Proposed Information Collection; Alaska Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Household Survey, 75685-75686 [2015-30557]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 232 / Thursday, December 3, 2015 / Notices to CBP for a refund in accordance with 19 CFR 24.23(b). This request must specify the grounds for the refund. ECCFs are also required to file a quarterly report in accordance with 19 CFR 24.23(b)(4). Current Actions: This submission is being made to extend the expiration date with no change to the burden hours or to the information collected. Type of Review: Extension (without change). Affected Public: Businesses. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CBP Form 339A—Aircraft SUMMARY: CBP Form 339C—Vehicles Estimated Number of Respondents: 50,000. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 50,000. Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,500. CBP Form 339V—Vessels Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 10,000. Estimated Time per Response: 16 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,670. ECCF Quarterly Report Estimated Number of Respondents: 18. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 72. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 144. Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: November 30, 2015. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 15:11 Dec 02, 2015 Jkt 238001 Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Estimated Number of Respondents: 3. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 12. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Proposed Information Collection; Alaska Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Household Survey I. Abstract ECCF Application and List of Couriers BILLING CODE 9111–14–P [FWS–R7–SM–2015–N225; FF09M21200– 156–FXMB1231099BPP0] 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. This IC is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2016. 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 February 1, 2016. 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 ‘‘1018–0124’’ 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). Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,000. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 15,000. Estimated Time per Response: 16 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,005. [FR Doc. 2015–30612 Filed 12–2–15; 8:45 am] Fish and Wildlife Service The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16 U.S.C. 703–712) and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department of the Interior as the key agency responsible for managing migratory bird populations that frequent the United States and for setting harvest regulations that allow for the conservation of those populations. These responsibilities include gathering accurate geographical and temporal data on various characteristics of migratory bird harvest. We use harvest data to review regulation proposals and to issue harvest regulations. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Protocol Amendment (1995) (Amendment) provides for the PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75685 customary and traditional use of migratory birds and their eggs for subsistence use by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska. The Amendment states that its intent is not to cause significant increases in the take of species of migratory birds relative to their continental population sizes. A submittal letter from the Department of State to the White House (May 20, 1996) accompanied the Amendment and specified the need for harvest monitoring. The submittal letter stated that the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), and Alaska Native organizations would collect harvest information cooperatively within the subsistence eligible areas. Harvest survey data help to ensure that customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds and their eggs by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska do not significantly increase the take of species of migratory birds relative to their continental population sizes. Between 1989 and 2004, we monitored subsistence harvest of migratory birds using annual household surveys in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, which is the region of highest subsistence bird harvest in the State of Alaska. In 2004, we began monitoring subsistence harvest of migratory birds in subsistence eligible areas Statewide. The Statewide harvest assessment program helps to track trends and changes in levels of harvest. The harvest assessment program relies on collaboration among the Service, the ADFG, and a number of Alaska Native organizations. We gather information on the annual subsistence harvest of about 60 bird species/species categories (ducks, geese, swans, cranes, upland game birds, seabirds, shorebirds, and grebes and loons) in the subsistence eligible areas of Alaska. The survey covers 11 regions of Alaska, which are further divided into 29 subregions. We survey the regions and villages in a rotation schedule to accommodate budget constraints and to minimize respondent burden. The survey covers spring, summer, and fall harvest in most regions. In collaboration with Alaska Native organizations, we hire local resident surveyors to collect the harvest information. The surveyors list all households in the villages to be surveyed and provide survey information and harvest report forms to randomly selected households that have agreed to participate in the survey. To ensure anonymity of harvest information, we identify households by a numeric code. The surveyor visits households three times during the E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 75686 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 232 / Thursday, December 3, 2015 / Notices survey year. At the first household visit, the surveyor explains the survey purposes and invites household participation. The surveyor returns at the end of the season of most harvest and at the end of the two other seasons combined to help the household complete the harvest report form. We have designed the survey methods to streamline procedures and reduce respondent burden. We plan to use two forms for household participation: • FWS Form 3–2380 (Tracking Sheet and Household Consent). The surveyor visits each household selected to participate in the survey to provide information on the objectives and to obtain household consent to participate. The surveyor uses this form to record consent and track subsequent visits for completion of harvest reports. • FWS Forms 3–2381–1, 3–2381–2, 3–2381–3, and 3–2381–4 (Harvest Report). The Harvest Report has drawings of bird species most commonly available for harvest in the different regions of Alaska, with fields for writing down the numbers of birds and eggs taken. There are four versions of this form: Interior Alaska, North Slope, Southern Coastal Alaska, and Western Alaska. This form has a sheet for each season surveyed, and each sheet has fields for the household code, community name, harvest year, date of completion, and comments. Number of respondents Activity II. Data OMB Control Number: 1018–0124. Title: Alaska Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Household Survey. Service Form Number(s): 3–2380, 3– 2381–1, 3–2381–2, 3–2381–3, and 3– 2381–4. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Description of Respondents: Households within subsistence eligible areas of Alaska. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Frequency of Collection: Annually for Tracking Sheet and Household Consent; three times annually for Harvest Report. Number of responses Completion time per response (minutes) Total annual burden hours 3–2380, Tracking Sheet and Household Consent .......................................... 3–2381–1 thru 3–2381–4, Harvest Report (three seasonal sheets) ............... 2,553 2,300 2,553 6,900 5 5 213 575 Totals ........................................................................................................ 4,853 9,453 ........................ 788 Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:11 Dec 02, 2015 Jkt 238001 Dated: November 27, 2015. Tina A. Campbell, Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, (202) 273–4680; elizabeth.appel@bia.gov. [FR Doc. 2015–30557 Filed 12–2–15; 8:45 am] In the Federal Register of November 25, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015–29954 on page 73811, in the second column, correct the ADDRESSES caption to read: BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Bureau of Indian Education Tribal Colleges and Universities; Application for Grants and Annual Report Form; Correction AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. Notice; correction. ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the information collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Management and Budget, by facsimile to (202) 395–5806 or you may send an email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Please send a copy of your comments to Juanita Mendoza, Acting Chief of Staff, Bureau of Indian Education, 1849 C Street NW., MIB—Mail Stop 4657, Washington, DC 20240; email Juanita.Mendoza@bie.edu. Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2015–30581 Filed 12–2–15; 8:45 am] The Bureau of Indian Affairs published a document in the Federal Register of November 25, 2015, concerning request for comments on the Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Bureau of Indian Education Tribal Colleges and Universities; Application for Grants and Annual Report Form, OMB Control Numbers 1076–0018 and 1076–0105. The document contained an incorrect email address for the submission of comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth K. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-SM-2015-N225; FF09M21200-156-FXMB1231099BPP0]


Proposed Information Collection; Alaska Migratory Bird 
Subsistence Harvest Household Survey

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: 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. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on June 30, 2016. 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 February 1, 2016.

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 ``1018-0124'' 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).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (16 U.S.C. 703-712) and the 
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742d) designate the Department 
of the Interior as the key agency responsible for managing migratory 
bird populations that frequent the United States and for setting 
harvest regulations that allow for the conservation of those 
populations. These responsibilities include gathering accurate 
geographical and temporal data on various characteristics of migratory 
bird harvest. We use harvest data to review regulation proposals and to 
issue harvest regulations.
    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Protocol Amendment (1995) (Amendment) 
provides for the customary and traditional use of migratory birds and 
their eggs for subsistence use by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska. The 
Amendment states that its intent is not to cause significant increases 
in the take of species of migratory birds relative to their continental 
population sizes. A submittal letter from the Department of State to 
the White House (May 20, 1996) accompanied the Amendment and specified 
the need for harvest monitoring. The submittal letter stated that the 
Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), and Alaska 
Native organizations would collect harvest information cooperatively 
within the subsistence eligible areas. Harvest survey data help to 
ensure that customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory 
birds and their eggs by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska do not 
significantly increase the take of species of migratory birds relative 
to their continental population sizes.
    Between 1989 and 2004, we monitored subsistence harvest of 
migratory birds using annual household surveys in the Yukon-Kuskokwim 
Delta, which is the region of highest subsistence bird harvest in the 
State of Alaska. In 2004, we began monitoring subsistence harvest of 
migratory birds in subsistence eligible areas Statewide. The Statewide 
harvest assessment program helps to track trends and changes in levels 
of harvest. The harvest assessment program relies on collaboration 
among the Service, the ADFG, and a number of Alaska Native 
organizations.
    We gather information on the annual subsistence harvest of about 60 
bird species/species categories (ducks, geese, swans, cranes, upland 
game birds, seabirds, shorebirds, and grebes and loons) in the 
subsistence eligible areas of Alaska. The survey covers 11 regions of 
Alaska, which are further divided into 29 subregions. We survey the 
regions and villages in a rotation schedule to accommodate budget 
constraints and to minimize respondent burden. The survey covers 
spring, summer, and fall harvest in most regions.
    In collaboration with Alaska Native organizations, we hire local 
resident surveyors to collect the harvest information. The surveyors 
list all households in the villages to be surveyed and provide survey 
information and harvest report forms to randomly selected households 
that have agreed to participate in the survey. To ensure anonymity of 
harvest information, we identify households by a numeric code. The 
surveyor visits households three times during the

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survey year. At the first household visit, the surveyor explains the 
survey purposes and invites household participation. The surveyor 
returns at the end of the season of most harvest and at the end of the 
two other seasons combined to help the household complete the harvest 
report form.
    We have designed the survey methods to streamline procedures and 
reduce respondent burden. We plan to use two forms for household 
participation:
     FWS Form 3-2380 (Tracking Sheet and Household Consent). 
The surveyor visits each household selected to participate in the 
survey to provide information on the objectives and to obtain household 
consent to participate. The surveyor uses this form to record consent 
and track subsequent visits for completion of harvest reports.
     FWS Forms 3-2381-1, 3-2381-2, 3-2381-3, and 3-2381-4 
(Harvest Report). The Harvest Report has drawings of bird species most 
commonly available for harvest in the different regions of Alaska, with 
fields for writing down the numbers of birds and eggs taken. There are 
four versions of this form: Interior Alaska, North Slope, Southern 
Coastal Alaska, and Western Alaska. This form has a sheet for each 
season surveyed, and each sheet has fields for the household code, 
community name, harvest year, date of completion, and comments.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0124.
    Title: Alaska Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Household Survey.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2380, 3-2381-1, 3-2381-2, 3-2381-3, and 
3-2381-4.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Households within subsistence eligible 
areas of Alaska.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually for Tracking Sheet and Household 
Consent; three times annually for Harvest Report.

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                                                                                    Completion
                                                     Number of       Number of       time per      Total annual
                    Activity                        respondents      responses       response      burden hours
                                                                                     (minutes)
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3-2380, Tracking Sheet and Household Consent....           2,553           2,553               5             213
3-2381-1 thru 3-2381-4, Harvest Report (three              2,300           6,900               5             575
 seasonal sheets)...............................
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    Totals......................................           4,853           9,453  ..............             788
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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.

    Dated: November 27, 2015.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-30557 Filed 12-2-15; 8:45 am]
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