Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alaska Region Arbitration (Crab), 56583-56584 [2020-20200]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 178 / Monday, September 14, 2020 / Notices emergency. The public also should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Special Accommodations This meeting is being conducted entirely by webinar. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 9, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–20208 Filed 9–11–20; 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 Arbitration (Crab) 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 November 13, 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– 0516 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Sep 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 activities should be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, 907–586–7356. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office, is requesting renewal of a currently approved information collection. This information collection contains the reports for the Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System. The Crab Rationalization Program allocates Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) crab resources among harvesters, processors, and coastal communities through a limited access system that balances the interests of these groups who depend on these fisheries. Under the CR Program, eligible License Limitation Program license holders were issued crab quota shares (QS), which are long term shares, based on their qualifying harvest histories. The QS yield annual individual fishing quota (IFQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of crab harvested with IFQ. Processor quota shares (PQS) are long term shares issued to processors. The PQS yield annual individual processor quota (IPQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of crab harvested with Class A IFQ. The Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System is a series of steps that harvesters and processors can use to negotiate delivery and price contracts. The Arbitration System allows unaffiliated Class A IFQ holders to initiate an arbitration proceeding in the event of a dispute to allow an independent third party to provide a review of harvester and processor negotiation positions and provide an independent and binding resolution to issues under dispute. To use the Arbitration System, a harvester must commit deliveries to a processor and initiate a binding arbitration proceeding in advance of the season opening. The Arbitration System is designed to minimize antitrust risks for crab harvesters and processors and is intended to ensure that a reasonable price is paid for all landings. The Arbitration System requires several information collections that are submitted annually in accordance with the regulations at 50 CFR 680.20. The Annual Arbitration Organization Report, the Market Report, and the Non-binding Price Formula Report are the primary reports submitted to NMFS each year. Also submitted are the Contract Arbitrator Report and the Cost Allocation Agreement. An Annual Arbitration Organization Report is compiled by each of the two PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56583 Arbitration Organizations; one represents the processors, and the second represents the harvesters. This report includes information on the arbitration organization and its management personnel, the crab QS fisheries to which the report applies, the ownership interest and the QS/IFQ or PQS/IPQ held by each member; and the arbitration process. The Non-binding Price Formula Report is a pre-season report that is designed to serve as a starting point for negotiations between fishermen and processors, or as a starting point for an arbitrator in evaluating offers in an arbitration process. This report documents how each formula was developed. The Market Report provides an analysis of the market for products of a specific crab fishery and reports on activities occurring within three months prior to its generation. The purpose of this report is to provide background information on each crab fishery, the products generated by each fishery, and position of those products in the marketplace; discuss the historical division of wholesale revenue; and provide the methods for predicting wholesale prices before the fishery occurs. The Contract Arbitrator Report documents arbitration proceedings if they occur within a fishery. The Cost Allocation Agreement provides combined shared arbitration accounting costs. Federal regulations for the CR Program require that the crab arbitration costs are shared equally between IPQ holders and Class A IFQ holders— processors pay half and fishermen pay half. II. Method of Collection The information is submitted by mail, delivery, fax, or email. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0516. 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: 2. Estimated Time per Response: Annual Arbitration Organization Report, 6 hours; Market Report, Nonbinding Price Formula Report, Contract Arbitrator Report, and Cost Allocation Agreement, 3 hours each. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24. E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 56584 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 178 / Monday, September 14, 2020 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $157,701 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (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. 2020–20200 Filed 9–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES [RTID 0648–XA456] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Sep 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 Notice is hereby given that NMFS has prepared a final environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) describing the potential effects of Stockton East Water District’s (District) proposed Calaveras River Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The Calaveras River HCP was prepared and submitted by the District and describes their ongoing operations and monitoring activities in the Calaveras River. ADDRESSES: The incidental take permit, final environmental assessment, and other related documents are available on the NMFS West Coast Region website at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/ calaveras-river-habitat-conservationplan-and-environmental-assessment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Gutierrez, Sacramento, CA, at phone number: (916) 930–3657, via fax: (916) 930–3629, or via email: Monica.Gutierrez@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon, and fall/late fall-run Chinook salmon. California Central Valley (CCV) steelhead (O. mykiss). Background The District is seeking coverage under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for their ongoing operations and monitoring program in the lower Calaveras River in California’s Central Valley. The Calaveras River, a tributary to the San Joaquin River, serves as an important source of water for fish, agriculture, and municipal uses in Calaveras and San Joaquin counties. The District manages the water resources within the Calaveras River during non-flood control periods for their respective constituents. The Calaveras River provides valuable habitat for CCV steelhead and Chinook salmon. The District’s operations may result in impacts to listed species and their habitat within the Calaveras River. Therefore, the District is required to work collaboratively with NMFS to minimize these impacts through implementation of the HCP upon issuance of the Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permit. On September 30, 2019, a notice of receipt was published in the Federal Register (84 FR 51518) that a request for a permit for the incidental take of winter-run Chinook salmon, spring-run Chinook salmon, fall/late fall-run Chinook salmon, and CCV steelhead PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 associated with the activities as described in the Calaveras River HCP, had been submitted by the District. In addition, the draft EA was available for 45-day public comment period. NMFS received several comments and these comments were addressed as changes to the final EA or as a response in the final EA appendix. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. This permit authorizes the incidental take of listed species as set forth in the HCP and the permit for a 50-year period. Authority Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ‘taking’ of a species listed as endangered or threatened. The ESA defines ‘‘take’’ to mean harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under limited circumstances to take listed species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for authorizing incidental take of listed species. NMFS regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are promulgated at 50 CFR 222.307. Dated: September 8, 2020. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–20111 Filed 9–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA482] Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Climate and Communities Core Team (CCCT) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public. DATES: The online meeting will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time or until business is concluded. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held online. Specific meeting information, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 178 (Monday, September 14, 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 Arbitration (Crab)

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 November 13, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0516 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, 907-586-7356.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional 
Office, is requesting renewal of a currently approved information 
collection. This information collection contains the reports for the 
Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System.
    The Crab Rationalization Program allocates Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands (BSAI) crab resources among harvesters, processors, and coastal 
communities through a limited access system that balances the interests 
of these groups who depend on these fisheries. Under the CR Program, 
eligible License Limitation Program license holders were issued crab 
quota shares (QS), which are long term shares, based on their 
qualifying harvest histories. The QS yield annual individual fishing 
quota (IFQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of 
crab harvested with IFQ. Processor quota shares (PQS) are long term 
shares issued to processors. The PQS yield annual individual processor 
quota (IPQ), which represent a privilege to receive a certain amount of 
crab harvested with Class A IFQ.
    The Crab Rationalization Program Arbitration System is a series of 
steps that harvesters and processors can use to negotiate delivery and 
price contracts. The Arbitration System allows unaffiliated Class A IFQ 
holders to initiate an arbitration proceeding in the event of a dispute 
to allow an independent third party to provide a review of harvester 
and processor negotiation positions and provide an independent and 
binding resolution to issues under dispute. To use the Arbitration 
System, a harvester must commit deliveries to a processor and initiate 
a binding arbitration proceeding in advance of the season opening. The 
Arbitration System is designed to minimize antitrust risks for crab 
harvesters and processors and is intended to ensure that a reasonable 
price is paid for all landings.
    The Arbitration System requires several information collections 
that are submitted annually in accordance with the regulations at 50 
CFR 680.20. The Annual Arbitration Organization Report, the Market 
Report, and the Non-binding Price Formula Report are the primary 
reports submitted to NMFS each year. Also submitted are the Contract 
Arbitrator Report and the Cost Allocation Agreement.
    An Annual Arbitration Organization Report is compiled by each of 
the two Arbitration Organizations; one represents the processors, and 
the second represents the harvesters. This report includes information 
on the arbitration organization and its management personnel, the crab 
QS fisheries to which the report applies, the ownership interest and 
the QS/IFQ or PQS/IPQ held by each member; and the arbitration process.
    The Non-binding Price Formula Report is a pre-season report that is 
designed to serve as a starting point for negotiations between 
fishermen and processors, or as a starting point for an arbitrator in 
evaluating offers in an arbitration process. This report documents how 
each formula was developed.
    The Market Report provides an analysis of the market for products 
of a specific crab fishery and reports on activities occurring within 
three months prior to its generation. The purpose of this report is to 
provide background information on each crab fishery, the products 
generated by each fishery, and position of those products in the 
marketplace; discuss the historical division of wholesale revenue; and 
provide the methods for predicting wholesale prices before the fishery 
occurs.
    The Contract Arbitrator Report documents arbitration proceedings if 
they occur within a fishery. The Cost Allocation Agreement provides 
combined shared arbitration accounting costs. Federal regulations for 
the CR Program require that the crab arbitration costs are shared 
equally between IPQ holders and Class A IFQ holders--processors pay 
half and fishermen pay half.

II. Method of Collection

    The information is submitted by mail, delivery, fax, or email.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0516.
    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: 2.
    Estimated Time per Response: Annual Arbitration Organization 
Report, 6 hours; Market Report, Nonbinding Price Formula Report, 
Contract Arbitrator Report, and Cost Allocation Agreement, 3 hours 
each.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24.

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    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $157,701 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits.
    Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (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. 2020-20200 Filed 9-11-20; 8:45 am]
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