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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Notice of Requirement to Submit a Historical Catcher Vessel Economic Data Report, Under the Crab Rationalization Program

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

NMFS issues this notice to owners and leaseholders of all vessels listed in this document to submit a Historical Catcher Vessel Economic Data Report (EDR) for each vessel that made at least one crab landing in the Crab Rationalization (CR) fisheries in any of the calendar years 1998, 2001, or 2004. A Historical Catcher Vessel EDR must be submitted for each year 1998, 2001 and 2004, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and applicable regulations. The intent of this action is to provide notice for an evaluation of the economic effects of the CR.

DATES:

The completed Historical Catcher Vessel EDR for each vessel identified in Table A in this notice must be received by July 11, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Submit the completed Historical Catcher Vessel EDR to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, 205 SE Spokane, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97202. A copy of the Historical Catcher Vessel EDR may be downloaded at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/​sustainablefisheries/​crab/​crfaq.htm. You are advised to carefully follow all instructions on the Historical Catcher Vessel EDR.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Geana Tyler by e-mail at: alaska_crab@psmfc.org, or toll free at 1-877-741-8913.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The final rule implementing the CR Program was published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2005 (70 FR 10174). It requires submission of historical economic data from owners and leaseholders of selected catcher vessels that made landings in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) CR Fisheries from 1998 to 2004. This collection of historical data is for the purpose of evaluating the economic effects of the CR Program.

The regulations implementing the final rule at 50 CFR 680.6(a) states that these catcher vessels will be identified by notice in the Federal Register, and owners and leaseholders of the identified vessels are required to submit the Historical Catcher Vessel EDR based on selected years. Pursuant to the final rule, NMFS has selected calendar years 1998, 2001 and 2004 for submission of a Historical Catcher Vessel EDR. These years are selected to coincide with the three historical EDR years that will be submitted by BSAI crab catcher processors, inshore stationary floating processors, and shoreside processors. In Start Printed Page 18376comparison with other selection alternatives, such as a probability sample or other combinations of years, matching identical years across all BSAI crab industry sectors will allow a greater number of observations across the entire industry and will increase the probability that processing data will be sufficiently matched with data from harvesters delivering to the processors.

A vessel owner or leaseholder of a catcher vessel listed in the Table A, for this notice, must submit a Historical Catcher Vessel EDR for all three years to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (see ADDRESSES). According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game fish ticket data, these vessels have made at least one landing in each of the qualifying years. A copy of the Historical Catcher Vessel EDR may be downloaded at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/​sustainablefisheries/​crab/​crfaq.htm. You are advised to carefully follow all instructions on the EDR.

Classification

The 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 requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as any delay in publishing this list of vessels would prevent some owners and leaseholders of these vessels from qualifying for issuance of crab Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ). The Historical Catcher Vessel EDR must be submitted as a condition of a complete application for IFQ. These applications must be submitted to NMFS in July 2005 so IFQ holders may participate in the golden king crab fishery which is scheduled to open in August 2005.

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). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment.

This notice contains a collection-of -information requirement subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act and which has been approved by OMB under control number 0648-0518.

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

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

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Dated: April 6, 2005.

Alan D. Risenhoover,

Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Table A. Vessels listed by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Vessel Identification Number that are Required to Submit an Historical Catcher Vessel, Crab Economic Data Report (EDR) for Year 1998, 2001 and 2004.

ADF&G Vessel Identification Number1

0000200134040670918721591295963405335771
0000300200041000920621610299233418435833
0000400222041470929721612299623418935844
0000700303042520978921630301003419135949
0001200524059591016721652301873426035966
0001300951059921102221730306013437435977
0001600958061011117321738311263443436045
0002200960061521211021745314283451736047
0002500961062051212121769314383463536093
0003000963063691212821802314583485536100
0003300964063741251221809316233490536134
0003400965064341254921869316723491936267
0003600966064401388921881317873493136322
0003700986064481474221900317923519936361
0003900987064591475921924319443523336379
0004000988064601476721927319953526536546
0004100991064851489621948319993527736800
0004300996066661496322293320393528636822
0005200997067001688722406322823530637210
0005301112067101707622461323203531837241
0005501792068581749522777323733541837316
0005801803069001774523105324153548637374
0006401837069461776823460324243552237619
0006501840070111777024194324733555337677
0006603404070821820824923325543556337887
0006703503070901935425041326603562938121
0007703525071892013425187326683563038182
0009703535082252033425216327163563938243
0010103645084112036325970327283564038342
0010303716085002050226280328683567938400
0010403718086532055626928331003568338415
0012003725086682073427326335023568738547
0012103800087882074527790336963573338641
0013104021090692131229407337043576738727
3872840921437654806855640593406132163478
3892340924438094817355803594836132464128
3897240951438244821555849595216133364609
3899940969438734835055854595696135164667
3900241021439434910056049595786135265328
3915641035441074914156111596076139565329
3916541044444874931756126596346143265331
3919141312445754961756140596866150565465
3919741347446584989256492597826156565504
3919841401448045014256986599676157165577
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3920141421448295018356992601006160566023
3934941444449715050157469601796165766700
3942441588450605134757477602106167467511
3950441628450665167257660602176167967659
3951341715451405175257706602506168967870
3973741774454165184157709604846171868008
3981241906454795197857822605236179168599
3985841999456435203757847606506182668869
3986042069457065205257880608046195468870
3992642079459215211957934608606228868913
3994642110459495337557971608656234369024
4007142144459785344658024609026242469553
4021742166463005377958039610756243669597
4025042234463095380058129611116243969765
4025242384463315381058133611196250570030
4030942389464965384358184611276284170135
4048442599465535464258239611546284470221
4055542736467015486558330611606290170492
4074943046468545495658776611826292070770
4076243080476475511158966611866292271174
4081743268477905512358967612236300071626
4083743384478265512459109612446316372318
4084043541478395513159181612616321972847
4091743552479525519459191612786336173557
1 Vessel ID for listed year (1998, 2001, 2004) from Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Vessel File, based upon at least one landing in ADF&G Fish Ticket File
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