65 FR 82945 00-33221. Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Adjustments to the 2000 Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Commercial Quotas  

  • Summary

    NMFS publishes additional adjustments to the 2000 commercial summer flounder and black sea bass quotas. This action complies with the regulations that implement the Fishery Management Plan for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries (FMP), which specifies that summer flounder landings in excess of a given state’s individual commercial quota be deducted from that state’s quota for the following year. Similarly, for black sea bass, the FMP specifies that landings in excess of a quota for a given quarter be deducted from the quota for the same quarter in the following year. The intent of this action is to account for additional 1999 summer flounder landings reported in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland, and to correct Delaware landings downward and the black sea bass landings data for 1999 Quarters 2, 3, and 4.

    Table of Contents

    Tables

    DATES: Back to Top

    Effective December 29, 2000, through December 31, 2000.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

    Paul H. Jones, Fisheries Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9273, fax 978-281-9135, e-mail paul.h.jones@noaa.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

    Background Back to Top

    At 65 FR 33486, May 24, 2000, NMFS published final specifications for the 2000 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries, which included preliminary 1999 landings and quota adjustments. At 65 FR 50463, August 18, 2000, and corrected at 65 FR 69886, November 21, 2000, NMFS announced adjustments to the 2000 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass commercial quotas based on updated 1999 landings data. Additional adjustments are necessary through this notification due to the receipt of late 1999 summer flounder landings data from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the States of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. In addition, some black sea bass landings reported by the State of Delaware in 1999 were double-counted, and landings from non-limited access black sea bass vessels that landed south of Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, were incorrectly counted, meaning that the final 1999 landings were lower than announced in the August 18, 2000, Federal Register.

    Summer Flounder Back to Top

    The 1999 quota, preliminary 1999 landings, and the resulting 1999 overages for all states for summer flounder are given in Table 1. The following states recorded landings of summer flounder different from those reported in the August 18, 2000, and November 21, 2000, Federal Register: MA, +7,357 lb (3,337 kg); NY, +145 lb (66 kg); NJ, +241 lb (109 kg); DE, -376 lb (171 kg); and MD, +16 lb (7 kg).

    The resulting adjusted 2000 commercial quota for each state is given in Table 2, taking into account both the 1999 quota overages published in the August 18, 2000, and November 21, 2000, Federal Register and the additional landings previously noted.

    Black Sea Bass Back to Top

    The 1999 quotas (by quarter), preliminary 1999 landings (by quarter) and resulting overages for black sea bass for all quarters are given in Table 5. Changes in landings from those reported in the August 18, 2000, Federal Register are as follows: Quarter 1, -3,792 lb (1,720 kg); Quarter 2, -26,088 lb (11,834 kg); Quarter 3, -18,104 lb (8,212 kg); and Quarter 4, -39,377 lb (17,861 kg).

    Corrections Back to Top

    In the document published at 65 FR 50643, August 18, 2000 [FR Doc. 00-21100] the following corrections are made.

    On page 50464, Tables 1 and 2 are replaced in their entirety as follows.

    Table 1. Summer Flounder Preliminary 1999 Landings and Overages by State Back to Top
    State 1999 Quota Preliminary 1999 Landings 1999 Overage
    Lb Kg1 Lb Kg1 Lb Kg1
    1Kilograms are as converted from pounds, and the column may not total correctly due to rounding.2Parentheses indicate a negative number.3Total quota is the sum of all states having allocation. A state with a negative number has an allocation of zero. Total quota and total landings do not equal overage because they reflect positive quota balances in several states.
    ME 4,450 2,018 5,778 2,621 1,328 602
    NH 51 23 0 0 0 0
    MA 757,842 343,751 812,540 368,568 54,698 24,811
    RI 1,742,583 790,422 1,636,528 742,317 0 0
    CT 238,516 108,189 245,219 111,229 6,703 3,040
    NY 860,006 390,099 804,048 364,716 0 0
    NJ 1,853,926 840,927 1,917,973 869,993 64, 047 29,052
    DE (25,739)2 (11,675)2 7,541 3,421 (33,280)2 (15,096)2
    MD 202,354 91,786 201,013 91,180 0 0
    VA 2,120,696 961,932 2,195,832 996,012 75,136 34,081
    NC 2,974,589 1,349,274 2,800,749 1,270,398 0 0
    Total3 10,755,013 4,866,746 10,627,221 4,820,455
    Table 2. Summer Flounder Preliminary Adjusted 2000 Quotas by State Back to Top
    State 2000 Initial Quota 2000 Adjusted Quota
    Lb Kg1 Lb Kg1
    1Kilograms are as converted from pounds, and the column may not total correctly due to rounding.2Parentheses indicate a negative number.3Total quota is the sum of all states having allocation. A state with a negative number has an allocation of zero.
    ME 5,284 2,397 3,956 1,794
    NH 51 23 51 23
    MA 757,834 343,748 703,136 318,943
    RI 1,742,566 790,041 1,742,566 790,415
    CT 250,788 113,756 244,085 110,715
    NY 849,672 385,405 849,672 385,404
    NJ 1,858,346 842,931 1,794,299 813,894
    DE 1,977 897 (31,303)2 (14,199)2
    MD 226,568 102,770 226,568 102,771
    VA 2,368,546 1,074,354 2,293,410 1,040,273
    NC 3,049,560 1,383,257 3,049,560 1,383,257
    Total3 11,109, 214 5,039,055 10,876,000 4,947,489

    On page 50465, Tables 5 and 6 are replaced in their entirety as follows.

    Table 5. Black Sea Bass Preliminary 1999 Landings and Overages by Quarter Back to Top
    Quarter 1999 Quota1 Preliminary 1999 Landings 1999 Overage
    Lb Kg2 Lb Kg2 Lb Kg2
    1Reflects quotas as published on August 26, 1999 (64 FR 46596).2Kilograms are as converted from pounds, and the column may not total correctly due to rounding.
    1. (Jan -Mar) 1,168,860 530,186 712,196 323,052
    2. (Apr -Jun) 885,115 401,481 1,036,067 469,960 150,952 68,472
    3. (Jul -Sep) 372, 983 169,182 507,139 230,038 134,156 60,853
    4. (Oct -Dec) 598,043 271,268 705,996 320,240 107,953 48,968
    Total 3,025,000 1,372,117 2,961,398 1,343,290
    Table 6. Black Sea Bass Preliminary Adjusted 2000 Quotas by Quarter Back to Top
    Quarter 2000 Initial Quota 2000 Adjusted Quota
    Lb Kg1 Lb Kg1
    1Kilograms are as converted from pounds, and the column may not total correctly due to rounding.
    1. (Jan -Mar) 1,168,760 530,141 1,168,760 530,141
    2. (Apr -Jun) 885,040 401,447 734,088 332,982
    3. (Jul -Sep) 372, 951 169,168 238,795 108,317
    4. (Oct -Dec) 597,991 271,244 490,038 222,281
    Total 3,024,742 1,372,000 2,631,681 1,193,721

    Classification Back to Top

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority: Back to Top

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: December 21, 2000.

    Clarence Pautzke,

    Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    [FR Doc. 00-33221 Filed 12-28-00; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE: 3510-22-S

Document Information

Effective Date:
12/29/2000
Published:
12/29/2000
EntryType:
Rule
Action:
Commercial quota adjustment for 2000; correction.
Document Number:
00-33221
Document Citation:
65 FR 82945
Dates:
Effective December 29, 2000, through December 31, 2000.
Pages:
82945-82947 (3 pages)
CFR: (1)
50 CFR 648