National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration February 7, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2017-02604
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2017-02486
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2017 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-02473
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold nine public hearings/scoping workshops and two webinars to solicit public comments on Coral 7/Shrimp 17B.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allow the Use of Longline Pot Gear in the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Fishery; Amendment 101; Correction
Document Number: 2017-02463
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS published a ``Stay of final rule'' on January 31, 2017 in accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum)to delay the effective date of the final rule NMFS published on December 28, 2016. This notification corrects the effectiveness date from ``March 12, 2017'' to ``March 11, 2017.'' For consistency and clarity, the complete new DATES section has been set out below in its entirety.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Individual Bluefin Quota Program; Inseason Transfers; Correction
Document Number: 2017-02462
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS published a ``Stay of final rule'' on January 31, 2017 in accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum)to delay the effective date of the final rule NMFS published on December 29, 2016. This notification corrects the effectiveness date from ``March 21, 2017'' to ``February 10, 2017.'' For consistency and clarity, the complete new DATES section has been set out below in its entirety.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 27
Document Number: 2017-02268
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule establishes the 2017-2018 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), including harvest specifications consistent with default harvest control rules in the PCGFMP. This action also includes regulations to implement Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP, which adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as an actively managed stock, adds a new inseason management process for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries in California, and makes several clarifications to existing regulations.