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Download as PDF jbell on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES 44218 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 141 / Wednesday, July 22, 2020 / Rules and Regulations the station’s market; however, noncommercial TV broadcast stations are not entitled to retransmission consent. In 2019, the Commission adopted new rules governing the delivery and form of carriage election notices. Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications, Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, MB Docket Nos. 17–105, 17– 317, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 19–69, 34 FCC Rcd 5922(2019) (2019 Report and Order). That decision modernized the carriage election notice rules by moving the process online for most broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), but the Commission sought comment on how to apply these updated rules to certain small broadcast stations and MVPDs. In 2020, the Commission adopted a Report and Order, which is the subject of this notice, that resolved the remaining issues regarding carriage election notice rules for small broadcast stations and MVPDs. Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications, Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, MB Docket Nos. 17–105, 17– 317, Report and Order, FCC 20–14, 85 FR 22646 (rel. Feb. 25, 2020) (2020 Report and Order). Pursuant to that decision, the obligations of certain small broadcasters and MVPDs were slightly modified. Specifically, 47 CFR 76.64(h)(5) was amended to require low power television stations and non-commercial educational translator stations that are qualified under 47 CFR 76.55 and retransmitted by an MVPD to, beginning no later than July 31, 2020, respond as soon as is reasonably possible to messages or calls from MVPDs that are received via the email address or phone number the station provides in the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) database. In addition, the 2020 Report and Order required that a qualified Low Power Television (LPTV) station that changes its carriage election send an election change notice to each affected MVPD’s carriage election-specific email address by the carriage election deadline. Such change notices must include, with respect to each station covered by the notice: The station’s call sign, the station’s community of license, the DMA where the station is located, the specific change being made in election status, and an email address and phone number for carriage-related questions. LPTV notices to cable operators need to identify specific cable systems for which a carriage election applies only if the broadcaster changes VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Jul 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 its election for some systems of the cable operator but not all. In addition, the broadcaster must carbon copy ElectionNotices@FCC.gov, the Commission’s election notice verification email inbox, when sending its carriage elections to MVPDs. The 2020 Report and Order also required all qualified LPTV stations, whether being carried pursuant to must carry or retransmission consent, to send an email notice to all MVPDs that are or will be carrying the station no later than the next carriage election deadline of October 1, 2020. Qualified LPTVs must do so even if they are not changing their carriage status from the current election cycle. These notifications must be sent to an MVPD’s carriage election-specific email address, must be copied to ElectionNotices@FCC.gov, and must include the same information required for a change notification except that the notification may simply confirm the existing carriage status rather than a change in status. Finally, pursuant to the 2020 Report and Order, all qualified NCE translator stations must provide email notice to all MVPDs that are or will be carrying the translator no later than the next carriage election deadline of October 1, 2020. Similar to qualified LPTVs, these notifications must be sent to an MVPD’s carriage election-specific email address, must be copied to ElectionNotices@ FCC.gov, and must include the station’s call sign, the station’s community of license, and the DMA where the station is located and within which it has elected to be carried. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary. Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–15098 Filed 7–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 140722613–4908–02] RTID 0648–XA294 Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; Commercial Closure for Atlantic Spanish Mackerel in the Northern Zone National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for commercial Spanish mackerel in the northern zone of the Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). NMFS projects that the commercial quota for Spanish mackerel in the northern zone of the Atlantic EEZ will be reached by July 22, 2020. Therefore, NMFS closes the northern zone in the Atlantic EEZ to commercial harvest of Spanish mackerel on July 22, 2020. This closure is necessary to protect the Spanish mackerel resource in the Atlantic. DATES: This temporary rule is effective at 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on July 22, 2020, until 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on March 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karla Gore, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, or email: karla.gore@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish in the Atlantic includes king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia on the east coast of Florida, and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and 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. All weights described for Spanish mackerel in the Atlantic EEZ apply as either round or gutted weight. The commercial annual catch limit (equal to the commercial quota) for the Atlantic migratory group of Spanish mackerel (Atlantic Spanish mackerel) is 3.33 million lb (1.51 million kg). Atlantic Spanish mackerel are divided into northern and southern zones for management purposes. The northern zone commercial quota for Atlantic Spanish mackerel is 662,670 lb (300,582 kg) for the current fishing year, which is March 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021 (50 CFR 622.384(c)(2)(i)). The northern zone for Atlantic Spanish mackerel extends in Federal waters from New York through North Carolina. The northern boundary of the northern zone extends from an intersection point off New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island at 41°18′16.249″ N lat.–71°54′28.477″ W long. and proceeds southeast to 37°22′32.75″ N lat. and the intersection point with the outward boundary of the EEZ. The southern boundary of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 141 / Wednesday, July 22, 2020 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES northern zone extends from the North Carolina and South Carolina state border, along a line extending in a direction of 135°34′55″ from true north beginning at 33°51′07.9″ N lat.– 78°32′32.6″ W long. to the intersection point with the outward boundary of the EEZ (50 CFR 622.369(b)(2)). See Figure 2 of appendix G to part 622—Spanish Mackerel for an illustration of the management zones. Regulations at 50 CFR 622.388(d)(1)(i) require NMFS to close the commercial sector for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone when the commercial quota for that zone is reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing such a notification with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS projects that the commercial quota of 662,670 lb (300,582 kg) for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone will be reached by July 22, 2020. Accordingly, the commercial sector for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone is closed effective at 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on July 22, 2020, through February 28, 2021, the end of the current fishing year. During the commercial closure, a person on a vessel that has been issued a valid Federal commercial permit to harvest Atlantic Spanish mackerel may continue to retain this species in the northern zone under the recreational bag and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.382(a)(1)(iii) and (a)(2), as long as the recreational harvest of Atlantic Spanish mackerel has not closed (50 CFR 622.384(e)(1)). Also during the closure, Atlantic Spanish mackerel from the northern zone, including those harvested under the recreational bag and possession limits, may not be purchased or sold. This prohibition does not apply to Atlantic Spanish mackerel from the northern zone that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor (50 CFR 622.384(e)(2)). Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.8(b), 622.384(e)(2), and 622.388(d)(1)(i), which were issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 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 opportunity for comment. This action responds to the best scientific information available. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:35 Jul 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds good cause to waive the requirements 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 procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the commercial quota and the associated AM has already been subject to notice and public comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Additionally, allowing prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to protect the Atlantic Spanish mackerel stock, because the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and could potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial quota. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 17, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–15895 Filed 7–17–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 120404257–3325–02; RTID 0648–XA292] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2020 Commercial Hook-and-Line Closure for South Atlantic Golden Tilefish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure for the commercial hook-and-line component of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). NMFS projects that commercial hook-and-line landings for golden tilefish will reach the commercial quota for the hook-and- SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 44219 line component by July 23, 2020. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial hook-and-line component for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ on July 23, 2020. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish resource. DATES: This temporary rule is effective at 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on July 23, 2020, until 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on January 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nikhil Mehta, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824–5305, email: nikhil.mehta@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes golden tilefish and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NMFS, and 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. All weights in this temporary rule are given in gutted weight. The commercial sector for golden tilefish has two components, each with its own quota: The hook-and-line and longline components (50 CFR 622.190(a)(2)). The golden tilefish commercial annual catch limit (ACL) is allocated 25 percent to the hook-andline component and 75 percent to the longline component. The total commercial ACL (equivalent to the commercial quota) for golden tilefish is 331,740 lb (150,475 kg), and the hookand-line component ACL is 82,935 lb (37,619 kg). Under 50 CFR 622.193(a)(1)(i), NMFS is required to close the commercial hook-and-line component for golden tilefish when its commercial ACL has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing such a notification with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial ACL for the golden tilefish hook-and-line component in the South Atlantic will be reached by July 23, 2020. Accordingly, the commercial hook-and-line component of South Atlantic golden tilefish is closed effective at 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on July 23, 2020. The commercial longline component for South Atlantic golden tilefish also closed on March 23, 2020, and will remain closed for the remainder of the current fishing year, through December 31, 2020 (85 FR 14602, March 13, 2020). Therefore, because the commercial longline component is already closed, E:\FR\FM\22JYR1.SGM 22JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 140722613-4908-02]
RTID 0648-XA294


Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and 
Atlantic Region; Commercial Closure for Atlantic Spanish Mackerel in 
the Northern Zone

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for commercial 
Spanish mackerel in the northern zone of the Atlantic exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ). NMFS projects that the commercial quota for 
Spanish mackerel in the northern zone of the Atlantic EEZ will be 
reached by July 22, 2020. Therefore, NMFS closes the northern zone in 
the Atlantic EEZ to commercial harvest of Spanish mackerel on July 22, 
2020. This closure is necessary to protect the Spanish mackerel 
resource in the Atlantic.

DATES: This temporary rule is effective at 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on 
July 22, 2020, until 12:01 a.m., eastern time, on March 1, 2021.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic 
fish in the Atlantic includes king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and 
cobia on the east coast of Florida, and is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of 
Mexico and Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of 
Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and 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. All weights described for Spanish mackerel in the 
Atlantic EEZ apply as either round or gutted weight.
    The commercial annual catch limit (equal to the commercial quota) 
for the Atlantic migratory group of Spanish mackerel (Atlantic Spanish 
mackerel) is 3.33 million lb (1.51 million kg). Atlantic Spanish 
mackerel are divided into northern and southern zones for management 
purposes. The northern zone commercial quota for Atlantic Spanish 
mackerel is 662,670 lb (300,582 kg) for the current fishing year, which 
is March 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021 (50 CFR 622.384(c)(2)(i)).
    The northern zone for Atlantic Spanish mackerel extends in Federal 
waters from New York through North Carolina. The northern boundary of 
the northern zone extends from an intersection point off New York, 
Connecticut, and Rhode Island at 41[deg]18'16.249'' N lat.-
71[deg]54'28.477'' W long. and proceeds southeast to 37[deg]22'32.75'' 
N lat. and the intersection point with the outward boundary of the EEZ. 
The southern boundary of the

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northern zone extends from the North Carolina and South Carolina state 
border, along a line extending in a direction of 135[deg]34'55'' from 
true north beginning at 33[deg]51'07.9'' N lat.-78[deg]32'32.6'' W 
long. to the intersection point with the outward boundary of the EEZ 
(50 CFR 622.369(b)(2)). See Figure 2 of appendix G to part 622--Spanish 
Mackerel for an illustration of the management zones.
    Regulations at 50 CFR 622.388(d)(1)(i) require NMFS to close the 
commercial sector for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone 
when the commercial quota for that zone is reached, or is projected to 
be reached, by filing such a notification with the Office of the 
Federal Register. NMFS projects that the commercial quota of 662,670 lb 
(300,582 kg) for Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone will be 
reached by July 22, 2020. Accordingly, the commercial sector for 
Atlantic Spanish mackerel in the northern zone is closed effective at 
12:01 a.m., eastern time, on July 22, 2020, through February 28, 2021, 
the end of the current fishing year.
    During the commercial closure, a person on a vessel that has been 
issued a valid Federal commercial permit to harvest Atlantic Spanish 
mackerel may continue to retain this species in the northern zone under 
the recreational bag and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 
622.382(a)(1)(iii) and (a)(2), as long as the recreational harvest of 
Atlantic Spanish mackerel has not closed (50 CFR 622.384(e)(1)).
    Also during the closure, Atlantic Spanish mackerel from the 
northern zone, including those harvested under the recreational bag and 
possession limits, may not be purchased or sold. This prohibition does 
not apply to Atlantic Spanish mackerel from the northern zone that were 
harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the closure and were held 
in cold storage by a dealer or processor (50 CFR 622.384(e)(2)).

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.8(b), 622.384(e)(2), 
and 622.388(d)(1)(i), which were issued pursuant to section 304(b) of 
the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 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 opportunity for comment.
    This action responds to the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds good cause to 
waive the requirements 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 procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public 
interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing 
the commercial quota and the associated AM has already been subject to 
notice and public comment, and all that remains is to notify the public 
of the closure. Additionally, allowing prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment is contrary to the public interest because of the need 
to immediately implement this action to protect the Atlantic Spanish 
mackerel stock, because the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for 
rapid harvest of the commercial quota. Prior notice and opportunity for 
public comment would require time and could potentially result in a 
harvest well in excess of the established commercial quota.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: July 17, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-15895 Filed 7-17-20; 4:15 pm]
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