Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Possession and Trip Limit Increases for the Common Pool Fishery, 10717-10718 [2022-03921]

Download as PDF 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. 10718 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 38 / Friday, February 25, 2022 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 3—NEW FY 2021 POSSESSION AND TRIP LIMITS Stock A Days-at-Sea (DAS) GOM cod .................. 200 lb (90.7 kg) per DAS, up to 400 lb (181.4 kg) per trip. CC/GOM yellowtail flounder. 1,500 lb (680.4 kg) per DAS, up to 3,000 lb (1,360.8 kg) per trip. Handgear A Witch flounder ........... lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 Classification NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act consistent with 50 CFR 648.86(o), which was issued pursuant to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive prior notice and the opportunity for public comment and the 30-day delayed effectiveness period 15:59 Feb 24, 2022 200 lb (90.7 kg) per trip. 1,500 lb (680.4 kg) per trip. I 300 lb (136.1 kg) per trip. Handgear B 25 lb (11.3 kg) per trip. 1,500 lb (680.4 kg) per trip. 2,000 lb (907.2 kg) per trip. Weekly quota monitoring reports for the common pool fishery can be found on our website at: https:// www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/ ro/fso/reports/h/nemultispecies.html. We will continue to monitor common pool catch through vessel trip reports, dealer-reported landings, Vessel Monitoring System catch reports, and other available information and, if necessary, we will make additional adjustments to common pool management measures. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Small vessel category I Jkt 256001 because this action relieves possession and landing restrictions, and delayed implementation would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest. 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. Our analysis indicates that this action’s increased possession and trip limit adjustments for these stocks should help the fishery achieve catching the allocated amounts for each stock. Any delay in this action would limit the benefits to common pool vessels that the increased landing and possession limits are intended to provide. The time necessary to provide for prior notice and comment, and a 30-day delay in effectiveness, would keep NMFS from implementing the necessary possession and trip limit before the end of the fishing year on April 30, 2022, which could prevent the fishery from catching the allocated amounts for each PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 stock and cause negative economic impacts to the common pool fishery. This would undermine management objectives of the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and cause unnecessary negative economic impacts to the common pool fishery. The public received prior notice and an opportunity to comment on the Regional Administrator’s exercise of this authority. The fishing industry participants have experienced these adjustments and have become accustomed to this process. There is additional good cause to waive the delayed effective period because this action relieves restrictions on fishing vessels by increasing a trip limit. 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. 2022–03921 Filed 2–23–22; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\25FER1.SGM 25FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 38 (Friday, February 25, 2022)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10717-10718]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03921]


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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

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.

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SUMMARY: 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.

DATES: These possession and trip limit adjustments are effective 
February 24, 2022, through April 30, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Spencer Talmage, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9232.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations at Sec.  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.

                         Table 1--Summary of Common Pool Catch Through January 18, 2022
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                                                                FY 2021 catch
                            Stock                                   (mt)         Sub-ACL (mt)    Percent caught
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GOM cod.....................................................               2.6             8.2              31.4
CC/GOM yellowtail flounder..................................              14.8            41.4              35.7
Witch flounder..............................................              20.3            44.2                46
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    Effective February 24, 2022, until April 30, 2022, NMFS increases 
the possession and trip limits summarized in Tables 2 and 3.

                              Table 2--Previous FY 2021 Possession and Trip Limits
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                                     A Days-at-Sea                           Small vessel
              Stock                      (DAS)            Handgear A           category           Handgear B
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GOM cod.........................  100 lb (45.4 kg)          100 lb (45.4 kg) per trip.        25 lb (11.3 kg)
                                   per DAS, up to                                              per trip.
                                   200 lb (90.7 kg)
                                   per trip.
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CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......  1,000 lb (453.6     1,000 lb (453.6     300 lb (136.1 kg)   1,000 lb (453.6
                                   kg) per DAS, up     kg) per trip.       per trip.           kg) per trip.
                                   to 2,000 lb
                                   (907.2 kg) per
                                   trip.
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Witch flounder..................                           1,500 lb (680.4 kg) per trip.
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                                 Table 3--New FY 2021 Possession and Trip Limits
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                                     A Days-at-Sea                           Small vessel
              Stock                      (DAS)            Handgear A           category           Handgear B
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GOM cod.........................  200 lb (90.7 kg)          200 lb (90.7 kg) per trip.        25 lb (11.3 kg)
                                   per DAS, up to                                              per trip.
                                   400 lb (181.4 kg)
                                   per trip.
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CC/GOM yellowtail flounder......  1,500 lb (680.4     1,500 lb (680.4     300 lb (136.1 kg)   1,500 lb (680.4
                                   kg) per DAS, up     kg) per trip.       per trip.           kg) per trip.
                                   to 3,000 lb
                                   (1,360.8 kg) per
                                   trip.
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Witch flounder..................                           2,000 lb (907.2 kg) per trip.
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    Weekly quota monitoring reports for the common pool fishery can be 
found on our website at: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/ro/fso/reports/h/nemultispecies.html. We will continue to monitor common pool catch 
through vessel trip reports, dealer-reported landings, Vessel 
Monitoring System catch reports, and other available information and, 
if necessary, we will make additional adjustments to common pool 
management measures.

Classification

    NMFS issues this action pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act consistent with 50 CFR 648.86(o), which was issued pursuant 
to section 304(b), and is exempt from review under Executive Order 
12866. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA, finds good 
cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive 
prior notice and the opportunity for public comment and the 30-day 
delayed effectiveness period because this action relieves possession 
and landing restrictions, and delayed implementation would be 
impracticable and contrary to the public interest.
    The regulations at Sec.  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. Our analysis indicates that this action's increased 
possession and trip limit adjustments for these stocks should help the 
fishery achieve catching the allocated amounts for each stock. Any 
delay in this action would limit the benefits to common pool vessels 
that the increased landing and possession limits are intended to 
provide.
    The time necessary to provide for prior notice and comment, and a 
30-day delay in effectiveness, would keep NMFS from implementing the 
necessary possession and trip limit before the end of the fishing year 
on April 30, 2022, which could prevent the fishery from catching the 
allocated amounts for each stock and cause negative economic impacts to 
the common pool fishery. This would undermine management objectives of 
the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and cause 
unnecessary negative economic impacts to the common pool fishery. The 
public received prior notice and an opportunity to comment on the 
Regional Administrator's exercise of this authority. The fishing 
industry participants have experienced these adjustments and have 
become accustomed to this process. There is additional good cause to 
waive the delayed effective period because this action relieves 
restrictions on fishing vessels by increasing a trip limit.

    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. 2022-03921 Filed 2-23-22; 11:15 am]
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