Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts, 83834-83836 [2020-28261]

Download as PDF 83834 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT. Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, NMFS may determine that additional action (e.g., quota adjustment, daily retention limit adjustment, or closure) is necessary to ensure available subquotas are not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. If needed, subsequent adjustments will be published in the Federal Register. As needed, NMFS will close the General category fishery when the adjusted January through March period subquota has been reached. Even if the adjusted subquota is not reached, the General category fishery will close automatically on March 31, 2021, and will remain closed until it reopens on June 1, 2021. Fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (978) 281–9260, or access hmspermits.noaa.gov, for updates on quota monitoring and inseason adjustments. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is consistent with regulations at 50 CFR part 635, which were issued pursuant to section 304(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for NMFS (AA) finds that it is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to provide prior notice of, and an opportunity for public comment on, this action for the following reasons: The regulations implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and amendments provide for inseason quota transfers to respond to the unpredictable nature of BFT availability on the fishing grounds, the migratory nature of this species, and the regional variations in the BFT fishery. Affording prior notice and opportunity for public comment to implement the quota transfer for the January through March 2021 subquota period is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as NMFS could not have proposed this action earlier, as it needed to consider and respond to updated landings data, including the recently available December 2020 data, in deciding to transfer a portion of the December 2021 subquota to the January through March 2021 subquota. If NMFS was to offer a public comment period now, after having appropriately considered that data, it could preclude fishermen from harvesting BFT that are legally available consistent with all of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 the regulatory criteria, and/or could result in selection of a retention limit inappropriately high for the amount of quota available for the period. This action does not raise conservation and management concerns. Transferring quota within the General category does not affect the overall U.S. BFT quota, and available data shows the adjustment would have a minimal risk of exceeding the ICCAT-allocated quota. NMFS notes that the public had an opportunity to comment on the underlying rulemakings that established the U.S. BFT quota and the inseason adjustment criteria. For all of the above reasons, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: December 17, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–28215 Filed 12–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [[Docket No. 200221–0062] RTID 0648–XA725 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2021, until PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the effective date of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2019–0102 by any of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20190102, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record, and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (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 final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) set the 2021 pollock TAC at 119,239 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2020, the Council recommended a 2021 pollock TAC of 113,227 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 119,239 mt established by the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Rules and Regulations the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2021 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2020. The final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) set the 2021 Pacific cod TAC at 6,431 mt in the GOA. In December 2020, the Council recommended a 2021 Pacific cod TAC of 17,321 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 6,431 mt established by the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2021 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the SAFE, dated November 2020. Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and Pacific cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at § 679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and the regulations at § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned. In accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and (a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2021 GOA pollock TAC to 113,227 mt and the 2021 Pacific cod TAC to 17,321 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) are revised consistent with this adjustment. NMFS published a final rule to implement Amendment 109 to the FMP (85 FR 38093, June 25, 2020). That rule revised the pollock seasons in the GOA, along with Pacific cod seasonal 83835 allocations, for the Central and Western Regulatory Areas of the GOA. Amendment 109 modified the existing annual pollock TAC allocation to two equal seasonal allocations (50 percent of TAC), rather than four equal seasonal allocations (25 percent of TAC). The pollock A and B seasons were combined into a January 20 through May 31 A season, and the pollock C and D seasons were combined into a September 1 through November 1 B season. Additionally, Amendment 109 revised the Pacific cod TAC seasonal allocations to the trawl catcher vessel sector by increasing the A season allocation and decreasing the B season allocation. The revisions implemented by Amendment 109, which are effective January 1, 2021, are incorporated into this inseason adjustment. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) is revised for the 2021 TACs of pollock in the Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. TABLE 4—FINAL 2021 DISTRIBUTION OF POLLOCK IN THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL REGULATORY AREAS OF THE GULF OF ALASKA; AREA APPORTIONMENTS; 1 AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF ANNUAL TAC [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.01] Shumigan (area 610) Season 2 Chirikof (area 620) Kodiak (area 630) Total 3 A (January 20–May 31) ................................................................................... B (September 1–November 1) ........................................................................ 799 17,677 41,737 13,133 6,297 18,023 48,833 48,833 Annual Total ............................................................................................. 18,477 54,870 24,320 97,667 1 Area apportionments and seasonal allowances may not total precisely due to rounding. 2 As established by § 679.23(d)(2)(i) through (ii), the A and B season allowances are available from January 20 through May 31 and September 1 through November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table. 3 The West Yakutat and Southeast Outside District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) is revised for the 2021 TACs of Pacific cod in the GOA. TABLE 6—FINAL 2021 SEASONAL APPORTIONMENTS AND ALLOCATION OF PACIFIC COD TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) AMOUNTS IN THE GOA; ALLOCATIONS IN THE WESTERN GOA AND CENTRAL GOA SECTORS, AND THE EASTERN GOA INSHORE AND OFFSHORE PROCESSING COMPONENTS [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] A Season Annual allocation (mt) jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Regulatory area and sector Western GOA Jig (3.5% of TAC) ......................................................... Hook-and-line CV ......................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC 196 76 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 B Season Seasonal allowances (mt) N/A 0.70 E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 117 38 23DER1 Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC N/A 0.70 Seasonal allowances (mt) 78 38 83836 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 6—FINAL 2021 SEASONAL APPORTIONMENTS AND ALLOCATION OF PACIFIC COD TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) AMOUNTS IN THE GOA; ALLOCATIONS IN THE WESTERN GOA AND CENTRAL GOA SECTORS, AND THE EASTERN GOA INSHORE AND OFFSHORE PROCESSING COMPONENTS—Continued [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] A Season Annual allocation (mt) Regulatory area and sector Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC B Season Seasonal allowances (mt) Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC Seasonal allowances (mt) Hook-and-line CP ......................................................... Trawl CV ....................................................................... Trawl CP ....................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot CP ................................................. 1,068 2,071 129 2,050 10.90 31.54 0.90 19.80 588 1,701 49 1,068 8.90 10.70 1.50 18.20 480 370 81 982 Total ....................................................................... 5,590 63.84 3,561 36.16 2,029 Central GOA Jig (1.0% of TAC) ......................................................... Hook-and-line <50 CV .................................................. Hook-and-line ≥50 CV .................................................. Hook-and-line CP ......................................................... Trawl CV 1 ..................................................................... Trawl CP ....................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot CP ................................................. 102 1,481 680 518 4,216 426 2,819 N/A 9.32 5.61 4.11 21.14 2.00 17.83 61 945 569 416 2,565 203 1,808 N/A 5.29 1.10 1.00 20.45 2.19 9.97 41 536 111 101 1,652 223 1,011 Total ....................................................................... 10,242 64.16 6,567 35.84 3,675 Eastern GOA ........................................................................ ........................ 1,489 Inshore (90% of Annual TAC) ........................ 1,340 Offshore (10% of Annual TAC) ........................ 149 1 Trawl catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 390 mt, of the annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season allowance (see Table 12. Final 2021 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest, as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocation for pollock and Pacific cod based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 16, 2020. Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the fishery for pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod in the BSAI to be harvested in an PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 7, 2021. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 17, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–28261 Filed 12–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[[Docket No. 200221-0062]
RTID 0648-XA725


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total 
Allowable Catch Amounts

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts 
for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This 
action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are 
incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod 
TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific 
information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is 
consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 
2021, until the effective date of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest 
specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or 
superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal 
Register.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2019-0102 by 
any of the following methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2019-0102, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-
1668.
    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by 
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after 
the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public 
record, and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, 
or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter 
``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (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 final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement 
Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) set the 2021 pollock TAC 
at 119,239 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2020, the Council 
recommended a 2021 pollock TAC of 113,227 mt for the GOA, which is less 
than the 119,239 mt established by the final 2020 and 2021 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in

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the GOA. The Council's recommended 2021 TAC, and the area and seasonal 
apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation 
report (SAFE), dated November 2020.
    The final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement 
Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) set the 2021 Pacific cod 
TAC at 6,431 mt in the GOA. In December 2020, the Council recommended a 
2021 Pacific cod TAC of 17,321 mt for the GOA, which is more than the 
6,431 mt established by the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the GOA. The Council's recommended 2021 TAC, and the 
area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the SAFE, dated November 
2020.
    Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and 
Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act. Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for 
Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and 
Pacific cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries 
are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification 
of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and 
the regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how 
the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and 
(a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available 
scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and 
Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to 
Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 
2021 GOA pollock TAC to 113,227 mt and the 2021 Pacific cod TAC to 
17,321 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2020 and 2021 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 
and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, November 20, 
2020) are revised consistent with this adjustment.
    NMFS published a final rule to implement Amendment 109 to the FMP 
(85 FR 38093, June 25, 2020). That rule revised the pollock seasons in 
the GOA, along with Pacific cod seasonal allocations, for the Central 
and Western Regulatory Areas of the GOA. Amendment 109 modified the 
existing annual pollock TAC allocation to two equal seasonal 
allocations (50 percent of TAC), rather than four equal seasonal 
allocations (25 percent of TAC). The pollock A and B seasons were 
combined into a January 20 through May 31 A season, and the pollock C 
and D seasons were combined into a September 1 through November 1 B 
season. Additionally, Amendment 109 revised the Pacific cod TAC 
seasonal allocations to the trawl catcher vessel sector by increasing 
the A season allocation and decreasing the B season allocation. The 
revisions implemented by Amendment 109, which are effective January 1, 
2021, are incorporated into this inseason adjustment.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2020 and 
2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (85 FR 13802, 
March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 85 FR 74266, 
November 20, 2020) is revised for the 2021 TACs of pollock in the 
Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

 Table 4--Final 2021 Distribution of Pollock in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska;
                         Area Apportionments; \1\ and Seasonal Allowances of Annual TAC
         [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton and percentages are rounded to the nearest 0.01]
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                                                  Shumigan (area  Chirikof (area   Kodiak (area
                   Season \2\                          610)            620)            630)          Total \3\
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A (January 20-May 31)...........................             799          41,737           6,297          48,833
B (September 1-November 1)......................          17,677          13,133          18,023          48,833
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    Annual Total................................          18,477          54,870          24,320          97,667
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\1\ Area apportionments and seasonal allowances may not total precisely due to rounding.
\2\ As established by Sec.   679.23(d)(2)(i) through (ii), the A and B season allowances are available from
  January 20 through May 31 and September 1 through November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for
  processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table.
\3\ The West Yakutat and Southeast Outside District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not
  included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table.

    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the 
final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA 
(85 FR 13802, March 10, 2020 and revision to implement Amendment 109, 
85 FR 74266, November 20, 2020) is revised for the 2021 TACs of Pacific 
cod in the GOA.

Table 6--Final 2021 Seasonal Apportionments and Allocation of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch (TAC) Amounts in
    the GOA; Allocations in the Western GOA and Central GOA Sectors, and the Eastern GOA Inshore and Offshore
                                              Processing Components
                                 [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]
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                                                             A Season                        B Season
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                                      Annual          Sector                          Sector
   Regulatory area and sector       allocation     percentage of     Seasonal      percentage of     Seasonal
                                       (mt)       annual non-jig    allowances    annual non-jig    allowances
                                                        TAC            (mt)             TAC            (mt)
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Western GOA
    Jig (3.5% of TAC)...........             196             N/A             117             N/A              78
    Hook-and-line CV............              76            0.70              38            0.70              38

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    Hook-and-line CP............           1,068           10.90             588            8.90             480
    Trawl CV....................           2,071           31.54           1,701           10.70             370
    Trawl CP....................             129            0.90              49            1.50              81
    All Pot CV and Pot CP.......           2,050           19.80           1,068           18.20             982
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        Total...................           5,590           63.84           3,561           36.16           2,029
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Central GOA
    Jig (1.0% of TAC)...........             102             N/A              61             N/A              41
    Hook-and-line <50 CV........           1,481            9.32             945            5.29             536
    Hook-and-line >=50 CV.......             680            5.61             569            1.10             111
    Hook-and-line CP............             518            4.11             416            1.00             101
    Trawl CV \1\................           4,216           21.14           2,565           20.45           1,652
    Trawl CP....................             426            2.00             203            2.19             223
    All Pot CV and Pot CP.......           2,819           17.83           1,808            9.97           1,011
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        Total...................          10,242           64.16           6,567           35.84           3,675
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Eastern GOA.....................  ..............    Inshore (90% of Annual TAC)
                                   Offshore (10% of Annual TAC)
                                           1,489  ..............           1,340  ..............             149
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\1\ Trawl catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 390 mt, of the
  annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season
  allowance (see Table 12. Final 2021 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table
  28c to 50 CFR part 679).

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under 
Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior 
notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice 
and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest, 
as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries 
data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the 
appropriate allocation for pollock and Pacific cod based on the best 
scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice 
providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant 
data only became available as of December 16, 2020.
    Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the fishery 
for pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod in the BSAI to be harvested 
in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. 
Under Sec.  679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit 
written comments on this action to the above address until January 7, 
2021.

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

    Dated: December 17, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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