Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program Permit and License Information Collection, 53108-53109 [2019-21622]

Download as PDF 53108 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 193 / Friday, October 4, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The SEDAR 60 In-person Workshop is being held to address both data and assessment concerns. The items for discussion could include: 1. Participants could evaluate all available data and select appropriate sources for providing information on life history characteristics, catch statistics, discard estimates, length and age composition, and fishery independent and fishery dependent measures of stock abundance, as specified in the Terms of Reference for the workshop, to develop an assessment data set and associated documentation. 2. Participants might then consider methods and configuration options for models, recommend assessment methods (i.e., model types) to pursue for potential base model configuration, identify likely issues to be addressed and evaluated in developing the base model, review base model alternatives and recommend a base model approach and configuration. Participants could also, recommend sensitivities and uncertainty evaluations, review continuity, sensitivities and uncertainty evaluations, recommend projection approaches and configuration and review projection results. The In person Workshop is open to the public. Additional information about SEDAR 60, including a public comment form is available from the SEDAR website at: http://sedarweb.org/ sedar-60. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the SAFMC office (see ADDRESSES) at least 10 business days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Oct 03, 2019 Jkt 250001 Dated: October 1, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–21653 Filed 10–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program Permit and License Information Collection 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 3, 2019. SUMMARY: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or at PRAcomments@doc.gov). All comments received are part of the public record. 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. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Jahnava Duryea, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Central Valley Office, 650 Capital Mall, Suite 5–100, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 930–3725 or via email at jahnava.duryea@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requests comments on the extension of a currently approved information collection for the West PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Coast Region’s Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., provides that the Secretary of Commerce is responsible for the conservation and management of marine fisheries resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3–200 miles) of the United States. NMFS West Coast Region manages the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). In January 2011, NMFS implemented a trawl rationalization program, which is a catch share program, for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Trawl Fishery. The program was implemented through Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP and the corresponding implementing regulations at 50 CFR part 660. Amendment 20 established the trawl rationalization program that consists of an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shorebased trawl fleet (including whiting and nonwhiting sectors) and cooperative programs for the at-sea mothership and catcher/ processor trawl fleets (whiting only). Amendment 21 set long-term allocations for the limited entry trawl sectors of certain groundfish species. Under the trawl rationalization program, new permits, accounts, endorsements and licenses were established. These consist of: Quota share (QS) permits/accounts, vessel accounts, first receiver site licenses, mothership endorsements on certain limited entry trawl permits, mothership catcher vessel endorsements on certain limited entry trawl permits, catcher/ processor endorsements on certain limited entry trawl permits, a mothership cooperative permit, and a catcher/processor cooperative permit. NMFS collects information from program participants required to: (1) Establish new permits, accounts, and licenses; (2) renew permits, accounts, and licenses; (3) allow trading of QS percentages and quota pounds (QP) in online QS and vessel accounts, and allow transfer of catch history assignments between limited entry trawl permits; (4) track compliance with program control limits; and (5) implement other features of the regulations pertaining to permits and licenses. As part of its fishery management responsibilities, NMFS requires this information to determine whether a respondent complies with regulations that pertain to the issuance, renewal, E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 193 / Friday, October 4, 2019 / Notices and transfer and use of quota. Identification of the participants of the trawl rationalization program, their gear types, descriptions of their vessels, and activity levels are needed to control and determine the extent of fishing and to track inseason quota use. Collection of this information also allows NMFS to equitably manage annual shorebased trawl allocations for the fishery and enforce control limits such that no person may own or control, or have a controlling influence over, quota for any individual species that exceeds the Shorebased IFQ Program accumulation limits. NMFS requests comments on the extension of these permit information collections. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection Information is collected by mail and electronically. The following information is collected by mail: QS permit application forms; late QS permit renewals; vessel account registration requests; late vessel account renewals; trawl identification of ownership interest forms for new applicants, mothership catcher vessel endorsed limited entry permit owners, and mothership permit owners; first receiver site license application forms; mothership permit renewal forms; mothership permit change of vessel registration, permit owner, or vessel owner application forms; mothership cooperative permit application forms; change of mothership catcher vessel endorsement and catch history assignment registration forms; mutual agreement exception forms; mothership withdrawal forms; catcher/processor cooperative permit application forms; material change forms; and QS abandonment requests. The following information is collected electronically: QS permit renewals; QS percent transfers; QP transfers from a QS account to a vessel account; vessel account renewals; QP transfers from a vessel account to another vessel account; and trawl identification of ownership interest forms for online QS and vessel account renewals. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0620. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; non-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 410. Estimated Time per Response: QS permit/account application form—30 minutes; QS permit/account online VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Oct 03, 2019 Jkt 250001 renewal—10 minutes; QS permit/ account late renewal form—15 minutes; QS transfer—10 minutes; QP transfer from QS account to vessel account—8 minutes; vessel account registration request—15 minutes; vessel account online renewal—10 minutes; vessel account late renewal form—15 minutes; QP transfer from vessel account to another vessel account—8 minutes; trawl identification of ownership interest form for new entrants—45 minutes; trawl identification of ownership interest form for renewals— 5 minutes; first receiver site license application form for new entrants—210 minutes; first receiver site license application form for re-registering license holders—110 minutes; mothership permit renewal form—20 minutes; mothership permit change of vessel registration, permit owner, or vessel owner application form—45 minutes; mothership cooperative permit application form—240 minutes; change of mothership catcher vessel endorsement and catch history assignment registration form—45 minutes; mutual agreement exception— 60 minutes; mothership withdrawal— 120 minutes; catcher/processor cooperative permit application form— 120 minutes; QS abandonment request—10 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 640. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $12,475. 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; PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53109 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. 2019–21622 Filed 10–3–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XV092 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Joint Scallop Advisory Panel and Plan Development Team to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel, 222 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740; phone: (508) 999–1292. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Agenda The Joint Scallop Advisory Panel and Plan Development Team will review Framework (FW) 32 alternatives and analyses. The primary focus of this meeting will be to provide input on the range of specification alternatives. FW 32 will set specifications including ABC/ACLs, days-at-sea, access area allocations, total allowable catch for the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) management area, targets for General Category incidental catch, and set-asides for the observer and research programs for fishing year 2019 and default specifications for fishing year 2020. Management measures in FW 32 E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program Permit and License Information 
Collection

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 3, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, 
NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or at 
[email protected]). All comments received are part of the public 
record. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Jahnava Duryea, National Marine Fisheries Service, 
California Central Valley Office, 650 Capital Mall, Suite 5-100, 
Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 930-3725 or via email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requests comments on 
the extension of a currently approved information collection for the 
West Coast Region's Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization 
Program.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 
U.S.C. 1801 et seq., provides that the Secretary of Commerce is 
responsible for the conservation and management of marine fisheries 
resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 miles) of the United 
States. NMFS West Coast Region manages the Pacific Coast Groundfish 
Fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coasts of 
Washington, Oregon, and California under the Pacific Coast Groundfish 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
    In January 2011, NMFS implemented a trawl rationalization program, 
which is a catch share program, for the Pacific Coast Groundfish 
Limited Entry Trawl Fishery. The program was implemented through 
Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP and the 
corresponding implementing regulations at 50 CFR part 660. Amendment 20 
established the trawl rationalization program that consists of an 
individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shorebased trawl fleet 
(including whiting and nonwhiting sectors) and cooperative programs for 
the at-sea mothership and catcher/processor trawl fleets (whiting 
only). Amendment 21 set long-term allocations for the limited entry 
trawl sectors of certain groundfish species.
    Under the trawl rationalization program, new permits, accounts, 
endorsements and licenses were established. These consist of: Quota 
share (QS) permits/accounts, vessel accounts, first receiver site 
licenses, mothership endorsements on certain limited entry trawl 
permits, mothership catcher vessel endorsements on certain limited 
entry trawl permits, catcher/processor endorsements on certain limited 
entry trawl permits, a mothership cooperative permit, and a catcher/
processor cooperative permit. NMFS collects information from program 
participants required to: (1) Establish new permits, accounts, and 
licenses; (2) renew permits, accounts, and licenses; (3) allow trading 
of QS percentages and quota pounds (QP) in online QS and vessel 
accounts, and allow transfer of catch history assignments between 
limited entry trawl permits; (4) track compliance with program control 
limits; and (5) implement other features of the regulations pertaining 
to permits and licenses.
    As part of its fishery management responsibilities, NMFS requires 
this information to determine whether a respondent complies with 
regulations that pertain to the issuance, renewal,

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and transfer and use of quota. Identification of the participants of 
the trawl rationalization program, their gear types, descriptions of 
their vessels, and activity levels are needed to control and determine 
the extent of fishing and to track inseason quota use. Collection of 
this information also allows NMFS to equitably manage annual shorebased 
trawl allocations for the fishery and enforce control limits such that 
no person may own or control, or have a controlling influence over, 
quota for any individual species that exceeds the Shorebased IFQ 
Program accumulation limits. NMFS requests comments on the extension of 
these permit information collections.

II. Method of Collection

    Information is collected by mail and electronically.
    The following information is collected by mail: QS permit 
application forms; late QS permit renewals; vessel account registration 
requests; late vessel account renewals; trawl identification of 
ownership interest forms for new applicants, mothership catcher vessel 
endorsed limited entry permit owners, and mothership permit owners; 
first receiver site license application forms; mothership permit 
renewal forms; mothership permit change of vessel registration, permit 
owner, or vessel owner application forms; mothership cooperative permit 
application forms; change of mothership catcher vessel endorsement and 
catch history assignment registration forms; mutual agreement exception 
forms; mothership withdrawal forms; catcher/processor cooperative 
permit application forms; material change forms; and QS abandonment 
requests.
    The following information is collected electronically: QS permit 
renewals; QS percent transfers; QP transfers from a QS account to a 
vessel account; vessel account renewals; QP transfers from a vessel 
account to another vessel account; and trawl identification of 
ownership interest forms for online QS and vessel account renewals.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0620.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; non-
profit institutions; State, local, or tribal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 410.
    Estimated Time per Response: QS permit/account application form--30 
minutes; QS permit/account online renewal--10 minutes; QS permit/
account late renewal form--15 minutes; QS transfer--10 minutes; QP 
transfer from QS account to vessel account--8 minutes; vessel account 
registration request--15 minutes; vessel account online renewal--10 
minutes; vessel account late renewal form--15 minutes; QP transfer from 
vessel account to another vessel account--8 minutes; trawl 
identification of ownership interest form for new entrants--45 minutes; 
trawl identification of ownership interest form for renewals--5 
minutes; first receiver site license application form for new 
entrants--210 minutes; first receiver site license application form for 
re-registering license holders--110 minutes; mothership permit renewal 
form--20 minutes; mothership permit change of vessel registration, 
permit owner, or vessel owner application form--45 minutes; mothership 
cooperative permit application form--240 minutes; change of mothership 
catcher vessel endorsement and catch history assignment registration 
form--45 minutes; mutual agreement exception--60 minutes; mothership 
withdrawal--120 minutes; catcher/processor cooperative permit 
application form--120 minutes; QS abandonment request--10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 640.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $12,475.

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. 2019-21622 Filed 10-3-19; 8:45 am]
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