Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; American Fisheries Act: Recordkeeping and Reporting, 3470-3471 [E6-670]

Download as PDF 3470 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 14 / Monday, January 23, 2006 / Notices Notice. 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 collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 24, 2006. 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 LTJG Nicole Manning, 301– 713–3453, ext. 119 or Nicole.Manning@noaa.gov. 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 17, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–669 Filed 1–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–12–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The NOAA Corps is the smallest of the seven uniformed services of the United States and is an integral part of NOAA. The NOAA Corps provides a cadre of professionals trained in engineering, earth sciences, oceanography, meteorology, fisheries science, and other related disciplines who serve in assignments within the five major Line Offices of NOAA. Persons wishing to obtain a NOAA Corps Commission must submit an application package, including an eye test and five references. II. Method of Collection Paper forms are submitted via mail in postage-paid envelopes. erjones on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0047. Form Number: NOAA Forms 56–42, 56–42A, 56–42C, 56–42D. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 130. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 260. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $5,850. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:01 Jan 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; American Fisheries Act: Recordkeeping and Reporting 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 collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 24, 2006. 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 Hynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Patsy A. Bearden, 907–586– 7008 or patsy.bearden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract The American Fisheries Act (AFA) was signed into law in October of 1998. The AFA established an allocation program for the pollock fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). The purposes of the AFA were to tighten U.S. ownership standards that had been exploited under the Anti-reflagging Act, to provide Alaska’s BSAI pollock fleet the opportunity to conduct their fishery in a more rational manner, and to protect non-AFA participants in other fisheries. Reduced bycatch, higher utilization rates, increased economic returns, and improved safety are among the direct benefits of the AFA. The flexibility provided by cooperatives and by individual vessel allocations of pollock and other species has allowed the BSAI pollock fleet to spread their fishing effort in time and space, thus somewhat mitigating the negative impacts of the Steller sea lion (SSL) conservation and protection measures. The BSAI pollock quota is suballocated to groups of vessel owners who form fishing vessel cooperatives. The cooperative management structure has shifted more of the monitoring and enforcement burden to the cooperatives and their members, allowing NMFS to manage the fishery more precisely. In order to make timely management decisions on closures, NMFS requires shoreside processors and stationary floating processors to use shoreside processor electronic logbook report (SPELR) to provide catcher vessel delivery information describing daily harvests of pollock and sideboard species on a vessel-by-vessel basis. The SPELR software provided by NMFS has automatic features that allow the users to effect file transfer by computer modem to the NMFS communication server, or file transfer can occur as an attachment to an e-mail message. II. Method of Collection Electronic files, paper reports, and paper applications are required from participants. Methods of submittal include transfer by computer modem, transfer by e-mail attachment, and facsimile transmission. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0401. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or household; business or other for-profits organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 26. E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 14 / Monday, January 23, 2006 / Notices Estimated Time per Response: 20 hours for Annual preliminary report; 8 hours for Annual final report; 30 minutes for Non-member vessel contract fishing application; 30 minutes to complete and print shoreside processor electronic logbook report (SPELR); 5 minutes to electronically submit SPELR report; 5 minutes for Inshore catcher vessel cooperative pollock catch report; and 5 minutes for Agent for service of process. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,024. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $635. 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 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 17, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–670 Filed 1–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; American Fisheries Act: Vessel and Processor Permit Applications National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. erjones on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:01 Jan 20, 2006 Jkt 208001 proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 24, 2006. 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 Patsy A. Bearden, 907–586– 7008 or patsy.bearden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The American Fisheries Act (AFA) was signed into law in October of 1998. The AFA established an allocation program for the pollock fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). The purposes of the AFA were to tighten U.S. ownership standards that had been exploited under the Anti-reflagging Act, to provide Alaska’s BSAI pollock fleet the opportunity to conduct their fishery in a more rational manner, and to protect non-AFA participants in other fisheries. Reduced bycatch, higher utilization rates, increased economic returns, and improved safety are among the direct benefits of the AFA. The flexibility provided by cooperatives and by individual vessel allocations of pollock and other species has allowed the BSAI pollock fleet to spread their fishing effort in time and space, thus somewhat mitigating the negative impacts of the Steller sea lion (SSL) conservation and protection measures. Finally, the cooperative management structure has shifted more of the monitoring and enforcement burden to the cooperatives and their members, allowing NMFS to manage the fishery more precisely. Under the AFA, only vessels and processors that meet specific qualifying criteria are eligible to fish for and process pollock in the BSAI. The BSAI pollock quota is suballocated to groups of vessel owners who form fishing vessel cooperatives under the AFA. All pollock vessels and processors are required to have a valid AFA permit on board the vessel or at the processing plant. The AFA vessel and processor permits have no expiration date and will remain valid indefinitely unless revoked by NMFS. With the exceptions of applications for inshore vessel cooperatives and for replacement PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3471 vessels, the AFA permit program had a one-time application deadline of December 1, 2000. Inshore catcher vessel cooperatives must apply for an AFA permit annually, by December 1 for the following fishing year. The information is collected once a year, because NMFS must identify the universe of participating vessels and processors prior to the start of each fishing year in order to assign allocations of pollock to eligible cooperatives. The applications to replace lost or destroyed AFA vessels may be submitted to NMFS at any time. II. Method of Collection Paper applications are required from participants. Methods of submittal include facsimile transmission of paper forms, except where a notary seal is required. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0393. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profits organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours for Application for AFA catcher vessel permit; 30 minutes for Application for AFA permit for replacement vessel; 21⁄2 hours for Application for AFA inshore catcher vessel cooperative permit; 2 hours for Application for AFA mothership permit; and 2 hours for Application for AFA inshore processor permit. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 42. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $59. 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 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; E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 14 (Monday, January 23, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3470-3471]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-670]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; American 
Fisheries Act: Recordkeeping and Reporting

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 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 24, 2006.

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 Hynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Patsy A. Bearden, 907-586-7008 or 
patsy.bearden@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The American Fisheries Act (AFA) was signed into law in October of 
1998. The AFA established an allocation program for the pollock fishery 
of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). The 
purposes of the AFA were to tighten U.S. ownership standards that had 
been exploited under the Anti-reflagging Act, to provide Alaska's BSAI 
pollock fleet the opportunity to conduct their fishery in a more 
rational manner, and to protect non-AFA participants in other 
fisheries.
    Reduced bycatch, higher utilization rates, increased economic 
returns, and improved safety are among the direct benefits of the AFA. 
The flexibility provided by cooperatives and by individual vessel 
allocations of pollock and other species has allowed the BSAI pollock 
fleet to spread their fishing effort in time and space, thus somewhat 
mitigating the negative impacts of the Steller sea lion (SSL) 
conservation and protection measures. The BSAI pollock quota is 
suballocated to groups of vessel owners who form fishing vessel 
cooperatives. The cooperative management structure has shifted more of 
the monitoring and enforcement burden to the cooperatives and their 
members, allowing NMFS to manage the fishery more precisely.
    In order to make timely management decisions on closures, NMFS 
requires shoreside processors and stationary floating processors to use 
shoreside processor electronic logbook report (SPELR) to provide 
catcher vessel delivery information describing daily harvests of 
pollock and sideboard species on a vessel-by-vessel basis. The SPELR 
software provided by NMFS has automatic features that allow the users 
to effect file transfer by computer modem to the NMFS communication 
server, or file transfer can occur as an attachment to an e-mail 
message.

II. Method of Collection

    Electronic files, paper reports, and paper applications are 
required from participants. Methods of submittal include transfer by 
computer modem, transfer by e-mail attachment, and facsimile 
transmission.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0401.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household; business or other for-
profits organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 26.

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    Estimated Time per Response: 20 hours for Annual preliminary 
report; 8 hours for Annual final report; 30 minutes for Non-member 
vessel contract fishing application; 30 minutes to complete and print 
shoreside processor electronic logbook report (SPELR); 5 minutes to 
electronically submit SPELR report; 5 minutes for Inshore catcher 
vessel cooperative pollock catch report; and 5 minutes for Agent for 
service of process.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,024.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $635.

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 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 17, 2006.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E6-670 Filed 1-20-06; 8:45 am]
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