Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2021 Closure for Spiny Lobster in the U.S. Caribbean Off Puerto Rico, 40787-40788 [2021-16170]

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The determination was based upon complete quality-assured and certified data for the 3 calendar years 2010–2012. 40787 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 150623546–6395–02; RTID 0648–XB228] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2021 Closure for Spiny Lobster in the U.S. Caribbean Off Puerto Rico National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closures. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for spiny lobster in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Puerto Rico. NMFS has determined that the annual catch limit (ACL) for spiny lobster in Puerto Rico was exceeded based on average landings during the 2017 through 2019 fishing years. Therefore, NMFS reduces the length of the 2021 fishing season for spiny lobster in the EEZ around Puerto Rico by the amount necessary to ensure that landings do not exceed the ACL in 2021. This AM is necessary to protect the spiny lobster resource in the EEZ around Puerto Rico. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29JYR1.SGM 29JYR1 40788 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 143 / Thursday, July 29, 2021 / Rules and Regulations This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 22, 2021, through September 30, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Stephenson, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: sarah.stephenson@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The spiny lobster fishery of the U.S. Caribbean is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Lobster of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Spiny Lobster FMP). The Spiny Lobster FMP was prepared by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. On June 26, 2020, NMFS published in the Federal Register a notice of availability for three island-based FMPs and requested public comment (85 FR 38350). On September 21, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce approved the three island-based FMPs under section 304(a)(3) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The three island-based FMPs replace the four U.S. Caribbean-wide FMPs, including the Spiny Lobster FMP. However, NMFS is still developing regulations to implement management measures for the three island-based FMPs. Therefore, this temporary rule implements the AM based on the Spiny Lobster FMP under regulations located at 50 CFR 622.12(a)(3). The final rule implementing the 2011 Caribbean ACL Amendment, which included Amendment 5 to the Spiny Lobster FMP, among others, established an ACL and AM for spiny lobster in each island management area in the U.S. Caribbean (76 FR 82414, December 30, 2011). For Puerto Rico, the ACL for spiny lobster is 327,920 lb (148,742 kg), round weight. In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 622.12(a)(3), if NMFS estimates landings have exceeded the spiny lobster ACL, based on an evaluation of a moving multi-year average of landings, NMFS will reduce the length of the fishing season for spiny lobster by the amount necessary to ensure landings do not exceed the ACL. If NMFS determines the ACL was exceeded because of enhanced data collection and monitoring efforts instead of an increase in total catch, NMFS will not reduce the length of the fishing season. Based on the most recent available landings data from the 2017–2019 fishing years, NMFS has determined that the spiny lobster ACL for Puerto Rico was exceeded. In addition, NMFS jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 determined that the ACL was exceeded because of increased catch and not as a result of enhanced data collection and monitoring efforts. This temporary rule implements an AM for spiny lobster to reduce the length of the 2021 fishing season to ensure that landings do not exceed the spiny lobster ACL in the 2021 fishing year. Therefore, the spiny lobster fishery in the EEZ around Puerto Rico is closed from 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 22, 2021, through September 30, 2021. The EEZ around Puerto Rico consists of those waters seaward of the 9-nmi (16.7km) boundary around the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. During the closure period for spiny lobster announced in this temporary rule, both the commercial and recreational sectors are closed. Spiny lobster in or from the EEZ around Puerto Rico may not be harvested, possessed, purchased, or sold, and the bag and possession limits are zero. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.12(a)(3), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the MagnusonStevens Act, 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 are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the rules implementing the ACL and the associated AM have already been subject to notice and public comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Such procedures are also contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement the closure to protect the spiny lobster stock around Puerto Rico. The ACL has been exceeded based on an evaluation of available landings from the 2017–2019 fishing years. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and could result in additional harvest that could negatively affect NMFS’ ability to control harvest this fishing year within the established ACL. For the aforementioned reasons, there is good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). PO 00000 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dated: July 26, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–16170 Filed 7–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 210210–0018] RTID 0648–XB141 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reapportionment of the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits for the Trawl Deep-Water and Shallow-Water Fishery Categories National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reapportionment. AGENCY: NMFS is reapportioning the seasonal apportionments of the 2021 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska. This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15, 2021 through June 30, 2021. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), July 27, 2021 through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obren Davis, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (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 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 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) apportions the 2021 Pacific halibut PSC SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29JYR1.SGM 29JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 143 (Thursday, July 29, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 40787-40788]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket No. 150623546-6395-02; RTID 0648-XB228]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
2021 Closure for Spiny Lobster in the U.S. Caribbean Off Puerto Rico

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closures.

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SUMMARY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for spiny 
lobster in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around 
Puerto Rico. NMFS has determined that the annual catch limit (ACL) for 
spiny lobster in Puerto Rico was exceeded based on average landings 
during the 2017 through 2019 fishing years. Therefore, NMFS reduces the 
length of the 2021 fishing season for spiny lobster in the EEZ around 
Puerto Rico by the amount necessary to ensure that landings do not 
exceed the ACL in 2021. This AM is necessary to protect the spiny 
lobster resource in the EEZ around Puerto Rico.

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DATES: This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on 
August 22, 2021, through September 30, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Stephenson, NMFS Southeast 
Regional Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The spiny lobster fishery of the U.S. 
Caribbean is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny 
Lobster of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Spiny 
Lobster FMP). The Spiny Lobster FMP was prepared by the Caribbean 
Fishery Management Council (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.
    On June 26, 2020, NMFS published in the Federal Register a notice 
of availability for three island-based FMPs and requested public 
comment (85 FR 38350). On September 21, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce 
approved the three island-based FMPs under section 304(a)(3) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act. The three island-based FMPs replace the four U.S. 
Caribbean-wide FMPs, including the Spiny Lobster FMP. However, NMFS is 
still developing regulations to implement management measures for the 
three island-based FMPs. Therefore, this temporary rule implements the 
AM based on the Spiny Lobster FMP under regulations located at 50 CFR 
622.12(a)(3).
    The final rule implementing the 2011 Caribbean ACL Amendment, which 
included Amendment 5 to the Spiny Lobster FMP, among others, 
established an ACL and AM for spiny lobster in each island management 
area in the U.S. Caribbean (76 FR 82414, December 30, 2011). For Puerto 
Rico, the ACL for spiny lobster is 327,920 lb (148,742 kg), round 
weight. In accordance with regulations at 50 CFR 622.12(a)(3), if NMFS 
estimates landings have exceeded the spiny lobster ACL, based on an 
evaluation of a moving multi-year average of landings, NMFS will reduce 
the length of the fishing season for spiny lobster by the amount 
necessary to ensure landings do not exceed the ACL. If NMFS determines 
the ACL was exceeded because of enhanced data collection and monitoring 
efforts instead of an increase in total catch, NMFS will not reduce the 
length of the fishing season.
    Based on the most recent available landings data from the 2017-2019 
fishing years, NMFS has determined that the spiny lobster ACL for 
Puerto Rico was exceeded. In addition, NMFS determined that the ACL was 
exceeded because of increased catch and not as a result of enhanced 
data collection and monitoring efforts.
    This temporary rule implements an AM for spiny lobster to reduce 
the length of the 2021 fishing season to ensure that landings do not 
exceed the spiny lobster ACL in the 2021 fishing year. Therefore, the 
spiny lobster fishery in the EEZ around Puerto Rico is closed from 
12:01 a.m., local time, on August 22, 2021, through September 30, 2021. 
The EEZ around Puerto Rico consists of those waters seaward of the 9-
nmi (16.7-km) boundary around the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    During the closure period for spiny lobster announced in this 
temporary rule, both the commercial and recreational sectors are 
closed. Spiny lobster in or from the EEZ around Puerto Rico may not be 
harvested, possessed, purchased, or sold, and the bag and possession 
limits are zero.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.12(a)(3), which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 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 are unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such 
procedures are unnecessary because the rules implementing the ACL and 
the associated AM have already been subject to notice and public 
comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. 
Such procedures are also contrary to the public interest because of the 
need to immediately implement the closure to protect the spiny lobster 
stock around Puerto Rico. The ACL has been exceeded based on an 
evaluation of available landings from the 2017-2019 fishing years. 
Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and 
could result in additional harvest that could negatively affect NMFS' 
ability to control harvest this fishing year within the established 
ACL.
    For the aforementioned reasons, there is good cause to waive the 
30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3).

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

    Dated: July 26, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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