National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Emergency interim rule; revisions to 2000 harvest specifications; sideboard directed fishing closures; correction.
This document contains corrections to the emergency interim rule to implement major provisions of the American Fisheries Act (AFA) and revise interim 2000 harvest specifications.
Effective January 21, 2000.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kent Lind, 907-586-7228.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
NMFS manages the groundfish fisheries off Alaska according to the Fishery Management Plans (FMPS) for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area (BSAI) and Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMPs are at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and at 50 CFR part 679.
In the emergency interim rule, To Implement Major Provisions of the American Fisheries Act, published in the Federal Register on January 28, 2000 (65 FR 4520), FR DOC 00-1832, page 4533, under Table 5—INTERIM 2000 BSAI AFA CATCHER VESSEL (CV) SIDEBOARDS. AMOUNTS ARE EXPRESSED IN METRIC TONS—Continued:
1. In the 3rd column, under “Ratio of 1995-1997 AFA CV catch to 1995-1997 TAC”, remove the fourth entry “0.7291” and add in its place “0.7703”; and in the 5th column, “2000 catcher vessel sideboards”, remove the fourth entry “30,588” and add in its place “32,316”.
2. In Table 5, add the following entry at the end of the table to read as follows:
|Species||Fishery by area/ season/processor/gear||Ratio of 1995-1997 AFA CV catch to 1995-1997 TAC||2000 Initial TAC||2000 catcher vessel side- boards|
|* * * * * * *|
|Flathead Sole||BS trawl gear||0.0490||44,755||2,193|
3. In Table 6, the entry “Pollock” and footnote 1 are correctly revised to read as follows: Start Printed Page 10723
|Species||Apportionments and allocations by area/season/processor/gear||Ratio of 1995-1997 AFA CV catch to 1995-1997 TACX||2000 TAC||2000 catcher vessel sideboard|
|Pollock1||A Season (W/C areas only)|
|Chirikof (620) (outside Shelikof)||0.1262||546||69|
|Kodiak (630) (outside Shelikof)||0.1984||5,325||1056|
|B Season (W/C areas only)|
|Chirikof (620) (outside Shelikof)||0.1262||273||34|
|Kodiak (630) (outside Shelikof)||0.1984||2,662||528|
|C Season (W/C areas only)|
|D Season (W/C areas only)|
|* * * * * * *|
|1 Pollock sideboards amounts are based on pollock harvest restrictions implemented under the emergency interim rule published February 25, 2000 (65 FR 3892) that implements Steller sea lion RPA measures for the BSAI and GOA pollock fisheries.|
Dated: February 23, 2000.
Andrew A. Rosenberg,
Deputy Asst. Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 00-4776 Filed 2-28-00; 8:45 am]
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