Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Vessel and Gear Marking, 54738-54739 [2011-22487]

Download as PDF 54738 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2011 / Notices 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 1, 2011. 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 Rich Malinowski, (727) 824– 5305 or Rich.Malinowski@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Region manages the U.S. fisheries of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the South Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico under the Fishery Management Plans (FMP) for each Region. The Regional Fishery Management Councils prepared the FMPs pursuant to the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The regulations implementing the FMPs that have reporting requirements are at 50 CFR part 622. The recordkeeping and reporting requirements at 50 CFR part 622 form the basis for this collection of information. Requirements that fishing gear be marked are essential to facilitate enforcement. The ability to link fishing gear to the vessel owner is crucial to enforcement of regulations issued under the authority of the MSA. The marking of fishing gear is also valuable in actions concerning damage, loss, and civil proceedings. The requirements imposed in the Southeast Region are for coral aquacultured live rock; golden crab traps; mackerel gillnet floats; spiny lobster traps; black sea bass pots; and buoy gear. This request is for a revision of a currently approved information collection. This revision includes the addition of Buoy Gear identification requirements and the removal of Stone Crab trap identification requirements. II. Method of Collection The markings will be placed directly on the gear. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:37 Sep 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0359. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,298. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 25,645. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $384,675. 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: August 29, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–22488 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Vessel and Gear Marking 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before November 1, 2011. 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 Craig Cockrell, (301) 427– 8503 or Craig.Cockrell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract This request is for an extension of a current information collection. Under current regulations at 50 CFR 635.6, fishing vessels permitted for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species must display their official vessel numbers on their vessels. Flotation devices and high-flyers attached to certain fishing gears must also be marked with the vessel’s number to identify the vessel to which the gear belongs. These requirements are necessary for identification, law enforcement, and monitoring purposes. Specifically, all vessel owners that hold a valid HMS permit under 50 CFR 635.4, other than an HMS Angling permit, are required to display their vessel identification number. Numbers must 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, the owner or operator of a vessel for which a permit has been issued under § 635.4 and that uses handline, buoy gear, harpoon, longline, or gillnet, must display the vessel’s name, registration number or Atlantic Tunas, HMS Angling, or HMS Charter/ Headboat permit number on each float attached to a handline, buoy gear, or harpoon, and on the terminal floats and high-flyers (if applicable) on a longline or gillnet used by the vessel. The vessel’s name or number must be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height in block letters or Arabic numerals in a color that contrasts with the background color of the float or high-flyer. II. Method of Collection Marking will be done directly on vessels and gear. E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 171 / Friday, September 2, 2011 / Notices III. Data ACTION: OMB Control Number: 0648–0373. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Non-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal government; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,575. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,613. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $303,000. 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: August 29, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–22487 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES RIN 0648–XA640 Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Sport Fishery for Pacific Halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:37 Sep 01, 2011 Jkt 223001 Notice of guideline harvest level. NMFS provides notice of the 2011 Pacific halibut guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport fishery in International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This notice is necessary to meet the regulatory requirement to publish notice announcing the GHLs and to inform the public about the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for halibut. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for participants in the guided sport fishery. The 2011 GHLs remain the same as the 2010 GHLs; the Area 2C GHL is 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt); and the Area 3A GHL is 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt). DATES: The GHLs are effective February 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. This period is specified by IPHC as the sport fishing season in all waters in and off Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Aberle, (907) 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 54739 limited access program for the guided sport halibut fishery in Areas 2C and 3A on January 5, 2010 (75 FR 554). As of February 1, 2011, this program limits the number of charter vessels that may participate in the guided sport halibut fishery in these areas. On July 22, 2011, NMFS published proposed regulations that would implement a catch sharing plan to allocate an annual halibut catch limit, established by the IPHC, between the guided sport and commercial fisheries in Areas 2C and 3A (76 FR 44156). If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, this new allocation program would not be effective before 2012. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq. Dated: August 30, 2011. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–22585 Filed 9–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Background RIN 0648–XA675 In 2003, NMFS implemented a final rule (68 FR 47256, August 8, 2003) to establish GHLs for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) harvested by the guided sport fishery in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Regulations implementing the GHLs have been amended twice. In 2008, the GHL table was corrected at 50 CFR 300.65(c)(1) (73 FR 30504, May 28, 2008). In 2009, regulatory provisions were amended for NMFS’ annual publication of the GHL notice and to clarify NMFS’ authority to take action at any time to limit the guided sport angler catch to the GHL (74 FR 21194, May 6, 2009). This notice is consistent with § 300.65(c) and announces the 2011 GHLs for the guided sport fishery for Pacific halibut in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Regulations at § 300.65(c)(1) specify the GHLs based on the total constant exploitation yield (CEY) that is established annually by the IPHC. The total CEY for 2011 is 5,390,000 lbs (2,444.9 mt) in Area 2C, and 23,520,000 lbs (10,668.5 mt) in Area 3A. The corresponding GHLs are 788,000 lbs (357.4 mt) in Area 2C, and 3,650,000 lbs (1,655.6 mt) in Area 3A. The GHLs in Areas 2C and 3A did not change from the 2010 level. NMFS may take action at any time to limit the guided sport halibut harvest to as close to the GHL as practicable (50 CFR 300.65(c)(3)). NMFS published a final rule implementing the charter halibut Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee of the MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings. DATES: The SSC will meet Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 22 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 telephone: (410) 522–7377. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore PhD, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the SSC meeting SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 171 (Friday, September 2, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54738-54739]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-22487]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Atlantic Highly 
Migratory Species Vessel and Gear Marking

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 1, 
2011.

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 Craig Cockrell, (301) 427-8503 or 
Craig.Cockrell@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for an extension of a current information 
collection.
    Under current regulations at 50 CFR 635.6, fishing vessels 
permitted for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species must display their 
official vessel numbers on their vessels. Flotation devices and high-
flyers attached to certain fishing gears must also be marked with the 
vessel's number to identify the vessel to which the gear belongs. These 
requirements are necessary for identification, law enforcement, and 
monitoring purposes.
    Specifically, all vessel owners that hold a valid HMS permit under 
50 CFR 635.4, other than an HMS Angling permit, are required to display 
their vessel identification number. Numbers must 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, the owner or operator of a vessel for which a permit 
has been issued under Sec.  635.4 and that uses handline, buoy gear, 
harpoon, longline, or gillnet, must display the vessel's name, 
registration number or Atlantic Tunas, HMS Angling, or HMS Charter/
Headboat permit number on each float attached to a handline, buoy gear, 
or harpoon, and on the terminal floats and high-flyers (if applicable) 
on a longline or gillnet used by the vessel. The vessel's name or 
number must be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height in block letters or 
Arabic numerals in a color that contrasts with the background color of 
the float or high-flyer.

II. Method of Collection

    Marking will be done directly on vessels and gear.

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III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0373.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Non-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal 
government; business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,575.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,613.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $303,000.

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: August 29, 2011.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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