Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limits of Application of the Take Prohibitions, 63483 [2018-26683]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2018 / Notices applicant. The applicant has withdrawn the application from further consideration. Dated: December 4, 2018. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–26666 Filed 12–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limits of Application of the Take Prohibitions 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 February 8, 2019. 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 Gary Rule, NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd. Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, (503) 230–5424 or gary.rule@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq.) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to adopt such regulations as it ‘‘deems necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of’’ threatened species. Those regulations may include any or all of the prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA, which specifically prohibits ‘‘take’’ of any VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Dec 07, 2018 Jkt 247001 endangered species (‘‘take’’ includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take prohibitions. There are now 23 separate Distinct Population Segments (DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and advisable protective regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do not apply the ‘‘take’’ prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take advantage of these limits, or continue within them. The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection. II. Method of Collection Submissions may be electronically or on paper. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0399. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Federal government; State, local, or tribal government; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 331. 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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: December 4, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Limits of 
Application of the Take Prohibitions

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 February 8, 
2019.

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 Gary Rule, NOAA Fisheries, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd. Suite 
1100, Portland, OR 97232, (503) 230-5424 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et. seq.) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to 
adopt such regulations as it ``deems necessary and advisable to provide 
for the conservation of'' threatened species. Those regulations may 
include any or all of the prohibitions provided in section 9(a)(1) of 
the ESA, which specifically prohibits ``take'' of any endangered 
species (``take'' includes actions that harass, harm, pursue, kill, or 
capture). The first salmonid species listed by NMFS as threatened were 
protected by virtually blanket application of the section 9 take 
prohibitions. There are now 23 separate Distinct Population Segments 
(DPS) of west coast salmonids listed as threatened, covering a large 
percentage of the land base in California, Oregon, Washington and 
Idaho. NMFS is obligated to enact necessary and advisable protective 
regulations. NMFS makes section 9 prohibitions generally applicable to 
many of those threatened DPS, but also seeks to respond to requests 
from states and others to both provide more guidance on how to protect 
threatened salmonids and avoid take, and to limit the application of 
take prohibitions wherever warranted (see 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005, 
71 FR 834, January 5, 2006, and 73 FR 55451, September 25, 2008). The 
regulations describe programs or circumstances that contribute to the 
conservation of, or are being conducted in a way that limits impacts 
on, listed salmonids. Because we have determined that such programs/
circumstances adequately protect listed salmonids, the regulations do 
not apply the ``take'' prohibitions to them. Some of these limits on 
the take prohibitions entail voluntary submission of a plan to NMFS 
and/or annual or occasional reports by entities wishing to take 
advantage of these limits, or continue within them.
    The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply 
to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements 
regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information 
collection.

II. Method of Collection

    Submissions may be electronically or on paper.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0399.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Federal government; State, local, or tribal 
government; business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 331.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 hours for a diversion screening 
limit project; 20 hours for a road maintenance agreement; 30 hours for 
an urban development package; 20 hours for a tribal plan; 10 hours for 
a fishery harvest plan; 5 hours for a report of aided, salvaged, or 
disposed of salmonids; 2 hours for research permits; 5 hours for 
artificial propagation plans; and 2 hours for annual reports.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 935.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $580.

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: December 4, 2018.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-26683 Filed 12-7-18; 8:45 am]
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