Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alaska Region Scale & Catch Weighing Requirements, 36566-36567 [2020-13029]

Download as PDF 36566 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 117 / Wednesday, June 17, 2020 / Notices appropriate valid permit, and proof of identification. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Workshop Objectives The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops are designed to reduce the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the dealer reporting form and increase the accuracy of species-specific dealerreported information. Reducing the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks will improve quota monitoring and the data used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer permit holders or their proxies to properly identify Atlantic shark carcasses. Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops Since January 1, 2007, shark limitedaccess and swordfish limited-access permit holders who fish with longline or gillnet gear have been required to submit a copy of their Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew either permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). These certificate(s) are valid for 3 years. Certificates issued in 2017 will be expiring in 2020. As such, vessel owners who have not already attended a workshop and received a NMFS certificate, or vessel owners whose certificate(s) will expire prior to the next permit renewal, must attend a workshop to fish with, or renew, their swordfish and shark limited-access permits. Additionally, new shark and swordfish limited-access permit applicants who intend to fish with longline or gillnet gear must attend a Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop and submit a copy of their workshop certificate before either of the permits will be issued. Approximately 344 free Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops have been conducted since 2006. In addition to certifying vessel owners, at least one operator on board vessels issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit that uses longline or gillnet gear is required to attend a Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop and receive a certificate. Vessels that have been issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit and that use longline or gillnet gear may not fish unless both the vessel owner and operator have valid workshop certificates onboard at all times. Vessel operators who have not already attended a workshop and received a NMFS certificate, or vessel operators whose certificate(s) will expire prior to their next fishing trip, must attend a workshop to operate a VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jun 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 vessel with swordfish and shark limited-access permits that uses longline or gillnet gear. Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. July 1, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1101 U.S. Highway 231, Panama City, FL 32405. 2. July 17, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Marriott Courtyard, 5000 Express Drive South, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, 3. August 7, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 210 Seminole Boulevard, Largo, FL 33770. 4. August 12, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 6745 Rock Spring Road, Wilmington, NC 28405. 5. September 9, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 1702 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550. 6. September 17, 2020, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Registration To register for a scheduled Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682– 0158. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but not required. Registration Materials To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct permits, participants will need to bring the following specific items with them to the workshop: • Individual vessel owners must bring a copy of the appropriate swordfish and/or shark permit(s), a copy of the vessel registration or documentation, and proof of identification. • Representatives of a businessowned or co-owned vessel must bring proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable swordfish and/or shark permit(s), and proof of identification. • Vessel operators must bring proof of identification. Workshop Objectives The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops are designed to teach longline and gillnet fishermen the required techniques for the safe handling and release of entangled and/ or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, smalltooth sawfish, Atlantic sturgeon, and prohibited sharks. In an effort to improve reporting, the proper identification of protected species and prohibited sharks will also be taught at these workshops. Additionally, individuals attending these workshops PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will gain a better understanding of the requirements for participating in these fisheries. The overall goal of these workshops is to provide participants with the skills needed to reduce the mortality of protected species and prohibited sharks, which may prevent additional regulations on these fisheries in the future. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 12, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–13072 Filed 6–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alaska Region Scale & Catch Weighing Requirements National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before August 17, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at Adrienne.thomas@noaa.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0648– 0330 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 117 / Wednesday, June 17, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office, is requesting extension of the currently approved information collection for Alaska Region Scale & Catch Weighing Requirements. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to prepare and amend fishery management plans for any fishery in waters under its jurisdiction. The At-Sea Scales Program was developed in response to the need for catch accounting methods that were more precise and verifiable at the level of the individual haul and less dependent on estimates generated by atsea observers. This was necessary due to the implementation of large-scale catch share programs that required NMFS to provide verifiable and defensible estimates of quota harvest. Scale and catch-weighing monitoring is required for Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program (CDQ) catcher/processors (C/Ps), American Fisheries Act (AFA) C/Ps, AFA motherships, AFA shoreside processors and stationary floating processors, Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program trawl C/Ps, non-AFA trawl C/Ps participating in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) trawl fisheries, and longline C/Ps participating in BSAI Pacific cod fisheries. Scale and catch weighing requirements are located at 50 CFR parts 679 and 680. NMFS has identified three primary objectives for monitoring catch to ensure independent and verifiable data is available for fisheries management. First, monitoring methods must ensure all catch delivered to a processor is weighed and identified to species and provide a verifiable record of the weight and species composition of each delivery. Second, all catch must be weighed using NMFS-approved scales to determine the weight of the catch and provide a record of that weight. Third, monitoring systems, such as video, must be in place to ensure that all catch is accounted for. Shoreside processors participating in catch share programs have many of the same catch accounting and monitoring goals, but two differences require unique monitoring tools to obtain precise and verifiable catch amounts for quota management. First, shoreside processors vary more in size, facilities, and layout than do catcher/processors or motherships. Second, the State of Alaska is responsible for approving VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jun 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 scales used for trade by shoreside processors and has developed an effective program for their inspection and approval. Because of the wide variations in factory layout, a performance-based catch monitoring system is more appropriate for shoreside processors than a type approval process used for atsea scales. CMCPs (Catch Monitoring and Control Plans) and CMPs (Crab Monitoring Plans) are submitted by the representative from the shoreside processor and approved by NMFS. CMCPs and CMPs detail a series of performance based standards set out in regulation that ensure that all delivered catch can be effectively monitored by NMFS-authorized personnel, that NMFS-authorized personnel can effectively conduct their monitoring duties, and that all catch is accurately sorted and weighed by species. Vessels that participate in halibut deck sorting are required to comply with additional monitoring and equipment requirements such as the installation of an observer sampling station on deck and video monitoring requirements. These additional measures are necessary to ensure accurate accounting of halibut sorted on the deck of participating vessels. II. Method of Collection Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email, online, mail, and fax. Daily flow scale and hopper scale tests are reported using an electronic logbook. Printed reports are generated automatically by software. Video monitoring systems record and store video data automatically. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0330. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 94. Estimated Time per Response: Scale Type Evaluation: 50 hours. Installation & Maintenance: At-Sea Scales (Maintenance only)—1 minute; Video Monitoring Systems (non-halibut deck sorting)—1 minute; Video Monitoring Systems (halibut—initial year)—12 hours; Observer Deck Sampling Stations (initial year)—12 hours; annual renewal—1 minute; Inspection Request: 8 minutes. Daily Scale Test: Notify Observer of Tests—2 minutes; Record of Flow Scale Test—30 minutes; Record of Hopper Scale Test—15 minutes. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36567 Printed Report—Flow Scale: Catch & Cumulative Weight, Audit Trail, Calibration Log, and Fault Log—1 minute each. Printed Report—Hopper Scale: Catch Weight and Audit Trail—1 minute each. Video Monitoring: 2 hours. Notification of Pacific Cod Monitoring Option: 10 minutes. Catch Monitoring and Control Plan (CMCP): Annual Submission—40 hours; CMCP Addendum—8 hours; Printed Record from Scale—1 minute; Notify Observer—1 minute. Crab Monitoring Plan (CMP): Annual Submission—16 hours; CMP Addendum—8 hours; Printed Records from Scale—1 minute. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,086 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $812,371 in recordkeeping and reporting costs. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory; Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–13029 Filed 6–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 117 (Wednesday, June 17, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Alaska Region Scale & Catch Weighing Requirements

AGENCY: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information 
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information 
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment 
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed 
information collection must be received on or before August 17, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0330 in the subject line of your 
comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise 
sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed 
to Gabrielle Aberle, 907-586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Abstract

    The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Alaska Regional 
Office, is requesting extension of the currently approved information 
collection for Alaska Region Scale & Catch Weighing Requirements.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 
U.S.C. 1801 et seq. (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the North Pacific 
Fishery Management Council to prepare and amend fishery management 
plans for any fishery in waters under its jurisdiction.
    The At-Sea Scales Program was developed in response to the need for 
catch accounting methods that were more precise and verifiable at the 
level of the individual haul and less dependent on estimates generated 
by at-sea observers. This was necessary due to the implementation of 
large-scale catch share programs that required NMFS to provide 
verifiable and defensible estimates of quota harvest. Scale and catch-
weighing monitoring is required for Western Alaska Community 
Development Quota Program (CDQ) catcher/processors (C/Ps), American 
Fisheries Act (AFA) C/Ps, AFA motherships, AFA shoreside processors and 
stationary floating processors, Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program 
trawl C/Ps, non-AFA trawl C/Ps participating in Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands (BSAI) trawl fisheries, and longline C/Ps participating in BSAI 
Pacific cod fisheries. Scale and catch weighing requirements are 
located at 50 CFR parts 679 and 680.
    NMFS has identified three primary objectives for monitoring catch 
to ensure independent and verifiable data is available for fisheries 
management. First, monitoring methods must ensure all catch delivered 
to a processor is weighed and identified to species and provide a 
verifiable record of the weight and species composition of each 
delivery. Second, all catch must be weighed using NMFS-approved scales 
to determine the weight of the catch and provide a record of that 
weight. Third, monitoring systems, such as video, must be in place to 
ensure that all catch is accounted for.
    Shoreside processors participating in catch share programs have 
many of the same catch accounting and monitoring goals, but two 
differences require unique monitoring tools to obtain precise and 
verifiable catch amounts for quota management. First, shoreside 
processors vary more in size, facilities, and layout than do catcher/
processors or motherships. Second, the State of Alaska is responsible 
for approving scales used for trade by shoreside processors and has 
developed an effective program for their inspection and approval.
    Because of the wide variations in factory layout, a performance-
based catch monitoring system is more appropriate for shoreside 
processors than a type approval process used for at-sea scales. CMCPs 
(Catch Monitoring and Control Plans) and CMPs (Crab Monitoring Plans) 
are submitted by the representative from the shoreside processor and 
approved by NMFS. CMCPs and CMPs detail a series of performance based 
standards set out in regulation that ensure that all delivered catch 
can be effectively monitored by NMFS-authorized personnel, that NMFS-
authorized personnel can effectively conduct their monitoring duties, 
and that all catch is accurately sorted and weighed by species.
    Vessels that participate in halibut deck sorting are required to 
comply with additional monitoring and equipment requirements such as 
the installation of an observer sampling station on deck and video 
monitoring requirements. These additional measures are necessary to 
ensure accurate accounting of halibut sorted on the deck of 
participating vessels.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. 
Methods of submittal include email, online, mail, and fax. Daily flow 
scale and hopper scale tests are reported using an electronic logbook. 
Printed reports are generated automatically by software. Video 
monitoring systems record and store video data automatically.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0330.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 94.
    Estimated Time per Response:
    Scale Type Evaluation: 50 hours.
    Installation & Maintenance: At-Sea Scales (Maintenance only)--1 
minute; Video Monitoring Systems (non-halibut deck sorting)--1 minute; 
Video Monitoring Systems (halibut--initial year)--12 hours; Observer 
Deck Sampling Stations (initial year)--12 hours; annual renewal--1 
minute;
    Inspection Request: 8 minutes.
    Daily Scale Test: Notify Observer of Tests--2 minutes; Record of 
Flow Scale Test--30 minutes; Record of Hopper Scale Test--15 minutes.
    Printed Report--Flow Scale: Catch & Cumulative Weight, Audit Trail, 
Calibration Log, and Fault Log--1 minute each.
    Printed Report--Hopper Scale: Catch Weight and Audit Trail--1 
minute each.
    Video Monitoring: 2 hours.
    Notification of Pacific Cod Monitoring Option: 10 minutes.
    Catch Monitoring and Control Plan (CMCP): Annual Submission--40 
hours; CMCP Addendum--8 hours; Printed Record from Scale--1 minute; 
Notify Observer--1 minute.
    Crab Monitoring Plan (CMP): Annual Submission--16 hours; CMP 
Addendum--8 hours; Printed Records from Scale--1 minute.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,086 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $812,371 in recordkeeping 
and reporting costs.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory; Required to Obtain or Retain 
Benefits.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau 
to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether 
the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy 
of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed 
collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden 
on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including 
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-13029 Filed 6-16-20; 8:45 am]
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