Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2020 Management Area 1A Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested, 72579-72580 [2020-25195]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 220 / Friday, November 13, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 19. Amend § 540.23 by revising the last two sentences of paragraph (b) to read as follows: ■ PART 560—ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CONDITIONS UNDULY IMPAIRING ACCESS OF U.S.-FLAG VESSELS TO OCEAN TRADE BETWEEN FOREIGN PORTS § 540.23 Procedure for establishing financial responsibility. * * * * * (b) * * * An application for a Certificate (Casualty), excluding an application for the addition or substitution of a vessel to the applicant’s fleet, must be accompanied by a filing fee remittance of $1,889. An application for a Certificate (Casualty) for the addition or substitution of a vessel to the applicant’s fleet must be accompanied by a filing fee remittance of $921. * * * * * PART 550—REGULATIONS TO ADJUST OR MEET CONDITIONS UNFAVORABLE TO SHIPPING IN THE FOREIGN TRADE OF THE UNITED STATES 20. The authority citation for part 550 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553; 46 U.S.C. 301– 307; sec. 19 (a)(2), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k) and (l) of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920, 46 U.S.C. 42101 and 42104–42109; and sec. 10002 of the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988, 46 U.S.C. 42301–42307. 21. Revise § 550.402 to read as follows: ■ § 550.402 PART 555—ACTIONS TO ADDRESS ADVERSE CONDITIONS AFFECTING U.S.-FLAG CARRIERS THAT DO NOT EXIST FOR FOREIGN CARRIERS IN THE UNITED STATES 22. The authority citation for part 555 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553; sec. 10002 of the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988 (46 U.S.C. 42301–42307). 23. Amend § 555.4 by revising the last sentence of paragraph (a) to read as follows: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES ■ Petitions. (a) * * * The petition must be accompanied by remittance of a $306 filing fee. * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Nov 12, 2020 Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553; secs. 13(b)(6), 15 and 17 of the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. 305, 40104, and 41108(d); sec. 10002 of the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988 (46 U.S.C. 42301–42307). 25. Amend § 560.3 by revising the last sentence of paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows: ■ § 560.3 Petitions for relief. (a) * * * (2) * * * the petition must be accompanied by remittance of a $306 filing fee. * * * * * By the Commission. Rachel Dickon, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–23763 Filed 11–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6730–02–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 Filing of petitions. All requests for relief from conditions unfavorable to shipping in the foreign trade must be by written petition. An original and fifteen copies of a petition for relief under the provisions of this part must be filed with the Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington, DC 20573. The petition must be accompanied by remittance of a $306 filing fee. § 555.4 24. The authority citation for part 560 continues to read as follows: ■ Jkt 253001 [Docket No: 200428–0122; RTID 0648– XA507] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2020 Management Area 1A Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS is closing the directed fishery for Herring Management Area 1A. This closure is required because NMFS projects that 92 percent of the catch amount for Management Area 1A has been caught. This action is intended to prevent overharvest of Atlantic herring in Management Area 1A, which will result in additional quota reductions next year. DATES: Effective 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, through December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aly Pitts, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9352. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Administrator of the Greater SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 72579 Atlantic Regional Office monitors Atlantic herring fishery catch in each of the management areas based on vessel and dealer reports, state data, and other available information. The regulations at 50 CFR 648.201 require that when Atlantic herring catch will reach 92 percent of the Management Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL), federally permitted vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, transferring, receiving, landing, or selling more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day in or from the specified management area. The Regional Administrator has projected, based on vessel and dealer reports, and other available information, that the Atlantic herring fleet will have caught 92 percent of the Management Area 1A sub-ACL by November 11, 2020. Therefore, effective 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day, in or from Management Area 1A, through December 31, 2020. Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, may land and sell more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring from Area 1A from that trip. A vessel may transit through Area 1A with more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring on board, provided all herring was caught outside of Area 1A and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate use as defined by § 648.2. All herring vessels must land in accordance with state landing restrictions. Effective 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, through 24:00 hr local time, December 31, 2020, federally permitted dealers may not purchase, possess, receive, sell, barter, trade or transfer more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day from Area 1A from a vessel issued and holding a valid Federal herring permit, unless it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port before 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, and that catch is landed in accordance with state regulations. Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. NMFS also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness in accordance with 5 U.S.C 553(d)(3). E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM 13NOR1 72580 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 220 / Friday, November 13, 2020 / Rules and Regulations NMFS is required by Federal regulation to implement a 2,000-lb (907.2-kg) Atlantic herring possession limit for Management Area 1A through the calendar year when 92 percent of the area quota is projected to be harvested. The 2020 Atlantic herring fishing year began on January 1, 2020, and Management Area 1A opened to fishing on June 1, 2020. Data indicating the Atlantic herring fleet will have landed at least 92 percent of the 2020 sub-ACL allocated to Management Area 1A only recently became available. High-volume catch and landings in this fishery increase total catch relative to the subACL quickly, especially in this fishing year where annual catch limits are unusually low. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior public comment, the sub-ACL for Management Area 1A for this fishing year will likely be exceeded; thereby, undermining the conservation objectives of the FMP. If sub-ACLs are exceeded, the excess must be deducted from a future sub-ACL and would reduce future fishing opportunities. In addition, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this process when these provisions were put in place. The public expects these actions to occur in a timely way consistent with the fishery management plan’s objectives. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 9, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–25195 Filed 11–10–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 200227–0066; RTID 0648– XA632] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of the 2020 Atka mackerel incidental catch allowance (ICA) for the Bering Sea subarea and Eastern Aleutian district (BS/EAI) to the Amendment 80 cooperative allocation in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2020 total allowable catch of Atka mackerel in the BS/EAI of the BSAI to be fully harvested. DATES: Effective November 6, 2020, 2020 through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands SUMMARY: Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The 2020 Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI is 800 metric tons (mt) and the 2020 Atka mackerel total allowable catch allocated to the Amendment 80 cooperative is 18,904 mt as established by the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (85 FR 13553, March 9, 2020). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, has determined that 200 mt of the Atka mackerel ICA for the BS/EAI will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.91(f), NMFS reallocates 200 mt of Atka mackerel from the BS/EAI ICA to the Amendment 80 cooperative in the BSAI. In accordance with § 679.91(f), NMFS will reissue cooperative quota permit for the reallocated Atka mackerel following the procedures set forth in § 679.91(f)(3). The harvest specifications for Atka mackerel included in the harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (85 FR 13553, March 9, 2020) are revised as follows: 600 mt of Atka mackerel for the BS/EAI ICA and 19,104 mt of Atka mackerel for the Amendment 80 cooperative allocation in the BS/EAI of the BSAI. Table 6 is revised and republished in its entirety as follows: TABLE 6—FINAL 2020 SEASONAL AND SPATIAL ALLOWANCES, GEAR SHARES, CDQ RESERVE, INCIDENTAL CATCH ALLOWANCE, AND AMENDMENT 80 ALLOCATIONS OF THE BSAI ATKA MACKEREL TAC [Amounts are in metric tons] 2020 Allocation by area Sector 1 Season 2 3 4 TAC ........................................................ CDQ reserve .......................................... n/a ......................................................... Total ...................................................... A ............................................................ Critical Habitat ....................................... B ............................................................ Critical Habitat ....................................... n/a ......................................................... Total ...................................................... Total ...................................................... Total ...................................................... A ............................................................ Critical Habitat ....................................... B ............................................................ Critical Habitat ....................................... Total ...................................................... A ............................................................ Critical Habitat ....................................... B ............................................................ jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Non-CDQ TAC ....................................... ICA ......................................................... Jig 6 ........................................................ BSAI trawl limited access ...................... Amendment 80 sector ............................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Nov 12, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Eastern aleutian district/ bering sea Sfmt 4700 24,535 2,625 1,313 n/a 1,313 n/a 21,910 600 106 2,100 1,050 n/a 1,050 n/a 19,104 9,552 n/a 9,552 E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM Central aleutian district 5 Western aleutian district 14,721 1,575 788 473 788 473 13,146 75 .............................. 1,307 654 392 654 392 11,764 5,882 3,529 5,882 20,049 2,145 1,073 644 1,073 644 17,904 20 .............................. .............................. .............................. .............................. .............................. .............................. 17,884 8,942 5,365 8,942 13NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 220 (Friday, November 13, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 72579-72580]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-25195]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No: 200428-0122; RTID 0648-XA507]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring 
Fishery; 2020 Management Area 1A Sub-Annual Catch Limit Harvested

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the directed fishery for Herring Management 
Area 1A. This closure is required because NMFS projects that 92 percent 
of the catch amount for Management Area 1A has been caught. This action 
is intended to prevent overharvest of Atlantic herring in Management 
Area 1A, which will result in additional quota reductions next year.

DATES: Effective 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, through 
December 31, 2020.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regional Administrator of the Greater 
Atlantic Regional Office monitors Atlantic herring fishery catch in 
each of the management areas based on vessel and dealer reports, state 
data, and other available information. The regulations at 50 CFR 
648.201 require that when Atlantic herring catch will reach 92 percent 
of the Management Area 1A sub-annual catch limit (sub-ACL), federally 
permitted vessels are prohibited from fishing for, possessing, 
transferring, receiving, landing, or selling more than 2,000 lb (907.2 
kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day in or from the 
specified management area.
    The Regional Administrator has projected, based on vessel and 
dealer reports, and other available information, that the Atlantic 
herring fleet will have caught 92 percent of the Management Area 1A 
sub-ACL by November 11, 2020. Therefore, effective 00:01 hr local time, 
November 11, 2020, vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, 
receive, land, or sell more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic 
herring per trip or calendar day, in or from Management Area 1A, 
through December 31, 2020. Vessels that have entered port before 00:01 
hr local time, November 11, 2020, may land and sell more than 2,000 lb 
(907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring from Area 1A from that trip. A vessel 
may transit through Area 1A with more than 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of 
Atlantic herring on board, provided all herring was caught outside of 
Area 1A and all fishing gear is stowed and not available for immediate 
use as defined by Sec.  648.2. All herring vessels must land in 
accordance with state landing restrictions.
    Effective 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, through 24:00 hr 
local time, December 31, 2020, federally permitted dealers may not 
purchase, possess, receive, sell, barter, trade or transfer more than 
2,000 lb (907.2 kg) of Atlantic herring per trip or calendar day from 
Area 1A from a vessel issued and holding a valid Federal herring 
permit, unless it is from a trip landed by a vessel that entered port 
before 00:01 hr local time, November 11, 2020, and that catch is landed 
in accordance with state regulations.

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) to waive 
prior notice and the opportunity for public comment because it would be 
contrary to the public interest and impracticable. NMFS also finds good 
cause to waive the 30-day delayed effectiveness in accordance with 5 
U.S.C 553(d)(3).

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NMFS is required by Federal regulation to implement a 2,000-lb (907.2-
kg) Atlantic herring possession limit for Management Area 1A through 
the calendar year when 92 percent of the area quota is projected to be 
harvested. The 2020 Atlantic herring fishing year began on January 1, 
2020, and Management Area 1A opened to fishing on June 1, 2020. Data 
indicating the Atlantic herring fleet will have landed at least 92 
percent of the 2020 sub-ACL allocated to Management Area 1A only 
recently became available. High-volume catch and landings in this 
fishery increase total catch relative to the sub-ACL quickly, 
especially in this fishing year where annual catch limits are unusually 
low. If implementation of this closure is delayed to solicit prior 
public comment, the sub-ACL for Management Area 1A for this fishing 
year will likely be exceeded; thereby, undermining the conservation 
objectives of the FMP. If sub-ACLs are exceeded, the excess must be 
deducted from a future sub-ACL and would reduce future fishing 
opportunities. In addition, the public had prior notice and full 
opportunity to comment on this process when these provisions were put 
in place. The public expects these actions to occur in a timely way 
consistent with the fishery management plan's objectives.

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

    Dated: November 9, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-25195 Filed 11-10-20; 4:15 pm]
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