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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2012 and 2013 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction

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Final Rule; Closures; Correction.

Summary

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is correcting a final rule that published on March 14, 2012, implementing the final 2012 and 2013 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This rule corrects errors contained in a table in the document that provides the 2012 GOA non-American Fisheries Act crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits.

 

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Effective April 17, 2012 through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2013, and is applicable beginning March 14, 2012.

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Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

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NMFS published the Final 2012 and 2013 GOA Harvest Specifications in the Federal Register on March 14, 2012 (77 FR 15194). A table providing information on 2012 GOA non-American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits (Table 22) contained two minor errors. In Table 22 on page 15216, a Federal Register error omitted the final 2012 non-AFA crab vessel A season sideboard limit for catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Western GOA. The correct limit is 23 metric tons. In addition, NMFS inadvertently listed “0.0001” as the ratio used to calculate the non-AFA crab vessel sideboard limit for catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Western GOA during the B season instead of the correct ratio of “0.0018.” These corrections are necessary to provide the correct sideboard limits.

The Acting 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 notice corrects typographical errors to the table providing the 2012 GOA non-AFA crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits, and does not change operating practices in the fisheries. The corrections described in this rule are being implemented as soon as possible to avoid confusion for participants in the fisheries.

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). The corrections described in this rule are being made effective upon publication to avoid confusion for participants in the fisheries.

Correction

In the final rule published on March 14, 2012 (77 FR 15194), the following corrections are made to Table 22:

1. On page 15216, in Table 22, row 17 (the row beginning “W Hook-and-line C/P”), column six, the blank entry “” is corrected to read “23.”

2. On the same page, in row 29 (the row beginning “W Hook-and-line C/P), column four, the entry “0.0001” is corrected to read “0.0018.”

Table 22 is corrected and reprinted in its entirety below.

Table 22—Final 2012 GOA Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessel Groundfish Harvest Sideboard Limits Back to Top
Species Season/Gear Area/Component/Gear Ratio of 1996 -2000 non-AFA crab vessel catch to 1996- 2000 total harvest Final 2012 TACs Final 2012 non-AFA crab vessel sideboard limit
[Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]
1The Pacific cod A season for trawl gear does not open until January 20.
2The Pacific cod B season for trawl gear closes November 1.
Pollock A Season January 20-March 10 Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620) 0.0098 0.0031 5,797 14,023 57 43
Kodiak (630) 0.0002 5,787 1
B Season March 10-May 31 Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620) 0.0098 0.0031 5,797 17,221 57 53
Kodiak (630) 0.0002 2,589 1
C Season August 25-October 1 Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620) 0.0098 0.0031 9,338 7,282 92 23
Kodiak (630) 0.0002 8,986 2
D Season October 1-November 1 Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620) 0.0098 0.0031 9,338 7,282 92 23
Kodiak (630) 0.0002 8,986 2
Annual WYK (640) 0.0000 3,244 0
SEO (650) 0.0000 10,774 0
Pacific cod A Season1January 1-June 10 W Jig W Hook-and-line CV 0.0000 0.0004 12,614 12,614 0 5
W Hook-and-line C/P 0.0018 12,614 23
W Pot CV 0.0997 12,614 1,258
W Pot C/P 0.0078 12,614 98
W Trawl CV 0.0007 12,614 9
C Jig 0.0000 25,623 0
C Hook-and-line CV 0.0001 25,623 3
C Hook-and-line C/P 0.0012 25,623 31
C Pot CV 0.0474 25,623 1,215
C Pot C/P 0.0136 25,623 348
C Trawl CV 0.0012 25,623 31
B Season2 Jig Gear: June 10-December 31 All other gears: September 1-December 31 W Jig W Hook-and-line CV W Hook-and-line C/P W Pot CV W Pot C/P W Trawl CV 0.0000 0.0004 0.0018 0.0997 0.0078 0.0007 8,410 8,410 8,410 8,410 8,410 8,410 0 3 15 838 66 6
C Jig 0.0000 17,082 0
C Hook-and-line CV 0.0001 17,082 2
C Hook-and-line C/P 0.0012 17,082 20
C Pot CV 0.0474 17,082 810
C Pot C/P 0.0136 17,082 232
C Trawl CV 0.0012 17,082 20
Annual E inshore 0.0110 1,774 20
E offshore 0.0000 197 0
Sablefish Annual, trawl gear W 0.0000 356 0
C 0.0000 1,152 0
E 0.0000 271 0
Flatfish, shallow-water Annual W 0.0059 13,250 78
C 0.0001 18,000 2
E 0.0000 5,779 0
Flatfish, deep-water Annual W 0.0035 176 1
C 0.0000 2,308 0
E 0.0000 2,642 0
Rex sole Annual W 0.0000 1,307 0
C 0.0000 6,412 0
E 0.0000 1,893 0
Arrowtooth flounder Annual W 0.0004 14,500 6
C 0.0001 75,000 8
E 0.0000 13,800 0
Flathead sole Annual W 0.0002 8,650 2
C 0.0004 14,500 6
E 0.0000 6,269 0
Pacific ocean perch Annual W 0.0000 2,102 0
C 0.0000 11,263 0
E 0.0000 3,553 0
Northern rockfish Annual W 0.0005 2,156 1
C 0.0000 3,351 0
Shortraker rockfish Annual W 0.0013 104 0
C 0.0012 452 1
E 0.0009 525 0
Other rockfish Annual W 0.0035 44 0
C 0.0033 606 2
E 0.0000 430 0
Pelagic shelf rockfish Annual W 0.0017 409 1
C 0.0000 3,849 0
E 0.0000 860 0
Rougheye rockfish Annual W 0.0067 80 1
C 0.0047 850 4
E 0.0008 293 0
Demersal shelf rockfish Annual SEO 0.0000 293 0
Thornyhead rockfish Annual W 0.0047 150 1
C 0.0066 766 5
E 0.0045 749 3
Atka mackerel Annual Gulfwide 0.0000 2,000 0
Big skate Annual W 0.0392 469 18
C 0.0159 1,793 29
E 0.0000 1,505 0
Longnose skate Annual W 0.0392 70 3
C 0.0159 1,879 30
E 0.0000 676 0
Other skates Annual Gulfwide 0.0176 2,030 36
Squids Annual Gulfwide 0.0176 1,148 20
Sharks Annual Gulfwide 0.0176 6,028 106
Octopuses Annual Gulfwide 0.0176 1,455 26
Sculpins Annual Gulfwide 0.0176 5,731 101

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Dated: April 11, 2012.

Alan D. Risenhoover,

Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service.

[FR Doc. 2012-9090 Filed 4-16-12; 8:45 am]

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