Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Electronic Monitoring Systems and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS), 36893-36894 [2016-13519]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 110 / Wednesday, June 8, 2016 / Notices Æ Passcode: 6564989# • WEB CONFERENCE INFORMATION Æ Persons wishing to attend the meeting online via the web conference must register in advance no later than 5 p.m. EST on June 20, 2016, by sending an email to Sasha.Pryborowski@noaa.gov. Æ Instructions to Join Web Conference on June 23, 2016: D Join the meeting: http://www.my meetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey= mymeetings&i=748882585&p=&t=c D Enter the required fields (no passcode required) • Meeting Number: 748882585 • Meeting Passcode: none required D Indicate that you have read the Privacy Policy. D Click on Proceed. Note that the web conference is limited to 200 participants and will therefore be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The agenda for the webinar will include time for questions and answers, and comments. The agenda will be posted to http:// www.iocm.noaa.gov/iwg/ at least 10 days before the webinar. Other Information Paperwork Reduction Act: NOAA has determined that this action does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Dated: May 31, 2016. W. Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–13568 Filed 6–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Electronic Monitoring Systems and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD 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 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Jun 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 8, 2016. 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 Margo Schulze-Haugen, (301) 427–8503 or Margo.SchulzeHaugen@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. VMS and electronic monitoring systems collect important information on fishing effort, catch, and the geographic location of fishing effort and catch for certain sectors of the Atlantic HMS fleet. Data collected through these programs are used in both domestic and international fisheries management, including for law enforcement, stock assessments, and quota management purposes. Atlantic HMS vessels required to use VMS are pelagic longline, purse seine, bottom longline (directed shark permit holders in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia), and gillnet (directed shark permit holders consistent with the requirements of the Atlantic large whale take reduction plan requirements at 50 CFR 229.39.(h)) vessels. In addition to VMS, pelagic longline vessels are also required to have electronic monitoring systems to monitor catch and account for bluefin tuna harvest and discards. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) monitors fleet adherence to gearand time-area restrictions with VMS position location data. Gear restricted areas and time-area closures are important tools for Atlantic HMS management that have been implemented to reduce bycatch of juvenile swordfish, sea turtles, and bluefin tuna, among other species. Electronic monitoring data from the pelagic longline fleet includes bluefin tuna discard and harvest information. These data are used by NMFS to accurately monitor bluefin tuna catch by the pelagic longline fleet, to ensure compliance with Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) limits and requirements, PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36893 and to ensure that the Longline category bluefin tuna quota is not over-harvested. VMS reporting of bluefin tuna catch is used to monitor the status of IBQ allocations in real-time. Atlantic HMS fisheries are managed under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Atlantic Tunas Conservation Act (ATCA). Under the MSA, management measures must be consistent with ten National Standards, and fisheries must be managed to maintain optimum yield, rebuild overfished fisheries, and prevent overfishing. Under ATCA, the Secretary of Commerce shall promulgate regulations, as necessary and appropriate, to implement measures adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). II. Method of Collection First-time VMS respondents must install a VMS unit and submit an activation checklist to NMFS via mail. Hail-out, hail-in, hourly position reports, and bluefin tuna catch reports must be submitted to NMFS via the VMS communication system. First-time electronic monitoring respondents must have an electronic monitoring system installed by a NMFS contractor. Electronic monitoring data must be submitted after each pelagic longline trip via mail. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0372. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations; individuals or households; State, Local, or Tribal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 311. Estimated Time per Response: Four hours for initial VMS installation; 5 minutes per VMS initial activation checklist; 2 minutes per VMS hail-out/ hail-in declaration; 6 hours for electronic monitoring installation; 5 minutes for VMS pelagic longline bluefin tuna catch reporting;15 minutes for VMS purse seine bluefin tuna catch records; 1 minute for dockside review of bluefin tuna catch records previously submitted via VMS; 2 hours for electronic monitoring data retrieval. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20,402. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $389,416 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 36894 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 110 / Wednesday, June 8, 2016 / Notices 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: June 2, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–13519 Filed 6–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD–2016–OS–0011] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by July 8, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Licari, 571–372–0493. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title, Associated Form and OMB Number: Vietnam War Commemoration Program Partner Events; DD Form 2956, DD Form 2957, Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Certificate of Honor (1) ‘‘In Memory Of’’ (DD Form x711), (2) ‘‘Former Vietnam POW’’ (DD Form x712), and (3) ‘‘Unaccounted For’’ (DD Form x713); OMB Control Number 0704–0500. Type of Request: Revision. Number of Respondents: 12,000. Responses per Respondent: 7. Annual Responses: 22,000. Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:30 Jun 07, 2016 Jkt 238001 Annual Burden Hours: 5,500. Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to notify the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Program of Commemorative Partner’s planned events. Information is submitted for inclusion on the Program’s events calendar and to request event support in the form of materials and/or speakers from the program. The information collection is necessary to obtain, vet, record, process and provide Certificates of Honor to be presented on behalf of a grateful nation by partner organizations. Additionally, this collection is necessary for the partner organizations to communicate to the Commemoration program the results of their events and lessons learned. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profits; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; State, local, or tribal government, and individuals or households. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Jasmeet Seehra. Comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be emailed to Ms. Jasmeet Seehra, DoD Desk Officer, at Oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Please identify the proposed information collection by DoD Desk Officer and the Docket ID number and title of the information collection. You may also submit comments and recommendations, identified by Docket ID number and title, by the following method: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, Docket ID number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DOD Clearance Officer: Mr. Frederick Licari. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Mr. Licari at WHS/ESD Directives Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: June 3, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2016–13561 Filed 6–7–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD–2016–OS–0069] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: 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; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by August 8, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24, Alexandria, VA 22350– 1700. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 110 (Wednesday, June 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36893-36894]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Electronic 
Monitoring Systems and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) for Atlantic 
Highly Migratory Species (HMS)

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 August 8, 2016.

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 Margo Schulze-Haugen, (301) 427-8503 or Margo.Schulze-Haugen@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    VMS and electronic monitoring systems collect important information 
on fishing effort, catch, and the geographic location of fishing effort 
and catch for certain sectors of the Atlantic HMS fleet. Data collected 
through these programs are used in both domestic and international 
fisheries management, including for law enforcement, stock assessments, 
and quota management purposes. Atlantic HMS vessels required to use VMS 
are pelagic longline, purse seine, bottom longline (directed shark 
permit holders in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia), and 
gillnet (directed shark permit holders consistent with the requirements 
of the Atlantic large whale take reduction plan requirements at 50 CFR 
229.39.(h)) vessels. In addition to VMS, pelagic longline vessels are 
also required to have electronic monitoring systems to monitor catch 
and account for bluefin tuna harvest and discards.
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law 
Enforcement (OLE) monitors fleet adherence to gear- and time-area 
restrictions with VMS position location data. Gear restricted areas and 
time-area closures are important tools for Atlantic HMS management that 
have been implemented to reduce bycatch of juvenile swordfish, sea 
turtles, and bluefin tuna, among other species. Electronic monitoring 
data from the pelagic longline fleet includes bluefin tuna discard and 
harvest information. These data are used by NMFS to accurately monitor 
bluefin tuna catch by the pelagic longline fleet, to ensure compliance 
with Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) limits and requirements, and to 
ensure that the Longline category bluefin tuna quota is not over-
harvested. VMS reporting of bluefin tuna catch is used to monitor the 
status of IBQ allocations in real-time.
    Atlantic HMS fisheries are managed under the dual authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the 
Atlantic Tunas Conservation Act (ATCA). Under the MSA, management 
measures must be consistent with ten National Standards, and fisheries 
must be managed to maintain optimum yield, rebuild overfished 
fisheries, and prevent overfishing. Under ATCA, the Secretary of 
Commerce shall promulgate regulations, as necessary and appropriate, to 
implement measures adopted by the International Commission for the 
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

II. Method of Collection

    First-time VMS respondents must install a VMS unit and submit an 
activation checklist to NMFS via mail. Hail-out, hail-in, hourly 
position reports, and bluefin tuna catch reports must be submitted to 
NMFS via the VMS communication system. First-time electronic monitoring 
respondents must have an electronic monitoring system installed by a 
NMFS contractor. Electronic monitoring data must be submitted after 
each pelagic longline trip via mail.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0372.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved information collection).
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations; 
individuals or households; State, Local, or Tribal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 311.
    Estimated Time per Response: Four hours for initial VMS 
installation; 5 minutes per VMS initial activation checklist; 2 minutes 
per VMS hail-out/hail-in declaration; 6 hours for electronic monitoring 
installation; 5 minutes for VMS pelagic longline bluefin tuna catch 
reporting;15 minutes for VMS purse seine bluefin tuna catch records; 1 
minute for dockside review of bluefin tuna catch records previously 
submitted via VMS; 2 hours for electronic monitoring data retrieval.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20,402.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $389,416 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

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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: June 2, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-13519 Filed 6-7-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P