National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Temporary rule; inseason adjustment.
NMFS adjusts the 2005 Winter II commercial scup quota and possession limit. This action complies with Framework Adjustment 3 (Framework 3) to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, which established a process to allow the rollover of unused commercial scup quota from the Winter I period to the Winter II period.
This rule is effective November 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sarah McLaughlin, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9279.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
NMFS published a final rule in the Federal Register on November 3, 2003 (68 FR 62250), implementing a process, for years in which the full Winter I commercial scup quota is not harvested, to allow unused quota from the Winter I period to be added to the quota for the Winter II period, and to allow adjustment of the commercial possession limits for the Winter II period commensurate with the amount of quota rolled over from the Winter I period. Table 5 of the final 2005 quota specifications for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass (70 FR 303, January 4, 2005) presented detailed information regarding Winter II possession limits, based on the amount of scup to be rolled over from Winter I to Winter II.
For 2005, the Winter II quota is 1,949,962 lb (884,487 kg), and the best available landings information indicates that 2,223,502 lb (1,008,564 kg) remain of the Winter I quota of 5,518,367 lb (2,503,089 kg). Consistent with the intent of Framework 3, the full amount of unused 2005 Winter I quota is transferred to Winter II, resulting in a revised 2005 Winter II quota of 4,173,464 lb (1,893,051 kg). In addition to the quota transfer, the 2005 Winter II Start Printed Page 44292possession limit is increased, consistent with the rollover specifications established in the 2005 final rule (70 FR 303), to 3,500 lb (1,588 kg) per trip to provide an appropriate opportunity for fishing vessels to obtain the increased Winter II quota.
This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.Start Signature
Dated: July 26, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-15222 Filed 8-1-05; 8:45 am]
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