Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries, 48120-48121 [2020-17390]

Download as PDF 48120 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 154 / Monday, August 10, 2020 / Rules and Regulations FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 155, 301, 303, 307, 309, 310, 334, 336, 339. 47 CFR Part 73 ■ [FRS 16933; DA 20–719] Radio Broadcasting Services; Various Locations Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This document amends the FM Table of Allotments, of the Commission’s rules, by reinstating certain vacant FM allotments. These FM allotments are considered vacant because of the cancellation of the associated authorizations and licenses, or the dismissal of long-form auction applications. Theses vacant FM allotments have previously undergone notice and comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate licensing procedures. Therefore, we find for good cause that further notice and comment are unnecessary. SUMMARY: DATES: 2. In § 73.202 in paragraph (b) amend Table 1 by: ■ a. Under California adding, in alphabetical order, ‘‘Avenal, Channel 269A,’’, Coalinga, Channel 261B’’, ‘‘Dos Palos, Channel 240A’’, ‘‘Firebaugh, Channel 234A’’, ‘‘Ford City, Channel 271A’’, ‘‘King City, Channel 275A’’, and ‘‘Lindsay, Channel 277B1’’; ■ b. Under Colorado adding, in alphabetical order, ‘‘Calhan, Channel 284C3’’, and ‘‘Idalia, Channel 231A’’; ■ c. Under Iowa revising the entry for ‘‘Asbury’’; ■ e. Under Texas adding, in alphabetical order, ‘‘Hereford, Channel 278C2’’, and ‘‘Palacios, Channel 259C1’’; ■ f. Under Virgin Islands adding, in alphabetical order, ‘‘Charlotte Amalie, Channel *275A’’. § 73.202 * * California * * * Avenal .................................. * 269A * * * * Coalinga ............................... Dos Palos ............................. * 261B 240A * * * * Firebaugh ............................. Ford City ............................... * 234A 271A * * * * King City ............................... * 275A * * * * Lindsay ................................. * 277B1 * * * Texas * * * Hereford ............................... * * 278C2 * * * Palacios ................................ * 259C1 * * * * * * Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie ................... * * * *275A * * [FR Doc. 2020–16152 Filed 8–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P * * * For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 73 as follows: * * * * Calhan .................................. * 284C3 * * * * Idalia ..................................... * 231A * * * * * * Iowa PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES * * * Asbury .................................. PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4700 * *254A Sfmt 4700 [Docket No. 180117042–8884–02; RTID 0648–XA316] Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: Colorado Federal Communications Commission. Nazifa Sawez, Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES * 50 CFR Part 635 Radio, Radio broadcasting. Jkt 250001 * TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (b) List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73 17:04 Aug 07, 2020 * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Channel No. Rolanda F. Smith, Media Bureau, (202) 418–2700. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission’s Order, adopted July 10, 2020 and released July 10, 2020. The full text of this Commission decision is available online at https://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/. This document does not contain information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. The Commission will not send a copy of the Order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A) because the Order is a ministerial action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 * DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE * FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: Channel No. Table of Allotments. * * (b) * * * Effective August 10, 2020. ■ TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (b)— Continued * NMFS closes the Harpoon category fishery for large medium and giant (i.e., measuring 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length or greater) Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) through the end of the 2020 Harpoon category fishing season. Current regulations provide that the 2021 Harpoon category season begins June 1, 2021. The intent of this closure is to prevent further overharvest of the available Harpoon category BFT quota of 76 metric tons (mt). DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, August 5, 2020, through November 15, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McLaughlin, 978–281–9260, Nicholas Velseboer, 978–675–2168, or Larry Redd, 301–420–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10AUR1.SGM 10AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 154 / Monday, August 10, 2020 / Rules and Regulations (Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of BFT by persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) among the various domestic fishing categories, per the allocations established in the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) (71 FR 58058, October 2, 2006) and amendments, and in accordance with implementing regulations. Under § 635.28(a)(1), NMFS files a closure notice with the Office of the Federal Register for publication when a BFT quota is reached or is projected to be reached. Retaining, possessing, or landing BFT under a quota category is prohibited on or after the effective date and time of a closure notice for that category until the opening of the relevant subsequent quota period or until such date as specified. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Harpoon Category Closure The base quota for the Harpoon category is 46 mt. See § 635.27(a). Effective July 13, 2020, NMFS transferred 30 mt from the Reserve category to the Harpoon category, resulting in an adjusted subquota of 76 mt for the Harpoon category and 113 mt for the Reserve category (85 FR 43148, July 16, 2020). Based on the best available landings information for the Harpoon category BFT fishery, NMFS has determined that the adjusted Harpoon category quota of 76 mt has been reached and exceeded (i.e., as of August 4, reported landings total approximately 77.4 mt) and that VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Aug 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 the Harpoon category fishery should be closed. Therefore, retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas Harpoon category must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on August 5, 2020. The Harpoon category will reopen automatically on June 1, 2021, for the 2021 fishing season. This action applies to Atlantic tunas Harpoon category (commercial) permitted and is taken consistent with the regulations at § 635.28(a)(1). The intent of this closure is to prevent further overharvest of the available Harpoon category quota. Monitoring and Reporting NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fisheries closely. Dealers are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of a dealer receiving BFT. Late reporting by dealers compromises NMFS’ ability to timely implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustment, as well as closures, and may result in enforcement actions. Additionally, and separate from the dealer reporting requirement, Harpoon category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing hmspermits.noaa.gov, using the HMS Catch Reporting app, or calling (888) 872–8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.). Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, NMFS may determine that additional adjustments are necessary to ensure available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. If needed, subsequent PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 48121 adjustments will be published in the Federal Register. In addition, fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (978) 281–9260, or access hmspermits.noaa.gov, for updates on quota monitoring and inseason adjustments. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 635, which was issued pursuant to section 304(c), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for NMFS (AA) finds that pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice of, and an opportunity for public comment on, for the following reasons: The regulations implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and amendments provide for inseason retention limit adjustments to respond to the unpredictable nature of BFT availability on the fishing grounds, the migratory nature of this species, and the regional variations in the BFT fishery. This fishery is currently underway and delaying this action would be contrary to the public interest as it could result in BFT landings exceeding the Harpoon category quota. For all of the above reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: August 5, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 154 (Monday, August 10, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 48120-48121]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-17390]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

[Docket No. 180117042-8884-02; RTID 0648-XA316]


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna 
Fisheries

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS closes the Harpoon category fishery for large medium and 
giant (i.e., measuring 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length or 
greater) Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) through the end of the 2020 
Harpoon category fishing season. Current regulations provide that the 
2021 Harpoon category season begins June 1, 2021. The intent of this 
closure is to prevent further overharvest of the available Harpoon 
category BFT quota of 76 metric tons (mt).

DATES: Effective 11:30 p.m., local time, August 5, 2020, through 
November 15, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah McLaughlin, 978-281-9260, 
Nicholas Velseboer, 978-675-2168, or Larry Redd, 301-420-8503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations implemented under the authority 
of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

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(Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) governing the harvest of 
BFT by persons and vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction are found at 50 
CFR part 635. Section 635.27 subdivides the U.S. BFT quota recommended 
by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 
(ICCAT) among the various domestic fishing categories, per the 
allocations established in the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory 
Species Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) (71 FR 
58058, October 2, 2006) and amendments, and in accordance with 
implementing regulations.
    Under Sec.  635.28(a)(1), NMFS files a closure notice with the 
Office of the Federal Register for publication when a BFT quota is 
reached or is projected to be reached. Retaining, possessing, or 
landing BFT under a quota category is prohibited on or after the 
effective date and time of a closure notice for that category until the 
opening of the relevant subsequent quota period or until such date as 
specified.

Harpoon Category Closure

    The base quota for the Harpoon category is 46 mt. See Sec.  
635.27(a). Effective July 13, 2020, NMFS transferred 30 mt from the 
Reserve category to the Harpoon category, resulting in an adjusted 
subquota of 76 mt for the Harpoon category and 113 mt for the Reserve 
category (85 FR 43148, July 16, 2020).
    Based on the best available landings information for the Harpoon 
category BFT fishery, NMFS has determined that the adjusted Harpoon 
category quota of 76 mt has been reached and exceeded (i.e., as of 
August 4, reported landings total approximately 77.4 mt) and that the 
Harpoon category fishery should be closed. Therefore, retaining, 
possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard 
vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas Harpoon category must cease at 
11:30 p.m. local time on August 5, 2020. The Harpoon category will 
reopen automatically on June 1, 2021, for the 2021 fishing season. This 
action applies to Atlantic tunas Harpoon category (commercial) 
permitted and is taken consistent with the regulations at Sec.  
635.28(a)(1). The intent of this closure is to prevent further 
overharvest of the available Harpoon category quota.

Monitoring and Reporting

    NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fisheries closely. Dealers 
are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of a dealer 
receiving BFT. Late reporting by dealers compromises NMFS' ability to 
timely implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustment, 
as well as closures, and may result in enforcement actions. 
Additionally, and separate from the dealer reporting requirement, 
Harpoon category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all 
BFT retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end 
of each trip, by accessing hmspermits.noaa.gov, using the HMS Catch 
Reporting app, or calling (888) 872-8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 
a.m. until 4:30 p.m.).
    Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, 
NMFS may determine that additional adjustments are necessary to ensure 
available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data 
collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. If 
needed, subsequent adjustments will be published in the Federal 
Register. In addition, fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas 
Information Line at (978) 281-9260, or access hmspermits.noaa.gov, for 
updates on quota monitoring and inseason adjustments.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 635, which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(c), and is exempt from review under 
Executive Order 12866.
    The Assistant Administrator for NMFS (AA) finds that pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice of, and an 
opportunity for public comment on, for the following reasons: The 
regulations implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and amendments 
provide for inseason retention limit adjustments to respond to the 
unpredictable nature of BFT availability on the fishing grounds, the 
migratory nature of this species, and the regional variations in the 
BFT fishery. This fishery is currently underway and delaying this 
action would be contrary to the public interest as it could result in 
BFT landings exceeding the Harpoon category quota. For all of the above 
reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the 30-day 
delay in effectiveness.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq.

    Dated: August 5, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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