Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2022 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts, 74384-74386 [2021-28361]

Download as PDF 74384 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 248 / Thursday, December 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Dated: December 27, 2021. Karen Abrams, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–28351 Filed 12–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–C DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 210210–0018] RTID 0648–XB679 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2022 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is adjusting the 2022 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 2022, until the effective date of the final 2022 and 2023 harvest specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal Register. Comments must be received at the following address no later than 4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 14, 2022. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2020–0140 by any of the following methods: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA– NMFS–2020–0140. Click the ‘‘Comment’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record, and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Milani, 907–581–2062. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. The final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) set the 2022 pollock TAC at 99,784 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2021, the Council recommended a 2022 pollock TAC of 141,117 mt for the GOA, which is greater than the 99,784 mt established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2022 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), dated November 2021. The final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) set the 2022 Pacific cod TAC at 27,961 mt in the GOA. In December 2021, the Council recommended a 2022 Pacific cod TAC of 24,111 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 27,961 mt established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council’s recommended 2022 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the SAFE, dated November 2021. Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and Pacific cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at § 679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and the regulations at § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned. In accordance with § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and (a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to § 679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 2022 GOA pollock TAC to 141,117 mt and the 2022 Pacific cod TAC to 24,111 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) are revised consistent with this adjustment. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) is revised for the 2022 TACs of pollock in the Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. TABLE 4—FINAL 2022 DISTRIBUTION OF POLLOCK IN THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL REGULATORY AREAS OF THE GULF OF ALASKA; AREA APPORTIONMENTS;1 AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF ANNUAL TAC [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] Shumigan (area 610) Season 2 A (January 20–May 31) ................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Dec 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1,132 Chirikof (area 620) 52,304 E:\FR\FM\30DER1.SGM 30DER1 Kodiak (area 630) 8,080 Total 3 61,516 74385 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 248 / Thursday, December 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 4—FINAL 2022 DISTRIBUTION OF POLLOCK IN THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL REGULATORY AREAS OF THE GULF OF ALASKA; AREA APPORTIONMENTS;1 AND SEASONAL ALLOWANCES OF ANNUAL TAC—Continued [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] Shumigan (area 610) Season 2 Chirikof (area 620) Kodiak (area 630) Total 3 B (September 1–November 1) ........................................................................ 22,582 16,946 21,988 61,516 Annual Total ............................................................................................. 23,714 69,250 30,068 123,032 1 Area apportionments and seasonal allowances may not total precisely due to rounding. 2 As established by § 679.23(d)(2)(i) through (ii), the A and B season allowances are available from January 20 through May 31 and September 1 through November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table. 3 The West Yakutat and Southeast Outside District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table. Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) is revised for the 2022 TACs of Pacific cod in the GOA. TABLE 6—FINAL 2022 SEASONAL APPORTIONMENTS AND ALLOCATION OF PACIFIC COD TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) AMOUNTS IN THE GOA; ALLOCATIONS IN THE WESTERN GOA AND CENTRAL GOA SECTORS, AND THE EASTERN GOA INSHORE AND OFFSHORE PROCESSING COMPONENTS [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton] A Season Annual allocation (mt) Regulatory area and sector Western GOA: Jig (3.5% of TAC) ......................................................... Hook-and-line CV ......................................................... Hook-and-line CP ......................................................... Trawl CV ....................................................................... Trawl CP ....................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot CP ................................................. Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC B Season Seasonal allowances (mt) Sector percentage of annual non-jig TAC Seasonal allowances (mt) 244 94 1,330 2,579 161 2,552 N/A 0.70 10.90 31.54 0.90 19.80 146 47 732 2,118 60 1,330 N/A 0.70 8.90 10.70 1.50 18.20 97 47 598 461 101 1,222 Total ....................................................................... Central GOA: Jig (1.0% of TAC) ......................................................... Hook-and-line < 50 CV ................................................. Hook-and-line ≥ 50 CV ................................................. Hook-and-line CP ......................................................... Trawl CV 1 ..................................................................... Trawl CP ....................................................................... All Pot CV and Pot CP ................................................. 6,959 63.84 4,433 36.16 2,526 148 2,142 984 749 6,099 616 4,078 N/A 9.32 5.61 4.11 21.14 2.00 17.83 89 1,366 823 602 3,710 294 2,615 N/A 5.29 1.10 1.00 20.45 2.19 9.97 59 775 161 146 2,389 322 1,463 Total ....................................................................... 14,814 64.16 9,498 35.84 5,316 Eastern GOA: Inshore (90% of Annual TAC) 2,338 ........................ 2,104 Offshore (10% of Annual TAC) ........................ 234 1 Trawl khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 564 mt, of the annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season allowance (see Table 13. Final 2022 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679). Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment would be impracticable and contrary to VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Dec 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 the public interest, as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the appropriate allocation for pollock and Pacific cod based on the best scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of December 23, 2021. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the fishery for Pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA to be harvested in an expedient manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under § 679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this action to the above address until January 14, 2022. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. E:\FR\FM\30DER1.SGM 30DER1 74386 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 248 / Thursday, December 30, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Dated: December 27, 2021. Karen Abrams, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–28361 Filed 12–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 211221–0266] RIN 0648–BL04 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Reclassifying Sculpin Species in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska; Correcting Amendment National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service is correcting regulations published in a final rule on July 10, 2020, which reclassified sculpins as Ecosystem Component (EC) category, non-target species in both the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) (Amendment 121) and Gulf of Alaska (Amendment 110) Groundfish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). In the implementing regulations, footnotes requiring the full retention of all rockfish species by catcher vessels (CVs) using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear in the BSAI (Amendment 119) and Gulf of Alaska (Amendment 107) were unintentionally omitted from Tables 10 and 11 to 50 CFR part 679. This correcting amendment is therefore necessary to restore the footnotes as published in the final rule implementing Amendments 119 and 107 and to make other minor corrections. DATES: Effective December 30, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mason Smith, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: Need for Correction The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a rule reclassifying sculpins as EC category, non-target species in both the BSAI (Amendment 121) and Gulf of Alaska (Amendment 110) Groundfish FMPs in the Federal Register on July 10, 2020 (85 FR 41427). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Dec 29, 2021 Jkt 256001 This rule became effective on August 10, 2020. NMFS has identified footnote errors in that final rule within Table 10 to 50 CFR part 679 (Gulf of Alaska Retainable Percentages) and Table 11 to 50 CFR part 679 (BSAI Retainable Percentage). These tables, associated errors, and corrections to each table are discussed below. Corrections to Table 10 to 50 CFR Part 679—Gulf of Alaska Retainable Percentages Table 10 describes the maximum retainable amount (MRA) of groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska when NMFS prohibits directed fishing for those species. This table was modified in a rule published on July 10, 2020 (85 FR 41427), which reclassified sculpins in the Gulf of Alaska (Amendment 110) Groundfish FMP as EC category, nontarget species. However, the implementing regulations unintentionally omitted footnotes from Table 10, which were added to Table 10 a few months prior in the final rule implementing Amendment 107 to the Gulf of Alaska Groundfish FMP. The final rule implementing Amendment 107 was published on February 20, 2020 (85 FR 9687) and required the full retention of rockfish that are caught by CVs using hook-andline, pot, or jig gear. Since the majority of rockfish do not survive capture, this amendment was intended to decrease waste in the fishery. In addition, Amendment 107 was intended to improve identification of rockfish species by vessels using electronic monitoring, reduce overall enforcement burden, and promote consistency between State and Federal fisheries. This correcting amendment is therefore necessary to restore the footnotes in Table 10, as published in the final rule implementing Amendment 107. This correcting amendment makes the following corrections to Table 10: • In the Notes to Table 10 to 50 CFR part 679, the following statement is restored under note 1 (Shortraker/ rougheye rockfish): ‘‘Catcher vessels using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear are required to retain all rockfish. See § 679.20(j);’’ and • In the Notes to Table 10 to 50 CFR part 679, the following statement is restored under note 7 (Aggregated rockfish): ‘‘Catcher vessels using hookand-line, pot, or jig gear are required to retain all rockfish. See § 679.20(j).’’ In addition, after reviewing Table 10, NMFS determined that there are two minor additional errors that need to be corrected in Table 10: • In Table 10 to 50 CFR part 679, amend note in header to read as: ‘‘for PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DSR caught on catcher vessels in the SEO, see § 679.20 (j);’’ and • In Table 10 to 50 CFR part 679, the reference to note 9 is removed from the ‘‘n/a’’ in the cell at the intersection of the Pacific cod basis species row and the Pacific cod incidental catch species column. Corrections to Table 11 to 50 CFR Part 679—BSAI Retainable Percentages Table 11 describes the MRA of groundfish in the BSAI when NMFS prohibits directed fishing of those species. This table was modified in a rule published on July 10, 2020 (85 FR 41427), which reclassified sculpins in the BSAI (Amendment 121) Groundfish FMP as EC category, non-target species. However, the implementing regulations unintentionally omitted footnotes from Table 11, which were added to Table 11 a few months prior in the final rule implementing Amendment 119 to the BSAI Groundfish FMP. Amendment 119 was implemented in a rule published on February 20, 2020 (85 FR 9687) and required the full retention of rockfish that are caught by CVs using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear. Since the majority of rockfish do not survive capture, this amendment was intended to decrease waste in the fishery. In addition, Amendment 119 was intended to improve identification of rockfish species by vessels using electronic monitoring, reduce overall enforcement burden, and promote consistency between State and Federal fisheries. This correcting amendment is therefore necessary to restore the footnotes in Table 11, as published in the final rule implementing Amendment 119. This correcting amendment makes the following corrections in Table 11: • In Table 11 to 50 CFR part 679, a reference to footnote 9 is restored to the Shortraker/rougheye column header; • In Table 11 to 50 CFR part 679, the following statement is restored to footnote 6: ‘‘Catcher vessels using hookand-line, pot, or jig gear are required to retain all rockfish. See § 679.20(j); and • In Table 11 to 50 CFR part 679, the following statement is restored to footnote 9: ‘‘Catcher vessels using hookand-line, pot, or jig gear are required to retain all rockfish. See § 679.20(j).’’ Classification The NOAA Assistant Administrator (AA) for Fisheries finds there is good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this action pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such requirement is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. This correcting amendment E:\FR\FM\30DER1.SGM 30DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 210210-0018]
RTID 0648-XB679


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Inseason 
Adjustment to the 2022 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total 
Allowable Catch Amounts

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is adjusting the 2022 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts 
for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This 
action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are 
incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod 
TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific 
information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is 
consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

DATES: Effective 0001 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 1, 
2022, until the effective date of the final 2022 and 2023 harvest 
specifications for GOA groundfish, unless otherwise modified or 
superseded through publication of a notification in the Federal 
Register.
    Comments must be received at the following address no later than 
4:30 p.m., A.l.t., January 14, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2020-0140 by 
any of the following methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov and 
enter NOAA-NMFS-2020-0140. Click the ``Comment'' icon, complete the 
required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant 
Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region 
NMFS, Attn: Records. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-
1668.
    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by 
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after 
the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public 
record, and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address), confidential business information, 
or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter 
``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Milani, 907-581-2062.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan 
for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) under authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations 
governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at 
subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679.
    The final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) set the 2022 pollock TAC at 
99,784 metric tons (mt) in the GOA. In December 2021, the Council 
recommended a 2022 pollock TAC of 141,117 mt for the GOA, which is 
greater than the 99,784 mt established by the final 2021 and 2022 
harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA. The Council's 
recommended 2022 TAC, and the area and seasonal apportionments, is 
based on the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report (SAFE), 
dated November 2021.
    The final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in 
the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) set the 2022 Pacific cod TAC 
at 27,961 mt in the GOA. In December 2021, the Council recommended a 
2022 Pacific cod TAC of 24,111 mt for the GOA, which is less than the 
27,961 mt established by the final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the GOA. The Council's recommended 2022 TAC, and the 
area and seasonal apportionments, is based on the SAFE, dated November 
2021.
    Steller sea lions occur in the same location as the pollock and 
Pacific cod fisheries and are listed as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act. Pollock and Pacific cod are principal prey species for 
Steller sea lions in the GOA. The seasonal apportionment of pollock and 
Pacific cod harvests are necessary to ensure the groundfish fisheries 
are not likely to cause jeopardy of extinction or adverse modification 
of critical habitat for Steller sea lions. The regulations at Sec.  
679.20(a)(5)(iv) specify how the pollock TAC will be apportioned and 
the regulations at Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i) specify how 
the Pacific cod TAC will be apportioned.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(i)(B), and 
(a)(2)(iv) the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), has determined that, based on the best available 
scientific information for this fishery, the current GOA pollock and 
Pacific cod TACs are incorrectly specified. Consequently, pursuant to 
Sec.  679.25(a)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator is adjusting the 
2022 GOA pollock TAC to 141,117 mt and the 2022 Pacific cod TAC to 
24,111 mt. Therefore, Tables 4 and 6 of the final 2021 and 2022 harvest 
specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, February 19, 
2021) are revised consistent with this adjustment.
    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv), Table 4 of the final 2021 and 
2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA (86 FR 10184, 
February 19, 2021) is revised for the 2022 TACs of pollock in the 
Central and Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

 Table 4--Final 2022 Distribution of Pollock in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska;
                          Area Apportionments;\1\ and Seasonal Allowances of Annual TAC
                                 [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]
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                                                  Shumigan (area  Chirikof (area   Kodiak (area
                   Season \2\                          610)            620)            630)          Total \3\
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A (January 20-May 31)...........................           1,132          52,304           8,080          61,516

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B (September 1-November 1)......................          22,582          16,946          21,988          61,516
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    Annual Total................................          23,714          69,250          30,068         123,032
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\1\ Area apportionments and seasonal allowances may not total precisely due to rounding.
\2\ As established by Sec.   679.23(d)(2)(i) through (ii), the A and B season allowances are available from
  January 20 through May 31 and September 1 through November 1, respectively. The amounts of pollock for
  processing by the inshore and offshore components are not shown in this table.
\3\ The West Yakutat and Southeast Outside District pollock TACs are not allocated by season and are not
  included in the total pollock TACs shown in this table.

    Pursuant to Sec.  679.20(a)(6)(ii) and (a)(12)(i), Table 6 of the 
final 2021 and 2022 harvest specifications for groundfish in the GOA 
(86 FR 10184, February 19, 2021) is revised for the 2022 TACs of 
Pacific cod in the GOA.

Table 6--Final 2022 Seasonal Apportionments and Allocation of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch (TAC) Amounts in
    the GOA; Allocations in the Western GOA and Central GOA Sectors, and the Eastern GOA Inshore and Offshore
                                              Processing Components
                                 [Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]
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                                                             A Season                        B Season
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                                      Annual          Sector                          Sector
   Regulatory area and sector       allocation     percentage of     Seasonal      percentage of     Seasonal
                                       (mt)       annual non-jig    allowances    annual non-jig    allowances
                                                        TAC            (mt)             TAC            (mt)
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Western GOA:
    Jig (3.5% of TAC)...........             244             N/A             146             N/A              97
    Hook-and-line CV............              94            0.70              47            0.70              47
    Hook-and-line CP............           1,330           10.90             732            8.90             598
    Trawl CV....................           2,579           31.54           2,118           10.70             461
    Trawl CP....................             161            0.90              60            1.50             101
    All Pot CV and Pot CP.......           2,552           19.80           1,330           18.20           1,222
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        Total...................           6,959           63.84           4,433           36.16           2,526
Central GOA:
    Jig (1.0% of TAC)...........             148             N/A              89             N/A              59
    Hook-and-line < 50 CV.......           2,142            9.32           1,366            5.29             775
    Hook-and-line [gteqt] 50 CV.             984            5.61             823            1.10             161
    Hook-and-line CP............             749            4.11             602            1.00             146
    Trawl CV \1\................           6,099           21.14           3,710           20.45           2,389
    Trawl CP....................             616            2.00             294            2.19             322
    All Pot CV and Pot CP.......           4,078           17.83           2,615            9.97           1,463
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        Total...................          14,814           64.16           9,498           35.84           5,316
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Eastern GOA:                      ..............    Inshore (90% of Annual TAC)
                                   Offshore (10% of Annual TAC)
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                                           2,338  ..............           2,104  ..............             234
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\1\ Trawl catcher vessels participating in Rockfish Program cooperatives receive 3.81 percent, or 564 mt, of the
  annual Central GOA TAC (see Table 28c to 50 CFR part 679), which is deducted from the Trawl CV B season
  allowance (see Table 13. Final 2022 Apportionments of Rockfish Secondary Species in the Central GOA and Table
  28c to 50 CFR part 679).

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR part 679, which was 
issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under 
Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior 
notice and an opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice 
and comment would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest, 
as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries 
data in a timely fashion and would allow for harvests that exceed the 
appropriate allocation for pollock and Pacific cod based on the best 
scientific information available. NMFS was unable to publish a notice 
providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant 
data only became available as of December 23, 2021.
    Without this inseason adjustment, NMFS could not allow the fishery 
for Pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA to be harvested in an expedient 
manner and in accordance with the regulatory schedule. Under Sec.  
679.25(c)(2), interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
on this action to the above address until January 14, 2022.

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


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    Dated: December 27, 2021.
Karen Abrams,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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