Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Impacts of Marine Debris on Tourism-dependent Communities, 11346-11347 [2017-03433]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 11346 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Instructions: 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 by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Helies, 727–824–5305; email frank.helies@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The EFP is requested under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C 1801 et seq.), and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745(b) concerning exempted fishing. The EFP request involves activities covered by regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plans (FMP) for Federally managed fisheries of the South Atlantic Region, which prohibit the use of fish traps in the South Atlantic (50 CFR 622.9). The applicant requests authorization to deploy two sets of five Maine lobster traps with crab pot Christmas trees and geometric reef balls. Crab pot Christmas trees are a vertical, pyramid-shaped structure with many branch-type projections. Crab pot Christmas trees and geometric reef balls would be used as fish attracting devices in the project. The deployed fishing gear and accompanying attracting devices would be set along artificial reef sites, natural reef sites, rocky reef bottom, and a flat sandy area in Federal waters off North Carolina. The applicant has requested the EFP be effective from April 15, 2017, through December 31, 2018. The purpose of this study is to support continued research on traps that could be used for collecting invasive lionfish off eastern North Carolina artificial reefs, and to determine their efficacy for lionfish collection and as fish attracting devices. Additionally, the project intends to assess consumers’ preference for lionfish as an exotic food source in a restaurant setting to determine if Carteret County, North Carolina, would support a consumer market for the species. Each string of five Maine lobster traps and crab pot Christmas trees will be VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 connected by a chain with no buoy lines to the surface, and deployed along designated hard bottom features with a distance of 30 ft (9.14 m) to 50 ft (15.24 m) between each trap. After deployment, divers will verify the position of the deployed fishing gear to ensure they are located between 20 ft (6.10 m) and 30 ft (9.14 m) from the designated bottom feature. Fishing gear deployment would occur year-round along the North Carolina coast from 3 nautical miles offshore, and up to 360 ft (109.68 m) in depth. The fishing gear will be deployed for at least 48 hours and no longer than 3 weeks. After 48 hours, divers will count and identify the number of fish inside and around the fishing gear, and record video prior to hauling the gear. Video images will be used to assess the success of the crab pot Christmas trees and geometric reef balls as attracting devices for lionfish, and other fish species. Fish captured in the Maine lobster traps will be quantified to the lowest possible taxon, measured, photographed/video documented, and released alive. Any egg bearing lobsters captured in a trap will be returned to the water and released alive. Captured lionfish will be counted, measured, and prepared for consumption at nearby restaurants. These lionfish will be offered, free of charge, to patrons as part of the consumer demand assessment portion of the research project. The applicant previously submitted an application for an EFP for this study and NMFS noticed receipt of that application in the Federal Register (80 FR 5737, February 3, 2015). No public comments were submitted based on that notice and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) supported the issuance of an EFP for the study. Based on that application and NMFS review, an EFP was issued on March 6, 2015, with an expiration date of December 31, 2016. The applicant now seeks to continue this study, as during the course of the previous EFP, they encountered logistical difficulties related to vessel availability and obtaining the required fishing gear. NMFS finds this application warrants further consideration based on a preliminary review. Possible conditions the agency may impose on this permit, if they are granted, include but are not limited to, a prohibition of conducting research within marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries, special management zones, or artificial reefs without additional authorization, and use of escape panels on the Maine lobster traps. Additionally, and consistent with Appendix F to 50 CFR part 622, NMFS will require any sea turtles taken PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 incidentally during the course of fishing or scientific research activities to be handled with due care to prevent injury to live specimens, observed for physical condition, and returned to the water. A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on NMFS’ review of public comments received on the application, consultations with the affected state, the Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard, and a determination that the application, and EFP if issued, are consistent with all applicable laws. Authority: 16 U.S.C 1801 et seq. Dated: February 16, 2017. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03458 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Impacts of Marine Debris on Tourismdependent Communities 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 April 24, 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 pracomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Amy V. Uhrin, Chief Scientist, NOS Office of Response and Restoration, Marine Debris Division, N/ORR, SSMC4, Rm. 10240, 1305 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (240)-533–0426, amy.uhrin@ noaa.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract This request is for a new information collection. The National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Marine Debris Program is sponsoring this data collection. The Marine Debris Program was created under the 2006 ‘‘Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act’’ (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.) which was reauthorized in 2012 as the ‘‘Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012’’ (H.R. 1171) as part of the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act (H.R. 2838). Among other activities, the bill requires NOAA ‘‘. . . to address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States economy . . .’’ To that aim, the proposed data collection will support the goals of a larger study whose purpose is to develop a regional economic model to estimate the value to local economies of increased spending on recreation and tourism from the reduction or elimination of marine debris on beaches in seven coastal communities of the continental U.S. The data collection will consist of on-site sampling to generate a pool of respondents who will be sent a mail survey that asks questions related to beach attributes, local beach familiarity, number of beach trips taken, and ratings of marine debris encountered while on these trips. Onsite sampling will involve intercepting people at several beaches in each study area and asking them to participate in a mail survey. For those willing to take the mail survey, a brief onsite interview will ask the respondent’s name and mailing address, as well as several demographic questions such as age and education. Those who do not agree to participate in the mail survey will only be asked the demographic questions, whether they participated in a single or multi-day trip, and zip code. A mail-survey mode will be used for the follow-up questionnaire. The mail survey instrument will combine a selection of questions from a previously OMBapproved survey instrument used in Orange County, California with new contingent behavior questions developed specifically for this study to determine the impact of the presence of marine debris on respondents’ recreation choices. This data collection will determine the impact of marine debris on survey respondents’ recreation choices at these seven coastal communities and represents the first component to be undertaken as part of the larger study. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 II. Method of Collection People will be approached at several beaches in each study area and asked to participate in a mail survey. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular (request for a new information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1600. Estimated Time per Response: 2 minutes for site intercept, 10 minutes for mail survey. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 729 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 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: February 16, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. 11347 The Tilefish Monitoring Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 10 a.m. and conclude by noon. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option: http://mafmc .adobeconnect.com/tile-mc-2017/. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331 or on their Web site at www.mafmc.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is for the Tilefish Monitoring Committee to recommend management measures designed to achieve recommended catch limits for the blueline and golden tilefish fisheries. SUMMARY: Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: February 16, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03430 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [FR Doc. 2017–03433 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] Sunshine Act Meetings Notice BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PLACE: Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland. STATUS: Commission Meeting—Open to the Public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Decisional: Magnet Sets Safety Standard—Removal from the Code of Federal Regulations A live webcast of the Meeting can be viewed at www.cpsc.gov/live. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Todd A. Stevenson, Office of the TIME AND DATE: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF234 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)]
[Notices]
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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; Economic 
Impacts of Marine Debris on Tourism-dependent Communities

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 April 24, 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 pracomments@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Amy V. Uhrin, Chief Scientist, NOS Office of Response 
and Restoration, Marine Debris Division, N/ORR, SSMC4, Rm. 10240, 1305 
East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (240)-533-0426, 
amy.uhrin@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, 
Marine Debris Program is sponsoring this data collection. The Marine 
Debris Program was created under the 2006 ``Marine Debris Research, 
Prevention, and Reduction Act'' (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.) which was 
reauthorized in 2012 as the ``Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012'' 
(H.R. 1171) as part of the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act 
(H.R. 2838). Among other activities, the bill requires NOAA ``. . . to 
address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States 
economy . . .'' To that aim, the proposed data collection will support 
the goals of a larger study whose purpose is to develop a regional 
economic model to estimate the value to local economies of increased 
spending on recreation and tourism from the reduction or elimination of 
marine debris on beaches in seven coastal communities of the 
continental U.S. The data collection will consist of on-site sampling 
to generate a pool of respondents who will be sent a mail survey that 
asks questions related to beach attributes, local beach familiarity, 
number of beach trips taken, and ratings of marine debris encountered 
while on these trips. Onsite sampling will involve intercepting people 
at several beaches in each study area and asking them to participate in 
a mail survey. For those willing to take the mail survey, a brief 
onsite interview will ask the respondent's name and mailing address, as 
well as several demographic questions such as age and education. Those 
who do not agree to participate in the mail survey will only be asked 
the demographic questions, whether they participated in a single or 
multi-day trip, and zip code. A mail-survey mode will be used for the 
follow-up questionnaire. The mail survey instrument will combine a 
selection of questions from a previously OMB-approved survey instrument 
used in Orange County, California with new contingent behavior 
questions developed specifically for this study to determine the impact 
of the presence of marine debris on respondents' recreation choices. 
This data collection will determine the impact of marine debris on 
survey respondents' recreation choices at these seven coastal 
communities and represents the first component to be undertaken as part 
of the larger study.

II. Method of Collection

    People will be approached at several beaches in each study area and 
asked to participate in a mail survey.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular (request for a new information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1600.
    Estimated Time per Response: 2 minutes for site intercept, 10 
minutes for mail survey.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 729 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 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: February 16, 2017.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
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