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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC251

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice That Vendor Will Provide Year 2013 Cage Tags

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of vendor to provide fishing year 2013 cage tags.
SUMMARY: NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferable quota (ITQ) allocation holders that they will be required to purchase their fishing year 2013 (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2013) cage tags from the National Band and Tag Company. The intent of this notice is to promote efficient distribution of cage tags.
ADDRESSES: Written inquiries may be sent to: Regional Administrator,National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 282-8483; fax (978) 281-9135.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Federal Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fishery regulations at 50 CFR 648.77(b) authorize the Regional Administrator of the Northeast Region, NMFS, to specify in theFederal Registera vendor from whom cage tags, required under the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan (FMP), shall be purchased. Notice is hereby given that National Band and Tag Company of Newport, Kentucky, is the authorized vendor of cage tags required for the fishing year 2013 Federal surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. Detailed instructions for purchasing these cage tags will be provided in a letter to ITQ allocation holders in these fisheries from NMFS within the next several weeks.

Authority:

16 U.S.C. 1801et seq.

Dated: October 12, 2012. Emily H. Menashes, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.