Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2020 Red Snapper Private Angling Component Accountability Measure in Federal Waters Off Texas, 52055-52056 [2020-18526]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 164 / Monday, August 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations ‘‘Spectrum Horizons License’’). Specifically, the Spectrum Horizons License will be available for experiments and demonstrations of equipment designed to operate exclusively on any frequency above 95 GHz. OMB Control Number: 3060–0057. OMB Approval Date: July 24, 2020. OMB Expiration Date: July 31, 2023. Title: Application for Equipment Authorization. Form Number: FCC Form 731. Respondents: Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents and Responses: 11,305 respondents; 24,873 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 8.11 hours (rounded). Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and third-party disclosure requirement. Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 301, 302, 303(e), 303(f) and 303(r). 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Needs and Uses: On March 15, 2019, the Commission adopted a First Report and Order, in ET Docket No. 18–2; FCC 19–19, which involves updates to 47 CFR part 15,—‘‘Radio Frequency Devices,’’ to provide permit certain operations above 95 GHz.1 Among other things, the Spectrum Horizons Order made specific frequencies above 95 GHz available for the operation of radiofrequency devices without a license. Such devices are subject to the certification process of the Commission’s equipment authorization program. 1 Spectrum Horizons, First Report and Order, 34 FCC Rcd 1605(2) (2019) (Spectrum Horizons Order). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:48 Aug 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 Federal Communications Commission. Marlene Dortch, Secretary, Office of Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–17727 Filed 8–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 200124–0029] RTID 0648–XA413 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2020 Red Snapper Private Angling Component Accountability Measure in Federal Waters Off Texas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule, accountability measure. AGENCY: Through this temporary rule, NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the red snapper recreational sector private angling component in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) off Texas for the 2020 fishing year. Based on information provided by the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), NMFS has determined that the 2019 Texas regional management area private angling component annual catch limit (ACL) for Gulf red snapper was exceeded. Therefore, NMFS reduces the 2020 private angling component ACL of Gulf red snapper for the Texas regional management area. This reduction will remain in effect through the remainder of the current fishing year on December 31, 2020, and is necessary to protect the Gulf red snapper resource. DATES: This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 24, 2020, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: kelli.odonnell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented by NMFS SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 52055 under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All red snapper weights discussed in this temporary rule are in round weight. In 2015, Amendment 40 to the FMP established two components within the recreational sector fishing for red snapper: The private angling component, and the Federal charter vessel and headboat (for-hire) component (80 FR 22422, April 22, 2015). In 2020, NMFS implemented Amendments 50 A–F to the FMP, which delegated authority to the Gulf states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas) to establish specific management measures for the harvest of red snapper in Federal waters of the Gulf by the private angling component of the recreational sector (85 FR 6819, February 6, 2020). These amendments allocate a portion of the private angling ACL to each state, and each state is required to constrain landings to its allocation as part of state management. As described at 50 CFR 622.39(a)(2)(i), the Gulf red snapper recreational sector quota (ACL) is 7.399 million lb (3.356 million kg) and the recreational private angling component quota (ACL) is 4.269 million lb (1.936 million kg). Also, as described at 50 CFR 622.23(a)(1)(ii)(E), the Texas regional management area private angling component ACL is 265,105 lb (120,250 kg). Regulations at 50 CFR 622.23(b) require that if a state’s red snapper private angling component landings exceed the applicable state’s component ACL, then in the following fishing year, that state’s private angling ACL will be reduced by the amount of that ACL overage in the prior fishing year. For the 2019 fishing year, the Texas recreational red snapper private component (private vessel and state charter vessels) was managed under an exempted fishing permit with a state ACL of 265,090 lb (120,243 kg). Amendment 50F provided that any overage of the 2019 Texas ACL would be applied to Texas’s portion of the 2020 private angling ACL. NMFS has determined that landings of red snapper off Texas for the private angling component, which includes landings for charter vessels, in 2019 were 375,616 lb (170,377 kg); which is 110,526 lb (50,134 kg) greater than 2019 Texas allocation of the private angling component ACL. Accordingly, for the 2020 fishing year, this temporary rule reduces the Texas regional management area private angling component ACL for Gulf red snapper by the ACL overage amount of 110,526 lb (50,134 kg) and E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1 52056 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 164 / Monday, August 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES resulting in a revised private angling ACL for Texas of 154,579 lb (70,116 kg). Consistent with the reduction in the Texas regional management area private angling component ACL, NMFS also reduces the 2020 total recreational sector ACL to 7,288,474 lb (3,305,996 kg) and the total private angling component ACL to 4,158,474 lb (1,886,252 kg). The recreational private angling component ACLs for other Gulf state management areas for 2020 are unaffected by this notice. The reduction in the 2020 red snapper private angling component ACL for the Texas regional management area is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 24, 2020, and will remain in effect through the end of the fishing year on December 31, 2020. The TPWD is responsible for ensuring that 2020 private angling component landings in the Texas regional management area do not exceed the adjusted 2020 Texas ACL. As described at 50 CFR 622.23(c), a Gulf state with an active delegation of state management of the red snapper private angling component may request that NMFS close all, or an area of, Federal waters off that state to the harvest and possession of red snapper by private anglers. At the request of Texas, for the 2020 fishing season, NMFS previously announced a closure date of August 3, 2020, for the red snapper private angling component in Gulf Federal waters off Texas (85 FR 19396, April 7, 2020). Therefore, the TPWD must manage the remainder of the 2020 state waters season to ensure the Texas regional management area private angling component ACL is not exceeded. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required under 50 CFR 622.23(b) which was 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 comment. This action is based on the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need to implement this action to reduce the private angling component ACL for the Texas regional management area constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:48 Aug 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the post-season ACL adjustment authority has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the ACL overage adjustment. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because a failure to implement the ACL overage adjustment immediately may result an overage of the Texas ACL in 2020 and less access to red snapper off the coast of Texas in 2021. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of the action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 19, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–18526 Filed 8–19–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [RTID 0648–XA380] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NC to VA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification; quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2020 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for North Carolina and Virginia. DATES: Effective August 21, 2020, through December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.102 and final 2020 allocations were published on October 9, 2019 (84 FR 54041). The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan, as published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.102(c)(2). The Regional Administrator is required to consider three criteria in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations: The transfer or combinations would preclude the overall annual quota from being fully harvested, the transfer addresses an unforeseen variation or contingency in the fishery, and the transfer is consistent with the objectives of the Fisheries Management Plan and the MagnusonStevens Act. North Carolina is transferring 9,263 lb (4,202 kg) to Virginia. This transfer is occurring through mutual agreement of the states. This transfer was requested to repay landings made by a North Carolina permitted vessel under a safe harbor agreement. The revised summer flounder quotas for fishing year 2020 are now: North Carolina, 3,125,501 lb (1,417,703 kg) and Virginia, 2,483,444 lb (1,126,471 kg). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 19, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–18524 Filed 8–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 164 (Monday, August 24, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 52055-52056]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-18526]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 200124-0029]
RTID 0648-XA413


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2020 Red Snapper Private 
Angling Component Accountability Measure in Federal Waters Off Texas

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

ACTION: Temporary rule, accountability measure.

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SUMMARY: Through this temporary rule, NMFS implements accountability 
measures (AMs) for the red snapper recreational sector private angling 
component in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) off Texas for the 2020 fishing 
year. Based on information provided by the State of Texas Parks and 
Wildlife Department (TPWD), NMFS has determined that the 2019 Texas 
regional management area private angling component annual catch limit 
(ACL) for Gulf red snapper was exceeded. Therefore, NMFS reduces the 
2020 private angling component ACL of Gulf red snapper for the Texas 
regional management area. This reduction will remain in effect through 
the remainder of the current fishing year on December 31, 2020, and is 
necessary to protect the Gulf red snapper resource.

DATES: This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on 
August 24, 2020, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O'Donnell, NMFS Southeast 
Regional Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes 
red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented 
by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through 
regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All red snapper weights discussed in 
this temporary rule are in round weight.
    In 2015, Amendment 40 to the FMP established two components within 
the recreational sector fishing for red snapper: The private angling 
component, and the Federal charter vessel and headboat (for-hire) 
component (80 FR 22422, April 22, 2015). In 2020, NMFS implemented 
Amendments 50 A-F to the FMP, which delegated authority to the Gulf 
states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas) to 
establish specific management measures for the harvest of red snapper 
in Federal waters of the Gulf by the private angling component of the 
recreational sector (85 FR 6819, February 6, 2020). These amendments 
allocate a portion of the private angling ACL to each state, and each 
state is required to constrain landings to its allocation as part of 
state management.
    As described at 50 CFR 622.39(a)(2)(i), the Gulf red snapper 
recreational sector quota (ACL) is 7.399 million lb (3.356 million kg) 
and the recreational private angling component quota (ACL) is 4.269 
million lb (1.936 million kg). Also, as described at 50 CFR 
622.23(a)(1)(ii)(E), the Texas regional management area private angling 
component ACL is 265,105 lb (120,250 kg). Regulations at 50 CFR 
622.23(b) require that if a state's red snapper private angling 
component landings exceed the applicable state's component ACL, then in 
the following fishing year, that state's private angling ACL will be 
reduced by the amount of that ACL overage in the prior fishing year.
    For the 2019 fishing year, the Texas recreational red snapper 
private component (private vessel and state charter vessels) was 
managed under an exempted fishing permit with a state ACL of 265,090 lb 
(120,243 kg). Amendment 50F provided that any overage of the 2019 Texas 
ACL would be applied to Texas's portion of the 2020 private angling 
ACL. NMFS has determined that landings of red snapper off Texas for the 
private angling component, which includes landings for charter vessels, 
in 2019 were 375,616 lb (170,377 kg); which is 110,526 lb (50,134 kg) 
greater than 2019 Texas allocation of the private angling component 
ACL. Accordingly, for the 2020 fishing year, this temporary rule 
reduces the Texas regional management area private angling component 
ACL for Gulf red snapper by the ACL overage amount of 110,526 lb 
(50,134 kg) and

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resulting in a revised private angling ACL for Texas of 154,579 lb 
(70,116 kg). Consistent with the reduction in the Texas regional 
management area private angling component ACL, NMFS also reduces the 
2020 total recreational sector ACL to 7,288,474 lb (3,305,996 kg) and 
the total private angling component ACL to 4,158,474 lb (1,886,252 kg). 
The recreational private angling component ACLs for other Gulf state 
management areas for 2020 are unaffected by this notice. The reduction 
in the 2020 red snapper private angling component ACL for the Texas 
regional management area is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on 
August 24, 2020, and will remain in effect through the end of the 
fishing year on December 31, 2020.
    The TPWD is responsible for ensuring that 2020 private angling 
component landings in the Texas regional management area do not exceed 
the adjusted 2020 Texas ACL. As described at 50 CFR 622.23(c), a Gulf 
state with an active delegation of state management of the red snapper 
private angling component may request that NMFS close all, or an area 
of, Federal waters off that state to the harvest and possession of red 
snapper by private anglers. At the request of Texas, for the 2020 
fishing season, NMFS previously announced a closure date of August 3, 
2020, for the red snapper private angling component in Gulf Federal 
waters off Texas (85 FR 19396, April 7, 2020). Therefore, the TPWD must 
manage the remainder of the 2020 state waters season to ensure the 
Texas regional management area private angling component ACL is not 
exceeded.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required under 50 CFR 622.23(b) which was 
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 comment.
    This action is based on the best scientific information available. 
The Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries (AA) finds that the need 
to implement this action to reduce the private angling component ACL 
for the Texas regional management area constitutes good cause to waive 
the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment on this temporary rule pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because such procedures are unnecessary and contrary 
to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the 
rule implementing the post-season ACL adjustment authority has already 
been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify 
the public of the ACL overage adjustment. Such procedures are contrary 
to the public interest because a failure to implement the ACL overage 
adjustment immediately may result an overage of the Texas ACL in 2020 
and less access to red snapper off the coast of Texas in 2021.
    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to 
waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of the action under 5 
U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: August 19, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-18526 Filed 8-19-20; 4:15 pm]
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