Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Pacific Halibut Fisheries: Charter Recordkeeping, 72571-72572 [2016-25327]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices above. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next sunset review of this order not later than 30 days prior to the fifth anniversary of the effective date of continuation. This five-year (sunset) review and this notice are in accordance with sections 751(c) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(f)(4). Dated: October 12, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2016–25431 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Special Accommodations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. 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The panel will also review additional Plan Development Team analysis and Committee discussion of the range of measures developed to date related to localized depletion and user conflicts that will be considered in Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP as well as review plans for future workshop on Management Strategy Evaluation of Atlantic Herring Acceptable Biological Catch control rules being considered in Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. Other business may be discussed as necessary. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 17, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–25394 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Pacific Halibut Fisheries: Charter Recordkeeping AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. 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 December 19, 2016. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72571 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 Patsy A. Bearden, (907) 586– 7008 or Patsy.Bearden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Management of and regulations for Pacific halibut in Alaska are developed on the international, Federal, and state levels by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Region and the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). The IPHC and NMFS manage fishing for Pacific halibut through regulations established under authority of the Convention between the United States Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea (Convention), the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, 16 U.S.C. 773c (Halibut Act), and Section 303(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). Regulations that implement this collection-ofinformation are found at 50 CFR part 300.60 through 300.66 and at 50 CFR 679.5(l)(7). Annual catch quotas are determined by the IPHC, and Federal responsibility for halibut management extends to halibut stocks and fishing activity within State of Alaska waters. In order to manage halibut effectively, international and Federal managers need information on halibut fishing effort and harvest by all user groups, including the guided sport charter sector of the fishery. Federal regulations at 50 CFR 300.65 require charter vessel operators fishing in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A to comply with the ADF&G annual registration of sport fishing guides and businesses and ADF&G saltwater charter halibut logbook. NMFS and ADF&G coordinate closely in the development of this information collection for the monitoring and enforcement of the charter vessel catch limit of halibut. A Catch Sharing Program was developed in IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A for the guided sport and commercial fisheries which authorized commercial halibut quota share (QS) holders to transfer individual fishing quota (IFQ) as guided angler fish (GAF) E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 72572 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices to charter halibut permit holders. A GAF electronic landing report and GAF permit log were added to provide efficiency in monitoring quota. The primary objectives of the Catch Sharing Program are to change the annual process of allocating halibut between the charter and commercial fisheries in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A, establish allocations that balance the differing needs of the charter and commercial sectors that also float with varying levels of annual halibut abundance, and specify a process for determining harvest restrictions for charter anglers that are intended to limit harvest to the annual charter fishery catch limit. II. Method of Collection Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0575. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other For-profit; individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 696. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes each for Charter halibut logbook and GAF electronic landing report; 2 minutes for GAF permit log. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,733. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,366 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 Dated: October 14, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–25327 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC744 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Availability; request for comments. SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of the Southern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) Draft Recovery Plan (Plan) for public review. NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the draft Plan, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before submitting the Plan for final approval. DATES: Comments and information on the draft Plan must be received by close of business on December 19, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2016–0136 by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0136. Click the ‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Robert Anderson, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE. Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the above methods to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Anderson, NMFS Eulachon Recovery Coordinator, at (503) 231– 2226, or robert.c.anderson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On March 18, 2010, we listed the southern DPS of eulachon as a threatened species under the ESA (75 FR 13012). The listing of the DPS of eulachon was informed by the best available scientific and commercial data and the status review conducted by a Biological Review Team (BRT) (Gustafson et al., 2010). The final critical habitat rule for the listed DPS of eulachon was published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2011 (76 FR 65324). In 2013, we appointed a recovery team and initiated recovery planning for eulachon to assist the West Coast Region with the development of research and recovery actions for the recovery plan. In 2015 we announced a 5-year review (80 FR 6695; February 6, 2015) for eulachon. Based on the 5-year review, the southern DPS of eulachon shall remain threatened under the ESA. The 5-year review was completed April 1, 2016 (NMFS 2016) and is available at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa. gov/publications/status_reviews/other_ species/other_marine_species_esa_ status_reviews.html. Draft Recovery Plan Recovery plans describe actions beneficial to the conservation and recovery of species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Section 4(f)(1) of the ESA requires that recovery plans incorporate, to the maximum extent practicable: (1) Objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in a determination that the species is no longer threatened or endangered; (2) site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the Plan’s goals; and (3) estimates of the time required and costs to implement recovery actions. The ESA requires the development of recovery plans for each listed species unless such a plan would not promote its recovery. The Plan for eulachon was developed by NMFS in cooperation with a recovery team made up of experts from the Washington Department of Fish and E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Pacific 
Halibut Fisheries: Charter Recordkeeping

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 December 19, 
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 Patsy A. Bearden, (907) 586-7008 or 
Patsy.Bearden@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Management of and regulations for Pacific halibut in Alaska are 
developed on the international, Federal, and state levels by the 
International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the North Pacific 
Fishery Management Council (Council), National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS), Alaska Region and the State of Alaska Department of Fish and 
Game (ADF&G). The IPHC and NMFS manage fishing for Pacific halibut 
through regulations established under authority of the Convention 
between the United States Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean 
and Bering Sea (Convention), the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, 
16 U.S.C. 773c (Halibut Act), and Section 303(b) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et 
seq.). Regulations that implement this collection-of-information are 
found at 50 CFR part 300.60 through 300.66 and at 50 CFR 679.5(l)(7).
    Annual catch quotas are determined by the IPHC, and Federal 
responsibility for halibut management extends to halibut stocks and 
fishing activity within State of Alaska waters. In order to manage 
halibut effectively, international and Federal managers need 
information on halibut fishing effort and harvest by all user groups, 
including the guided sport charter sector of the fishery.
    Federal regulations at 50 CFR 300.65 require charter vessel 
operators fishing in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A to comply with the ADF&G 
annual registration of sport fishing guides and businesses and ADF&G 
saltwater charter halibut logbook. NMFS and ADF&G coordinate closely in 
the development of this information collection for the monitoring and 
enforcement of the charter vessel catch limit of halibut.
    A Catch Sharing Program was developed in IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C 
and 3A for the guided sport and commercial fisheries which authorized 
commercial halibut quota share (QS) holders to transfer individual 
fishing quota (IFQ) as guided angler fish (GAF)

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to charter halibut permit holders. A GAF electronic landing report and 
GAF permit log were added to provide efficiency in monitoring quota.
    The primary objectives of the Catch Sharing Program are to change 
the annual process of allocating halibut between the charter and 
commercial fisheries in IPHC Areas 2C and 3A, establish allocations 
that balance the differing needs of the charter and commercial sectors 
that also float with varying levels of annual halibut abundance, and 
specify a process for determining harvest restrictions for charter 
anglers that are intended to limit harvest to the annual charter 
fishery catch limit.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. 
Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and 
facsimile transmission of paper forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0575.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other For-profit; individuals or 
households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 696.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes each for Charter halibut 
logbook and GAF electronic landing report; 2 minutes for GAF permit 
log.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,733.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,366 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: October 14, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-25327 Filed 10-19-16; 8:45 am]
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