Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 47240-47241 [2021-18096]

Download as PDF lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 47240 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 24, 2021 / Rules and Regulations season dates was developed. This action should be implemented as soon as possible to allow fishery participants to take advantage of the additional fishing dates prior to the end of the season. As the fishery closes on September 30, 2021, implementing this action through proposed and final rulemaking would limit the benefit this action would provide to fishery participants. Without implementation of additional season dates, the combined Washington and Columbia River subarea allocations would not be harvested, limiting economic benefits to the participants and not meeting the goals of the Catch Sharing Plan and the 2021 management measures. It is necessary that this rulemaking be implemented in a timely manner so that planning for these new fishing days can take place, and for business and personal decision making by the regulated public impacted by this action, which includes recreational charter fishing operations, associated port businesses, and private anglers who do not live near the coastal access points for this fishery, among others. To ensure the regulated public is fully aware of this action, notice of this regulatory action will also be provided to anglers through a telephone hotline, news release, and by the relevant state fish and wildlife agencies. NMFS will receive public comments for 15 days after publication of this action, in accordance with 50 CFR 300.63(c)(4)(ii). No aspect of this action is controversial, and changes of this nature were anticipated in the process described in regulations at 50 CFR 300.63(c). For the reasons discussed above, there is also good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30-day delay in effective date and make this action effective immediately upon filing for public inspection, as a delay in effectiveness of this action would constrain fishing opportunity and be inconsistent with the goals of the Catch Sharing Plan and current management measures, as well as potentially limit the economic opportunity intended by this rule to the associated fishing communities. NMFS regulations allow the Regional Administrator to modify sport fishing periods, bag limits, size limits, days per calendar week, and subarea quotas, provided that the action allows allocation objectives to be met and will not result in exceeding the catch limit for the subarea. NMFS recently received information on the progress of landings in the recreational fisheries in Washington subareas, indicating additional dates should be added to the fishery to ensure optimal and sustainable harvest of the quota. As VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:55 Aug 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 stated above, it is in the public interest that this action is not delayed, because a delay in the effectiveness of these new dates would not allow the allocation objectives of this fishery to be met. Dated: August 19, 2021. Kelly Denit, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–18211 Filed 8–20–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 210217–0022] RTID 0648–XB349 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. AGENCY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested. DATES: Effective August 23, 2021, through 2400 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), December 31, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Milani, 907–581–2062. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI 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 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 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessels using jig gear in the BSAI is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1,565 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021). The 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-andline gear in the BSAI is 222 mt as established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021). The 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI is 2,222 mt as established by final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021). The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that jig vessels will not be able to harvest 1,500 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(1) and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-andline gear will not be able to harvest 222 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(3). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C), NMFS apportions 1,500 mt of Pacific cod from the jig vessels to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. Also, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS reallocates 222 mt from the catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hookand-line or pot gear. The harvest specifications for 2021 Pacific cod included in final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021) is revised as follows: 65 mt to vessels using jig gear, 0 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-andline gear, and 3,944 mt to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear. NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, 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 this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 24, 2021 / Rules and Regulations lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the originally specified apportionment of the Pacific cod TAC. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:55 Aug 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 recent, relevant data only became available as of August 18, 2021. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 47241 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 18, 2021. David R. Blankinship, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–18096 Filed 8–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 210217-0022]
RTID 0648-XB349


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation 
of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific 
cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or 
equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-
line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-
and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management 
area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2021 total allowable 
catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested.

DATES: Effective August 23, 2021, through 2400 hours, Alaska local time 
(A.l.t.), December 31, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Milani, 907-581-2062.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI 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 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 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for vessels using jig gear in 
the BSAI is 1,565 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2021 and 
2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, 
February 25, 2021).
    The 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for catcher vessels greater than 
or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI 
is 222 mt as established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 
2021).
    The 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 
feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI is 2,222 
mt as established by final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021).
    The Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) 
has determined that jig vessels will not be able to harvest 1,500 mt of 
the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(1) and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 
feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear will not be able to harvest 
222 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under 
Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(3).
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iv)(C), NMFS 
apportions 1,500 mt of Pacific cod from the jig vessels to the annual 
amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA 
using hook-and-line or pot gear. Also, in accordance with Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS reallocates 222 mt from the catcher vessels 
greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear 
to the annual amount specified for catcher vessels less than 60 feet 
(18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear.
    The harvest specifications for 2021 Pacific cod included in final 
2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 
11449, February 25, 2021) is revised as follows: 65 mt to vessels using 
jig gear, 0 mt to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet 
(18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line gear, and 3,944 mt to catcher vessels 
less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear.
    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, 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 this action, as notice 
and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. 
This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public

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interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent 
fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that 
exceed the originally specified apportionment of the Pacific cod TAC. 
NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
August 18, 2021.
    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA also finds good 
cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action 
under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons 
provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment.

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

    Dated: August 18, 2021.
David R. Blankinship,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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