Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, Level A Stranding Report, Rehabilitation Disposition Data Sheet, and Human Interaction Form, 68144-68145 [2019-26829]

Download as PDF 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices implementation of this mandate of the MMPA. Specifically, the data from the Marine Mammal Stranding Report (MMSR) forms provide NMFS with information on the morphology, life history, biology, general health, health and stranding trends, causes of mortality, and distribution of marine mammal species. These data provide information which may help in making assessments on the status of population stocks. Recording data on gross mortalities may serve as an indicator that a particular population is impacted, threatened or at increased risk, and when provided in a timely manner, aid in dynamic management practices. Stranding data also provide an important baseline for detecting and monitoring the impacts of environmental phenomena, such as El Nin˜o and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Minor edits to the current version of the form are proposed, including beginning to collect live, entangled large whale data in this data collection and streamlining the confidence codes. The Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Disposition Report (MMRDR) provides NMFS with information on the disposition of animals brought in for rehabilitation, the success of medical treatment, and the number of animals released. This information will assist the Agency in tracking marine mammals that move into captive display and in the monitoring of rehabilitation and release. The data will also be used to assess the burden on stranding network centers. This form will be filled out only in the case of live-stranded marine mammals. The form will be required from rehabilitation centers in all five NMFS Regions. Each of the NMFS regions approves and issues a Letter of Agreement (LOA) or other form of agreement to marine mammal rehabilitation centers under § 112(c) of the MMPA, which allows the Secretary to enter into agreements in order to fulfill the general purposes of the Act, and under § 403 of the MMPA, which provides specific authority to enter into such stranding response agreements. These data will be monitored as part of the Rehabilitation Facilities Inspection (RFI) program. No changes are proposed to this form. The Human Interaction Data Sheet will provide NMFS with consistent and detailed information on signs of human interaction in stranded marine mammals. This form also includes a subjective section that allows the examiner to evaluate the likelihood that human interaction contributed to the stranding of the animal. This information will assist the Agency in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 tracking resource conflicts and will provide a solid scientific foundation for conservation and management of marine mammals. With a better understanding of interactions, appropriate measures can be taken to resolve conflicts and stranding data are the best source of information regarding the occurrence of different types of human interaction. No changes are proposed for this form. Paper applications, electronic reports, and telephone calls are required from participants, and methods of submittal include internet through the NMFS National Marine Mammal Stranding Database; facsimile transmission of paper forms; or mailed copies of forms. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0178. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: State governments; not-for-profit institutions; business or other for-profits organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 400. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for Stranding Reports and Rehabilitation Disposition Forms; 45 minutes for the Human Interaction Data Sheet. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,600. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $203.45. 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; Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 2019–26829 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE II. Method of Collection PO 00000 68145 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Rationalization Social Study. OMB Control Number: 0648–0606. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of an existing collection). Number of Respondents: 410. Average Hours per Response: 1. Burden Hours: 127. Needs and Uses: NOAA Fisheries needs to comply with legal requirements in the Magnuson Stevens Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Executive Order 12898, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act to account for the sustained participation and the impacts of individuals and fishing communities participating in the use of marine resources and fishing activities. In order to fully understand the impacts of fisheries management actions on participating individuals and communities, it is necessary to communicate with them, and maintain a regular standard of monitoring. This is accomplished through surveys to see if any impacts that have been identified have changed or been addressed. This survey identifies sociocultural impacts of the catch shares program, which extends beyond income and fishing indicators, and identifies quality of life and family impacts that can be directly attributed to changes in behaviors related to fishing regulations. Survey participants are able to communicate their successes and concerns. New data collections are compared to past data collections to measure change over time as well as identify new trends occurring E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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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

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of 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 Stephen Manley, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 
East-West Highway, #13604, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 427-8476 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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

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implementation of this mandate of the MMPA.
    Specifically, the data from the Marine Mammal Stranding Report 
(MMSR) forms provide NMFS with information on the morphology, life 
history, biology, general health, health and stranding trends, causes 
of mortality, and distribution of marine mammal species. These data 
provide information which may help in making assessments on the status 
of population stocks. Recording data on gross mortalities may serve as 
an indicator that a particular population is impacted, threatened or at 
increased risk, and when provided in a timely manner, aid in dynamic 
management practices. Stranding data also provide an important baseline 
for detecting and monitoring the impacts of environmental phenomena, 
such as El Ni[ntilde]o and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Minor edits to 
the current version of the form are proposed, including beginning to 
collect live, entangled large whale data in this data collection and 
streamlining the confidence codes.
    The Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Disposition Report (MMRDR) 
provides NMFS with information on the disposition of animals brought in 
for rehabilitation, the success of medical treatment, and the number of 
animals released. This information will assist the Agency in tracking 
marine mammals that move into captive display and in the monitoring of 
rehabilitation and release. The data will also be used to assess the 
burden on stranding network centers. This form will be filled out only 
in the case of live-stranded marine mammals. The form will be required 
from rehabilitation centers in all five NMFS Regions. Each of the NMFS 
regions approves and issues a Letter of Agreement (LOA) or other form 
of agreement to marine mammal rehabilitation centers under Sec.  112(c) 
of the MMPA, which allows the Secretary to enter into agreements in 
order to fulfill the general purposes of the Act, and under Sec.  403 
of the MMPA, which provides specific authority to enter into such 
stranding response agreements. These data will be monitored as part of 
the Rehabilitation Facilities Inspection (RFI) program. No changes are 
proposed to this form.
    The Human Interaction Data Sheet will provide NMFS with consistent 
and detailed information on signs of human interaction in stranded 
marine mammals. This form also includes a subjective section that 
allows the examiner to evaluate the likelihood that human interaction 
contributed to the stranding of the animal. This information will 
assist the Agency in tracking resource conflicts and will provide a 
solid scientific foundation for conservation and management of marine 
mammals. With a better understanding of interactions, appropriate 
measures can be taken to resolve conflicts and stranding data are the 
best source of information regarding the occurrence of different types 
of human interaction. No changes are proposed for this form.

II. Method of Collection

    Paper applications, electronic reports, and telephone calls are 
required from participants, and methods of submittal include internet 
through the NMFS National Marine Mammal Stranding Database; facsimile 
transmission of paper forms; or mailed copies of forms.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0178.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Affected Public: State governments; not-for-profit institutions; 
business or other for-profits organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 400.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for Stranding Reports and 
Rehabilitation Disposition Forms; 45 minutes for the Human Interaction 
Data Sheet.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,600.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $203.45.

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. 2019-26829 Filed 12-12-19; 8:45 am]
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