Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Fee Notice for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota and Trawl Limited Access Privilege Programs, 67921-67923 [2021-25972]

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[FR Doc. 2021–25964 Filed 11–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB543] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Fee Notice for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota and Trawl Limited Access Privilege Programs National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of standard prices and fee percentage. AGENCY: NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program in the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. The fee percentage for 2021 is 1.43 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.25 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, zero percent for the AIP program, and 0.83 percent for the CDQ Program. This notice is intended to provide the 2021 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2021. DATES: The standard prices and fee percentages are valid on November 30, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charmaine Weeks, Fee Coordinator, 907–586–7231. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Section 304(d) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes and requires the collection of cost recovery fees for limited access privilege programs and the CDQ Program. Cost recovery fees recover the actual costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of the programs. Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that cost recovery fees not exceed 3 percent of the annual ex-vessel value of fish harvested by a program subject to a cost recovery fee, and that the fee be collected either at the time of landing, filing of a landing report, or sale of such fish during a fishing season or in the last quarter of the calendar year in which the fish is harvested. NMFS manages the Amendment 80 Program, AFA Program, and AIP 67921 Program as limited access privilege programs. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published a final rule to implement cost recovery for these three limited access privilege programs and the CDQ program (81 FR 150). The designated representative (for the purposes of cost recovery) for each program is responsible for submitting the fee payment to NMFS on or before the due date of December 31 of the year in which the landings were made. The total dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage by the exvessel value of all landings under the program made during the fishing year. NMFS publishes this notice of the fee percentages for the Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ programs in the Federal Register by December 1 each year. Standard Prices The fee liability is based on the exvessel value of fish harvested in each program. For purposes of calculating cost recovery fees, NMFS calculates a standard ex-vessel price (standard price) for each species. A standard price is determined using information on landings purchased (volume) and exvessel value paid (value). For most groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery to estimate a standard price for each species. The standard prices are described in U.S. dollars per pound for landings made during the year. The standard prices for all species in the Amendment 80, AFA, AIP, and CDQ programs are provided in Table 1. Each landing made under each program is multiplied by the appropriate standard price to arrive at an ex-vessel value for each landing. These values are summed together to arrive at the ex-vessel value of each program (fishery value). lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY SPECIES FOR THE 2021 FISHING YEAR Species Gear type Reporting period Arrowtooth flounder ............................................ Atka mackerel ..................................................... Flathead sole ...................................................... Greenland turbot ................................................ CDQ halibut ........................................................ Pacific cod .......................................................... All ................................. All ................................. All ................................. All ................................. Fixed gear .................... Fixed gear .................... Trawl gear .................... All ................................. All ................................. All ................................. All ................................. Fixed gear .................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... January to March ............................................... April to December .............................................. January to December ......................................... Pacific ocean perch ............................................ Pollock ................................................................ Rock sole ............................................................ Sablefish ............................................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 Standard ex-vessel price per pound ($) 0.19 0.21 0.16 0.59 5.39 0.37 0.36 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.14 1.60 67922 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES BY SPECIES FOR THE 2021 FISHING YEAR—Continued Species Gear type Reporting period Yellowfin sole ..................................................... Trawl gear .................... All ................................. January to December ......................................... January to December ......................................... Fee Percentage NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the factors and methods described at 50 CFR 679.33(c)(2), 679.66(c)(2), 679.67(c)(2), and 679.95(c)(2). NMFS determines the fee percentage that applies to landings made during the year by dividing the total costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of each program (direct program costs) during the year by the fishery value. NMFS captures direct program costs through an established accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, rent, and procurement. For 2021, the direct program costs were tracked from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021 (the end of the fiscal year). The 2021 fee percentages for the Amendment 80 and the AFA Programs are more than the fee percentages calculated in 2020. The 2021 fee percentage for the Western Alaska CDQ Program is less than the fee percentage calculated in 2020. The 2021 percentage for the AIP Program was zero since there was no fishery in 2021. NMFS will provide an annual report that summarizes direct program costs for each of the programs in early 2022. NMFS calculates the fishery value as described under the section Standard Prices. and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery species. Regulations specify that for rock sole, NMFS shall calculate a separate standard price for two periods—January 1 through March 31, and April 1 through October 31, which accounts for a difference in estimated rock sole prices during the first quarter of the year relative to the remainder of the year. The volume and value information is obtained from the First Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 calendar year is 1.43 percent for the Amendment 80 Program. For 2021, NMFS applied the fee percentage to each Amendment 80 species landing that was debited from an Amendment 80 cooperative quota allocation between January 1 and December 31 to calculate the Amendment 80 fee liability for each Amendment 80 cooperative. The 2021 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2021. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.95(a)(3)(iv). Amendment 80 Program Standard Prices and Fee Percentage The Amendment 80 Program allocates total allowable catches (TACs) of groundfish species, other than Bering Sea pollock, to identified trawl catcher/ processors in the BSAI. The Amendment 80 Program allocates a portion of the BSAI TACs of six species: Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, and Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch. Participants in the Amendment 80 sector have established cooperatives to harvest these allocations. Each Amendment 80 cooperative is responsible for payment of the cost recovery fee for fish landed under the Amendment 80 Program. Cost recovery requirements for the Amendment 80 Program are at 50 CFR 679.95. For most Amendment 80 species, NMFS annually summarizes volume AFA Standard Price and Fee Percentages VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 The AFA Program allocates the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery TAC to three sectors—catcher/processor, mothership, and inshore. Each sector has established cooperatives to harvest the sector’s exclusive allocation. In 2021, the cooperative for the inshore sector is responsible for paying the fee for Bering Sea pollock landed under the AFA Program. Cost recovery requirements for the AFA sectors are at 50 CFR 679.66. NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator’s Annual Report and compiled in the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data. Due to the time required to compile the data, there is a one year PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Standard ex-vessel price per pound ($) 0.80 0.15 delay between the gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it is applied. For example, NMFS used 2020 gross earnings data to calculate the standard price for 2021 pollock landings. Under the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 calendar year is 0.25 percent for the AFA inshore sector. To calculate the 2021 fee liabilities, NMFS applied the respective fee percentages to the landings of Bering Sea pollock debited from each cooperative’s fishery allocation that occurred between January 1 and December 31. The 2021 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2021. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.66(a)(4)(iv). AIP Program Standard Price and Fee Percentage The AIP Program allocates the Aleutian Islands directed pollock fishery TAC to the Aleut Corporation, consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–109), and implementing regulations. Annually, prior to the start of the pollock season, the Aleut Corporation provides NMFS with the identity of its designated representative for harvesting the Aleutian Islands directed pollock fishery TAC. The same individual is responsible for the submission of all cost recovery fees for pollock landed under the AIP Program. Cost recovery requirements for the AIP Program are at 50 CFR 679.67. NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator’s Annual Report and compiled in the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data for Aleutian Islands pollock. As explained above, due to the time required to compile the data, there is a one-year delay between the gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it is applied. For the 2021 fishing year, the Aleut Corporation did not select any E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Notices lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 participants to harvest or process the Aleutian Islands directed pollock fishery TAC, and most of that TAC was reallocated to the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery TAC. Since there was no fishery for the AIP Program in 2021, the fee percentage is zero. CDQ Standard Price and Fee Percentage The CDQ Program was implemented in 1992 to provide access to BSAI fishery resources to villages located in Western Alaska. Section 305(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act identifies 65 villages eligible to participate in the CDQ Program and the six CDQ groups to represent these villages. CDQ groups receive exclusive harvesting privileges of the TACs for a broad range of crab species, groundfish species, and halibut. NMFS implemented a CDQ cost recovery program for the BSAI crab fisheries in 2005 (70 FR 10174, March 2, 2005) and published the cost recovery fee percentage for the 2020/2021 crab fishing year on July 7, 2021 (86 FR 35756). This notice provides the cost recovery fee percentage for the CDQ Program. Each CDQ group is subject to cost recovery fee requirements and the designated representative of each CDQ group is responsible for submitting payment for their CDQ group. Cost recovery requirements for the CDQ Program are at 50 CFR 679.33. For most CDQ groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery species. The volume and value information is obtained from the First Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report. For CDQ halibut and fixed-gear sablefish, NMFS calculates the standard prices using information from the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report, which collects information on both IFQ and CDQ volume and value. Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 calendar year is 0.83 percent for the CDQ Program. For 2021, NMFS applied the calculated CDQ fee percentage to all CDQ groundfish and halibut landings made between January 1 and December 31 to calculate the CDQ fee liability for each CDQ group. The 2021 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2021. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 679.33(a)(3)(iv). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:17 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 Dated: November 23, 2021. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB543]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Fee Notice for the 
Western Alaska Community Development Quota and Trawl Limited Access 
Privilege Programs

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

ACTION: Notice of standard prices and fee percentage.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost 
recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) 
Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western 
Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program in the Bering Sea 
Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. The fee percentage for 2021 is 
1.43 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.25 percent for the AFA 
inshore cooperatives, zero percent for the AIP program, and 0.83 
percent for the CDQ Program. This notice is intended to provide the 
2021 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required 
payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2021.

DATES: The standard prices and fee percentages are valid on November 
30, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charmaine Weeks, Fee Coordinator, 907-
586-7231.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes and requires the 
collection of cost recovery fees for limited access privilege programs 
and the CDQ Program. Cost recovery fees recover the actual costs 
directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of 
the programs. Section 304(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that 
cost recovery fees not exceed 3 percent of the annual ex-vessel value 
of fish harvested by a program subject to a cost recovery fee, and that 
the fee be collected either at the time of landing, filing of a landing 
report, or sale of such fish during a fishing season or in the last 
quarter of the calendar year in which the fish is harvested.
    NMFS manages the Amendment 80 Program, AFA Program, and AIP Program 
as limited access privilege programs. On January 5, 2016, NMFS 
published a final rule to implement cost recovery for these three 
limited access privilege programs and the CDQ program (81 FR 150). The 
designated representative (for the purposes of cost recovery) for each 
program is responsible for submitting the fee payment to NMFS on or 
before the due date of December 31 of the year in which the landings 
were made. The total dollar amount of the fee due is determined by 
multiplying the NMFS published fee percentage by the ex-vessel value of 
all landings under the program made during the fishing year. NMFS 
publishes this notice of the fee percentages for the Amendment 80, AFA, 
AIP, and CDQ programs in the Federal Register by December 1 each year.

Standard Prices

    The fee liability is based on the ex-vessel value of fish harvested 
in each program. For purposes of calculating cost recovery fees, NMFS 
calculates a standard ex-vessel price (standard price) for each 
species. A standard price is determined using information on landings 
purchased (volume) and ex-vessel value paid (value). For most 
groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and value 
information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost 
recovery to estimate a standard price for each species. The standard 
prices are described in U.S. dollars per pound for landings made during 
the year. The standard prices for all species in the Amendment 80, AFA, 
AIP, and CDQ programs are provided in Table 1. Each landing made under 
each program is multiplied by the appropriate standard price to arrive 
at an ex-vessel value for each landing. These values are summed 
together to arrive at the ex-vessel value of each program (fishery 
value).

                     Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices by Species for the 2021 Fishing Year
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                Species                          Gear type               Reporting period       vessel price per
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Arrowtooth flounder....................  All......................  January to December......               0.19
Atka mackerel..........................  All......................  January to December......               0.21
Flathead sole..........................  All......................  January to December......               0.16
Greenland turbot.......................  All......................  January to December......               0.59
CDQ halibut............................  Fixed gear...............  January to December......               5.39
Pacific cod............................  Fixed gear...............  January to December......               0.37
                                         Trawl gear...............  January to December......               0.36
Pacific ocean perch....................  All......................  January to December......               0.15
Pollock................................  All......................  January to December......               0.15
Rock sole..............................  All......................  January to March.........               0.16
                                         All......................  April to December........               0.14
Sablefish..............................  Fixed gear...............  January to December......               1.60

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                                         Trawl gear...............  January to December......               0.80
Yellowfin sole.........................  All......................  January to December......               0.15
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Fee Percentage

    NMFS calculates the fee percentage each year according to the 
factors and methods described at 50 CFR 679.33(c)(2), 679.66(c)(2), 
679.67(c)(2), and 679.95(c)(2). NMFS determines the fee percentage that 
applies to landings made during the year by dividing the total costs 
directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of 
each program (direct program costs) during the year by the fishery 
value. NMFS captures direct program costs through an established 
accounting system that allows staff to track labor, travel, contracts, 
rent, and procurement. For 2021, the direct program costs were tracked 
from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021 (the end of the fiscal 
year). The 2021 fee percentages for the Amendment 80 and the AFA 
Programs are more than the fee percentages calculated in 2020. The 2021 
fee percentage for the Western Alaska CDQ Program is less than the fee 
percentage calculated in 2020. The 2021 percentage for the AIP Program 
was zero since there was no fishery in 2021.
    NMFS will provide an annual report that summarizes direct program 
costs for each of the programs in early 2022. NMFS calculates the 
fishery value as described under the section Standard Prices.

Amendment 80 Program Standard Prices and Fee Percentage

    The Amendment 80 Program allocates total allowable catches (TACs) 
of groundfish species, other than Bering Sea pollock, to identified 
trawl catcher/processors in the BSAI. The Amendment 80 Program 
allocates a portion of the BSAI TACs of six species: Atka mackerel, 
Pacific cod, flathead sole, rock sole, yellowfin sole, and Aleutian 
Islands Pacific ocean perch. Participants in the Amendment 80 sector 
have established cooperatives to harvest these allocations. Each 
Amendment 80 cooperative is responsible for payment of the cost 
recovery fee for fish landed under the Amendment 80 Program. Cost 
recovery requirements for the Amendment 80 Program are at 50 CFR 
679.95.
    For most Amendment 80 species, NMFS annually summarizes volume and 
value information for landings of all fishery species subject to cost 
recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery 
species. Regulations specify that for rock sole, NMFS shall calculate a 
separate standard price for two periods--January 1 through March 31, 
and April 1 through October 31, which accounts for a difference in 
estimated rock sole prices during the first quarter of the year 
relative to the remainder of the year. The volume and value information 
is obtained from the First Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the 
Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 
calendar year is 1.43 percent for the Amendment 80 Program. For 2021, 
NMFS applied the fee percentage to each Amendment 80 species landing 
that was debited from an Amendment 80 cooperative quota allocation 
between January 1 and December 31 to calculate the Amendment 80 fee 
liability for each Amendment 80 cooperative. The 2021 fee payments must 
be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2021. Payment must be 
made in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 
679.95(a)(3)(iv).

AFA Standard Price and Fee Percentages

    The AFA Program allocates the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery 
TAC to three sectors--catcher/processor, mothership, and inshore. Each 
sector has established cooperatives to harvest the sector's exclusive 
allocation. In 2021, the cooperative for the inshore sector is 
responsible for paying the fee for Bering Sea pollock landed under the 
AFA Program. Cost recovery requirements for the AFA sectors are at 50 
CFR 679.66.
    NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most 
recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of 
Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator's Annual Report and compiled in 
the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data. 
Due to the time required to compile the data, there is a one year delay 
between the gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it 
is applied. For example, NMFS used 2020 gross earnings data to 
calculate the standard price for 2021 pollock landings.
    Under the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 
calendar year is 0.25 percent for the AFA inshore sector. To calculate 
the 2021 fee liabilities, NMFS applied the respective fee percentages 
to the landings of Bering Sea pollock debited from each cooperative's 
fishery allocation that occurred between January 1 and December 31. The 
2021 fee payments must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 
2021. Payment must be made in accordance with the payment methods set 
forth in 50 CFR 679.66(a)(4)(iv).

AIP Program Standard Price and Fee Percentage

    The AIP Program allocates the Aleutian Islands directed pollock 
fishery TAC to the Aleut Corporation, consistent with the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-109), and implementing 
regulations. Annually, prior to the start of the pollock season, the 
Aleut Corporation provides NMFS with the identity of its designated 
representative for harvesting the Aleutian Islands directed pollock 
fishery TAC. The same individual is responsible for the submission of 
all cost recovery fees for pollock landed under the AIP Program. Cost 
recovery requirements for the AIP Program are at 50 CFR 679.67.
    NMFS calculates the standard price for pollock using the most 
recent annual value information reported to the Alaska Department of 
Fish & Game for the Commercial Operator's Annual Report and compiled in 
the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Gross Earnings data 
for Aleutian Islands pollock. As explained above, due to the time 
required to compile the data, there is a one-year delay between the 
gross earnings data year and the fishing year to which it is applied.
    For the 2021 fishing year, the Aleut Corporation did not select any

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participants to harvest or process the Aleutian Islands directed 
pollock fishery TAC, and most of that TAC was reallocated to the Bering 
Sea directed pollock fishery TAC. Since there was no fishery for the 
AIP Program in 2021, the fee percentage is zero.

CDQ Standard Price and Fee Percentage

    The CDQ Program was implemented in 1992 to provide access to BSAI 
fishery resources to villages located in Western Alaska. Section 305(i) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act identifies 65 villages eligible to 
participate in the CDQ Program and the six CDQ groups to represent 
these villages. CDQ groups receive exclusive harvesting privileges of 
the TACs for a broad range of crab species, groundfish species, and 
halibut. NMFS implemented a CDQ cost recovery program for the BSAI crab 
fisheries in 2005 (70 FR 10174, March 2, 2005) and published the cost 
recovery fee percentage for the 2020/2021 crab fishing year on July 7, 
2021 (86 FR 35756). This notice provides the cost recovery fee 
percentage for the CDQ Program. Each CDQ group is subject to cost 
recovery fee requirements and the designated representative of each CDQ 
group is responsible for submitting payment for their CDQ group. Cost 
recovery requirements for the CDQ Program are at 50 CFR 679.33.
    For most CDQ groundfish species, NMFS annually summarizes volume 
and value information for landings of all fishery species subject to 
cost recovery in order to estimate a standard price for each fishery 
species. The volume and value information is obtained from the First 
Wholesale Volume and Value Report and the Pacific Cod Ex-Vessel Volume 
and Value Report. For CDQ halibut and fixed-gear sablefish, NMFS 
calculates the standard prices using information from the Individual 
Fishing Quota (IFQ) Ex-Vessel Volume and Value Report, which collects 
information on both IFQ and CDQ volume and value.
    Using the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated 
percentage of direct program costs to fishery value for the 2021 
calendar year is 0.83 percent for the CDQ Program. For 2021, NMFS 
applied the calculated CDQ fee percentage to all CDQ groundfish and 
halibut landings made between January 1 and December 31 to calculate 
the CDQ fee liability for each CDQ group. The 2021 fee payments must be 
submitted to NMFS on or before December 31, 2021. Payment must be made 
in accordance with the payment methods set forth in 50 CFR 
679.33(a)(3)(iv).
    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 23, 2021.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-25972 Filed 11-29-21; 8:45 am]
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