Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting Requirements, 89446-89447 [2016-29688]

Download as PDF 89446 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 238 / Monday, December 12, 2016 / Notices BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Dec 09, 2016 Jkt 241001 Written comments must be submitted on or before February 10, 2017. DATES: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting Requirements 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 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Shannon Penna, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), West Coast Region (WCR) Long Beach Office, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 980–4238 or Shannon.Penna@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection. The title will change from West Coast Region Longline Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting Requirements to West Coast Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-trip Reporting Requirements. In addition, this collection will merge OMB Control E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 EN12DE16.028</GPH> effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. [FR Doc. 2016–29748 Filed 12–9–16; 8:45 am] Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 238 / Monday, December 12, 2016 / Notices Number 0648–0690 (Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in the Eastern Pacific Highly Migratory Species Fisheries) into this information collection. This collection applies to owners and operators of U.S. commercial fishing vessels that fish in the West Coast exclusive economic zone and the eastern Pacific Ocean waters of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Convention Area for highly migratory species (HMS) as defined by the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for United States (U.S.) West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species, as well as a broader group of tuna and tuna-like species covered by the IATTC. These vessel owners and operators are required to submit information about their intended and actual fishing activities. These submissions would allow the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to monitor the fisheries. Submissions include pre-trip reporting requirements and vessel monitoring systems (VMS). Pre-trip reporting requirements are essential for effectively and efficiently assigning available observer coverage to selected HMS vessels. Data collected by observers are critical to evaluate that the objectives of the HMS FMP are being achieved and for evaluating the impacts of potential changes in fishery management. VMS units facilitate enforcement of management measures associated with HMS fisheries, provide timely information on associated fleet activities and enable confirmation of reported vessel fishing activity locations, which help validate logbook record accuracy. II. Method of Collection VMS installation/activation and on/ off reports are submitted electronically, VMS position reports are submitted via automated electronic transmission and pre-trip notifications are made by telephone. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0498. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 34. Estimated Time per Response: Vessel monitoring system (VMS) activation reports, 15 minutes; pre-trip reports, 5 minutes; maintenance and repair, 60 minutes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Dec 09, 2016 Jkt 241001 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 45. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $22,187 (reporting costs for vessels 24 meters or more is covered by vessel owner/operators). IV. Request for Comments Comments are requested 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: December 7, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–29688 Filed 12–9–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Order Excluding Farm Credit System Institutions From the Commodity Exchange Act’s Definition of ‘‘Commodity Trading Advisor’’ Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Notice and order. AGENCY: Pursuant to the authority under section 1a(12)(B)(vii) of the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’ or ‘‘Act’’), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is issuing an order (‘‘Order’’) excluding institutions in the Farm Credit System (‘‘FCS’’) from the definition of ‘‘commodity trading advisor’’ (‘‘CTA’’). The Commission finds that FCS institutions are primarily engaged in lending to U.S. farmers, ranchers, and agricultural cooperatives, and that any commodity trading advice provided by FCS institutions to their clientele is solely incidental to that lending conduct, as required by CEA section 1a(12)(C). Therefore, the Commission concludes that FCS institutions are not 89447 entities within the intent of the statutory CTA definition, and that the issuance of this Order excluding them from the definition is appropriate. DATES: Effective date: December 12, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Olear, Associate Director, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, (202) 418–5283, aolear@cftc.gov, or Elizabeth Groover, Special Counsel, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, (202) 418–5985, egroover@cftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On October 28, 2016, the Farm Credit Council (‘‘Farm Credit’’ or ‘‘Council’’) petitioned the Commission for an order excluding FCS institutions from the CTA definition in the CEA. The Council is the national trade association for the FCS, a federally-chartered network of borrower-owned lending institutions comprised of cooperatives and related service organizations.1 Farm Credit’s petition states that the FCS institutions should be excluded from the CTA definition because (1) the FCS institutions are not within the intent of the CTA definition because they are in the business of banking and lending, and (2) certain services provided by them, which could constitute commodity trading advice, are solely incidental to their primary lending business.2 FCS institutions are important lenders to U.S. farmers, ranchers and agricultural cooperatives. The FCS institutions include the FCS Banks (CoBank, AgriBank, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, and Farm Credit Bank of Texas), as well as Agricultural Credit Associations, Federal Land Credit Associations, and Production Credit Associations (together, the ‘‘Associations’’).3 The FCS Banks make SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 Petition for Order to Exclude Farm Credit System Institutions from the Commodity Trading Advisor Definition in Accordance with Section 1a(12)(B)(vii) of the Commodity Exchange Act, Farm Credit Council (Oct. 28, 2016) (‘‘Petition’’), at 1. 2 Id. at 3. 3 An Agricultural Credit Association (ACA) can make short-, intermediate-, and long-term loans, as each ACA contains two subsidiaries: A Federal Land Credit Association (FLCA) that can only make long-term real estate loans, and a Production Credit Association (PCA) that makes short- and intermediate-term loans. Although legally separated, the ACA and its FLCA and PCA subsidiaries operate an integrated lending business with loans made through the subsidiary possessing the appropriate authority. The ACA, PCA, and FLCA are jointly and severally liable on the full amount of the indebtedness to the relevant FCS Bank under the FCS Bank’s General Financing E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM Continued 12DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 238 (Monday, December 12, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 89446-89447]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-29688]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast 
Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting Requirements

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 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 February 10, 
2017.

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 Shannon Penna, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 
West Coast Region (WCR) Long Beach Office, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 
4200, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 980-4238 or Shannon.Penna@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for revision and extension of a current information 
collection. The title will change from West Coast Region Longline 
Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting Requirements to West Coast 
Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-trip Reporting Requirements. In 
addition, this collection will merge OMB Control

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Number 0648-0690 (Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in the Eastern 
Pacific Highly Migratory Species Fisheries) into this information 
collection.
    This collection applies to owners and operators of U.S. commercial 
fishing vessels that fish in the West Coast exclusive economic zone and 
the eastern Pacific Ocean waters of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission (IATTC) Convention Area for highly migratory species (HMS) 
as defined by the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for United States 
(U.S.) West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species, as well as a 
broader group of tuna and tuna-like species covered by the IATTC. These 
vessel owners and operators are required to submit information about 
their intended and actual fishing activities. These submissions would 
allow the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Pacific 
Fisheries Management Council to monitor the fisheries. Submissions 
include pre-trip reporting requirements and vessel monitoring systems 
(VMS). Pre-trip reporting requirements are essential for effectively 
and efficiently assigning available observer coverage to selected HMS 
vessels. Data collected by observers are critical to evaluate that the 
objectives of the HMS FMP are being achieved and for evaluating the 
impacts of potential changes in fishery management. VMS units 
facilitate enforcement of management measures associated with HMS 
fisheries, provide timely information on associated fleet activities 
and enable confirmation of reported vessel fishing activity locations, 
which help validate logbook record accuracy.

II. Method of Collection

    VMS installation/activation and on/off reports are submitted 
electronically, VMS position reports are submitted via automated 
electronic transmission and pre-trip notifications are made by 
telephone.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0498.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 34.
    Estimated Time per Response: Vessel monitoring system (VMS) 
activation reports, 15 minutes; pre-trip reports, 5 minutes; 
maintenance and repair, 60 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 45.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $22,187 (reporting costs for 
vessels 24 meters or more is covered by vessel owner/operators).

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are requested 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: December 7, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-29688 Filed 12-9-16; 8:45 am]
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