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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

142 / Tuesday, July 25, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 42061

directed fishing for northern rockfish in DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE establishing a directed fishing
the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. allowance of 3,212 mt, and is setting
National Oceanic and Atmospheric aside the remaining 50 mt as bycatch to
After the effective date of this closure
Administration support other anticipated groundfish
the maximum retainable amounts at
§ 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time fisheries. In accordance with
50 CFR Part 679 § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional
during a trip.
[Docket No. 060216044–6044–01; I.D. Administrator finds that this directed
Classification 072006B] fishing allowance has been reached.
Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting
This action responds to the best Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic directed fishing for pelagic shelf
available information recently obtained Zone Off Alaska; Pelagic Shelf rockfish in the Central Regulatory Area
from the fishery. The Assistant Rockfish in the Central Regulatory of the GOA.
Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA Area of the Gulf of Alaska After the effective date of this closure
(AA), finds good cause to waive the the maximum retainable amounts at
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
requirement to provide prior notice and Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time
opportunity for public comment Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), during a trip.
pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 Commerce. Classification
U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.
impracticable and contrary to the public This action responds to the best
interest. This requirement is SUMMARY: NMFS is prohibiting directed available information recently obtained
impracticable and contrary to the public fishing for pelagic shelf rockfish in the from the fishery. The Assistant
interest as it would prevent NMFS from Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA
responding to the most recent fisheries Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary (AA), finds good cause to waive the
data in a timely fashion and would to prevent exceeding the 2006 total requirement to provide prior notice and
delay the closure of northern rockfish in allowable catch (TAC) of pelagic shelf opportunity for public comment
the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. rockfish in the Central Regulatory Area pursuant to the authority set forth at 5
NMFS was unable to publish a notice of the GOA. U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is
providing time for public comment DATES: Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local impracticable and contrary to the public
because the most recent, relevant data time (A.l.t.), July 21, 2006, through 2400 interest. This requirement is
only became available as of July 19, hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2006. impracticable and contrary to the public
2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh interest as it would prevent NMFS from
Keaton, 907–586–7228. responding to the most recent fisheries
The AA also finds good cause to data in a timely fashion and would
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS
waive the 30 day delay in the effective delay the closure of pelagic shelf
manages the groundfish fishery in the
date of this action under 5 U.S.C. rockfish in the Central Regulatory Area
GOA exclusive economic zone
553(d)(3). This finding is based upon of the GOA. NMFS was unable to
according to the Fishery Management
the reasons provided above for waiver of Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of publish a notice providing time for
prior notice and opportunity for public Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North public comment because the most
comment. Pacific Fishery Management Council recent, relevant data only became
This action is required by § 679.20 under authority of the Magnuson- available as of July 19, 2006.
and is exempt from review under Stevens Fishery Conservation and The AA also finds good cause to
Executive Order 12866. Management Act. Regulations governing waive the 30 day delay in the effective
fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance date of this action under 5 U.S.C.
Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon
with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50
Dated: July 20, 2006. CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. the reasons provided above for waiver of
Alan D. Risenhoover, The 2006 TAC of pelagic shelf prior notice and opportunity for public
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable rockfish in the Central Regulatory Area comment.
Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. of the GOA is 3,262 metric tons (mt) as This action is required by § 679.20
[FR Doc. 06–6449 Filed 7–20–06; 2:18 pm] established by the 2006 and 2007 and is exempt from review under
harvest specifications for groundfish of Executive Order 12866.
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the GOA (71 FR 10870, March 3, 2006). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i),
the Administrator, Alaska Region, Dated: July 20, 2006.
NMFS (Regional Administrator), has Alan D. Risenhoover,
determined that the 2006 TAC of pelagic Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
shelf rockfish in the Central Regulatory Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
Area of the GOA will soon be reached. [FR Doc. 06–6448 Filed 7–20–06; 2:18 pm]
Therefore, the Regional Administrator is BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
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