Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Prohibited Species Donation Program, 33633-33635 [2020-11778]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices Administration, as well as programmatic actions to carry out such goals and priorities over the next 20 years, and evaluate and update such plan every 5 years.’’ NOAA is revising its Education Strategic Plan as specified in the America COMPETES Act and subsequent legislation. Based on NOAA’s mission, strengths, and the future needs of our society, the draft plan includes five education goals: Goal 1—Science-Informed Society: An informed society has access to, interest in, and understanding of NOAA-related sciences and their implications for current and future events. Goal 2—Conservation & Stewardship: Individuals and communities are actively involved in stewardship behaviors and decisions that conserve, restore, and protect natural and cultural resources related to NOAA’s mission. 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[FR Doc. 2020–11776 Filed 6–1–20; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2020–11874 Filed 6–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RTID 0648–XY102 [RTID 0648–XA217] Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice; public meeting. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Monitoring Committee will meet via webinar to develop recommendations for MSB specifications, focusing on the Illex squid fishery. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 from 10 a.m.– noon. DATES: The meeting will be held via webinar. Details on the proposed agenda, connection information, and briefing materials will be posted at the MAFMC website: www.mafmc.org. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331; www.mafmc.org. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526–5255. The MSB Monitoring Committee will develop recommendations for MSB specifications, focusing on the Illex squid fishery. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to any meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Prohibited Species Donation Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; selection of an authorized distributor. AGENCY: NMFS announces the renewal of two prohibited species donation (PSD) permits to SeaShare, authorizing this organization to distribute Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut to economically disadvantaged individuals under the PSD program. Salmon and halibut are caught incidentally during directed fishing for groundfish with trawl gear off Alaska. This action is necessary to comply with provisions of the PSD program and is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. SUMMARY: The permits are effective from June 2, 2020 through May 28, 2023. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the PSD permits for salmon and halibut prepared for this action may be obtained from the Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/region/alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Mackey, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background Fishing for groundfish by United States (U.S.) vessels in the exclusive economic zone of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) is managed by NMFS in accordance with the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP). These fishery management plans (FMPs) were prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 33634 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Regulations governing the Alaska groundfish fisheries and implementing the FMPs appear at 50 CFR parts 600 and 679. Fishing for halibut in waters in and off Alaska is governed by the Convention between the U.S. and Canada for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea (Convention). The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) promulgates regulations pursuant to the Convention. The IPHC’s regulations are subject to approval by the Secretary of State with concurrence from the Secretary of Commerce. After approval by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce, the IPHC regulations are published in the Federal Register as annual management measures pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62. Retention of incidentally caught prohibited species is prohibited in the groundfish fisheries except for salmon and halibut for the purposes of the PSD program. Amendments 26 and 29 to the BSAI and GOA FMPs, respectively, authorize a salmon donation program and were approved by NMFS on July 10, 1996; a final rule implementing this program was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 1996 (61 FR 38358). The salmon donation program was expanded to include halibut as part of the PSD program under Amendments 50 and 50 to the FMPs that were approved by NMFS on May 6, 1998. A final rule implementing Amendments 50 and 50 was published in the Federal Register on June 12, 1998 (63 FR 32144). Although that final rule contained a sunset provision for the halibut PSD program of December 31, 2000, the halibut PSD program was permanently extended under a final rule published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2000 (65 FR 78119). A full description of the PSD program may be found in the preambles to the proposed rules for Amendments 26 and 29, and Amendments 50 and 50 (61 FR 24750, May 16, 1996, and 63 FR 10583, March 4, 1998). Section 679.26 authorizes the voluntary distribution of salmon and halibut taken incidentally in the groundfish trawl fisheries off Alaska to economically disadvantaged individuals by tax-exempt organizations through an authorized distributor. The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), may select one or more tax-exempt organizations to be authorized distributors, as defined by § 679.2, based on the information submitted by applicants under § 679.26. After review of qualified applicants, NMFS must announce the selection of each authorized distributor in the Federal Register and issue one or more PSD permits to each selected distributor. Renewal of Permits to SeaShare Currently, SeaShare, a tax-exempt organization founded to help the seafood industry donate to U.S. hunger relief efforts, is the sole authorized distributor of salmon and halibut taken incidentally in the groundfish trawl fisheries off Alaska. SeaShare’s current salmon and halibut PSD permits became effective June 14, 2017, and authorize SeaShare to participate in the PSD program through June 15, 2020 (82 FR 27238, June 14, 2017). On April 23, 2020, the Regional Administrator received an application from SeaShare to renew its salmon and halibut PSD permits. The Regional Administrator reviewed the application and determined that it is complete and that SeaShare continues to meet the requirements for an authorized distributor under the PSD program. As required by § 679.26(b)(2), the Regional Administrator based his selection on the following criteria: 1. The number and qualifications of applicants for PSD permits. SeaShare is the only applicant for PSD permits at this time. NMFS has previously approved applications submitted by SeaShare. As of the date of this notice, no other applications have been approved by NMFS. SeaShare has been coordinating the distribution of salmon taken incidentally in trawl fisheries since 1993, and of halibut taken incidentally in trawl fisheries since 1998, under exempted fishing permits from 1993 to 1998 and under the PSD program since 1998. SeaShare employs independent seafood quality control experts to ensure product quality is maintained by cold storage facilities and common carriers servicing the areas where salmon and halibut donations would take place. 2. The number of harvesters and the quantity of fish that applicants can effectively administer. Current participants in the PSD program administered by SeaShare include 12 shoreside processors and 136 catcher vessels delivering to shoreside processors, 34 catcher/processors, and 3 motherships. Two reprocessing plants that generate steaked salmon and halibut participate in the PSD program. SeaShare has the capacity to receive and distribute salmon and halibut from up to 60 processors and the associated catcher vessels. Therefore, it is anticipated that SeaShare has more than adequate capacity for any foreseeable expansion of donations. Table 1 shows the total pounds of headed-and-gutted and steaked salmon and halibut donated to food bank organizations from 2017 through 2019. NMFS does not have information to convert accurately the net weights of salmon and halibut to numbers of salmon and numbers of halibut. TABLE 1—HEADED-AND-GUTTED (H&G) AND STEAKED SALMON AND HALIBUT DONATED TO FOOD BANK ORGANIZATIONS [Pounds] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 2017 2018 2019 Total Salmon H&G .................................................................................................... Salmon steaked ............................................................................................... Halibut H&G ..................................................................................................... Halibut steaked ................................................................................................ 759 323,700 15,676 23,361 3,465 351,620 17,750 24,200 3,293 368,850 35,895 15,213 7,517 1,044,170 69,321 62,774 Total Inventory .......................................................................................... 363,496 397,035 423,251 1,183,782 3. The anticipated level of salmon and halibut incidental catch based on salmon and halibut incidental catch VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 from previous years. The incidental catch of salmon and incidental catch mortality of halibut in the GOA and PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BSAI trawl fisheries are shown in Table 2. E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 33635 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices TABLE 2—INCIDENTAL CATCH OF SALMON AND INCIDENTAL CATCH MORTALITY OF HALIBUT IN THE GOA AND BSAI TRAWL FISHERIES [In number of fish or metric tons] Area fishery 2017 2018 BSAI Trawl Chinook Salmon Incidental Catch 1 ......................................................................... BSAI Trawl Other Salmon Incidental Catch 2 ............................................................................. GOA Trawl Chinook Salmon Incidental Catch 3 ......................................................................... GOA Trawl Other Salmon Incidental Catch 4 ............................................................................. BSAI Trawl Halibut Mortality 5 ..................................................................................................... GOA Trawl Halibut Mortality 6 ..................................................................................................... 36,277 fish ..... 471,447 fish ... 24,801 fish ..... 5,634 fish ....... 1,635 mt ......... 1,216 mt ......... 17,394 fish ..... 309,045 fish ... 17,104 fish ..... 8,989 fish ....... 1,799 mt ......... 1,163 mt ......... 2019 31,322 fish. 358,804 fish. 23,893 fish. 6,407 fish. 2,079 mt. 1,102 mt. 1 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chinook_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 04/26/20. accessed on 04/26/20. 3 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 4/27/20. 4 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 4/27/20. 5 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/fisheries-catch-and-landings-reports#bsai-prohibited-species accessed on 4/27/20. 6 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/fisheries-catch-and-landings-reports#goa-prohibited-species accessed on 4/27/20. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 2 https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html Halibut incidental catch amounts are constrained by an annual prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the BSAI and GOA. Future halibut incidental catch levels likely will be similar to those experienced from 2017 through 2019. Chinook salmon PSC limits are established for the Bering Sea and central and western GOA pollock fisheries that, when attained, result in the closure of pollock fishing. The Chinook salmon PSC limits for the Bering Sea pollock fisheries were originally established by Amendment 91 to the BSAI FMP (75 FR 53026, August 30, 2010) and established for the central and western GOA pollock fisheries by Amendment 93 to the GOA FMP (77 FR 42629, July 20, 2012). In 2016, Amendment 110 to the BSAI FMP was implemented to improve the management of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery by creating a comprehensive salmon bycatch avoidance program (81 FR 37534, June 10, 2016). In 2015, Amendment 97 to the GOA FMP established annual Chinook salmon PSC limits for the groundfish trawl fisheries, except for pollock trawl fisheries, in the Western and Central GOA (79 FR 71350, December 2, 2014). While salmon incidental catch amounts tend to vary between years, making it difficult to accurately predict future incidental take amounts, the total, or maximum, amount of annual Chinook salmon incidental catch in the Bering Sea and GOA pollock fisheries is constrained by the PSC limits. 4. The number of vessels and processors participating in the PSD program. For the 2020 permit renewal, there will be 12 shoreside processors, and vessels delivering to shoreside processors will decrease slightly from 137 to 136. Catcher/processors participating in the PSD program for VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 salmon will decrease slightly from 35 to 34 under the 2020 permit renewal. Catcher vessels delivering to motherships will remain at 15 vessels. NMFS issues PSD permits to SeaShare for a 3-year period unless the permits are suspended or revoked under § 679.26. The permits may not be transferred; however, they may be renewed following the application procedures in § 679.26. If the authorized distributor modifies the list of participants in the PSD program or delivery locations, the authorized distributor must submit a modified list of participants or a modified list of delivery locations to the Regional Administrator. These permits may be suspended, modified, or revoked under 15 CFR part 904 for violation of § 679.26 or other regulations in 50 CFR part 679. Classification This action is taken under § 679.26. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 108–447; Pub. L. 111–281. Dated: May 27, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RTID 0648-XY102


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Prohibited 
Species Donation Program

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

ACTION: Notice; selection of an authorized distributor.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the renewal of two prohibited species donation 
(PSD) permits to SeaShare, authorizing this organization to distribute 
Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut to economically disadvantaged 
individuals under the PSD program. Salmon and halibut are caught 
incidentally during directed fishing for groundfish with trawl gear off 
Alaska. This action is necessary to comply with provisions of the PSD 
program and is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the 
North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

DATES: The permits are effective from June 2, 2020 through May 28, 
2023.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the PSD permits for salmon and halibut 
prepared for this action may be obtained from the Alaska Region website 
at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/region/alaska.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Mackey, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Fishing for groundfish by United States (U.S.) vessels in the 
exclusive economic zone of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
management area (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) is managed by NMFS in 
accordance with the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and the 
Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP). 
These fishery management plans (FMPs) were prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery

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Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Regulations 
governing the Alaska groundfish fisheries and implementing the FMPs 
appear at 50 CFR parts 600 and 679. Fishing for halibut in waters in 
and off Alaska is governed by the Convention between the U.S. and 
Canada for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the North Pacific 
Ocean and Bering Sea (Convention). The International Pacific Halibut 
Commission (IPHC) promulgates regulations pursuant to the Convention. 
The IPHC's regulations are subject to approval by the Secretary of 
State with concurrence from the Secretary of Commerce. After approval 
by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce, the IPHC 
regulations are published in the Federal Register as annual management 
measures pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62.
    Retention of incidentally caught prohibited species is prohibited 
in the groundfish fisheries except for salmon and halibut for the 
purposes of the PSD program. Amendments 26 and 29 to the BSAI and GOA 
FMPs, respectively, authorize a salmon donation program and were 
approved by NMFS on July 10, 1996; a final rule implementing this 
program was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 1996 (61 FR 
38358). The salmon donation program was expanded to include halibut as 
part of the PSD program under Amendments 50 and 50 to the FMPs that 
were approved by NMFS on May 6, 1998. A final rule implementing 
Amendments 50 and 50 was published in the Federal Register on June 12, 
1998 (63 FR 32144). Although that final rule contained a sunset 
provision for the halibut PSD program of December 31, 2000, the halibut 
PSD program was permanently extended under a final rule published in 
the Federal Register on December 14, 2000 (65 FR 78119). A full 
description of the PSD program may be found in the preambles to the 
proposed rules for Amendments 26 and 29, and Amendments 50 and 50 (61 
FR 24750, May 16, 1996, and 63 FR 10583, March 4, 1998).
    Section 679.26 authorizes the voluntary distribution of salmon and 
halibut taken incidentally in the groundfish trawl fisheries off Alaska 
to economically disadvantaged individuals by tax-exempt organizations 
through an authorized distributor. The Administrator, Alaska Region, 
NMFS (Regional Administrator), may select one or more tax-exempt 
organizations to be authorized distributors, as defined by Sec.  679.2, 
based on the information submitted by applicants under Sec.  679.26. 
After review of qualified applicants, NMFS must announce the selection 
of each authorized distributor in the Federal Register and issue one or 
more PSD permits to each selected distributor.

Renewal of Permits to SeaShare

    Currently, SeaShare, a tax-exempt organization founded to help the 
seafood industry donate to U.S. hunger relief efforts, is the sole 
authorized distributor of salmon and halibut taken incidentally in the 
groundfish trawl fisheries off Alaska. SeaShare's current salmon and 
halibut PSD permits became effective June 14, 2017, and authorize 
SeaShare to participate in the PSD program through June 15, 2020 (82 FR 
27238, June 14, 2017).
    On April 23, 2020, the Regional Administrator received an 
application from SeaShare to renew its salmon and halibut PSD permits. 
The Regional Administrator reviewed the application and determined that 
it is complete and that SeaShare continues to meet the requirements for 
an authorized distributor under the PSD program. As required by Sec.  
679.26(b)(2), the Regional Administrator based his selection on the 
following criteria:
    1. The number and qualifications of applicants for PSD permits. 
SeaShare is the only applicant for PSD permits at this time. NMFS has 
previously approved applications submitted by SeaShare. As of the date 
of this notice, no other applications have been approved by NMFS. 
SeaShare has been coordinating the distribution of salmon taken 
incidentally in trawl fisheries since 1993, and of halibut taken 
incidentally in trawl fisheries since 1998, under exempted fishing 
permits from 1993 to 1998 and under the PSD program since 1998. 
SeaShare employs independent seafood quality control experts to ensure 
product quality is maintained by cold storage facilities and common 
carriers servicing the areas where salmon and halibut donations would 
take place.
    2. The number of harvesters and the quantity of fish that 
applicants can effectively administer. Current participants in the PSD 
program administered by SeaShare include 12 shoreside processors and 
136 catcher vessels delivering to shoreside processors, 34 catcher/
processors, and 3 motherships. Two reprocessing plants that generate 
steaked salmon and halibut participate in the PSD program. SeaShare has 
the capacity to receive and distribute salmon and halibut from up to 60 
processors and the associated catcher vessels. Therefore, it is 
anticipated that SeaShare has more than adequate capacity for any 
foreseeable expansion of donations.
    Table 1 shows the total pounds of headed-and-gutted and steaked 
salmon and halibut donated to food bank organizations from 2017 through 
2019. NMFS does not have information to convert accurately the net 
weights of salmon and halibut to numbers of salmon and numbers of 
halibut.

       Table 1--Headed-and-Gutted (H&G) and Steaked Salmon and Halibut Donated to Food Bank Organizations
                                                    [Pounds]
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                                                       2017            2018            2019            Total
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Salmon H&G......................................             759           3,465           3,293           7,517
Salmon steaked..................................         323,700         351,620         368,850       1,044,170
Halibut H&G.....................................          15,676          17,750          35,895          69,321
Halibut steaked.................................          23,361          24,200          15,213          62,774
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    Total Inventory.............................         363,496         397,035         423,251       1,183,782
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    3. The anticipated level of salmon and halibut incidental catch 
based on salmon and halibut incidental catch from previous years. The 
incidental catch of salmon and incidental catch mortality of halibut in 
the GOA and BSAI trawl fisheries are shown in Table 2.

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     Table 2--Incidental Catch of Salmon and Incidental Catch Mortality of Halibut in the GOA and BSAI Trawl
                                                    Fisheries
                                       [In number of fish or metric tons]
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           Area fishery                       2017                      2018                      2019
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BSAI Trawl Chinook Salmon           36,277 fish.............  17,394 fish.............  31,322 fish.
 Incidental Catch \1\.
BSAI Trawl Other Salmon Incidental  471,447 fish............  309,045 fish............  358,804 fish.
 Catch \2\.
GOA Trawl Chinook Salmon            24,801 fish.............  17,104 fish.............  23,893 fish.
 Incidental Catch \3\.
GOA Trawl Other Salmon Incidental   5,634 fish..............  8,989 fish..............  6,407 fish.
 Catch \4\.
BSAI Trawl Halibut Mortality \5\..  1,635 mt................  1,799 mt................  2,079 mt.
GOA Trawl Halibut Mortality \6\...  1,216 mt................  1,163 mt................  1,102 mt.
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\1\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chinook_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 04/26/
  20.
\2\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 04/26/20.
\3\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 4/27/20.
\4\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/akro/chum_salmon_mortality2020.html accessed on 4/27/20.
\5\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/fisheries-catch-and-landings-reports#bsai-prohibited-species accessed on 4/27/20.
\6\ https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/fisheries-catch-and-landings-reports#goa-prohibited-species species accessed on 4/27/20.

    Halibut incidental catch amounts are constrained by an annual 
prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the BSAI and GOA. Future 
halibut incidental catch levels likely will be similar to those 
experienced from 2017 through 2019.
    Chinook salmon PSC limits are established for the Bering Sea and 
central and western GOA pollock fisheries that, when attained, result 
in the closure of pollock fishing. The Chinook salmon PSC limits for 
the Bering Sea pollock fisheries were originally established by 
Amendment 91 to the BSAI FMP (75 FR 53026, August 30, 2010) and 
established for the central and western GOA pollock fisheries by 
Amendment 93 to the GOA FMP (77 FR 42629, July 20, 2012). In 2016, 
Amendment 110 to the BSAI FMP was implemented to improve the management 
of Chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery by 
creating a comprehensive salmon bycatch avoidance program (81 FR 37534, 
June 10, 2016). In 2015, Amendment 97 to the GOA FMP established annual 
Chinook salmon PSC limits for the groundfish trawl fisheries, except 
for pollock trawl fisheries, in the Western and Central GOA (79 FR 
71350, December 2, 2014). While salmon incidental catch amounts tend to 
vary between years, making it difficult to accurately predict future 
incidental take amounts, the total, or maximum, amount of annual 
Chinook salmon incidental catch in the Bering Sea and GOA pollock 
fisheries is constrained by the PSC limits.
    4. The number of vessels and processors participating in the PSD 
program. For the 2020 permit renewal, there will be 12 shoreside 
processors, and vessels delivering to shoreside processors will 
decrease slightly from 137 to 136. Catcher/processors participating in 
the PSD program for salmon will decrease slightly from 35 to 34 under 
the 2020 permit renewal. Catcher vessels delivering to motherships will 
remain at 15 vessels.
    NMFS issues PSD permits to SeaShare for a 3-year period unless the 
permits are suspended or revoked under Sec.  679.26. The permits may 
not be transferred; however, they may be renewed following the 
application procedures in Sec.  679.26.
    If the authorized distributor modifies the list of participants in 
the PSD program or delivery locations, the authorized distributor must 
submit a modified list of participants or a modified list of delivery 
locations to the Regional Administrator.
    These permits may be suspended, modified, or revoked under 15 CFR 
part 904 for violation of Sec.  679.26 or other regulations in 50 CFR 
part 679.

Classification

    This action is taken under Sec.  679.26.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; 
Pub. L. 108-447; Pub. L. 111-281.

    Dated: May 27, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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