[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 220 (Thursday, November 14, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 68374]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27239]



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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 121018563-3148-02]
RIN 0648-XC977


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin 
Sole for Vessels Participating in the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Fishery 
in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

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 vessels participating 
in the BSAI trawl yellowfin sole fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent 
exceeding the 2013 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch 
for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in 
the BSAI.

DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 10, 
2013, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the 
BSAI according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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 allocation of yellowfin sole for vessels participating in 
the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI is 34,868 metric tons 
(mt) as established by the final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications 
for groundfish in the BSAI (78 FR 13813, March 1, 2013). In accordance 
with Sec.  679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS 
(Regional Administrator), has determined that the 2013 allocation of 
yellowfin sole for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited 
access fishery in the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the 
Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 
33,868 mt, and is setting aside the remaining 1,000 mt as incidental 
catch. 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 
yellowfin sole for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited 
access fishery in the BSAI.
    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 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) 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 yellowfin sole by 
vessels fishing in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. 
NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment 
because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of 
November 7, 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: November 8, 2013.
Kelly Denit,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-27239 Filed 11-8-13; 4:15 pm]
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