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Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery

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ACTION:

Notice of reduction payment tender of Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permits.

SUMMARY:

The National Marine Fisheries Service published regulations implementing a fishing capacity reduction program in the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery. The program authorizes NMFS to make payments to permit holders who voluntarily relinquish their fishing permits. The Southeast Revitalization Association (SRA) conducted a bid selection process accepting sixty-four bids to remove Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permits. It then submitted a reduction plan to NMFS to implement the program. NMFS conducted a referendum which approved the reduction loan repayment fees of $13,133,030 which post-reduction harvesters will repay over a 40-year period removing 64 permits. Accordingly, NMFS is preparing to tender reduction payments to the accepted bidders.

DATES:

The public has until June 6, 2012 to inform NMFS of any holding, owning, or retaining claims that conflict with the representations of bids as presented by the SRA.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments about this notice to Paul Marx, Chief, Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: SE Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Buyback, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427-8799, fax (301) 713-1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).

NMFS published proposed program regulations on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707), and final program regulations on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986), to implement the reduction program. Subsequently, the Southeast Revitalization Association submitted a capacity reduction plan to NMFS. NMFS approved the plan on February 24, 2012. NMFS published the list of eligible voters on March 1, 2012 (77 FR 12568) and the notice of referendum period on March 29, 2012 (77 FR 19004). Interested persons should review these for further program details.

II. Present Status

NMFS conducted a referendum to determine the industry's willingness to repay a fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the reduction plan. NMFS mailed ballots to 379 permanent permit holders in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC who were eligible to vote in the referendum. The voting period opened on March 30, 2012, and closed on April 30, 2012. NMFS received 269 timely and valid votes. 215 of the votes approved the fees. This exceeded the majority of permit holders (190) required for industry fee system approval. Therefore, the referendum is deemed successful and permit holders are deemed to have approved the industry fee system. Accordingly, the reduction contracts are in full force and effect and NMFS is now preparing to tender and disburse reduction payments to selected bidders.

III. Purpose

NMFS publishes this notice to inform the public before tendering reduction payments to the 64 accepted bidders. Upon receiving notice from CFEC that the permit has been relinquished and is no longer valid, NMFS will tender reduction payments on or about June 6, 2012. When NMFS tenders a reduction payment to a selected bidder, the selected bidder must permanently stop all further fishing represented by each reduction permit the bidder has relinquished. The selected bidder, in accordance with section 5 of the relinquishment contract, must notify all creditors or other parties with security interests in the reduction permit, that they have entered into the relinquishment contract.

This notice provides the public (including creditors or other parties) 30 days from publication of this notice to advise NMFS in writing of any holding, owning, or retaining claims that conflict with the representations of bids as presented by the SRA.

IV. Selected Bidders and Permits

The table below lists the 64 permit holders who will receive reduction payments when NMFS receives confirmation from CFEC that the specified permits have been relinquished.

Last nameFirst namePermit No.
AlfieriJoeS01A60791I
AlfieriAnthonyS01A55646M
BarrettDavisS01A58501W
BeritichMitchellS01A58923M
BillDavidS01A58338U
BlairAndrewS01A59085F
BotsfordWallaceS01A63175B
BuschmannRonnS01A55479D
ChristensenDaleS01A60803V
DeGroenJohnnyS01A58505S
DemmertNicholasS01A56948W
DontosLarryS01A59705K
FanningChristineS01A60909J
FinneyPaulS01A64933S
GruenheitMichaelS01A55083V
HaldaneRobertS01A56620L
HaltinerFredS01A55617L
HansenWilliamS01A55442A
HansonJeffS01A57976
HaynesBradleyS01A574950
JensenDouglasS01A59714N
JohnsJustnaS01A55403
JoliboisTimothyS01A56018A
JurlinMarieS01A58547R
KohlaseErnestS01A56199V
KriegerKennethS01A59613M
KrigbaumMichaelS01A58031W
KvernvikCarolynS01A55231R
MacDonaldCliffordS01A55545L
MannBruceS01A56187
ManosAndrewS01A59222I
ManosThomasS01A60642C
MaricichTimothyS01A59569W
MarkusenKennethS01A55584K
MarreseAndrewS01A57909W
Marvin-DenkingerVictoriaS01A58429X
McGeeGaryS01A56559
McLeanJohnS01A56270P
MentenErikS01A57726X
MichaelMercuryS01A55386C
NashPaulS01A57907M
NugentMatthewS01A55689G
OlneyVirginiaS01A57720
PetermanChadS01A55986F
PfundtMicheleS01A56392F
ReifenstuhlIvanS01A55171A
ReimnitzHartmutS01A578995
RocheleauRickS01A58478
SchonbergPeterS01A56601I
SchonbergMartS01A56882A
ScudderBradleyS01A56000N
SelivanoffDouglasS01A57856A
SorensenPaigeS01A58511U
SpearinJamesS01A59372G
SuydamAntrilS01A57910N
SvenssonJohnS01A56492N
TarabochiaDominickS01A56600P
ThorstensonPederS01A59806J
VeerhusenDanielS01A56638X
WallaceBruceS01A55827B
WamserWilliamS01A60071B
WillsCharlesS01A58070V
ZuanichMichelleS01A57849F
ZuanichMichelleS01A568811

Dated: May 2, 2012.

Lindsay Fullenkamp,

Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service.

[FR Doc. 2012-10984 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]

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