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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Off the Coast of Alaska; Recordkeeping and Reporting

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

NMFS issues this final rule to revise port codes (Tables 14a and 14b) used in data collection for the Federal groundfish fisheries in the EEZ off the coast of Alaska and the Pacific halibut Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. This action removes unnecessary or potentially conflicting regulations. This action is necessary to facilitate enforcement activities and standardize the collection of port-of-landing information, and is intended to meet the conservation and management requirements of the Northern Pacific Start Printed Page 23695Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act) with respect to halibut and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) with respect to groundfish and to further the goals and objectives of the Alaska groundfish fishery management plans.

DATES:

Effective June 1, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Copies of the Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) prepared for this final regulatory action are available by writing to Sue Salveson, NMFS, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802 1668, Attn: Lori Durall, or by calling the Alaska Region, NMFS, at (907) 586-7228.

Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule may be submitted to NMFS, Alaska Region at the address above, or to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by e-mail David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or fax (202) 395-7285.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patsy A. Bearden, 907-586-7008 or e-mail patsy.bearden@noaa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

NMFS manages the U.S. groundfish fisheries of the GOA in the EEZ off Alaska under the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska and the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Area (FMPs). The FMPs were prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and approved by the Secretary of Commerce under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The FMPs are implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 679. NMFS manages the IFQ Program for Pacific halibut under the Halibut Act; implementing regulations are at 50 CFR 300.60 through 300.66. General provisions governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMPs appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600.

This action revises the list of port codes in Tables 14a and 14b to 50 CFR part 679. The numerical codes identify ports where IFQ landings are made and are entered by participants when filing an IFQ prior notice of landing (PNOL). The background regarding this action is detailed in the preamble to the proposed rule (69 FR 4285 January 29, 2004). Public comments on the proposed rule were invited through March 1, 2004. No public comments were received on the proposed rule.

In brief, Tables 14a and 14b are revised as follows:

1. Numerical codes that are no longer used for IFQ landings and that do not have a corresponding alphabetical code have been removed, and

2. Numerical codes for ports that are geographically close enough to be reported as one port have been combined.

Changes from the Proposed Rule

The numerical codes identify ports where IFQ landings are made. These port codes are entered by participants when filing an IFQ prior notice of landing (PNOL) and when electronically reporting an IFQ landing (see 50 CFR 679.5(l)). The alphabetical codes identify ports where groundfish landings are made. Alphabetical codes are entered by participants completing a State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game fish ticket and also are entered by shoreside processor participants entering data into the NMFS groundfish shoreside processor electronic logbook report (SPELR) (see 50 CFR 679.5(c)).

In Table 14a to part 679 port code 102 (Akutan Bay) is combined into port code 101 (Akutan), because these two locations are geographically close.

Classification

This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866.

This final rule does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with other Federal regulations.

This action does not impose new reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements on regulated small entities.

The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce certified that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. No comments were received regarding the economic impact of this final rule. Therefore, no FRFA is required, and none has been prepared.

This final rule contains two collection-of-information requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and which have been approved by the OMB. Under control number 0648-0272, public reporting burden for the Prior Notice of Landing is estimated to average 12 minutes per response; for the IFQ landing report, 18 minutes per response is estimated. Under control number 0648-0401, public reporting burden for the Shoreside Processor Electronic Logbook Report is estimated at 30 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate, or any other aspect of this data collection, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to NMFS (see ADDRESSES) and by e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7285.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

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List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 679

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Dated: April 26, 2004.

Rebecca Lent,

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

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For reasons set out in the preamble,

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PART 679—FISHERIES OF THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OFF ALASKA

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1. The authority citation for part 679 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., 1801 et seq., and 3631 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1540(f); Pub. L. 105 277, Title II of Division C; Pub. L. 106 31, Sec. 3027; and Pub. L. 106 554, Sec. 209.

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2. Tables 14a and 14b to part 679 are revised to read as follows:

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Table 14a to Part 679.—Port of Landing Codes: 1 Alaska (March 2004)

Port NameNMFS codeADF&G code
Adak186ADA
Akutan, Akutan Bay101AKU
Alitak103ALI
Anchorage105ANC
Angoon106ANG
Aniakn∕aANI
Anvikn∕aANV
Atka107ATK
Auke Bay136JNU
Beaver Inlet119DUT
Betheln∕aBET
Captains Bay119DUT
Chefornak189N∕A
Chignik113CHG
Cordova115COR
Craig116CRG
Dillingham117DIL
Douglas136JNU
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska119DUT
Egegik122EGE
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EkukN∕AEKU
Elfin Cove123ELF
EmmonakN∕AEMM
Excursion Inlet124XIP
False Pass125FSP
FairbanksN∕AFBK
GalenaN∕AGAL
Glacier BayN∕AGLB
GlennallenN∕AGLN
Gustavus127GUS
Haines128HNS
Halibut Cove130N∕A
Homer132HOM
Hoonah133HNH
HydaburgN∕AHYD
Hyder134HDR
Juneau136JNU
Kake137KAK
KaltagN∕AKAL
Kasilof138KAS
Kenai139KEN
Kenai River139KEN
Ketchikan141KTN
King Cove142KCO
King Salmon143KNG
Kipnuk144N∕A
Klawock145KLA
Kodiak146KOD
KotzebueN∕AKOT
La ConnerN∕ALAC
Mekoryuk147N∕A
Metlakatla148MET
Moser BayN∕AMOS
Naknek149NAK
NenanaN∕ANEN
Nikiski (or Nikishka)150NIK
Ninilchik151NIN
Nome152NOM
Nunivak IslandN∕ANUN
Old Harbor153OLD
Other Alaska1499UNK
Pelican155PEL
Petersburg156PBG
Port Alexander158PAL
Port ArmstrongN∕APTA
Port Bailey159PTB
Port Graham160GRM
Port LionsN∕ALIO
Port MollerN∕AMOL
Port Protection161N∕A
Quinhagak187N∕A
Sand Point164SPT
Savoonga165N∕A
Seldovia166SEL
Seward167SEW
Sitka168SIT
Skagway169SKG
SoldotnaN∕ASOL
St. George170STG
St. MaryN∕ASTM
St. Paul172STP
Tee Harbor136JNU
Tenakee Springs174TEN
Togiak176TOG
Toksook Bay177N∕A
Tununak178N/A
UgashikN∕AUGA
UnalakleetN∕AUNA
Valdez181VAL
WasillaN∕AWAS
Whittier183WHT
Wrangell184WRN
Yakutat185YAK
1 To report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location code number: use the code for “Other” for the state or country at which the landing occurs and notify NMFS of the actual location so that the list may be updated. For example, to report a landing for Levelock, Alaska which currently has no code assigned, use code “499” for “Other AK.”

Table 14b to Part 679—Port of Landing Codes: Non-Alaska (California, Canada, Oregon, Washington) (April 2004)

Port NameNMFS CodeADF&G Code
CALIFORNIA
 Eureka500EUR
 Other California1599N/A
CANADA
 Other Canada1899N/A
 Port Edward802PRU
 Prince Rupert802PRU
OREGON
 Astoria600AST
 Newport603NPT
 OlympiaN/AOLY
 Other Oregon1699N/A
 PortlandN/APOR
 Warrenton604N/A
WASHINGTON
 Anacortes700ANA
 Bellingham702N/A
 Blaine717BLA
 Everett704N/A
 La Conner708LAC
 Other Washington1799N/A
 Seattle715SEA
 TacomaN/ATAC
1 To report a landing at a location not currently assigned a location code number: use the code for “Other” for the state or country at which the landing occurs and notify NMFS of the actual location so that the list may be updated. For example, to report a landing for Vancouver, which currently has no code assigned, use code “899” for “Other Canada.”
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[FR Doc. 04-9857 Filed 4-29-04; 8:45 am]

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