[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 222 (Monday, November 18, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 69002-69005]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27493]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 300

RIN 0648-XC965


Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Orders

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

ACTION: Temporary orders; inseason orders.

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SUMMARY: NMFS publishes Fraser River salmon inseason orders to regulate 
treaty and non-treaty (all citizen) commercial salmon fisheries in U.S. 
waters. The orders were issued by the Fraser River Panel (Panel) of the 
Pacific Salmon Commission (Commission) and subsequently approved and 
issued by NMFS during the 2013 salmon fisheries within the U.S. Fraser 
River Panel Area. These orders established fishing dates, times, and 
areas for the gear types of U.S. treaty Indian and all citizen 
commercial fisheries during the period the Panel exercised jurisdiction 
over these fisheries.

DATES: The effective dates for the inseason orders are set out in this 
document under the heading Inseason Orders.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Treaty between the Government of the 
United States of America and the

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Government of Canada concerning Pacific Salmon was signed at Ottawa on 
January 28, 1985, and subsequently was given effect in the United 
States by the Pacific Salmon Treaty Act (Act) at 16 U.S.C. 3631-3644.
    Under authority of the Act, Federal regulations at 50 CFR part 300, 
subpart F provide a framework for the implementation of certain 
regulations of the Commission and inseason orders of the Commission's 
Fraser River Panel for U.S. sockeye salmon fisheries in the Fraser 
River Panel Area.
    The regulations close the U.S. portion of the Fraser River Panel 
Area to U.S. sockeye and pink salmon tribal and non-tribal commercial 
fishing unless opened by Panel orders that are given effect by inseason 
regulations published by NMFS. During the fishing season, NMFS may 
issue regulations that establish fishing times and areas consistent 
with the Commission agreements and inseason orders of the Panel. Such 
orders must be consistent with domestic legal obligations and are 
issued by Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS. Official 
notification of these inseason actions is provided by two telephone 
hotline numbers described at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 77 FR 25915 
(May 2, 2012). The inseason orders are published in the Federal 
Register as soon as practicable after they are issued. Due to the 
frequency with which inseason orders are issued, publication of 
individual orders is impractical. Therefore, the 2013 orders are being 
published in this single document to avoid fragmentation.

Inseason Orders

    The following inseason orders were adopted by the Panel and issued 
for U.S. fisheries by NMFS during the 2013 fishing season. Each of the 
following inseason actions was effective upon announcement on telephone 
hotline numbers as specified at 50 CFR 300.97(b)(1) and in 78 FR 25865 
(May 3, 2013); those dates and times are listed herein. The times 
listed are local times, and the areas designated are Puget Sound 
Management and Catch Reporting Areas as defined in the Washington State 
Administrative Code at Chapter 220-22.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-01: Issued 2 p.m., July 29, 2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Open to drift gillnets 12 p.m. (noon), 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-02: Issued 12:30 p.m., August 2, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, August 3, 2013, to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-03: Issued 2:30 p.m., August 6, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-04: Issued 2:30 p.m., August 23, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Open for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, August 24, 2013 to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, August 28, 
2013.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Open for net fishing from 5 a.m., Sunday, 
August 25, 2013 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the area 
southerly and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on 
Point Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at 
the entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye salmon from 
5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 and Sunday, August 25, 
2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the area southerly 
and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on Point 
Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at the 
entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the area 
southerly and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on 
Point Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at 
the entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-05: Issued 2:05 p.m., August 27, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday August 28, 2013 to 12 p.m. (noon), Friday August 30, 2013. 
Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Open for net fishing from 5 a.m., Wednesday, 
August 28 through 9 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2013 in the area southerly 
and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on Point 
Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at the 
entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia. Purse 
seines must release all sockeye. Gillnets may retain sockeye for 
ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Thursday, August 29, 2013 and 
Friday, August 30, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013 in the area southerly 
and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on Point 
Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at the 
entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Friday, August 30, 2013 in the area 
southerly and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on 
Point Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at 
the entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.

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Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-06: Issued 1:35 p.m., August 29, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Friday August 30, 2013 to 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, September 4, 2013. 
Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Open for net fishing from 5 a.m., Saturday, 
August 31 through 9 a.m., Monday, September 2, 2013, and from 5 a.m., 
Tuesday, September 3 through 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 4 in the area 
southerly and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on 
Point Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at 
the entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia. 
Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2013, Sunday, September 1, 2013, 
Monday, September 2, 2013, and Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2013 in the area southerly 
and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on Point 
Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at the 
entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Monday, September 2, 2013 in the area 
southerly and easterly of a straight line drawn from Iwersen's dock on 
Point Roberts in the State of Washington to the Georgina Point Light at 
the entrance to Active Pass in the Province of British Columbia.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-07: Issued 3 p.m., September 3, 
2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 to 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, September 7, 
2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes 
only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Extend for net fishing from 9 a.m., Wednesday, 
September 4, 2013 through 9 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013 and open 
from 5 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2013 through 9 a.m., Saturday, 
September 7, 2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and 
subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Thursday, September 5, 2013, 
and Friday, September 6, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8:10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-08: Issued 12:30 p.m., September 
6, 2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, September 7, 2013 through 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, 
September 11, 2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and 
subsistence purposes only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Extend for net fishing from 9 a.m., Saturday, 
September 7, 2013 through 9 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2013, and open 
for net fishing from 5 a.m., Tuesday, September 10 through 9 a.m., 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial 
and subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, Sunday September 8, 2013, 
Monday, September 9, 2013, and Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, September 9, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8:15 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Monday, September 9, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-09: Issued 12:25 p.m., September 
10, 2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 through 12 p.m. (noon), Saturday, 
September 14, 2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and 
subsistence purposes only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Extend for net fishing from 9 a.m., Wednesday, 
September 11, 2013 through 9 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013. Sockeye 
may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Thursday, September 12, 2013, 
and Friday, September 13, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines with non-retention of sockeye 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013.
    Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets with non-retention of sockeye from 
8:20 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (midnight), Friday, September 13, 2013.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-10: Issued 3:45 p.m., September 
13, 2013

Treaty Indian Fishery

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Extend for drift gillnets from 12 p.m. (noon), 
Saturday, September 14, 2013 through 12 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, 
September 18, 2013. Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and 
subsistence purposes only.
    Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Open for net fishing from 5 a.m., Saturday, 
September 14, 2013 through 12 p.m. (noon), Tuesday, September 17, 2013. 
Sockeye may be retained for ceremonial and subsistence purposes only.

All Citizen Fishery

    Area 7: Open to reefnets with non-retention of sockeye from 5 a.m. 
to 9 p.m., daily from Saturday, September 14, 2013 until further 
notice.

Fraser River Panel Order Number 2013-11: Issued 12:30 p.m., September 
17, 2013

Treaty Indian and All Citizen Fisheries

    Areas 4B, 5, and 6C: Relinquish regulatory control effective 12:01 
p.m., Wednesday September 18, 2013.

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Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for the inseason orders to be issued without 
affording the public prior notice and opportunity for comment under 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such prior notice and opportunity for comments is 
impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Prior notice and 
opportunity for public comment is impracticable because NMFS has 
insufficient time to allow for prior notice and opportunity for public 
comment between the time the stock abundance information is available 
to determine how much fishing can be allowed and the time the fishery 
must open and close in order to harvest the appropriate amount of fish 
while they are available.
    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the 
effective date, required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), of the inseason 
orders. A delay in the effective date of the inseason orders would not 
allow fishers appropriately controlled access to the available fish at 
that time they are available.
    This action is authorized by 50 CFR 300.97, and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3636(b).

    Dated: November 13, 2013.
Kelly Denit,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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