Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish Fishery; Inseason Adjustment to the Blueline Tilefish Commercial Possession Limit, 51277-51278 [2021-19834]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / Rules and Regulations This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 15, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–551– 5719, email: Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes gray triggerfish, 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 (Council) and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) through regulations at 50 CFR part 622. All gray triggerfish weights discussed in this temporary rule are in round weight. The recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for Gulf gray triggerfish is 360,951 lb (163,725 kg), and the recreational ACT is 274,323 lb (124,431 kg) (50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(iii)). As specified in 50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(i), NMFS is required to close the recreational sector for gray triggerfish when the recreational ACT is reached or is projected to be reached by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined the 2021 recreational ACT for Gulf gray triggerfish will be reached by September 10, 2021. However, because NMFS is relying on projected landings for August and September 2021 there is some uncertainty in this estimate. Therefore, NMFS is providing additional notice to fishery participants. Accordingly, this temporary rule closes the recreational sector for Gulf gray triggerfish effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 15, 2021, and it will remain closed through the end of the fishing year on December 31, 2021. During the recreational closure, the bag and possession limits for gray triggerfish in or from the Gulf EEZ are zero. The prohibition on possession of Gulf gray triggerfish also applies in Gulf state waters for any vessel issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish. Additionally, as specified in 50 CFR 622.34(f), there is a seasonal closure for Gulf gray triggerfish at the beginning of each fishing year from January 1 through the end of February. Therefore, after the closure implemented by this temporary rule becomes effective on September 15, 2021, the recreational harvest or possession of Gulf gray triggerfish will be prohibited until March 1, 2022. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:50 Sep 14, 2021 Jkt 253001 Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(i), 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 is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary because the regulations associated with the closure of the gray triggerfish recreational sector at 50 CFR 622.41(b)(2)(i) have already been subject to notice and public comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment are contrary to the public interest because there is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the gray triggerfish stock. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require more time and potentially allow the recreational sector to exceed the recreational ACL. For the aforementioned reasons, the Assistant Administrator also finds 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: September 9, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–19823 Filed 9–10–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 210520–0112; RTID 0648– XB409] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish Fishery; Inseason Adjustment to the Blueline Tilefish Commercial Possession Limit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the commercial per-trip possession limit for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51277 blueline tilefish has been reduced for the remainder of the 2021 fishing year. This announcement informs the public of the reduced blueline tilefish possession limit. This action is intended to prevent over-harvest of blueline tilefish for the fishing year. DATES: Effective September 10, 2021, though, December 31, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the blueline tilefish fishery are at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at § 648.295(b)(2)(i) require that when NMFS projects that blueline tilefish catch will reach 70 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL), the Regional Administrator must reduce the possession limit for the commercial blueline tilefish fishery for the remainder of the fishing year or until 100 percent of the TAL is landed. The possession limit is reduced from 500 lb to 300 lb per trip in the Tilefish Management Unit. Fish must have head and fins attached, but may be gutted. NMFS monitors the blueline tilefish fishery catch based on dealer reports, state data, and other available information. The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports and other available information, that the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will catch 70 percent of the TAL by September 3, 2021. Upon filing this action in the Federal Register, vessels may not may possess on board or land more than 300 lb per trip of blueline tilefish in or from the Tilefish Management Unit through December 31, 2021. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment and the delayed effectiveness period because it would be contrary to the public interest and impracticable. Data and other information indicating the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will have landed 70 percent of the TAL have only recently become available. Landings data are updated by dealer reports on a weekly basis, and NMFS monitors data as catch increases toward the limit. This action is routine and formulaic. The regulations at § 648.295(b)(2)(i) require E:\FR\FM\15SER1.SGM 15SER1 51278 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES such action to ensure that blueline tilefish commercial vessels do not exceed the 2021 TAL. If implementation of this action is delayed, the TAL for the 2021 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby undermining the conservation objectives of the Tilefish Fishery VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:50 Sep 14, 2021 Jkt 253001 Management Plan. Also, the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this process when the provisions regarding inseason adjustments and the 2021 quota levels were put in place. Dated: September 9, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–19834 Filed 9–10–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\15SER1.SGM 15SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 176 (Wednesday, September 15, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 51277-51278]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-19834]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 210520-0112; RTID 0648-XB409]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Blueline Tilefish 
Fishery; Inseason Adjustment to the Blueline Tilefish Commercial 
Possession Limit

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the commercial per-trip possession limit 
for blueline tilefish has been reduced for the remainder of the 2021 
fishing year. This announcement informs the public of the reduced 
blueline tilefish possession limit. This action is intended to prevent 
over-harvest of blueline tilefish for the fishing year.

DATES: Effective September 10, 2021, though, December 31, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9225.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations for the blueline tilefish 
fishery are at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations at Sec.  
648.295(b)(2)(i) require that when NMFS projects that blueline tilefish 
catch will reach 70 percent of the total allowable landings (TAL), the 
Regional Administrator must reduce the possession limit for the 
commercial blueline tilefish fishery for the remainder of the fishing 
year or until 100 percent of the TAL is landed. The possession limit is 
reduced from 500 lb to 300 lb per trip in the Tilefish Management Unit. 
Fish must have head and fins attached, but may be gutted. NMFS monitors 
the blueline tilefish fishery catch based on dealer reports, state 
data, and other available information.
    The Regional Administrator has determined, based on dealer reports 
and other available information, that the blueline tilefish commercial 
fishery will catch 70 percent of the TAL by September 3, 2021. Upon 
filing this action in the Federal Register, vessels may not may possess 
on board or land more than 300 lb per trip of blueline tilefish in or 
from the Tilefish Management Unit through December 31, 2021.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 648, which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under 
Executive Order 12866.
    NMFS finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 
553(d)(3) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment 
and the delayed effectiveness period because it would be contrary to 
the public interest and impracticable. Data and other information 
indicating the blueline tilefish commercial fishery will have landed 70 
percent of the TAL have only recently become available. Landings data 
are updated by dealer reports on a weekly basis, and NMFS monitors data 
as catch increases toward the limit. This action is routine and 
formulaic. The regulations at Sec.  648.295(b)(2)(i) require

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such action to ensure that blueline tilefish commercial vessels do not 
exceed the 2021 TAL. If implementation of this action is delayed, the 
TAL for the 2021 fishing year may be exceeded, thereby undermining the 
conservation objectives of the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. Also, 
the public had prior notice and full opportunity to comment on this 
process when the provisions regarding inseason adjustments and the 2021 
quota levels were put in place.

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

    Dated: September 9, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-19834 Filed 9-10-21; 4:15 pm]
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