Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Non-commercial Permit and Reporting Requirements in the Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery, 52090-52091 [2020-18493]

Download as PDF 52090 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 164 / Monday, August 24, 2020 / Notices Dated: August 18, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–18484 Filed 8–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Economic Surveys of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Small BoatBased 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 of this notice. We invite 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. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 16, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Economic Surveys of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Small Boat-based Fisheries. OMB Control Number: 0648–0635. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular submission [extension of a current information collection]. Number of Respondents: 480. Average Hours per Response: 10 minutes per trip survey. Total Annual Burden Hours: 80 hours. Needs and Uses: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) collects information about fishing trip expenses in the American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) small-boat-based reef fish, bottomfish, and pelagics fisheries with which to conduct analyses on economic performance of fisheries that will improve fishery management in those fisheries; satisfy NMFS’ legal VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Aug 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 mandates under Executive Order 12866, the Magnuson-Steven Fishery Conservation and Management Act (U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act; and quantify achievement of the performances measures in the NMFS Strategic Operating Plans. An example of these performance measures is the fishing cost trend as one of the economic performance indicators reported in Annual Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Reports of each Fishery Ecosystem Plan (http:// www.wpcouncil.org/annual-reports/). In addition, the economic data collected will allow quantitative assessment of the fisheries sector’s social and economic contribution, linkages and impacts of the fisheries sector to the overall economy through Input-output (I–O) models analyses. Results from I– O analyses will not only provide indicators of social-economic benefits of the marine ecosystem, a performance measure in the NMFS Strategic Operating Plans, but also be used to assess how fishermen and economy will be impacted by and respond to regulations likely to be considered by fishery managers. These data are collected in conjunction with catch and effort data already being collected in this fishery as part of its creel survey program. The creel survey program implemented by local fishery management agents is one of the major data collection systems to monitor fisheries resources in these three geographic areas. Interviews are conducted with returning fishermen at the most active launching ramps/docks during selected time periods on the islands. The economic surveys on trip expenditure are incorporated into the creel survey for the three areas, respectively. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0648–0635. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2020–18503 Filed 8–21–20; 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; Non-commercial Permit and Reporting Requirements in the Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery National Oceanic and 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 October 23, 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– 0577 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 Walter Ikehara, Fishery Information Specialist, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Region, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, (808) 725–5175, walter.ikehara@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 164 / Monday, August 24, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) established regional fishery management councils, including the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), to develop fishery management plans for fisheries in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implements these plans by Federal regulations, which are enforced by NMFS and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), in cooperation with State agencies to the extent possible. The Council and NMFS use the fishery management plans to manage fishing to ensure sustained productivity and achievement of optimum yield from the resources for the benefit of the United States. The Council uses fishery ecosystem plans as fishery management plans for federal fisheries management. Regulations established under the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Hawaii Archipelago (FEP) at 50 CFR 665, Subpart C, require that all participants (including vessel owners, operators, and crew) in the boat-based non-commercial bottomfish fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone around the main Hawaiian Islands obtain a federal bottomfish permit. They are exempt if they hold a current State of Hawaii Commercial Marine License. The information collected in the permit process is needed to identify participants in the fishery, determine qualifications for permitting, support effective enforcement of fishery regulations, and provide a communication link between NMFS and fishermen. Regulations also require that all vessel owners or operators in this fishery submit a report (logbook) upon completion of each fishing trip to document the species and amount of fish caught during the trip. The information in these logbooks is crucial to monitoring the fishery, developing annual catch limits, evaluating the effectiveness of management measures, determining whether changes in fishery management measures are necessary, and estimating the impacts and implications of alternative management measures. II. Method of Collection Respondents may submit permit applications electronically via secure VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Aug 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 email, or online process when implemented. Logbooks are paper forms that must be submitted to NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0577. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission, extension of a current information collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes per email permit application; 5 minutes per online permit application; 2 hours per appeal of denied permit; 20 minutes per logbook form. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 29 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $4,250. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: 50 CFR part 665. IV. Request for Comments We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52091 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. 2020–18493 Filed 8–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA412] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 137th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Pelagic and International Standing Committee, Executive and Budget Standing Committee, and 183rd Council meetings to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. DATES: The meetings will be held between September 9 and 17, 2020. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held by web conference via WebEx. Instructions for connecting to the web conference and providing oral public comments will be posted on the Council website at www.wpcouncil.org. For assistance with the web conference connection, contact the Council office at (808) 522–8220. The following venues will be the host sites for the Standing Committee and Council meetings: Cliff Pointe, 304 W. O’Brien Drive, Hagatna, Guam; Hyatt Regency Saipan, Royal Palm Ave., Micro Beach Rd., Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); and Department of Port Administration, Airport Conference Room, Pago Pago Int’l Airport, Tafuna Village, American Samoa. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; phone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All times shown are in Hawaii Standard Time. The 137th SSC meeting will be held between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 9–10, 2020. The Pelagic and International Standing Committee will SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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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; Non-commercial Permit and Reporting Requirements in the Main 
Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery

AGENCY: National Oceanic and 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 October 23, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0577 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 Walter Ikehara, Fishery Information Specialist, National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Region, 1845 Wasp Blvd., 
Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, (808) 725-5175, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act) established regional fishery management 
councils, including the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council), to develop fishery management plans for fisheries in the 
U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). If approved by the Secretary of 
Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implements these plans by 
Federal regulations, which are enforced by NMFS and the U.S. Coast 
Guard (USCG), in cooperation with State agencies to the extent 
possible. The Council and NMFS use the fishery management plans to 
manage fishing to ensure sustained productivity and achievement of 
optimum yield from the resources for the benefit of the United States. 
The Council uses fishery ecosystem plans as fishery management plans 
for federal fisheries management.
    Regulations established under the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the 
Hawaii Archipelago (FEP) at 50 CFR 665, Subpart C, require that all 
participants (including vessel owners, operators, and crew) in the 
boat-based non-commercial bottomfish fishery in the Exclusive Economic 
Zone around the main Hawaiian Islands obtain a federal bottomfish 
permit. They are exempt if they hold a current State of Hawaii 
Commercial Marine License. The information collected in the permit 
process is needed to identify participants in the fishery, determine 
qualifications for permitting, support effective enforcement of fishery 
regulations, and provide a communication link between NMFS and 
fishermen.
    Regulations also require that all vessel owners or operators in 
this fishery submit a report (logbook) upon completion of each fishing 
trip to document the species and amount of fish caught during the trip. 
The information in these logbooks is crucial to monitoring the fishery, 
developing annual catch limits, evaluating the effectiveness of 
management measures, determining whether changes in fishery management 
measures are necessary, and estimating the impacts and implications of 
alternative management measures.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents may submit permit applications electronically via 
secure email, or online process when implemented. Logbooks are paper 
forms that must be submitted to NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science 
Center.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0577.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission, extension of a current 
information collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes per email permit 
application; 5 minutes per online permit application; 2 hours per 
appeal of denied permit; 20 minutes per logbook form.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 29 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $4,250.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: 50 CFR part 665.

IV. Request for Comments

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department 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. 2020-18493 Filed 8-21-20; 8:45 am]
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