Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Permit Family of Forms, 92789-92790 [2016-30594]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 244 / Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / Notices October 17, 2016, by a revised version that we have deemed adequate and complete based on our implementing regulations at 50 CFR 216.104. The requested regulations would establish a framework for authorization of incidental take by Level A and Level B harassment through Letters of Authorization (LOAs). Following development of the ITRs, implementation could occur via issuance of LOAs upon request from individual industry applicants planning specific geophysical survey activities. Specified Activities The application describes geophysical survey activity, conducted by industry operators in OCS waters of the GOM within BOEM’s GOM planning areas (i.e., the Western, Central, and Eastern Planning Areas). Geophysical surveys are conducted by industry operators to characterize the shallow and deep structure of the OCS, including the shelf, slope, and deepwater ocean environment, in order to obtain data for hydrocarbon exploration and production, aid in siting oil and gas structures and facilities, identify possible seafloor or shallow-depth geologic hazards, and locate potential archaeological resources and benthic habitats that should be avoided. Deep penetration seismic surveys, used largely for oil and gas exploration and development and involving a vessel or vessels towing an airgun or array of airguns that emit acoustic energy pulses through the overlying water and into the seafloor, are one of the most extensive survey types and are expected to carry the greatest potential for effects to marine mammals. Non-airgun high resolution geophysical surveys are used to detect and monitor geohazards, archaeological resources, and certain types of benthic communities. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Information Solicited Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning BOEM’s request (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will consider all relevant information, suggestions, and comments related to the request during the development of proposed regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals, as appropriate. Dated: December 14, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–30492 Filed 12–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:36 Dec 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Permit Family of Forms National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. 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 proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 21, 2017. DATES: 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 Adam Bailey, NMFS Southeast Regional Office (SERO), 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, phone: 727–824–5305, or email: adam.bailey@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract This request is for a renewal with revisions to the existing reporting requirements approved under the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Control Number 0648–0205, Southeast Region Permit Family of Forms. The SERO Permits Office administers Federal fishing permits in the United States (U.S.) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), and South Atlantic under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801. The SERO Permits Office also proposes to revise parts of the current collection-of-information approved under OMB Control Number 0648–0205. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Region manages the U.S. Federal fisheries in the Caribbean, PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 92789 Gulf, and South Atlantic under the fishery management plans (FMPs) for each region. The regional fishery management councils prepared the FMPs pursuant to the MagnusonStevens Act. The regulations implementing the FMPs, including those that have reporting requirements, are at 50 CFR part 622. The recordkeeping and reporting requirements at 50 CFR part 622 form the basis for this collection of information. The NMFS Southeast Region requests information from fishery participants. This information, upon receipt, results in an increasingly more efficient and accurate database for management and monitoring of the Federal fisheries in the Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic. The SERO Permits Office proposes to revise the collection-of-information approved under OMB Control Number 0648–0205. NMFS proposes to revise the Federal permit applications for Vessels Fishing in the EEZ (Vessel EEZ), Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock in the EEZ, Vessels Fishing for Wreckfish in the South Atlantic States (Wreckfish), and the Annual Dealer permit. The purpose of revising certain Southeast Region permit application forms is to better comply with National Standard 4 (NS4) of the MagnusonStevens Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and the Small Business Administration’s regulations implementing the RFA, Executive Order 12898, and the ‘‘fairness and equitable distribution’’ provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, including NS4 and section 303(b)(6). The SERO Permits Office also proposes to split the single application form, Federal Permit Application for the Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock, into two application forms, Federal Permit Application for New Permit for the Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock (Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit) and Federal Permit Application to Renew Permit for the Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock (Aquacultured Live Rock Permit Renewal). The Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit includes the collection of data previously collected via a separate form, Aquaculture Site Evaluation Report, among other revisions. The proposed revisions to establish the Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit application do not affect the time burden for applicants for new sites or new permit holders, but should clarify the application process for most applicants of new sites. The application form for the Aquacultured Live Rock Permit Renewal does not include the Aquaculture Site Evaluation Report; however, the Aquacultured Live E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 92790 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 244 / Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / Notices Rock Permit Renewal form does include other clarifying revisions. NMFS does not anticipate these revisions to both forms will materially change the time burden to the applicants. The proposed revisions to the specified application forms are administrative and generally divide existing data fields into smaller parts to gather information that is more specific. NMFS intends the revisions to make the requested information clearer and easier to understand, and therefore, applications may require less time to complete in some cases. Additionally, NMFS removed some data fields that were collecting less meaningful data. NMFS estimates that the proposed revisions would not change the annual number of respondents or responses, or annual costs to affected permit applicants from estimates in the currently approved collection. Across the application forms, NMFS estimates these revisions would increase the overall time burden. In addition to the proposed revisions above, NMFS also increases its estimated time burden for the Vessel Permit Transfers and Notarizations form and the Annual Landings Report for Gulf of Mexico Shrimp form to more accurately account for the time required to complete these forms. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Respondents complete applications on paper forms, and then can either mail or bring applications to the SERO Permits Office. Online application renewals are currently available only for some of the permits included on the Federal Permit Application for Vessels Fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The SERO Permits Office can mail applications and instructions or they can be downloaded from the SERO Permits Office Web site at sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/permits. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0205. 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: 13,909. Estimated Time per Response: • Dealer Permit Application, 30 minutes; • Vessel EEZ Permit Application, including Golden Tilefish Endorsement and Smoothhound Shark Permit, 40 minutes; • Wreckfish Permit Application, 40 minutes; VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:36 Dec 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 • Vessel Operator Card Application for Dolphin/Wahoo or Rock Shrimp, 21 minutes; • Fishing in Colombian Treaty Waters Vessel Permit Application, 30 minutes; • Golden Crab Permittee Zone Transit Notification, 12 minutes; • Notifications of Authorization for Retrieval of Lost or Stolen Traps (golden crab, reef fish, snapper-grouper, spiny lobster), 13 minutes; • Vessel Permit Transfers and Notarizations, 10 minutes; • Annual Landings Report for Gulf of Mexico Shrimp, 20 minutes; • International Maritime Organization (IMO) Number Registration, 30 minutes; • Aquacultured Live Rock Permitting and Reporting—New Permit—Deposit Harvest Report, 15 minutes; Notice of Intent to Harvest, 5 minutes; Site Evaluation Report, 20 minutes; Federal Permit Application, including Site Evaluation Report, 50 minutes; and • Aquacultured Live Rock Permitting and Reporting—Renew Permit—Deposit Harvest Report, 15 minutes; Notice of Intent to Harvest, 5 minutes; Federal Permit Application, 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,940. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $483,828 in recordkeeping or 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: December 15, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–30594 Filed 12–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF087 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a webinar meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Pulley Ridge Working Group via webinar. DATES: The webinar will convene on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place via webinar. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Morgan Kilgour, Fishery Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; morgan.kilgour@gulfcouncil.org, telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Wednesday, January 4, 2017; 10 a.m.– 12 p.m., EST: Agenda: The working group will discuss available information about Pulley Ridge and potential boundary modifications to the existing habitat area of particular concern. —Meeting Adjourns— You may register for Pulley Ridge Working Group webinar on January 4, 2017 at: https:// attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ 3018060841235901185. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on the Council’s file server. To access the file server, the URL is https:// public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/ index.cgi or go to the Council’s Web site and click on the FTP link in the lower left of the Council Web site (http:// www.gulfcouncil.org). The username and password are both ‘‘gulfguest’’. Click on the ‘‘Library Folder’’ then scroll down to ‘‘Pulley Ridge Working Group Jan 2017’’. The meeting will be webcast over the internet. A link to the webcast will be available on the Council’s Web site, http://www.gulfcouncil.org. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Working Group for discussion, in SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast 
Region Permit Family of Forms

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 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 (PRA) of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 21, 
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 Adam Bailey, NMFS Southeast Regional Office (SERO), 263 
13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, phone: 727-824-5305, or 
email: adam.bailey@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a renewal with revisions to the existing 
reporting requirements approved under the Office of Management and 
Budget's (OMB) Control Number 0648-0205, Southeast Region Permit Family 
of Forms. The SERO Permits Office administers Federal fishing permits 
in the United States (U.S.) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the 
Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), and South Atlantic under the 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801. The SERO Permits Office 
also proposes to revise parts of the current collection-of-information 
approved under OMB Control Number 0648-0205.
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Region 
manages the U.S. Federal fisheries in the Caribbean, Gulf, and South 
Atlantic under the fishery management plans (FMPs) for each region. The 
regional fishery management councils prepared the FMPs pursuant to the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act. The regulations implementing the FMPs, including 
those that have reporting requirements, are at 50 CFR part 622.
    The recordkeeping and reporting requirements at 50 CFR part 622 
form the basis for this collection of information. The NMFS Southeast 
Region requests information from fishery participants. This 
information, upon receipt, results in an increasingly more efficient 
and accurate database for management and monitoring of the Federal 
fisheries in the Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic.
    The SERO Permits Office proposes to revise the collection-of-
information approved under OMB Control Number 0648-0205. NMFS proposes 
to revise the Federal permit applications for Vessels Fishing in the 
EEZ (Vessel EEZ), Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock in the EEZ, Vessels 
Fishing for Wreckfish in the South Atlantic States (Wreckfish), and the 
Annual Dealer permit.
    The purpose of revising certain Southeast Region permit application 
forms is to better comply with National Standard 4 (NS4) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and the 
Small Business Administration's regulations implementing the RFA, 
Executive Order 12898, and the ``fairness and equitable distribution'' 
provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, including NS4 and section 
303(b)(6).
    The SERO Permits Office also proposes to split the single 
application form, Federal Permit Application for the Harvest of 
Aquacultured Live Rock, into two application forms, Federal Permit 
Application for New Permit for the Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock 
(Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit) and Federal Permit Application to 
Renew Permit for the Harvest of Aquacultured Live Rock (Aquacultured 
Live Rock Permit Renewal).
    The Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit includes the collection of 
data previously collected via a separate form, Aquaculture Site 
Evaluation Report, among other revisions. The proposed revisions to 
establish the Aquacultured Live Rock New Permit application do not 
affect the time burden for applicants for new sites or new permit 
holders, but should clarify the application process for most applicants 
of new sites. The application form for the Aquacultured Live Rock 
Permit Renewal does not include the Aquaculture Site Evaluation Report; 
however, the Aquacultured Live

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Rock Permit Renewal form does include other clarifying revisions. NMFS 
does not anticipate these revisions to both forms will materially 
change the time burden to the applicants.
    The proposed revisions to the specified application forms are 
administrative and generally divide existing data fields into smaller 
parts to gather information that is more specific. NMFS intends the 
revisions to make the requested information clearer and easier to 
understand, and therefore, applications may require less time to 
complete in some cases. Additionally, NMFS removed some data fields 
that were collecting less meaningful data. NMFS estimates that the 
proposed revisions would not change the annual number of respondents or 
responses, or annual costs to affected permit applicants from estimates 
in the currently approved collection. Across the application forms, 
NMFS estimates these revisions would increase the overall time burden.
    In addition to the proposed revisions above, NMFS also increases 
its estimated time burden for the Vessel Permit Transfers and 
Notarizations form and the Annual Landings Report for Gulf of Mexico 
Shrimp form to more accurately account for the time required to 
complete these forms.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents complete applications on paper forms, and then can 
either mail or bring applications to the SERO Permits Office. Online 
application renewals are currently available only for some of the 
permits included on the Federal Permit Application for Vessels Fishing 
in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The SERO Permits Office can mail 
applications and instructions or they can be downloaded from the SERO 
Permits Office Web site at sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/permits.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0205.
    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: 13,909.
    Estimated Time per Response:
     Dealer Permit Application, 30 minutes;
     Vessel EEZ Permit Application, including Golden Tilefish 
Endorsement and Smoothhound Shark Permit, 40 minutes;
     Wreckfish Permit Application, 40 minutes;
     Vessel Operator Card Application for Dolphin/Wahoo or Rock 
Shrimp, 21 minutes;
     Fishing in Colombian Treaty Waters Vessel Permit 
Application, 30 minutes;
     Golden Crab Permittee Zone Transit Notification, 12 
minutes;
     Notifications of Authorization for Retrieval of Lost or 
Stolen Traps (golden crab, reef fish, snapper-grouper, spiny lobster), 
13 minutes;
     Vessel Permit Transfers and Notarizations, 10 minutes;
     Annual Landings Report for Gulf of Mexico Shrimp, 20 
minutes;
     International Maritime Organization (IMO) Number 
Registration, 30 minutes;
     Aquacultured Live Rock Permitting and Reporting--New 
Permit--Deposit Harvest Report, 15 minutes; Notice of Intent to 
Harvest, 5 minutes; Site Evaluation Report, 20 minutes; Federal Permit 
Application, including Site Evaluation Report, 50 minutes; and
     Aquacultured Live Rock Permitting and Reporting--Renew 
Permit--Deposit Harvest Report, 15 minutes; Notice of Intent to 
Harvest, 5 minutes; Federal Permit Application, 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,940.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $483,828 in recordkeeping or 
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: December 15, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-30594 Filed 12-19-16; 8:45 am]
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