Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NY to MA, 10716-10717 [2022-03918]

Download as PDF 10716 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 38 / Friday, February 25, 2022 / Rules and Regulations appeared in the Federal Register on December 17, 2021, Appointment to the Air Force Academy. This document corrects the RIN number from 0701– AA81 to 0701–AA94. DATES: This correction is effective February 25, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Adriane S. Paris, Department of the Air Force Federal Register Office, (703) 614– 8500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In FR Doc. 2021–27304, appearing on page 71570 in the Federal Register of Friday, December 17, 2021, in the first column, the RIN is corrected to read ‘‘0701– AA94.’’ Adriane Paris, Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2022–03461 Filed 2–24–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–05–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 211217–0262; RTID 0648– XB829] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NC to VA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2022 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This adjustment to the 2022 fishing year quota is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised 2022 commercial quotas for North Carolina and Virginia. DATES: Effective February 23, 2022, through December 31, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Deighan, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9184. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:59 Feb 24, 2022 Jkt 256001 from Maine through North Carolina. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.102 and final 2022 allocations were published on December 23, 2021 (86 FR 72859). The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.102(c)(2). The Regional Administrator is required to consider three criteria in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations: The transfer or combinations would not preclude the overall annual quota from being fully harvested; the transfer addresses an unforeseen variation or contingency in the fishery; and the transfer is consistent with the objectives of the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Regional Administrator has determined these three criteria have been met for the transfer approved in this notification. North Carolina is transferring 12,259 lb (5,561 kg) to Virginia through mutual agreement of the states. This transfer was requested to repay landings made by an out-of-state permitted vessel under a safe harbor agreement. The revised summer flounder quotas for 2022 are: North Carolina, 3,349,310 lb (1,519,221 kg) and Virginia, 2,788,501 lb (1,264,843 kg). Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 648.162(e)(1)(i) through (iii), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempted from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 18, 2022. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2022–03917 Filed 2–23–22; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No.: 211217–0262; RTID 0648– XB830] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NY to MA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of quota transfer. AGENCY: NMFS announces that the State of New York is transferring a portion of its 2022 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This adjustment to the 2022 fishing year quota is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised 2022 commercial quotas for New York and Massachusetts. SUMMARY: Effective February 23, 2022, through December 31, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Deighan, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9184. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.102 and final 2022 allocations were published on December 23, 2021 (86 FR 72859). The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as published in the Federal Register on December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer flounder commercial quota under § 648.102(c)(2). The Regional Administrator is required to consider three criteria in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations: The transfer or DATES: E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1 10717 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 38 / Friday, February 25, 2022 / Rules and Regulations combinations would not preclude the overall annual quota from being fully harvested; the transfer addresses an unforeseen variation or contingency in the fishery; and the transfer is consistent with the objectives of the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Regional Administrator has determined these three criteria have been met for the transfer approved in this notification. New York is transferring 1,944 lb (882 kg) to Massachusetts through mutual agreement of the states. This transfer was requested to repay landings made by a vessel with landing privileges in both states that landed catch in Massachusetts in excess of the state limit under a safe harbor agreement when weather prevented the vessel from landing in the intended New York port. The revised summer flounder quotas for 2022 are: New York, 1,468,835 lb (666,252 kg) and Massachusetts, 1,393,790 lb (632,213 kg). Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 648.162(e)(1)(i) through (iii), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempted from review under Executive Order 12866. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 17, 2022. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. These possession and trip limit adjustments are effective February 24, 2022, through April 30, 2022. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2022–03918 Filed 2–23–22; 11:15 am] Spencer Talmage, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9232. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P The regulations at § 648.86(o) authorize the Regional Administrator to adjust the possession and trip limits for common pool vessels in order to help avoid overharvest or underharvest of the common pool quotas. Based on the most recent catch information, the common pool fishery has caught low amounts of the following species relative to the annual quotas for each of these stocks (Table 1): Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod; Cape Cod (CC)/GOM yellowtail flounder; and witch flounder. At the current rate of fishing, we project that the common pool fishery will not fully harvest the annual quotas for these stocks by the end of fishing year 2021. Providing vessels an opportunity to possess and land greater amounts of catch should provide greater incentive to fish and more opportunity to catch available quota. Based on our review of past fishing effort and performance under various possession and trip limits, we project that this action’s increases in the possession and trip limits for these stocks should provide additional fishing opportunities and flexibility to facilitate catching available quota while ensuring that the common pool does not exceed its annual quotas. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 648 [Docket No. 210723–0150; RTID 0648– XB805] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Possession and Trip Limit Increases for the Common Pool Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment. AGENCY: This action increases the possession and trip limits of Gulf of Maine cod, Cape Cod/Gulf of Maine yellowtail flounder, and witch flounder for Northeast multispecies common pool vessels for the remainder of the 2021 fishing year. This action will provide the common pool fishery greater opportunity to harvest, but not exceed, the annual quotas for these stocks. SUMMARY: TABLE 1—SUMMARY OF COMMON POOL CATCH THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2022 FY 2021 catch (mt) Stock GOM cod ............................................................................................................................. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder ................................................................................................ Witch flounder ...................................................................................................................... Effective February 24, 2022, until April 30, 2022, NMFS increases the Sub-ACL (mt) 2.6 14.8 20.3 Percent caught 8.2 41.4 44.2 31.4 35.7 46 possession and trip limits summarized in Tables 2 and 3. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 TABLE 2—PREVIOUS FY 2021 POSSESSION AND TRIP LIMITS Stock A Days-at-Sea (DAS) GOM cod .................. 100 lb (45.4 kg) per DAS, up to 200 lb (90.7 kg) per trip. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder. 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) per DAS, up to 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) per trip. Handgear A Witch flounder ........... VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:59 Feb 24, 2022 Small vessel category I 100 lb (45.4 kg) per trip. 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) per trip. I 300 lb (136.1 kg) per trip. 1,500 lb (680.4 kg) per trip. Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1 Handgear B 25 lb (11.3 kg) per trip. 1,000 lb (453.6 kg) per trip.

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 38 (Friday, February 25, 2022)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10716-10717]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03918]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No.: 211217-0262; RTID 0648-XB830]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder 
Fishery; Quota Transfer From NY to MA

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

ACTION: Notification of quota transfer.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the State of New York is transferring a 
portion of its 2022 commercial summer flounder quota to the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This adjustment to the 2022 fishing year 
quota is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black 
Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This 
announcement informs the public of the revised 2022 commercial quotas 
for New York and Massachusetts.

DATES: Effective February 23, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Deighan, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9184.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the summer flounder 
fishery are found in 50 CFR 648.100 through 648.110. These regulations 
require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned 
among the coastal states from Maine through North Carolina. The process 
to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each 
state is described in Sec.  648.102 and final 2022 allocations were 
published on December 23, 2021 (86 FR 72859).
    The final rule implementing Amendment 5 to the Summer Flounder 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as published in the Federal Register on 
December 17, 1993 (58 FR 65936), provided a mechanism for transferring 
summer flounder commercial quota from one state to another. Two or more 
states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the NMFS 
Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator, can transfer or combine summer 
flounder commercial quota under Sec.  648.102(c)(2). The Regional 
Administrator is required to consider three criteria in the evaluation 
of requests for quota transfers or combinations: The transfer or

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combinations would not preclude the overall annual quota from being 
fully harvested; the transfer addresses an unforeseen variation or 
contingency in the fishery; and the transfer is consistent with the 
objectives of the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act. The Regional Administrator has determined these three 
criteria have been met for the transfer approved in this notification.
    New York is transferring 1,944 lb (882 kg) to Massachusetts through 
mutual agreement of the states. This transfer was requested to repay 
landings made by a vessel with landing privileges in both states that 
landed catch in Massachusetts in excess of the state limit under a safe 
harbor agreement when weather prevented the vessel from landing in the 
intended New York port. The revised summer flounder quotas for 2022 
are: New York, 1,468,835 lb (666,252 kg) and Massachusetts, 1,393,790 
lb (632,213 kg).

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. This action is required by 50 CFR 648.162(e)(1)(i) through 
(iii), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempted 
from review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: February 17, 2022.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-03918 Filed 2-23-22; 11:15 am]
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