Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition, 7823 [2022-02857]

Download as PDF jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 28 / Thursday, February 10, 2022 / Notices this EFP would cover a study period of April 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. The project includes 4 inshore vessels (Lobster Management Area 2) and 16 offshore vessels (Lobster Management Areas 1, 3, and 4). Each vessel would fish with 3 modified, ventless traps designed to capture juvenile lobsters, totaling 60 modified traps. The project team hopes to add 2 additional offshore vessels (Lobster Management Areas 1, 3, 4, and/or 5) in 2022, which would increase the total to 66 traps. The modified traps would adhere to the standard coast-wide survey gear for lobster and Jonah crab set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and would be fished within standard Atlantic Large Whalecompliant trawls. The traps would remain in the water up to 12 months and be hauled every 7 days by the inshore vessels and every 10 days by the offshore vessels. This study would take place during the regular fishing activity of the participating vessels, but catch from modified traps would remain separate from that of standard gear. Operators would collect data on size, sex, presence of eggs, and shell hardness for lobsters and Jonah crabs and v-notch and shell disease for lobsters. In addition to onboard sampling, three inshore and three offshore vessels would retain up to 50 Jonah crabs per month each, for a total of up to 300 crabs per month, for a molting study. Operators would return all other specimens from modified gear to the ocean once sampling is complete. The study is designed to inform management by addressing questions of changing reproduction and recruitment dynamics of lobster and develop a foundation of knowledge for the datadeficient Jonah crab fishery. The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation would share data with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management every 6 months. If approved, the applicant may request 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Feb 09, 2022 Jkt 256001 Dated: February 7, 2022. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2022–02839 Filed 2–9–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB733] Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that Gulf of Mexico gag is now subject to overfishing and overfished; Bering Sea snow crab is now overfished; Atlantic mackerel is still subject to overfishing and overfished; and Georges Bank winter flounder, Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder, and Atlantic Coast bluefish are still overfished. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate regional fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Frens, (301)–427–8523. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, must notify Councils, and publish a notice in the Federal Register, whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition. NMFS has determined that Gulf of Mexico gag is now subject to overfishing and overfished. The Gulf of Mexico gag determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2021 and using data through 2019, which indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing mortality rate is above the threshold, and overfished because the stock biomass is below the threshold. NMFS has notified the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council of the requirement SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7823 to end overfishing on and to rebuild this stock. NMFS has determined that Bering Sea snow crab is now overfished. This determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2021and using data through 2021, which indicates that this stock is overfished because the mature male biomass is below the threshold. NMFS has notified the North Pacific Fishery Management Council of the requirement to rebuild this stock. NMFS has determined that Atlantic mackerel is still subject to overfishing and overfished. This determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2020 and using data through 2019, which indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing mortality rate is above the threshold, and overfished because the stock biomass is below the threshold. NMFS continues to work with the New England Fishery Management Council to end overfishing and to rebuild this stock. NMFS has determined that Georges Bank winter flounder, Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder, and Atlantic Coast bluefish are still overfished. The two winter flounder determinations are based on the most recent assessments, completed in 2020 and using data through 2019, which indicate that these stocks are overfished because the biomasses are below their respective thresholds. NMFS continues to work with the New England Fishery Management Council to rebuild these stocks. The Atlantic Coast bluefish determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2021 and using data through 2019, which indicates that this stock is overfished because the biomass is below the threshold. NMFS continues to work with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to rebuild this stock. Dated: February 7, 2022. 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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 28 (Thursday, February 10, 2022)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB733]


Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that Gulf of Mexico gag is 
now subject to overfishing and overfished; Bering Sea snow crab is now 
overfished; Atlantic mackerel is still subject to overfishing and 
overfished; and Georges Bank winter flounder, Southern New England/Mid-
Atlantic winter flounder, and Atlantic Coast bluefish are still 
overfished. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate 
regional fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines 
that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, overfished, or 
approaching an overfished condition.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Frens, (301)-427-8523.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, 
must notify Councils, and publish a notice in the Federal Register, 
whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to 
overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition.
    NMFS has determined that Gulf of Mexico gag is now subject to 
overfishing and overfished. The Gulf of Mexico gag determination is 
based on the most recent assessment, completed in 2021 and using data 
through 2019, which indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing 
because the fishing mortality rate is above the threshold, and 
overfished because the stock biomass is below the threshold. NMFS has 
notified the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council of the 
requirement to end overfishing on and to rebuild this stock.
    NMFS has determined that Bering Sea snow crab is now overfished. 
This determination is based on the most recent assessment, completed in 
2021and using data through 2021, which indicates that this stock is 
overfished because the mature male biomass is below the threshold. NMFS 
has notified the North Pacific Fishery Management Council of the 
requirement to rebuild this stock.
    NMFS has determined that Atlantic mackerel is still subject to 
overfishing and overfished. This determination is based on the most 
recent assessment, completed in 2020 and using data through 2019, which 
indicates that this stock is subject to overfishing because the fishing 
mortality rate is above the threshold, and overfished because the stock 
biomass is below the threshold. NMFS continues to work with the New 
England Fishery Management Council to end overfishing and to rebuild 
this stock.
    NMFS has determined that Georges Bank winter flounder, Southern New 
England/Mid-Atlantic winter flounder, and Atlantic Coast bluefish are 
still overfished. The two winter flounder determinations are based on 
the most recent assessments, completed in 2020 and using data through 
2019, which indicate that these stocks are overfished because the 
biomasses are below their respective thresholds. NMFS continues to work 
with the New England Fishery Management Council to rebuild these 
stocks. The Atlantic Coast bluefish determination is based on the most 
recent assessment, completed in 2021 and using data through 2019, which 
indicates that this stock is overfished because the biomass is below 
the threshold. NMFS continues to work with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council to rebuild this stock.

    Dated: February 7, 2022.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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