Revised Reporting Requirements Due to Catastrophic Conditions for Federal Seafood Dealers, Individual Fishing Quota Dealers, and Charter Vessels and Headboats in Portions of Louisiana, 54657-54659 [2021-21544]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 189 / Monday, October 4, 2021 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 100217097–1757–02; RTID 0648–XB450] Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Commercial and Recreational Accountability Measure and Closures for Gulf of Mexico Lane Snapper National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. AGENCY: NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) for the lane snapper commercial and recreational sectors in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) for the 2021 fishing year through this temporary rule. NMFS has projected that the 2021 stock annual catch limit (ACL) for Gulf lane snapper will be reached by October 18, 2021. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial and recreational sectors for Gulf lane snapper on October 18, 2021, and they will remain closed through the end of the current fishing year on December 31, 2021. These closures are necessary to protect the Gulf lane snapper resource. DATES: This temporary rule is effective from 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelli O’Donnell, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, email: Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes lane snapper, 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 lane snapper weights discussed in this temporary rule are in round weight. The stock ACL for Gulf lane snapper is 301,000 lb (136,531 kg). As specified in 50 CFR 622.41(k), if during a fishing year the sum of the commercial and recreational lane snapper landings exceeds the stock ACL, then during the following fishing year, if the sum of SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 Oct 01, 2021 Jkt 256001 commercial and recreational landings reaches or is projected to reach the stock ACL, NMFS is required to close the commercial and recreational sectors for the remainder of that fishing year. In the 2020 fishing year, lane snapper landings exceeded the stock ACL by 57,638 lb (26,144 kg). For the 2021 fishing year, NMFS has determined that the 2021 stock ACL for Gulf lane snapper will be reached by October 18, 2021. Accordingly, this temporary rule closes the commercial and recreational sectors for Gulf lane snapper effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021, and both sectors will remain closed through the end of the current fishing year on December 31, 2021. During the commercial and recreational closures, the commercial sale or purchase of lane snapper taken from the Gulf EEZ is prohibited and all harvest or possession in or from the Gulf EEZ of lane snapper is prohibited. The prohibition on possession of Gulf lane snapper also applies in Gulf state waters for a vessel issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish. During the closures, the operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for Gulf reef fish having lane snapper on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such lane snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021. The prohibition on the sale or purchase of lane snapper does not apply to fish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 18, 2021, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 622.41(k), 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 lane snapper commercial and recreational sectors at 50 CFR 622.41(k) 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 lane snapper stock and provide vessel owners and operators PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54657 with as much time as possible to adjust their planned fishing. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially allow the sectors to exceed the stock 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 29, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–21527 Filed 9–29–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket Nos. 090206140–91081–03, 120405260–4258–02, and 200706–0181; RTID 0648–XB466] Revised Reporting Requirements Due to Catastrophic Conditions for Federal Seafood Dealers, Individual Fishing Quota Dealers, and Charter Vessels and Headboats in Portions of Louisiana National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; determination of catastrophic conditions. AGENCY: In accordance with the regulations implementing the individual fishing quota (IFQ), Federal dealer reporting, and Federal charter vessel and headboat (for-hire vessel) reporting programs specific to the reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) and the coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) fisheries in the Gulf, the Regional Administrator (RA), Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined that the catastrophic conditions caused by Hurricane Ida in the Gulf for certain Louisiana parishes still exist. This temporary rule authorizes any dealer in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of trip tickets to NMFS and authorizes IFQ participants within the affected area to use paper-based forms, if necessary, for basic required administrative functions. This rule also authorizes any Federal for-hire owner or SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04OCR1.SGM 04OCR1 54658 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 189 / Monday, October 4, 2021 / Rules and Regulations operator in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of logbook records to NMFS. This temporary rule is intended to facilitate continuation of IFQ, dealer, and Federal for-hire reporting operations during the period of catastrophic conditions. DATES: The RA is authorizing Federal dealers, IFQ participants, and Federal for-hire operators in the affected area to use revised reporting methods from October 9, 2021, through October 31, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: IFQ Customer Service, telephone: 866–425– 7627, fax: 727–824–5308, email: nmfs.ser.catchshare@noaa.gov. For Federal dealer reporting, Fisheries Monitoring Branch, telephone: 305– 361–4581. For Federal for-hire reporting, Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting program, telephone: 833–707–1632. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reef fish fishery of the Gulf is managed under the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Reef Fish FMP), prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council). The CMP fishery is managed under the FMP for CMP Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (CMP FMP), prepared by the Gulf Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Both FMPs are implemented through regulations at 50 CFR part 622 under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Amendment 26 to the Reef Fish FMP established an IFQ program for the commercial red snapper component of the Gulf reef fish fishery (71 FR 67447; November 22, 2006). Amendment 29 to the Reef Fish FMP established an IFQ program for the commercial grouper and tilefish components of the Gulf reef fish fishery (74 FR 44732; August 31, 2009). Regulations implementing these IFQ programs (50 CFR 622.21 and 622.22) require that IFQ participants have access to a computer and the internet and that they conduct administrative functions associated with the IFQ program, e.g., landing transactions, online. However, these regulations also specify that during catastrophic conditions, as determined by the RA, the RA may authorize IFQ participants to use paper-based forms to complete administrative functions for the duration of the catastrophic conditions. The RA must determine that catastrophic conditions exist, specify VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 Oct 01, 2021 Jkt 256001 the duration of the catastrophic conditions, and specify which participants or geographic areas are affected. The Generic Dealer Amendment established Federal dealer reporting requirements for federally permitted dealers in the Gulf and South Atlantic (79 FR 19490; April 9, 2014). The Gulf For-Hire Reporting Amendment implemented reporting requirements for Gulf reef fish and CMP owners and operators of for-hire vessels (85 FR 44005; July 21, 2020). Regulations implementing these dealer reporting requirements (50 CFR 622.5) and forhire vessel reporting requirements (50 CFR 622.26 and 622.374) state that dealers must submit electronic reports and that Gulf reef fish and CMP vessels with the applicable charter vessel/ headboat permit must submit electronic fishing reports of all fish harvested and discarded. However, these regulations also specify that during catastrophic conditions, as determined by the RA, the RA may waive or modify the reporting time requirements for dealers and for-hire vessels for the duration of the catastrophic conditions. Hurricane Ida made landfall in the United States near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, in the Gulf as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2021. Strong winds and flooding from this hurricane impacted communities throughout coastal Louisiana. This resulted in power outages and damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. As a result, the RA has determined that catastrophic conditions exist in the Gulf for the Louisiana parishes of Saint Tammany, Orleans, Saint Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Saint Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Saint Mary, Iberia, Vermilion, and Cameron. The RA previously authorized Federal dealers and Federal for-hire operators in these affected areas to delay reporting of trip tickets and for-hire logbooks to NMFS, and IFQ participants in this affected area to use paper-based forms, from September 2, 2021, through October 8, 2021 (86 FR 50287; September 8, 2021). As stated in that temporary rule, NMFS continues to monitor the conditions in this area. NMFS has received numerous reports of continued damage to the infrastructure in coastal Louisiana, such as power outages and interruption of water service. Therefore, to provide Federal dealers and Federal for-hire operators in the affected area the continued flexibility to delay reporting of trip tickets and for-hire logbooks to NMFS, and allow IFQ participants in the affected area to use paper-based forms, NMFS extends the current PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 catastrophic conditions determination through October 31, 2021. This determination remains in effect for the Louisiana parishes of Saint Tammany, Orleans, Saint Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Saint Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Saint Mary, Iberia, Vermilion, and Cameron. Dealers may delay electronic reporting of trip tickets to NMFS during catastrophic conditions. Dealers are to report all landings to NMFS as soon as possible. Assistance for Federal dealers in affected area is available from the NMFS Fisheries Monitoring Branch at 1–305–361–4581. NMFS previously provided IFQ dealers with the necessary paper forms and instructions for submission in the event of catastrophic conditions. Paper forms are also available from the RA upon request. The electronic systems for submitting information to NMFS will continue to be available to all dealers, and dealers in the affected area are encouraged to continue using these systems, if accessible. Federal for-hire operators may delay electronic reporting of logbooks to NMFS during catastrophic conditions. Federal for-hire operators are to report all landings to NMFS as soon as possible. Assistance for Federal for-hire operators in affected area is available from the NMFS Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting Program at 1–833–707–1632. The electronic systems for submitting information to NMFS will continue to be available to all Federal for-hire operators, and forhire operators are encouraged to continue using the these systems, if accessible. The administrative program functions available to IFQ participants in the area affected by catastrophic conditions will be limited under the paper-based system. There will be no mechanism for transfers of IFQ shares or allocation under the paper-based system in effect during catastrophic conditions. Assistance in complying with the requirements of the paper-based system will be available via the NMFS Catch Share Support line, 1–866–425–7627 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is consistent with the regulations in 50 CFR 622.5(c)(1)(iii), 622.21(a)(3)(iii), and 622.22(a)(3)(iii), which were issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and are exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. E:\FR\FM\04OCR1.SGM 04OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 189 / Monday, October 4, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 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 final rules implementing the Gulf IFQ programs, the Gulf and South Atlantic Federal dealer reporting requirements, and Gulf for-hire vessel reporting requirements have already been subject to notice and public comment. These rules authorize the RA to determine when catastrophic conditions exist, and which participants or geographic areas are affected by catastrophic conditions. The final rules also authorize the RA to provide timely notice to affected participants via publication of notification in the Federal Register, NOAA Weather Radio, Fishery Bulletins, and other appropriate means. All that remains is to notify the public that catastrophic conditions continue to exist, that IFQ participants may use paper forms, and that Federal dealers and Gulf for-hire permit holders may submit delayed reports. Such procedures are also contrary to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement this action because affected dealers continue to receive these species in the affected area and need a means of completing their landing transactions. With the continued power outages and damages to infrastructure that have occurred in the affected area due to Hurricane Ida, numerous businesses are unable to complete landings transactions, fishing reports, and dealer reports electronically. In order to continue with their businesses, IFQ participants need to be aware they can report using the paper forms, and Federal dealers and Gulf for-permit holders need to be aware that they can delay reporting. 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: September 29, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–21544 Filed 9–29–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 Oct 01, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 [Docket No. 210928–0199; RTID 0648– XT041] Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Adjustments to 2021 Northern Albacore Tuna, North and South Atlantic Swordfish, and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Reserve Category Quotas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary final rule. AGENCY: NMFS adjusts the 2021 baseline quotas for U.S. North Atlantic albacore tuna (northern albacore), North and South Atlantic swordfish, and the Atlantic bluefin Reserve category based on available underharvest of the 2020 adjusted U.S. quotas. This action is necessary to implement binding recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as required by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and to achieve domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This action to adjust the quotas is only temporary and will be effective through December 31, 2021. On January 1, 2022, full annual baseline allocations of northern albacore, North and South Atlantic swordfish, and the Atlantic bluefin tuna will renew and be available to U.S. harvest. SUMMARY: Effective October 4, 2021, through December 31, 2021. ADDRESSES: Supporting documents, including environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, as well as the Fishery Management Plans and their amendments that are described below, may be downloaded from the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantichighly-migratory-species. These documents also are available upon request from Steve Durkee or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at the email addresses and telephone numbers below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Durkee (202–670–6637, steve.durkee@noaa.gov) or Karyl Brewster-Geisz (301–427–8503, karyl.brewster-geisz@noaa.gov). DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54659 Atlantic HMS fisheries, including northern albacore, swordfish, and bluefin tuna fisheries, are managed under the authority of the ATCA (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and its amendments are implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.27(e) implements the northern albacore annual quota recommended by ICCAT and describes the annual northern albacore quota adjustment process. Section 635.27(c) implements the ICCAT-recommended quotas and describes the quota adjustment process for both North and South Atlantic swordfish. Section 635.27(a) implements the ICCATrecommended quota and describes the annual quota adjustment process for bluefin tuna. NMFS is required under the Magnuson-Stevens Act to provide U.S. fishing vessels with a reasonable opportunity to harvest quotas under relevant international fishery agreements such as the ICCAT Convention, which is implemented domestically pursuant to ATCA. Note that weight information for northern albacore and bluefin tuna below is shown in metric tons (mt) whole weight (ww), and both dressed weight (dw) and ww are shown for swordfish. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Northern Albacore Annual Quota and Adjustment Process Since 1998, ICCAT has adopted recommendations regarding the northern albacore fishery. ICCAT Recommendation 17–04 on northern albacore (which supplemented Recommendation 16–06) includes a total allowable catch (TAC) of 33,600 mt for 2018 through 2020 and specific provisions regarding northern albacore conservation and management. The U.S. share of that TAC was a quota of 632.4 mt annually for 2019 and 2020, which is codified at § 635.27(e) and will remain in effect until changed. At the 2020 Annual ICCAT meeting, the U.S. northern albacore quota was increased from 632.4 mt to 711.5 mt for 2021 (Recommendation 20–04). Given provisions in Recommendation 20–04, it is possible the U.S. northern albacore quota might change at the ICCAT annual meeting this November. In anticipation of such change and to decrease administrative burden, NMFS does not plan to alter the 50 CFR part 635 regulations to incorporate the 2021 quota increase at this time. Since domestic landings are typically less E:\FR\FM\04OCR1.SGM 04OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 622

[Docket Nos. 090206140-91081-03, 120405260-4258-02, and 200706-0181; 
RTID 0648-XB466]


Revised Reporting Requirements Due to Catastrophic Conditions for 
Federal Seafood Dealers, Individual Fishing Quota Dealers, and Charter 
Vessels and Headboats in Portions of Louisiana

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; determination of catastrophic conditions.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the regulations implementing the individual 
fishing quota (IFQ), Federal dealer reporting, and Federal charter 
vessel and headboat (for-hire vessel) reporting programs specific to 
the reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) and the coastal 
migratory pelagic (CMP) fisheries in the Gulf, the Regional 
Administrator (RA), Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined that the 
catastrophic conditions caused by Hurricane Ida in the Gulf for certain 
Louisiana parishes still exist. This temporary rule authorizes any 
dealer in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does 
not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of trip 
tickets to NMFS and authorizes IFQ participants within the affected 
area to use paper-based forms, if necessary, for basic required 
administrative functions. This rule also authorizes any Federal for-
hire owner or

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operator in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does 
not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of logbook 
records to NMFS. This temporary rule is intended to facilitate 
continuation of IFQ, dealer, and Federal for-hire reporting operations 
during the period of catastrophic conditions.

DATES: The RA is authorizing Federal dealers, IFQ participants, and 
Federal for-hire operators in the affected area to use revised 
reporting methods from October 9, 2021, through October 31, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: IFQ Customer Service, telephone: 866-
425-7627, fax: 727-824-5308, email: [email protected]. For 
Federal dealer reporting, Fisheries Monitoring Branch, telephone: 305-
361-4581. For Federal for-hire reporting, Southeast For-Hire Integrated 
Electronic Reporting program, telephone: 833-707-1632.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reef fish fishery of the Gulf is managed 
under the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Reef Fish Resources of the 
Gulf of Mexico (Reef Fish FMP), prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council (Gulf Council). The CMP fishery is managed under the 
FMP for CMP Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (CMP 
FMP), prepared by the Gulf Council and South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council. Both FMPs are implemented through regulations at 50 
CFR part 622 under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
    Amendment 26 to the Reef Fish FMP established an IFQ program for 
the commercial red snapper component of the Gulf reef fish fishery (71 
FR 67447; November 22, 2006). Amendment 29 to the Reef Fish FMP 
established an IFQ program for the commercial grouper and tilefish 
components of the Gulf reef fish fishery (74 FR 44732; August 31, 
2009). Regulations implementing these IFQ programs (50 CFR 622.21 and 
622.22) require that IFQ participants have access to a computer and the 
internet and that they conduct administrative functions associated with 
the IFQ program, e.g., landing transactions, online. However, these 
regulations also specify that during catastrophic conditions, as 
determined by the RA, the RA may authorize IFQ participants to use 
paper-based forms to complete administrative functions for the duration 
of the catastrophic conditions. The RA must determine that catastrophic 
conditions exist, specify the duration of the catastrophic conditions, 
and specify which participants or geographic areas are affected.
    The Generic Dealer Amendment established Federal dealer reporting 
requirements for federally permitted dealers in the Gulf and South 
Atlantic (79 FR 19490; April 9, 2014). The Gulf For-Hire Reporting 
Amendment implemented reporting requirements for Gulf reef fish and CMP 
owners and operators of for-hire vessels (85 FR 44005; July 21, 2020). 
Regulations implementing these dealer reporting requirements (50 CFR 
622.5) and for-hire vessel reporting requirements (50 CFR 622.26 and 
622.374) state that dealers must submit electronic reports and that 
Gulf reef fish and CMP vessels with the applicable charter vessel/
headboat permit must submit electronic fishing reports of all fish 
harvested and discarded. However, these regulations also specify that 
during catastrophic conditions, as determined by the RA, the RA may 
waive or modify the reporting time requirements for dealers and for-
hire vessels for the duration of the catastrophic conditions.
    Hurricane Ida made landfall in the United States near Port 
Fourchon, Louisiana, in the Gulf as a Category 4 hurricane on August 
29, 2021. Strong winds and flooding from this hurricane impacted 
communities throughout coastal Louisiana. This resulted in power 
outages and damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. As a 
result, the RA has determined that catastrophic conditions exist in the 
Gulf for the Louisiana parishes of Saint Tammany, Orleans, Saint 
Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Saint Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, 
Saint Mary, Iberia, Vermilion, and Cameron.
    The RA previously authorized Federal dealers and Federal for-hire 
operators in these affected areas to delay reporting of trip tickets 
and for-hire logbooks to NMFS, and IFQ participants in this affected 
area to use paper-based forms, from September 2, 2021, through October 
8, 2021 (86 FR 50287; September 8, 2021). As stated in that temporary 
rule, NMFS continues to monitor the conditions in this area.
    NMFS has received numerous reports of continued damage to the 
infrastructure in coastal Louisiana, such as power outages and 
interruption of water service. Therefore, to provide Federal dealers 
and Federal for-hire operators in the affected area the continued 
flexibility to delay reporting of trip tickets and for-hire logbooks to 
NMFS, and allow IFQ participants in the affected area to use paper-
based forms, NMFS extends the current catastrophic conditions 
determination through October 31, 2021. This determination remains in 
effect for the Louisiana parishes of Saint Tammany, Orleans, Saint 
Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Saint Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, 
Saint Mary, Iberia, Vermilion, and Cameron.
    Dealers may delay electronic reporting of trip tickets to NMFS 
during catastrophic conditions. Dealers are to report all landings to 
NMFS as soon as possible. Assistance for Federal dealers in affected 
area is available from the NMFS Fisheries Monitoring Branch at 1-305-
361-4581. NMFS previously provided IFQ dealers with the necessary paper 
forms and instructions for submission in the event of catastrophic 
conditions. Paper forms are also available from the RA upon request. 
The electronic systems for submitting information to NMFS will continue 
to be available to all dealers, and dealers in the affected area are 
encouraged to continue using these systems, if accessible.
    Federal for-hire operators may delay electronic reporting of 
logbooks to NMFS during catastrophic conditions. Federal for-hire 
operators are to report all landings to NMFS as soon as possible. 
Assistance for Federal for-hire operators in affected area is available 
from the NMFS Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting 
Program at 1-833-707-1632. The electronic systems for submitting 
information to NMFS will continue to be available to all Federal for-
hire operators, and for-hire operators are encouraged to continue using 
the these systems, if accessible.
    The administrative program functions available to IFQ participants 
in the area affected by catastrophic conditions will be limited under 
the paper-based system. There will be no mechanism for transfers of IFQ 
shares or allocation under the paper-based system in effect during 
catastrophic conditions. Assistance in complying with the requirements 
of the paper-based system will be available via the NMFS Catch Share 
Support line, 1-866-425-7627 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is consistent with the regulations in 50 CFR 
622.5(c)(1)(iii), 622.21(a)(3)(iii), and 622.22(a)(3)(iii), which were 
issued pursuant to section 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and are 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

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    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 final rules implementing the 
Gulf IFQ programs, the Gulf and South Atlantic Federal dealer reporting 
requirements, and Gulf for-hire vessel reporting requirements have 
already been subject to notice and public comment. These rules 
authorize the RA to determine when catastrophic conditions exist, and 
which participants or geographic areas are affected by catastrophic 
conditions. The final rules also authorize the RA to provide timely 
notice to affected participants via publication of notification in the 
Federal Register, NOAA Weather Radio, Fishery Bulletins, and other 
appropriate means. All that remains is to notify the public that 
catastrophic conditions continue to exist, that IFQ participants may 
use paper forms, and that Federal dealers and Gulf for-hire permit 
holders may submit delayed reports. Such procedures are also contrary 
to the public interest because of the need to immediately implement 
this action because affected dealers continue to receive these species 
in the affected area and need a means of completing their landing 
transactions. With the continued power outages and damages to 
infrastructure that have occurred in the affected area due to Hurricane 
Ida, numerous businesses are unable to complete landings transactions, 
fishing reports, and dealer reports electronically. In order to 
continue with their businesses, IFQ participants need to be aware they 
can report using the paper forms, and Federal dealers and Gulf for-
permit holders need to be aware that they can delay reporting.
    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: September 29, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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