Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; 2020 Red Snapper Commercial and Recreational Fishing Seasons, 36165-36166 [2020-12093]

Download as PDF 36165 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 115 / Monday, June 15, 2020 / Rules and Regulations restricted area, which is 28°45.8′ N, 89°29.5′ W. Classification The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS has determined that this correcting amendment is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf reef fish resources and is consistent with the framework action, the FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable law. This correcting amendment has been determined to be not significant under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for additional public comment because it would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. This correcting amendment corrects a waypoint for the longline and buoy gear restricted area. Providing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest because this is a nonsubstantive change and retaining the incorrect waypoint will cause confusion among the affected fishers and law enforcement. The current waypoint error results in an inshore boundary of the federally-managed restricted that is inconsistent with the provisions of the 2016 and 2017 Appropriations Acts. For the same reasons, the Assistant Administrator also finds good cause, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), to waive the 30-day delay in effective date for this correcting amendment. This nonsubstantive correction will prevent confusion about the location of the boundary for the longline and buoy gear restricted area. Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., are inapplicable. Accordingly, no Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is required and none has been prepared. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622 Boundary, Commercial, Coordinates, Fisheries, Fishing, Greater amberjack, Gulf of Mexico, Reef fish, Trip limits. Dated: May 27, 2020. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs National Marine Fisheries Service. Accordingly, 50 CFR part 622 is corrected by making the following correcting amendment: PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC 1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 2. In appendix B to part 622, in table 1, revise the coordinates of point 19 to read as follows: ■ Appendix B to Part 622—Gulf Areas TABLE 1 OF APPENDIX B TO PART 622—SEAWARD COORDINATES OF THE LONGLINE AND BUOY GEAR RESTRICTED AREA Point number and reference location 1 North lat. West long. * * * * * 19 South of Southwest Pass of Mississippi River ....................................................................................... * 28°45.8′ * 89°29.5′ * * * * * * * * * * [FR Doc. 2020–11739 Filed 6–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 1710319998630–02; RTID 0648– XS029] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Resources of the South Atlantic; 2020 Red Snapper Commercial and Recreational Fishing Seasons National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; 2020 fishing seasons notice. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES AGENCY: NMFS announces the limited opening of commercial and recreational red snapper in the exclusive economic SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Jun 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 * * zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic for the 2020 fishing year. This notice announces the red snapper commercial season opening date and the opening and closing dates for the red snapper recreational season, according to the accountability measures (AMs). This season announcement for South Atlantic red snapper allows fishers to maximize their opportunity to harvest the commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACLs) while also managing harvest to protect the red snapper resource. The 2020 commercial red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, July 13, 2020. The 2020 recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020; then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020, unless changed by subsequent notification in the Federal Register. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: frank.helies@noaa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery includes red snapper and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the FMP, and the FMP is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The final rule implementing Amendment 43 to the FMP (83 FR 35428; July 26, 2018) describes red snapper management measures including the specific timing for red snapper commercial and recreational fishing seasons. The final rule also revised the commercial and recreational ACLs for red snapper. The commercial AM requires the sector to close when commercial landings reach or are projected to reach the commercial ACL. The recreational AM is the length of the recreational season, with NMFS projecting the season length based on catch rate estimates from previous years. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 36166 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 115 / Monday, June 15, 2020 / Rules and Regulations The commercial ACL is 124,815 lb (56,615 kg), and this ACL was not exceeded in 2019. The recreational ACL is 29,656 fish, and preliminary landings information show this ACL was exceeded in the 5-day fishing season in 2019. For 2020, NMFS has determined that the landings from the recreational sector are expected to reach the recreational ACL in 4 days. At the March 2020 Council meeting, NMFS presented estimates showing a possible 3-day recreational red snapper season for 2020. Subsequent to that meeting, NMFS determined that a 4-day recreational red snapper season was appropriate. For South Atlantic red snapper, the commercial season begins each year on the second Monday in July and closes when the commercial ACL is reached or is projected to be reached. Accordingly, the 2020 commercial season opens on July 13, 2020. The commercial season will remain open until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, unless the commercial ACL is reached or projected to be reached prior to this date. During the commercial fishing season, the commercial trip limit is 75 lb (34 kg), gutted weight. NMFS will monitor commercial landings during the open season, and if commercial landings reach or are projected to reach the commercial ACL, then NMFS will file a notification with the Office of the Federal Register to close the commercial sector for red snapper for the remainder of the fishing year. The recreational season begins on the second Friday in July. Accordingly, the 2020 recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020; then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020. During the recreational season, the recreational bag limit is one red snapper per person, per day. After the recreational sector closure, the bag and possession limits for red snapper are zero. Additionally, during both the commercial and recreational open seasons, there is not a red snapper minimum or maximum size limit for either sector. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of South Atlantic red snapper and is consistent with the FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable laws. 16:05 Jun 12, 2020 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 1, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–12093 Filed 6–10–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 200528–0150] RIN 0648–BI81 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic Region; Regulatory Amendment 29 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: Classification VerDate Sep<11>2014 This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.183(b)(5)(i) and 622.193(y) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to implement the notice of the dates for the red snapper fishing seasons constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule is unnecessary. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule establishing the red snapper ACLs and AMs has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the respective commercial and recreational fishing seasons. Additionally, announcing the fishing seasons now allows each sector to prepare for the upcoming harvest and provides opportunity to for-hire fishing vessels to book trips that could increase their revenues and profits. Jkt 250001 NMFS issues regulations to implement Regulatory Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Atlantic Region (FMP) (Regulatory Amendment 29), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule requires descending devices to be on board vessels and requires the use of specific fish hook types while fishing for or possessing snapper-grouper species. This rule also allows the use of powerheads in Federal waters off South Carolina to harvest snapper-grouper species. The purpose of this rule is to modify fishing gear requirements to promote best fishing practices and to ensure consistent regulations for the dive component of the snapper-grouper fishery. DATES: This final rule is effective on July 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of Regulatory Amendment 29 may be obtained from www.regulations.gov or the NMFS Southeast Regional Office website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/ regulatory-amendment-29-gearrequirements-south-atlantic-snappergrouper-species. Regulatory Amendment 29 includes an environmental assessment, a Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis, and a regulatory impact review. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, or email: frank.helies@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS and the Council manage the snapper-grouper fishery under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented by NMFS through regulations at 50 CFR part 622 under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). On April 21, 2020, NMFS published a proposed rule for Regulatory Amendment 29 in the Federal Register and requested public comment (85 FR 22118, April 21, 2020). The proposed rule and Regulatory Amendment 29 outline the rationale for the actions contained in this final rule. A summary of the management measures described in Regulatory Amendment 29 and implemented by this final rule is provided below. Management Measures Contained in This Final Rule This final rule requires: Descending devices be on board all commercial, charter vessels and headboats (for-hire), and private recreational vessels while fishing for or possessing snappergrouper species; the use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 115 (Monday, June 15, 2020)]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-12093]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 1710319998630-02; RTID 0648-XS029]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Snapper-Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; 2020 Red Snapper 
Commercial and Recreational Fishing Seasons

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; 2020 fishing seasons notice.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the limited opening of commercial and 
recreational red snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the 
South Atlantic for the 2020 fishing year. This notice announces the red 
snapper commercial season opening date and the opening and closing 
dates for the red snapper recreational season, according to the 
accountability measures (AMs). This season announcement for South 
Atlantic red snapper allows fishers to maximize their opportunity to 
harvest the commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACLs) 
while also managing harvest to protect the red snapper resource.

DATES: The 2020 commercial red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., 
local time, July 13, 2020. The 2020 recreational red snapper season 
opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 
a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020; then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local 
time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 
18, 2020, unless changed by subsequent notification in the Federal 
Register.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery 
includes red snapper and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan 
for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the FMP, 
and the FMP is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.
    The final rule implementing Amendment 43 to the FMP (83 FR 35428; 
July 26, 2018) describes red snapper management measures including the 
specific timing for red snapper commercial and recreational fishing 
seasons. The final rule also revised the commercial and recreational 
ACLs for red snapper. The commercial AM requires the sector to close 
when commercial landings reach or are projected to reach the commercial 
ACL. The recreational AM is the length of the recreational season, with 
NMFS projecting the season length based on catch rate estimates from 
previous years.

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    The commercial ACL is 124,815 lb (56,615 kg), and this ACL was not 
exceeded in 2019. The recreational ACL is 29,656 fish, and preliminary 
landings information show this ACL was exceeded in the 5-day fishing 
season in 2019. For 2020, NMFS has determined that the landings from 
the recreational sector are expected to reach the recreational ACL in 4 
days.
    At the March 2020 Council meeting, NMFS presented estimates showing 
a possible 3-day recreational red snapper season for 2020. Subsequent 
to that meeting, NMFS determined that a 4-day recreational red snapper 
season was appropriate.
    For South Atlantic red snapper, the commercial season begins each 
year on the second Monday in July and closes when the commercial ACL is 
reached or is projected to be reached. Accordingly, the 2020 commercial 
season opens on July 13, 2020. The commercial season will remain open 
until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, unless the commercial 
ACL is reached or projected to be reached prior to this date. During 
the commercial fishing season, the commercial trip limit is 75 lb (34 
kg), gutted weight. NMFS will monitor commercial landings during the 
open season, and if commercial landings reach or are projected to reach 
the commercial ACL, then NMFS will file a notification with the Office 
of the Federal Register to close the commercial sector for red snapper 
for the remainder of the fishing year.
    The recreational season begins on the second Friday in July. 
Accordingly, the 2020 recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 
a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local 
time, on July 13, 2020; then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 
17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020. 
During the recreational season, the recreational bag limit is one red 
snapper per person, per day. After the recreational sector closure, the 
bag and possession limits for red snapper are zero.
    Additionally, during both the commercial and recreational open 
seasons, there is not a red snapper minimum or maximum size limit for 
either sector.

Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined 
this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of 
South Atlantic red snapper and is consistent with the FMP, the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable laws.
    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.183(b)(5)(i) and 622.193(y) 
and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.
    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without 
opportunity for prior notice and comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the 
need to implement the notice of the dates for the red snapper fishing 
seasons constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide 
prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the 
authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule is unnecessary. 
Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule establishing the red 
snapper ACLs and AMs has already been subject to notice and comment, 
and all that remains is to notify the public of the respective 
commercial and recreational fishing seasons. Additionally, announcing 
the fishing seasons now allows each sector to prepare for the upcoming 
harvest and provides opportunity to for-hire fishing vessels to book 
trips that could increase their revenues and profits.

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

    Dated: June 1, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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