Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 60407-60408 [2018-25613]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2018 / Notices conduct these new activities in order to achieve the goals of the broodstock program, which are to: (1) Prevent extirpation of CCC coho in the Russian River; (2) preserve genetic, ecological, and behavioral attributes of CCC coho in the Russian River; and (3) build selfsustaining CCC coho populations in the Russian River and throughout the CCC coho ESU. CDFW and the Corps’ proposed HGMP for the broodstock program includes provisions for a monitoring program. The proposed monitoring program is designed to determine the success of the broodstock program and has been in existence since the first release of program CCC coho in 2004. The proposed monitoring program is composed of two elements, hatchery and field monitoring. Hatchery monitoring is associated with hatchery rearing and spawning activities and is conducted by Corps’ hatchery staff. During spawning, hatchery staff record data on individual spawner performance (i.e. fecundity and fertility rates). During hatchery rearing, which is after spawning through release, hatchery staff collects data on life stagespecific survival. The hatchery staff retain two randomly chosen juvenile CCC coho from each family group (up to 1,500 fish) for potential use as broodstock in the event sufficient natural-origin fish from the same brood year are not available. All CCC coho collected and intended for use as broodstock at DCFH (including Scott Creek fish) are physically segregated at all times. Mortalities that occur during the routine operation of the program are removed from their respective rearing containers on a daily basis, and hatchery staff records and evaluates these daily mortalities to ensure that the number of mortalities among fry and more advanced life stages does not exceed 0.2 percent of any program production over any 24-hour period. Compliance with all applicable hatchery operations and health guidelines, as well as required specific effluent testing, is monitored and recorded by hatchery staff year-round. In addition, hatchery staff performs, monitors, and records all marking and tagging of CCC coho including: Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tagging of all fish collected from the natural environment; disk-tagging of all adults used for artificial spawning; coded-wire tagging of all broodstock program progeny to facilitate distinguishing between hatchery-origin and natural-origin fish; PIT tagging of ≥15 percent (minimum 30,000) of broodstock program progeny released to allow smolt-to-adult-return (SAR) calculations; and floy tagging of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Nov 23, 2018 Jkt 247001 all adults that are released to allow identification of hatchery-reared adult CCC coho during spawner surveys. Field monitoring is associated with the post-release performance of the broodstock program and has been conducted annually in a minimum of four index streams in the Russian River basin since 2004. This ongoing field monitoring, conducted by California Sea Grant under contract to the Corps, is a substantial complimentary monitoring element that is described in the HGMP, and helps to inform management of the broodstock program, but is operating independently under separate permits. The HGMP describes future monitoring efforts in out-of-basin streams to include at a minimum presence/absence surveys following release of fish of an appropriate life stage (e.g., summer juvenile surveys following YOY spring release, redd surveys following adult release), appropriate genetic analysis, or other evaluation of success as funding is available. Under the application for Permit 21501, proposed take activities for CCC coho include monitoring; collecting broodstock and non-broodstock CCC coho; conducting routine hatchery activities including artificial propagation, rearing, tissue sampling, and marking; transporting and releasing of early life stage progeny (eyed eggs and/or unfed fry), juveniles (broodstock surplus), and adult (captive rearing and broodstock surplus) CCC coho into Russian River tributaries and other target streams. Public Comments Solicited NMFS invites the public to comment, including any written data, views, or arguments, on the permit application and associated HGMP during a 30-day public comment period beginning on the date of this notice. This notice is provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1539(c)), 50 CFR 222.303. All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. We provide this notice in order to allow the public, agencies, or other organizations to review and comment on these documents. Next Steps NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day public comment PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60407 period and after NMFS has fully considered all relevant comments received. NMFS will also meet other legal requirements prior to taking final action, including preparation of a biological opinion. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: November 20, 2018. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–25693 Filed 11–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce 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 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: International Fisheries Trade to Include Shrimp and Abalone. OMB Control Number: 0648–xxxx. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (request for a temporary new information collection). Number of Respondents: 651. Average Hours Per Response: International Fisheries Trade Permit, 5 minutes; data entry, 1 hour. Burden Hours: 70,054. Needs and Uses: The Seafood Traceability Program (see 50 CFR 300.320–300.325) is the first phase of a risk-based traceability program, which establishes permit, reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegally harvested and misrepresented seafood from entering into U.S. Commerce. In the development of the Seafood Traceability Program rule, 13 ‘‘priority’’ species were identified as being most at risk for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and misrepresentation, and are the only species currently subject to this program. For two of those species (abalone and shrimp), NMFS stayed program requirements indefinitely (50 CFR 300.324(a)(3)). See 81 FR 88975 (December 9, 2016). A final rule was published on April 24, 2018 (83 FR 17762) which lifted the stay and established a compliance date of E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1 60408 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2018 / Notices December 31, 2018 for shrimp and abalone. NMFS had stayed requirements for abalone and shrimp because gaps existed in the collection of traceability information for domestic aquacultureraised shrimp and abalone, which is currently largely regulated at the state level. During development of the Seafood Traceability Program, NMFS explored the possibility of working with its state partners to establish reporting and recordkeeping requirements for aquaculture traceability information that could be shared with NMFS. However, this did not prove to be a viable approach. See 81 FR at 88977–78. In the Seafood Import Monitoring Program final rule, NMFS explained that ‘‘[A]t such time that the domestic reporting and recordkeeping gaps have been closed, NMFS will then publish an action in the Federal Register to lift the stay of the effective date for § 300.324(a)(3) of the rule pertaining to shrimp and abalone. Adequate advance notice to the trade community would be provided’’ to ensure all affected parties have sufficient time to come into compliance. On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115–141) was signed by the President and became law. Section 539 of Division B of the Act directed the Secretary of Commerce to, within 30 days, ‘‘lift the stay on the effective date of the final rule for the Seafood Traceability Program published by the Secretary on December 9, 2016, (81 FR 88975 et seq.) for the species described in § 300.324(a)(3) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations: provided that the compliance date for the species described in § 300.324(a)(3) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, shall occur not later than December 31, 2018.’’ A final rule was issued to implement the Act (83 FR 17762, April 24, 2018) and provides that shrimp and abalone will be subject to the requirements of the Seafood Traceability Program under 50 CFR 300.324(a)(3), with a compliance date December 31, 2018. The Program consists of two components: (1) Reporting of harvest events at the time of entry; and (2) permitting and recordkeeping requirements with respect to both harvest events and chain of custody information. See 50 CFR 300.324 and id. §§ 300.320–300.323 and 300.325. Application of the program’s reporting and recordkeeping requirements to shrimp and abalone will enable audits of imports to be conducted to determine the origin of the products and confirm that they were lawfully acquired. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Nov 23, 2018 Jkt 247001 The final rule to lift the stay on shrimp and abalone contains a collection-of-information requirement subject to review and approval by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). OMB had previously approved the information collection requirements for the Seafood Traceability Program under Control Number 0648–0739, but the burden estimates did not include the requirements for shrimp and abalone given the stay. The requirements for permitting, reporting and recordkeeping for imports of shrimp and abalone will be submitted to OMB for approval. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: One time and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: November 19, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–25613 Filed 11–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG557 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for exempted fishing permit. AGENCY: This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from Mr. Cory Lescher and Dr. Bradley Harris, Alaska Pacific University. If granted, this EFP would allow up to five Amendment 80 vessels in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area yellowfin and rock sole fisheries to retain red king crab (RKC; Paralithodes camtschaticus) bycatch on board for periods of no more than 72 hours during the 2019 BSAI flatfish fisheries’ ‘‘A’’ season. Two concurrent studies would be conducted SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 under this EFP. A whole-haul RKC census study would provide a comparison of whole-haul census of RKC to haul-level estimates of RKC generated from NMFS-certified observer (observer) sampling to determine the ability of current prohibited species catch (PSC) rate estimations to accurately account for RKC PSC in these fisheries. Then, an at-sea viability study would examine factors that influence RKC PSC mortality and survival. The objective of the EFP application is to provide improved understanding of RKC PSC mortality, such as shell crushing, and variables that affect it. This proposed project has the potential to promote the objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. DATES: Comments on this EFP application must be submitted to NMFS on or before December 11, 2018. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will consider the application at its meeting from December 3, 2018, through December 11, 2018, in Anchorage, AK. ADDRESSES: The Council meeting will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501. The agenda for the Council meeting is available at http://www.npfmc.org. In addition to submitting comments at the Council meeting, you may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2018–0120, by any of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20180120, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. 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. 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) 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). Electronic copies of the EFP application and the basis for a categorical exclusion under the National E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce 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 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: International Fisheries Trade to Include Shrimp and Abalone.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Regular (request for a temporary new information 
collection).
    Number of Respondents: 651.
    Average Hours Per Response: International Fisheries Trade Permit, 5 
minutes; data entry, 1 hour.
    Burden Hours: 70,054.
    Needs and Uses: The Seafood Traceability Program (see 50 CFR 
300.320-300.325) is the first phase of a risk-based traceability 
program, which establishes permit, reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements needed to prevent illegally harvested and misrepresented 
seafood from entering into U.S. Commerce. In the development of the 
Seafood Traceability Program rule, 13 ``priority'' species were 
identified as being most at risk for Illegal, Unreported, and 
Unregulated (IUU) fishing and misrepresentation, and are the only 
species currently subject to this program. For two of those species 
(abalone and shrimp), NMFS stayed program requirements indefinitely (50 
CFR 300.324(a)(3)). See 81 FR 88975 (December 9, 2016). A final rule 
was published on April 24, 2018 (83 FR 17762) which lifted the stay and 
established a compliance date of

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December 31, 2018 for shrimp and abalone.
    NMFS had stayed requirements for abalone and shrimp because gaps 
existed in the collection of traceability information for domestic 
aquaculture-raised shrimp and abalone, which is currently largely 
regulated at the state level. During development of the Seafood 
Traceability Program, NMFS explored the possibility of working with its 
state partners to establish reporting and recordkeeping requirements 
for aquaculture traceability information that could be shared with 
NMFS. However, this did not prove to be a viable approach. See 81 FR at 
88977-78. In the Seafood Import Monitoring Program final rule, NMFS 
explained that ``[A]t such time that the domestic reporting and 
recordkeeping gaps have been closed, NMFS will then publish an action 
in the Federal Register to lift the stay of the effective date for 
Sec.  300.324(a)(3) of the rule pertaining to shrimp and abalone. 
Adequate advance notice to the trade community would be provided'' to 
ensure all affected parties have sufficient time to come into 
compliance.
    On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 
(Pub. L. 115-141) was signed by the President and became law. Section 
539 of Division B of the Act directed the Secretary of Commerce to, 
within 30 days, ``lift the stay on the effective date of the final rule 
for the Seafood Traceability Program published by the Secretary on 
December 9, 2016, (81 FR 88975 et seq.) for the species described in 
Sec.  300.324(a)(3) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations: provided 
that the compliance date for the species described in Sec.  
300.324(a)(3) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, shall occur not 
later than December 31, 2018.'' A final rule was issued to implement 
the Act (83 FR 17762, April 24, 2018) and provides that shrimp and 
abalone will be subject to the requirements of the Seafood Traceability 
Program under 50 CFR 300.324(a)(3), with a compliance date December 31, 
2018.
    The Program consists of two components: (1) Reporting of harvest 
events at the time of entry; and (2) permitting and recordkeeping 
requirements with respect to both harvest events and chain of custody 
information. See 50 CFR 300.324 and id. Sec. Sec.  300.320-300.323 and 
300.325. Application of the program's reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements to shrimp and abalone will enable audits of imports to be 
conducted to determine the origin of the products and confirm that they 
were lawfully acquired.
    The final rule to lift the stay on shrimp and abalone contains a 
collection-of-information requirement subject to review and approval by 
OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). OMB had previously 
approved the information collection requirements for the Seafood 
Traceability Program under Control Number 0648-0739, but the burden 
estimates did not include the requirements for shrimp and abalone given 
the stay. The requirements for permitting, reporting and recordkeeping 
for imports of shrimp and abalone will be submitted to OMB for 
approval.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: One time and on occasion.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. 
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections 
currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to [email protected] or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: November 19, 2018.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-25613 Filed 11-23-18; 8:45 am]
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