Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 10842 [2016-04488]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 10842 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 41 / Wednesday, March 2, 2016 / Notices environmental assessments or impact statements required under the National Environmental Policy Act would contain that information, where known. Consistent with SRG recommendations, NMFS is trying to keep the SARs concise. Comment 58: NMFS should revise the guidelines to delete any suggestion that a mere ‘‘disturbance’’ or ‘‘non-serious injury’’ is sufficient to be included in SARs. SARs should only include events—in particular commercial fishing events—which cause mortality or serious injury, or which can be shown to cause the decline or impede the recovery of a strategic stock. This has been NMFS’ position in the past, it is correct, and it should not be changed. Response: The MMPA requires SARs to include an estimate of all sources of human-caused mortality and serious injury, not just an estimate of commercial fisheries mortality. See response to Comment 57. Comment 59: The Alaska SRG agrees that SARs should include the annual levels of mortality and serious injury reported through take authorizations and research permits in the ‘‘Other Mortality’’ section. Response: NMFS acknowledges this and is finalizing this text within the revised guidelines under the Annual Human-caused Mortality and Serious Injury section. Comment 60: The MMPA allows for SAR comments on non-lethal factors affecting recovery for strategic stocks, and it seems reasonable that SARs for non-strategic stocks should also evaluate such factors. However, because there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding population-level effects of non-lethal injury and disturbance, it is inappropriate to include estimates of those takes in the SARs unless there is evidence they are affecting stock recovery. Disturbance and non-serious injury do not constitute ‘‘Potential Biological Removal.’’ While it may be useful for NMFS permit users or others to compare their potential for disturbance/injury to a stock’s PBR, this falls outside the intent of the MMPAmandated PBR process for managing interactions with commercial fisheries. Response: The revised GAMMS specify that SARs contain information on other factors that may be causing a decline or impeding recovery strategic stocks, which we have interpreted as including non-lethal effects. As discussed in response to Comment 9, we would report on all activities found to be having a detrimental effect on a stock or its habitat. Within the SARs, PBR is only compared to takes that are VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:10 Mar 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 determined to be serious injuries or mortalities. Comment 61: The guidelines should require a ‘‘Habitat Concerns’’ section in all new stock assessments. If there are no known habitat issues, this should be stated. Response: The previous (2005) guidelines direct that if substantial issues regarding the habitat of the stock are important, a separate section titled ‘‘Habitat Issues’’ should be used. Specifically, ‘‘If data exist that indicate a problem, they should be summarized and included in the Report. If there are no known habitat issues or other factors causing a decline or impeding recovery, this should be stated in the Status of the Stock section.’’ This section of the guidelines was not changed in this revision. Dated: February 26, 2016. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–04537 Filed 3–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Greater Atlantic Region Logbook Family of Forms. OMB Control Number: 0648–0212. Form Number(s): NOAA 88–30 and 88–140. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 4,337. Average Hours per Response: 5 minutes per Fishing Vessel Trip Report page (FVTR); 12.5 minutes per response for the Shellfish Log; 4 minutes for a herring or red crab report to the IVR system; 2 minutes for a tilefish report to the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system; 30 seconds for voluntary additional halibut information; and 5 minutes for each Days at Sea (DAS) credit request. Burden Hours: 11,508. Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a currently approved information collection. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. Much of this responsibility has been delegated to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Under this stewardship role, the Secretary was given certain regulatory authorities to ensure the most beneficial uses of these resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of the resource. Thus, as regional Fishery Management Councils develop specific Fishery Management Plans (FMP), the Secretary has promulgated rules for the issuance and use of a vessel Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and vessel logbooks (VTR) to obtain fishery-dependent data to monitor, evaluate, and enforce fishery regulations. Fishing vessels permitted to participate in Federally-permitted fisheries in the Northeast are required to submit logbooks containing catch and effort information about their fishing trips. Participants in the herring, tilefish and red crab fisheries are also required to make weekly reports on their catch through IVR. In addition, vessels fishing under a days-at sea (DAS) management system can use the IVR system to request a DAS credit when they have canceled a trip for unforeseen circumstances. The information submitted is needed for the management of the fisheries. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Weekly, monthly and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb. eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: February 25, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–04488 Filed 3–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Greater Atlantic Region Logbook Family of Forms.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0212.
    Form Number(s): NOAA 88-30 and 88-140.
    Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 4,337.
    Average Hours per Response: 5 minutes per Fishing Vessel Trip 
Report page (FVTR); 12.5 minutes per response for the Shellfish Log; 4 
minutes for a herring or red crab report to the IVR system; 2 minutes 
for a tilefish report to the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system; 
30 seconds for voluntary additional halibut information; and 5 minutes 
for each Days at Sea (DAS) credit request.
    Burden Hours: 11,508.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a currently 
approved information collection.
    Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 
the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has the responsibility for the 
conservation and management of marine fishery resources. Much of this 
responsibility has been delegated to the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS). Under this stewardship role, the Secretary was given certain 
regulatory authorities to ensure the most beneficial uses of these 
resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the 
conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of 
the resource. Thus, as regional Fishery Management Councils develop 
specific Fishery Management Plans (FMP), the Secretary has promulgated 
rules for the issuance and use of a vessel Interactive Voice Response 
(IVR) system, a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and vessel logbooks 
(VTR) to obtain fishery-dependent data to monitor, evaluate, and 
enforce fishery regulations.
    Fishing vessels permitted to participate in Federally-permitted 
fisheries in the Northeast are required to submit logbooks containing 
catch and effort information about their fishing trips. Participants in 
the herring, tilefish and red crab fisheries are also required to make 
weekly reports on their catch through IVR. In addition, vessels fishing 
under a days-at sea (DAS) management system can use the IVR system to 
request a DAS credit when they have canceled a trip for unforeseen 
circumstances. The information submitted is needed for the management 
of the fisheries.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Weekly, monthly and on occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. 
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: February 25, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-04488 Filed 3-1-16; 8:45 am]
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