Revisions to Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Correction, 16078-16084 [2021-06295]

Download as PDF 16078 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations allowing time for notice and comment is unnecessary. The proposed rule for the 2020–2023 specifications provided the public with the opportunity to comment on the specifications, including the projected 2021 through 2023 specifications (85 FR 9717, February 20, 2020). We received no comments on the proposed rule announcing the projected 2021–2023 specification and the process for announcing finalized interim year quotas. Further, this final rule contains no changes from the projected 2021 specifications that were included in both the February 20, 2020, proposed rule and the April 14, 2020, final rule. The public and industry participants expect this action. Through both the proposed rule for the 2020–2023 specifications and the final rule for the 2020 specifications, we alerted the public that we would conduct a review of the latest available catch information in each of the interim years of the multiyear specifications, and announce the final quota prior to the March 1 start of the fishing year. Thus, the proposed and final rules that contained the projected 2021–2023 specifications provided a full opportunity for the public to comment on the substance and process of this action. 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– 2023 red crab specifications would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Implementing the 2021 specifications 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 action does not contain a collection of information requirement for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 23, 2021. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06287 Filed 3–25–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 210323–0063; RTID 0648– XA803] Corrections to Framework Adjustment 59 Revisions to Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; adjustment to specifications; correction. AGENCY: This final rule distributes sector allocation carried over from fishing year 2019 into fishing year 2020 and corrects minor errors published in the final rule approving and implementing Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. This action is SUMMARY: necessary to correct errors published in the final rule and to allocate carryover quota to sectors. The carryover adjustments are routine and formulaic, and industry expects them each year. DATES: Effective March 25, 2021, through April 30, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Spencer Talmage, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9232. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 30, 2020, we published a final rule approving Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (85 FR 45794; July 30, 2020), which set 2020–2022 annual catch limits (ACL) for four groundfish stocks, and 2020 ACLs for three shared U.S./Canada stocks. That action became effective on July 28, 2020. This rule corrects minor errors published in the Framework Adjustment 59 final rule and distributes unused sector quota carried over from fishing year 2019. Tables 12 through 14 published in the Framework Adjustment 59 final rule announced the Percent Sector Contribution (PSC) and initial Annual Catch Entitlements (ACE) allocated to individual sectors based on the approved catch limits for fishing year 2020. These tables erroneously labeled the values for the Maine Permit Bank (MPB) as if they were the values for the Mooncusser sector, and vice versa. These sectors have had their correct allocations for the duration of fishing year 2020; the typographical error in Framework 59 and this rule correcting it have no effect on the operations of these sectors in any way. The corrected information appears in tables 1 through 3 below. TABLE 1—CORRECTED FISHING YEAR 2020 PERCENT SECTOR CONTRIBUTION AND ANNUAL CATCH ENTITLEMENT FOR THE MAINE PERMIT BANK AND MOONCUSSER SECTORS, TABLES 12 THROUGH 14 IN FRAMEWORK ADJUSTMENT 59 Sector name khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES MRI count Percent sector contribution GB Cod ........................ GB Cod East ............... GOM Cod .................... GB Haddock ................ GB Haddock East ........ GOM Haddock ............. GB Yellowtail Flounder SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder ................... CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder ................... Plaice ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Maine Permit Bank Mooncusser 11 40 ACE (in 1,000 lb) ACE (in metric tons) Percent sector contribution ACE (in 1,000 lb) ACE (in metric tons) 0.13361103 N/A 1.15503867 0.04432773 N/A 1.12455699 0.01377701 1 3 7 16 103 299 0 0 1 3 7 47 136 0 11.87404994 N/A 3.36592802 3.72602983 N/A 3.03406286 0.38302570 49 231 20 1,331 8,680 807 1 22 105 9 604 3,937 366 0 0.03180705 0 0 0.32527727 0 0 0.31794656 1.16407583 5 75 2 34 2.58549375 0.76474219 39 50 18 22 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM 26MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 16079 TABLE 1—CORRECTED FISHING YEAR 2020 PERCENT SECTOR CONTRIBUTION AND ANNUAL CATCH ENTITLEMENT FOR THE MAINE PERMIT BANK AND MOONCUSSER SECTORS, TABLES 12 THROUGH 14 IN FRAMEWORK ADJUSTMENT 59— Continued Sector name MRI count Maine Permit Bank Mooncusser 11 40 Percent sector contribution Witch Flounder ............ GB Winter Flounder .... GOM Winter Flounder SNE/MA Winter Flounder ............................ Redfish ........................ White Hake .................. Pollock ......................... ACE (in 1,000 lb) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES ACE (in 1,000 lb) ACE (in metric tons) 21 0 3 10 0 1 1.71821481 0.89399263 2.48392191 50 10 16 23 5 7 0.01789120 0.82190532 1.65422882 1.69505501 0 204 74 896 0 92 33 407 2.26957436 2.65202110 5.80626985 5.44388052 27 657 258 2,879 12 298 117 1,306 Carryover regulations at 50 CFR 648.87(b)(1)(i)(C) allow each groundfish sector to carry over an amount of unused ACE equal to 10 percent of the sector’s original ACE for each stock (except for Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder) that is unused at the end of the fishing year into the following fishing year. However, we are authorized to adjust ACE carryover to ensure that the total unused ACE combined with the overall sub-ACL does not exceed the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) for the fishing year in which the carryover may be harvested. We have completed 2019 fishing year data reconciliation with sectors and determined final 2019 fishing year sector catch and the amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2019 to the 2020 fishing year. 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Percent sector contribution 0.72688452 0.00021715 0.42662327 Sector Carryover Allocations From Fishing Year 2019 VerDate Sep<11>2014 ACE (in metric tons) Jkt 253001 A sector may carry over up to 10 percent of unused ACE for each stock, with a few exceptions. The amount of unused ACE may have been reduced so as not to exceed the ABC. Accordingly, unused ACE from fishing year 2019 available to carry over to 2020 was reduced for the following stocks: GB cod, Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod, Southern New England/ Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) yellowtail flounder; Cape Cod/GOM yellowtail flounder; GB winter flounder; GOM winter flounder; SNE/MA winter flounder; redfish; white hake; and pollock. For GB haddock, GOM haddock, and American plaice, NMFS published an emergency action on December 31, 2020 (85 FR 86849) which authorized us to increase the maximum amount of carryover for those stocks above 10 percent of unused ACE from fishing year 2019 to an amount not to exceed the ABC. Complete details on carryover reduction percentages can be PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 found at: https:// www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/ ro/fso/reports/h/groundfish_catch_ accounting. Table 2 includes the maximum amount of allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2019 to the 2020 fishing year. Table 3 includes the de minimis amount of carryover for each sector for the 2020 fishing year. If the overall ACL for any allocated stock is exceeded for the 2020 fishing year, the allowed carryover harvested by a sector, minus the pounds in the sector’s de minimis amount, will be counted against its allocation to determine whether an overage subject to an accountability measure occurred. Tables 4 and 5 list the final ACE available to sectors for the 2020 fishing year, including finalized carryover amounts for each sector, as adjusted down when necessary to equal each stock’s ABC. E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM 26MRR1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 16080 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 253001 -:;: OS ..,la.1 PO 00000 u= ."' .... ..,~ u= = = (.!) .... .... la.1 ~ "'OS .., u= ~ ..,..,"= ~ 0 = = OS (.!) (.!) (.!) ."' ..,.. ~ ·; = ~ = ~ =..,.... .s-. ..,... ii:= = . ·; ... = ...~ = a: ~ = ~~ o(.!) ... ~ ... ~ u u ~ ~ ..,..,"= = = OS ..,..,"= = OS ~ 0 (.!) (.!) Frm 00054 FGS 0 21,392 564 0 364,306 MCCS 0 3,042 8,535 0 464,092 = ." £ ..,. = = = . ii: -= " ;<::: ~ 00 . = ....s= . = ~ = .., (.!) (.!) ..,. = s= . .... . .... .5 - ~~ ~] ~ ... .5 ~ ~ 0 12OS -=i="' .s" Q ;<::: -=~ i=: ll. 00 (.!) 5,342 0 19 1,824 2,455 2,360 26 4,458 968 8,625 3,344 109,318 223,807 0 41 2,873 45,072 10,658 371 1,224 1,325 114,195 38,776 360,370 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM MOON 0 15 981 2499 0 604,041 76 421 0 4 2 018 845 302 3 853 1,079 35 623 10 926 155 048 NEFS2 0 8,568 20,306 0 1,584,482 588,014 0 51 21,476 41,604 20,772 1,183 8,878 3,078 205,885 27,807 427,142 NEFS4 0 5 415 1 963 0 789 938 221 921 0 62 5 162 34 484 2 300 254 2 461 625 87 639 0 187 448 NEFS5 0 626 0 0 120,595 90 0 552 172 1,585 969 160 4 8,670 191 276 1,214 NEFS6 0 3 979 2 290 0 495,610 106 304 0 127 3 053 16 112 7 276 561 1 594 1256 89 884 2 616 104 324 NEFS7 0 15,528 2,238 0 1,559,771 186,444 0 217 8,260 34,341 17,240 11,026 1,004 10,562 119,572 18,629 179,699 33,412 26MRR1 NEFS8 0 10,144 818 0 1,090,391 17,025 0 243 4,821 10,855 5,385 7,978 1,627 7,449 11,418 3,059 NEFS 10 0 686 1,731 0 26,133 32,118 0 15 3,461 3,923 3,832 3 3,098 432 4,421 1,918 21,785 NEFS 11 0 521 9,159 0 5,154 72,274 0 0 2,126 6,229 2,650 1 749 15 25,669 13,192 254,257 NEFS 12 0 821 2,127 0 13,862 25,529 0 0 6,604 1,843 1,069 0 2,647 156 2,995 824 22,137 NEFS 13 0 15,224 411 0 3,013,398 23,750 0 633 5,141 31,025 16,341 6,366 672 10,965 56,940 6,267 74,996 SHSl 0 2,951 2,316 0 291,186 91,349 0 3 2,825 16,045 6,263 2,082 1,560 578 38,123 12,405 91,342 SHS2 0 1,098 3,577 0 143,751 79,212 0 85 2,268 4,632 4,204 235 1,068 1,426 45,044 7,385 167,674 SHS3 0 19 678 5 392 0 3,979,390 710 758 0 144 7272 90 666 41 010 5 015 I 165 13 137 456 699 86 256 594 264 Total 0 125,654 63,926 0 14,546,100 2,460,358 0 2,196 79,356 341,716 142,631 35,264 33,062 61,721 1,302,923 233,680 2,784,430 Georges Bank Cod Fixed Gear Sector (FGS), Maine Coast Community Sector (MCCS), Mooncusser Sector (MOON), Maine Permit Bank (MPB), New Hampshire Permit Bank (NHPB), Northeast Coastal Communities Sector (NCCS), Northeast Fishery Sectors (NEFS), and Sustainable Harvest Sector (SHS) ER26MR21.003</GPH> ~ = . ..,. Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Table 2 -- Finalized Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2019 to Fishing Year 2020 (lb) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 253001 .... "'= r-1 .... ."' "0 u u PO 00000 0 = c.., .... r-1 ~ "' = "'"' = "0 ~ "0 .... 0 u 0 ~ 0 = c.., "0 "0 0 = = c.., c.., .... ."' =; = i0 = .:I "'"' = 0 "0 "0 ..:.= "'0 "0 "0 == = c.., i;... = ~ 0 c.., ·; i0 =al >, Frm 00055 = c.., FGS 0 2,963 45 0 ·; "0 51,539 553 =.. "0.. >, .. = i£ r-1 z 00 i - .= .:I ... .. "0 >, ~ ;g oc.., i;... . ... -~. = iS: "0 = = 0 r:.; -="' ;<::: u u ~ .... .... . ... .... "0 = = "0 = = 0 r:.; r:.; = ~ = ~ 0 .5 . . ... .... r-1 z 00 0 . ..... "'= = -="' =. i] ~ = c.., a.. ~~ ... .... "0 0 :E ~ i::z: i;... "'.:I"' ~ c.., 0 2 325 336 336 8 802 142 1,408 470 17,905 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM MCCS 0 551 723 0 84,316 23,910 0 5 558 7,953 2,801 116 236 219 21,253 5,884 66,756 MOON 0 2,808 204 0 100,105 8,065 0 1 392 495 302 3 157 270 6,567 2,585 28,791 NEFS2 0 1,539 1,630 0 287,136 59,739 0 6 3,808 7,209 4,214 371 1,554 501 38,251 4,170 78,443 NEFS4 0 1,751 676 0 156,293 23,591 0 8 969 6,162 2,300 80 469 118 16,523 0 36,309 NEFS5 0 114 0 0 21,911 10 0 68 31 280 162 50 1 1,430 36 42 225 NEFS6 0 746 191 0 96,353 11,713 0 17 690 2,968 1,746 198 322 226 16,867 2,014 19,402 NEFS7 0 684 51 0 63,054 4,823 0 7 192 1,949 608 912 18 346 6,365 945 9,034 NEFS8 0 1,972 74 0 208,040 1,934 0 24 995 2,112 1,062 2,751 311 1,148 2,263 476 6,367 NEFS 10 0 124 150 0 4,748 3,408 0 2 649 700 591 1 575 71 829 292 4,037 NEFS 11 0 94 750 0 937 7,628 0 0 383 1,100 478 0 135 3 4,812 2,004 47,098 26MRR1 NEFS 12 0 149 174 0 2,519 2,694 0 0 1,189 326 164 0 476 26 561 125 4,101 NEFS 13 0 2,796 47 0 550,218 2,576 0 79 988 5,516 2,666 1,999 135 1,858 10,859 992 13,991 SHSl 0 537 180 0 60,937 10,163 0 0 330 3,472 1,117 649 208 89 7,407 1,973 14,223 SHS2 0 579 294 0 33,319 8,238 0 10 631 2,194 856 235 273 410 7,692 2,648 33,055 SHS3 0 5,518 547 0 909,913 87,017 0 45 2,290 19,494 8,036 3,401 295 3,619 100,599 14,907 134,359 Total 0 22,925 5,736 0 2,631,338 256,062 0 274 14,420 62,266 27,439 10,774 5,967 10,476 242,292 39,527 514,096 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Table 3 --De Minimis Carryover ACE from Fishing Year 2019 to Fishing Year 2020 (lb) 16081 ER26MR21.004</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 16082 VerDate Sep<11>2014 -= - Jkt 253001 "' PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM 26MRR1 ER26MR21.005</GPH> ~ "O 0 u i:c c., FGS MCCS MOON MPB NEFS2 NEFS4 NEFS5 NEFS6 NEFS7 NEFS8 NEFS 10 NEFS 11 NEFS12 NEFS 13 NHPB SHS 1 SHS2 SHS3 Total 24 4 22 0 12 14 1 6 5 16 1 1 1 22 0 4 5 44 183 "'<I, ~ "O 0 u i:c c., 120 22 112 1 61 68 5 30 33 78 5 4 6 111 0 21 22 215 915 -= "' "O 0 u ~ 0 c., ~ ...0 ~ "O "O = = i:c c., 2 37 10 3 83 32 0 10 3 4 8 38 9 2 3 9 15 27 296 311 508 604 7 1,731 942 132 581 380 1,254 29 6 15 3,318 0 367 201 5,487 15,874 <I, "' - . =- >-- = - = >- = ... ·; ... "O "O ~ "O "O = ~ ~ 0 = = c., i:c 2,192 3,527 4,211 47 12,012 6,505 916 4,014 3,187 8,677 199 39 105 23,007 0 2,529 1,376 37,591 110,134 ~ 0 = ~ 0 c., - ·; 0 ~ 0 .. <I, "O <I, "O ~ = > .s i:c ~ c., <I, ~£ ~ z 00 27 1,186 400 136 2,976 1,171 0 580 303 95 169 379 134 128 4 502 410 4,269 12,870 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 3 7 16 0 0 0 33 0 1 3 21 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 2 13 =; .s~ .. - <I, <I, "O ~ ~ . <I, "O ... <I, ·; iS: ~ri: u u 16 27 19 2 182 46 1 33 12 47 31 18 57 47 0 16 30 107 692 = = .s ~ -=-!:! ti: 16 381 23 34 346 295 13 142 104 101 34 53 16 264 1 165 102 925 3,014 16 132 23 10 201 117 8 82 35 51 29 23 8 128 0 54 41 383 1,339 . . . ·= ,. . . <= - E] <I, "O = = ~ 0 <I, <I, "O = .s= ~ ~ ti:= i c., 0 0 5 5 0 17 4 2 9 46 128 0 0 0 94 0 30 19 157 518 38 11 8 1 75 22 0 15 1 15 28 6 23 6 0 10 13 14 287 i:c ~ <I, ~~ ~~ <I, -="' = "O <I, ~ z ~ = = :a<I, ~ ... ~ ~ 0 ~ 00 c., 7 11 13 0 24 6 69 11 20 55 3 0 1 89 0 4 19 170 503 68 1,016 314 92 1,828 789 2 806 343 108 40 230 27 518 2 353 369 4,770 11,676 23 284 122 33 202 167 2 93 51 23 14 97 6 48 2 95 123 715 2,101 862 3,191 1,376 407 3,752 1,732 11 927 491 304 193 2,252 196 669 27 687 1,575 6,364 25,015 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Table 4 -- Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2020 including Final Carryover (mt) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 .... "'= Jkt 253001 ~ -0 "' ~ PO 00000 u ~ ~ = = "' .:,: .:,: -0 -0 Q,j ~ ~ ~ -0 -0 -0 -0 ~ = = = = (,I 0 0 ~ -0 =r,.., ~ ~ ~ Q,j -~ = = >, .s = 0 = ~ ~ = 0 = 0 ~ 0 0 (,I -·a.... - -·a:§1.... (,I .:,: u 0 u "'= -0 Q,j -0 0 .... .... .... Q,j -0 ~ ~ .s i >, -0= ~ 5 o~~ - Q,j ~ z Q,j -0 Q,j £ Q,j Q,j ... -0 Q,j ~ (,I ~ Q,j (,I 0 r,.., :i ;<::: ~ u u [l'j Q,j Q,j i~ -Q,j -== .s-== ....-= - .s....-s-= ....-= ~]= <Es= ·a-.... ~ = ~~ ~ z r,.., .:,: -= = .:,: Q,j =§ = "' i= -0 ;<::: Q,j -=~ ~ (,I 0 i:i., [l'j ~ Frm 00057 FGS 52 266 5 685 4,833 61 2 0 34 36 36 1 85 15 149 50 1,900 MCCS 10 48 81 1,121 7,775 2,615 4 1 59 840 291 12 25 23 2,239 627 7,036 MOON 49 247 23 1,331 9,284 883 1 0 41 50 50 10 17 28 692 269 3,034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 1 3 7 16 103 299 0 0 5 75 21 0 3 0 204 74 896 NEFS2 27 135 183 3,817 26,481 6,562 4 1 402 763 442 38 164 53 4,031 445 8,271 NEFS4 31 150 70 2,078 14,342 2,581 5 1 102 651 258 8 49 12 1,740 368 3,818 NEFS5 2 10 0 291 2,020 1 3 7 3 30 17 5 0 152 4 4 24 MPB E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM NEFS6 13 65 21 1,281 8,850 1,278 7 2 72 313 182 20 34 24 1,777 204 2,044 NEFS7 12 72 7 838 7,027 669 14 1 27 229 78 102 3 45 756 113 1,083 NEFS8 35 173 8 2,766 19,129 210 36 3 104 222 112 283 33 122 238 51 670 NEFS 10 2 11 17 63 438 373 0 0 68 74 63 0 61 8 87 31 426 26MRR1 NEFS 11 2 8 84 12 86 835 0 0 40 116 50 0 14 0 507 214 4,964 NEFS 12 3 13 20 33 232 295 0 0 125 34 17 0 50 3 59 13 432 NEFS 13 49 246 5 7,314 50,721 281 73 9 104 583 283 206 14 197 1,143 105 1,474 NHPB 0 0 7 0 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 4 59 SHS 1 9 47 20 810 5,575 1,108 2 0 36 363 118 67 22 9 779 210 1,514 SHS2 10 49 33 443 3,033 903 7 1 65 224 90 42 28 42 814 272 3,473 SHS3 97 474 60 12,096 82,875 9,412 46 5 236 2,040 845 345 31 375 10,517 1,577 14,030 Total 403 2,018 652 34,996 242,803 28,374 203 30 1,526 6,646 2,953 1,141 633 1,109 25,740 4,632 55,149 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Table 5 --Total ACE Available to Sectors in Fishing Year 2020 with including Final Carryover (1,000 lb) 16083 ER26MR21.006</GPH> 16084 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 57 / Friday, March 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Classification khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this rule is consistent with the Northeast Multispecies FMP, other provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable laws. This rule is exempt from the procedures of Executive Order 12866 because this action contains no implementing regulations. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the minor corrections and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice and comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) and (3), so that this final rule may become effective in a timely manner and the fishery may maximize the economic benefits of the adjusted allocations to the fishery. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Mar 25, 2021 Jkt 253001 Notice and comment and a 30-day delay in effectiveness would be impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. The distribution of unused quota carried over from the previous fishing year is an annual adjustment action that is expected by industry. These adjustments increase available catch. They are routine, formulaic, and authorized by regulation. Delaying these adjustments would result in a delay in the distribution of unused carryover to sectors, and could negate or reduce the intended economic benefits and increased operational flexibility of the rule. We only recently finalized carryover for 2020 based on data available in the late fall and an emergency action which published on December 31, 2020 (85 FR 86849). The adjustments in this rule are necessary to correct minor errors made in the Framework Adjustment 59 final rule. Correcting these errors is not subject to our discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing time for notice and comment. Immediate implementation PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 corrects information published in Framework Adjustment 59 and provides industry with the most accurate information. Delaying these adjustments could cause confusion to industry. The need for these corrections was discovered only recently, so quicker action on our part was not possible. Also, because advanced 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.SC. 601, et seq., do not apply to this rule. 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 23, 2021. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06295 Filed 3–25–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\26MRR1.SGM 26MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 210323-0063; RTID 0648-XA803]


Revisions to Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch 
Entitlements; Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; adjustment to specifications; correction.

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SUMMARY: This final rule distributes sector allocation carried over 
from fishing year 2019 into fishing year 2020 and corrects minor errors 
published in the final rule approving and implementing Framework 
Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. 
This action is necessary to correct errors published in the final rule 
and to allocate carryover quota to sectors. The carryover adjustments 
are routine and formulaic, and industry expects them each year.

DATES: Effective March 25, 2021, through April 30, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Spencer Talmage, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9232.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 30, 2020, we published a final rule 
approving Framework Adjustment 59 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) (85 FR 45794; July 30, 2020), which set 2020-2022 
annual catch limits (ACL) for four groundfish stocks, and 2020 ACLs for 
three shared U.S./Canada stocks. That action became effective on July 
28, 2020. This rule corrects minor errors published in the Framework 
Adjustment 59 final rule and distributes unused sector quota carried 
over from fishing year 2019.

Corrections to Framework Adjustment 59

    Tables 12 through 14 published in the Framework Adjustment 59 final 
rule announced the Percent Sector Contribution (PSC) and initial Annual 
Catch Entitlements (ACE) allocated to individual sectors based on the 
approved catch limits for fishing year 2020. These tables erroneously 
labeled the values for the Maine Permit Bank (MPB) as if they were the 
values for the Mooncusser sector, and vice versa. These sectors have 
had their correct allocations for the duration of fishing year 2020; 
the typographical error in Framework 59 and this rule correcting it 
have no effect on the operations of these sectors in any way. The 
corrected information appears in tables 1 through 3 below.

 Table 1--Corrected Fishing Year 2020 Percent Sector Contribution and Annual Catch Entitlement for the Maine Permit Bank and Mooncusser Sectors, Tables
                                                        12 Through 14 in Framework Adjustment 59
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               Sector name                                    Maine Permit Bank                                          Mooncusser
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                MRI count                   Percent sector    ACE (in 1,000      ACE (in metric     Percent sector    ACE (in 1,000     ACE (in metric
                                             contribution          lb)               tons)           contribution          lb)               tons)
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GB Cod...................................        0.13361103                1                   0        11.87404994               49                  22
GB Cod East..............................               N/A                3                   1                N/A              231                 105
GOM Cod..................................        1.15503867                7                   3         3.36592802               20                   9
GB Haddock...............................        0.04432773               16                   7         3.72602983            1,331                 604
GB Haddock East..........................               N/A              103                  47                N/A            8,680               3,937
GOM Haddock..............................        1.12455699              299                 136         3.03406286              807                 366
GB Yellowtail Flounder...................        0.01377701                0                   0         0.38302570                1                   0
SNE/MA Yellowtail Flounder...............        0.03180705                0                   0         0.32527727                0                   0
CC/GOM Yellowtail Flounder...............        0.31794656                5                   2         2.58549375               39                  18
Plaice...................................        1.16407583               75                  34         0.76474219               50                  22

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Witch Flounder...........................        0.72688452               21                  10         1.71821481               50                  23
GB Winter Flounder.......................        0.00021715                0                   0         0.89399263               10                   5
GOM Winter Flounder......................        0.42662327                3                   1         2.48392191               16                   7
SNE/MA Winter Flounder...................        0.01789120                0                   0         2.26957436               27                  12
Redfish..................................        0.82190532              204                  92         2.65202110              657                 298
White Hake...............................        1.65422882               74                  33         5.80626985              258                 117
Pollock..................................        1.69505501              896                 407         5.44388052            2,879               1,306
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Sector Carryover Allocations From Fishing Year 2019

    Carryover regulations at 50 CFR 648.87(b)(1)(i)(C) allow each 
groundfish sector to carry over an amount of unused ACE equal to 10 
percent of the sector's original ACE for each stock (except for Georges 
Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder) that is unused at the end of the fishing 
year into the following fishing year. However, we are authorized to 
adjust ACE carryover to ensure that the total unused ACE combined with 
the overall sub-ACL does not exceed the Acceptable Biological Catch 
(ABC) for the fishing year in which the carryover may be harvested. We 
have completed 2019 fishing year data reconciliation with sectors and 
determined final 2019 fishing year sector catch and the amount of 
allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2019 to the 2020 
fishing year. A sector may carry over up to 10 percent of unused ACE 
for each stock, with a few exceptions. The amount of unused ACE may 
have been reduced so as not to exceed the ABC. Accordingly, unused ACE 
from fishing year 2019 available to carry over to 2020 was reduced for 
the following stocks: GB cod, Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod, Southern New 
England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) yellowtail flounder; Cape Cod/GOM 
yellowtail flounder; GB winter flounder; GOM winter flounder; SNE/MA 
winter flounder; redfish; white hake; and pollock. For GB haddock, GOM 
haddock, and American plaice, NMFS published an emergency action on 
December 31, 2020 (85 FR 86849) which authorized us to increase the 
maximum amount of carryover for those stocks above 10 percent of unused 
ACE from fishing year 2019 to an amount not to exceed the ABC. Complete 
details on carryover reduction percentages can be found at: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/ro/fso/reports/h/groundfish_catch_accounting. Table 2 includes the maximum amount of 
allocation that sectors may carry over from the 2019 to the 2020 
fishing year.
    Table 3 includes the de minimis amount of carryover for each sector 
for the 2020 fishing year. If the overall ACL for any allocated stock 
is exceeded for the 2020 fishing year, the allowed carryover harvested 
by a sector, minus the pounds in the sector's de minimis amount, will 
be counted against its allocation to determine whether an overage 
subject to an accountability measure occurred. Tables 4 and 5 list the 
final ACE available to sectors for the 2020 fishing year, including 
finalized carryover amounts for each sector, as adjusted down when 
necessary to equal each stock's ABC.

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Classification

    The NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this rule is 
consistent with the Northeast Multispecies FMP, other provisions of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other 
applicable laws.
    This rule is exempt from the procedures of Executive Order 12866 
because this action contains no implementing regulations.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B), we find good cause to waive 
prior public notice and opportunity for public comment on the minor 
corrections and allocation adjustments because allowing time for notice 
and comment is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public 
interest. We also find good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effectiveness pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1) and (3), so that this 
final rule may become effective in a timely manner and the fishery may 
maximize the economic benefits of the adjusted allocations to the 
fishery.
    Notice and comment and a 30-day delay in effectiveness would be 
impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest. The 
distribution of unused quota carried over from the previous fishing 
year is an annual adjustment action that is expected by industry. These 
adjustments increase available catch. They are routine, formulaic, and 
authorized by regulation. Delaying these adjustments would result in a 
delay in the distribution of unused carryover to sectors, and could 
negate or reduce the intended economic benefits and increased 
operational flexibility of the rule. We only recently finalized 
carryover for 2020 based on data available in the late fall and an 
emergency action which published on December 31, 2020 (85 FR 86849). 
The adjustments in this rule are necessary to correct minor errors made 
in the Framework Adjustment 59 final rule. Correcting these errors is 
not subject to our discretion, so there would be no benefit to allowing 
time for notice and comment. Immediate implementation corrects 
information published in Framework Adjustment 59 and provides industry 
with the most accurate information. Delaying these adjustments could 
cause confusion to industry. The need for these corrections was 
discovered only recently, so quicker action on our part was not 
possible.
    Also, because advanced 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.SC. 601, et seq., do not apply to this 
rule.
    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 23, 2021.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-06295 Filed 3-25-21; 8:45 am]
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