Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices, 71240-71248 [2021-27103]

Download as PDF 71240 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the exempted fishing permit previously issued to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 30, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by the following method: • Email: nmfs.gar.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Modification to Center Study Fleet EFP.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Spencer Talmage, Fishery Policy Analyst, 978–281–9232. On May 6, 2021, NMFS issued an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Center) in support of the 2021 Study Fleet Program. The Study Fleet Program was established in 2002 to more fully characterize commercial fishing operations and provide sampling opportunities to augment NMFS’s data collection programs. As part of the program, the Center contracts commercial fishing vessels to collect biological data and fish specimens for the Center to use in research relevant to stock assessments SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: and fish biology. The Center’s Study Fleet Program trains participating captains and crew to conduct at-sea sampling consistent with Center sampling protocols for survey and observer programs. During EFP trips, crew sort, weigh, measure, and collect biological data from fish prior to discarding. The EFP currently exempts 20 commerical fishing vessels from minimum fish sizes and possession limits for species of interest, as shown in Table 1. TABLE 1—REGULATORY EXEMPTIONS ORIGINALLY ISSUED FOR THE 2021 STUDY FLEET EFP khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Exempted regulations in 50 CFR part 648 .................. On November 4, 2021, the NESFC requested a modification to the EFP which would add an exemption to § 648.86(l), which prohibits the possession of ocean pout, windowpane flounder, and Atlantic wolffish. The modification would allow six of the participating vessels to retain and land Atlantic wolffish when directed by the Center. Ocean pout and windowpane flounder are not target species for this EFP, but their possession is prohibited by the same regulation which prohibits the possession of Atlantic wolffish. As a result, an exemption from the regulation which prohibits possession of Atlantic wolffish would also act as an exemption from the possession prohibition for ocean pout and windowpane flounder. To prevent vessels from harvesting ocean pout or windowpane flounder, the terms and conditions of the EFP would prohibit participating vessels from retaining and landing ocean pout and windowpane flounder. Participating vessels would not be allowed to collect more than 10 fish total, or an amount over 70 lb (31.75 kg) total, whichever is reached first. In order to ensure that landed fish do not exceed the collection needs of the Study Fleet Program, the Center would issue a formal biological sampling request prior to landing. The captain or crew would deliver landed fish to Center staff or local NMFS Port Agents upon landing. The Center requested this modification in order to support new research focusing on the osteology and ontogeny of wolffish species, which VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 Minimum fish sizes: § 648.83 Northeast multispecies minimum fish sizes for haddock, yellowtail flounder, winter flounder, and American plaice. Possession restrictions: § 648.86(a) Haddock, § 648.86(d) Small-mesh multispecies, § 648.86(g) Yellowtail flounder, § 648.86(o) Possession limits implemented by the Regional Administrator. requires biological samples of Atlantic wolffish. The study would contribute fundamental data on the morphology of fish in the wolffish family, which would provide a necessary baseline for phylogenetic analysis and future morphological research. This modification would not alter any other aspect of the EFP, including the remaining exemptions, remaining conditions and requirements, and study period. They do not change the impact of the EFP from what was previously issued. The applicant may request further minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) Dated: December 9, 2021. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–27102 Filed 12–14–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB544] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of standard exvessel prices. AGENCY: NMFS publishes standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other Observer Program participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and halibut made in 2022. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2023. Fees are due to NMFS on or before February 15, 2023. DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Abby Jahn at (907) 586–7445. For questions about the fee billing process, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices contact Charmaine Weeks at (907) 586– 7231. Additional information about the Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region’s website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ fisheries-observers/north-pacificobserver-program. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Regulations at 50 CFR part 679, subpart E, governing the Observer Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) and electronic monitoring (EM) systems to collect information necessary for the conservation and management of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish and halibut fisheries. Fishery managers use information collected by observers and EM systems to monitor quotas, manage groundfish and prohibited species catch, and document and reduce fishery interactions with protected resources. Scientists use observercollected information for stock assessments and marine ecosystem research. The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories: The partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors that are not required to have an observer at all times, and the full coverage category includes vessels and processors required to have all of their fishing and processing activity observed. Vessels and processors in the full coverage category arrange and pay for observer services from a permitted observer provider. Observer coverage and EM for the partial coverage category is funded through a system of fees based on the ex-vessel value of groundfish and halibut. Throughout this notice, the term ‘‘processor’’ refers to shoreside processors, stationary floating processors, and catcher/processors in the partial coverage category. Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or commercial halibut quota landings made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and not included in the full coverage category. A fee is assessed only on landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 Fisheries Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which landings are subject to the observer fee is at § 679.55(c) and on page 2 of an informational bulletin titled ‘‘Observer Fee Collection’’ that can be downloaded from the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/ resource/document/observer-feecollection-north-pacific-groundfish-andhalibut-fisheries-observer. Fee Determination A fee equal to 1.65 percent of the exvessel value is assessed on the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port combination, and the standard price for halibut by the headed and gutted weight equivalent. Standard prices are determined by aggregating prices by species, gear, and area grouping to arrive at an average price per pound for each grouping. NMFS reviews each vessel landing report and determines whether the reported landing is subject to the observer fee and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are subject to the observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing subject to the observer fee will be included in the observer fee calculation. For any landed groundfish or halibut subject to the observer fee, NMFS will apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices for the species, gear type, and port, and calculate the observer fee associated with the landing. Processors and registered buyers can access the landing-specific, observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/ login) or eLandings (https:// elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must process each landing report through the catch accounting system to determine which groundfish in a landing accrues against a Federal TAC and are subject to the observer fee. Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the registered buyers or owners of shoreside or PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71241 stationary floating processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/ processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for remitting the full fee to NMFS. NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must pay the fees to NMFS using eFISH. Payments are due by February 15 of each year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for electronic payment are provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ commercial-fishing/observer-feecollection-and-payment-north-pacificgroundfish-and-halibut and on the observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered buyer. Standard Prices This notice provides the standard exvessel prices for groundfish and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2022. Data sources for ex-vessel prices are: • For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of Alaska’s Commercial Fishery Entry Commission’s (CFEC) gross revenue data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and • For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer Report that is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that operates as a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ landings of sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under § 679.5(l)(7)(i). The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular species- E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 71242 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices gear-port combination, the price data used to calculate the standard price must represent landings from at least four different vessels to at least three different processors in a port or port group. Price data that are confidential because fewer than four vessels or three processors contributed data to a particular species-gear-port combination have been aggregated. Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to calculate the fee for 2022. These prices are based on the CFEC gross revenue data, which are based on landings data from ADF&G fish tickets and information from the COAR. The COAR contains statewide buying and production information, and is considered the most complete routinely collected information to determine the ex-vessel value of groundfish harvested from waters off Alaska. The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by species, port, and gear category, and then dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each category by total volume over the three-year period in each category. This calculation results in an average ex- vessel price per pound by species, port, and gear category for the three-year period. Three gear categories were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl gear, including hook-andline, pot, jig, troll, and others (NonTrawl); (2) non-pelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR). CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are less than two years old. For the 2022 groundfish standard ex-vessel prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available are from 2020. If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the standard exvessel price for a species group (if it exists in the management area) will be used. If price data for a particular species remained confidential once aggregated to the outside of Alaska (ALL) level, data are aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-water Flatfish; GOA Shallowwater Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other Rockfish). Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown in Table 2. If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are available. Port-group data are aggregated by regulatory area in the GOA (Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the BSAI (BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are still not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the prices are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) and ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including those outside of Alaska (ALL). Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and pelagic trawl when non-confidential data are available. NMFS also calculated prices for a ‘‘Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined’’ (PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2022 landings of some of the species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price for the port or port group. If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, if the data become available and display of a standard ex-vessel price meets confidentiality requirements. TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species (species code) 1 Port/area 3 4 Alaska Plaice Flounder (133) .................................... Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ AK ............................................................. Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ EGOA ........................................................ GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Craig ......................................................... Juneau ...................................................... Sitka .......................................................... Arrowtooth Flounder (121) ......................................... Atka Mackerel (193) .................................................. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Black Rockfish (142) .................................................. Bocaccio Rockfish (137) ............................................ Butter Sole (126) ....................................................... Canary Rockfish (146) ............................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Non-trawl Sfmt 4703 ---------------------------------------------$0.62 0.46 0.46 0.39 0.39 0.39 0.43 ---------------0.35 0.41 0.49 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM NPT $0.13 0.13 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.15 ------------------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---------- 15DEN1 PTR ---------------$0.06 0.06 0.08 0.08 0.08 0.11 0.11 0.11 0.09 0.09 ---------------------------------------------- PTR/NPT $0.13 0.13 0.12 0.12 0.12 ------------------------------0.15 ------------------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---------- 71243 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species (species code) 1 Port/area 3 4 China Rockfish (149) ................................................. Copper Rockfish (138) ............................................... Darkblotched Rockfish (159) ..................................... Dover Sole (124) ....................................................... Dusky Rockfish (172) ................................................ English Sole (128) ..................................................... Flathead Sole (122) ................................................... Northern Rockfish (136) ............................................ khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Octopus (870) ............................................................ Pacific Cod (110) ....................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 Non-trawl SEAK ........................................................ EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... Dutch Harbor ............................................ BS ............................................................. BSAI .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Craig ......................................................... Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... Whittier ...................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.49 0.44 0.38 0.58 0.56 0.49 0.49 0.49 0.53 0.48 0.63 0.39 0.37 0.46 0.34 0.43 0.47 0.47 0.47 0.45 0.47 0.56 0.55 0.52 0.59 0.54 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.50 ---------------0.39 0.51 0.50 0.27 0.53 0.46 0.64 0.48 0.48 0.48 0.48 ---------------------------------------0.93 0.93 0.80 0.53 0.56 0.58 0.46 0.63 0.50 0.52 0.52 0.26 0.69 0.25 0.53 0.52 0.65 0.60 0.52 0.55 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM NPT PTR ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.07 0.07 0.08 0.08 0.08 ---------------0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.16 ---0.55 0.55 0.55 ---------0.55 0.55 ---------------------------- 15DEN1 PTR/NPT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.15 ---0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------------0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 0.15 ------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.07 0.07 0.08 0.08 0.08 ---------------------------------0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---------------------------------0.55 0.55 0.55 ---------0.55 0.55 ---------------------------- 71244 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species (species code) 1 Port/area 3 4 Pacific Ocean Perch (141) ........................................ Pollock (270) .............................................................. Quillback Rockfish (147) ............................................ Redbanded Rockfish (153) ........................................ Redstripe Rockfish (158) ........................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Rex Sole (125) ........................................................... Rock Sole (123) ......................................................... Rosethorn Rockfish (150) .......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 Non-trawl Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... WGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... Dillingham ................................................. Dutch Harbor ............................................ BS ............................................................. BSAI .......................................................... Stationary Floating Processor .................. AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ EGOA ........................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... BS ............................................................. BSAI .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... WGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... Dutch Harbor ............................................ BS ............................................................. BSAI .......................................................... Stationary Floating Processor .................. AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Craig ......................................................... Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ SEAK ........................................................ EGOA ........................................................ CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ SEAK ........................................................ PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.56 0.51 0.55 0.52 0.43 ---0.35 0.42 0.42 0.41 0.42 0.43 0.43 1.17 ---0.12 0.12 0.81 ------0.81 0.79 0.04 0.05 0.05 ---0.04 ------------0.04 0.04 0.58 0.42 0.64 0.23 0.62 0.54 0.41 0.40 0.41 0.72 0.52 0.50 0.51 0.51 0.51 0.31 0.35 0.23 0.44 0.35 0.27 0.28 0.29 0.20 0.34 0.28 0.33 0.33 0.34 0.49 0.50 0.57 0.50 0.50 0.50 ------------------------------0.43 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM NPT PTR ---0.43 ---0.43 0.39 0.41 ---0.41 0.40 0.39 ---0.39 0.39 ---0.17 ---0.17 0.17 ------0.17 0.17 0.14 ---0.14 ---0.14 ------0.10 ---0.14 0.14 ---------------------------------------------------------------------0.14 ---0.14 0.15 0.15 0.15 ------------------0.33 0.33 0.34 0.34 0.34 0.18 0.18 0.18 0.18 0.18 ---- 15DEN1 PTR/NPT ---0.41 ---0.41 ---0.36 ---0.05 0.08 0.08 ---0.33 0.33 ---0.17 ---0.17 0.17 0.05 0.10 0.17 0.17 0.13 ---0.13 0.12 0.13 0.16 0.15 0.15 ---0.13 0.13 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.26 0.26 0.45 0.42 0.42 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.17 ---- ------------0.39 ---------------0.39 ---------------------0.05 0.10 ---------------0.12 ---0.16 0.15 ---0.11 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------0.14 ---0.14 0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------------------------------------------------- 71245 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species (species code) 1 Port/area 3 4 Rougheye Rockfish (151) .......................................... Sablefish (blackcod) (710) ......................................... Shortraker Rockfish (152) .......................................... Silvergray Rockfish (157) .......................................... Skate, Big (702) ......................................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Skate, Longnose (701) .............................................. Skate, Other (700) ..................................................... Starry Flounder (129) ................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 Non-trawl EGOA ........................................................ Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... Whittier ...................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... BSAI .......................................................... AK ............................................................. Bellingham ................................................ OTAK ........................................................ ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... Whittier ...................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Craig ......................................................... Juneau ...................................................... Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ EGOA ........................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ SEAK ........................................................ EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Kodiak ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.43 0.35 0.35 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.33 0.34 0.28 0.46 0.40 0.27 0.45 0.27 0.37 0.28 0.39 0.33 0.35 0.26 0.35 0.36 0.36 0.35 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 5 n/a 0.33 0.34 0.28 0.42 0.38 0.45 0.47 0.47 0.37 0.21 0.37 0.33 0.37 0.37 0.37 0.34 0.41 0.26 0.47 0.42 0.40 0.31 0.34 0.23 0.42 0.38 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.45 0.45 0.45 0.44 0.44 0.44 0.40 0.18 0.31 0.45 0.43 0.43 0.38 0.38 0.38 0.42 0.42 0.42 ------- E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM NPT PTR ---------------------------------------------0.25 ---0.25 0.25 ---0.25 ------0.25 1.31 1.31 1.27 1.27 1.27 ---------------------------0.18 ---0.18 0.28 0.28 0.28 ------------------------0.13 ---0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ---0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ---------0.45 ---0.45 0.45 0.45 0.45 ---0.09 0.09 0.07 0.07 15DEN1 PTR/NPT ---------------------------------------------0.19 ---0.19 0.19 ---0.19 ------0.19 ---------0.51 0.51 ---------------------------0.20 ---0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20 ---------------------------------------------0.45 ---0.45 0.43 0.43 0.43 ---------0.45 ---0.45 0.39 0.39 0.39 ---------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------1.31 1.31 1.26 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------0.13 ---0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 ------------------------------------------------0.39 0.09 0.09 0.08 0.08 71246 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 1—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE—Continued [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species (species code) 1 Port/area 3 4 Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots) (143) ........................... Tiger Rockfish (148) .................................................. Vermilion Rockfish (184) ........................................... Widow Rockfish (156) ................................................ Yelloweye Rockfish (145) .......................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Yellowtail Rockfish (155) ........................................... Non-trawl GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... Whittier ...................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... BS ............................................................. BSAI .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Juneau ...................................................... Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ SEAK ........................................................ EGOA ........................................................ GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Craig ......................................................... Juneau ...................................................... Ketchikan .................................................. Petersburg ................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ Cordova .................................................... Whittier ...................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................. Homer ....................................................... Kodiak ....................................................... Seward ...................................................... CGOA ....................................................... WGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... BSAI .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ Sitka .......................................................... SEAK ........................................................ EGOA ........................................................ Homer ....................................................... CGOA ....................................................... GOA .......................................................... AK ............................................................. ALL ............................................................ ---------0.94 1.07 0.99 0.96 0.97 0.59 0.44 0.67 0.66 0.68 0.71 0.70 0.82 0.72 0.70 0.81 0.81 0.51 0.48 0.49 0.32 0.32 0.41 0.46 0.42 0.43 0.43 0.43 0.61 0.61 0.61 0.61 0.61 0.71 0.71 0.71 1.86 0.94 1.70 1.12 1.90 1.68 0.81 0.82 0.82 0.72 0.34 0.60 0.59 0.46 ---0.21 1.42 1.42 0.57 0.57 0.57 0.50 0.66 0.61 0.61 0.61 NPT PTR 0.07 0.07 0.07 ---------------------------0.43 ---0.43 0.45 ------0.45 0.45 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 0.25 ------------------------- PTR/NPT ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0.08 0.08 0.08 ---------------------------0.43 ---0.43 0.44 ------0.44 0.44 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 ---0.25 0.25 ------------------------- ---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. 2 For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679. 3 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 4 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type combination, or see Table 2 or Table 3. 5 n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 71247 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 2—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR GROUNDFISH SPECIES GROUPS FOR 2022 OBSERVER COVERAGE FEE [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020] Species group 1 Port/area 2 3 Flathead Sole 5 (FSOL) ........................................ GOA Deep Water Flatfish 6 (DFL4) ...................... GOA Shallow Water Flatfish 7 (SFL1) .................. Other Rockfish 8 9 (ROCK) ................................... BSAI AK Non-Trawl BSAI Skate and GOA Skate, Other 4 (USKT). AK ................................. Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. AK ................................. Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Kodiak ........................... CGOA ............................ GOA .............................. Craig .............................. Juneau .......................... Ketchikan ...................... Petersburg ..................... Sitka .............................. SEAK ............................. Cordova ......................... Whittier .......................... EGOAxSE ..................... Homer ........................... Kodiak ........................... Seward .......................... CGOA ............................ WGOA ........................... GOA .............................. BS ................................. 0.68 ............................... ---- ................................. NPT PTR PTR/NPT GOA $0.41 ---- $0.39 ---------------------------------$0.33 0.46 0.37 0.39 0.46 0.43 0.70 0.69 0.66 0.68 0.31 0.56 0.55 0.57 ---0.71 ---0.21 0.08 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.07 0.07 0.08 0.16 0.16 0.16 ------------------------------0.18 ---0.18 ---0.18 ---------- ---$0.14 0.14 0.14 0.14 ---------0.15 0.15 0.15 ---------------------------------------------------0.21 0.08 ------------0.07 0.07 0.08 ---------------------------------------0.18 ---0.18 ---0.18 ---- khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES ---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential. 1 If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years. 2 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 3 If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination, use port group and gear type combination. 4 ‘‘BSAI Skate and GOA Skate, Other’’ means all skates in the BSAI and all skates with the exception of Raja binoculata (Big) and R. rhina (Longnose) in the GOA. 5 ‘‘Flathead sole’’ includes Hippoglossoides elassodon (flathead sole) and H. robustus (Bering flounder). 6 ‘‘Deep-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole. 7 ‘‘Shallow-water flatfish’’ in the GOA means flatfish not including ‘‘deep-water flatfish’’, flathead sole, rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder. 8 In the GOA: ‘‘Other rockfish means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S. goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S. wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA only, ‘‘other rockfish’’ also includes northern rockfish (S. polyspinous). ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District of the Eastern Regulatory Area means all rockfish species included in the ‘‘other rockfish’’ and demersal shelf rockfish categories. The ‘‘other rockfish’’ species group in the SEO District only includes other rockfish. ‘‘Demersal shelf rockfish’’ means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S. maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye). 9 ‘‘Other rockfish’’ in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean perch, dark rockfish, northern rockfish, shortraker rockfish, and blackspotted/rougheye rockfish. Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Dec 14, 2021 Jkt 256001 calculated as a single annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-vessel value data collected on the 2021 IFQ Buyer Report for landings made from October 15, 2020, through September 30, 2021, were PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 used to calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2022 observer fee for halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve. E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 71248 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / Notices TABLE 3—STANDARD EX-VESSEL PRICES FOR HALIBUT IFQ, HALIBUT CDQ, SABLEFISH IFQ, AND SABLEFISH ACCRUING AGAINST THE FIXED GEAR SABLEFISH CDQ RESERVE FOR THE 2022 OBSERVER FEE [Based on 2021 IFQ Buyer Reports] Species Port/area 1 Halibut (200) ............................................................................... Craig ........................................................................................... Ketchikan .................................................................................... Petersburg .................................................................................. Sitka ............................................................................................ SEAK .......................................................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................................................... Homer ......................................................................................... Kodiak ......................................................................................... Seward ....................................................................................... CGOA ......................................................................................... GOA ............................................................................................ BS ............................................................................................... BSAI ........................................................................................... AK ............................................................................................... ALL ............................................................................................. Craig ........................................................................................... Sitka ............................................................................................ SEAK .......................................................................................... EGOAxSE ................................................................................... Homer ......................................................................................... Kodiak ......................................................................................... Seward ....................................................................................... CGOA ......................................................................................... GOA ............................................................................................ BS ............................................................................................... BSAI ........................................................................................... AK ............................................................................................... ALL ............................................................................................. Sablefish (710) ........................................................................... Price 2 $6.03 5.94 6.15 5.81 5.97 6.15 6.65 5.44 6.76 6.36 6.17 5.39 5.39 6.04 6.05 1.90 2.12 2.07 1.79 2.23 1.66 1.79 1.74 1.85 1.60 1.60 1.82 1.82 1 Regulatory areas are defined at § 679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska). 2 If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) 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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North 
Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

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

ACTION: Notification of standard ex-vessel prices.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish and 
halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific 
Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide 
information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other 
Observer Program participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that 
will be used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish 
and halibut made in 2022. NMFS will send invoices to processors and 
registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2023. Fees are due 
to NMFS on or before February 15, 2023.

DATES: The standard prices are valid on January 1, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about the 
observer fee and standard ex-vessel prices, contact Abby Jahn at (907) 
586-7445. For questions about the fee billing process,

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contact Charmaine Weeks at (907) 586-7231. Additional information about 
the Observer Program is available on NMFS Alaska Region's website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/fisheries-observers/north-pacific-observer-program.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Regulations at 50 CFR part 679, subpart E, governing the Observer 
Program, require the deployment of NMFS-certified observers (observers) 
and electronic monitoring (EM) systems to collect information necessary 
for the conservation and management of the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish and halibut 
fisheries. Fishery managers use information collected by observers and 
EM systems to monitor quotas, manage groundfish and prohibited species 
catch, and document and reduce fishery interactions with protected 
resources. Scientists use observer-collected information for stock 
assessments and marine ecosystem research.
    The Observer Program includes two observer coverage categories: The 
partial coverage category and the full coverage category. All 
groundfish and halibut vessels and processors subject to observer 
coverage are included in one of these two categories. Defined at 50 CFR 
679.51, the partial coverage category includes vessels and processors 
that are not required to have an observer at all times, and the full 
coverage category includes vessels and processors required to have all 
of their fishing and processing activity observed. Vessels and 
processors in the full coverage category arrange and pay for observer 
services from a permitted observer provider. Observer coverage and EM 
for the partial coverage category is funded through a system of fees 
based on the ex-vessel value of groundfish and halibut. Throughout this 
notice, the term ``processor'' refers to shoreside processors, 
stationary floating processors, and catcher/processors in the partial 
coverage category.

Landings Subject to Observer Coverage Fee

    Pursuant to section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NMFS is 
authorized to assess a fee on all landings accruing against a Federal 
total allowable catch (TAC) for groundfish or commercial halibut quota 
landings made by vessels that are subject to Federal regulations and 
not included in the full coverage category. A fee is assessed only on 
landings of groundfish from vessels designated on a Federal Fisheries 
Permit or from vessels landing individual fishing quota (IFQ) or 
community development quota (CDQ) halibut or IFQ sablefish. Within the 
subset of vessels subject to the observer fee, only landings accruing 
against an IFQ allocation or a Federal TAC for groundfish are included 
in the fee assessment. A table with additional information about which 
landings are subject to the observer fee is at Sec.  679.55(c) and on 
page 2 of an informational bulletin titled ``Observer Fee Collection'' 
that can be downloaded from the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/observer-fee-collection-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut-fisheries-observer.

Fee Determination

    A fee equal to 1.65 percent of the ex-vessel value is assessed on 
the landings of groundfish and halibut subject to the fee. Ex-vessel 
value is determined by multiplying the standard price for groundfish by 
the round weight equivalent for each species, gear, and port 
combination, and the standard price for halibut by the headed and 
gutted weight equivalent. Standard prices are determined by aggregating 
prices by species, gear, and area grouping to arrive at an average 
price per pound for each grouping. NMFS reviews each vessel landing 
report and determines whether the reported landing is subject to the 
observer fee and, if so, which groundfish species in the landing are 
subject to the observer fee. All IFQ or CDQ halibut in a landing 
subject to the observer fee will be included in the observer fee 
calculation. For any landed groundfish or halibut subject to the 
observer fee, NMFS will apply the appropriate standard ex-vessel prices 
for the species, gear type, and port, and calculate the observer fee 
associated with the landing.
    Processors and registered buyers can access the landing-specific, 
observer fee information through NMFS Web Application (https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/webapps/efish/login) or eLandings (https://elandings.alaska.gov/). Observer fee information is either available 
immediately or within 24 hours after a landing report is submitted 
electronically. A time lag occurs for some landings because NMFS must 
process each landing report through the catch accounting system to 
determine which groundfish in a landing accrues against a Federal TAC 
and are subject to the observer fee.
    Under the fee system, catcher vessel owners split the fee with the 
registered buyers or owners of shoreside or stationary floating 
processors. While the owners of catcher vessels and processors in the 
partial coverage category are each responsible for paying their portion 
of the fee, the owners of shoreside or stationary floating processors 
and registered buyers are responsible for collecting the fees from 
catcher vessels, and remitting the full fee to NMFS. Owners of catcher/
processors in the partial coverage category are responsible for 
remitting the full fee to NMFS.
    NMFS sends invoices to processors and registered buyers by January 
15 of each calendar year. The total fee amount is determined by the sum 
of the fees reported for each landing at that processor or registered 
buyer in the prior calendar year. Processors and registered buyers must 
pay the fees to NMFS using eFISH. Payments are due by February 15 of 
each year. Processors and registered buyers have access to this system 
through a User ID and password issued by NMFS. Instructions for 
electronic payment are provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/commercial-fishing/observer-fee-collection-and-payment-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut and on the 
observer fee invoice to be mailed to each processor and registered 
buyer.

Standard Prices

    This notice provides the standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish 
and halibut species subject to the observer fee in 2022. Data sources 
for ex-vessel prices are:
     For groundfish other than sablefish IFQ and sablefish 
accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the State of 
Alaska's Commercial Fishery Entry Commission's (CFEC) gross revenue 
data, which are based on the Commercial Operator Annual Report (COAR) 
and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) fish tickets; and
     For halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish 
accruing against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve, the IFQ Buyer 
Report that is submitted to NMFS annually by each registered buyer that 
operates as a shoreside processor and receives and purchases IFQ 
landings of sablefish and halibut or CDQ landings of halibut under 
Sec.  679.5(l)(7)(i).
    The standard prices in this notice were calculated using the 
following procedures for protecting confidentiality of data submitted 
to or collected by NMFS. NMFS does not publish any price information 
that would permit the identification of an individual or business. For 
NMFS to publish a standard price for a particular species-

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gear-port combination, the price data used to calculate the standard 
price must represent landings from at least four different vessels to 
at least three different processors in a port or port group. Price data 
that are confidential because fewer than four vessels or three 
processors contributed data to a particular species-gear-port 
combination have been aggregated.

Groundfish Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 1 shows the groundfish species standard ex-vessel prices that 
will be used to calculate the fee for 2022. These prices are based on 
the CFEC gross revenue data, which are based on landings data from 
ADF&G fish tickets and information from the COAR. The COAR contains 
statewide buying and production information, and is considered the most 
complete routinely collected information to determine the ex-vessel 
value of groundfish harvested from waters off Alaska.
    The standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish were calculated by 
adding ex-vessel value from the CFEC gross revenue files for 2018, 
2019, and 2020 by species, port, and gear category, and adding the 
volume (round weight equivalent) from the CFEC gross revenue files for 
2018, 2019, and 2020 by species, port, and gear category, and then 
dividing total ex-vessel value over the three-year period in each 
category by total volume over the three-year period in each category. 
This calculation results in an average ex-vessel price per pound by 
species, port, and gear category for the three-year period. Three gear 
categories were used for the standard ex-vessel prices: (1) Non-trawl 
gear, including hook-and-line, pot, jig, troll, and others (Non-Trawl); 
(2) non-pelagic trawl gear (NPT); and (3) pelagic trawl gear (PTR).
    CFEC ex-vessel value and volume data are available in the fall of 
the year following the year the fishing occurred. Thus, it is not 
possible to base ex-vessel fee liabilities on standard prices that are 
less than two years old. For the 2022 groundfish standard ex-vessel 
prices, the most recent ex-vessel value and volume data available are 
from 2020.
    If a particular groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, the 
standard ex-vessel price for a species group (if it exists in the 
management area) will be used. If price data for a particular species 
remained confidential once aggregated to the outside of Alaska (ALL) 
level, data are aggregated by species group (Flathead Sole; GOA Deep-
water Flatfish; GOA Shallow-water Flatfish; GOA Skate, Other; and Other 
Rockfish). Standard prices for the groundfish species groups are shown 
in Table 2.
    If a port-level price does not meet the confidentiality 
requirements, the data are aggregated by port group. Port-group data 
for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) and the Eastern GOA excluding Southeast 
Alaska (EGOAxSE) also are presented separately when price data are 
available. Port-group data are aggregated by regulatory area in the GOA 
(Eastern GOA, Central GOA, and Western GOA) and by subarea in the BSAI 
(BS subarea and AI subarea). If confidentiality requirements are still 
not met by aggregating prices across ports at these levels, the prices 
are aggregated at the level of BSAI or GOA, then statewide (AK) and 
ports outside of Alaska (OTAK), and finally all ports, including those 
outside of Alaska (ALL).
    Standard prices are presented separately for non-pelagic trawl and 
pelagic trawl when non-confidential data are available. NMFS also 
calculated prices for a ``Pelagic Trawl/Non-pelagic Trawl Combined'' 
(PTR/NPT) category that can be used when combining trawl price data for 
landings of a species in a particular port or port group will not 
violate confidentiality requirements. Creating this standard price 
category allows NMFS to assess a fee on 2022 landings of some of the 
species with pelagic trawl gear based on a combined trawl gear price 
for the port or port group.
    If no standard ex-vessel price is listed for a species or species 
group and gear category combination in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no 
fee will be assessed on that landing. Volume and value data for that 
species will be added to the standard ex-vessel prices in future years, 
if the data become available and display of a standard ex-vessel price 
meets confidentiality requirements.

            Table 1--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species for 2022 Observer Coverage Fee
                              [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020]
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  Species  (species code) \1\                        Non-trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
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Alaska Plaice Flounder (133)..  Kodiak..........            ----           $0.13            ----           $0.13
                                CGOA............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            ----            0.12            ----            0.12
                                AK..............            ----            0.12            ----            0.12
                                ALL.............            ----            0.12            ----            0.12
Arrowtooth Flounder (121).....  Kodiak..........            ----            0.07           $0.06            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.07            0.06            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.07            0.08            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.07            0.08            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.07            0.08            ----
Atka Mackerel (193)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.17            0.11            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.17            0.11            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.17            0.11            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.17            0.09            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.17            0.09            ----
Black Rockfish (142)..........  AK..............           $0.62            0.15            ----            0.15
Bocaccio Rockfish (137).......  Sitka...........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
Butter Sole (126).............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                CGOA............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
Canary Rockfish (146).........  Craig...........            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.49            ----            ----            ----

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                                SEAK............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
China Rockfish (149)..........  Juneau..........            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.63            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
Copper Rockfish (138).........  Sitka...........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.52            ----            ----            ----
Darkblotched Rockfish (159)...  ALL.............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
Dover Sole (124)..............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.07            ----            0.07
                                CGOA............            ----            0.07            ----            0.07
                                GOA.............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                AK..............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
                                ALL.............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
Dusky Rockfish (172)..........  Juneau..........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.46            0.17            0.15            ----
                                Seward..........            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.48            0.17            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            0.48            0.17            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            0.48            0.17            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            0.48            0.17            0.15            ----
English Sole (128)............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                CGOA............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            ----            0.13            ----            0.13
Flathead Sole (122)...........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
Northern Rockfish (136).......  Kodiak..........            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
                                AK..............            0.93            0.16            0.15            ----
                                ALL.............            0.93            0.16            0.15            ----
Octopus (870).................  Homer...........            0.80            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.53            0.55            ----            0.55
                                CGOA............            0.56            0.55            ----            0.55
                                GOA.............            0.58            0.55            ----            0.55
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                BS..............            0.63            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.52            0.55            ----            0.55
                                ALL.............            0.52            0.55            ----            0.55
Pacific Cod (110).............  Craig...........            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.69            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.25            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.53            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.65            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.60            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.55            ----            ----            ----

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                                Homer...........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.51            0.43            0.41            ----
                                Seward..........            0.55            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.52            0.43            0.41            ----
                                WGOA............            0.43            0.39            ----            0.39
                                GOA.............            ----            0.41            0.36            ----
                                Dillingham......            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            0.42            0.41            0.05            ----
                                BS..............            0.42            0.40            0.08            ----
                                BSAI............            0.41            0.39            0.08            ----
                                Stationary                  0.42            ----            ----            0.39
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.43            0.39            0.33            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            0.39            0.33            ----
Pacific Ocean Perch (141).....  EGOA............            1.17            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            ----            0.17            0.17            ----
                                Seward..........            0.12            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.12            0.17            0.17            ----
                                GOA.............            0.81            0.17            0.17            ----
                                BS..............            ----            ----            0.05            0.05
                                BSAI............            ----            ----            0.10            0.10
                                AK..............            0.81            0.17            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            0.79            0.17            0.17            ----
Pollock (270).................  Kodiak..........            0.04            0.14            0.13            ----
                                Seward..........            0.05            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.05            0.14            0.13            ----
                                WGOA............            ----            ----            0.12            0.12
                                GOA.............            0.04            0.14            0.13            ----
                                Dutch Harbor....            ----            ----            0.16            0.16
                                BS..............            ----            ----            0.15            0.15
                                BSAI............            ----            0.10            0.15            ----
                                Stationary                  ----            ----            ----            0.11
                                 Floating
                                 Processor.
                                AK..............            0.04            0.14            0.13            ----
                                ALL.............            0.04            0.14            0.13            ----
Quillback Rockfish (147)......  Craig...........            0.58            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.64            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.23            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.62            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.54            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.52            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.51            ----            ----            ----
Redbanded Rockfish (153)......  Juneau..........            0.31            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.23            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.29            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.20            0.14            ----            0.14
                                Seward..........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.28            0.14            ----            0.14
                                GOA.............            0.33            0.15            ----            0.15
                                AK..............            0.33            0.15            ----            0.15
                                ALL.............            0.34            0.15            ----            0.15
Redstripe Rockfish (158)......  SEAK............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.50            ----            ----            ----
Rex Sole (125)................  Kodiak..........            ----            0.33            0.26            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.33            0.26            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.34            0.45            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.34            0.42            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.34            0.42            ----
Rock Sole (123)...............  Kodiak..........            ----            0.18            0.17            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.18            0.17            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.18            0.17            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.18            0.17            ----
                                ALL.............            ----            0.18            0.17            ----
Rosethorn Rockfish (150)......  SEAK............            0.43            ----            ----            ----

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                                EGOA............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.35            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
Rougheye Rockfish (151).......  Juneau..........            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.27            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.28            0.25            0.19            ----
                                Seward..........            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.33            0.25            0.19            ----
                                GOA.............            0.35            0.25            0.19            ----
                                BSAI............            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.35            0.25            0.19            ----
                                Bellingham......            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                OTAK............            0.36            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.35            0.25            0.19            ----
Sablefish (blackcod) (710)....  Kodiak..........         \5\ n/a            1.31            ----            1.31
                                CGOA............         \5\ n/a            1.31            ----            1.31
                                GOA.............         \5\ n/a            1.27            ----            1.26
                                AK..............         \5\ n/a            1.27            0.51            ----
                                ALL.............         \5\ n/a            1.27            0.51            ----
Shortraker Rockfish (152).....  Juneau..........            0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.28            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.38            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.21            0.18            0.20            ----
                                Seward..........            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.33            0.18            0.20            ----
                                GOA.............            0.37            0.28            0.20            ----
                                AK..............            0.37            0.28            0.20            ----
                                ALL.............            0.37            0.28            0.20            ----
Silvergray Rockfish (157).....  Craig...........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.26            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.47            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.31            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.34            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.23            0.13            ----            0.13
                                Seward..........            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.38            0.13            ----            0.13
                                GOA.............            0.40            0.13            ----            0.13
                                AK..............            0.40            0.13            ----            0.13
                                ALL.............            0.40            0.13            ----            0.13
Skate, Big (702)..............  EGOA............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.45            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.45            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.45            0.45            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.44            0.45            0.43            ----
                                AK..............            0.44            0.45            0.43            ----
                                ALL.............            0.44            0.45            0.43            ----
Skate, Longnose (701).........  SEAK............            0.40            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.18            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.31            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.45            0.45            0.45            ----
                                Seward..........            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.43            0.45            0.45            ----
                                GOA.............            0.38            0.45            0.39            ----
                                AK..............            0.38            0.45            0.39            ----
                                ALL.............            0.38            0.45            0.39            ----
Skate, Other (700)............  GOA.............            0.42            ----            ----            0.39
                                AK..............            0.42            0.09            ----            0.09
                                ALL.............            0.42            0.09            ----            0.09
Starry Flounder (129).........  Kodiak..........            ----            0.07            ----            0.08
                                CGOA............            ----            0.07            ----            0.08

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                                GOA.............            ----            0.07            ----            0.08
                                AK..............            ----            0.07            ----            0.08
                                ALL.............            ----            0.07            ----            0.08
Thornyhead Rockfish (Idiots)    Juneau..........            0.94            ----            ----            ----
 (143).
                                Ketchikan.......            1.07            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.99            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.96            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.97            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.59            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.44            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.67            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.68            0.43            ----            0.43
                                Seward..........            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.70            0.43            ----            0.43
                                GOA.............            0.82            0.45            ----            0.44
                                BS..............            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                BSAI............            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.81            0.45            ----            0.44
                                ALL.............            0.81            0.45            ----            0.44
Tiger Rockfish (148)..........  Juneau..........            0.51            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.48            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.49            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.32            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.41            ----            ----            ----
                                Seward..........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.42            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
Vermilion Rockfish (184)......  SEAK............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
Widow Rockfish (156)..........  GOA.............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
Yelloweye Rockfish (145)......  Craig...........            1.86            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.94            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            1.70            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            1.12            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            1.90            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            1.68            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.81            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.82            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.82            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.72            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.34            0.25            ----            0.25
                                Seward..........            0.60            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.59            0.25            ----            0.25
                                WGOA............            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.25            ----            0.25
                                BSAI............            0.21            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            1.42            0.25            ----            0.25
                                ALL.............            1.42            0.25            ----            0.25
Yellowtail Rockfish (155).....  Sitka...........            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOA............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.50            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                AK..............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
                                ALL.............            0.61            ----            ----            ----
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---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If species is not listed, use price for the species group in Table 2 if it exists in the management area. If
  no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no fee will be
  assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.
\2\ For species codes, see Table 2a to 50 CFR part 679.
\3\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska;
  BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern
  Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\4\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type combination, or see Table 2 or Table 3.
\5\ n/a = ex-vessel prices for sablefish landed with hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are listed in Table 3 with
  the prices for IFQ and CDQ landings.


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         Table 2--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Groundfish Species Groups for 2022 Observer Coverage Fee
                              [Based on volume and value from 2018, 2019, and 2020]
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                                  Port/area \2\
       Species group \1\               \3\           Non-Trawl          NPT             PTR           PTR/NPT
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                                BSAI Skate and               GOA           $0.41            ----           $0.39
                                 GOA Skate,
                                 Other \4\
                                 (USKT).
                                AK..............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
Flathead Sole \5\ (FSOL)......  Kodiak..........            ----            0.14           $0.14            ----
                                CGOA............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
                                AK..............            ----            0.14            0.14            ----
GOA Deep Water Flatfish \6\     Kodiak..........            ----            0.07            ----            0.07
 (DFL4).
                                CGOA............            ----            0.07            ----            0.07
                                GOA.............            ----            0.08            ----            0.08
GOA Shallow Water Flatfish \7\  Kodiak..........            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
 (SFL1).
                                CGOA............            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.16            0.15            ----
Other Rockfish \8\ \9\ (ROCK).  Craig...........           $0.33            ----            ----            ----
                                Juneau..........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                Ketchikan.......            0.37            ----            ----            ----
                                Petersburg......            0.39            ----            ----            ----
                                Sitka...........            0.46            ----            ----            ----
                                SEAK............            0.43            ----            ----            ----
                                Cordova.........            0.70            ----            ----            ----
                                Whittier........            0.69            ----            ----            ----
                                EGOAxSE.........            0.66            ----            ----            ----
                                Homer...........            0.68            ----            ----            ----
                                Kodiak..........            0.31            0.18            ----            0.18
                                Seward..........            0.56            ----            ----            ----
                                CGOA............            0.55            0.18            ----            0.18
                                WGOA............            0.57            ----            ----            ----
                                GOA.............            ----            0.18            ----            0.18
                                BS..............            0.71            ----            ----            ----
BSAI                            0.68............            ----            ----            ----
AK                              ----............            0.21            ----            0.21
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---- = no landings in last 3 years or the data is confidential.
\1\ If groundfish species is not listed in Table 1, use price for the species group if it exists in the
  management area. If no price is available for the species or species group in Table 1, Table 2, or Table 3, no
  fee will be assessed on that landing. That species will come into standard ex-vessel prices in future years.
\2\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL = all ports including those outside Alaska;
  BS = Bering Sea subarea; BSAI = Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands; CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOA = Eastern
  Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except Southeast Alaska; GOA = Gulf of Alaska; SEAK =
  Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of Alaska).
\3\ If a price is listed for the species, port, and gear type combination, that price will be applied to the
  round weight equivalent for groundfish landings. If no price is listed for the port and gear type combination,
  use port group and gear type combination.
\4\ ``BSAI Skate and GOA Skate, Other'' means all skates in the BSAI and all skates with the exception of Raja
  binoculata (Big) and R. rhina (Longnose) in the GOA.
\5\ ``Flathead sole'' includes Hippoglossoides elassodon (flathead sole) and H. robustus (Bering flounder).
\6\ ``Deep-water flatfish'' in the GOA means Dover sole, Greenland turbot, Kamchatka flounder, and deepsea sole.
\7\ ``Shallow-water flatfish'' in the GOA means flatfish not including ``deep-water flatfish'', flathead sole,
  rex sole, or arrowtooth flounder.
\8\ In the GOA:
``Other rockfish means Sebastes aurora (aurora), S. melanostomus (blackgill), S. paucispinis (bocaccio), S.
  goodei (chilipepper), S. crameri (darkblotch), S. elongatus (greenstriped), S. variegatus (harlequin), S.
  wilsoni (pygmy), S. babcocki (redbanded), S. proriger (redstripe), S. zacentrus (sharpchin), S. jordani
  (shortbelly), S. brevispinis (silvergray), S. diploproa (splitnose), S. saxicola (stripetail), S. miniatus
  (vermilion), S. reedi (yellowmouth), S. entomelas (widow), and S. flavidus (yellowtail). In the Eastern GOA
  only, ``other rockfish'' also includes northern rockfish (S. polyspinous).
``Other rockfish'' in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas and in the West Yakutat District of the Eastern
  Regulatory Area means all rockfish species included in the ``other rockfish'' and demersal shelf rockfish
  categories. The ``other rockfish'' species group in the SEO District only includes other rockfish.
``Demersal shelf rockfish'' means Sebastes pinniger (canary), S. nebulosus (china), S. caurinus (copper), S.
  maliger (quillback), S. helvomaculatus (rosethorn), S. nigrocinctus (tiger), and S. ruberrimus (yelloweye).
\9\ ``Other rockfish'' in the BSAI includes all Sebastes and Sebastolobus species except for Pacific ocean
  perch, dark rockfish, northern rockfish, shortraker rockfish, and blackspotted/rougheye rockfish.

Halibut and Sablefish IFQ and CDQ Standard Ex-Vessel Prices

    Table 3 shows the observer fee standard ex-vessel prices for 
halibut and sablefish. These standard prices are calculated as a single 
annual average price, by species and port or port group. Volume and ex-
vessel value data collected on the 2021 IFQ Buyer Report for landings 
made from October 15, 2020, through September 30, 2021, were used to 
calculate the standard ex-vessel prices for the 2022 observer fee for 
halibut IFQ, halibut CDQ, sablefish IFQ, and sablefish landings that 
accrue against the fixed gear sablefish CDQ reserve.

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    Table 3--Standard Ex-Vessel Prices for Halibut IFQ, Halibut CDQ,
 Sablefish IFQ, and Sablefish Accruing Against the Fixed Gear Sablefish
                  CDQ Reserve for the 2022 Observer Fee
                    [Based on 2021 IFQ Buyer Reports]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Species                   Port/area \1\        Price \2\
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Halibut (200).....................  Craig...............           $6.03
                                    Ketchikan...........            5.94
                                    Petersburg..........            6.15
                                    Sitka...............            5.81
                                    SEAK................            5.97
                                    EGOAxSE.............            6.15
                                    Homer...............            6.65
                                    Kodiak..............            5.44
                                    Seward..............            6.76
                                    CGOA................            6.36
                                    GOA.................            6.17
                                    BS..................            5.39
                                    BSAI................            5.39
                                    AK..................            6.04
                                    ALL.................            6.05
Sablefish (710)...................  Craig...............            1.90
                                    Sitka...............            2.12
                                    SEAK................            2.07
                                    EGOAxSE.............            1.79
                                    Homer...............            2.23
                                    Kodiak..............            1.66
                                    Seward..............            1.79
                                    CGOA................            1.74
                                    GOA.................            1.85
                                    BS..................            1.60
                                    BSAI................            1.60
                                    AK..................            1.82
                                    ALL.................            1.82
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Regulatory areas are defined at Sec.   679.2. (AK = Alaska; ALL =
  all ports including those outside Alaska; BS = Bering Sea subarea;
  CGOA = Central Gulf of Alaska; EGOAxSE = Eastern Gulf of Alaska except
  Southeast Alaska; SEAK = Southeast Alaska; WGOA = Western Gulf of
  Alaska).
\2\ If a price is listed for the species and port combination, that
  price will be applied to the round weight equivalent for sablefish
  landings and the headed and gutted weight equivalent for halibut
  landings. If no price is listed for the port, use port group.


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

    Dated: December 9, 2021.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-27103 Filed 12-14-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P