Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Community Quota Entity (CQE) Program, 50644-50645 [2018-21815]

Download as PDF 50644 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Marine recreational anglers are surveyed to collect catch and effort data, fish biology data, and angler socioeconomic characteristics. These data are required to carry out provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), as amended, regarding conservation and management of fishery resources. Marine recreational fishing catch and effort data are collected through a combination of mail surveys, telephone surveys and on-site intercept surveys with recreational anglers. Amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) require the development of an improved data collection program for recreational fisheries. To partially meet these requirements, NOAA Fisheries designed and implemented a new Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) in 2013 to ensure better coverage and representation of recreational fishing activity. The APAIS intercepts marine recreational fishers at public-access sites in coastal counties from Maine to Mississippi and Hawaii to obtain information about the just-completed day’s fishing activity. Respondents are asked about the time and type of fishing, the angler’s avidity and residence location, and details of any catch of finfish. Species identification, number, and size are collected for any available landed catch. Data collected from the APAIS are used to estimate the catch per angler of recreational saltwater fishers. These APAIS estimates are combined with estimates derived from independent but complementary surveys of fishing effort, the Fishing Effort Survey and the For-Hire Survey, to estimate total, state-level fishing catch, by species, and participation. These estimates are used in the development, implementation, and monitoring of fishery management programs by the NMFS, regional fishery management councils, interstate marine fisheries commissions, and state fishery agencies. II. Method of Collection Information will be collected through onsite in-person interviews. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0659. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Oct 05, 2018 Jkt 247001 Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes for intercepted anglers. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 8,333. 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: October 3, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–21862 Filed 10–5–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Community Quota Entity (CQE) Program 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 December 10, 2018. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Gabrielle Aberle, 907–586– 7228. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. The Community Quota Entity (CQE) Program provides eligible communities in Alaska the means for starting or supporting commercial fisheries activities that will result in an ongoing, regionally based, fisheries-related economy. Under the Community Quota Entity Program, 46 eligible communities are authorized to form nonprofit entities called CQEs to participate in certain Federal limited access privilege programs. Under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) CQE Program, CQEs may purchase commercial halibut and sablefish quota share (QS) for lease to residents of the eligible community. Under the Charter Halibut Limited Access Program, CQEs may request community charter halibut permits (CHPs) for use in southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska. Under the License Limitation Program (LLP), CQEs may request non-trawl groundfish LLP licenses endorsed for Pacific cod in the central or western Gulf of Alaska. This information collection contains the applications and reporting requirements for CQEs. This collection contains applications used by a nonprofit corporation to become a CQE; by CQEs to receive nontrawl groundfish LLP licenses and CHP permits; by CQEs to transfer or receive IFQ QS; by CQEs to transfer IFQ to an eligible community resident or non-resident; and by CQEs to transfer between commercial halibut IFQ and halibut guided angler fish (GAF). In addition, this collection contains two reporting requirements: An annual report and an authorization letter. Annually each CQE must submit a report describing its business operations and fishing activities for each eligible community it represents. CQEs requesting LLP groundfish licenses must annually submit an authorization letter that assigns each community LLP license to a user and vessel. E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / Notices II. Method of Collection The applications are available as fillable PDFs on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/fisheriesapplications that may be downloaded, printed, faxed or mailed to NMFS. The CQE annual report must be mailed. The CQE authorization letter may be submitted as an attachment to an email. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0665. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 75. Estimated Time Per Response: 200 hours for Application for a Non-profit Corporation to be Designated as a CQE; 2 hours each for Application to transfer QS IFQ to or from a CQE, Application for CQE to Transfer IFQ to an Eligible Community Resident or Non-resident, and Application for Transfer between IFQ and GAF by a CQE; 20 hours for Application for a CQE to Receive a Nontrawl Groundfish LLP License; 40 hours for CQE Annual Report; 1 hour each for Application for Community Charter Halibut Permit and CQE LLP Authorization Letter. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,884 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $264 in recordkeeping and reporting costs. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Oct 05, 2018 Jkt 247001 Dated: October 3, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–21815 Filed 10–5–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–12–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region Amendment 80 Permits and Reports 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 December 10, 2018. 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 Stephanie Warpinski, 907– 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Amendment 80 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area allocates several Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area non-pollock trawl groundfish fisheries among trawl fishery sectors, established a limited access privilege program, and facilitated the formation of harvesting cooperatives in the non-American Fisheries Act (nonAFA) trawl catcher/processor sector. The Amendment 80 Program encourages the formation of cooperatives and cooperative fishing practices among all persons holding Amendment 80 quota share (QS) PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50645 permits. The cooperatives that receive allocations of cooperative quota (CQ) allow vessel operators to make operational choices to improve fishery returns, reduce prohibited species catch usage, and reduce fish discards. This information collection is necessary to manage participation in the Amendment 80 Program. This collection contains applications used by persons to apply for QS, to apply for an Amendment 80 limited access fishery permit, and to transfer QS; by cooperatives to apply for CQ and transfer CQ; by cooperatives or CDQ groups to exchange CQ for one eligible flatfish species with CQ of a different eligible flatfish species; and by Amendment 80 vessel owners to replace their vessels. Additionally, this collection includes the process used to appeal an application that is denied. II. Method of Collection The applications are available as fillable PDFs on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/fisheriesapplications that may be downloaded, printed, and faxed or mailed to NMFS. The Flatfish Exchange Application must be submitted online through eFISH on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ webapps/efish/login. The Application for Inter-cooperative Transfer of Amendment 80 CQ is submitted to NMFS through eFISH with the option to mail, fax, or deliver the application. The appeals letter must be submitted by mail or delivery. All other elements of this collection may be submitted to NMFS by mail, fax, or delivery. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0565. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 33. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours each for Application for Amendment 80 QS, Application for Amendment 80 CQ Permit, Application for Amendment 80 Limited Access Fishery Permit, Application to Transfer Amendment 80 QS, Application for Amendment 80 Vessel Replacement, and Application for Inter-cooperative Transfer of Amendment 80 CQ; 4 hours for Amendment 80 appeals letter; 5 minutes for Flatfish Exchange Application. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 130 hours. E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 9, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50644-50645]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-21815]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska 
Community Quota Entity (CQE) Program

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 December 10, 
2018.

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 [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    The Community Quota Entity (CQE) Program provides eligible 
communities in Alaska the means for starting or supporting commercial 
fisheries activities that will result in an ongoing, regionally based, 
fisheries-related economy. Under the Community Quota Entity Program, 46 
eligible communities are authorized to form nonprofit entities called 
CQEs to participate in certain Federal limited access privilege 
programs.
    Under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) CQE Program, CQEs may 
purchase commercial halibut and sablefish quota share (QS) for lease to 
residents of the eligible community. Under the Charter Halibut Limited 
Access Program, CQEs may request community charter halibut permits 
(CHPs) for use in southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska. 
Under the License Limitation Program (LLP), CQEs may request non-trawl 
groundfish LLP licenses endorsed for Pacific cod in the central or 
western Gulf of Alaska.
    This information collection contains the applications and reporting 
requirements for CQEs. This collection contains applications used by a 
nonprofit corporation to become a CQE; by CQEs to receive nontrawl 
groundfish LLP licenses and CHP permits; by CQEs to transfer or receive 
IFQ QS; by CQEs to transfer IFQ to an eligible community resident or 
non-resident; and by CQEs to transfer between commercial halibut IFQ 
and halibut guided angler fish (GAF). In addition, this collection 
contains two reporting requirements: An annual report and an 
authorization letter. Annually each CQE must submit a report describing 
its business operations and fishing activities for each eligible 
community it represents. CQEs requesting LLP groundfish licenses must 
annually submit an authorization letter that assigns each community LLP 
license to a user and vessel.

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II. Method of Collection

    The applications are available as fillable PDFs on the NMFS Alaska 
Region website at https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries-applications that may be downloaded, printed, faxed or mailed to NMFS. 
The CQE annual report must be mailed. The CQE authorization letter may 
be submitted as an attachment to an email.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0665.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; Individuals or 
households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 75.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 200 hours for Application for a Non-
profit Corporation to be Designated as a CQE; 2 hours each for 
Application to transfer QS IFQ to or from a CQE, Application for CQE to 
Transfer IFQ to an Eligible Community Resident or Non-resident, and 
Application for Transfer between IFQ and GAF by a CQE; 20 hours for 
Application for a CQE to Receive a Nontrawl Groundfish LLP License; 40 
hours for CQE Annual Report; 1 hour each for Application for Community 
Charter Halibut Permit and CQE LLP Authorization Letter.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,884 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $264 in recordkeeping and 
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: October 3, 2018.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-21815 Filed 10-5-18; 8:45 am]
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