Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings Data Reports, 44520-44521 [2020-15964]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 44520 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 142 / Thursday, July 23, 2020 / Notices CFR part 600 require that: (1) Vessels apply for fishing permits, (2) vessels and certain gear be marked for identification purposes, (3) observers be embarked on selected vessels, and (4) permit holders report their fishing effort and catch or, when processing fish under joint ventures, the amount and locations of fish received from U.S. vessels. These requirements apply to all foreign vessels fishing, transshipping, or processing fish in U.S. waters. Information is collected from persons who operate a foreign fishing vessel in U.S. waters to participate in a directed fishery or joint venture operation, transship fish harvested by a U.S. vessel to a location outside the U.S., or process fish in internal waters. Each person operating a foreign fishing vessel under MSA authority may be required to submit information for a permit, mark their vessels and gear, or submit information about their fishing activities. To facilitate observer coverage, foreign fishing vessel operators must provide a quarterly schedule of fishing effort and upon request must also provide observers with copies of any required records. For foreign fishing vessels that process fish in internal waters, the information collected varies somewhat from other foreign fishing vessels that participate in a directed fishery or a joint venture operation. In particular, these vessels may not be required to provide a permit application or mark their vessels. The information submitted in applications is used to determine whether permits should be used to authorize directed foreign fishing, participation in joint ventures with U.S. vessels, or transshipments of fish or fish products within U.S. waters. The display of identifying numbers on vessels and gear aids in fishery law enforcement and allow other fishermen to report suspicious activity. Reporting of fishing activities allows monitoring of fish received by foreign vessels. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Annually, weekly and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0648–0075. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–15939 Filed 7–22–20; 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; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings Data Reports National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comments. 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 September 21, 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– 0371 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 Cliff Hutt, Fisheries Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries, (301) 427–8503, Cliff.Hutt@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for renewal of a current information collection. Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for management of the nation’s marine fisheries. In addition, NMFS must comply with the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.), under which the agency implements recommendations by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as necessary and appropriate. NMFS collects information via vessel logbooks to monitor the U.S. catch of Atlantic swordfish, sharks, billfish, and tunas in relation to the quotas, thereby ensuring that the United States complies with its domestic and international obligations. The Highly Migratory Species (HMS) logbook program, OMB Control No. 0648–0371, was specifically designed to collect the vessel-level information needed for the management of Atlantic HMS, and includes set forms, trip forms, negative reports, and cost-earning requirements for both commercial and recreational vessels. The information supplied through the HMS logbook program provides the catch and effort data on a per-set or pertrip level of resolution for both directed and incidental species. In addition to HMS fisheries, the HMS logbook program is also used to report catches of dolphin and wahoo in commercial dolphin wahoo permit holders that do not hold any other Federal permits. Additionally, the HMS logbook collects data on incidental species, such as sea turtles, which is necessary to evaluate the fisheries in terms of bycatch and encounters with protected species. While most HMS fishermen use the HMS logbook program, HMS can also be reported as part of several other logbook collections including the Northeast Region Fishing Vessel Trip Reports (0648–0212) and Southeast Region Coastal Logbook (0648–0016). These data are necessary to assess the status of HMS, dolphin, and wahoo in each fishery. International stock assessments for tunas, swordfish, billfish, and some species of sharks are conducted through ICCAT’s Standing Committee on Research and Statistics periodically and provide, in part, the basis for ICCAT management recommendations, which become binding on member nations. Domestic stock assessments for most species of sharks and for dolphin and wahoo are E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 142 / Thursday, July 23, 2020 / Notices used as the basis of managing these species. Supplementary information on fishing costs and earnings has been collected via the HMS logbook program. This economic information enables NMFS to assess the economic impacts of regulatory programs on small businesses and fishing communities, consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and other domestic laws. II. Method of Collection Paper logbooks have historically been the primary mode of reporting, but electronic logbooks, including mobile applications, will be offered on a voluntary basis for the HMS logbook in the near future. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0371. Form Number(s): NOAA Form 88– 191. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations (vessel owners). Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,281. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes for cost/earnings summaries attached to logbook reports, 30 minutes for annual expenditure forms, 12 minutes for logbook catch trip and set reports, 2 minutes for negative logbook catch reports. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 33,828. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $80,329.50 in maximum recordkeeping/reporting costs. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 information collection request (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. 2020–15964 Filed 7–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA308] Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of the Council. DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, August 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and, Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: Due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID–19 (coronavirus), the MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council’s August meeting will be conducted by webinar only. This webinar-based meeting replaces the in-person meeting previously scheduled to be held in Philadelphia, PA. Please see the Council’s website (www.mafmc.org) for log-in procedures. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N State St, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44521 Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D. Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526–5255. The Council’s website, www.mafmc.org also has details on the meeting location, proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and briefing materials. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following items are on the agenda, though agenda items may be addressed out of order (changes will be noted on the Council’s website when possible.) Monday, August 10, 2020 Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee, Meeting as a Committee of the Whole— Butterfish, Longfin Squid, and Atlantic Mackerel Specifications Review SSC, Advisory Panel, Monitoring Committee, and staff recommendations, adopt 2021–23 specifications for longfin squid including butterfish cap, and adopt 2021–22 specifications for butterfish and mackerel River Herring/Shad (RH/S) Committee, Meeting as a Committee of the Whole— RH/S Cap for the Mackerel Fishery Review RH/S cap operation and adopt 2021–22 RH/S cap for the mackerel fishery Acknowledge Outgoing Council Members Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Swearing in of New and Reappointed Council Members and Election of Officers Bluefish Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2021 specifications and review previously implemented 2021 specifications and recommend changes if necessary Summer Flounder Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2021 specifications and review previously implemented 2021 specifications and recommend changes if necessary Scup Commercial Discards Report Review commercial scup discards through 2019 Scup Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations for 2021 E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1

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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; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings 
Data Reports

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

ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comments.

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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 September 21, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0371 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 Cliff Hutt, Fisheries Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries, (301) 
427-8503, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for renewal of a current information collection. 
Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the NOAA's National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for management of the nation's 
marine fisheries. In addition, NMFS must comply with the Atlantic Tunas 
Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.), under which the agency 
implements recommendations by the International Commission for the 
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as necessary and appropriate.
    NMFS collects information via vessel logbooks to monitor the U.S. 
catch of Atlantic swordfish, sharks, billfish, and tunas in relation to 
the quotas, thereby ensuring that the United States complies with its 
domestic and international obligations. The Highly Migratory Species 
(HMS) logbook program, OMB Control No. 0648-0371, was specifically 
designed to collect the vessel-level information needed for the 
management of Atlantic HMS, and includes set forms, trip forms, 
negative reports, and cost-earning requirements for both commercial and 
recreational vessels. The information supplied through the HMS logbook 
program provides the catch and effort data on a per-set or per-trip 
level of resolution for both directed and incidental species. In 
addition to HMS fisheries, the HMS logbook program is also used to 
report catches of dolphin and wahoo in commercial dolphin wahoo permit 
holders that do not hold any other Federal permits. Additionally, the 
HMS logbook collects data on incidental species, such as sea turtles, 
which is necessary to evaluate the fisheries in terms of bycatch and 
encounters with protected species. While most HMS fishermen use the HMS 
logbook program, HMS can also be reported as part of several other 
logbook collections including the Northeast Region Fishing Vessel Trip 
Reports (0648-0212) and Southeast Region Coastal Logbook (0648-0016).
    These data are necessary to assess the status of HMS, dolphin, and 
wahoo in each fishery. International stock assessments for tunas, 
swordfish, billfish, and some species of sharks are conducted through 
ICCAT's Standing Committee on Research and Statistics periodically and 
provide, in part, the basis for ICCAT management recommendations, which 
become binding on member nations. Domestic stock assessments for most 
species of sharks and for dolphin and wahoo are

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used as the basis of managing these species.
    Supplementary information on fishing costs and earnings has been 
collected via the HMS logbook program. This economic information 
enables NMFS to assess the economic impacts of regulatory programs on 
small businesses and fishing communities, consistent with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, and other domestic laws.

II. Method of Collection

    Paper logbooks have historically been the primary mode of 
reporting, but electronic logbooks, including mobile applications, will 
be offered on a voluntary basis for the HMS logbook in the near future.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0371.
    Form Number(s): NOAA Form 88-191.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations (vessel 
owners).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,281.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes for cost/earnings summaries 
attached to logbook reports, 30 minutes for annual expenditure forms, 
12 minutes for logbook catch trip and set reports, 2 minutes for 
negative logbook catch reports.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 33,828.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $80,329.50 in maximum 
recordkeeping/reporting costs.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and the Atlantic Tunas 
Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 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 information collection request (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. 2020-15964 Filed 7-22-20; 8:45 am]
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