Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Cost Recovery Programs, 82442-82445 [2020-27881]

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AGENCY: NMFS publishes the individual fishing quota (IFQ) standard prices and fee percentage for cost recovery for the IFQ Program for the halibut and sablefish fisheries of the North Pacific (IFQ Program). The fee percentage for 2020 is 3.0 percent. This action is intended to provide holders of halibut and sablefish IFQ permits with the 2020 standard prices and fee percentage to calculate the required payment for IFQ cost recovery fees due by January 31, 2021. DATES: The standard prices and fee percentages are valid on December 18, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charmaine Weeks, Fee Coordinator, 907–586–7231. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background NMFS Alaska Region administers the IFQ Program in the North Pacific. The IFQ Program is a limited access system authorized by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982. Fishing under the IFQ Program began in March 1995. Regulations implementing the IFQ Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 679. In 1996, the Magnuson-Stevens Act was amended to, among other purposes, require the Secretary of Commerce to ‘‘collect a fee to recover the actual costs directly related to the management and enforcement of any . . . individual quota program.’’ This requirement was further amended in 2006 to include collection of the actual costs of data collection, and to replace the reference to ‘‘individual quota program’’ with a more general reference to ‘‘limited access privilege program’’ at § 304(d)(2)(A). Section 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act also specifies an upper limit on these fees, when the fees must be collected, and where the fees must be deposited. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On March 20, 2000, NMFS published regulations at § 679.45 implementing cost recovery for the IFQ Program (65 FR 14919). Under the regulations, an IFQ permit holder must pay a cost recovery fee for every pound of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish that is landed on their IFQ permit(s). The IFQ permit holder is responsible for self-collecting the fee for all IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings on their permit(s). The IFQ permit holder is also responsible for submitting IFQ fee payment(s) to NMFS on or before the due date of January 31 of the year following the year in which the IFQ landings were made. The total dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage by the ex-vessel value of all IFQ landings made on the permit(s) during the IFQ fishing year. As required by § 679.45(d)(1) and (d)(3)(i), NMFS publishes this notice of the fee percentage for the halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries in the Federal Register during or before the last quarter of each year. Standard Prices The fee is based on the sum of all payments made to fishermen for the sale of the fish during the year. This includes any retro-payments (e.g., bonuses, delayed partial payments, post-season payments) made to the IFQ permit holder for previously landed IFQ halibut or sablefish. For purposes of calculating IFQ cost recovery fees, NMFS distinguishes between two types of ex-vessel value: Actual and standard. Actual ex-vessel value is the amount of all compensation, monetary or non-monetary, that an IFQ permit holder received as payment for his or her IFQ fish sold. Standard exvessel value is the default value used to calculate the fee. IFQ permit holders have the option of using actual ex-vessel value if they can satisfactorily document it; otherwise, the standard ex-vessel value is used. Section 679.45(b)(3)(iii) requires the Regional Administrator to publish IFQ standard prices during the last quarter of each calendar year. These standard prices are used, along with estimates of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings, to calculate standard ex-vessel values. The standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per IFQ equivalent pound for IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings made during the year. According to § 679.2, IFQ equivalent pound(s) means the weight amount, recorded in pounds, and calculated as round weight for sablefish and headed and gutted weight for halibut, for an IFQ landing. The weight of halibut in E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices pounds landed as guided angler fish is converted to IFQ equivalent pound(s) as specified in § 300.65(c)(5)(ii)(E) of this title. NMFS calculates the standard prices to closely reflect the variations in the actual ex-vessel values of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings by month and port or port-group. The standard prices for IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish are listed in the tables that follow the next section. Data from ports are combined as necessary to protect confidentiality. Fee Percentage NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the factors and methods described at § 679.45(d)(2). NMFS determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made in the previous year by dividing the total costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of the IFQ Program (management costs) during the previous year by the total standard exvessel value of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings made during the previous year (fishery value). NMFS captures the actual management costs associated with certain management, data collection, and enforcement functions through an established accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. NMFS calculates the fishery value as described under the section, Standard Prices. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of management costs to fishery value for the 2020 calendar year is 4.3 percent of the standard ex-vessel value; however, the fee percentage must not exceed 3.0 percent pursuant to § 304(d)(2)(B) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Therefore, the 2020 fee percentage is set at 3.0 percent. An IFQ permit holder is to use the fee percentage of 3.0 percent to calculate his or her fee for IFQ equivalent pound(s) landed during the 2020 halibut and sablefish IFQ fishing season. An IFQ permit holder is responsible for submitting the 2020 IFQ fee payment to NMFS on or before January 31, 2021. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment 82443 methods set forth in § 679.45(a)(4). NMFS no longer accepts credit card information by phone or in-person for fee payments. NMFS has determined that the practice of accepting credit card information by phone or in-person no longer meets agency standards for protection of personal financial information (81 FR 23645, April 22, 2016). The 2020 fee percentage of 3.0 percent is the same as the 2019 fee percentage of 3.0 percent (84 FR 70153, December 20, 2019). Between 2019 and 2020 there was a net 1.6 percent decrease in management costs; however, the decrease in costs was offset by a 31.3 percent drop in the value of the halibut and sablefish harvests over the same time period. The drop in value was primarily due to low ex-vessel prices in both the sablefish and halibut fisheries in 2020. The drop in value, despite the decrease in management costs, impacted the fee percentage to raise it to its actual value of 4.3 percent. As noted above, however, the fee percentage is capped at 3.0 percent for the IFQ program. TABLE 1—REGISTERED BUYER STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY LANDING LOCATION FOR THE 2020 IFQ SEASON 1 Landing location Period ending Halibut standard ex vessel price Sablefish standard ex vessel price CORDOVA .................................................................................... ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... 30-Nov ........................................................................................... ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 4.16 3.89 2.78 4.12 4.12 4.12 ........................ ........................ ........................ 4.2 4.46 4.57 4.38 4.21 4.21 4.21 ........................ ........................ ........................ 3.81 4.07 4.18 4.69 4.8 4.8 4.8 ........................ ........................ 3.93 3.75 3.83 4.14 4.19 4.1 4.1 4.1 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1.89 1.89 1.89 ........................ ........................ ........................ 1.44 1.69 ........................ 1.94 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1.39 1.31 1.57 1.35 1.73 1.57 1.57 1.57 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ HOMER ......................................................................................... KETCHIKAN .................................................................................. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES KODIAK ......................................................................................... PETERSBURG .............................................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 82444 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices TABLE 1—REGISTERED BUYER STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY LANDING LOCATION FOR THE 2020 IFQ SEASON 1— Continued Period ending Halibut standard ex vessel price Sablefish standard ex vessel price June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. ........................................................................................................ March 31 ....................................................................................... 3.97 4.47 4.39 4.15 4.15 4.15 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 4.75 4.37 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 3.97 3.76 4.03 4.24 4.28 ........................ 4.17 4.17 4.17 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 4.3 4.68 4.34 4.28 4.28 4.28 ........................ ........................ ........................ 3.41 3.53 3.61 3.87 3.88 3.88 3.88 ........................ 4.16 3.94 4 4.23 4.36 4.18 4.13 4.13 4.13 ........................ 4.41 3.96 4.03 4.17 4.25 4.44 4.36 4.36 4.36 ........................ 4.34 3.92 3.98 4.1 4.19 4.15 4.13 4.13 4.13 ........................ 4.34 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1.63 1.63 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 2.06 1.85 2.11 2.24 ........................ 1.92 1.92 1.92 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1.65 1.56 ........................ 1.93 1.3 1.3 1.3 ........................ 1.92 2 2 2.14 1.64 1.76 1.61 1.61 1.61 ........................ 2.28 2.02 1.94 2.03 1.97 2.14 2.07 2.07 2.07 ........................ 2.16 1.97 1.92 1.98 1.77 1.85 1.8 1.8 1.8 ........................ 2.16 Landing location SEWARD ....................................................................................... SITKA ............................................................................................ YAKUTAT ...................................................................................... PORT GROUP BERING SEA 2 ..................................................... PORT GROUP CENTRAL GOA 3 ................................................. PORT GROUP SE ALASKA 4 ....................................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES ALL-ALASKA 5 ............................................................................... ALL 5 .............................................................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 82445 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices TABLE 1—REGISTERED BUYER STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY LANDING LOCATION FOR THE 2020 IFQ SEASON 1— Continued Landing location Halibut standard ex vessel price Period ending April 30 .......................................................................................... May 31 .......................................................................................... June 30 ......................................................................................... July 31 ........................................................................................... August 31 ...................................................................................... September 30 ................................................................................ October 31 .................................................................................... November 30 ................................................................................. Sablefish standard ex vessel price 3.92 3.98 4.1 4.19 4.15 4.13 4.13 4.13 1.97 1.92 1.98 1.77 1.85 1.8 1.8 1.8 1 Note: In many instances, prices are not shown in order to comply with confidentiality guidelines when there are fewer than three processors operating in a location during a month. 2 Landing Locations Within Port Group—Bering Sea: Adak, Akutan, Akutan Bay, Atka, Bristol Bay, Chefornak, Dillingham, Captains Bay, Dutch Harbor, Egegik, Ikatan Bay, Hooper Bay, King Cove, King Salmon, Kipnuk, Mekoryuk, Naknek, Nome, Quinhagak, Savoonga, St. George, St. Lawrence, St. Paul, Togiak, Toksook Bay, Tununak, Beaver Inlet, Ugadaga Bay, Unalaska. 3 Landing Locations Within Port Group—Central Gulf of Alaska: Anchor Point, Anchorage, Alitak, Chignik, Cordova, Eagle River, False Pass, West Anchor Cove, Girdwood, Chinitna Bay, Halibut Cove, Homer, Kasilof, Kenai, Kenai River, Alitak, Kodiak, Port Bailey, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Old Harbor, Palmer, Sand Point, Seldovia, Resurrection Bay, Seward, Valdez, Whittier. 4 Landing Locations Within Port Group—Southeast Alaska: Angoon, Baranof Warm Springs, Craig, Edna Bay, Elfin Cove, Excursion Inlet, Gustavus, Haines, Hollis, Hoonah, Hyder, Auke Bay, Douglas, Tee Harbor, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Klawock, Metlakatla, Pelican, Petersburg, Portage Bay, Port Alexander, Port Graham, Port Protection, Point Baker, Sitka, Skagway, Tenakee Springs, Thorne Bay, Wrangell, Yakutat. 5 Landing Locations Within Port Group—All: For Alaska: All landing locations included in 2, 3, and 4. For California: Eureka, Fort Bragg, other California. For Oregon: Astoria, Aurora, Lincoln City, Newport, Warrenton, other Oregon. For Washington: Anacortes, Bellevue, Bellingham, Nagai Island, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Ilwaco, La Conner, Port Angeles, Port Orchard, Port Townsend, Rainier, Fox Island, Mercer Island, Seattle, Standwood, other Washington. For Canada: Port Hardy, Port Edward, Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Haines Junction, other Canada. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 14, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–27881 Filed 12–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA704] Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) will host an online meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, that is open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held Monday, January 4, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, or until business for the day has been completed. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held online. Specific meeting information, including directions on how to join the meeting and system requirements will be provided in the meeting announcement on the Pacific Council’s website (see www.pcouncil.org). You may send an email to Mr. Kris khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov) or contact him at (503) 820– 2412 for technical assistance Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Robin Ehlke, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2426. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the online meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the 2021 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting held online from January 25 through January 29, 2021. Recommendations generated from the 2A managers meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representatives. Attendees may also address other topics relating to Pacific halibut management. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (503) 820–2412 at least 10 business days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 15, 2020. Rey Israel Marquez, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA580]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North 
Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Cost Recovery 
Programs

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

ACTION: Notice of standard prices and fee percentage.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes the individual fishing quota (IFQ) standard 
prices and fee percentage for cost recovery for the IFQ Program for the 
halibut and sablefish fisheries of the North Pacific (IFQ Program). The 
fee percentage for 2020 is 3.0 percent. This action is intended to 
provide holders of halibut and sablefish IFQ permits with the 2020 
standard prices and fee percentage to calculate the required payment 
for IFQ cost recovery fees due by January 31, 2021.

DATES: The standard prices and fee percentages are valid on December 
18, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charmaine Weeks, Fee Coordinator, 907-
586-7231.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    NMFS Alaska Region administers the IFQ Program in the North 
Pacific. The IFQ Program is a limited access system authorized by the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act) and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982. Fishing 
under the IFQ Program began in March 1995. Regulations implementing the 
IFQ Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 679.
    In 1996, the Magnuson-Stevens Act was amended to, among other 
purposes, require the Secretary of Commerce to ``collect a fee to 
recover the actual costs directly related to the management and 
enforcement of any . . . individual quota program.'' This requirement 
was further amended in 2006 to include collection of the actual costs 
of data collection, and to replace the reference to ``individual quota 
program'' with a more general reference to ``limited access privilege 
program'' at Sec.  304(d)(2)(A). Section 304(d)(2) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act also specifies an upper limit on these fees, when the fees 
must be collected, and where the fees must be deposited.
    On March 20, 2000, NMFS published regulations at Sec.  679.45 
implementing cost recovery for the IFQ Program (65 FR 14919). Under the 
regulations, an IFQ permit holder must pay a cost recovery fee for 
every pound of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish that is landed on their 
IFQ permit(s). The IFQ permit holder is responsible for self-collecting 
the fee for all IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings on their 
permit(s). The IFQ permit holder is also responsible for submitting IFQ 
fee payment(s) to NMFS on or before the due date of January 31 of the 
year following the year in which the IFQ landings were made. The total 
dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the NMFS 
published fee percentage by the ex-vessel value of all IFQ landings 
made on the permit(s) during the IFQ fishing year. As required by Sec.  
679.45(d)(1) and (d)(3)(i), NMFS publishes this notice of the fee 
percentage for the halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries in the Federal 
Register during or before the last quarter of each year.

Standard Prices

    The fee is based on the sum of all payments made to fishermen for 
the sale of the fish during the year. This includes any retro-payments 
(e.g., bonuses, delayed partial payments, post-season payments) made to 
the IFQ permit holder for previously landed IFQ halibut or sablefish.
    For purposes of calculating IFQ cost recovery fees, NMFS 
distinguishes between two types of ex-vessel value: Actual and 
standard. Actual ex-vessel value is the amount of all compensation, 
monetary or non-monetary, that an IFQ permit holder received as payment 
for his or her IFQ fish sold. Standard ex-vessel value is the default 
value used to calculate the fee. IFQ permit holders have the option of 
using actual ex-vessel value if they can satisfactorily document it; 
otherwise, the standard ex-vessel value is used.
    Section 679.45(b)(3)(iii) requires the Regional Administrator to 
publish IFQ standard prices during the last quarter of each calendar 
year. These standard prices are used, along with estimates of IFQ 
halibut and IFQ sablefish landings, to calculate standard ex-vessel 
values. The standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per IFQ 
equivalent pound for IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings made during 
the year. According to Sec.  679.2, IFQ equivalent pound(s) means the 
weight amount, recorded in pounds, and calculated as round weight for 
sablefish and headed and gutted weight for halibut, for an IFQ landing. 
The weight of halibut in

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pounds landed as guided angler fish is converted to IFQ equivalent 
pound(s) as specified in Sec.  300.65(c)(5)(ii)(E) of this title. NMFS 
calculates the standard prices to closely reflect the variations in the 
actual ex-vessel values of IFQ halibut and IFQ sablefish landings by 
month and port or port-group. The standard prices for IFQ halibut and 
IFQ sablefish are listed in the tables that follow the next section. 
Data from ports are combined as necessary to protect confidentiality.

Fee Percentage

    NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the 
factors and methods described at Sec.  679.45(d)(2). NMFS determines 
the fee percentage that applies to landings made in the previous year 
by dividing the total costs directly related to the management, data 
collection, and enforcement of the IFQ Program (management costs) 
during the previous year by the total standard ex-vessel value of IFQ 
halibut and IFQ sablefish landings made during the previous year 
(fishery value). NMFS captures the actual management costs associated 
with certain management, data collection, and enforcement functions 
through an established accounting system that allows staff to track 
labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. NMFS calculates the 
fishery value as described under the section, Standard Prices.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of management costs to fishery value for the 2020 calendar 
year is 4.3 percent of the standard ex-vessel value; however, the fee 
percentage must not exceed 3.0 percent pursuant to Sec.  304(d)(2)(B) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Therefore, the 2020 fee percentage is set 
at 3.0 percent. An IFQ permit holder is to use the fee percentage of 
3.0 percent to calculate his or her fee for IFQ equivalent pound(s) 
landed during the 2020 halibut and sablefish IFQ fishing season. An IFQ 
permit holder is responsible for submitting the 2020 IFQ fee payment to 
NMFS on or before January 31, 2021. Payment must be made in accordance 
with the payment methods set forth in Sec.  679.45(a)(4). NMFS no 
longer accepts credit card information by phone or in-person for fee 
payments. NMFS has determined that the practice of accepting credit 
card information by phone or in-person no longer meets agency standards 
for protection of personal financial information (81 FR 23645, April 
22, 2016).
    The 2020 fee percentage of 3.0 percent is the same as the 2019 fee 
percentage of 3.0 percent (84 FR 70153, December 20, 2019). Between 
2019 and 2020 there was a net 1.6 percent decrease in management costs; 
however, the decrease in costs was offset by a 31.3 percent drop in the 
value of the halibut and sablefish harvests over the same time period. 
The drop in value was primarily due to low ex-vessel prices in both the 
sablefish and halibut fisheries in 2020. The drop in value, despite the 
decrease in management costs, impacted the fee percentage to raise it 
to its actual value of 4.3 percent. As noted above, however, the fee 
percentage is capped at 3.0 percent for the IFQ program.

        Table 1--Registered Buyer Standard Ex-Vessel Prices by Landing Location for the 2020 IFQ Season 1
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                                                                                      Halibut        Sablefish
               Landing location                           Period ending             standard ex     standard ex
                                                                                   vessel price    vessel price
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CORDOVA.......................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................  ..............  ..............
                                                June 30.........................            4.16  ..............
                                                July 31.........................            3.89  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            2.78  ..............
                                                September 30....................            4.12            1.89
                                                October 31......................            4.12            1.89
                                                November 30.....................            4.12            1.89
HOMER.........................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................             4.2            1.44
                                                June 30.........................            4.46            1.69
                                                July 31.........................            4.57  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            4.38            1.94
                                                September 30....................            4.21  ..............
                                                October 31......................            4.21  ..............
                                                30-Nov..........................            4.21  ..............
KETCHIKAN.....................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................            3.81  ..............
                                                June 30.........................            4.07  ..............
                                                July 31.........................            4.18  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            4.69  ..............
                                                September 30....................             4.8  ..............
                                                October 31......................             4.8  ..............
                                                November 30.....................             4.8  ..............
KODIAK........................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................            3.93            1.39
                                                May 31..........................            3.75            1.31
                                                June 30.........................            3.83            1.57
                                                July 31.........................            4.14            1.35
                                                August 31.......................            4.19            1.73
                                                September 30....................             4.1            1.57
                                                October 31......................             4.1            1.57
                                                November 30.....................             4.1            1.57
PETERSBURG....................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................  ..............  ..............

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                                                June 30.........................            3.97  ..............
                                                July 31.........................            4.47  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            4.39  ..............
                                                September 30....................            4.15  ..............
                                                October 31......................            4.15  ..............
                                                November 30.....................            4.15  ..............
SEWARD........................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................  ..............  ..............
                                                June 30.........................  ..............  ..............
                                                July 31.........................            4.75            1.63
                                                August 31.......................            4.37            1.63
                                                September 30....................  ..............  ..............
                                                October 31......................  ..............  ..............
                                                November 30.....................  ..............  ..............
SITKA.........................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................            3.97  ..............
                                                April 30........................            3.76            2.06
                                                May 31..........................            4.03            1.85
                                                June 30.........................            4.24            2.11
                                                July 31.........................            4.28            2.24
                                                August 31.......................  ..............  ..............
                                                September 30....................            4.17            1.92
                                                October 31......................            4.17            1.92
                                                November 30.....................            4.17            1.92
YAKUTAT.......................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................  ..............  ..............
                                                June 30.........................             4.3  ..............
                                                July 31.........................            4.68  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            4.34  ..............
                                                September 30....................            4.28  ..............
                                                October 31......................            4.28  ..............
                                                November 30.....................            4.28  ..............
PORT GROUP BERING SEA \2\.....................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................  ..............  ..............
                                                April 30........................  ..............  ..............
                                                May 31..........................            3.41            1.65
                                                June 30.........................            3.53            1.56
                                                July 31.........................            3.61  ..............
                                                August 31.......................            3.87            1.93
                                                September 30....................            3.88             1.3
                                                October 31......................            3.88             1.3
                                                November 30.....................            3.88             1.3
PORT GROUP CENTRAL GOA \3\....................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................            4.16            1.92
                                                April 30........................            3.94               2
                                                May 31..........................               4               2
                                                June 30.........................            4.23            2.14
                                                July 31.........................            4.36            1.64
                                                August 31.......................            4.18            1.76
                                                September 30....................            4.13            1.61
                                                October 31......................            4.13            1.61
                                                November 30.....................            4.13            1.61
PORT GROUP SE ALASKA \4\......................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................            4.41            2.28
                                                April 30........................            3.96            2.02
                                                May 31..........................            4.03            1.94
                                                June 30.........................            4.17            2.03
                                                July 31.........................            4.25            1.97
                                                August 31.......................            4.44            2.14
                                                September 30....................            4.36            2.07
                                                October 31......................            4.36            2.07
                                                November 30.....................            4.36            2.07
ALL-ALASKA \5\................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................            4.34            2.16
                                                April 30........................            3.92            1.97
                                                May 31..........................            3.98            1.92
                                                June 30.........................             4.1            1.98
                                                July 31.........................            4.19            1.77
                                                August 31.......................            4.15            1.85
                                                September 30....................            4.13             1.8
                                                October 31......................            4.13             1.8
                                                November 30.....................            4.13             1.8
ALL \5\.......................................  ................................  ..............  ..............
                                                March 31........................            4.34            2.16

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                                                April 30........................            3.92            1.97
                                                May 31..........................            3.98            1.92
                                                June 30.........................             4.1            1.98
                                                July 31.........................            4.19            1.77
                                                August 31.......................            4.15            1.85
                                                September 30....................            4.13             1.8
                                                October 31......................            4.13             1.8
                                                November 30.....................            4.13             1.8
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\1\ Note: In many instances, prices are not shown in order to comply with confidentiality guidelines when there
  are fewer than three processors operating in a location during a month.
\2\ Landing Locations Within Port Group--Bering Sea: Adak, Akutan, Akutan Bay, Atka, Bristol Bay, Chefornak,
  Dillingham, Captains Bay, Dutch Harbor, Egegik, Ikatan Bay, Hooper Bay, King Cove, King Salmon, Kipnuk,
  Mekoryuk, Naknek, Nome, Quinhagak, Savoonga, St. George, St. Lawrence, St. Paul, Togiak, Toksook Bay, Tununak,
  Beaver Inlet, Ugadaga Bay, Unalaska.
\3\ Landing Locations Within Port Group--Central Gulf of Alaska: Anchor Point, Anchorage, Alitak, Chignik,
  Cordova, Eagle River, False Pass, West Anchor Cove, Girdwood, Chinitna Bay, Halibut Cove, Homer, Kasilof,
  Kenai, Kenai River, Alitak, Kodiak, Port Bailey, Nikiski, Ninilchik, Old Harbor, Palmer, Sand Point, Seldovia,
  Resurrection Bay, Seward, Valdez, Whittier.
\4\ Landing Locations Within Port Group--Southeast Alaska: Angoon, Baranof Warm Springs, Craig, Edna Bay, Elfin
  Cove, Excursion Inlet, Gustavus, Haines, Hollis, Hoonah, Hyder, Auke Bay, Douglas, Tee Harbor, Juneau, Kake,
  Ketchikan, Klawock, Metlakatla, Pelican, Petersburg, Portage Bay, Port Alexander, Port Graham, Port
  Protection, Point Baker, Sitka, Skagway, Tenakee Springs, Thorne Bay, Wrangell, Yakutat.
\5\ Landing Locations Within Port Group--All: For Alaska: All landing locations included in 2, 3, and 4. For
  California: Eureka, Fort Bragg, other California. For Oregon: Astoria, Aurora, Lincoln City, Newport,
  Warrenton, other Oregon. For Washington: Anacortes, Bellevue, Bellingham, Nagai Island, Edmonds, Everett,
  Granite Falls, Ilwaco, La Conner, Port Angeles, Port Orchard, Port Townsend, Rainier, Fox Island, Mercer
  Island, Seattle, Standwood, other Washington. For Canada: Port Hardy, Port Edward, Prince Rupert, Vancouver,
  Haines Junction, other Canada.


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

    Dated: December 14, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-27881 Filed 12-17-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P