[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 183 (Thursday, September 20, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 58321-58322]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23254]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 110816505-2184-03]
RIN 0648-XC201

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast 
Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan; Northern Red Hake Quota 

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; possession limit reduction.


SUMMARY: The northern red hake possession limit is reduced to the 
incidental possession limit of 400 lb (181.44 kg) for the remainder of 
the 2012 fishing year.

DATES: Effective at 0001 hr local time, September 20, 2012, through 
2400 hr local time April 30, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Berthiaume, (978) 281-9177, or 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations at 50 CFR 648.86(d)(4) 
require that, if the NMFS Northeast Region Administrator (Regional 
Administrator) projects that 90 percent of the total allowable landings 
(TAL) has been landed for a small-mesh multispecies stock, the Regional 
Administrator shall reduce the possession limit for that stock to the 
incidental possession limit of 400 lb (181.44 kg) for the remainder of 
the fishing year.
    The 2012 fishing year northern red hake TAL is 199,077 lb (90,300 
kg) (77 FR 19138; March 30, 2012) and 90 percent of the TAL is 179,169 
lb (81,270 kg). Based on dealer, vessel trip report, and other 
available information, NMFS

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has determined that as of September 8, 90 percent of the available 2012 
TAL for northern red hake has been landed. Therefore, effective 0001 
hr, September 20, 2012, the possession limit for northern red hake is 
reduced to the incidental possession limit of 400 lb (181.44 kg). This 
incidental possession limit will be in effect through the remainder of 
the fishing year, which ends April 30, 2013.


    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.

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

    Dated: September 17, 2012.
Lindsay Fullenkamp,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-23254 Filed 9-17-12; 4:15 pm]