Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region Crab Permits, 3726-3727 [2017-00557]

Download as PDF 3726 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 / Notices The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act established the CCC by amending Section 302 (16 U.S.C. 1852) of the MSA. The committee consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors of each of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils authorized by the MSA or other Council members or staff. NMFS will host this meeting and provide reports to the CCC for its information and discussion. All sessions are open to the public. Updates to this meeting will be provided in subsequent notices and additional information will be posted on http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/ councils/ccc/ccc.htm when available. The CCC will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Brian Fredieu at 301–427–8505 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Dated: January 9, 2017. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00558 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region Crab Permits 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 of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jan 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 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 Sally Bibb, (907) 586–7389 or sally.bibb@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. The king and Tanner crab fisheries in the exclusive economic zone of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Alaska, are managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council prepared the FMP under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act as amended in 2006. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) manages the crab fisheries in the waters off the coast of Alaska under the FMP. Regulations implementing the FMP and all amendments to the Crab Rationalization Program (CR Program) appear at 50 CFR part 680. Program details are found at: http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ regs/680/default.htm. The CR Program balances the interests of several groups who depend on the crab fisheries. The CR Program addresses conservation and management issues associated with the previous derby fishery, reduces bycatch and associated discard mortality, and increases the safety of crab fishermen by ending the race for fish. Share allocations to harvesters and processors, together with incentives to participate in fishery cooperatives, increases efficiencies, provides economic stability, and facilitates compensated reduction of excess capacities in the harvesting and processing sectors. Community interests are protected by Western Alaska Community Development Quota allocations and regional landing and processing requirements, as well as by several community protection measures. NMFS established the CR Program as a catch share program for nine crab fisheries in the BSAI, and assigned quota share (QS) to persons and processor quota share (PQS) to processors based on their historic participation in one or more of these nine crab fisheries during a specific period. The CR Program components include QS allocation, PQS allocation, individual fishing quota (IFQ) issuance, and individual processing quota (IPQ) PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 issuance, quota transfers, use caps, crab harvesting cooperatives, protections for Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries, arbitration system, monitoring, economic data collection, and cost recovery fee collection. II. Method of Collection Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include online, email of electronic forms, mail, and facsimile transmission of paper forms. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0514. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,993. Estimated Time per Response: Annual application for crab IFQ permit, application for Crab IPQ permit, application to become an eligible crab community organization (ECCO), 150 minutes each; application for an Annual Crab Harvesting Cooperative IFQ Permit, Right of first refusal (ROFR) contracts and waivers, 1 hour each; annual application for Crab Converted CPO QS and CPO IFQ and application for Registered Crab Receiver (RCR) Permit, BSAI Crab Rationalization Program Quota Share Beneficiary Designation Form, 30 minutes; application for Crab IFQ Hired Master Permit and application for Federal crab vessel permit (FCVP) 21 minutes each; application for eligibility to receive crab QS/IFQ or PQS/IPQ by transfer, application for transfer of crab IFQ, application for transfer of crab QS/IFQ to or from an ECCO, Application to transfer crab QS or PQS, application for Annual Exemption from Western Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab West Region Delivery Requirements, Community Impact Report or IPQ Holder Report (North or South Response Report), 2 hours each; ECCO Annual report and appeal of denial to NMFS decisions, 4 hours each; application for transfer of IFQ between crab harvesting cooperatives, electronic, 5 minutes, nonelectronic, 2 hours; application to Transfer Crab IPQ, electronic, 1 hour; non-electronic, 2 hours; CDQ notification of community representative, 5 hours; application for exemption from CR Crab North or South Region Delivery Requirements and North or South Region Delivery Exemption Report, 20 hours each. E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,226. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $13,841 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: January 9, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–00557 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF085 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 18059 and 19655 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that David Wiley, Ph.D., Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066 and Adam Pack, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720, have applied in due form for permits to conduct scientific research on cetaceans. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before February 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jan 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 18059 or 19655 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376. Written comments on these applications should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on these applications would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Young or Amy Hapeman (File No. 18059), Carrie Hubard or Shasta McClenahan (File No. 19655), (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits are requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226). File No. 18059: The applicant requests a five-year scientific research permit to investigate the foraging ecology, habitat use, physiology, and acoustic and social behavior of humpback (Megaptera noveaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), minke (B. acutorostrata), and sei (B. borealis) whales in the Gulf of Maine. Up to 130 adult and juvenile humpbacks, 90 fin, 60 minke, and 70 sei whales would be approached for suction cup tagging, prey mapping, obtaining biological samples including biopsies, and photo ID. Up to 10 humpback calves, 5 fin calves, and 4 sei calves would also be approached for tagging and blow sampling. Up to 690 humpback, 480 fin, 250 minke, and 370 sei whales would be incidentally harassed during this research. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3727 File No. 19655: The applicant proposes to study humpback whales and other cetacean species in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska. Research methods include passive acoustics, photo-identification, photogrammetry, opportunistic collection of fecal and skin samples, and remote biopsy sampling. A subset of humpback whales would also receive suction cup tags. Other endangered species targeted for study include: Blue (B. musculus), bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), fin, North Pacific right (Eubalaena japonica), sei, and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and the Main Hawaiian Insular stock of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). An additional 21 marine mammal species would also be studied. The objectives of the research are to continue the long-term population study of the behavior, biology, and communication systems of humpback whales and other cetaceans. Specific topics to be investigated include individual life histories, social roles, migration, habitat use, distribution, and evolution of humpback song. The permit would be valid for five years. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: January 6, 2017. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00472 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF084 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Surveys Along the Oregon and California Coasts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region 
Crab Permits

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 March 13, 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 Sally Bibb, (907) 586-7389 or sally.bibb@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    The king and Tanner crab fisheries in the exclusive economic zone 
of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Alaska, are managed under the 
Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and 
Tanner Crabs (FMP). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council 
prepared the FMP under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act as amended in 2006. The National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) manages the crab fisheries in the waters off the coast 
of Alaska under the FMP. Regulations implementing the FMP and all 
amendments to the Crab Rationalization Program (CR Program) appear at 
50 CFR part 680. Program details are found at: http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/regs/680/default.htm.
    The CR Program balances the interests of several groups who depend 
on the crab fisheries. The CR Program addresses conservation and 
management issues associated with the previous derby fishery, reduces 
bycatch and associated discard mortality, and increases the safety of 
crab fishermen by ending the race for fish. Share allocations to 
harvesters and processors, together with incentives to participate in 
fishery cooperatives, increases efficiencies, provides economic 
stability, and facilitates compensated reduction of excess capacities 
in the harvesting and processing sectors. Community interests are 
protected by Western Alaska Community Development Quota allocations and 
regional landing and processing requirements, as well as by several 
community protection measures.
    NMFS established the CR Program as a catch share program for nine 
crab fisheries in the BSAI, and assigned quota share (QS) to persons 
and processor quota share (PQS) to processors based on their historic 
participation in one or more of these nine crab fisheries during a 
specific period. The CR Program components include QS allocation, PQS 
allocation, individual fishing quota (IFQ) issuance, and individual 
processing quota (IPQ) issuance, quota transfers, use caps, crab 
harvesting cooperatives, protections for Gulf of Alaska groundfish 
fisheries, arbitration system, monitoring, economic data collection, 
and cost recovery fee collection.

II. Method of Collection

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

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0514.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,993.
    Estimated Time per Response: Annual application for crab IFQ 
permit, application for Crab IPQ permit, application to become an 
eligible crab community organization (ECCO), 150 minutes each; 
application for an Annual Crab Harvesting Cooperative IFQ Permit, Right 
of first refusal (ROFR) contracts and waivers, 1 hour each; annual 
application for Crab Converted CPO QS and CPO IFQ and application for 
Registered Crab Receiver (RCR) Permit, BSAI Crab Rationalization 
Program Quota Share Beneficiary Designation Form, 30 minutes; 
application for Crab IFQ Hired Master Permit and application for 
Federal crab vessel permit (FCVP) 21 minutes each; application for 
eligibility to receive crab QS/IFQ or PQS/IPQ by transfer, application 
for transfer of crab IFQ, application for transfer of crab QS/IFQ to or 
from an ECCO, Application to transfer crab QS or PQS, application for 
Annual Exemption from Western Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab West 
Region Delivery Requirements, Community Impact Report or IPQ Holder 
Report (North or South Response Report), 2 hours each; ECCO Annual 
report and appeal of denial to NMFS decisions, 4 hours each; 
application for transfer of IFQ between crab harvesting cooperatives, 
electronic, 5 minutes, non-electronic, 2 hours; application to Transfer 
Crab IPQ, electronic, 1 hour; non-electronic, 2 hours; CDQ notification 
of community representative, 5 hours; application for exemption from CR 
Crab North or South Region Delivery Requirements and North or South 
Region Delivery Exemption Report, 20 hours each.

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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,226.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $13,841 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: January 9, 2017.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-00557 Filed 1-11-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P