Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; 2021 Monkfish Specifications, 14012-14013 [2021-05123]

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[FR Doc. 2021–05174 Filed 3–11–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No.: 210308–0050; RTID 0648– XX070] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; 2021 Monkfish Specifications National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are implementing specifications for the 2021 monkfish fishery. This action is necessary to ensure allowable monkfish harvest levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action is intended to establish the allowable 2021 harvest levels, consistent with the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan and previously announced multi-year specifications. SUMMARY: The final specifications for the 2021 monkfish fishery are effective May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Murphy, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281–9122. The New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils jointly manage the monkfish fishery. The Monkfish Fishery Management Plan includes a specifications process that requires the Councils to recommend quotas on a triennial basis. This action would finalize 2021 specifications approved by the Councils in Framework Adjustment 12 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, which included specifications for fishing years 2020–2022. On September 17, 2020, we approved Framework 12 measures for the 2020 fishing year (85 FR 57986), based on a recent stock assessment update and consistent with the New England Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee recommendations. At that time, we also projected a continuation of those same specifications for 2021 and 2022. Final 2021 total allowable landings in both the Northern and Southern Fishery Management Areas are summarized in Table 1. These 2021 measures are the same as those implemented in 2020. All other requirements remain the same. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TABLE 1—MONKFISH SPECIFICATIONS FOR FISHING YEAR 2021 [In metric tons] Catch limits Acceptable Biological Catch .................................................................................................................................... Annual Catch Limit .................................................................................................................................................. Management Uncertainty ......................................................................................................................................... Annual Catch Target (Total Allowable Landings + discards) .................................................................................. Discards ................................................................................................................................................................... Total Allowable Landings ......................................................................................................................................... We have reviewed available 2020 fishery information. There have been no annual catch limit or total allowable landings overages, nor is there any new biological information that would require altering the projected 2021 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Mar 11, 2021 Jkt 253001 specifications. Based on this, we are implementing the fishing year 2021 specifications announced in the Framework 12 final rule (85 FR 57986, September 17, 2020). The 2021 specifications will be effective until PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Northern area Southern area 8,351 8,351 3 percent 8,101 1,477 6,624 12,316 12,316 3 percent 11,947 6,065 5,882 April 30, 2022. We will finalize the 2022 fishing year specifications prior to May 1, 2022, by publishing another final rule. E:\FR\FM\12MRR1.SGM 12MRR1 14013 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 47 / Friday, March 12, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Classification Pursuant to section 304(b)(3) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is consistent with the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, other provisions of the MagnusonStevens Act, and other applicable law. This rule is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is unnecessary. The Framework 12 proposed rule provided the public with the opportunity to comment on the 2020–2022 specifications (85 FR 39157, June 30, 2020). No comments were received on the proposed rule. Thus, the proposed and final rules that contained the projected 2020–2022 specifications provided a full opportunity for the public to comment on the substance and process of this action. Furthermore, no circumstances or conditions have changed in the monkfish fishery that would cause new concern or necessitate reopening the comment period. Finally, the final 2021 specifications being implemented by this rule are unchanged from those projected in the Framework 12 final rule. The Chief Counsel for Regulation, Department of Commerce, previously certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the 2020– 2022 monkfish specifications would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Implementing status quo specifications for 2021 will not change the conclusions drawn in that previous certification to the SBA. Because advance notice and the opportunity for public comment are not required for this action under the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no new regulatory flexibility analysis is required and none has been prepared. This final rule contains no information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 8, 2021. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05123 Filed 3–11–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 210217–0022] RTID 0648–XA821 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota (CDQ) pollock directed fishing allowance (DFA) from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2021 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 12, 2021, until the effective date of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for BSAI groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt Iverson, 907–586–7210. SUMMARY: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the MagnusonStevens 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. In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the portion of the 2021 pollock total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to the CDQ DFA is 1,900 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021). As of January 19, 2021, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 1,900 mt of pollock CDQ DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. The 1,900 mt of pollock 2021 Aleutians Islands CDQ DFA is added to the 2021 Bering Sea CDQ DFA. The 2021 Bering Sea subarea pollock incidental catch allowance remains at 49,500 mt. As a result, the 2021 harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021) are revised as follows: 0 mt to CDQ DFA. Furthermore, pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5), Table 4 of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021) is revised to make 2021 pollock allocations consistent with this reallocation. This reallocation results in an adjustment to the 2021 CDQ pollock allocation established at § 679.20(a)(5). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TABLE 4—FINAL 2021 ALLOCATIONS OF POLLOCK TACS TO THE DIRECTED POLLOCK FISHERIES AND TO THE CDQ DIRECTED FISHING ALLOWANCES (DFA) 1 [Amounts are in metric tons] 2021 A season 1 2021 allocations Area and sector Bering Sea subarea TAC 1 ...................................................................... CDQ DFA ................................................................................................. ICA 1 ......................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:32 Mar 11, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4700 1,376,900 139,400 49,500 Sfmt 4700 A season DFA SCA harvest limit 2 n/a 62,730 n/a E:\FR\FM\12MRR1.SGM 2021 B season 1 12MRR1 n/a 39,032 n/a B season DFA n/a 76,670 n/a

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 47 (Friday, March 12, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 14012-14013]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05123]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No.: 210308-0050; RTID 0648-XX070]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; 
2021 Monkfish Specifications

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are implementing specifications for the 2021 monkfish 
fishery. This action is necessary to ensure allowable monkfish harvest 
levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum 
yield. This action is intended to establish the allowable 2021 harvest 
levels, consistent with the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan and 
previously announced multi-year specifications.

DATES: The final specifications for the 2021 monkfish fishery are 
effective May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Murphy, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, (978) 281-9122.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery 
Management Councils jointly manage the monkfish fishery. The Monkfish 
Fishery Management Plan includes a specifications process that requires 
the Councils to recommend quotas on a triennial basis. This action 
would finalize 2021 specifications approved by the Councils in 
Framework Adjustment 12 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, which 
included specifications for fishing years 2020-2022.
    On September 17, 2020, we approved Framework 12 measures for the 
2020 fishing year (85 FR 57986), based on a recent stock assessment 
update and consistent with the New England Council's Scientific and 
Statistical Committee recommendations. At that time, we also projected 
a continuation of those same specifications for 2021 and 2022. Final 
2021 total allowable landings in both the Northern and Southern Fishery 
Management Areas are summarized in Table 1. These 2021 measures are the 
same as those implemented in 2020. All other requirements remain the 
same.

         Table 1--Monkfish Specifications for Fishing Year 2021
                            [In metric tons]
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              Catch limits                 Northern area   Southern area
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Acceptable Biological Catch.............           8,351          12,316
Annual Catch Limit......................           8,351          12,316
Management Uncertainty..................       3 percent       3 percent
Annual Catch Target (Total Allowable               8,101          11,947
 Landings + discards)...................
Discards................................           1,477           6,065
Total Allowable Landings................           6,624           5,882
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    We have reviewed available 2020 fishery information. There have 
been no annual catch limit or total allowable landings overages, nor is 
there any new biological information that would require altering the 
projected 2021 specifications. Based on this, we are implementing the 
fishing year 2021 specifications announced in the Framework 12 final 
rule (85 FR 57986, September 17, 2020). The 2021 specifications will be 
effective until April 30, 2022. We will finalize the 2022 fishing year 
specifications prior to May 1, 2022, by publishing another final rule.

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Classification

    Pursuant to section 304(b)(3) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the NMFS 
Assistant Administrator has determined that this final rule is 
consistent with the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan, other provisions 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law.
    This rule is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), we find good cause to waive prior 
public notice and opportunity for public comment on the catch limit and 
allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is 
unnecessary. The Framework 12 proposed rule provided the public with 
the opportunity to comment on the 2020-2022 specifications (85 FR 
39157, June 30, 2020). No comments were received on the proposed rule. 
Thus, the proposed and final rules that contained the projected 2020-
2022 specifications provided a full opportunity for the public to 
comment on the substance and process of this action. Furthermore, no 
circumstances or conditions have changed in the monkfish fishery that 
would cause new concern or necessitate reopening the comment period. 
Finally, the final 2021 specifications being implemented by this rule 
are unchanged from those projected in the Framework 12 final rule.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation, Department of Commerce, 
previously certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small 
Business Administration (SBA) that the 2020-2022 monkfish 
specifications would not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. Implementing status quo 
specifications for 2021 will not change the conclusions drawn in that 
previous certification to the SBA. Because advance notice and the 
opportunity for public comment are not required for this action under 
the Administrative Procedure Act, or any other law, the analytical 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., 
do not apply to this rule. Therefore, no new regulatory flexibility 
analysis is required and none has been prepared.
    This final rule contains no information collection requirements 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

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

    Dated: March 8, 2021.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-05123 Filed 3-11-21; 8:45 am]
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