National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Commercial quota transfer.
NMFS announces that the Commonwealth of Virginia has transferred a total of 100,000 lb (45,372 kg) of commercial bluefish quota to the State of New York for 2001. NMFS has adjusted the quotas and announces the revised commercial quotas for Virginia and New York. This action is permitted under the regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plan for the Bluefish Fishery (FMP) and is intended to reduce discards and prevent negative economic impacts to the New York commercial bluefish fishery.
Effective November 15, 2001 through December 31, 2001.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Myles Raizin, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9104, fax (978)281-9135, e-mail Myles.A.Raizin@noaa.gov.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Regulations governing the Atlantic 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 Maine through Florida. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state are described in § 648.160. -
The initial total commercial quota for bluefish for the 2001 calendar year was set equal to 9,583,010 lb (4,348,008 kg) (66 FR 23625, May 9, 2001). The resulting quota for New York was 995,204 lb (451,544 kg), and for Virginia was 1,138,412 lb (516,521 kg). Effective August 2, 2001, (66 FR 41151) Virginia transferred 300,000 lb (136,116 kg) of its Start Printed Page 57399quota to North Carolina, leaving 838,412 lb (380,405 kg) available to Virginia. -
The FMP allows two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), to transfer or combine part or all of their annual commercial quota. The Regional Administrator must consider the criteria set forth in § 648.160(f)(1) in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations. -
Virginia has agreed to transfer 100,000 lb (45,360 kg) of its 2001 commercial quota to New York. The revised quotas for the calendar year 2001 are: Virginia, 738,412 lb (335,033 kg), and New York, 1,095,204 lb (496,784 kg). The Regional Administrator has determined that the criteria set forth in § 648.160(f)(1) have been met. This action does not alter any of the conclusions reached in the environmental assessment for the 2001 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery. This is a routine administrative action that reallocates commercial quota within the scope of previously published environmental analyses. -
This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under E.O. 12866.Start Signature
Dated: November 9, 2001.
Richard W. Surdi
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 01-28663 Filed 11-14-01; 8:45 am]
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