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Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2012 and 2013 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction

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ACTION:

Final rule; closures; correction.

SUMMARY:

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is correcting a final rule that published on March 14, 2012, implementing the final 2012 and 2013 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This rule corrects errors contained in a table in the document that provides the 2012 GOA non-American Fisheries Act crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits.

DATES:

Effective April 17, 2012 through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2013, and is applicable beginning March 14, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Need for Correction

NMFS published the Final 2012 and 2013 GOA Harvest Specifications in the Federal Register on March 14, 2012 (77 FR 15194). A table providing information on 2012 GOA non-American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits (Table 22) contained two minor errors. In Table 22 on page 15216, a Federal Register error omitted the final 2012 non-AFA crab vessel A season sideboard limit for catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Western GOA. The correct limit is 23 metric tons. In addition, NMFS inadvertently listed “0.0001” as the ratio used to calculate the non-AFA crab vessel sideboard limit for catcher/processors using hook-and-line gear in the Western GOA during the B season instead of the correct ratio of “0.0018.” These corrections are necessary to provide the correct sideboard limits.

The Acting 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 notice corrects typographical errors to the table providing the 2012 GOA non-AFA crab vessel groundfish harvest sideboard limits, and does not change operating practices in the fisheries. The corrections described in this rule are being implemented 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). The corrections described in this rule are being made effective upon publication to avoid confusion for participants in the fisheries.

Correction

In the final rule published on March 14, 2012 (77 FR 15194), the following corrections are made to Table 22:

1. On page 15216, in Table 22, row 17 (the row beginning “W Hook-and-line C/P”), column six, the blank entry “” is corrected to read “23.”

2. On the same page, in row 29 (the row beginning “W Hook-and-line C/P), column four, the entry “0.0001” is corrected to read “0.0018.”

Table 22 is corrected and reprinted in its entirety below.

Table 22—Final 2012 GOA Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessel Groundfish Harvest Sideboard Limits

[Values are rounded to the nearest metric ton]

SpeciesSeason/GearArea/Component/GearRatio of 1996 -2000 non-AFA crab vessel catch to 1996- 2000 total harvestFinal 2012 TACsFinal 2012 non-AFA crab vessel sideboard limit
PollockA Season January 20-March 10Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620)0.0098 0.00315,797 14,02357 43
Kodiak (630)0.00025,7871
B Season March 10-May 31Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620)0.0098 0.00315,797 17,22157 53
Kodiak (630)0.00022,5891
C Season August 25-October 1Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620)0.0098 0.00319,338 7,28292 23
Kodiak (630)0.00028,9862
D Season October 1-November 1Shumagin (610) Chirikof (620)0.0098 0.00319,338 7,28292 23
Kodiak (630)0.00028,9862
AnnualWYK (640)0.00003,2440
SEO (650)0.000010,7740
Pacific codA Season 1 January 1-June 10W Jig W Hook-and-line CV0.0000 0.000412,614 12,6140 5
W Hook-and-line C/P0.001812,61423
W Pot CV0.099712,6141,258
W Pot C/P0.007812,61498
W Trawl CV0.000712,6149
C Jig0.000025,6230
C Hook-and-line CV0.000125,6233
C Hook-and-line C/P0.001225,62331
C Pot CV0.047425,6231,215
C Pot C/P0.013625,623348
C Trawl CV0.001225,62331
B Season 2 Jig Gear: June 10-December 31   All other gears: September 1-December 31W Jig W Hook-and-line CV W Hook-and-line C/P W Pot CV W Pot C/P W Trawl CV0.0000 0.0004 0.0018 0.0997 0.0078 0.00078,410 8,410 8,410 8,410 8,410 8,4100 3 15 838 66 6
C Jig0.000017,0820
C Hook-and-line CV0.000117,0822
C Hook-and-line C/P0.001217,08220
C Pot CV0.047417,082810
C Pot C/P0.013617,082232
C Trawl CV0.001217,08220
AnnualE inshore0.01101,77420
E offshore0.00001970
SablefishAnnual, trawl gearW0.00003560
C0.00001,1520
E0.00002710
Flatfish, shallow-waterAnnualW0.005913,25078
C0.000118,0002
E0.00005,7790
Flatfish, deep-waterAnnualW0.00351761
C0.00002,3080
E0.00002,6420
Rex soleAnnualW0.00001,3070
C0.00006,4120
E0.00001,8930
Arrowtooth flounderAnnualW0.000414,5006
C0.000175,0008
E0.000013,8000
Flathead soleAnnualW0.00028,6502
C0.000414,5006
E0.00006,2690
Pacific ocean perchAnnualW0.00002,1020
C0.000011,2630
E0.00003,5530
Northern rockfishAnnualW0.00052,1561
C0.00003,3510
Shortraker rockfishAnnualW0.00131040
C0.00124521
E0.00095250
Other rockfishAnnualW0.0035440
C0.00336062
E0.00004300
Pelagic shelf rockfishAnnualW0.00174091
C0.00003,8490
E0.00008600
Rougheye rockfishAnnualW0.0067801
C0.00478504
E0.00082930
Demersal shelf rockfishAnnualSEO0.00002930
Thornyhead rockfishAnnualW0.00471501
C0.00667665
E0.00457493
Atka mackerelAnnualGulfwide0.00002,0000
Big skateAnnualW0.039246918
C0.01591,79329
E0.00001,5050
Longnose skateAnnualW0.0392703
C0.01591,87930
E0.00006760
Other skatesAnnualGulfwide0.01762,03036
SquidsAnnualGulfwide0.01761,14820
SharksAnnualGulfwide0.01766,028106
OctopusesAnnualGulfwide0.01761,45526
SculpinsAnnualGulfwide0.01765,731101
1 The Pacific cod A season for trawl gear does not open until January 20.
2 The Pacific cod B season for trawl gear closes November 1.

Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1540 (f), 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 105-277; Pub. L. 106-31; Pub. L. 106-554; Pub. L. 108-199; Pub. L. 108-447; Pub. L. 109-241; Pub. L. 109-479.

Dated: April 11, 2012.

Alan D. Risenhoover,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-9090 Filed 4-16-12; 8:45 am]

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