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Download as PDF 34833 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2018 / Notices distribute the time and location of stations to the lobster industry, work only during daylight hours, post an extra lookout to avoid gear, and actively avoid tangling in stationary gear. The project would work in cooperation in with NHFG and AOLA to tag lobsters with the primary goal of documenting their movement on and off Georges Bank. The applicant states that data from the tagging project could also help answer questions of lobster discard mortality in the scallop fishery. All tows would be conducted with two 15-foot (4.6-m) turtle deflector dredges for a duration of 30 minutes using an average tow speed of 4.8 knots. One dredge would be rigged with a 7row apron and twine top hanging ratio of 2:1, while the other dredge would be rigged with a 5-row, extended link apron and 1.5:1 twine top hanging ratio. Both dredge frames would be rigged with identical rock and tickler chain configurations, 10-inch (25.4-cm) twine top, and 4-inch (10.2-cm) ring bag. Gear comparison data will help improve efforts to reduce scallop dredge bycatch. Dredge gear would conform to scallop gear regulations. For all tows, the entire sea scallop catch would be counted into baskets and weighed. One basket from each dredge would be randomly selected, and the scallops would be measured in 5milimeter increments to determine size selectivity. All finfish catch would be sorted by species and then counted and measured. Weight, sex, and reproductive state would be determined for a random subsample (n=10) of yellowtail, winter, and windowpane flounders. Lobsters would be measured, sexed, and evaluated for damage and shell disease. No catch would be retained for longer than needed to conduct sampling, and no finfish or lobsters would be landed for sale. All catch estimates for the project are listed in Table 1, below. TABLE 1—COONAMESSETT FARM FOUNDATION GEORGES BANK SCALLOP RESEARCH PROJECT Estimated weight (lb) * Common name Scientific name Sea Scallop ...................................... Yellowtail Flounder .......................... Winter Flounder ............................... Windowpane Flounder ..................... Summer Flounder ............................ Fourspot Flounder ........................... American Plaice ............................... Grey Sole ......................................... Haddock ........................................... Atlantic Cod ..................................... Monkfish ........................................... Spiny Dogfish ................................... Barndoor Skates .............................. NE Skate Complex (excluding barndoor skate). Placopecten magellanicus ......................................................................... Limanda ferruginea ................................................................................... Pseudopleuronectes americanus .............................................................. Scophthalmus aquosus ............................................................................. Paralichthys dentatus ................................................................................ Paralichthys oblongus ............................................................................... Hippoglossoides platessoides ................................................................... Glyptocephalus cynoglossus ..................................................................... Melanogrammus aeglefinus ...................................................................... Gadus morhua ........................................................................................... Lophius americanus .................................................................................. Squalus acanthias ..................................................................................... Dipturus laevis ........................................................................................... Leucoraja erinacea, Leucoraja ocellata .................................................... American lobster .............................. Homarus americanus ................................................................................ Estimated weight (kg) 33,103 1,097 1,605 5,656 1,886 148 180 24 116 199 16,839 173 2,217 127,055 15, 015 498 728 2,566 855 67 82 11 53 90 7,638 78 1,006 57,631 1,000 ** amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 * Weights estimated using catch from a similar 2016 project. ** Number of individual animals estimated to be caught. The applicant states that the exemptions are necessary to allow them to conduct experimental dredge towing without being charged DAS, as well as deploy gear in areas that are currently closed to scallop fishing. Participating vessels need crew size waivers to accommodate science personnel. Exemptions from possession limits would allow researchers to sample finfish and lobster catch that exceeds possession limits or prohibitions. The project would be exempt from the sea scallop observer program requirements because activities conducted on the trip are not consistent with normal fishing operations. Researchers from CFF will accompany each trip taken under the EFP. The goal of the proposed work is to provide information on spatial and temporal patterns in bycatch rates in the scallop fishery, with the objective of identifying mechanisms to mitigate bycatch. The data collected would enhance understanding of bycatch and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Jul 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 scallop yield as they relate to access and open area management. If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 18, 2018. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–15724 Filed 7–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Third-Party Submissions and Protests The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. Title: Third-Party Submissions and Protests. OMB Control Number: 0651–0062. Form Number(s): • PTO/SB/429 Type of Request: Regular. Number of Respondents: 1,450 responses. E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 34834 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2018 / Notices Average Hours per Response: 14,500 hours. Cost Burden: $74,160. Needs and Uses: The public uses this information collection to contribute submissions and protests to the quality of issued patents. The USPTO will use this information, as appropriate, during the patent examination process to assist in evaluating the patent application. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: Nicholas_A._Fraser@ omb.eop.gov. Once submitted, the request will be publicly available in electronic format through www.regino.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Third-Party 
Submissions and Protests

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the 
following proposal for collection of information under the provisions 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
    Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
    Title: Third-Party Submissions and Protests.
    OMB Control Number: 0651-0062.
    Form Number(s):

 PTO/SB/429

    Type of Request: Regular.
    Number of Respondents: 1,450 responses.

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    Average Hours per Response: 14,500 hours.
    Cost Burden: $74,160.
    Needs and Uses: The public uses this information collection to 
contribute submissions and protests to the quality of issued patents. 
The USPTO will use this information, as appropriate, during the patent 
examination process to assist in evaluating the patent application.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: Nicholas A. Fraser, email: 
[email protected]. Once submitted, the request will be 
publicly available in electronic format through www.regino.gov. Follow 
the instructions to view the Department of Commerce collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Further information can be obtained by:
     Email: [email protected]. Include ``0651-
0062 copy request'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent 
Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. 
Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent on or before August 22, 2018 to Nicholas A. 
Fraser, OMB Desk Officer, via email to [email protected], 
or by fax to 202-395-5167, marked to the attention of Nicholas A. 
Fraser.

Marcie Lovett,
Director, Records & Information Governance Division (RIGD), Office of 
the Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2018-15611 Filed 7-20-18; 8:45 am]
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