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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; Final 2011 and 2012 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction

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


Final rule; closures; correction.


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is correcting a final rule that published on March 1, 2011, implementing the final 2011 and 2012 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). Two tables within the document contained errors.


Effective from 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 1, 2011, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2012.

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Steve Whitney, 907-586-7269.

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Need for Correction

NMFS published the Final 2011 and 2012 BSAI Harvest Specifications in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 (76 FR 11139). Tables providing information on 2011 and 2012 Directed Fishing Closures (Table 10) and the Final 2011 and 2012 American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel BSAI Groundfish Sideboard Limits (Table 13) contained a number of minor errors. In Table 10 on page 11154, NMFS inadvertently listed an incidental catch allowance (ICA) of rock sole at “10,000” metric tons (mt), instead of the correct number of “5,000” mt. In addition, Federal Register formatting issues caused misalignment in Tables 10 and 13 and affected the information contained in those tables. In Table 10 on page 11154, the Federal Register listed the phrase “ICA rock sole” in the “sector” column rather than the “species” column. In Table 13 on page 11156, the Federal Register shifted seven lines upward by one row in the following columns: “Ratio of 1995-1997 TAC”; “2011 initial TAC”; “2011 AFA catcher vessel sideboard limits”; “2012 initial TAC”; and “2012 AFA catcher vessel sideboard limits”. As a result of this error, Table 13 contains incorrect information on Pacific cod sideboard limits for the following gears and seasons: “Jig gear”; “Hook and line Catcher Vessels (CV)” for “Jan 1-Jun 10”; “Pot gear CV” for “Jan 1-Jun 10”; and “Trawl gear CV” for “Jan 20-Apr 1”. Table 13 also contains incorrect information on Atka mackerel sideboard limits for the following areas and seasons: “Eastern AI/BS” for “Jan 1-Jun 10”; “Central AI” for “Jan 1-Jun 10”; and “Central AI” for “Jan 1-Jun 10”. NMFS' corrections to Table 10 and Table 13 are listed below.

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 correction notice makes only minor changes and does not change operating practices in the fisheries. Corrections should be made as soon as possible to avoid confusion for participants in the fisheries.

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.y


On pages 11153, 11154, and 11156, Tables 10 and 13 are corrected to read as follows:

Table 10—2011 and 2012 Directed Fishing Closures 1

[Groundfish and halibut amounts are in metric tons. Crab amounts are in number of animals]

AreaSectorSpecies2011 Incidental catch allowance2012 Incidental catch allowance
Bogoslof DistrictAllPollock150150
Aleutian Islands subareaAllICA pollock1,6001,600
“Other rockfish”425425
Eastern Aleutian District/Bering SeaNon-amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited accessICA Atka mackerel7575
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Eastern Aleutian District/Bering SeaAllRougheye rockfish234240
Eastern Aleutian DistrictNon-amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited accessICA Pacific ocean perch100100
Central Aleutian DistrictNon-amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited accessICA Atka mackerel7575
ICA Pacific ocean perch7575
Western Aleutian DistrictNon-amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited accessICA Atka mackerel4040
ICA Pacific ocean perch1010
Central and Western Aleutian DistrictsAllRougheye rockfish220225
Bering Sea subareaAllPacific ocean perch4,8544,854
“Other rockfish”500500
ICA pollock45,07245,132
Bering Sea and Aleutian IslandsAllNorthern rockfish4,0004,000
Shortraker rockfish393393
Hook-and-line and pot gearICA Pacific cod500500
Non-amendment 80ICA flathead sole5,0005,000
ICA rock sole5,0005,000
Non-amendment 80 and BSAI trawl limited accessICA yellowfin sole2,0002,000
BSAI trawl limited accessRock sole/flathead sole/other flatfish—halibut mortality, red king crab zone 1, C. opilio COBLZ, C. bairdi Zone 1 and 200
Turbot/arrowtooth/sablefish—halibut mortality, red king crab zone 1, C. opilio COBLZ, C. bairdi Zone 1 and 200
Rockfish—red king crab zone 100
1 Maximum retainable amounts may be found in Table 11 to 50 CFR part 679.

Table 13—Final 2011 and 2012 American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Bsai Groundfish Sideboard Limits

[Amounts are in metric tons]

SpeciesFishery by area/gear/seasonRatio of 1995-1997 AFA CV catch to 1995-1997 TAC2011 initial TAC 12011 AFA catcher vessel sideboard limits2012 initial TAC 12012 AFA catcher vessel sideboard limits
Pacific codBSAI
Jig gear0n/a0n/a0
Hook-and-line CV
Jan 1-Jun 100.000620702080
Jun 10-Dec 310.000619902000
Pot gear CV
Jan 1-Jun 100.00068,68558,7495
Sept 1-Dec 310.00068,34558,4065
CV < 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear0.00064,05524,0842
Trawl gear CV
Jan 20-Apr 10.860933,29028,65933,53228,868
Apr 1-Jun 100.86094,9494,2614,9854,292
Jun 10-Nov 10.86096,7485,8096,7975,852
SablefishBS trawl gear0.09061,2111101,109100
AI trawl gear0.06454042637024
Atka mackerelEastern AI/BS
Jan 1-Jun 100.003217,9945816,43153
Jun 10-Nov 10.003217,9945816,43153
Central AI
Jan 1-Jun 100.00015,03714,5960
Jun 10-Nov 10.00015,03714,5960
Western AI
Jan 1-Jun 100n/a0n/a0
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Jun 10-Nov 10n/a0n/a0
Rock soleBSAI0.034175,9052,58875,9052,588
Greenland turbotBS0.06452,9751922,975192
Arrowtooth flounderBSAI0.06922,0151,51922,0151,519
Kamchatka flounderBSAI0.06915,0451,03815,0451,038
Alaska plaiceBSAI0.044113,60060013,600600
Other flatfishBSAI0.04412,5501122,550112
Flathead soleBS trawl gear0.050537,1021,87437,1021,874
Pacific ocean perchBS0.14,8544854,854485
Eastern AI0.00775,054395,05439
Central AI0.00254,429114,42911
Western AI0n/a0n/a0
Northern rockfishBSAI0.00844,000344,00034
Shortraker rockfishBSAI0.003739313931
Rougheye rockfishEBS/EAI0.003723412401
Other rockfishBS0.004850025002
1 Aleutian Islands Pacific ocean perch, and BSAI Atka mackerel, flathead sole, and rock sole are multiplied by the remainder of the TAC of that species after the subtraction of the CDQ reserve under § 679.20(b)(1)(ii)(C).
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Dated: March 23, 2011.

Samuel D. Rauch III,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-7241 Filed 3-25-11; 8:45 am]