Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings Data Reports, 6419-6420 [05-2291]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Helen Bass at (301)713– 3155, ext. 175 (or via Internet at helen.bass@noaa.gov). DATES: on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 28, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2290 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–S SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NOAA’s regulations at 15 CFR 970 govern the issuing and monitoring of exploration licenses under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act. Persons seeking a license must submit certain information that allows NOAA to ensure the applicant meets the standards of the Act. Persons with licenses are required to conduct monitoring and reports, and they may request revisions to or transfers of licenses. II. Method of Collection Paper submissions are used, however applicants are encouraged to submit supporting documentation electronically when feasible. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0145. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2. Estimated Time Per Response: 2,0004,000 hours per application (no applications are expected) and 20 hours per report. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 40. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $150. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information VerDate jul<14>2003 21:04 Feb 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020205B] Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and CostEarnings Data Reports National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed and continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Joseph Desfosse, Highly Migratory Species Management Division (F/SF1), Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone 301–713– 2347). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I.Abstract Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the National PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6419 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for management of the Nation’s marine fisheries. In addition, NMFS must comply with the United States’ obligations under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). NMFS collects information via vessel logbooks to monitor the U.S. catch of Atlantic swordfish, sharks, marlins, and tunas in relation to the quotas, thereby ensuring that the United States complies with its domestic and international obligations. The information supplied through vessel logbooks also provides the catch and effort data necessary to assess the status of highly migratory species and to evaluate bycatch in each fishery. International stock assessments for tunas, swordfish, marlins, and some species of sharks are conducted and presented to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) periodically and provide, in part, the basis for ICCAT management recommendations which become binding on member nations. Domestic stock assessments for most species of sharks are used as the basis of managing these species. Supplementary information on fishing costs and earnings has been collected via this vessel logbook program. This economic information enables NMFS to assess the economic impacts of regulatory programs on small businesses and fishing communities, consistent with NEPA, Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and other domestic law. II.Method of Collection Currently, log books are being completed and submitted in paper form. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0371. Form Number: NOAA Form 88-191. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations (vessel owners). Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,635. Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes for cost/earnings summaries attached to logbook reports; 12 minutes for logbook catch reports; and 2 minutes for negative logbook catch reports. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 30,378. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 (no capital expenditures required). IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) whether the proposed collection of information E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1 6420 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 28, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2291 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020205C] Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Vessel and Gear Marking National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Michael Clark, Highly Migratory Species Management Division VerDate jul<14>2003 21:04 Feb 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 (F/SF1), Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone 301–713– 2347). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Under current regulations at 50 CFR part 635.6, fishing vessels permitted for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) must display their official vessel numbers on their vessels. Flotation devices attached to certain fishing gear must also be marked with the vessel’s number to identify catch that is buoyed. These requirements are necessary for law enforcement and monitoring purposes.Specifically, all vessels owners that hold a valid HMS permit, other than an HMS angling permit, are required to mark their vessels with their vessel identification number. The numbers should be permanently affixed to, or painted on the port and starboard sides of the deckhouse or hull and on an appropriate weather deck, so as to be clearly visible from an enforcement vessel or aircraft. Furthermore, fishermen that use longline gear must mark high-flyers and terminal buoys with their vessel identification number. Gillnet fishermen must also mark their terminal buoys, and handgear or harpoon fishermen must mark all buoys attached to their gear with their vessel identification number. II. Method of Collection There is no form or information collected under this requirement. Official vessel numbers issued to vessel operators are marked on the vessel and on flotation gear, if applicable. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0373. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations (vessel owners); and Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,700 vessels for vessel identification marking; and 24,064 permit holders for gear marking. Estimated Time Per Response: 45 minutes/year to mark a vessel; and 15 minutes/year to mark a float. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,525 hours for vessel identification marking; and 6,877 hours for gear marking. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $304,500. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; ) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 28, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2293 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020205D] Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notification of a proposal for EFPs to conduct experimental fishing; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject EFP application contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would allow one vessel to conduct fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 24 (Monday, February 7, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6419-6420]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-2291]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 020205B]


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Highly 
Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings Data Reports

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a 
proposed and continuing information collection, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 8, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Joseph Desfosse, Highly Migratory Species Management 
Division (F/SF1), Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone 301-713-2347).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I.Abstract

    Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 
is responsible for management of the Nation's marine fisheries. In 
addition, NMFS must comply with the United States' obligations under 
the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). NMFS 
collects information via vessel logbooks to monitor the U.S. catch of 
Atlantic swordfish, sharks, marlins, and tunas in relation to the 
quotas, thereby ensuring that the United States complies with its 
domestic and international obligations. The information supplied 
through vessel logbooks also provides the catch and effort data 
necessary to assess the status of highly migratory species and to 
evaluate bycatch in each fishery. International stock assessments for 
tunas, swordfish, marlins, and some species of sharks are conducted and 
presented to the International Commission for the Conservation of 
Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) periodically and provide, in part, the basis for 
ICCAT management recommendations which become binding on member 
nations. Domestic stock assessments for most species of sharks are used 
as the basis of managing these species. Supplementary information on 
fishing costs and earnings has been collected via this vessel logbook 
program. This economic information enables NMFS to assess the economic 
impacts of regulatory programs on small businesses and fishing 
communities, consistent with NEPA, Executive Order 12866, the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, and other domestic law.

II.Method of Collection

    Currently, log books are being completed and submitted in paper 
form.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0371.
    Form Number: NOAA Form 88-191.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations (vessel 
owners).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,635.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 10 minutes for cost/earnings summaries 
attached to logbook reports; 12 minutes for logbook catch reports; and 
2 minutes for negative logbook catch reports.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 30,378.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 (no capital expenditures 
required).

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) whether the proposed collection of 
information

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is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and 
cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 28, 2005.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-2291 Filed 2-4-05; 8:45 am]
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