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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 44229


downward by 5 percent to 1,895,250 lb
National Oceanic and Atmospheric (859,671 kg) to account for incidental National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration catch. There was no research set-aside Administration
for the 2006 fishing year. Thus, the Full-
50 CFR Part 648 time Tier 2 permit category quota for the 50 CFR Part 679
[Docket No. 010319075–1217–02; I.D. 2006 fishing year, which is equal to 15 [Docket No. 060216045–6045–01; I.D.
073106E] percent of the TAL, is 284,288 lb 073106B]
(128,951 kg).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive
States; Tilefish Fishery; Quota The Administrator, Northeast Region, Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by
Harvested for Full-time Tier 2 Category NMFS (Regional Administrator) Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet
monitors the commercial tilefish quota (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries for each fishing year using dealer Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and reports, vessel catch reports, and other Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), available information to determine Management Area
Commerce. when the quota for each limited access
ACTION: Temporary rule; closure. permit category is projected to have AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
been harvested. NMFS is required to Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
publish notification in the Federal
percentage of the tilefish annual total Register notifying commercial vessels Commerce.
allowable landings (TAL) available to ACTION: Temporary rule; modification of
and dealer permit holders that, effective
the Full-time Tier 2 permit category for a closure.
upon a specific date, the tilefish TAL for
the 2006 fishing year has been
harvested. In response, commercial the specific limited access category has SUMMARY: NMFS is opening directed
vessels fishing under the Full-time Tier been harvested and no commercial fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels
2 tilefish category may not harvest quota is available for harvesting tilefish less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length
tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish by that category for the remainder of the overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or
Management Unit for the remainder of fishing year, from within the Golden pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian
the 2006 fishing year (through October Tilefish Management Unit. Islands management area (BSAI). This
31, 2006). Regulations governing the The Regional Administrator has action is necessary to allow the catcher
tilefish fishery require publication of determined, based upon dealer reports vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA
this notification to advise the public of and other available information, that the using hook-and-line or pot gear in the
this closure. 2006 tilefish TAL for the Full-time Tier BSAI to harvest their Pacific cod
DATES: Effective 0001 hrs local time, 2 category has been harvested. allocation.
August 2, 2006, through 2400 hrs local Therefore, effective 0001 hrs local time, DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local
time, October 31, 2006. August 2, 2006, further landings of time (A.l.t.), August 15, 2006, through
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: tilefish harvested from within the 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2006.
Brian R. Hooker, Fishery Policy Analyst, Golden Tilefish Management Unit by FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
at (978) 281–9220. tilefish vessels holding Full-time Tier 2 Jennifer Hogan, 907–586–7228.
Regulations governing the tilefish prohibited through October 31, 2006. manages the groundfish fishery in the
fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The 2007 fishing year for commercial BSAI exclusive economic zone
The regulations require annual tilefish harvest will open on November according to the Fishery Management
specification of a TAL for federally 1, 2006. Federally permitted dealers are Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea
permitted tilefish vessels harvesting also advised that, effective August 2, and Aleutian Islands Management Area
tilefish from within the Golden Tilefish 2006, they may not purchase tilefish (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific
Management Unit. The Golden Tilefish from Full-time Tier 2 category federally Fishery Management Council under
Management Unit is defined as an area permitted tilefish vessels who land authority of the Magnuson-Stevens
of the Atlantic Ocean from the latitude tilefish harvested from within the Fishery Conservation and Management
of the VA/NC border (36°33.36′ N. lat.), Golden Tilefish Management Unit for Act. Regulations governing fishing by
extending eastward from the shore to the remainder of the 2006 fishing year U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP
the outer boundary of the exclusive (through October 31, 2006). appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600
economic zone, and northward to the and 50 CFR part 679.
U.S./Canada border. After 5 percent of Classification NMFS closed directed fishing for
the TAL is deducted to reflect landings Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than
by vessels issued an open-access This action is required by 50 CFR part 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-
Incidental permit category, and after up 648 and is exempt from review under line or pot gear in the BSAI under
to 3 percent of the TAL is set aside for Executive Order 12866. § 679.21(d)(1)(iii) on May 23, 2006 (71
research purposes, should research TAL Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. FR 30300, May 26, 2006).
be set aside, the remaining TAL is NMFS has determined that as of July
Dated: July 31, 2006.
distributed among the following three 25, 2006, approximately 60 metric tons
tilefish limited access permit categories: Alan D. Risenhoover, of Pacific cod remain in the 2006 Pacific
gechino on PROD1PC61 with RULES

Full-time Tier 1 category (66 percent), Acting Director, Office of Sustainable cod TAC specified for catcher vessels
Full-time Tier 2 category (15 percent), Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using
and the Part-time category (19 percent). [FR Doc. 06–6691 Filed 8–1–06; 1:44 pm] hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
The TAL for tilefish for the 2006 BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Therefore, in accordance with
fishing year was set at 1.995 million lb §§ 679.25(a)(2)(i)(C) and (a)(2)(iii)(D),

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