Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Multispecies Amendment 16N, 29634-29635 [2015-12461]

Download as PDF 29634 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices recommendations, and take action as appropriate. 1:45 p.m.–3 p.m.: The Council will receive status reports from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The Council will review and develop recommendations on Experimental Fishing Permits as necessary; review agency and liaison reports; and discuss other business and upcoming meetings. Documents regarding these issues are available from the Council office (see ADDRESSES). Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the council office (see ADDRESSES) 3 days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 19, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–12492 Filed 5–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Multispecies Amendment 16N National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Written comments must be submitted on or before July 21, 2015. DATES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Aja Szumylo, (978) 281– 9195 or Aja.szumylo@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Secretary of Commerce has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. We, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Regional Fishery Management Councils are delegated the majority of this responsibility. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) develops management plans for fishery resources in New England. In 2010, we implemented a new suite of regulations for the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery through Amendment 16 to the Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). This action updated status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies or ocean pout stocks; adopted rebuilding programs for NE multispecies stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; revised management measures, including significant revisions to the sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. It also implemented new requirements under Amendment 16 for establishing acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Revisions This revision incorporates a number of recent changes related to regulatory actions. Framework Adjustment 48 to the FMP (78 FR 26118; May 3, 2013) proposed to exempt sector vessels targeting monkfish from the additional at-sea monitoring coverage necessary to monitor groundfish catch. This measure was intended to allocate limited at-sea monitoring resources to monitor those trips that catch the most groundfish. To implement this measure, NMFS added a question to both the pre-trip notification and Northeast Fisheries Observer Program notification to allow fishermen to indicate what fishery they intend to participate in. This change allowed NMFS to identify trips that may qualify for this exemption, in order to deploy observers and at-sea monitors appropriately to achieve the coverage levels required by the FMP. Framework 48 also eliminated the dockside monitoring program established under Amendment 16 because NMFS determined dealer reporting combined with dockside intercepts by enforcement personnel are sufficient to ensure reliable landings data. Elimination of the dockside monitoring program was not included in the applicable non-substantive change request and thus this change will be included in the revision/extension. As part of Framework Adjustment 53 to the FMP (80 FR 25110; May 1, 2015), NMFS implemented a requirement that vessels that declare trips into the Gulf of Maine Broad Stock Area and any other broad stock area (i.e., Georges Bank or Southern New England) on the same trip submit a daily catch report via vessel monitoring system (VMS). We determined the daily VMS trip reports were necessary to ensure accurate apportionment of catch and help enforcement efforts. This requirement was approved temporarily through emergency PRA approval. We are proposing to permanently adjust this information collection to include this reporting requirement. II. Method of Collection Respondents must submit either paper forms via postal service, or electronic forms submitted via the internet or a vessels’ vessel monitoring system (VMS). III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0605. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or for-profit organizations. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 99 / Friday, May 22, 2015 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,482. Estimated Time per Response: Sector operations plan and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, 640 hr/response; Monitoring service provider initial application, 10 hr/response; Monitoring service provider response to application disapproval, 10 hr/response; Data entry for sector discard monitoring system, 3 min/response; Sector weekly catch report, 4 hr/response; Sector annual report, 12 hr/response; Notification of expulsion from a sector, 30 min/ response; Request to transfer Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE), 5 min/ response; VMS certification form, 10 min/response; VMS confirmation call, 5 min/response; VMS area and DAS declaration, 5 min/response; VMS triplevel catch report; VMS daily catch reports when fishing in multiple broad stock areas, 15 min/response; Daily VMS catch reports when fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area and CA II SAPs, 15 min/response; Daily VMS catch reports when fishing in the CA I Hook Gear Haddock SAP, 15 min/ response; Daily VMS catch reports when fishing in the Regular B DAS Program, 15 min/response; Pre-trip hail report, 2 min/response; Trip-end hail report, 15 min/response; Forward trip start/end hails to NMFS, 2 min/response; ASM Pre-Trip Notification, 2 min/response; Vessel notification of selection for at-sea monitoring coverage, 5 min/response; at-sea monitor deployment report, 10 min/response; at-sea monitoring service provider catch report to NMFS upon request, 5 min/response; at-sea monitor report of harassment and other issues, 30 min/response; at-sea monitoring service provider contract upon request, 30 min/response; at-sea monitoring service provider information materials upon request, 30 min/response; OLE debriefing of at-sea monitors, 2 hr/ response; ASM Database and Data Entry Requirements, 3 min/response; Observer program pre-trip notification, 2 min/ response; DAS Transfer Program, 5 min/ response; Expedited Submission of Proposed SAPs, 20 hr/response; NAFO Reporting Requirements, 10 min/ response. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 81,126. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $ 4,298,000 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 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: May 19, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–12461 Filed 5–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD727 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Low-Energy Marine Geophysical Survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand, May to June 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA). AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an IHA to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), on behalf of SIO and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to conducting a low-energy marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand, May to June 2015. DATES: Effective May 18, 2015 to July 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: A copy of the IHA and the application are available by writing to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or by telephone to the contacts listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29635 An electronic copy of the IHA application containing a list of the references used in this document may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or visiting the Internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ pr/permits/incidental/. Documents cited in this notice, including the IHA application, may also be viewed by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. An Environmental Analysis of a LowEnergy Marine Geophysical Survey by the R/V Roger Revelle in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand, May to June 2015 (Environmental Analysis) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the regulations published by the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ), has been prepared on behalf of NSF and SIO. It is posted at the foregoing site. NMFS has independently evaluated the Environmental Analysis and has prepared a separate NEPA analysis titled Environmental Assessment on the Issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to Take Marine Mammals by Harassment Incidental to a Low-Energy Marine Geophysical Survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand, May to June 2015. NMFS also issued a Biological Opinion under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to evaluate the effects of the lowenergy seismic survey and IHA on marine species listed as threatened or endangered. The NMFS Biological Opinion is available online at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/consultations/ opinion.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Goldstein or Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 301–427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA, (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by United States citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. An authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast 
Multispecies Amendment 16N

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 July 21, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Aja Szumylo, (978) 281-9195 or Aja.szumylo@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for revision and extension of a current information 
collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (MSA), the Secretary of Commerce has the responsibility 
for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. We, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National 
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Regional Fishery Management 
Councils are delegated the majority of this responsibility. The New 
England Fishery Management Council (Council) develops management plans 
for fishery resources in New England.
    In 2010, we implemented a new suite of regulations for the 
Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery through Amendment 16 to the 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). This action 
updated status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies 
or ocean pout stocks; adopted rebuilding programs for NE multispecies 
stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; 
revised management measures, including significant revisions to the 
sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild 
overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and 
mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. It 
also implemented new requirements under Amendment 16 for establishing 
acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and 
accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, 
pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

Revisions

    This revision incorporates a number of recent changes related to 
regulatory actions. Framework Adjustment 48 to the FMP (78 FR 26118; 
May 3, 2013) proposed to exempt sector vessels targeting monkfish from 
the additional at-sea monitoring coverage necessary to monitor 
groundfish catch. This measure was intended to allocate limited at-sea 
monitoring resources to monitor those trips that catch the most 
groundfish. To implement this measure, NMFS added a question to both 
the pre-trip notification and Northeast Fisheries Observer Program 
notification to allow fishermen to indicate what fishery they intend to 
participate in. This change allowed NMFS to identify trips that may 
qualify for this exemption, in order to deploy observers and at-sea 
monitors appropriately to achieve the coverage levels required by the 
FMP. Framework 48 also eliminated the dockside monitoring program 
established under Amendment 16 because NMFS determined dealer reporting 
combined with dockside intercepts by enforcement personnel are 
sufficient to ensure reliable landings data. Elimination of the 
dockside monitoring program was not included in the applicable non-
substantive change request and thus this change will be included in the 
revision/extension.
    As part of Framework Adjustment 53 to the FMP (80 FR 25110; May 1, 
2015), NMFS implemented a requirement that vessels that declare trips 
into the Gulf of Maine Broad Stock Area and any other broad stock area 
(i.e., Georges Bank or Southern New England) on the same trip submit a 
daily catch report via vessel monitoring system (VMS). We determined 
the daily VMS trip reports were necessary to ensure accurate 
apportionment of catch and help enforcement efforts. This requirement 
was approved temporarily through emergency PRA approval. We are 
proposing to permanently adjust this information collection to include 
this reporting requirement.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents must submit either paper forms via postal service, or 
electronic forms submitted via the internet or a vessels' vessel 
monitoring system (VMS).

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0605.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or for-profit organizations.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,482.
    Estimated Time per Response: Sector operations plan and associated 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, 640 hr/response; 
Monitoring service provider initial application, 10 hr/response; 
Monitoring service provider response to application disapproval, 10 hr/
response; Data entry for sector discard monitoring system, 3 min/
response; Sector weekly catch report, 4 hr/response; Sector annual 
report, 12 hr/response; Notification of expulsion from a sector, 30 
min/response; Request to transfer Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE), 5 
min/response; VMS certification form, 10 min/response; VMS confirmation 
call, 5 min/response; VMS area and DAS declaration, 5 min/response; VMS 
trip-level catch report; VMS daily catch reports when fishing in 
multiple broad stock areas, 15 min/response; Daily VMS catch reports 
when fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area and CA II SAPs, 15 min/
response; Daily VMS catch reports when fishing in the CA I Hook Gear 
Haddock SAP, 15 min/response; Daily VMS catch reports when fishing in 
the Regular B DAS Program, 15 min/response; Pre-trip hail report, 2 
min/response; Trip-end hail report, 15 min/response; Forward trip 
start/end hails to NMFS, 2 min/response; ASM Pre-Trip Notification, 2 
min/response; Vessel notification of selection for at-sea monitoring 
coverage, 5 min/response; at-sea monitor deployment report, 10 min/
response; at-sea monitoring service provider catch report to NMFS upon 
request, 5 min/response; at-sea monitor report of harassment and other 
issues, 30 min/response; at-sea monitoring service provider contract 
upon request, 30 min/response; at-sea monitoring service provider 
information materials upon request, 30 min/response; OLE debriefing of 
at-sea monitors, 2 hr/response; ASM Database and Data Entry 
Requirements, 3 min/response; Observer program pre-trip notification, 2 
min/response; DAS Transfer Program, 5 min/response; Expedited 
Submission of Proposed SAPs, 20 hr/response; NAFO Reporting 
Requirements, 10 min/response.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 81,126.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $ 4,298,000 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 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: May 19, 2015.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-12461 Filed 5-21-15; 8:45 am]
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