Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #1 through #9, 16540-16542 [2021-06516]

Download as PDF 16540 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 62 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Landfills, Methane, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds. Dated: March 23, 2021. Debra H. Thomas, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 8. 40 CFR part 62 is amended as follows: PART 62—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF STATE PLANS FOR DESIGNATED FACILITIES AND POLLUTANTS 1. The authority citation for part 62 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. nara.gov or go to: www.archives.gov/ federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. (b) State of South Dakota, Legislative Research Council, 5007, 500 E Capitol Ave. #3, Pierre, SD 57501, (605) 773– 3251, https://rules.sd.gov/; Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD). 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For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Mar 29, 2021 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Management Areas 50 CFR Part 660 [Docket No. 200505–0127; RTID 0648– XA944] Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #1 through #9 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Inseason modification of 2021 management measures. AGENCY: NMFS announces nine inseason actions in the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from Cape Falcon, OR to Pigeon Point, CA. DATES: The effective dates for the inseason actions are set out in this document under the heading Inseason Actions. SUMMARY: Effective date. The effective date of the plan for existing municipal solid waste landfills is April 29, 2021. ■ 3. Add § 62.10353 to read as follows: § 62.10353 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Identification of plan. Jkt 253001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina Iverson at 360–742–2506, Email: Christina.iverson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In the 2020 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020), NMFS announced management measures for PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 the commercial and recreational fisheries in the area from U.S./Canada border to the U.S./Mexico border, effective from 0001 hours Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), May 6, 2020, until the effective date of the 2021 management measures, as published in the Federal Register. NMFS is authorized to implement inseason management actions to modify fishing seasons and quotas as necessary to provide fishing opportunity while meeting management objectives for the affected species (50 CFR 660.409). Inseason actions in the salmon fishery may be taken directly by NMFS (50 CFR 660.409(a)—Fixed inseason management provisions) or upon consultation with the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 660.409(b)—Flexible inseason management provisions). The state management agencies that participated in the consultations described in this document were: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Sfmt 4700 Management of the salmon fisheries is generally divided into two geographic areas: North of Cape Falcon (NOF) (U.S./Canada border to Cape Falcon, OR) and south of Cape Falcon (SOF) (Cape Falcon, OR, to the U.S./Mexico border). The actions described in this document affected SOF fisheries as set out under the heading Inseason Actions. Reason and Authorization for Inseason Actions #1–#9 The fisheries affected by the inseason actions described below were authorized in the final rule for 2020 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020). At its March 2–11, 2021 meeting, the Council’s Salmon Technical Team (STT) presented updated stock abundance forecasts for salmon stocks managed under the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Based on the STT’s report, SOF ocean salmon fisheries will be constrained in 2021 by the low abundance forecast for Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon (KRFC), which was determined to be overfished under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) in 2018. The forecast of potential spawner abundance for KRFC in 2021 is 42,098 natural area spawners; this is 31 percent of the average forecast of potential KRFC spawners over the previous 9 years (2012–2020). E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations NMFS is taking the inseason actions described below to manage and conserve SOF ocean salmon fishery impacts on overfished KRFC by reducing impacts in spring fisheries through closure or shortened fisheries in areas that impact KRFC. In Oregon, these inseason actions include dividing the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain at the Heceta Bank Line, which is the port area analysis boundary used by the STT. This allows for finerscale management of fisheries in the Northern Oregon (NO) (Cape Falcon to Heceta Bank Line) and Central Oregon (CO) (Heceta Bank Line to Humbug Mountain) port areas. The NO and CO port area impacts are analyzed separately by the STT and in the environmental assessment prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (https:// media.fisheries.noaa.gov/dammigration/2020_ocean_salmon_ management_ea_and_fonsi.pdf) and have different impacts on salmon stocks; e.g., the NO port area has lower impacts on KRFC than the CO port area. The NMFS West Coast Regional Administrator (RA) considered the abundance forecasts for Chinook salmon stocks and the impacts of the SOF ocean salmon fisheries, as modeled by the STT, and determined that the inseason actions, described below, were necessary to meet management and conservation goals set preseason. These inseason actions modify boundaries under 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(v) and fishing seasons under 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i). Consultation under 50 CFR 660.409(b) on these inseason actions occurred on March 10, 2021. Representatives from NMFS, ODFW, CDFW, and Council staff participated in this consultation. The Council may consider further inseason action at its April 6–15, 2021, meeting. Inseason Actions jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Inseason Action #1 Description of the action: Inseason action #1 modified the boundaries in the commercial ocean salmon fishery between Cape Falcon, OR, and Humbug Mountain, OR, by dividing the area consistent with the NO and CO port analysis areas at the Heceta Bank Line (latitude 43°58′00″ N). The boundaries of the resulting sub-areas are: Cape Falcon, OR, to the Heceta Bank Line and the Heceta Bank Line to Humbug Mountain, OR. Effective dates: Inseason action #1 took effect on March 11, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Mar 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 16541 Inseason Action #2 Inseason Action #8 Description of the action: Inseason action #2 delayed the opening date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from Cape Falcon, OR, to the Heceta Bank Line, previously scheduled to open March 15, 2021. This fishery will now open March 20, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #2 took effect on March 15, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Description of the action: Inseason action #8 closes the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Horse Mountain, CA, to Point Arena, CA, previously scheduled to open April 3, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #8 takes effect April 3, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Inseason Action #3 Description of the action: Inseason action #3 delayed the opening date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from the Heceta Bank Line to Humbug Mountain, OR, previously scheduled to open March 15, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #3 took effect March 15, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Inseason Action #4 Description of the action: Inseason action #4 delayed the opening date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain, OR, to the Oregon/California border, previously scheduled to open March 15, 2021. This fishery will now open March 20, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #4 took effect March 15, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Inseason Action #5 Description of the action: Inseason action #5 closes the commercial ocean salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon/California border to the Humboldt South Jetty, CA, previously scheduled for May 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #5 takes effect May 1, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Inseason Action #6 Description of the action: Inseason action #6 delays the opening date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from the Horse Mountain, CA, to Point Arena, CA, previously scheduled to open April 15, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #6 takes effect April 15, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. Inseason Action #7 Description of the action: Inseason action #7 closes the recreational ocean salmon fishery from the Oregon/ California border to Horse Mountain, CA, previously scheduled to open May 1, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #7 takes effect May 1, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Inseason Action #9 Description of the action: Inseason action #9 closes the opening date of the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Point Arena, CA, to Pigeon Point, CA, previously scheduled to open April 3, 2021. Effective dates: Inseason action #9 takes effect April 3, 2021, and remains in effect until superseded. All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as announced for the 2020 ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020) and as modified by previous inseason actions (85 FR 31707, May 27, 2020, 85 FR 55784, September 10, 2020, and 86 FR 13824, March 11, 2021). The RA determined that these inseason actions, recommended by the States of Oregon, and California, were warranted based on the best available information on Pacific salmon abundance forecasts and anticipated fishery effort. The states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone consistent with these Federal actions. As provided by the inseason notice procedures at 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice of the described regulatory action was given, prior to the time the action was effective, by telephone hotline numbers 206–526–6667 and 800–662–9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF–FM and 2182 kHz. Classification NMFS issues these actions pursuant to section 305(d) of the MSA. These actions are required by 50 CFR 660.409, 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 these actions, as notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and the state agencies had insufficient time to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment between the time Chinook salmon abundance, catch, and effort E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 16542 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations information was developed and fisheries impacts were calculated, and the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to ensure that fisheries are managed based on the best available scientific information, ensuring that conservation objectives and limits for impacts to overfished salmon stocks are not exceeded. As previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory action was provided to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. This action complies with the requirements of the annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020), the FMP, and regulations implementing the FMP under 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. There is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in effective date, as a delay in effectiveness of these actions would allow fishing at levels inconsistent with the goals of the FMP and the current management measures. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 25, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06516 Filed 3–25–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No.: 210319–0060] RIN 0648–BK41 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; IFQ Program; Modify Temporary Transfer Provisions National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; emergency action; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS issues this temporary rule (referred to herein as ‘‘emergency rule’’) to modify the temporary transfer provision of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries for the 2021 IFQ fishing year. This emergency rule is intended to provide flexibility to quota share (QS) holders in 2021, while preserving the Program’s long-standing objective of maintaining an owner-operated IFQ fishery in future years. This emergency jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Mar 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 rule will not modify other provisions of the IFQ Program. This emergency rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable laws. DATES: Effective March 30, 2021 through September 27, 2021, except for § 679.41(h)(2), which is effective September 27, 2021. Comments must be received by April 29, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2021–0022, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA–NMFS–2021–0022 in the search box. Click on the ‘‘Comment’’ 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. P.O. Box 21668, Juneau AK 99802–1668. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted 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). Electronic copies of the Regulatory Impact Review (referred to as the ‘‘Analysis’’) and the Categorical Exclusion prepared for this emergency rule may be obtained from https:// www.regulations.gov or from the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/region/alaska. Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this emergency rule may be submitted to NMFS at the above address and to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abby Jahn, 907–586–7445, or abby.jahn@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for Action The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) developed the IFQ Program for the commercial Pacific halibut (halibut) and sablefish fisheries. The IFQ Program for the sablefish fishery is implemented by the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) and Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under the authority of section 303(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The IFQ Program for the halibut fishery is implemented by Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 679 under the authority of section 5 of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act). The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and NMFS manage fishing for Pacific halibut through regulations established under the authority of the Halibut Act. The IPHC promulgates regulations governing the halibut fishery under the Convention between the United States and Canada for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea (Convention). The IPHC’s regulations are subject to approval by the Secretary of State with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). NMFS publishes the IPHC’s regulations as annual management measures pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62. Section 5 of the Halibut Act, 16 U.S.C. 773c(a) and (b), provides the Secretary with general responsibility to carry out the Convention and the Halibut Act. Section 5(c) of the Halibut Act also provides the Council with authority to develop regulations, including limited access regulations that are in addition to, and not in conflict with, approved IPHC regulations. Regulations developed by the Council may be implemented by NMFS only after approval by the Secretary. Background On February 10, 2021, the Council requested the Secretary promulgate emergency regulations under the authority of section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to allow the temporary transfer of catcher vessel (CV) halibut and sablefish IFQ for individuals who hold B, C, or D vessel class QS for the 2021 fishing season. The following sections describe the IFQ Program, the existing IFQ transfer E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 200505-0127; RTID 0648-XA944]


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast 
Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #1 
through #9

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

ACTION: Inseason modification of 2021 management measures.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces nine inseason actions in the 2021 ocean salmon 
fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and 
recreational salmon fisheries in the area from Cape Falcon, OR to 
Pigeon Point, CA.

DATES: The effective dates for the inseason actions are set out in this 
document under the heading Inseason Actions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina Iverson at 360-742-2506, 
Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In the 2020 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries 
(85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020), NMFS announced management measures for the 
commercial and recreational fisheries in the area from U.S./Canada 
border to the U.S./Mexico border, effective from 0001 hours Pacific 
Daylight Time (PDT), May 6, 2020, until the effective date of the 2021 
management measures, as published in the Federal Register. NMFS is 
authorized to implement inseason management actions to modify fishing 
seasons and quotas as necessary to provide fishing opportunity while 
meeting management objectives for the affected species (50 CFR 
660.409). Inseason actions in the salmon fishery may be taken directly 
by NMFS (50 CFR 660.409(a)--Fixed inseason management provisions) or 
upon consultation with the Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management 
Council (Council) and the appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 
660.409(b)--Flexible inseason management provisions). The state 
management agencies that participated in the consultations described in 
this document were: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) 
and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Management Areas

    Management of the salmon fisheries is generally divided into two 
geographic areas: North of Cape Falcon (NOF) (U.S./Canada border to 
Cape Falcon, OR) and south of Cape Falcon (SOF) (Cape Falcon, OR, to 
the U.S./Mexico border). The actions described in this document 
affected SOF fisheries as set out under the heading Inseason Actions.

Reason and Authorization for Inseason Actions #1-#9

    The fisheries affected by the inseason actions described below were 
authorized in the final rule for 2020 annual management measures for 
ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020). At its March 2-11, 
2021 meeting, the Council's Salmon Technical Team (STT) presented 
updated stock abundance forecasts for salmon stocks managed under the 
Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Based on the STT's 
report, SOF ocean salmon fisheries will be constrained in 2021 by the 
low abundance forecast for Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon 
(KRFC), which was determined to be overfished under the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) in 2018. The 
forecast of potential spawner abundance for KRFC in 2021 is 42,098 
natural area spawners; this is 31 percent of the average forecast of 
potential KRFC spawners over the previous 9 years (2012-2020).

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    NMFS is taking the inseason actions described below to manage and 
conserve SOF ocean salmon fishery impacts on overfished KRFC by 
reducing impacts in spring fisheries through closure or shortened 
fisheries in areas that impact KRFC. In Oregon, these inseason actions 
include dividing the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain at the 
Heceta Bank Line, which is the port area analysis boundary used by the 
STT. This allows for finer-scale management of fisheries in the 
Northern Oregon (NO) (Cape Falcon to Heceta Bank Line) and Central 
Oregon (CO) (Heceta Bank Line to Humbug Mountain) port areas. The NO 
and CO port area impacts are analyzed separately by the STT and in the 
environmental assessment prepared under the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) (https://media.fisheries.noaa.gov/dam-migration/2020_ocean_salmon_management_ea_and_fonsi.pdf) and have different 
impacts on salmon stocks; e.g., the NO port area has lower impacts on 
KRFC than the CO port area.
    The NMFS West Coast Regional Administrator (RA) considered the 
abundance forecasts for Chinook salmon stocks and the impacts of the 
SOF ocean salmon fisheries, as modeled by the STT, and determined that 
the inseason actions, described below, were necessary to meet 
management and conservation goals set preseason. These inseason actions 
modify boundaries under 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(v) and fishing seasons 
under 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).
    Consultation under 50 CFR 660.409(b) on these inseason actions 
occurred on March 10, 2021. Representatives from NMFS, ODFW, CDFW, and 
Council staff participated in this consultation. The Council may 
consider further inseason action at its April 6-15, 2021, meeting.

Inseason Actions

Inseason Action #1

    Description of the action: Inseason action #1 modified the 
boundaries in the commercial ocean salmon fishery between Cape Falcon, 
OR, and Humbug Mountain, OR, by dividing the area consistent with the 
NO and CO port analysis areas at the Heceta Bank Line (latitude 
43[deg]58'00'' N). The boundaries of the resulting sub-areas are: Cape 
Falcon, OR, to the Heceta Bank Line and the Heceta Bank Line to Humbug 
Mountain, OR.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #1 took effect on March 11, 2021, 
and remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #2

    Description of the action: Inseason action #2 delayed the opening 
date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from Cape Falcon, OR, to 
the Heceta Bank Line, previously scheduled to open March 15, 2021. This 
fishery will now open March 20, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #2 took effect on March 15, 2021, 
and remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #3

    Description of the action: Inseason action #3 delayed the opening 
date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from the Heceta Bank Line 
to Humbug Mountain, OR, previously scheduled to open March 15, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #3 took effect March 15, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #4

    Description of the action: Inseason action #4 delayed the opening 
date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain, OR, 
to the Oregon/California border, previously scheduled to open March 15, 
2021. This fishery will now open March 20, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #4 took effect March 15, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #5

    Description of the action: Inseason action #5 closes the commercial 
ocean salmon fishery in the area from the Oregon/California border to 
the Humboldt South Jetty, CA, previously scheduled for May 1, 2021 to 
May 31, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #5 takes effect May 1, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #6

    Description of the action: Inseason action #6 delays the opening 
date of the commercial ocean salmon fishery from the Horse Mountain, 
CA, to Point Arena, CA, previously scheduled to open April 15, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #6 takes effect April 15, 2021, 
and remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #7

    Description of the action: Inseason action #7 closes the 
recreational ocean salmon fishery from the Oregon/California border to 
Horse Mountain, CA, previously scheduled to open May 1, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #7 takes effect May 1, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #8

    Description of the action: Inseason action #8 closes the 
recreational ocean salmon fishery from Horse Mountain, CA, to Point 
Arena, CA, previously scheduled to open April 3, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #8 takes effect April 3, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

Inseason Action #9

    Description of the action: Inseason action #9 closes the opening 
date of the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Point Arena, CA, to 
Pigeon Point, CA, previously scheduled to open April 3, 2021.
    Effective dates: Inseason action #9 takes effect April 3, 2021, and 
remains in effect until superseded.
    All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as 
announced for the 2020 ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 
2020) and as modified by previous inseason actions (85 FR 31707, May 
27, 2020, 85 FR 55784, September 10, 2020, and 86 FR 13824, March 11, 
2021).
    The RA determined that these inseason actions, recommended by the 
States of Oregon, and California, were warranted based on the best 
available information on Pacific salmon abundance forecasts and 
anticipated fishery effort. The states manage the fisheries in state 
waters adjacent to the areas of the U.S. exclusive economic zone 
consistent with these Federal actions. As provided by the inseason 
notice procedures at 50 CFR 660.411, actual notice of the described 
regulatory action was given, prior to the time the action was 
effective, by telephone hotline numbers 206-526-6667 and 800-662-9825, 
and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 
VHF-FM and 2182 kHz.

Classification

    NMFS issues these actions pursuant to section 305(d) of the MSA. 
These actions are required by 50 CFR 660.409, 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 these actions, as 
notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public 
interest. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment was 
impracticable because NMFS and the state agencies had insufficient time 
to provide for prior notice and the opportunity for public comment 
between the time Chinook salmon abundance, catch, and effort

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information was developed and fisheries impacts were calculated, and 
the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to 
ensure that fisheries are managed based on the best available 
scientific information, ensuring that conservation objectives and 
limits for impacts to overfished salmon stocks are not exceeded. As 
previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory action was provided 
to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. This 
action complies with the requirements of the annual management measures 
for ocean salmon fisheries (85 FR 27317, May 8, 2020), the FMP, and 
regulations implementing the FMP under 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411.
    There is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day 
delay in effective date, as a delay in effectiveness of these actions 
would allow fishing at levels inconsistent with the goals of the FMP 
and the current management measures.

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

    Dated: March 25, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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