Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery; 2020 Illex Squid Quota Harvested, 54514 [2020-19372]

Download as PDF 54514 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 2, 2020 / Rules and Regulations remains is to notify the public of the reopening. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action to allow recreational fishers to harvest the remainder of the recreational ACT beginning on September 1, 2020. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would delay the re-opening of the recreational sector. Opening the recreational sector by September 1 provides an opportunity for recreational fishers to make trips during the early fall when the weather is generally more favorable. A delay of reopening until October increases the likelihood of inclement weather and the chance that recreational trips will not be possible. For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 27, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–19324 Filed 8–28–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 200730–0202] RTID 0648–XA341 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery; 2020 Illex Squid Quota Harvested National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reduction of possession limit. AGENCY: Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing more than 10,000 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Sep 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid per trip, and from landing Illex squid more than once per calendar day. This prohibition is required when NMFS projects that 95 percent of the 2020 annual catch limit will have been caught by the effective date. This action is intended to prevent over-harvest of Illex squid for the fishing year. DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, August 31, 2020, through December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alyson Pitts, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9352. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the Illex squid fishery are at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at § 648.24(a)(2) require that when the Regional Administrator projects that Illex squid catch will reach 95 percent of the domestic annual harvest (DAH) quota, NMFS must prohibit Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders from directed fishing. Vessels may not catch, possess, transfer, or land more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid per trip, or land Illex squid more than once per calendar day. The Regional Administrator monitors the Illex squid fishery catch based on dealer reports, state data, and other available information. When 95 percent of the DAH has been reached, NMFS must provide at least 72 hours of notice to the public that it made this determination. NMFS must also publish the date that the catch is projected to reach 95 percent of the quota, and the date when prohibitions on catch and landings for the remainder of the fishing year become effective. The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports and other available information, that the Illex squid fleet will catch 95 percent of the total Illex squid DAH quota for the 2020 season through December 31, 2020, by August 31, 2020. Therefore, effective 0001 August 31, 2020, federally permitted vessels may not fish for, catch, possess, transfer, or land more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid, and may not land Illex squid more than once per calendar day. Vessels that have entered port before 0001 hr on August 31, 2020, may offload PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 and sell more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid from that trip. Also, federally permitted dealers may not receive Illex squid from federally permitted Illex squid vessels that harvest more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid through 2400 hr, December 31, 2020, unless it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port before 0001 hr on August 31, 2020. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment and the delayed effectiveness because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. Data and other information indicating the Illex squid fleet will have landed at least 95 percent of the 2019 DAH quota have only recently become available. Landings data are updated on a weekly basis, and NMFS monitors catch data on a daily basis as catch increases toward the limit. Further, high-volume catch and landings in this fishery increases total catch relative to the quota quickly. The regulations at § 648.24(a)(2) require such action to ensure that Illex squid vessels do not exceed the 2020 DAH quota. If implementation of this action is delayed, the quota for the 2020 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Also, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this process when the provisions regarding closures and the 2020 quota levels were put in place. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 28, 2020. Kelly Denit, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–19372 Filed 8–28–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02SER1.SGM 02SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 171 (Wednesday, September 2, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 200730-0202]
RTID 0648-XA341


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fishery; 2020 Illex Squid Quota Harvested

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reduction of possession limit.

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SUMMARY: Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders are prohibited from 
fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing more than 
10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid per trip, and from landing Illex 
squid more than once per calendar day. This prohibition is required 
when NMFS projects that 95 percent of the 2020 annual catch limit will 
have been caught by the effective date. This action is intended to 
prevent over-harvest of Illex squid for the fishing year.

DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, August 31, 2020, through December 
31, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alyson Pitts, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9352.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the Illex squid fishery are 
at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at Sec.  648.24(a)(2) require that 
when the Regional Administrator projects that Illex squid catch will 
reach 95 percent of the domestic annual harvest (DAH) quota, NMFS must 
prohibit Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders from directed 
fishing. Vessels may not catch, possess, transfer, or land more than 
10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid per trip, or land Illex squid more 
than once per calendar day. The Regional Administrator monitors the 
Illex squid fishery catch based on dealer reports, state data, and 
other available information. When 95 percent of the DAH has been 
reached, NMFS must provide at least 72 hours of notice to the public 
that it made this determination. NMFS must also publish the date that 
the catch is projected to reach 95 percent of the quota, and the date 
when prohibitions on catch and landings for the remainder of the 
fishing year become effective.
    The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports 
and other available information, that the Illex squid fleet will catch 
95 percent of the total Illex squid DAH quota for the 2020 season 
through December 31, 2020, by August 31, 2020. Therefore, effective 
0001 August 31, 2020, federally permitted vessels may not fish for, 
catch, possess, transfer, or land more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of 
Illex squid, and may not land Illex squid more than once per calendar 
day. Vessels that have entered port before 0001 hr on August 31, 2020, 
may offload and sell more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid from 
that trip. Also, federally permitted dealers may not receive Illex 
squid from federally permitted Illex squid vessels that harvest more 
than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid through 2400 hr, December 31, 
2020, unless it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port 
before 0001 hr on August 31, 2020.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under 
Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment 
and the delayed effectiveness because it would be contrary to the 
public interest and impracticable. Data and other information 
indicating the Illex squid fleet will have landed at least 95 percent 
of the 2019 DAH quota have only recently become available. Landings 
data are updated on a weekly basis, and NMFS monitors catch data on a 
daily basis as catch increases toward the limit. Further, high-volume 
catch and landings in this fishery increases total catch relative to 
the quota quickly. The regulations at Sec.  648.24(a)(2) require such 
action to ensure that Illex squid vessels do not exceed the 2020 DAH 
quota. If implementation of this action is delayed, the quota for the 
2020 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation 
objectives of the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery 
Management Plan. Also, the public had prior notice and full opportunity 
to comment on this process when the provisions regarding closures and 
the 2020 quota levels were put in place.

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

    Dated: August 28, 2020.
Kelly Denit,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-19372 Filed 8-28-20; 4:15 pm]
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