Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition, 46588 [2020-16832]

Download as PDF 46588 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 149 / Monday, August 3, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA283] Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that Southern Atlantic red porgy is now subject to overfishing and remains overfished, the Western and Central North Pacific Ocean (WCNPO) stock of striped marlin remains both subject to overfishing and overfished, and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) stock of oceanic whitetip shark is now both subject to overfishing and overfished. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate regional fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an overfished condition, or a stock is approaching an overfished condition. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Spallone, (301) 427–8568. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, must notify Councils, and publish in the Federal Register, whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition. NMFS has determined that Southern Atlantic red porgy is subject to overfishing and remains overfished. This determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2020, using data through 2017, which indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing mortality is greater than the threshold and is overfished because the spawning stock biomass remains below the threshold. NMFS has notified the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council of the requirement to end overfishing immediately and rebuild this stock. NMFS has determined that the WCNPO stock of striped marlin remains both subject to overfishing and overfished. This determination is based on a 2019 assessment by the Billfish Working Group of the International khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:39 Jul 31, 2020 Jkt 250001 Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean, using data through 2017. Based on domestic status determination criteria, this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing mortality rate is greater than the threshold and is overfished because the spawning biomass ratio remains below the threshold. NMFS has determined that section 304(i) of the MagnusonStevens Act applies because the overfishing of the WCNPO stock of striped marlin is due largely to excessive international fishing pressure, and because it has not been determined that management measures adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will end overfishing and rebuild the stock. NMFS has informed the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Western Pacific Council) of its obligations for domestic and international management under Magnuson-Stevens Act section 304(i) to address domestic and international impacts. NMFS has determined that the WCPO stock of oceanic whitetip shark is now both subject to overfishing and overfished. This determination is based on a 2019 assessment by the Shark Working Group of the WCPFC, using data through 2016. Based on domestic status determination criteria, this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing mortality is greater than the threshold and is overfished because the spawning biomass is below the threshold. NMFS has determined that section 304(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act applies because the overfishing of the WCPO stock of oceanic whitetip shark is due largely to excessive international fishing pressure, and because it has not been determined that management measures adopted by the WCPFC will end overfishing and rebuild the stock. NMFS has informed the Western Pacific Council of its obligations for domestic and international management under Magnuson-Stevens Act section 304(i) to address domestic and international impacts. Dated: July 29, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable FisheriesNational Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–16832 Filed 7–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA328] New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council’s is convening a meeting of its Groundfish Recreational Advisory Panel via webinar to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This webinar will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020, beginning at 10 a.m. ADDRESSES: All meeting participants and interested parties can register to join the webinar for the August 17 webinar: https://attendee. gotowebinar.com/register/845606836 0258733070. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA, 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Agenda The panel will meet to discuss the Conservation Law Foundation petition for rulemaking on Atlantic cod. They will receive an update on the development of Framework Adjustment 61 specifications and other measures and make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee, as appropriate. Other business will be discussed, as necessary. Although non-emergency issues not contained on the agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. The public also should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA283]


Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that Southern Atlantic red 
porgy is now subject to overfishing and remains overfished, the Western 
and Central North Pacific Ocean (WCNPO) stock of striped marlin remains 
both subject to overfishing and overfished, and the Western and Central 
Pacific Ocean (WCPO) stock of oceanic whitetip shark is now both 
subject to overfishing and overfished. NMFS, on behalf of the 
Secretary, notifies the appropriate regional fishery management council 
(Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock 
is in an overfished condition, or a stock is approaching an overfished 
condition.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Spallone, (301) 427-8568.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, 
must notify Councils, and publish in the Federal Register, whenever it 
determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, 
overfished, or approaching an overfished condition.
    NMFS has determined that Southern Atlantic red porgy is subject to 
overfishing and remains overfished. This determination is based on the 
most recent assessment, completed in 2020, using data through 2017, 
which indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing because the 
fishing mortality is greater than the threshold and is overfished 
because the spawning stock biomass remains below the threshold. NMFS 
has notified the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council of the 
requirement to end overfishing immediately and rebuild this stock.
    NMFS has determined that the WCNPO stock of striped marlin remains 
both subject to overfishing and overfished. This determination is based 
on a 2019 assessment by the Billfish Working Group of the International 
Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North 
Pacific Ocean, using data through 2017. Based on domestic status 
determination criteria, this stock is subject to overfishing because 
the fishing mortality rate is greater than the threshold and is 
overfished because the spawning biomass ratio remains below the 
threshold. NMFS has determined that section 304(i) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act applies because the overfishing of the WCNPO stock of 
striped marlin is due largely to excessive international fishing 
pressure, and because it has not been determined that management 
measures adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Commission (WCPFC) will end overfishing and rebuild the stock. NMFS has 
informed the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Western 
Pacific Council) of its obligations for domestic and international 
management under Magnuson-Stevens Act section 304(i) to address 
domestic and international impacts.
    NMFS has determined that the WCPO stock of oceanic whitetip shark 
is now both subject to overfishing and overfished. This determination 
is based on a 2019 assessment by the Shark Working Group of the WCPFC, 
using data through 2016. Based on domestic status determination 
criteria, this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing 
mortality is greater than the threshold and is overfished because the 
spawning biomass is below the threshold. NMFS has determined that 
section 304(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act applies because the 
overfishing of the WCPO stock of oceanic whitetip shark is due largely 
to excessive international fishing pressure, and because it has not 
been determined that management measures adopted by the WCPFC will end 
overfishing and rebuild the stock. NMFS has informed the Western 
Pacific Council of its obligations for domestic and international 
management under Magnuson-Stevens Act section 304(i) to address 
domestic and international impacts.

    Dated: July 29, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable FisheriesNational Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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