Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Observer Programs' Information That Can Be Gathered Only Through Questions, 46071-46073 [2020-16632]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 148 / Friday, July 31, 2020 / Notices accompanied by statistical documents and catch documents. Since there are statistical document programs in place under other international conventions (e.g., the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission), a statistical document or catch document from another program may be used to satisfy the statistical document requirement for imports into the United States. Dealers who internationally trade Southern bluefin tuna are required to participate in a trade tracking program to ensure that imported Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tuna will not be intentionally mislabeled as ‘‘southern bluefin’’ to circumvent reporting requirements. This action is authorized under ATCA, which provides for the promulgation of regulations as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out ICCAT recommendations. In addition to statistical document, catch document, and re-export certificate requirements, this collection includes biweekly reports to complement trade tracking statistical documents by summarizing statistical document data and collecting additional economic information. II. Method of Collection Methods of submission include electronic, mail, fax, and tagging of fish. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0040. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission [request for revision of a currently approved information collection]. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organization. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,391. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes each for catch document, statistical document, and re-export certificate; 15 minutes for catch document/statistical document/reexport certificate validation by government official; 120 minutes for authorization of non-governmental catch document/statistical document/reexport certificate validation; 2 minutes for daily Atlantic bluefin tuna landing reports; 3 minutes for daily Atlantic bluefin tuna landing reports from pelagic longline and purse seine vessels; 1 minute for Atlantic bluefin tuna tagging; 15 minutes for biweekly electronic Atlantic bluefin tuna dealer landing reports; 15 minutes for HMS international trade biweekly electronic reports; 15 minutes for weekly electronic HMS dealer landing reports (e-dealer); 5 minutes for negative weekly electronic HMS dealer landing reports (e-dealer); 15 minutes for voluntary VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Jul 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 fishing vessel and catch forms; 2 minutes for provision of HMS dealer email address. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 18,285. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,634. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Legal authority for these data collections are authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA, 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 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. 2020–16630 Filed 7–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46071 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; Observer Programs’ Information That Can Be Gathered Only Through Questions 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 request must be received on or before September 29, 2020. SUMMARY: 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– 0593 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 Lee Benaka, Acting National Observer Program Lead, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301–427–8554), and lee.benaka@ noaa.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) deploys fishery observers on United States (U.S.) commercial fishing vessels and to fish processing plants in order to collect biological and economic data. NMFS has at least one observer program in each of its five Regions. These observer programs provide the E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 46072 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 148 / Friday, July 31, 2020 / Notices most reliable and effective method for obtaining information that is critical for the conservation and management of living marine resources. Observer programs primarily obtain information through direct observations by employees or agents of NMFS; and such observations are not subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). However, observer programs also collect the following information that requires clearance under the PRA: (1) Standardized questions of fishing vessel captains/crew or fish processing plant managers/staff, which include gear and performance questions, safety questions, and trip costs, crew size and other economic questions; (2) questions asked by observer program staff/contractors to plan observer deployments; (3) forms that are completed by observers and that fishing vessel captains are asked to review and sign; (4) questionnaires to evaluate observer performance; and (5) a form to certify that a fisherman is the permit holder when requesting observer data from the observer on the vessel. NMFS seeks to renew OMB PRA clearance for these information collections. The information collected will be used to: (1) Monitor catch and bycatch in federally managed commercial fisheries; (2) understand the population status and trends of fish stocks and protected species, as well as the interactions between them; (3) determine the quantity and distribution of net benefits derived from living marine resources; (4) predict the biological, ecological, and economic impacts of existing management action and proposed management options; and (5) ensure that the observer programs can safely and efficiently collect the information required for the previous four uses. In particular, these biological and economic data collection programs contribute to legally mandated analyses required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Executive Order 12866 (E.O. 12866), as well as a variety of state statutes. The confidentiality of the data will be protected as required by the MSA, Section 402(b). On June 12, 2020, The Office of Management and Budget granted approval under the emergency approval provisions of the PRA for NOAA fishery observers to immediately begin collecting safety information related to the COVID–19 national pandemic. Six supplementary safety questions were VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Jul 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 added to the existing approved information collection request. The questions are necessary to ensure safety of observers and the safety of vessel crew and plant staff during the evolving COVID–19 pandemic as they provide information related to the presence of COVID–19 among vessel crew or plant staff, the availability of safety equipment, and the existence of communicable disease safety plans. Although responses to these questions are voluntary, we encourage industry to respond to facilitate assessment of COVID–19 risks that a deployment may present and any precautionary steps that may be necessary to mitigate such risks. The approval granted by OMB is valid through December 31, 2020. The 6month approval allows observers or observer providers to collect this information by a phone call to the operator of a fishing vessel or management of a fish processing plant prior to observer deployment. Currently, there is no way to anticipate an end to the impact of COVID–19 or other communicable diseases. Therefore, NOAA needs to be prepared for the possibility of collecting these data for an extended period of time. NOAA now seeks to extend this information collection request for an additional three years, and proposes to modify the COVID–19 supplemental questions slightly to address all communicable diseases. As with the COVID–19 questions approved by OMB, observers or observer providers would verbally ask these questions prior to deployment. The revised questions to add to the existing information collection request are: 1. In the past 2 weeks, have the captain and crew been following state mandates for travel, physical distancing, or any other restrictions and guidance in response to the current health crisis? 2. Do any crew members currently have two or more symptoms of COVID– 19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or symptoms of any other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), etc.? 3. In the past 2 weeks, have any of the crew tested positive for, or been exposed to, someone who has tested positive for COVID–19 or any other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, MRSA, etc.? 4. Does the vessel have procedures in place to reduce their exposures to COVID–19 or any other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, MRSA, etc.? 5. Is there a response plan in place, should someone show symptoms of PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 COVID–19, or any other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, MRSA, etc., during a trip? 6. Is there a supply of personal protection and sanitizing equipment, such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, etc., onboard the vessel for the crew? II. Method of Collection The information will be collected by (1) via telephone or mail survey by the observer program staff or contractor planning to deploy observers; (2) NMFS observers while they are deployed on a vessel to observe a particular fishing trip; questions will be asked in-person to the captain, crew and/or owner (if on board the vessel) during the course of the observed trip; (3) via mail through follow up surveys of economic information not available during the trip; or (4) via feedback questionnaires mailed to the vessel owners or captains to evaluate observer performance. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0593. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular (Extension and revision of a current information collection request). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,606 observed annual fishing trips. Estimated Time per Response: Northeast Fisheries Observer Program and At-Sea Monitors, 117 minutes; North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program and Processing Plants, 56 minutes; Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program, 15 minutes; West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, 58 minutes; Pacific Islands Region Observer Program, 86 minutes; Southeast Shark Fishery Observer Program, 75 minutes; Southeast Pelagic Observer Program, 85 minutes; Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish and Shrimp Observer Program, 110 minutes; West Coast Region Observer Program, 62 minutes; Gulf of Mexico Snapper-Grouper Observer Program, 110 minutes. Information will be collected for observed fishing trips and deployments to fish processing plants; therefore, there will be multiple responses for some respondents, but they will be counted as one response per trip or plant visit. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 28,420. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $717,594. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: The primary authority for NMFS to place observers on fishing vessels is included in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 148 / Friday, July 31, 2020 / Notices Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit NOAA to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Agency, 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. 2020–16632 Filed 7–30–20; 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; Vessel Monitoring System Requirements for the Pacific Islands Fisheries The Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Jul 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 of this notice. We invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, which help us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on May 7, 2020, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). Title: Vessel Monitoring System Requirements for the Pacific Islands Fisheries. OMB Control Number: 0648–0441. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Number of Respondents: 180. Average Hours per Response: Observe initial installation—4 hours; Observe VMS replacement—2 hours; Observe VMS unit maintenance and repair—1.5 hours; Position reports—0 hours (automatic). Total Annual Burden Hours: 170. Needs and Uses: Owners of commercial fishing vessels in the Hawaii pelagic longline fishery, American Samoa pelagic longline fishery (only vessels longer than 50 feet), Northwestern Hawaiian Islands lobster fishery (currently inactive), and Northern Mariana Islands bottomfish fishery (only vessels longer than 40 feet) must allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to install vessel monitoring system (VMS) units on their vessels when directed to do so by NOAA enforcement personnel. VMS units automatically send periodic reports on the position of the vessel. NOAA uses the reports to monitor the vessels’ location and activities, primarily to enforce regulated fishing areas. NOAA pays for the units, installation, maintenance, and messaging. There is no public burden for the automatic messaging; however, the time required for VMS installation and annual maintenance are considered public burden. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit organizations. Frequency: Hourly. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: 50 CFR 665.16. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46073 information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the 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 0648–0441. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–16631 Filed 7–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action deletes products from the Procurement List that were furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Date deleted from the Procurement List: August 30, 2020. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael R. Jurkowski, Telephone: (703) 603–2117, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Deletions On 6/26/2020, the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notice of proposed deletions from the Procurement List. This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. After consideration of the relevant matter presented, the Committee has determined that the products listed below are no longer suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501–8506 and 41 CFR 51–2.4. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1

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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; Observer Programs' Information That Can Be Gathered Only 
Through Questions

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 request must be received on or before September 
29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0593 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 Lee Benaka, Acting National Observer Program Lead, NOAA, 1315 East-
West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301-427-8554), and 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) deploys fishery observers on 
United States (U.S.) commercial fishing vessels and to fish processing 
plants in order to collect biological and economic data. NMFS has at 
least one observer program in each of its five Regions. These observer 
programs provide the

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most reliable and effective method for obtaining information that is 
critical for the conservation and management of living marine 
resources. Observer programs primarily obtain information through 
direct observations by employees or agents of NMFS; and such 
observations are not subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 
However, observer programs also collect the following information that 
requires clearance under the PRA: (1) Standardized questions of fishing 
vessel captains/crew or fish processing plant managers/staff, which 
include gear and performance questions, safety questions, and trip 
costs, crew size and other economic questions; (2) questions asked by 
observer program staff/contractors to plan observer deployments; (3) 
forms that are completed by observers and that fishing vessel captains 
are asked to review and sign; (4) questionnaires to evaluate observer 
performance; and (5) a form to certify that a fisherman is the permit 
holder when requesting observer data from the observer on the vessel. 
NMFS seeks to renew OMB PRA clearance for these information 
collections.
    The information collected will be used to: (1) Monitor catch and 
bycatch in federally managed commercial fisheries; (2) understand the 
population status and trends of fish stocks and protected species, as 
well as the interactions between them; (3) determine the quantity and 
distribution of net benefits derived from living marine resources; (4) 
predict the biological, ecological, and economic impacts of existing 
management action and proposed management options; and (5) ensure that 
the observer programs can safely and efficiently collect the 
information required for the previous four uses. In particular, these 
biological and economic data collection programs contribute to legally 
mandated analyses required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act 
(ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 
Executive Order 12866 (E.O. 12866), as well as a variety of state 
statutes. The confidentiality of the data will be protected as required 
by the MSA, Section 402(b).
    On June 12, 2020, The Office of Management and Budget granted 
approval under the emergency approval provisions of the PRA for NOAA 
fishery observers to immediately begin collecting safety information 
related to the COVID-19 national pandemic. Six supplementary safety 
questions were added to the existing approved information collection 
request. The questions are necessary to ensure safety of observers and 
the safety of vessel crew and plant staff during the evolving COVID-19 
pandemic as they provide information related to the presence of COVID-
19 among vessel crew or plant staff, the availability of safety 
equipment, and the existence of communicable disease safety plans. 
Although responses to these questions are voluntary, we encourage 
industry to respond to facilitate assessment of COVID-19 risks that a 
deployment may present and any precautionary steps that may be 
necessary to mitigate such risks.
    The approval granted by OMB is valid through December 31, 2020. The 
6-month approval allows observers or observer providers to collect this 
information by a phone call to the operator of a fishing vessel or 
management of a fish processing plant prior to observer deployment. 
Currently, there is no way to anticipate an end to the impact of COVID-
19 or other communicable diseases. Therefore, NOAA needs to be prepared 
for the possibility of collecting these data for an extended period of 
time. NOAA now seeks to extend this information collection request for 
an additional three years, and proposes to modify the COVID-19 
supplemental questions slightly to address all communicable diseases. 
As with the COVID-19 questions approved by OMB, observers or observer 
providers would verbally ask these questions prior to deployment. The 
revised questions to add to the existing information collection request 
are:
    1. In the past 2 weeks, have the captain and crew been following 
state mandates for travel, physical distancing, or any other 
restrictions and guidance in response to the current health crisis?
    2. Do any crew members currently have two or more symptoms of 
COVID-19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore 
throat, new loss of taste or smell) or symptoms of any other 
communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, Methicillin-resistant 
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), etc.?
    3. In the past 2 weeks, have any of the crew tested positive for, 
or been exposed to, someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or any 
other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, MRSA, etc.?
    4. Does the vessel have procedures in place to reduce their 
exposures to COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, such as 
tuberculosis, MRSA, etc.?
    5. Is there a response plan in place, should someone show symptoms 
of COVID-19, or any other communicable disease, such as tuberculosis, 
MRSA, etc., during a trip?
    6. Is there a supply of personal protection and sanitizing 
equipment, such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, etc., onboard the 
vessel for the crew?

II. Method of Collection

    The information will be collected by (1) via telephone or mail 
survey by the observer program staff or contractor planning to deploy 
observers; (2) NMFS observers while they are deployed on a vessel to 
observe a particular fishing trip; questions will be asked in-person to 
the captain, crew and/or owner (if on board the vessel) during the 
course of the observed trip; (3) via mail through follow up surveys of 
economic information not available during the trip; or (4) via feedback 
questionnaires mailed to the vessel owners or captains to evaluate 
observer performance.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0593.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular (Extension and revision of a current 
information collection request).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 19,606 observed annual fishing 
trips.
    Estimated Time per Response: Northeast Fisheries Observer Program 
and At-Sea Monitors, 117 minutes; North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut 
Observer Program and Processing Plants, 56 minutes; Alaska Marine 
Mammal Observer Program, 15 minutes; West Coast Groundfish Observer 
Program, 58 minutes; Pacific Islands Region Observer Program, 86 
minutes; Southeast Shark Fishery Observer Program, 75 minutes; 
Southeast Pelagic Observer Program, 85 minutes; Gulf of Mexico Reef 
Fish and Shrimp Observer Program, 110 minutes; West Coast Region 
Observer Program, 62 minutes; Gulf of Mexico Snapper-Grouper Observer 
Program, 110 minutes. Information will be collected for observed 
fishing trips and deployments to fish processing plants; therefore, 
there will be multiple responses for some respondents, but they will be 
counted as one response per trip or plant visit.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 28,420.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $717,594.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: The primary authority for NMFS to place observers 
on fishing vessels is included in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery

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Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Endangered Species Act 
(ESA), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit NOAA to: (a) Evaluate 
whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper 
functions of the Agency, 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.
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