Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish Fishery; 2020 Blueline Tilefish Commercial Quota Harvested, 74919 [2020-25925]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations (1) Any agricultural commodity, nonprocessed food, feed, fiber, or livestock as defined in this section. (2) As used in this definition, the term ‘‘any agricultural commodity’’ means horticultural products at risk of perishing, or degrading in quality, during transport by commercial motor vehicle, including plants, sod, flowers, shrubs, ornamentals, seedlings, live trees, and Christmas trees. * * * * * Livestock means livestock as defined in sec. 602 of the Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance Act of 1988 [7 U.S.C. 1471], as amended, insects, and all other living animals cultivated, grown, or raised for commercial purposes, including aquatic animals. * * * * * Non-processed food means food commodities in a raw or natural state and not subjected to significant postharvest changes to enhance shelf life, such as canning, jarring, freezing, or drying. The term ‘‘non-processed food’’ includes fresh fruits and vegetables, and cereal and oilseed crops which have been minimally processed by cleaning, cooling, trimming, cutting, chopping, shucking, bagging, or packaging to facilitate transport by commercial motor vehicle. * * * * * Issued under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87. James W. Deck, Deputy Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–25971 Filed 11–20–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 200212–0053; RTID 0648– XA663] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish Fishery; 2020 Blueline Tilefish Commercial Quota Harvested National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of the blueline tilefish commercial fishery. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES AGENCY: Federal commercial tilefish permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing tilefish in the Tilefish Management Unit for the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 remainder of the 2020 fishing year. This action is required when NMFS projects that 100 percent of the 2020 total allowable landings will have been caught by the effective date. This action is intended to prevent over-harvest of blueline tilefish for the fishing year. DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, November 21, 2020, through December 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the blueline tilefish fishery are at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at § 648.295(b)(2)(ii) require that when NMFS projects that blueline tilefish catch will reach 100 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL), the Regional Administrator must close the commercial blueline tilefish fishery for the remainder of the fishing year. No vessel may retain or land blueline tilefish in or from the Tilefish Management Unit after the announced closure date. NMFS monitors the blueline tilefish fishery catch based on dealer reports, state data, and other available information. When 100 percent of the TAL is projected to be landed, NMFS must publish a notice in the Federal Register notifying blueline tilefish vessel and dealer permit holders of the closure date. The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports and other available information, that the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will catch 100 percent of the TAL by November 21, 2020. Effective 0001 November 21, 2020, vessels may not retain or land blueline tilefish in or from the Tilefish Management Unit through December 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 period because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. Data and other information indicating the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will have landed 100 percent of the TAL have only recently become available. Landings data are updated by dealer reports dealers on a weekly basis, and NMFS monitors data as catch increases toward the limit. This action is routine PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 74919 and formulaic. The regulations at § 648.295(b)(2)(ii) require such action to ensure that blueline tilefish commercial vessels do not exceed the 2020 TAL. If implementation of this action is delayed, the TAL for the 2020 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the Tilefish 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: November 18, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–25925 Filed 11–19–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 200522–0145] RIN 0648–BJ80 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Extend an Emergency Action To Extend Portions of the Fishing Year 2019 Scallop Carryover Provisions National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; emergency action extension. AGENCY: This temporary rule extends emergency measures that extend portions of the fishing year 2019 carryover provisions in the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan into the 2020 fishing year published on June 1, 2020 (85 FR 33027), which is scheduled to expire on November 29, 2020. This action is necessary to prevent the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishery Quota vessels from losing any carryover granted by this emergency action and to prevent the Nantucket Lightship-West Access Area from opening on November 29, 2020. This action is intended to provide additional time for Limited Access General Category Individual Fishery Quota vessels to land the 2019 carryover allocation granted by the original emergency action and to provide the New England Fishery Management Council additional time to develop a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 24, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 74919]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-25925]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 200212-0053; RTID 0648-XA663]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish 
Fishery; 2020 Blueline Tilefish Commercial Quota Harvested

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure of the blueline tilefish commercial 
fishery.

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SUMMARY: Federal commercial tilefish permit holders are prohibited from 
fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing tilefish in 
the Tilefish Management Unit for the remainder of the 2020 fishing 
year. This action is required when NMFS projects that 100 percent of 
the 2020 total allowable landings will have been caught by the 
effective date. This action is intended to prevent over-harvest of 
blueline tilefish for the fishing year.

DATES: Effective 0001 hr local time, November 21, 2020, through 
December 31, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9225.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the blueline tilefish 
fishery are at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at Sec.  
648.295(b)(2)(ii) require that when NMFS projects that blueline 
tilefish catch will reach 100 percent of the total allowable landings 
(TAL), the Regional Administrator must close the commercial blueline 
tilefish fishery for the remainder of the fishing year. No vessel may 
retain or land blueline tilefish in or from the Tilefish Management 
Unit after the announced closure date. NMFS monitors the blueline 
tilefish fishery catch based on dealer reports, state data, and other 
available information. When 100 percent of the TAL is projected to be 
landed, NMFS must publish a notice in the Federal Register notifying 
blueline tilefish vessel and dealer permit holders of the closure date.
    The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports 
and other available information, that the blueline tilefish commercial 
fishery will catch 100 percent of the TAL by November 21, 2020. 
Effective 0001 November 21, 2020, vessels may not retain or land 
blueline tilefish in or from the Tilefish Management Unit through 
December 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 period because it would be contrary to 
the public interest and impracticable. Data and other information 
indicating the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will have landed 
100 percent of the TAL have only recently become available. Landings 
data are updated by dealer reports dealers on a weekly basis, and NMFS 
monitors data as catch increases toward the limit. This action is 
routine and formulaic. The regulations at Sec.  648.295(b)(2)(ii) 
require such action to ensure that blueline tilefish commercial vessels 
do not exceed the 2020 TAL. If implementation of this action is 
delayed, the TAL for the 2020 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby 
undermining the conservation objectives of the Tilefish 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: November 18, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-25925 Filed 11-19-20; 4:15 pm]
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