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Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery

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Notice Of Reduction Payment Tender Of Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Permits.

Summary

The National Marine Fisheries Service published regulations implementing a fishing capacity reduction program in the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery. The program authorizes NMFS to make payments to permit holders who voluntarily relinquish their fishing permits. The Southeast Revitalization Association (SRA) conducted a bid selection process accepting sixty-four bids to remove Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permits. It then submitted a reduction plan to NMFS to implement the program. NMFS conducted a referendum which approved the reduction loan repayment fees of $13,133,030 which post-reduction harvesters will repay over a 40-year period removing 64 permits. Accordingly, NMFS is preparing to tender reduction payments to the accepted bidders.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

The public has until June 6, 2012 to inform NMFS of any holding, owning, or retaining claims that conflict with the representations of bids as presented by the SRA.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Send comments about this notice to Paul Marx, Chief, Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: SE Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Buyback, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427-8799, fax (301) 713-1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).

NMFS published proposed program regulations on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707), and final program regulations on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986), to implement the reduction program. Subsequently, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan to NMFS. NMFS approved the plan on February 24, 2012. NMFS published the list of eligible voters on March 1, 2012 (77 FR 12568) and the notice of referendum period on March 29, 2012 (77 FR 19004). Interested persons should review these for further program details.

II. Present Status Back to Top

NMFS conducted a referendum to determine the industry's willingness to repay a fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the reduction plan. NMFS mailed ballots to 379 permanent permit holders in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC who were eligible to vote in the referendum. The voting period opened on March 30, 2012, and closed on April 30, 2012. NMFS received 269 timely and valid votes. 215 of the votes approved the fees. This exceeded the majority of permit holders (190) required for industry fee system approval. Therefore, the referendum is deemed successful and permit holders are deemed to have approved the industry fee system. Accordingly, the reduction contracts are in full force and effect and NMFS is now preparing to tender and disburse reduction payments to selected bidders.

III. Purpose Back to Top

NMFS publishes this notice to inform the public before tendering reduction payments to the 64 accepted bidders. Upon receiving notice from CFEC that the permit has been relinquished and is no longer valid, NMFS will tender reduction payments on or about June 6, 2012. When NMFS tenders a reduction payment to a selected bidder, the selected bidder must permanently stop all further fishing represented by each reduction permit the bidder has relinquished. The selected bidder, in accordance with section 5 of the relinquishment contract, must notify all creditors or other parties with security interests in the reduction permit, that they have entered into the relinquishment contract.

This notice provides the public (including creditors or other parties) 30 days from publication of this notice to advise NMFS in writing of any holding, owning, or retaining claims that conflict with the representations of bids as presented by the SRA.

IV. Selected Bidders and Permits Back to Top

The table below lists the 64 permit holders who will receive reduction payments when NMFS receives confirmation from CFEC that the specified permits have been relinquished.

Last name First name Permit No.
Alfieri Joe S01A60791I
Alfieri Anthony S01A55646M
Barrett Davis S01A58501W
Beritich Mitchell S01A58923M
Bill David S01A58338U
Blair Andrew S01A59085F
Botsford Wallace S01A63175B
Buschmann Ronn S01A55479D
Christensen Dale S01A60803V
DeGroen Johnny S01A58505S
Demmert Nicholas S01A56948W
Dontos Larry S01A59705K
Fanning Christine S01A60909J
Finney Paul S01A64933S
Gruenheit Michael S01A55083V
Haldane Robert S01A56620L
Haltiner Fred S01A55617L
Hansen William S01A55442A
Hanson Jeff S01A57976
Haynes Bradley S01A574950
Jensen Douglas S01A59714N
Johns Justna S01A55403
Jolibois Timothy S01A56018A
Jurlin Marie S01A58547R
Kohlase Ernest S01A56199V
Krieger Kenneth S01A59613M
Krigbaum Michael S01A58031W
Kvernvik Carolyn S01A55231R
MacDonald Clifford S01A55545L
Mann Bruce S01A56187
Manos Andrew S01A59222I
Manos Thomas S01A60642C
Maricich Timothy S01A59569W
Markusen Kenneth S01A55584K
Marrese Andrew S01A57909W
Marvin-Denkinger Victoria S01A58429X
McGee Gary S01A56559
McLean John S01A56270P
Menten Erik S01A57726X
Michael Mercury S01A55386C
Nash Paul S01A57907M
Nugent Matthew S01A55689G
Olney Virginia S01A57720
Peterman Chad S01A55986F
Pfundt Michele S01A56392F
Reifenstuhl Ivan S01A55171A
Reimnitz Hartmut S01A578995
Rocheleau Rick S01A58478
Schonberg Peter S01A56601I
Schonberg Mart S01A56882A
Scudder Bradley S01A56000N
Selivanoff Douglas S01A57856A
Sorensen Paige S01A58511U
Spearin James S01A59372G
Suydam Antril S01A57910N
Svensson John S01A56492N
Tarabochia Dominick S01A56600P
Thorstenson Peder S01A59806J
Veerhusen Daniel S01A56638X
Wallace Bruce S01A55827B
Wamser William S01A60071B
Wills Charles S01A58070V
Zuanich Michelle S01A57849F
Zuanich Michelle S01A568811

Dated: May 2, 2012.

Lindsay Fullenkamp,

Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget,National Marine Fisheries Service.

[FR Doc. 2012-10984 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]

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