Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Council Cooperative Annual Reports, 35099-35100 [2019-15492]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 140 / Monday, July 22, 2019 / Notices designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the ESA Interagency Cooperation Division whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. The NMFS Office of Protected Resources Interagency Cooperation Division issued a Biological Opinion on July 10, 2019, under section 7 of the ESA, on the issuance of an IHA to LDEO under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA by the NMFS Permits and Conservation Division. The Biological Opinion concluded that the proposed action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of sei whale, fin whale, blue whale, sperm whale, humpback whale (Central America DPS and Mexico DPS), and Guadalupe fur seal, and is not likely to destroy or modify critical habitat of listed species because no critical habitat exists for these species in the action area. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to L-DEO for the potential harassment of small numbers of 26 marine mammal species incidental to a marine geophysical survey in the Northeast Pacific, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting are incorporated. Dated: July 17, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15516 Filed 7–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Council Cooperative Annual 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 September 20, 2019. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:11 Jul 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, Government Information Specialist, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668, Telephone (907) 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has developed cooperative programs as options in several fishery catch share programs. As part of cooperative programs, the Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have required or requested that the cooperatives submit annual reports detailing various fishery activities. These reports are intended to be a resource for the Council to track the effectiveness of cooperatives and their ability to meet the Council’s goals, and as way for NMFS to monitor the internal fishery management practices of cooperatives. Additionally, they are a tool for the cooperatives to provide feedback on the programs. This collection covers the following required and voluntary cooperative and intercooperative reports, agreements, and plans: • The Alaska Crab Rationalization Program Cooperative Annual Report is voluntary and provides information about measures taken by cooperatives to increase the availability of crab quota share (QS) for transfer to active participants and crew members in the fishery, as well as actions to decrease high QS lease rates and improve low crew compensation. • The Rockfish Program Cooperative Annual Report is a required summary of cooperative harvests, retention, discards, monitoring methods, and disciplinary actions made within each Rockfish Program cooperative. Additionally, it contains voluntary PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35099 reporting requirements including monthly chinook bycatch by origin, and intertemporal harvest information. • The Amendment 80 Cooperative Annual Report is a required summary of cooperative harvests, discards, monitoring methods, disciplinary actions taken against non-compliant members, groundfish retention calculations, and a third-party audit. Voluntary elements of the report include catch from the Northern Bristol Bay Trawl Area, fleet catch capacity over time, and intertemporal harvest information. An additional voluntary element was added to this report in 2019 requesting information on cooperatives or other measures implemented to reduced bycatch in the BSAI yellowfin sole Trawl Limited Access Sector fishery by A80 participants. • The Amendment 80 Halibut Prohibited Species Catch (PSC) Management Plan is a voluntary collection providing information to the Council about fishery cooperative halibut avoidance practices, communication between participating harvesters, use of halibut excluders, deck sorting, bycatch performance assessment of individual boats, incentives to reduce bycatch, and consequences for substandard performance. • The Amendment 80 Halibut Bycatch Avoidance Progress Report is voluntary and intended to inform the Council about non-regulatory methods used within A80 fishery cooperatives to reduce and avoid halibut bycatch in BSAI groundfish fisheries. • The American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Agreement is voluntary and includes fishery allocations of cooperative members, penalties to members that exceed them, monitoring methods, limits on the amount of cod harvested by certain vessels, procedures for intercooperative sideboard transfers, and incentives for prohibited species catch reduction. • The American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Report is voluntary and provides information about cooperative Bering Sea pollock fishery allocations, harvest, salmon bycatch reduction measures, groundfish sideboards, and prohibited species catch. • The American Fisheries Act Cooperative Annual Report (moved from 0678–0401) is required and must report the cooperative’s pollock and sideboard allocations, sub-allocations made to individual vessels, retained and discarded catch, monitoring methods, actions taken against non-compliant members, any pollock landed outside of E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 35100 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 140 / Monday, July 22, 2019 / Notices the State of Alaska, and chinook bycatch including a list of vessels with the highest bycatch rates. An additional voluntary element was added to this report in 2019 requesting information on cooperatives or other measures implemented to reduce bycatch in the BSAI yellowfin sole Trawl Limited Access Sector fishery by AFA participants. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 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; Jkt 247001 [FR Doc. 2019–15492 Filed 7–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0678. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 26. Estimated Time per Response: Alaska Crab Rationalization Cooperative Annual Report, 30 hours; Rockfish Program Cooperative Annual Report, 45 hours; Amendment 80 Cooperative Annual Report, 40 hours; Amendment 80 Halibut Bycatch Avoidance Progress Report, 40 hours; Amendment 80 Halibut PSC Management Plan, 12 hours; American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Agreement, 40 hours; American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Report, 8 hours; American Fisheries Act Cooperative Annual Report, 8 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 797 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $3,819 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. 19:11 Jul 19, 2019 Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE II. Method of Collection Methods of submittal include text attachments to email, mail, and facsimile transmission. VerDate Sep<11>2014 they also will become a matter of public record. [0648–XR025] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program (YTFP) has submitted a Tribal Research and Monitoring Plan (Tribal Plan) and associated application to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Tribal Plans promulgated under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan and associated application describe research and monitoring activities that may affect ESA-listed Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon in California. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of this listed species and to help guide management and conservation efforts. This document serves to notify the public that the proposed evaluation and pending determination by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) as to whether the implementation of the Tribal Plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of SONCC coho salmon is available for public comment. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on August 21, 2019. Comments received after this date and time may not be accepted. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending determination should be addressed to NMFS (Attn: Jeff Abrams), West Coast Region, California Coastal Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, California 95521. Comments may be submitted by email addressed to: Jeff.Abrams@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email the following identifier: Comments on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Yurok Tribal Plan. Comments may also be sent via fax to (707) 825–4840. Comments received will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by calling Jeff Abrams: (707) 825– 5186. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Abrams (phone: (707) 825–5186, fax: (707) 825–4840, email: Jeff.Abrams@ noaa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): Threatened (70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005), naturally produced and artificially propagated SONCC coho salmon. Background The YTFP submitted a Tribal Plan to NMFS for scientific research and monitoring they propose to conduct within the Lower Klamath River and its tributaries, which are within the range of SONCC coho salmon. The Tribal Plan identifies a variety of research and assessment activities intended to provide the technical basis for fisheries and watershed management, and conserving and restoring salmon stocks and their habitat. The majority of the YTFP proposed research is motivated by a need to improve understanding of salmonid freshwater survival. Many of the proposed activities are also intended to provide information to help plan, implement, and monitor habitat protection and restoration efforts. The Tribal Plan includes implementation, monitoring, and evaluation procedures designed to ensure that the research is consistent with the objectives of the ESA. The research activities described in the Tribal Plan would take place over a five-year period starting in 2019. As required by a rule promulgated under ESA section 4(d) related to Tribal Plans (65 FR 42481, July 10, 2000, as redesignated at 70 FR 37203, June 28, 2005; Tribal Plan 4(d) rule), the Secretary is seeking public comment on the proposed evaluation and pending determination as to whether implementation of the Tribal Plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of SONCC coho salmon. Authority Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary is required to adopt such regulations as the Secretary deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. The Tribal Plan 4(d) rule states that the ESA section 9 take E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Council 
Cooperative Annual Reports

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 September 20, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, Government 
Information Specialist, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, 
NC 28801 (or via the internet at [email protected]). Comments will 
generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable 
Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by 
the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential 
Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. 
You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, 
Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668, Telephone (907) 586-
7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has 
developed cooperative programs as options in several fishery catch 
share programs. As part of cooperative programs, the Council and the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have required or requested 
that the cooperatives submit annual reports detailing various fishery 
activities. These reports are intended to be a resource for the Council 
to track the effectiveness of cooperatives and their ability to meet 
the Council's goals, and as way for NMFS to monitor the internal 
fishery management practices of cooperatives. Additionally, they are a 
tool for the cooperatives to provide feedback on the programs. This 
collection covers the following required and voluntary cooperative and 
inter-cooperative reports, agreements, and plans:
     The Alaska Crab Rationalization Program Cooperative Annual 
Report is voluntary and provides information about measures taken by 
cooperatives to increase the availability of crab quota share (QS) for 
transfer to active participants and crew members in the fishery, as 
well as actions to decrease high QS lease rates and improve low crew 
compensation.
     The Rockfish Program Cooperative Annual Report is a 
required summary of cooperative harvests, retention, discards, 
monitoring methods, and disciplinary actions made within each Rockfish 
Program cooperative. Additionally, it contains voluntary reporting 
requirements including monthly chinook bycatch by origin, and 
intertemporal harvest information.
     The Amendment 80 Cooperative Annual Report is a required 
summary of cooperative harvests, discards, monitoring methods, 
disciplinary actions taken against non-compliant members, groundfish 
retention calculations, and a third-party audit. Voluntary elements of 
the report include catch from the Northern Bristol Bay Trawl Area, 
fleet catch capacity over time, and intertemporal harvest information. 
An additional voluntary element was added to this report in 2019 
requesting information on cooperatives or other measures implemented to 
reduced bycatch in the BSAI yellowfin sole Trawl Limited Access Sector 
fishery by A80 participants.
     The Amendment 80 Halibut Prohibited Species Catch (PSC) 
Management Plan is a voluntary collection providing information to the 
Council about fishery cooperative halibut avoidance practices, 
communication between participating harvesters, use of halibut 
excluders, deck sorting, bycatch performance assessment of individual 
boats, incentives to reduce bycatch, and consequences for substandard 
performance.
     The Amendment 80 Halibut Bycatch Avoidance Progress Report 
is voluntary and intended to inform the Council about non-regulatory 
methods used within A80 fishery cooperatives to reduce and avoid 
halibut bycatch in BSAI groundfish fisheries.
     The American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative 
Agreement is voluntary and includes fishery allocations of cooperative 
members, penalties to members that exceed them, monitoring methods, 
limits on the amount of cod harvested by certain vessels, procedures 
for intercooperative sideboard transfers, and incentives for prohibited 
species catch reduction.
     The American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative 
Report is voluntary and provides information about cooperative Bering 
Sea pollock fishery allocations, harvest, salmon bycatch reduction 
measures, groundfish sideboards, and prohibited species catch.
     The American Fisheries Act Cooperative Annual Report 
(moved from 0678-0401) is required and must report the cooperative's 
pollock and sideboard allocations, sub-allocations made to individual 
vessels, retained and discarded catch, monitoring methods, actions 
taken against non-compliant members, any pollock landed outside of

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the State of Alaska, and chinook bycatch including a list of vessels 
with the highest bycatch rates. An additional voluntary element was 
added to this report in 2019 requesting information on cooperatives or 
other measures implemented to reduce bycatch in the BSAI yellowfin sole 
Trawl Limited Access Sector fishery by AFA participants.

II. Method of Collection

    Methods of submittal include text attachments to email, mail, and 
facsimile transmission.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0678.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Revision and extension of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 26.
    Estimated Time per Response: Alaska Crab Rationalization 
Cooperative Annual Report, 30 hours; Rockfish Program Cooperative 
Annual Report, 45 hours; Amendment 80 Cooperative Annual Report, 40 
hours; Amendment 80 Halibut Bycatch Avoidance Progress Report, 40 
hours; Amendment 80 Halibut PSC Management Plan, 12 hours; American 
Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Agreement, 40 hours; 
American Fisheries Act Catcher Vessel Intercooperative Report, 8 hours; 
American Fisheries Act Cooperative Annual Report, 8 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 797 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $3,819 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.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-15492 Filed 7-19-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P