[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 208 (Monday, October 28, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 64182]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25362]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[Docket No. 130104009-3416-02]
RIN 0648-XC921

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Bluefish Fishery; 
Quota Transfer

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

ACTION: Temporary rule; quota transfer.


SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the State of New Jersey is transferring a 
portion of its 2013 commercial bluefish quota to the State of New York. 
By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised 
commercial quota for each state involved.

DATES: Effective October 25, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Bari, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9224.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations governing the bluefish fishery 
are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual 
specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned among the 
coastal states from Florida through Maine. The process to set the 
annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state are 
described in Sec.  648.162.
    The final rule implementing Amendment 1 to the Bluefish Fishery 
Management Plan, which was published on July 26, 2000 (65 FR 45844), 
provided a mechanism for bluefish quota to be transferred from one 
state to another. Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with 
the concurrence of the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator), can transfer or combine bluefish commercial quota under 
Sec.  648.162(e). The Regional Administrator is required to consider 
the criteria in Sec.  648.162(e)(1) in the evaluation of requests for 
quota transfers or combinations.
    New Jersey has agreed to transfer 300,000 lb (136,078 kg) of its 
2013 commercial quota to New York. This transfer was prompted by the 
diligent efforts of state officials in New York not to exceed the 
commercial bluefish quota. The Regional Administrator has determined 
that the criteria set forth in Sec.  648.162(e)(1) have been met. The 
revised bluefish quotas for calendar year 2013 are: New Jersey, 
1,044,713 lb (473,874 kg); and New York, 1,242,548 lb (563,610 kg).


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

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

    Dated: October 23, 2013.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-25362 Filed 10-25-13; 8:45 am]