Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of Whaling Operations, 52327-52328 [E8-20791]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples from the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 November 10, 2008. 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 Patricia Lawson, (301) 713– 2289 or at Patricia.Lawson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract The National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB) was established in 1992 and provides protocols, techniques, and physical facilities for the long-term storage of tissues from marine mammals. Scientists can request tissues from this repository for retrospective analyses to determine environmental trends of contaminants and other substances of interest. The NMMTB collects, processes, and stores tissues from specific indicator species (e.g., Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white sided dolphins, pilot whales, harbor porpoises), animals from mass strandings, animals that have been obtained incidental to commercial fisheries, animals taken for subsistence purposes, biopsies, and animals from unusual mortality events. The purposes of this collection of information are: (1) To enable NOAA to allow the scientific community the opportunity to request tissue specimen samples from the NMMTB; (2) to enable VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) of NOAA to assemble information on all specimens submitted to the National Biomonitoring Specimen Bank (Bank), which includes the NMMTB. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE II. Method of Collection 52327 AGENCY: Reports are required from participants, and methods of submittal include Internet, mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0468. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; and business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 50. Estimated Time per Response: Request for tissue sample, 2 hours; specimen submission form, 45 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 155. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $152.00. 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: September 3, 2008. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E8–20792 Filed 9–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of Whaling Operations National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: 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 November 10, 2008. 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 Ryan Wulff, (301) 713–2276 or Ryan.Wulff@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Native Americans may conduct certain aboriginal subsistence whaling in accordance with the provisions of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In order to respond to obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, and the IWC, captains participating in these operations must submit certain information to the relevant Native American whaling organization about strikes on, and catch of, whales. Anyone retrieving a dead whale is also required to report. Captains must place a distinctive, permanent identification mark on any harpoon, lance, or explosive dart used, and must also provide information on the mark and self-identification information. The relevant Native American whaling organization receives the reports, compiles them, and submits the information to NOAA. The information is used to monitor the hunt and to ensure that quotas are not exceeded. The information is also provided to the IWC, which uses it to E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 52328 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices monitor compliance with its requirements. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration II. Method of Collection Reports may be made by phone or fax. Information on equipment marks must be made in writing. No form is used. [Docket No. 080626787–81157–03] III. Data Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2009 OMB Control Number: 0648–0311. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, Local, or Tribal Governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 52. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for reports on whales struck or on recovery of dead whales; 5 minutes for providing the relevant Native American whaling organization with information on the mark and selfidentification information; 5 minutes for marking gear; and 5 hours for the relevant Native American whaling organization to consolidate and submit reports. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 48. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $100. IV. Request for Comments jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 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: September 3, 2008. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E8–20791 Filed 9–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 RIN 0648–ZB97 National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, publishes this notice on the Modeling the Causes of Hypoxia component of the Northern Gulf of Mexico program to provide clarification regarding funding availability. DATES: The deadline for the receipt of proposals is 3 p.m. EST, October 20, 2008, for both electronic and paper applications. SUMMARY: The address for submitting Proposals electronically is: http:// www.grants.gov/. (Electronic submission is strongly encouraged). Paper submissions should be sent to the attention of, Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (N/SCI2), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4, 8th Floor Station 8240, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact: Libby Jewett, (libby.jewett@noaa.gov, 301– 713–3338 x 121). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This program was originally solicited in the Federal Register on July 11, 2008, as part of the July 2008 NOAA Omnibus solicitation. NOAA is publishing this notice to provide clarification regarding funding availability for the Modeling the Causes of Hypoxia component of the Northern Gulf of Mexico program. Please note that funds for Modeling the Causes of Hypoxia component of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Hypoxia Assessment program will not exceed $1,000,000.00 per project per year. It is anticipated that only one project will be awarded for this program with project durations of 3 to 5 years. All other requirements for this solicitation remain the same. ADDRESSES: Award Notices The notice of award is signed by the NOAA Grants Officer and is the authorizing document. It is provided by postal mail or electronically through the Grants Online system to the appropriate PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 business office of the recipient organization. Administrative and National Policy Requirements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696), are applicable to this solicitation. Limitation of Liability In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal preparation costs if these programs fail to receive funding or are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA website: http:// www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216l6lTOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http:// ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/ toclceq.htm). Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under their description of their program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 9, 2008)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-20791]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of 
Whaling Operations

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.

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 November 10, 
2008.

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 Ryan Wulff, (301) 713-2276 or Ryan.Wulff@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    Native Americans may conduct certain aboriginal subsistence whaling 
in accordance with the provisions of the International Whaling 
Commission (IWC). In order to respond to obligations under the 
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, and the IWC, 
captains participating in these operations must submit certain 
information to the relevant Native American whaling organization about 
strikes on, and catch of, whales. Anyone retrieving a dead whale is 
also required to report. Captains must place a distinctive, permanent 
identification mark on any harpoon, lance, or explosive dart used, and 
must also provide information on the mark and self-identification 
information. The relevant Native American whaling organization receives 
the reports, compiles them, and submits the information to NOAA.
    The information is used to monitor the hunt and to ensure that 
quotas are not exceeded. The information is also provided to the IWC, 
which uses it to

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monitor compliance with its requirements.

II. Method of Collection

    Reports may be made by phone or fax. Information on equipment marks 
must be made in writing. No form is used.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0311.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, Local, or Tribal 
Governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 52.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for reports on whales 
struck or on recovery of dead whales; 5 minutes for providing the 
relevant Native American whaling organization with information on the 
mark and self-identification information; 5 minutes for marking gear; 
and 5 hours for the relevant Native American whaling organization to 
consolidate and submit reports.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 48.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $100.

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: September 3, 2008.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E8-20791 Filed 9-8-08; 8:45 am]
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