National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
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.
The completed Historical Catcher Vessel EDR for each vessel identified in Table A in this notice must be received by July 11, 2005.
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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Geana Tyler by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or toll free at 1-877-741-8913.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental 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.
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.Start Signature
Dated: April 6, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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|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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