Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Recreational For-Hire Fishing Season in the Gulf of Mexico, 15430 [2021-05971]

Download as PDF 15430 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 54 / Tuesday, March 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations collections of information may be viewed at https://www.cio.noaa.gov/ services_programs/prasubs.html. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq. Dated: March 15, 2021. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05679 Filed 3–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 140818679–5356–02] RTID 0648–XA942 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Recreational For-Hire Fishing Season in the Gulf of Mexico National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS announces the 2021 recreational fishing season for the Federal charter vessel/headboat (forhire) component for red snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) through this temporary rule. The red snapper recreational for-hire component in the Gulf EEZ opens on June 1, 2021, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 3, 2021. This closure is necessary to prevent the Federal for-hire component from exceeding its quota and to prevent overfishing of the Gulf red snapper resource. DATES: The closure is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 3, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Luers, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–551–5719, email: daniel.luers@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:06 Mar 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. The final rule implementing Amendment 40 to the FMP established two components within the recreational sector fishing for Gulf red snapper: The private angling component, and the Federal for-hire component (80 FR 22422, April 22, 2015). Amendment 40 also allocated the red snapper recreational ACL (recreational quota) between the components and established separate seasonal closures for the two components. The Federal for-hire component’s red snapper annual catch target (ACT) is 9 percent below the for-hire component quota (85 FR 9684, February 20, 2020; 50 CFR 622.41(q)(2)(iii)(B)). The red snapper for-hire component seasonal closure is projected from the component ACT. Projecting the for-hire component’s seasonal closure using the ACT reduces the likelihood of the harvest exceeding the component quota and the total recreational quota. All weights described in this temporary rule are in round weight. The Federal for-hire component 2021 ACT for red snapper in the Gulf EEZ is 2.848 million lb (1.292 million kg) (50 CFR 622.41(q)(2)(iii)(B)). The 2021 Federal Gulf red snapper for-hire fishing season has been determined to be 63 days based on NMFS’ projection of the date landings are expected to reach the component ACT. For details about the calculation of the projection for 2021, see https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/ sustainable-fisheries/gulf-mexicorecreational-red-snapper-management. Therefore, the 2021 recreational season for the Federal for-hire component will begin at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2021, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 3, 2021. On and after the effective date of the Federal for-hire component closure, the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 bag and possession limits for red snapper for Federal for-hire vessels are zero. When the Federal for-hire component is closed, these bag and possession limits apply in the Gulf on board a vessel for which a valid Federal for-hire permit for Gulf reef fish has been issued, without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e., in state or Federal waters. In addition, a person aboard a vessel that has been issued a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish any time during the fishing year may not harvest or possess red snapper in or from the Gulf EEZ when the Federal charter vessel/ headboat component is closed. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.41(q)(2)(i) and (ii), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866., and other applicable laws. 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 is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the recreational red snapper quotas and ACTs, and the rule implementing the requirement to close the for-hire component when its ACT is projected to be reached have already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are contrary to the public interest because many forhire operations book trips for clients in advance and require as much notice as NMFS is able to provide to adjust their business plans to account for the fishing season. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 18, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05971 Filed 3–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\23MRR1.SGM 23MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 140818679-5356-02]
RTID 0648-XA942


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Recreational 
For-Hire Fishing Season in the Gulf of Mexico

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the 2021 recreational fishing season for the 
Federal charter vessel/headboat (for-hire) component for red snapper in 
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) through 
this temporary rule. The red snapper recreational for-hire component in 
the Gulf EEZ opens on June 1, 2021, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local 
time, on August 3, 2021. This closure is necessary to prevent the 
Federal for-hire component from exceeding its quota and to prevent 
overfishing of the Gulf red snapper resource.

DATES: The closure is effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 3, 
2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Luers, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-551-5719, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes 
red snapper, is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 
622.
    The final rule implementing Amendment 40 to the FMP established two 
components within the recreational sector fishing for Gulf red snapper: 
The private angling component, and the Federal for-hire component (80 
FR 22422, April 22, 2015). Amendment 40 also allocated the red snapper 
recreational ACL (recreational quota) between the components and 
established separate seasonal closures for the two components. The 
Federal for-hire component's red snapper annual catch target (ACT) is 9 
percent below the for-hire component quota (85 FR 9684, February 20, 
2020; 50 CFR 622.41(q)(2)(iii)(B)).
    The red snapper for-hire component seasonal closure is projected 
from the component ACT. Projecting the for-hire component's seasonal 
closure using the ACT reduces the likelihood of the harvest exceeding 
the component quota and the total recreational quota.
    All weights described in this temporary rule are in round weight.
    The Federal for-hire component 2021 ACT for red snapper in the Gulf 
EEZ is 2.848 million lb (1.292 million kg) (50 CFR 
622.41(q)(2)(iii)(B)).
    The 2021 Federal Gulf red snapper for-hire fishing season has been 
determined to be 63 days based on NMFS' projection of the date landings 
are expected to reach the component ACT. For details about the 
calculation of the projection for 2021, see https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/sustainable-fisheries/gulf-mexico-recreational-red-snapper-management. Therefore, the 2021 recreational 
season for the Federal for-hire component will begin at 12:01 a.m., 
local time, on June 1, 2021, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on 
August 3, 2021.
    On and after the effective date of the Federal for-hire component 
closure, the bag and possession limits for red snapper for Federal for-
hire vessels are zero. When the Federal for-hire component is closed, 
these bag and possession limits apply in the Gulf on board a vessel for 
which a valid Federal for-hire permit for Gulf reef fish has been 
issued, without regard to where such species were harvested, i.e., in 
state or Federal waters. In addition, a person aboard a vessel that has 
been issued a charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish any 
time during the fishing year may not harvest or possess red snapper in 
or from the Gulf EEZ when the Federal charter vessel/headboat component 
is closed.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.41(q)(2)(i) and 
(ii), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act, and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866., 
and other applicable laws.
    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 is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest.
    Such procedures are unnecessary because the rule implementing the 
recreational red snapper quotas and ACTs, and the rule implementing the 
requirement to close the for-hire component when its ACT is projected 
to be reached have already been subject to notice and comment, and all 
that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures 
are contrary to the public interest because many for-hire operations 
book trips for clients in advance and require as much notice as NMFS is 
able to provide to adjust their business plans to account for the 
fishing season.

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

    Dated: March 18, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-05971 Filed 3-22-21; 8:45 am]
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