National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Temporary rule; inseason quota transfer.
NMFS announces that State of Florida is transferring commercial bluefish quota to the State of New Jersey from its 2007 quota. By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Effective September 26, 2007 through December 31, 2007.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Emily Bryant, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9244, fax (978) 281-9135.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 Florida through Maine. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.160.
Two or more states, under mutual agreement and with the concurrence of the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), can transfer or combine bluefish commercial quota under § 648.160(f). The Regional Administrator is required to consider the criteria set forth in § 648.160(f)(1) in the evaluation of requests for quota transfers or combinations.
Florida has agreed to transfer 309,125 lb (140,160 kg) of its 2007 commercial quota to New Jersey. The Regional Administrator has determined that the criteria set forth in § 648.160(f)(1) have been met. The revised bluefish quotas for calendar year 2007 are: New Jersey, 1,579,605 lb (716,496 kg); and Florida, 553,488 lb (251,057 kg).
This action is taken under 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.Start Signature
Dated: September 25, 2007.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 07-4832 Filed 9-26-07; 2:07 pm]
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