[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 63951-63958]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25271]



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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 121029593-3851-01]
RIN 0648-BC73


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Amendment 99

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement Amendment 99 
to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). If approved, Amendment 99 
would enable the holders of license limitation program (LLP) licenses 
authorizing a designated vessel to catch and process Pacific cod in the 
BSAI hook-and-line fisheries to use newly built or existing vessels 
that are not eligible under current vessel length and capacity 
restrictions. This action is necessary to promote safety-at-sea by 
encouraging the replacement of older vessels with newer and more 
efficient vessels that are able to meet modern vessel safety standards. 
This action is intended to facilitate the increased retention and 
utilization of groundfish by allowing sector participants to use larger 
vessels with increased processing and hold capabilities. This action is 
intended to promote the goals and objectives of the BSAI FMP, the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), and other applicable laws.

DATES: Submit comments on or before November 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by FDMS Docket Number 
NOAA-NMFS-2012-0220, by any of the following methods:
    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0220, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments
    Mail: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, 
Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 
99802-1668.
    Fax: Address written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, 
Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Fax comments to 907-586-7557.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
    Electronic copies of the Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) and the 
Categorical Exclusion prepared for this proposed action may be obtained 
from http://www.regulations.gov or from the NMFS Alaska Region Web site 
at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov.
    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other 
aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this 
proposed rule may be submitted to NMFS Alaska Region and by email to 
OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-7285.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seanbob Kelly, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Regulatory Authority

    NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 99 to the BSAI 
FMP. NMFS manages the U.S. groundfish fisheries of the Exclusive 
Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska under the Fishery Management Plan for 
Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) and the BSAI FMP. The North 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the GOA FMP and 
BSAI FMP pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable 
laws. Regulations implementing the GOA FMP and BSAI FMP appear at 50 
CFR part 679. General regulations that pertain to U.S. fisheries appear 
at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600.

Background

    The proposed action would amend the BSAI FMP and revise Federal 
regulations to: (1) Increase the maximum length overall (MLOA) to 220 
feet (67 m) on LLP licenses authorizing vessels to catch and process 
Pacific cod with hook-and-line gear in the BSAI; (2) allow holders of 
LLP licenses authorized to catch and process Pacific cod with both 
hook-and-line and pot gear in the BSAI to increase the MLOA on the LLP 
license to 220 feet (67 m) only if the pot gear endorsement is 
surrendered within a specific time frame; and (3) allow vessels that 
catch and process Pacific cod with hook-and-line in the BSAI to exceed 
length, tonnage, and power limits established under the American 
Fisheries Act (AFA). The following sections provide background on the 
need for, the objectives of, and the effects of the proposed action.

The LLP and BSAI Longline Catcher Processor Subsector

    Under the LLP, which was implemented by NMFS on January 1, 2000 (63 
FR 52642, October 1, 1998), an LLP license is required for all vessels 
directed fishing for groundfish in the BSAI and GOA, with limited 
exemptions for smaller vessels and vessels using a limited amount of 
jig gear. Directed fishing is defined in regulations at Sec.  679.2. 
For a vessel designated on an LLP license, the LLP license authorizes 
the type of fishing gear that may be used by the vessel, the maximum 
size of the vessel, and whether the vessel may catch and process fish 
at sea or if it is limited to delivering catch without at-sea 
processing. LLP licenses that allow vessels to catch and process at-sea 
are assigned a catcher/processor (C/P) endorsement, and those that 
restrict vessels from at-sea processing are assigned a catcher vessel 
endorsement.
    LLP licenses specify the MLOA of the vessel to which that LLP 
license may be assigned. Participants in LLP groundfish fisheries are 
prohibited from using a vessel to fish for LLP groundfish that has a 
length overall (LOA) that is greater than the MLOA specified on the LLP 
license (see Sec.  679.7(i)(6)). Until 2003, an LLP license included 
gear and operational type (C/P or catcher vessel) endorsements, but did 
not include endorsements to directed fish for specific groundfish 
species. In 2003, NMFS modified the LLP to include a species 
endorsement for Pacific cod in the BSAI. In 2011, NMFS implemented 
modifications to the LLP to include a species endorsement for Pacific 
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the GOA. A vessel can directed fish for Pacific cod in the BSAI or GOA 
only if the vessel is designated on an LLP license that has this 
specific endorsement, with limited exemptions for smaller vessels and 
vessels using a limited amount of jig gear as specified at Sec.  
679.4(k)(9)(iv) and Sec.  679.4(k)(10)(iv). NMFS included Pacific cod 
endorsements on existing LLP licenses based on eligibility criteria, 
primarily whether the license or the vessel had been used to harvest 
Pacific cod. Additional detail on the development and rationale for the 
LLP and Pacific cod endorsements in the BSAI and GOA can be found in 
the final rule implementing these Pacific cod endorsement requirements 
and is not repeated here (see 67 FR 18129, April 15, 2002 for the BSAI; 
see 76 FR 15826, March 22, 2011, for the GOA).
    The LLP Pacific cod endorsement requirement has, in effect, limited 
the number of vessels that are eligible to fish for Pacific cod in the 
BSAI and GOA. For example, under existing LLP regulations, the vessels 
currently used to directed fish for Pacific cod in the BSAI using hook-
and-line gear and to process that catch at sea must be assigned an LLP 
license with a BSAI Pacific cod hook-and-line C/P endorsement. Public 
Law 108-447, 118 Stat. 2887, Dec. 8, 2004, at section 219(a)(6), 
defines the term ``longline catcher processor subsector'' as ``the 
holders of an LLP license that is noninterim and transferable, or that 
is interim and subsequently becomes noninterim and transferable, and 
that is endorsed for Bering Sea or Aleutian Islands catcher processor 
fishing activity, C/P, Pcod [Pacific cod], hook and line gear.'' There 
are 36 LLP licenses that meet the eligibility criteria for the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector as defined in section 219(a)(6).

Vessels Operating In the BSAI Longline C/P Subsector and the Pacific 
Cod Fishery

    Most vessels currently operating in the BSAI longline C/P subsector 
were not designed as fishing vessels for the BSAI but were converted to 
longline C/Ps from some other use. The vessels in the BSAI longline C/P 
subsector range in length from 107 feet (32.6 m) to 180 feet (54.8 m) 
LOA. The average age of the vessels in this fleet is approximately 40 
years, and 30 percent were built before 1946. In general, the newer 
vessels participating in this subsector have longer LOAs and were 
designed to specifically target groundfish with longline gear. 
Production capacity is directly related to vessel length and overall 
vessel design. For example, the larger vessels in the fleet can 
accommodate larger freezer holds that allow vessels to stay at sea for 
longer periods. Larger vessels can provide a larger processing platform 
that can be converted to accommodate more processing equipment, which 
can be optimally located in vessels specifically designed for fishing 
to increase overall daily throughput. Moreover, longer vessels are able 
to operate in most weather conditions, including conditions that may be 
considered adverse by longline C/Ps with relatively shorter length. 
Vessels participating in the BSAI longline C/P subsector are described 
in more detail in section 1.5 of the RIR for this action (See 
ADDRESSES).
    Vessels used in the BSAI longline C/P subsector target groundfish 
with longline gear that consists of a stationary, buoyed, and anchored 
line with hooks attached for the taking of fish. Once landed, 
groundfish are sorted by size and weight, and then packed and frozen 
onboard. Vessels eligible to participate in the BSAI longline C/P 
subsector primarily target Pacific cod in the BSAI, but many also 
participate in Greenland turbot and sablefish fisheries in the BSAI, as 
well as Pacific cod fisheries in the GOA. In addition, vessels using 
longline gear retain incidentally caught species such as skates, 
rockfish, arrowtooth flounder, and pollock.
    Recent participation information for vessels eligible to 
participate in the BSAI longline C/P sector indicates that the number 
of these vessels harvesting Pacific cod in the BSAI fishery has been 
relatively stable and the number of vessels harvesting Pacific cod in 
the GOA fishery has declined. From 2011 through 2013, approximately 33 
vessels eligible to participate in the BSAI longline C/P sector 
harvested Pacific cod in the BSAI. Of the 36 LLP licenses in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector, 27 LLP licenses are also endorsed to fish in 
the GOA Pacific cod fisheries. The number of vessels named on the 36 
LLP licenses in the BSAI longline C/P subsector that harvested Pacific 
cod in the GOA declined from a peak of 18 vessels in 2007 to 14 vessels 
in 2011, and to 6 vessels in 2012. Three of the 36 LLP licenses that 
are eligible for the BSAI longline C/P subsector are also authorized to 
participate in the BSAI Pacific cod fisheries with a C/P using pot 
gear; of these three licenses, only one is also endorsed to authorize 
participation in the Western GOA Pacific cod fisheries with a C/P using 
pot gear. Vessels named on these three LLP licenses may elect to 
participate in either the longline or pot C/P sector in the BSAI 
Pacific cod fishery, or the vessel may participate in both sectors.
    The Council and NMFS annually establish total allowable catch (TAC) 
limits for Pacific cod and other groundfish targeted by C/Ps using 
hook-and-line gear in the BSAI and the GOA. The TAC amounts are 
allocated among user groups as part of the annual harvest 
specifications process, as authorized at Sec.  679.20. In the BSAI, 
Pacific cod is apportioned between the Western Alaska Community 
Development Quota (CDQ) Program and non-CDQ fishery participants. 
Allocations to the CDQ Program are assigned to CDQ groups as defined by 
section 305(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The CDQ groups harvest 
almost all their Pacific cod allocations with vessels that are members 
of the BSAI longline C/P subsector.
    In 2007, NMFS modified the Pacific cod allocations to specific 
sectors in the BSAI under regulations implementing Amendment 85 to the 
BSAI FMP (72 FR 50788, September 4, 2007). Amendment 85 modified the 
allocations of the annual BSAI Pacific cod TAC among various harvest 
sectors as seasonal apportionments. Amendment 85 increased the 
percentage of the BSAI Pacific cod TAC apportioned to the CDQ Program 
from 7.5 percent to 10.7 percent. The remaining TAC, known as non-CDQ 
TAC, is further apportioned between seasons for jig, pot, hook-and-
line, and trawl gear types and operating types. The BSAI longline C/P 
subsector receives 48.7 percent of the annual non-CDQ allocation of the 
Pacific cod TAC as two separate seasonal allowances. The regulations 
implementing Amendment 85 require a sector to stop conducting directed 
fishing for Pacific cod when its allocation is exhausted, even if TAC 
allocated to other sectors remains unharvested. This ensures that 
fishery participants in one sector do not compete for BSAI Pacific cod 
with participants in other sectors.
    The BSAI longline C/P subsector is also allocated a limited amount 
of halibut to be used as prohibited species catch (PSC) in the Pacific 
cod fishery under regulations implementing Amendment 85 because halibut 
is incidentally caught by vessels using hook-and-line gear. The halibut 
PSC limit ensures that total incidental mortality of halibut does not 
exceed a specified limit while at the same time allowing participants 
to conduct their target fisheries. Once this halibut PSC limit is 
reached, then NMFS closes directed fishing for groundfish that results 
in the take of halibut. This halibut PSC limit constrains the BSAI 
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and other groundfish fisheries. Prior to the implementation of 
Amendment 85, halibut PSC was apportioned to the hook-and-line sector, 
but was not further apportioned between C/Ps and catcher vessels. 
Amendment 85 sub-apportioned the available hook-and-line halibut PSC 
between the catcher vessel and C/P sectors, which gave the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector a separate apportionment of halibut PSC. 
Regulations at Sec.  679.21(e)(2) and (4) specify that a portion of 
total halibut mortality be made available to the BSAI longline C/P 
subsector. Typically, this halibut PSC is further allocated seasonally 
through the annual harvest specifications process.
    NMFS has also established specific allocations of Pacific cod in 
the GOA similar to those in the BSAI. In December 2009, the Council 
recommended that NMFS implement Amendment 83 to the GOA FMP to 
supersede the inshore/offshore processing allocations of Pacific cod 
and establish sector allocations of the TACs. Upon implementation of 
Amendment 83 in 2012 (76 FR 74670, December 1, 2011), NMFS divided the 
GOA Pacific cod TACs and halibut PSC among gear and operation type, 
based primarily on historical dependency and catch history by each 
sector. The hook-and-line C/P sector is allocated 19.8 percent of the 
annual Western GOA TAC and 5.1 percent of the annual Central GOA TAC. 
Halibut PSC is also apportioned between the hook-and-line C/P and 
catcher vessel sectors proportional to the allocation of Pacific cod to 
those sectors. Consistent with halibut PSC management in the BSAI, this 
halibut PSC allocation ensures that total incidental mortality of 
halibut does not exceed a specified limit while at the same time 
allowing participants to conduct their target fisheries. Additional 
detail on Pacific cod and halibut PSC apportionment is provided in the 
final rule implementing Amendment 83 and is not repeated here (76 FR 
74670, December 1, 2011).

Freezer Longline Conservation Cooperative

    In addition to the constraints on Pacific cod allocations and 
halibut PSC limits implemented under regulations for Amendment 85 to 
the BSAI FMP and Amendment 83 to the GOA FMP, the BSAI longline C/P 
subsector has voluntarily developed private contractual arrangements to 
limit Pacific cod and halibut PSC use in the BSAI, effectively 
establishing a de facto limited access program. Congress' definition of 
the BSAI longline C/P subsector and the allocation of BSAI Pacific cod 
and halibut PSC specifically to the BSAI longline C/P subsector 
encouraged holders of eligible LLP licenses to form a voluntary 
cooperative and divide the Pacific cod and halibut PSC allocations 
among its members. Cooperatives allow multiple quota recipients to 
aggregate their annual quota amounts, coordinate their collective 
fishing operations, and benefit from the resulting efficiencies. Since 
the fishing season opened on June 20, 2010, all holders of eligible 
BSAI longline C/P subsector LLP licenses have joined a single 
cooperative, the Freezer Longline Conservation Cooperative (FLCC). 
Cooperative management enables the license holders to efficiently 
harvest sector allocations through the coordination of fishing effort 
among participants. Cooperation among vessel owners has resulted in 
improved bycatch avoidance and has increased the value and variety of 
seafood products in the subsector. In addition, the FLCC has 
established private contractual arrangements that divide the sector's 
Pacific cod and halibut PSC allocations among the member vessels; thus, 
participants are able to maximize the harvest and value of the Pacific 
cod allocation for a given halibut PSC limit.
    In 2010, Congress passed the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector 
Single Fishery Cooperative Act (Pub. L. 111-335) to modify the process 
to form a cooperative in the subsector. Under this Act, NMFS must 
implement a single, mandatory cooperative with exclusive catch 
privileges for each BSAI longline C/P subsector LLP license holder if 
requested to do so by persons holding at least 80 percent of the LLP 
licenses eligible to participate in the BSAI longline C/P subsector 
(i.e., at least 29 of the 36 LLP licenses). To date, NMFS has not 
received any such request; however, the fact that such a mandatory 
cooperative is explicitly authorized by Congress helps to ensure that 
if the voluntary cooperative established by the FLCC is unable to 
continue, regulations to establish a mandatory cooperative with 
exclusive catch privileges could be implemented by NMFS upon request of 
a sufficient number of the members of the subsector.

Objectives of, and Rationale for, Amendment 99 and This Proposed Rule

    Although participants in the BSAI longline C/P subsector are 
currently authorized to replace their vessels, the LLP limits the 
ability of vessels to exceed a specific length. In addition, provisions 
of the AFA limit a vessel owner's ability to receive a fishery 
endorsement for a replacement vessel that exceeds specified length, 
power, and displacement restrictions unless specifically recommended by 
the Council and approved by the Secretary of Commerce. These statutory 
vessel capacity restrictions are described in more detail in the 
``American Fisheries Act and United States Maritime Administration'' 
section of this preamble.
    The Council and NMFS recognize that these regulatory and statutory 
vessel capacity restrictions provide a disincentive for owners to 
rebuild or replace their vessels with larger, more efficient and safer 
vessels. In October 2012, the Council recommended Amendment 99, which 
would allow owners of vessels used in the BSAI longline C/P subsector 
to rebuild or replace their vessels with larger vessels. The principal 
objective of the proposed action is to promote the sustainable harvest 
of groundfish, especially Pacific cod in the BSAI and GOA, by removing 
disincentives for owners of vessels to rebuild or replace their vessels 
with larger vessels. To the extent that the vessel owners exercise the 
vessel replacement opportunity provided in this proposed action, it 
would promote efficient utilization of the Pacific cod resource in the 
BSAI and GOA. The proposed action would also promote safety-at-sea by 
allowing vessel owners to replace existing vessels with vessels that 
can accommodate improved safety features and minimize the risks faced 
by crew members.
    The Council and NMFS recognize that raising the vessel length 
limits could provide vessel owners with the additional hold capacity 
necessary to increase the rate of processing throughput and storage 
capacity. As discussed in section 1.6.2 of the RIR prepared for this 
action, larger vessels can incorporate larger freezer holds that allow 
a vessel to stay at sea for longer periods, while smaller vessels 
generally require more trips to travel to and from fishing grounds to 
offload product. Fewer trips would increase vessel efficiency by 
reducing fuel consumption and minimizing transit time, which would 
allow vessel owners to minimize the time required to harvest their 
quota. The Council recognized the need to lengthen the vessel size 
restrictions to encourage vessel owners to accelerate the replacement 
of vessels in the BSAI longline C/P subsector fleet. The Council noted 
that in many cases the cost of a new vessel may not be affordable 
without the increased production efficiency that could result from 
constructing a larger, more efficient vessel that meets modern safety 
requirements.

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    Under Amendment 99, the MLOA specified on LLP licenses in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector that are not also endorsed for pot gear would be 
increased to 200 feet (67 m). The Council determined that a 220-foot 
(67 m) MLOA for these eligible LLP licenses would encourage LLP license 
holders in the BSAI longline C/P subsector to replace aging vessels 
with newer, safer, and more efficient vessels. The Council considered 
several size limits, including no size limit, and other variable rate 
and fixed-length increases to vessel size prior to recommending 
Amendment 99. Prior to selecting a preferred alternative, the Council 
received public testimony that a 220-foot (67 m) MLOA would provide 
adequate incentives to meet the Council's objectives for this action 
and likely would allow vessel owners to replace vessels with new 
vessels that could accommodate improved efficiency and safety design. 
Specifically, vessel owners potentially affected by this proposed 
action stated that anticipated vessel designs likely would not result 
in vessels greater than 220 feet (67 m) due to the costs of 
construction and operation of these larger vessels relative to 
anticipated revenues. These assertions are supported by section 1.6.2.2 
of the RIR prepared for this action, which describes that processing 
capacity constraints likely limit the size of vessels used in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector to 220 feet (67 m) or less.
    Currently, each of the 36 LLP licenses eligible for the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector have an MLOA equal to or less than 220 feet (67 
m). The average MLOA specified on an LLP license currently eligible for 
the BSAI longline C/P subsector is 152.6 feet (46.5 m). Seventeen of 
the 36 eligible LLP licenses have an MLOA of less than 150 feet (45.7 
m). Increasing the MLOA specified on the LLP licenses in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector to 220 feet (67 m) would not constrain any 
existing LLP licenses in terms of vessel length. Additional detail on 
the LLP licenses currently eligible for the BSAI longline C/P subsector 
can be found in section 1.5.1 of the RIR for this action (see 
ADDRESSES).
    The Council also recommended management measures designed to 
protect historical participants in the Pacific cod pot fisheries that 
could be adversely affected by the use of larger, more efficient 
vessels in the BSAI longline C/P subsector. As noted earlier in this 
preamble, the Council and NMFS recognized that three of the 36 LLP 
licenses endorsed for participation in the the BSAI longline C/P 
subsector also authorize the designated vessel to target Pacific cod 
with C/Ps using pot gear in the BSAI: Two of those LLP licenses 
authorize participation in the BSAI Pacific cod fisheries with C/Ps 
using pot gear; one of the LLP licenses authorizes participation in the 
BSAI and Western GOA Pacific cod fisheries with C/Ps using pot gear. 
The proposed regulations to implement Amendment 99 would allow a person 
holding a LLP license endorsed to catch and process Pacific cod with 
hook-and-line and pot gear in the BSAI to increase the MLOA on the LLP 
license to 220 feet (67 m) only if the LLP holder elects to surrender 
any Pacific cod pot gear endorsements within a specific time frame. The 
Council and the Secretary recognize the potentially adverse competitive 
effects of increased fishing capacity by the longline C/P subsector 
relative to the C/Ps using pot gear. Under this proposed rule, holders 
of the two BSAI longline C/P subsector LLP licenses with BSAI Pacific 
cod pot gear C/P endorsements could either surrender the BSAI Pacific 
cod pot gear C/P endorsements and receive an LLP license with a 220 
feet (67 m) MLOA or retain their current MLOA and continue to 
participate in both fisheries. Similarly, the holder of the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector LLP license with BSAI and Western GOA Pacific 
cod pot gear C/P endorsements could either surrender the BSAI and GOA 
Pacific cod pot gear C/P endorsements and receive an LLP license with a 
220 feet (67 m) MLOA or retain the BSAI Pacific cod pot gear C/P 
endorsements and the current LLP license MLOA would continue to apply.
    The Council recognized that allowing holders of LLP licenses with 
Pacific cod pot gear C/P endorsements to name larger vessels on those 
LLP licenses could increase vessel capacity in the pot gear C/P 
fisheries and could disadvantage historical participants in the sector 
who would continue to be constrained by the MLOAs specified on their 
LLP licenses. As a result, the Council determined that allowing some 
participants in the pot gear C/P fisheries with hook-and-line 
endorsements to have longer MLOAs specified on their LLP licenses could 
allow these participants to harvest a greater proportion of the GOA 
Pacific cod sector allocation relative to their historical catch. This 
could negatively impact historical participants in the Pacific cod pot 
fisheries and would not promote a fair and equitable standard for all 
participants in the pot gear C/P fisheries. The Council recommended 
that NMFS promulgate regulations to ensure that holders of LLP licenses 
eligible for the BSAI longline C/P subsector that choose to retain 
Pacific cod pot gear C/P endorsements would continue to be restricted 
by the current MLOAs on the LLP licenses. The Council recommended, and 
NMFS proposes, a time limit on the one-time permanent election for 
these LLP license holders that would close 36 months from the date of 
implementation of this action, if it is approved. The deadline for 
making the one-time election is intended to promote the conservation 
and management of the BSAI and GOA Pacific cod fisheries by clearly 
identifying pot gear C/P sector participants within a reasonable time 
frame and by establishing an upper limit on vessel capacity in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector.
    To implement Amendment 99, NMFS would increase the MLOA on LLP 
licenses eligible to participate in the BSAI longline C/P subsector. 
Vessels are prohibited, at 679.7(h)(6), from fishing for LLP groundfish 
with a vessel that has a length overall that exceeds the MLOA specified 
on the license that authorizes fishing for the LLP groundfish. 
Therefore, under this action, the MLOA on an eligible LLP license would 
be increased. This proposed action would not prevent subsector 
participants from naming an existing vessel on their LLP license; 
however, the Council and NMFS anticipate that most replacement vessels 
would be newly constructed. As noted earlier in this preamble, newly 
constructed vessels would be better designed for fishing than are many 
of the existing vessels in the fleet. Most existing vessels lack the 
capacity to incorporate innovations and facilities that are available 
in newly constructed vessels. A vessel built to contemporary safety 
standards would likely incorporate advancements in marine design that 
improve efficiency.
    As discussed in section 1.6.2 of the RIR, NMFS expects that this 
proposed action will not increase the fishing operations of C/Ps using 
hook-and-line gear in the BSAI or GOA. As described in this preamble, 
management constraints, such as Pacific cod species endorsements on LLP 
licenses, sector allocations for Pacific cod in the BSAI and GOA, and 
halibut PSC limits in the BSAI and GOA, limit the ability of vessels 
assigned these LLP licenses to expand their overall fishing operations 
in groundfish fisheries.
    Specifically, these management measures in the BSAI and GOA provide 
an overall limit to the Pacific cod catch by vessels in this subsector, 
thereby limiting the potential for the C/P vessels endorsed for hook-
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compete with other subsectors for Pacific cod TAC. While it is possible 
that larger BSAI longline C/P vessels entering the GOA Pacific cod 
fishery could increase competition in that fishery, the Council 
recognized that the harvest patterns of individual FLCC member vessels 
are unlikely to change under the proposed action. Since the formation 
of the cooperative, FLCC member vessels eligible to catch and process 
Pacific cod in the GOA have not increased effort in the GOA Pacific cod 
fisheries despite the efficiencies gained by cooperative management and 
their significantly longer length compared to the hook-and-line C/Ps 
active in the GOA that are not FLCC members. The Council noted that 
although the BSAI longline C/P fleet could increase effort under the 
status quo, they have not and so it is unlikely that the replacement of 
existing vessels with longer vessels would increase competition in the 
GOA.
    As noted earlier in this preamble, NMFS anticipates that the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector will continue to operate in the FLCC to 
coordinate Pacific cod harvests. This continued coordination promotes 
consistent harvesting practices by member vessels, including the newer 
and more efficient vessels entering the fishery. Moreover, NMFS does 
not anticipate rapid changes in the composition, quantity of vessels, 
or capacity of the BSAI longline C/P fleet in response to this proposed 
action, due to the costs and time required for construction of new 
vessels. Collectively, these factors indicate that the proposed action 
would not result in a modification of fishing behavior among FLCC 
members as they target Pacific cod or other groundfish species. While 
it is possible that FLCC members could expand participation in the 
Pacific cod pot fishery, this expansion is constrained by the proposed 
limitations on LLP licenses with Pacific cod hook-and-line and pot C/P 
endorsements as described above.

Proposed Regulatory Amendments

    To implement Amendment 99, NMFS proposes to list the groundfish LLP 
licenses that would be modified by this action at Table 9 to part 679. 
As proposed, Table 9 to part 679 would list in Column A the 36 LLP 
licenses endorsed to participate in the BSAI longline C/P subsector. 
Table 9 would also differentiate between the LLP licenses that qualify 
for an increase in MLOA length to 220 feet (67 m), as designated in 
Column B, and the LLP license holders eligible for a one-time election 
to permanently surrender and extinguish certain LLP license 
endorsements in exchange for an increase in the MLOA to 220 feet (67 
m), as listed in Column C.
    NMFS proposes to revise the regulatory definition of Maximum LOA 
(MLOA) at Sec.  679.2 and to establish regulatory provisions at Sec.  
679.4(k)(3)(i)(D) for a new MLOA category. Under this proposed 
provision, NMFS would revise MLOAs on the LLP licenses designated in 
Column B of Table 9 to part 679. If Amendment 99 and its implementing 
regulations are approved, 30 days following the publication of the 
final rule, the NMFS Restricted Access Management Division would issue 
new LLP licenses with an MLOA of 220 feet (67 m) to the holders of the 
eligible licenses designated in Column B of Table 9 to part 679. NMFS 
would revise only the MLOA of the LLP licenses designated in Column B 
of Table 9 to part 679, and not the area, gear, and operational type 
endorsements. The new LLP licenses would be mailed to the address 
provided to NMFS by the holder of the qualifying LLP license. NMFS 
would establish this revised definition of ``Maximum LOA (MLOA)'' at 
Sec.  679.2 to ensure that all LLP licenses designated in Column B of 
Table 9 to part 679 would be revised on the effective date of the final 
rule, if approved. NMFS would not need to modify the definition of 
``Maximum LOA (MLOA)'' at Sec.  679.2 to apply to LLP licenses listed 
in Column C of Table 9 to part 679 because the MLOAs of those LLP 
licenses would only be modified after the submission of a written 
request from the holders of LLP licenses specified in Column C of Table 
9 to part 679 under specific provisions described in the following 
paragraphs of this preamble.
    NMFS proposes regulations at Sec.  679.4(k)(3)(i)(D)(2) to 
implement the Council's recommendation that the MLOA on an LLP license 
endorsed for participation in the BSAI longline C/P subsector would not 
be modified as long as the LLP license holder retains an endorsement to 
participate in Pacific cod pot fisheries in the BSAI or GOA. NMFS 
proposes to establish procedures for surrendering a Pacific cod pot 
gear endorsement on LLP licenses also endorsed to participate in the 
BSAI longline C/P subsector. NMFS would establish a process for 
eligible participants in the BSAI longline C/P subsector to surrender 
their Pacific cod pot gear endorsements for the BSAI and GOA in 
exchange for receiving an LLP with an MLOA of 220 feet (67 m) 
authorizing participation in the BSAI Pacific cod longline C/P 
fisheries. As proposed, NMFS would assign an MLOA of 220 feet (67 m) to 
any of the three LLP licenses listed in Column C of proposed Table 9 
whose holders surrender the Pacific cod pot gear endorsements on their 
LLP license. This one-time election to surrender the Pacific cod pot 
gear endorsements on an LLP license would be permanent, and NMFS would 
extinguish the surrendered Pacific cod pot gear endorsements. Current 
LLP regulations at Sec.  679.4(k)(7)(viii) specify that LLP 
endorsements are non-severable from the license, with one exception for 
an Aleutian Island area endorsement under the provisions of Sec.  
679.4(k)(4)(ix)(A). Specifying that LLP endorsements are non-severable 
from the license limits the ability of a person to assign an LLP 
license that was derived from the historical landing activity of a 
vessel in one area, using a specific fishing gear, or operational type 
to be used in other areas, with other gears, or for other operational 
types in a manner that could expand fishing capacity. The Council's 
recommendation to allow the holders of three LLP licenses to surrender 
Pacific cod pot gear endorsements associated with the license is 
consistent with this objective because the surrendered endorsements 
would be extinguished. NMFS would not transfer the endorsements to 
another person, and the endorsements could not be used in other areas, 
with other gears, or for other operational types.
    NMFS proposes regulations at Sec.  679.4(k)(6)(xi) to describe the 
requirements for holders of LLP licenses eligible to participate in the 
BSAI longline C/P subsector to surrender their Pacific cod pot gear C/P 
endorsements. If the Secretary approves Amendment 99 and its 
implementing regulations, NMFS would notify in writing the three LLP 
license holders listed in Column C of the proposed Table 9 to part 679 
of their option to elect to surrender their Pacific cod pot gear C/P 
endorsements on their LLP license and receive a 220-foot (67 m) MLOA. 
Owners of eligible licenses, or their agents, would need to notify NMFS 
in writing at the address specified at Sec.  679.4(k)(6)(xi) that they 
elect to surrender the endorsements. The request would need to include 
a signed statement notifying NMFS that the holder of the LLP license 
acknowledges that the election is permanent and irreversible and that 
all pot gear Pacific cod endorsements on that LLP would be 
extinguished. Each LLP license holder would have 36 months from the 
date of implementation of this proposed action to notify NMFS in 
writing of the one-time permanent election. If the written notification 
is received by NMFS within the 36 months

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prior to the deadline, NMFS would issue a revised LLP license to the 
holder of that license. License holders who choose not to make the one-
time election or who do not submit a written notification within the 
36-month deadline would retain their current MLOA and continue to 
participate in both the Pacific cod pot fisheries and longline 
fisheries in the BSAI and GOA.

American Fisheries Act and United States Maritime Administration

    In order for a vessel to participate in a U.S. fishery, a vessel 
must obtain a certificate of documentation with a fishery endorsement 
from either the U.S. Coast Guard or the Maritime Administration 
(MARAD), as set forth in regulations at 46 U.S.C. 12102(a) and 12151(b) 
The American Fisheries Act of 1998, as amended (AFA), Title II, 
Division C, Public Law 105-277, was enacted to increase U.S. citizen 
participation in U.S. fisheries. The AFA required the Maritime 
Administration to ensure compliance with the U.S. citizenship ownership 
and control requirements for U.S.-flag fishing industry vessels of 100 
feet or greater in registered length. Therefore, a vessel 100 feet or 
greater in registered length must receive this documentation from 
MARAD.
    The AFA and MARAD implementing regulations prohibit larger vessels 
from obtaining a fishery endorsement unless specific conditions are 
met. Unless an exemption applies, a vessel is not eligible for a 
fishery endorsement if it is greater than 165 feet in length, or more 
than 750 gross registered tons, or has engines capable of producing 
more than 3,000 shaft horsepower.
    These regulations were intended to limit but not reduce fishing 
capacity in the BSAI; however, the regulations effectively limit the 
ability of vessel owners to replace vessels currently participating in 
the BSAI longline C/P subsector with newer vessels of an equivalent 
size. There are currently nine vessels named on LLP licenses eligible 
to participate within the BSAI longline C/P subsector that exceed at 
least one of the thresholds described at 46 CFR 356.47(a) and (c). 
These vessels are able to participate in the fishery because they 
received a fishery endorsement prior to September 25, 1997; however, 
the license holders could not replace vessels named on their LLP 
licenses with vessels of comparable or additional capacity and continue 
to participate in the BSAI longline C/P subsector because such vessels 
would not be eligible for a fishery endorsement.
    An exemption from these regulations is possible if the owner of 
such a vessel demonstrates to MARAD that the regional fishery 
management council of jurisdiction, established under section 302(a)(1) 
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, has recommended after October 21, 1998, 
and the Secretary has approved, conservation and management measures in 
accordance with regulations implementing the AFA at 46 CFR 356.47, to 
allow vessels that may exceed the length, horsepower, and tonnage 
requirements to be used in fisheries under such council's authority. 
NMFS and MARAD General Counsel consulted to determine what action on 
the part of the Council and NMFS would satisfy this exemption. NMFS and 
MARAD General Counsel determined, based on the regulatory requirments 
established at 46 CFR 356.47(c), that the Council would need to 
recommend, and the Secretary would need to approve, conservation and 
management measures that would allow such a vessel to be used in the 
BSAI longline C/P subsector fisheries. The statutory vessel capacity 
restrictions are described in more detail in section 1.2.2 of the RIR 
for this action (See ADDRESSES).
    If the Secretary approves Amendment 99 and issues a final rule to 
implement Amendment 99, the Secretary will have approved conservation 
and management measures that would permit a vessel to exceed the limits 
specified at 46 U.S.C. 12113(d) in order to participate in the BSAI 
longline C/P subsector. Secretarial approval of Amendment 99 and the 
publication of implementing regulations are intended to provide MARAD 
with documentation that eligible vessels qualify to receive a fishery 
endorsement. If the Secretary approves Amendment 99 and issues a final 
rule to implement Amendment 99, NMFS will notify MARAD that any vessel 
named on an LLP license endorsed for participation in the BSAI longline 
C/P subsector, which is greater than 165 feet in registered length, of 
more than 750 gross registered tons, or that has an engine or engines 
capable of producing a total of more than 3,000 shaft horsepower, is 
authorized for use in the EEZ under the jurisdiction of the Council, 
and is eligible to receive a certificate of documentation consistent 
with 46 U.S.C. 12113(d) and MARAD regulations at 46 CFR 356.47.

Recordkeeping, Reporting, Monitoring and Enforcement

    The proposed action would not change the monitoring and enforcement 
requirements for participants in the BSAI C/P longline subsector. As 
mentioned elsewhere in the this preamble, this proposed action would 
add a reporting requirement for the LLP licenses identified in the 
proposed Column C to Table 9 to part 679. The holders of these three 
LLP licenses would need to notify NMFS of their election to permanently 
surrender all pot Pacific cod endorsements in exchange for a 220-foot 
(67 m) MLOA.
    Beginning in 2013, all vessels participating in the BSAI C/P 
longline subsector are required to follow a selected monitoring option, 
either carry two observers or carry one observer and use a NMFS-
approved motion compensated flow scale, while directed fishing for 
Pacific cod is open in the BSAI or while CDQ groundfish fishing (77 FR 
59053, September 26, 2012). A description of monitoring and enforcement 
regulations applicable to the BSAI C/P longline subsector is described 
in more detail in the preamble to the proposed rule for these 
requirements (77 FR 35925, June 15, 2012) and is not repeated here.

Classification

    Pursuant to sections 304(b)(1)(A) and 305(d) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act, the NMFS Assistant Administrator has determined that this 
proposed rule is consistent with the BSAI and GOA FMPs, other 
provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law, 
subject to further consideration after public comment.
    This proposed rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.
    The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce 
certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) that this proposed rule, if adopted, would not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. On June 20, 2013, SBA issued a final rule revising the small 
business size standards for several industries effective July 22, 2013 
(78 FR 37398). The rule increased the size standard for Finfish Fishing 
from $ 4.0 to 19.0 million, Shellfish Fishing from $ 4.0 to 5.0 
million, and Other Marine Fishing from $4.0 to 7.0 million. Id. at 
37400 (Table 1). Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 
codified at 5 U.S.C. 600-611, and prior to SBA's June 20 final rule, a 
certification was developed for this action using SBA's former size 
standards. NMFS has reviewed the analyses prepared for this action in 
light of the new size standards and has determined that the new size 
standards do not affect the analyses prepared for this action. NMFS 
solicits public comment on the analyses in light of the new size 
standards.
    This rule would not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial

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number of small entities. NMFS has reviewed the 2012 gross fishing 
revenues from all sources for the vessels affiliated through this 
cooperative, and finds that they substantially exceed the $19 million 
threshold for determining whether a finfish fishing entity is large or 
small, for RFA purposes, that became effective on July 22, 2013 (78 FR 
37898). Moreover, NMFS has concluded that the 36 LLP license holders 
impacted through this proposed action are all affiliated with each 
other through membership in the FLCC. Consequently, all impacted 
entities are considered ``large entities'' for the purpose of the RFA. 
This conclusion is consistent with previous actions impacting the same 
fleet, composed of the same operations, prosecuting the same resources 
(77 FR 59053, September 26, 2012; 77 FR 58775, September 24, 2012). In 
both cases, NMFS determined that the impacted entities are not 
considered small entities for the purpose of the RFA based upon their 
affiliations with larger fishing-entities or gross revenue. As a 
result, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and 
none has been prepared.
    The economic analysis contained in the RIR for this action (see 
ADDRESSES) further describes the regulatory and operational 
characteristics and history of this fishery, including the origins and 
operation of the fishery cooperative, the history of this action, and 
the details of the alternatives considered for this action, including 
the preferred alternative.

Duplicate, Overlapping, or Conflicting Federal Rules

    No duplication, overlap, or conflict between this proposed action 
and existing Federal rules has been identified.

Description of Significant Alternatives That Minimize Adverse Impacts 
on Small Entities

    Since there are no directly regulated small entities under this 
action within the definition of small entities used in the RFA, there 
are no economic impacts from this action on small entities.

Collection-of-Information Requirements

    This proposed rule contains a collection-of-information requirement 
subject to review and approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA). This requirement has been submitted to OMB for approval under 
OMB Control No. 0648-0334. Public reporting burden per response is 
estimated to be 2 hours for One-time Election to Permanently Surrender 
Pacific Cod Pot Gear Endorsement for the BSAI and GOA in Exchange for 
Receiving an LLP with an MLOA of 220 feet Authorizing Participation in 
the BSAI Pacific cod Longline C/P fisheries.
    Public reporting burden includes the time for reviewing 
instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and 
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the 
collection of information.
    Public comment is sought regarding: whether this proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; the accuracy of the burden estimate; ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments on 
these or any other aspects of the collection of information to (enter 
office name) at the ADDRESSES above, and email to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7285.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the PRA, unless that collection of information displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 679

    Alaska, Fisheries, Recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

    Dated: October 21, 2013.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, performing the functions and 
duties of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
    For the reasons set out in the preamble, NMFS proposes to amend 50 
CFR part 679 as follows:

PART 679--FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA

0
1. The authority citation for 50 CFR part 679 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; 
Pub. L. 108-447.

0
2. In Sec.  679.2, add paragraph (2)(v) to the definition of ``Maximum 
LOA (MLOA)'' to read as follows:


Sec.  679.2  Definitions.

* * * * *
    Maximum LOA (MLOA) means:
    (2) * * *
    (v) The MLOA of a groundfish LLP license endorsed to catch and 
process Pacific cod with hook-and-line gear in the BS or AI, or both, 
and is designated in Column B of Table 9 to this part is 220 feet (67 
m).
* * * * *
0
3. In Sec.  679.4, add paragraphs (k)(3)(i)(D) and (k)(6)(xi) to read 
as follows:


Sec.  679.4  Permits.

* * * * *
    (k) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (i) * * *
    (D) Modification of the MLOA on a groundfish LLP license listed in 
column A of Table 9 to this part. (1) Each groundfish LLP license 
endorsed to catch and process Pacific cod with hook-and-line gear in 
the BS or AI, or both, and designated in column B of Table 9 to this 
part will receive a 220-foot (67 m) MLOA following November 25, 2013.
    (2) Each groundfish LLP license endorsed to catch and process 
Pacific cod with hook-and-line gear in the BS or AI, or both, and 
designated in column C of Table 9 to this part is eligible to be 
assigned a 220-foot (67 m) MLOA if the LLP holder submits a timely 
written request to remove all pot gear Pacific cod endorsements on that 
LLP following the process established under Sec.  679.4(k)(6)(xi) of 
this part.
* * * * *
    (6) * * *
    (xi) Surrender and extinguishment of a groundfish LLP endorsement. 
Endorsements specified on a groundfish LLP license are not severable 
from a license and cannot be surrendered except that pot gear Pacific 
cod endorsements specified on groundfish LLP licenses listed in Column 
C of Table 9 to this part, can be permanently surrendered, removed and 
extinguished if:
    (A) The holder of the groundfish LLP license listed in Column C of 
Table 9 to this part requests, in writing, that NMFS permanently remove 
and extinguish all pot gear Pacific cod endorsements specified on that 
LLP license and acknowledges in that written request that the surrender 
and removal are permanent and irreversible and that all pot gear 
Pacific cod endorsements on that LLP license are extinguished;
    (B) The holder of the groundfish LLP license listed in Column C of 
Table 9 to this part requests, in writing, that NMFS assign a 220-foot 
(67 m) MLOA on that LLP license;
    (C) The holder of the eligible LLP license, or the authorized 
agent, signs the request;

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    (D) NMFS receives the written request to permanently remove and 
extinguish all pot gear Pacific cod endorsements specified on the LLP 
groundfish license by [DATE 36 MONTHS AFTER IMPLEMENTATION DATE]; and
    (E) The written request is submitted to NMFS using one of the 
following methods:
    (1) Mail: Regional Administrator, c/o Restricted Access Management 
Program, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668;
    (2) Fax: 907-586-7354; or
    (3) Hand delivery or carrier: NMFS, Room 713, 709 West 9th Street, 
Juneau, AK 99801.
* * * * *
0
4. Table 9 to part 679 is added to read as follows:

 Table 9 to Part 679--Groundfish LLP Licenses Eligible for Use in the BSAI Longline Catcher/Processor Subsector,
                                                    Column A
                               [X indicates whether Column B or Column C applies]
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                     Column A                                  Column B                       Column C
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                                                                                    Is eligible to request that
                                                       Is eligible under 50 CFR    NMFS permanently assign a 220-
  The Holder of Groundfish  License Number . . .      679.4(k)(3)(i)(D)(1) to be    foot (67 m) MLOA on that LLP
                                                      assigned a 220-foot (67 m)        License under 50 CFR
                                                       MLOA on that LLP license         679.4(k)(3)(i)(D)(2)
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LLG 4508..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1785..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3681..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3676..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3609..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1400..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1401..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3617..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1916..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1917..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1989..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1127..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1128..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1125..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 4823..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2783..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1988..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2238..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2958..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3973..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3637..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2421..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1713..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3616..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2892..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2112..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 5222..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 1578..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2026..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3847..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3602..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 2081..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 4008..........................................                             X   .............................
LLG 3090..........................................  .............................                             X
LLG 1576..........................................  .............................                             X
LLG 2959..........................................  .............................                             X
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