Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 67879-67880 [2021-26064]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations access sector fishery. While this closure is effective, the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip. Classification 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, as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the directed fishing closure of Atka mackerel in the BS/EAI for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 22, 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: November 24, 2021. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–26057 Filed 11–24–21; 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– XB505] 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 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; reallocation. NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) and trawl catcher vessels to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, pot catcher/processors, and American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher/ processors 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 November 29, 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 pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA in the BSAI is 9,334 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 trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI is 24,704 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 3,944 mt as established by final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021) and reallocation (86 FR 47240, August 24, 2021). The 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for pot catcher/processors in the BSAI is SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 67879 1,667 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 AFA trawl catcher/processors in the BSAI is 2,571 mt as established by the 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 pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA will not be able to harvest 500 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(5) and that trawl catcher vessels will not be able to harvest 3,054 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under § 679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9). Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS reallocates 500 mt of Pacific cod from pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA and 3,054 of Pacific cod from trawl catcher vessels. In accordance with § 679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), the 3,554 mt of Pacific cod is reallocated as follows: 500 mt for catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 500 mt for pot catcher/processors, and 2,554 mt for AFA trawl catcher/processors. 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) and revision (86 FR 47240, August 24, 2021), are further revised as follows: 8,834 mt to pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA, 21,650 mt to trawl catcher vessels, 4,444 mt to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 2,167 mt to pot catcher/processors, and 5,125 mt to AFA trawl catcher/processors. Classification 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. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 67880 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 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 interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation of the Pacific cod VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:56 Nov 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 TAC. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of November 23, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 24, 2021. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–26064 Filed 11–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 210217-0022; RTID 0648-XB505]


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 pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 
meters (m)) length overall (LOA) and trawl catcher vessels to catcher 
vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 
pot catcher/processors, and American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher/
processors 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 November 29, 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 pot catcher vessels greater 
than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA in the BSAI is 9,334 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 trawl catcher vessels in the 
BSAI is 24,704 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 3,944 
mt as established by final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for 
groundfish in the BSAI (86 FR 11449, February 25, 2021) and 
reallocation (86 FR 47240, August 24, 2021).
    The 2021 Pacific cod TAC specified for pot catcher/processors in 
the BSAI is 1,667 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 AFA trawl catcher/processors 
in the BSAI is 2,571 mt as established by the 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 pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 
feet (18.3 m) LOA will not be able to harvest 500 mt of the 2021 
Pacific cod TAC allocated to those vessels under Sec.  
679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(5) and that trawl catcher vessels will not be able 
to harvest 3,054 mt of the 2021 Pacific cod TAC allocated to those 
vessels under Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(ii)(A)(9).
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), NMFS 
reallocates 500 mt of Pacific cod from pot catcher vessels greater than 
or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA and 3,054 of Pacific cod from trawl 
catcher vessels. In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(7)(iii)(A), the 
3,554 mt of Pacific cod is reallocated as follows: 500 mt for catcher 
vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear, 
500 mt for pot catcher/processors, and 2,554 mt for AFA trawl catcher/
processors.
    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) and revision (86 FR 47240, August 24, 2021), 
are further revised as follows: 8,834 mt to pot catcher vessels greater 
than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA, 21,650 mt to trawl catcher 
vessels, 4,444 mt to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA 
using hook-and-line or pot gear, 2,167 mt to pot catcher/processors, 
and 5,125 mt to AFA trawl catcher/processors.

Classification

    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.

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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 would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. 
This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest 
as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries 
data in a timely fashion and would delay the reallocation 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 November 23, 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: November 24, 2021.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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