollock in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA; Seasonal Biomass Distribution, Area Apportionments;
                                                          and Seasonal Allowances of Annual TAC
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Season \1\                                      Shumagin (area 610)
                                                Chirikof (area 620)
                                                 Kodiak (area 630)             Total \2\
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A (Jan 20-Mar 10).......................             517           2.06%          18,757          74.86%           5,783          23.08%          25,057
B (Mar 10-May 31).......................             517           2.06%          22,222          88.68%           2,318           9.25%          25,057
C (Aug 25-Oct 1)........................           9,070          36.20%           6,739          26.89%           9,248          36.91%          25,057
D (Oct 1-Nov 1).........................           9,070          36.20%           6,739          26.89%           9,248          36.91%          25,057
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    Annual Total........................          19,175  ..............          54,456  ..............          26,597  ..............         100,228
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\1\ As established by Sec.   679.23(d)(2)(i) through (iv), the A, B, C, and D season allowances are available from January 20 to March 10, March 10 to
  May 31, August 25 to October 1, and October 1 to November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore
  components are not shown in this table.
\2\ The WYK and SEO District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table.
Note: Seasonal apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding. Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the
  nearest 0.01.

    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the 
final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA 
(84 FR 9416, March 14, 2019) is revised for the 2020 TACs of Pacific 
cod in the GOA.

Table 6--Final 2020 Seasonal Apportionments and Allocation of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch (TAC) Amounts in
    the GOA; Allocations in the Western GOA and Central GOA Sectors, and the Eastern GOA Inshore and Offshore
                                              Processing Components
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                                     Annual          Sector                           Sector
   Regulatory area and sector      allocation     percentage of      Seasonal      percentage of     Seasonal
                                      (mt)       annual non-jig  allowances (mt)  annual non-jig    allowances
                                                       TAC                              TAC            (mt)
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Western GOA:
    Jig (2.5% of TAC)..........              52             N/A              31              N/A              21
    Hook-and-line CV...........              28            0.70              14             0.70              14
    Hook-and-line C/P..........             401           10.90             221             8.90             180
    Trawl CV...................             777           27.70             561            10.70             217
    Trawl C/P..................              49            0.90              18             1.50              30
    All Pot CV and Pot C/P.....             769           19.80             401            18.20             368
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        Total..................           2,076           60.00           1,246            40.00             830
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Central GOA:
    Jig (1.0% of TAC)..........              38             N/A              23              N/A              15
    Hook-and-line <50 CV.......             550            9.32             351             5.29             199
    Hook-and-line >=50 CV......             253            5.61             211             1.10              41
    Hook-and-line C/P..........             192            4.11             155             1.00              38
    Trawl CV \1\...............           1,567           21.14             796            20.45             771
    Trawl C/P..................             158            2.00              75             2.19              83
All Pot CV and Pot C/P.........           1,048           17.83             672             9.97             376
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        Total..................           3,806           60.00           2,284            40.00           1,522
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Eastern GOA:                       Inshore (90% of Annual TAC)
                                  Offshore (10% of Annual TAC)
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                                            549                      494
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\1\ Trawl catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 145 mt, of the
  annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season
  allowance (see Table 12. Final 2020 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table
  28c to 50 CFR part 679).
Note: Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton.


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Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set 
forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and 
contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from 
responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and 
would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocation for 
pollock and Pacific cod based on the best scientific information 
available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for 
public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became 
available as of December 9, 2019, and additional time for prior public 
comment would result in conservation concerns for the ESA-listed 
Steller sea lions.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit 
written comments on this action to the above address until January 7, 
2020.
    This action is required by Sec. Sec.  679.20 and 679.25 and is 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: December 17, 2019.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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