Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation and Management Measures, 68143-68144 [2019-26827]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices an authorization is limited to small numbers of marine mammals. Additionally, other qualitative factors may be considered in the analysis, such as the temporal or spatial scale of the activities. Up to 26.0 percent of the individuals in the harbor seal stock may be taken. When the number of takes of Steller sea lion and California sea lion are compared to the stock abundance, they represent 13.7 and 10.2 percent, respectively—however, the number of takes requested is based on the number of estimated exposures, not necessarily the number of individuals exposed, which could be fewer given that pinnipeds may remain in the general area of the project sites and the same individuals may be harassed multiple times over multiple days, rather than numerous individuals harassed once. Based on the analysis contained herein of the proposed activity (including the proposed mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, NMFS preliminarily finds that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the population size of the affected species or stocks. Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination There are no relevant subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal stocks or species implicated by this action. Therefore, NMFS has determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the NMFS West Coast Region Protected Resources Division Office, whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. No incidental take of ESA-listed marine mammals is authorized or expected to result from issuance of this IHA. Therefore, NMFS has determined that formal consultation under Section 7 of the ESA is not required for this action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to the City of Astoria for the incidental take of marine mammal due to in-water and above-water construction work associated with Phase Two of the Astoria Waterfront Bridge Replacement project in in Astoria, OR from December 9, 2019 to December 8, 2020, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring and reporting requirements are incorporated. Dated: December 9, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26859 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation and Management Measures 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: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the internet 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to MiAe Kim, Office of International Affairs and Seafood SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68143 Inspection, 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 427–8365, mi.ae.kim@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This is a request for revision of an existing information collection. The 1982 Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources established the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the purpose of protecting and conserving the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica. The Convention is based upon an ecosystem approach to the conservation of marine living resources and incorporates standards designed to ensure the conservation of individual populations and species and the Antarctic marine ecosystem as a whole. The United States (U.S.) is a contracting party to the Convention and a member of CCAMLR and the Scientific Committee established by the Convention. On November 8, 1984, the President signed Public Law 98–623, the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act (the Act). The Act directs and authorizes the United States to take actions necessary to meet its treaty obligations as a contracting party to the Convention. The regulations implementing the Act are at 50 CFR part 300, subpart G. The record keeping and reporting requirements at 50 CFR part 300 form the basis for this collection of information. The reporting requirements included in this collection concern CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) activities, scientific research in the CAMLR Convention Area, U.S. vessel permit applicants and/ or harvesting vessel operators, and U.S. importers, exporters, and re-exporters of AMLR. U.S. regulations require U.S. individuals engaged in AMLR harvesting, transshipping, and importing or entering and/or conducting activities in a CEMP site to apply for and hold a permit for such activities. Individuals involved in certain scientific research in the CAMLR Convention Area are required to report information. Members of the Commission are required to provide, in the manner and at such intervals as may be prescribed, information about harvesting activities, including fishing areas and vessels, so as to enable reliable catch and effort statistics to be compiled. As part of U.S. obligations to monitor and control the import, export, and reexport of Antarctic marine living E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 68144 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices resources, NOAA requires dealers to submit applications for pre-approval certifications of imports of frozen Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish (also referred to as Chilean sea bass) and applications for re-exports of these species. These applications are currently available as fillable PDF forms. NOAA is proposing to revise this collection to allow the Application for Pre-Approval Certificate to Import Frozen Toothfish and Application for Re-Export of Toothfish forms be made available in an on-line format. No other part of this collection will be revised. This revision will not affect the number of respondents, responses, burden costs, or burden hours. II. Method of Collection On-line applications would be made available, in addition to the current applications and fillable PDF forms, for use by participants. Methods of transmittal would include the internet and mail or email transmission of forms. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0194. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular (Revision of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Individuals; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 80 dealers. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes to apply for a Pre-Approval Certificate to Import Frozen Toothfish, whether using on-line applications or fillable PDF forms; 15 minutes to complete and submit Application for Re-Export of Toothfish, whether using on-line applications or fillable PDF forms. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 260 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $128,000. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 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, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–26827 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, Level A Stranding Report, Rehabilitation Disposition Data Sheet, and Human Interaction Form National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of 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: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the internet 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. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Stephen Manley, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, #13604, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 427–8476 or stephen.manley@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Abstract This request is for revision and extension of this previously approved data collection. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), who has delegated responsibility under this Act to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, is charged with the protection and management of marine mammals and is responsible for collecting information on marine mammal strandings, which will be compiled and analyzed, by region, to monitor species, numbers, conditions, and causes of illnesses and deaths of stranded animals. The Secretary is also responsible for collection of information on other life history and reference level data, including marine mammal tissue analyses, that would allow comparison of the causes of illness and deaths in stranded marine mammals by physical, chemical, and biological environmental parameters. In addition, determinations must be made on the sustainability of population stocks, on the impact of fisheries and other human activities on marine mammals and endangered species, and on the health of marine mammals and related environmental considerations. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has the responsibility to carry out these mandates. Section 402(b) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1421a) requires the Secretary to collect and update information on strandings. It further provides that the Secretary shall compile and analyze, by region, the species, numbers, conditions, and causes of illnesses and deaths in stranded marine mammals. Section 404(a) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1421c) mandates that the Secretary respond to unusual marine mammal mortality events. Without a historical baseline provided by marine mammal information collected from strandings, detection of such events could be difficult and the investigation could be impeded. Section 401(b) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1421) requires NMFS to facilitate the collection and dissemination of reference data on the health of marine mammal populations in the wild and to correlate health with physical, chemical, and biological environmental parameters. In order to perform this function, NMFS must standardize data collection protocols for health and correlations. Data and samples collected from stranded animals are a critical part of the E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Antarctic 
Marine Living Resources Conservation and Management Measures

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: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be 
submitted on or before February 11, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, 
NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the 
internet 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 MiAe Kim, Office of International Affairs and Seafood 
Inspection, 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 427-
8365, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    This is a request for revision of an existing information 
collection.
    The 1982 Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living 
Resources established the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic 
Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the purpose of protecting and 
conserving the marine living resources in the waters surrounding 
Antarctica. The Convention is based upon an ecosystem approach to the 
conservation of marine living resources and incorporates standards 
designed to ensure the conservation of individual populations and 
species and the Antarctic marine ecosystem as a whole.
    The United States (U.S.) is a contracting party to the Convention 
and a member of CCAMLR and the Scientific Committee established by the 
Convention.
    On November 8, 1984, the President signed Public Law 98-623, the 
Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act (the Act). The Act 
directs and authorizes the United States to take actions necessary to 
meet its treaty obligations as a contracting party to the Convention. 
The regulations implementing the Act are at 50 CFR part 300, subpart G. 
The record keeping and reporting requirements at 50 CFR part 300 form 
the basis for this collection of information. The reporting 
requirements included in this collection concern CCAMLR Ecosystem 
Monitoring Program (CEMP) activities, scientific research in the CAMLR 
Convention Area, U.S. vessel permit applicants and/or harvesting vessel 
operators, and U.S. importers, exporters, and re-exporters of AMLR.
    U.S. regulations require U.S. individuals engaged in AMLR 
harvesting, transshipping, and importing or entering and/or conducting 
activities in a CEMP site to apply for and hold a permit for such 
activities. Individuals involved in certain scientific research in the 
CAMLR Convention Area are required to report information.
    Members of the Commission are required to provide, in the manner 
and at such intervals as may be prescribed, information about 
harvesting activities, including fishing areas and vessels, so as to 
enable reliable catch and effort statistics to be compiled.
    As part of U.S. obligations to monitor and control the import, 
export, and re-export of Antarctic marine living

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resources, NOAA requires dealers to submit applications for pre-
approval certifications of imports of frozen Patagonian and Antarctic 
toothfish (also referred to as Chilean sea bass) and applications for 
re-exports of these species. These applications are currently available 
as fillable PDF forms. NOAA is proposing to revise this collection to 
allow the Application for Pre-Approval Certificate to Import Frozen 
Toothfish and Application for Re-Export of Toothfish forms be made 
available in an on-line format. No other part of this collection will 
be revised. This revision will not affect the number of respondents, 
responses, burden costs, or burden hours.

II. Method of Collection

    On-line applications would be made available, in addition to the 
current applications and fillable PDF forms, for use by participants. 
Methods of transmittal would include the internet and mail or email 
transmission of forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0194.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular (Revision of a currently approved 
collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals; business or other for-profit 
organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 80 dealers.
    Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes to apply for a Pre-Approval 
Certificate to Import Frozen Toothfish, whether using on-line 
applications or fillable PDF forms; 15 minutes to complete and submit 
Application for Re-Export of Toothfish, whether using on-line 
applications or fillable PDF forms.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 260 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $128,000.

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,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-26827 Filed 12-12-19; 8:45 am]
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