Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Trawl Logbook Requirement, 7890-7891 [2019-03895]

Download as PDF 7890 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / Notices amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES marine mammals through impacts to habitat. D Injury—no marine mammals would experience Level A harassment. D Behavioral disturbance—only harbor seals would experience behavioral disturbance from the CBJ’s Juneau Dock and Harbor waterfront improvement project. However, as discussed earlier, the area to be affected is small and the duration of the project is short. No other marine mammal species is expected to experience Level B harassment. D No important habitat for marine mammals exist in the vicinity of the project area. Therefore, the overall impacts are expected to be insignificant. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the monitoring and mitigation measures, NMFS preliminarily finds that the total take from the proposed activity will have a negligible impact on all affected marine mammal species or stocks. Small Numbers As noted above, only small numbers of incidental take may be authorized under Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA for specified activities other than military readiness activities. The MMPA does not define small numbers and so, in practice, NMFS compares the number of individuals anticipated to be taken to the most appropriate estimation of the relevant species or stock size in our determination of whether an authorization would be limited to small numbers of marine mammals. The estimated take of harbor seal would be 35 percent of the population, if each single take were a unique individual. However, this is highly unlikely because the harbor seal in the vicinity of the project area shows site fidelity to small areas for periods of time that can extend between seasons. As discussed earlier, there are one to two resident harbor seals in the project vicinity and are observed within the action area on a regular basis. In addition, a smaller amount of harbor seals have been observed near the DIPAC salmon hatchery which is approximately 5 km north of the project area. Therefore, the total maximum number of individual harbor seals at the project area that could be affect by inwater pile driving during a typical day is assumed to be 43 individuals. Based on the analysis contained herein of the proposed activity (including the prescribed mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Mar 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 NMFS preliminarily finds that small numbers of each species or stock will be taken relative to the population size of the affected species or stocks. Unmitigable Adverse Impact Subsistence Analysis and Determination The proposed Project will occur near but not overlap the subsistence areas in Juneau. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) was contacted by CBJ regarding subsistence uses in Gastineau Channel and it was confirmed that Gastineau Channel is not a subsistence use area for harbor seals (CBJ, 2018). Therefore, the proposed project will not adversely impact the availability of any marine mammal species or stocks that are commonly used for subsistence purposes in the Juneau area. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on subsistence activities, and taking into consideration the implementation of the monitoring and mitigation measures, NMFS preliminarily finds that the proposed activity will not have unmitigable adverse impact on subsistence use of marine mammals in the project area. Endangered Species Act (ESA) No incidental take of ESA-listed species is proposed for authorization or expected to result from this activity. Therefore, NMFS has determined that formal consultation under section 7 of the ESA is not required for this action. Proposed Authorization As a result of these preliminary determinations, NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to CBJ for conducting Juneau Dock and Harbor waterfront improvement project in Juneau, Alaska, between June 15, 2019, and June 14, 2020, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. A draft of the proposed IHA can be found at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act. Request for Public Comments We request comment on our analyses, the proposed authorization, and any other aspect of this Notice of Proposed IHA for the proposed CBJ Dock and Harbor waterfront improvement project. We also request comment on the potential for renewal of this proposed IHA as described in the paragraph below. Please include with your comments any supporting data or literature citations to help inform our PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 final decision on the request for MMPA authorization. On a case-by-case basis, NMFS may issue a second one-year IHA without additional notice when (1) another year of identical or nearly identical activities as described in the Specified Activities section is planned or (2) the activities would not be completed by the time the IHA expires and a second IHA would allow for completion of the activities beyond that described in the Dates and Duration section, provided all of the following conditions are met: • A request for renewal is received no later than 60 days prior to expiration of the current IHA; and • The request for renewal must include the following: (1) An explanation that the activities to be conducted beyond the initial dates either are identical to the previously analyzed activities or include changes so minor (e.g., reduction in pile size) that the changes do not affect the previous analyses, take estimates, or mitigation and monitoring requirements; and (2) A preliminary monitoring report showing the results of the required monitoring to date and an explanation showing that the monitoring results do not indicate impacts of a scale or nature not previously analyzed or authorized. Upon review of the request for renewal, the status of the affected species or stocks, and any other pertinent information, NMFS determines that there are no more than minor changes in the activities, the mitigation and monitoring measures remain the same and appropriate, and the original findings remain valid. Dated: February 28, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–03930 Filed 3–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Trawl Logbook Requirement National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / Notices amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 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 May 6, 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 Keeley Kent, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle, WA, 98115–6349, (206) 526–4655 or keeley.kent@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for a new information collection. The success of fisheries management programs depends significantly on the availability of fishery data. Currently, the states of Washington, Oregon, and California administer a trawl logbook on behalf of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The log used is a standard format developed by the Council to collect information necessary to effectively manage the fishery on a coast-wide basis. The trawl logbook collects haul-level effort data including tow time, tow location, depth of catch, net type, target strategy, and estimated pounds of fish retained per tow. Each trawl log represents a single fishing trip. The state of California repealed their requirement, effective April 1, 2019, therefore, NMFS must create a federal requirement in order to not lose logbook coverage from trawl vessels in California. This new federal requirement will duplicate the logbook structure and process that the state of California was using in order to minimize disruption or confusion for fishery participants. Under this rule, NMFS will contract with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) to distribute and collect the same logbook these fishermen have been using previously. These data are used regularly by NMFS, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, NMFS Office of Law Enforcement, and the Coast Guard for fisheries management and enforcement. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Mar 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 II. Method of Collection Vessels using trawl gear in a state without a state requirement for the completion and submission of the logbook will be required to complete and submit a logbook on their haul-level effort to the PSMFC. This logbook will be provided to these vessels by the PSMFC along with pre-addressed stamped envelopes to return the completed logbooks every month. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–XXXX. Form Number(s): Unassigned. Type of Review: New collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 27. Estimated Time Per Response: 8 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 64 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $81.00 for materials. 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 and whether the information shall have practical utility) 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. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–03895 Filed 3–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the Board of Advisors (BOA) to the President of the Naval War College (NWC) Subcommittee AGENCY: PO 00000 Department of the Navy, DoD. Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: 7891 Notice. The Department of Defense (DoD) is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the President of the Naval War College Subcommittee Board of Advisors will be held. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jaye Panza, Designated Federal Official, 1 University Circle, Code 00H, Monterey, CA, 93943–5001, telephone number 831–656–2514. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting is being held under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102–3.140 and 102–3.150. The purpose of the Board is to advise and assist the President, NWC, in educational and support areas, providing independent advice and recommendations on items such as, but not limited to, organizational management, curricula, methods of instruction, facilities, student and faculty morale, and other matters of interest. The agenda for Thursday is as follows: 8:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Call to Order, Chairman Instructions 8:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Discussion with NWC President 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Meet with NWC Students 1:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Board Discussion 2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Meet with NWC Faculty 3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Annual FACA Board Member Ethics Training 4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Board Business 4:30 p.m. Adjourn The agenda for Friday is as follows: 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Round table discussion on Interest Items 11:00 a.m. Closing remarks, Meeting Adjourned SUMMARY: Individuals without a DoD Government Common Access Card require an escort at the meeting location. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. For access, E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 43 (Tuesday, March 5, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast 
Region Trawl Logbook Requirement

AGENCY: National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, 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

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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 May 6, 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 Keeley Kent, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 
Sand Point Way NE, Building 1, Seattle, WA, 98115-6349, (206) 526-4655 
or keeley.kent@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The success of fisheries management programs depends significantly 
on the availability of fishery data. Currently, the states of 
Washington, Oregon, and California administer a trawl logbook on behalf 
of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA's National 
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The log used is a standard format 
developed by the Council to collect information necessary to 
effectively manage the fishery on a coast-wide basis. The trawl logbook 
collects haul-level effort data including tow time, tow location, depth 
of catch, net type, target strategy, and estimated pounds of fish 
retained per tow. Each trawl log represents a single fishing trip. The 
state of California repealed their requirement, effective April 1, 
2019, therefore, NMFS must create a federal requirement in order to not 
lose logbook coverage from trawl vessels in California.
    This new federal requirement will duplicate the logbook structure 
and process that the state of California was using in order to minimize 
disruption or confusion for fishery participants. Under this rule, NMFS 
will contract with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission 
(PSMFC) to distribute and collect the same logbook these fishermen have 
been using previously. These data are used regularly by NMFS, the 
Pacific Fishery Management Council, the West Coast Groundfish Observer 
Program, NMFS Office of Law Enforcement, and the Coast Guard for 
fisheries management and enforcement.

II. Method of Collection

    Vessels using trawl gear in a state without a state requirement for 
the completion and submission of the logbook will be required to 
complete and submit a logbook on their haul-level effort to the PSMFC. 
This logbook will be provided to these vessels by the PSMFC along with 
pre-addressed stamped envelopes to return the completed logbooks every 
month.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-XXXX.
    Form Number(s): Unassigned.
    Type of Review: New collection.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 27.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 8 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 64 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $81.00 for materials.

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 and whether the information shall have 
practical utility) 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.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Financial 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-03895 Filed 3-4-19; 8:45 am]
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