Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program, 28637-28638 [2015-12048]

Download as PDF 28637 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 96 / Tuesday, May 19, 2015 / Notices Correction In notice document, FR Doc. 2015– 11619, beginning on page 27694 in the issue of Thursday, May 14, 2015, make the following corrections in the first column on page 27695: Remove ‘‘EST’’ and replace it with ‘‘EDT’’ the three (3) times that it appears in the DATES: section. Please note that all other information in the May 14, 2015, notice is unchanged. Dated: May 14, 2015. Joanne Roman Stump, Acting Director, Regulations and Disclosure Law Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2015–12079 Filed 5–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P ACTION: Notice; request for comments. We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is pending at OMB. SUMMARY: You must submit comments on or before June 18, 2015. DATES: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FWS–R5–FHC–2015–N092; FF05F24400– FXFR13350500000] Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program AGENCY: Send your comments and suggestions on this information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB– OIRA at (202) 395–5806 (fax) or OIRA_ Submission@omb.eop.gov (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail), or hope_grey@fws.gov ADDRESSES: Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. Number of annual respondents Activity (email). Please include ‘‘1018–0127’’ in the subject line of your comments. To request additional information about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at hope_ grey@fws.gov (email) or 703–358–2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request OMB Control Number: 1018–0127. Title: Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program. Service Form Number(s): 3–2310 and 3–2311. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Tagging agencies include Federal and State agencies, universities, and biomedical companies. Members of the general public provide recapture information. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: On occasion when horseshoe crabs are tagged and when horseshoe crabs are found or captured. Number of annual responses Completion time per response Annual burden hours FWS Form 3–2310 ............................................................................................. FWS Form 3–2311 ............................................................................................. 1,160 18 2,750 18 10 minutes .. 95 hours * .... 458 1,710 Totals .......................................................................................................... 1,178 2,768 ..................... 2,168 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES * Average time required per response is dependent on the number of tags applied by an agency in 1 year. Agencies tag between 25 and 9,000 horseshoe crabs annually, taking between 2 to 5 minutes per crab to tag, record, and report data. Each agency determines the number of tags it will apply. Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. Abstract: Horseshoe crabs play a vital role commercially, biomedically, and ecologically along the Atlantic coast. Horseshoe crabs are commercially harvested and used as bait in eel and conch fisheries. Biomedical companies along the coast also collect and bleed horseshoe crabs at their facilities. Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate is derived from crab blood, which has no synthetic substitute, and is used by pharmaceutical companies to test sterility of products. Finally, migratory shorebirds also depend on the eggs of horseshoe crabs to refuel on their migrations from South America to the Arctic. One bird in particular, the red knot, feeds primarily on horseshoe crab eggs during its stopover. Effective January 12, 2015, the red knot was listed VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 May 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In 1998, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a management organization with representatives from each State on the Atlantic Coast, developed a horseshoe crab management plan. The ASMFC plan and its subsequent addenda established mandatory State-by-State harvest quotas, and created the 1,500square-mile Carl N. Shuster, Jr., Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary off the mouth of Delaware Bay. Restrictive measures have been taken in recent years, but populations are increasing slowly. Because horseshoe crabs do not breed until they are 9 years or older, it may take some time before the population measurably increases. Federal and State agencies, universities, and biomedical companies participate PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in a Horseshoe Crab Cooperative Tagging Program. The Maryland Fishery Resources Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, maintains the information that we collect under this program and uses it to evaluate migratory patterns, survival, and abundance of horseshoe crabs. Agencies that tag and release the crabs complete FWS Form 3–2311 (Horseshoe Crab Tagging) and provide the Service with: • Organization name. • Contact person name. • Tag number. • Sex of crab. • Prosomal width. • Capture site, latitude, longitude, waterbody, State, and date. Members of the public who recover tagged crabs provide the following information using the online submission E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 28638 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 96 / Tuesday, May 19, 2015 / Notices form (http://www.fws.gov/crabtag/) or via a toll-free telephone number: • Tag number. • Whether or not tag was removed. • Condition of crab. • Date captured/found. • Crab fate. • Finder type. • Capture method. • Capture location. • Reporter information. • Comments. If the public participant who reports the tagged crab requests information, we send data pertaining to the tagging program and tag and release information on the horseshoe crab that was found or captured. Comments Received and Our Responses Comments: On February 10, 2015, we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 7490) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew approval for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on April 13, 2015. We did not receive any comments. Request for Public Comments tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES We again invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. Dated: May 13, 2015. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 2015–12048 Filed 5–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 May 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FW–R5–NCTC–2015–N093; FF09X35000– 156–FXGO16610900600] Proposed Information Collection; National Initiative To Understand and Connect Americans and Nature Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, we must receive them by July 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041– 3803 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ‘‘1018–New’’ in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_ grey@fws.gov (email) or 703–358–2482 (telephone). SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Nature and the outdoors have always been an important part of the fabric of American life. But, there are major questions about the present and future role of nature and the outdoors in our increasingly diverse, technologically oriented, and rapidly changing society. For our programs to remain relevant to American life today and tomorrow, we must be aware of public sentiment toward the part nature plays in the quality of our lifestyles. It is for these reasons that we plan to use a quantitative survey to collect: Information on the attitudes that the public maintains towards the natural environment; the effects of contact with nature on participants’ health and quality of life; the extent of contact with PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 nature and obstacles to greater contact with nature; general knowledge of nature and wildlife; concerns toward selected environmental issues; and socio-demographic variables. Results will help improve the design and delivery of new or existing programs aimed at engaging the public in naturerelated activities (e.g., outreach and educational programming at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries). II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–New. Title: National Initiative to Understand and Connect Americans and Nature. Service Form Number: None. Type of Request: Request for a new OMB control number. Description of Respondents: Individuals. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: One time. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,950. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 8,950. Completion Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,983. Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None. III. Comments We invite comments concerning this information collection on: • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility; • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information; • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 96 (Tuesday, May 19, 2015)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-12048]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R5-FHC-2015-N092; FF05F24400-FXFR13350500000]


Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to 
expire on May 31, 2015. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is 
not required to respond to a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number. However, under OMB 
regulations, we may continue to conduct or sponsor this information 
collection while it is pending at OMB.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before June 18, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov 
(email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 
(mail), or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0127'' in 
the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Information Collection Request

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0127.
    Title: Horseshoe Crab Tagging Program.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2310 and 3-2311.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Tagging agencies include Federal and 
State agencies, universities, and biomedical companies. Members of the 
general public provide recapture information.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion when horseshoe crabs are 
tagged and when horseshoe crabs are found or captured.

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                                          Number of       Number of
               Activity                    annual          annual         Completion time per      Annual burden
                                         respondents      responses             response               hours
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FWS Form 3-2310......................           1,160           2,750  10 minutes...............             458
FWS Form 3-2311......................              18              18  95 hours *...............           1,710
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    Totals...........................           1,178           2,768  .........................           2,168
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* Average time required per response is dependent on the number of tags applied by an agency in 1 year. Agencies
  tag between 25 and 9,000 horseshoe crabs annually, taking between 2 to 5 minutes per crab to tag, record, and
  report data. Each agency determines the number of tags it will apply.

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    Abstract: Horseshoe crabs play a vital role commercially, 
biomedically, and ecologically along the Atlantic coast. Horseshoe 
crabs are commercially harvested and used as bait in eel and conch 
fisheries. Biomedical companies along the coast also collect and bleed 
horseshoe crabs at their facilities. Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate is 
derived from crab blood, which has no synthetic substitute, and is used 
by pharmaceutical companies to test sterility of products. Finally, 
migratory shorebirds also depend on the eggs of horseshoe crabs to 
refuel on their migrations from South America to the Arctic. One bird 
in particular, the red knot, feeds primarily on horseshoe crab eggs 
during its stopover. Effective January 12, 2015, the red knot was 
listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
    In 1998, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a 
management organization with representatives from each State on the 
Atlantic Coast, developed a horseshoe crab management plan. The ASMFC 
plan and its subsequent addenda established mandatory State-by-State 
harvest quotas, and created the 1,500-square-mile Carl N. Shuster, Jr., 
Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary off the mouth of Delaware Bay.
    Restrictive measures have been taken in recent years, but 
populations are increasing slowly. Because horseshoe crabs do not breed 
until they are 9 years or older, it may take some time before the 
population measurably increases. Federal and State agencies, 
universities, and biomedical companies participate in a Horseshoe Crab 
Cooperative Tagging Program. The Maryland Fishery Resources Office, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, maintains the information that we 
collect under this program and uses it to evaluate migratory patterns, 
survival, and abundance of horseshoe crabs.
    Agencies that tag and release the crabs complete FWS Form 3-2311 
(Horseshoe Crab Tagging) and provide the Service with:
     Organization name.
     Contact person name.
     Tag number.
     Sex of crab.
     Prosomal width.
     Capture site, latitude, longitude, waterbody, State, and 
date.
    Members of the public who recover tagged crabs provide the 
following information using the online submission

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form (http://www.fws.gov/crabtag/) or via a toll-free telephone number:
     Tag number.
     Whether or not tag was removed.
     Condition of crab.
     Date captured/found.
     Crab fate.
     Finder type.
     Capture method.
     Capture location.
     Reporter information.
     Comments.

If the public participant who reports the tagged crab requests 
information, we send data pertaining to the tagging program and tag and 
release information on the horseshoe crab that was found or captured.

Comments Received and Our Responses

    Comments: On February 10, 2015, we published in the Federal 
Register (80 FR 7490) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew 
approval for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited 
comments for 60 days, ending on April 13, 2015. We did not receive any 
comments.

Request for Public Comments

    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you 
should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal 
identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: May 13, 2015.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-12048 Filed 5-18-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-55-P