Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2020 Management Area 3 Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested, 35209-35210 [2020-12468]

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This action is intended to prevent overharvest of Atlantic herring in Management Area 3, which will result in additional quota reductions next year. DATES: Effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, through December 31, 2020. SUMMARY: Aly Pitts, Fishery Management Specialist, and (978) 281–9352. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Administrator of the Greater Atlantic Regional Office monitors Atlantic herring fishery catch in each of the management areas based on vessel and dealer reports, state data, and other available information. The regulations at 50 CFR 648.201 require that when Atlantic herring catch will reach 92 percent of the Management Area 3 subannual catch limit (sub-ACL), federally permitted vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, transferring, receiving, landing, or selling more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day in or from the specified management area. The Regional Administrator has projected, based on vessel and dealer reports, and other available information, that the Atlantic herring fleet will have caught 92 percent of the Management Area 3 sub-ACL by June 6, 2020. Therefore, effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day, in or from Management Area 3, through December 31, 2020. Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, may land and sell more FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1 35210 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 111 / Tuesday, June 9, 2020 / Rules and Regulations than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring from Area 3 from that trip. A vessel may transit through Area 3 with more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring on board, provided all herring was caught outside of Area 3 and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined by § 648.2. Effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, through 24:00 hr local time, December 31, 2020, federally permitted dealers may not purchase, possess, receive, sell, barter, trade or transfer more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day from Area 3 from a vessel issued and holding a valid Federal herring permit, unless it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port before 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. NMFS also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness in accordance with 5 U.S.C 553(d)(3). NMFS is required by Federal regulation to implement a 2,000-lb (907.2-kg) Atlantic herring possession limit for Management Area 3 through the calendar year when 92 percent of the area quota is projected to be harvested. The 2020 Atlantic herring fishing year began on January 1, 2020. Data indicating the Atlantic herring fleet will have landed at least 92 percent of the 2020 sub-ACL allocated to Management Area 3 only recently became available. High-volume catch and landings in this fishery increase total catch relative to the sub-ACL quickly, especially in this fishing year where annual catch limits are unusually low. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the sub-ACL for Management Area 3 for this fishing year will likely be exceeded; thereby, undermining the conservation objectives of the FMP. If sub-ACLs are exceeded, the excess must also be deducted from a future sub-ACL and would reduce future fishing opportunities. In addition, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this process when these provisions were put in place. The public expects these actions to occur in a timely way consistent with the fishery management plan’s objectives. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:41 Jun 08, 2020 Jkt 250001 Dated: June 4, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–12468 Filed 6–4–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 180625576–8999–02] RIN 0648–BJ81 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019–2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; inseason adjustments to biennial groundfish management measures. AGENCY: This final rule announces routine inseason adjustments to management measures in commercial groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to allow commercial fishing vessels to access more abundant groundfish stocks, while protecting overfished and depleted stocks. DATES: Effective June 9, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206–526– 6147 or email: gretchen.hanshew@ noaa.gov. SUMMARY: Electronic Access This rule is accessible via the internet at the Office of the Federal Register website at https:// www.federalregister.gov. Background information and documents are available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s website at http:// www.pcouncil.org/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP) and its implementing regulations at 50 CFR part 660, subparts C through G, regulate fishing for over 90 species of groundfish off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) develops groundfish harvest specifications and management PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 measures for two-year periods (i.e., a biennium). NMFS published the final rule to implement harvest specifications and management measures for the 2019–2020 biennium for most species managed under the PCGFMP on December 12, 2018 (83 FR 63970). In general, the management measures set at the start of the biennial harvest specifications cycle help the various sectors of the fishery attain, but not exceed, the catch limits for each stock. The Council, in coordination with Pacific Coast Treaty Indian Tribes and the States of Washington, Oregon, and California, recommends adjustments to the management measures during the fishing year to achieve this goal. At its April 4–10, 2020 meeting, the Council recommended increased trip limits for limited entry fixed gear (LEFG) and open access (OA) fisheries for sablefish, lingcod, canary rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, nearshore rockfish, shelf rockfish, slope rockfish and flatfish. Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries are managed using harvest specifications or limits (e.g., overfishing limits [OFL], acceptable biological catch [ABC], annual catch limits [ACL] and harvest guidelines [HG]) recommended biennially by the Council and based on the best scientific information available at that time (50 CFR 660.60(b)). During development of the harvest specifications, the Council also recommends mitigation measures (e.g., trip limits, area closures, and bag limits) that are meant to mitigate catch so as not to exceed the harvest specifications. The harvest specifications and mitigation measures developed for the 2019–2020 biennium used data through the 2017 fishing year. Each of the adjustments to mitigation measures discussed below are based on updated fisheries information that was unavailable when the analysis for the current harvest specifications was completed. As new fisheries data becomes available, adjustments to mitigation measures are projected to help harvesters achieve but not exceed the harvest limits. Measures implemented in this rule took into account fisheries data through the end of March, 2020. The increased trip limits were requested by industry stakeholders and the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) to relieve some restrictions for non-trawl commercial fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, and to allow increased potential for utilization of available stocks where markets exist. The trip limit increases in this action are intended to expand access to certain fish stocks for the commercial non-trawl E:\FR\FM\09JNR1.SGM 09JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 111 (Tuesday, June 9, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-12468]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No: 200428-0122; RTID 0648-XX043]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring 
Fishery; 2020 Management Area 3 Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the directed fishery for Herring Management 
Area 3. This closure is required because NMFS projects that 92 percent 
of the catch amount for Management Area 3 has been caught. This action 
is intended to prevent overharvest of Atlantic herring in Management 
Area 3, which will result in additional quota reductions next year.

DATES: Effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, through December 
31, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aly Pitts, Fishery Management 
Specialist, and (978) 281-9352.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Administrator of the Greater 
Atlantic Regional Office monitors Atlantic herring fishery catch in 
each of the management areas based on vessel and dealer reports, state 
data, and other available information. The regulations at 50 CFR 
648.201 require that when Atlantic herring catch will reach 92 percent 
of the Management Area 3 sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL), federally 
permitted vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, 
transferring, receiving, landing, or selling more than 2,000 lb (907.2 
kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day in or from the 
specified management area.
    The Regional Administrator has projected, based on vessel and 
dealer reports, and other available information, that the Atlantic 
herring fleet will have caught 92 percent of the Management Area 3 sub-
ACL by June 6, 2020. Therefore, effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 
2020, vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or 
sell more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or 
calendar day, in or from Management Area 3, through December 31, 2020. 
Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 
2020, may land and sell more

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than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring from Area 3 from that 
trip. A vessel may transit through Area 3 with more than 2,000 lb 
(907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring on board, provided all herring was 
caught outside of Area 3 and all fishing gear is stowed and not 
available for immediate use as defined by Sec.  648.2.
    Effective 00:01 hr local time, June 6, 2020, through 24:00 hr local 
time, December 31, 2020, federally permitted dealers may not purchase, 
possess, receive, sell, barter, trade or transfer more than 2,000 lb 
(907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day from Area 3 
from a vessel issued and holding a valid Federal herring permit, unless 
it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port before 00:01 hr 
local time, June 6, 2020.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) to waive 
prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be 
contrary to the public interest and impracticable. NMFS also finds good 
cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness in accordance with 5 
U.S.C 553(d)(3). NMFS is required by Federal regulation to implement a 
2,000-lb (907.2-kg) Atlantic herring possession limit for Management 
Area 3 through the calendar year when 92 percent of the area quota is 
projected to be harvested. The 2020 Atlantic herring fishing year began 
on January 1, 2020. Data indicating the Atlantic herring fleet will 
have landed at least 92 percent of the 2020 sub-ACL allocated to 
Management Area 3 only recently became available. High-volume catch and 
landings in this fishery increase total catch relative to the sub-ACL 
quickly, especially in this fishing year where annual catch limits are 
unusually low. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit 
prior public comment, the sub-ACL for Management Area 3 for this 
fishing year will likely be exceeded; thereby, undermining the 
conservation objectives of the FMP. If sub-ACLs are exceeded, the 
excess must also be deducted from a future sub-ACL and would reduce 
future fishing opportunities.
    In addition, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to 
comment on this process when these provisions were put in place. The 
public expects these actions to occur in a timely way consistent with 
the fishery management plan's objectives.

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

    Dated: June 4, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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