[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 197 (Thursday, October 10, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 61990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24434]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 120918468-3111-02]
RIN 0648-XC919


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in 
Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in 
Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is 
necessary to prevent exceeding the 2013 total allowable catch of 
pollock for Statistical Area 620 in the GOA.

DATES: Effective October 7, 2013, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 
31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

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 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 2013 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in Statistical Area 
620 of the GOA is 51,444 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 
2013 and 2014 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (78 FR 
13162, February 26, 2013). The D season apportionment of the 
Statistical Area 620 pollock TAC is 7,600 mt.
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(a)(5)(iv)(B), the Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) hereby reapportions 1,520 
mt of the C season underharvest of pollock in Statistical Area 610 to 
the D season apportionment of the Statistical Area 620 pollock TAC. 
Therefore, the revised D season allowance of the pollock TAC in 
Statistical Area 620 is 9,120 mt (7,600 mt plus 1,520 mt) and the 
revised 2013 TAC in Statistical Area 620 is 52,964 mt (51,444 mt plus 
1,520 mt).
    In accordance with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the Regional 
Administrator has determined that the 2013 TAC of pollock in 
Statistical Area 620 of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the 
Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 
52,700 mt and is setting aside the remaining 264 mt as bycatch to 
support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with 
Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this 
directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is 
prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the 
GOA.
    After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable 
amounts at Sec.  679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently 
obtained from the fishery. The Acting Assistant Administrator for 
Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to 
provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the 
authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and Sec.  679.25(c)(1)(ii) as 
such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. 
This requirement is 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 delay the closure of directed 
fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the GOA. NMFS was unable 
to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most 
recent, relevant data only became available as of October 5, 2013.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is 
based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment.
    This action is required by Sec.  679.20 and is exempt from review 
under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: October 7, 2013.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, performing the 
functions and duties of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-24434 Filed 10-7-13; 4:15 pm]
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