[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 53 (Wednesday, March 19, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 15254-15255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05822]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 100120035-4085-03]
RIN 0648-AY26


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Amendment 14; Correction

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction.

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SUMMARY: This action corrects a mistake in the effective dates in the 
final rule for Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and 
Butterfish Fishery Management Plan.

DATES: Effective March 26, 2014, except for the amendments to Sec.  
648.7(b)(3)(ii)-(iii) and Sec.  648.10 which are effective September 1, 
2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aja Szumylo, Fishery Policy Analyst, 
978-281-9195.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The final rule for Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, 
and Butterfish (MSB) Fishery Management Plan was published in the 
Federal Register on February 24, 2014 (79 FR 10029). The final measures 
in that action included: Revising vessel reporting requirements (vessel 
trip reporting frequency, pre-trip and pre-landing vessel notification 
requirements, and requirements for vessel monitoring systems); 
expanding vessel requirements to maximize observer's ability to sample 
catch at-sea; minimizing the discarding of unsampled catch; and a 
measure to allow the Council to set a cap on river herring and shad 
catch in the Atlantic mackerel fishery.
    The final rule set the effective date for amendments to regulations 
at Sec.  648.7(b)(3)(ii)-(iii) and Sec.  648.10 as April 25, 2014. 
These regulations establish vessel monitoring system requirements for 
limited access mackerel and longfin squid/butterfish moratorium permit 
holders. Because of the time and costs associated with purchasing and 
installing a new VMS unit, NMFS intended to allow these permit holders 
6 months to complete purchase units, installation, and become familiar 
with the new requirements. To allow time for permit holders to comply 
with this new requirement, this correction adjusts the effective date 
for these measures to September 1, 2014. This correction does not 
change the intent or application of the measures described in the 
proposed and final rule.

Classification

    Because it makes only minor, non-substantive changes and does not 
change operating practices in the fishery, it is unnecessary under 5 
U.S.C. 553(b)(B) to provide for prior public comment. Because this 
correction notice does not constitute a substantive rule, it is not 
subject to the requirement for a 30-day delay in effective date in 5 
U.S.C. 553(d).
    Because prior notice and opportunity for public comment are not 
required for this rule by 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the 
analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 
et seq. are inapplicable.

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    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866.

Correction

    In the Federal Register of February 24, 2014, in FR Doc. 2014-
03906, on page 10030, in the first column, the effective date is 
corrected in the DATES section of this document.

    Dated: March 12, 2014.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-05822 Filed 3-18-14; 8:45 am]
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