Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Social Impacts of the Implementation of a Catch Shares Program in the Mid-Atlantic, 55305-55306 [2010-22591]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 175 / Friday, September 10, 2010 / Notices landing notification form, 5 minutes; VMS State waters exemption program, 2 minutes; quota transfers, 10 minutes; cost recovery, 2 hours; sector proposals, 150 hours; sector operations plans, 100 hours; IFQ, Northern Gulf of Maine, and incidental catch vessel VMS requirements, 2 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11,322. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,488,557. 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, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–22575 Filed 9–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Social Impacts of the Implementation of a Catch Shares Program in the Mid-Atlantic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 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. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Sep 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 Written comments must be submitted on or before November 9, 2010. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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 Lisa L. Colburn, (401) 782– 3253 or Lisa.L.Colburn@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Abstract This request is for new information collection. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is required in fisheries under both the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity on fishermen still involved in fishing since catch shares were implemented. In promulgating and issuing regulations, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must determine the relative impacts of different management measures. Catch shares are being highly encouraged as a core strategy to improve the status of fish stock and habitat, and also the social and economic status of communities and individual fishermen (NOAA Draft Catch Share Policy). The use of catch share programs will have an impact on those individuals participating in the affected fisheries. Possible impacts include loss of employment opportunities and shoreside infrastructure, and disruption to social networks. Amendment 16 to the Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management Plan, implemented on May 1, 2010, is the largest catch share program in number of permit holders that has ever been implemented in the U.S., and includes 17 group quota or ‘sector’ allocations. More catch share plans are in discussion for the Northeast within the next several years. NMFS is required to assess the impact of these plans as well as their impacts relative to other management measures in place in the Northeast. The rapid implementation of the groundfish catch share program made capturing a full pre-implementation baseline virtually impossible. A University of Rhode Island survey of fishermen and PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55305 former fishermen in New England in 2009/2010 partially captured this baseline for fisheries in general, as well as some immediate post-implementation impacts for groundfishermen in that region. This research aims to study the immediate post-implementation effects on fishermen in the groundfish fishery and those that have already exited the fishery in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as provide a baseline for other fisheries prior to any implementation of additional catch share programs. The data collected will provide a baseline description of the affected industry to compare with future assessments of fishermen and cover (1) Participation in sectors and the management process, (2) job satisfaction, and (3) self-reported general well-being. This information will lead to a greater understanding of the social impacts this management measure may have on the individuals in the fishery. To achieve these goals it is critical to collect the necessary data immediately after the implementation of the program. This study is a post-implementation data collection effort to achieve the stated objectives. II. Method of Collection The surveys will be conducted by in-person interviews. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (new information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 300. Estimated Time per Response: 25 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. 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 E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 55306 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 175 / Friday, September 10, 2010 / Notices 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 7, 2010. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–22591 Filed 9–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Advisory Committee National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC or Committee), will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The primary purpose of this meeting is to provide an orientation for Committee members and provide an update on NIST’s Smart Grid program. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the Smart Grid Web site at http://www.nist.gov/ smartgrid. SUMMARY: The SGAC will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Lecture Room C, in the Administration Building at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Please note admittance instructions under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. George W. Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8100; telephone 301–975–2232, fax 301–975– 4091; or via e-mail at nistsgfac@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.). srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES DATES: Objectives and Duties 1. The Committee shall advise the Director of the National Institute of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:29 Sep 09, 2010 Jkt 220001 Standards and Technology (NIST) on carrying out duties authorized by section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110–140). 2. The Committee functions solely as an advisory body in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 3. The Committee shall report to the Director of NIST. 4. The Committee shall provide input to NIST on the Smart Grid Standards, Priority, and Gaps. The Committee shall provide input on the overall direction, status and health of the Smart Grid implementation by the Smart Grid industry, including identification of issues and needs. Input to NIST will be used to help guide the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel activities and also assist NIST in directing research and standards activities. 5. Upon request of the Director of NIST, the Committee will prepare reports on issues affecting Smart Grid activities. Background information on the Committee is available at http:// www.nist.gov/smartgrid. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Lecture Room C, in the Administration Building at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The primary purpose of this meeting is to provide an orientation for Committee members and provide an update on NIST’s Smart Grid program. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the Smart Grid Web site at http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid. Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to offer comments and suggestions related to the Committee’s affairs are invited to request a place on the agenda. On September 29, 2010, approximately onehalf hour will be reserved at the end of the meeting for public comments, and speaking times will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The amount of time per speaker will be determined by the number of requests received, but is likely to be about 3 minutes each. Questions from the public will not be considered during this period. Speakers who wish to expand upon their oral statements, those who had wished to speak but could not be accommodated on the agenda, and those who were unable to attend in person are invited to submit written statements to the Office of the National Coordinator for Smart PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Grid Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8100, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8100; fax 301– 975–4091; or via e-mail at nistsgfac@nist.gov. All visitors to the NIST site are required to pre-register to be admitted. Anyone wishing to attend this meeting must register by close of business Monday, September 20, 2010, in order to attend. Please submit your name, time of arrival, e-mail address, and phone number to Cuong Nguyen. NonU.S. citizens must also submit their country of citizenship, title, employer/ sponsor, and address. Mr. Nguyen’s email address is cuong.nguyen@nist.gov and his phone number is (301) 975– 2254. Dated: September 2, 2010. Harry S. Hertz, Director, Baldrige National Quality Program. [FR Doc. 2010–22660 Filed 9–9–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XY86 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/MPA/Ecosystem Committee, in September, 2010, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; telephone: (401) 847–3300; fax: (401) 848–4864. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee will continue development SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Social Impacts 
of the Implementation of a Catch Shares Program in the Mid-Atlantic

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 November 9, 
2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 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 Lisa L. Colburn, (401) 782-3253 or 
Lisa.L.Colburn@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for new information collection.
    Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is required in fisheries under both 
the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.).
    The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the 
proposed activity on fishermen still involved in fishing since catch 
shares were implemented. In promulgating and issuing regulations, 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must determine the relative 
impacts of different management measures.
    Catch shares are being highly encouraged as a core strategy to 
improve the status of fish stock and habitat, and also the social and 
economic status of communities and individual fishermen (NOAA Draft 
Catch Share Policy). The use of catch share programs will have an 
impact on those individuals participating in the affected fisheries. 
Possible impacts include loss of employment opportunities and shoreside 
infrastructure, and disruption to social networks.
    Amendment 16 to the Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management 
Plan, implemented on May 1, 2010, is the largest catch share program in 
number of permit holders that has ever been implemented in the U.S., 
and includes 17 group quota or `sector' allocations. More catch share 
plans are in discussion for the Northeast within the next several 
years. NMFS is required to assess the impact of these plans as well as 
their impacts relative to other management measures in place in the 
Northeast. The rapid implementation of the groundfish catch share 
program made capturing a full pre-implementation baseline virtually 
impossible. A University of Rhode Island survey of fishermen and former 
fishermen in New England in 2009/2010 partially captured this baseline 
for fisheries in general, as well as some immediate post-implementation 
impacts for groundfishermen in that region. This research aims to study 
the immediate post-implementation effects on fishermen in the 
groundfish fishery and those that have already exited the fishery in 
the Mid-Atlantic, as well as provide a baseline for other fisheries 
prior to any implementation of additional catch share programs.
    The data collected will provide a baseline description of the 
affected industry to compare with future assessments of fishermen and 
cover (1) Participation in sectors and the management process, (2) job 
satisfaction, and (3) self-reported general well-being. This 
information will lead to a greater understanding of the social impacts 
this management measure may have on the individuals in the fishery.
    To achieve these goals it is critical to collect the necessary data 
immediately after the implementation of the program. This study is a 
post-implementation data collection effort to achieve the stated 
objectives.

II. Method of Collection

    The surveys will be conducted by in-person interviews.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (new information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 300.
    Estimated Time per Response: 25 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

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

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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 7, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-22591 Filed 9-9-10; 8:45 am]
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