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Download as PDF 66956 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 204 / Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / Notices minor changes in the activities, the mitigation and monitoring measures will remain the same and appropriate, and the findings in the initial IHA remain valid. Dated: October 16, 2020. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–23304 Filed 10–20–20; 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 American Fisheries Act Reports 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 December 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– 0401 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or specific questions related to collection activities should be directed to Gabrielle Aberle, 907–586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Alaska Region, is requesting extension of a currently VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Oct 20, 2020 Jkt 253001 approved information collection for American Fisheries Act reporting requirements. NMFS manages the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. and other applicable laws. Regulations implementing the FMP are at 50 CFR part 679. The Bering Sea pollock fishery is managed under the American Fisheries Act (AFA). The purpose of the AFA was to tighten U.S. ownership standards for U.S. fishing vessels under the Antireflagging Act and to provide the Bering Sea pollock fleet the opportunity to conduct its fishery in a more rational manner while protecting non-AFA participants in the other fisheries. The AFA established sector allocations in the Bering Sea (BS) pollock fishery, determined eligible vessels and processors, allowed the formation of cooperatives, set limits on the participation of AFA vessels in other fisheries, and imposed special catch weighing and monitoring requirements on AFA vessels. This information collection contains the annual and periodic reporting requirements for AFA cooperatives. These requirements consist of reports about on-going fishing operations of the cooperatives and reports specifically focused on efforts to minimize salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. These reporting requirements are located at 50 CFR 679.21 and 679.61. This information collection provides the Council and NMFS with information about the organization and fishing operations of the AFA cooperatives, allocations to the AFA cooperatives, and the effectiveness of the Chinook salmon and chum salmon bycatch management measures. This information is used to manage the BS pollock fishery, to evaluate the salmon bycatch management measures, and to provide the public with information about how the program operates and information about bycatch reduction under this program. This information is necessary to ensure long-term conservation and abundance of salmon and pollock, maintain a healthy marine ecosystem, and provide maximum benefit to fishermen and communities that depend on salmon and pollock. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Method of Collection There are no forms associated with this information collection. Respondents submit the information by mail or fax. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0401. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8. Estimated Time per Response: AFA Cooperative Contract 8 hours; AFA Annual Cooperative Report 16 hours; Incentive Plan Agreement amendment 50 hours; IPA Annual Report 80 hours; IPA administrative appeals 4 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 486 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $557. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits, Mandatory. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, American Fisheries Act. 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 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 204 / Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / Notices 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. 2020–23228 Filed 10–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA567] North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of web conference. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Local Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, and Subsistence Taskforce will be held November 9, 2020 through November 10, 2020. DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alaska Time, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a web conference. Join online through the link at https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ Details/1683. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1007 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501–2252; telephone: (907) 271–2809. Instructions for attending the meeting are given under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Haapala Council staff; phone; (907) 271– 2809 and email: kate.haapala@ noaa.gov. For technical support please contact our administrative staff; email: npfmc.admin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Agenda Monday, November 9, 2020 Through Tuesday, November 10, 2020 The agenda will include (a) introduction and updates from Taskforce members; (b) review updates and discussion on search engine; (c) narrative sources of data; (d) review definition of subsistence for Taskforce; (e) review Norton Sound Red King Crab case study; (f) discussion on protocol development; and (g) other business. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Oct 20, 2020 Jkt 253001 66957 comments on both the proposed IHA and the potential for renewing the initial authorization if certain requirements were satisfied. The Renewal requirements have been satisfied, and NMFS is now providing Connection Information an additional 15-day comment period to You can attend the meeting online allow for any additional comments on using a computer, tablet, or smart the proposed Renewal not previously phone; or by phone only. Connection provided during the initial 30-day information will be posted online at: comment period. https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ DATES: Comments and information must Details/1683. be received no later than November 5, 2020. Public Comment ADDRESSES: Comments should be Public comment letters will be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, accepted and should be submitted Permits and Conservation Division, electronically to https:// Office of Protected Resources, National meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/Details/ Marine Fisheries Service. Written 1683 by 5 p.m. Alaska time on Sunday, comments should be submitted via November 8, 2020. An opportunity for email to ITP.Fowler@noaa.gov. oral public testimony will also be Instructions: NMFS is not responsible provided during the meeting. for comments sent by any other method, Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment Dated: October 16, 2020. period. Comments, including all Tracey L. Thompson, attachments, must not exceed a 25Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable megabyte file size. Attachments to Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. comments will be accepted in Microsoft [FR Doc. 2020–23324 Filed 10–20–20; 8:45 am] Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file BILLING CODE 3510–22–P formats only. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted online at https:// DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-underNational Oceanic and Atmospheric marine-mammal-protection-act without Administration change. All personal identifying [RTID 0648–XA561] information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental may be publicly accessible. Do not To Specified Activities; Taking Marine submit confidential business Mammals Incidental to Port of Kalama information or otherwise sensitive or Expansion Project on the Lower protected information. Columbia River FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Amy Fowler, Office of Protected Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Electronic copies of the original Commerce. application, Renewal request, and ACTION: Notice; request for comments on supporting documents (including NMFS proposed renewal incidental harassment Federal Register notices of the original proposed and final authorizations, and authorization. the previous IHA), as well as a list of the SUMMARY: NMFS received a request from references cited in this document, may the Port of Kalama (POK) for the be obtained online at: https:// Renewal of their currently active www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental harassment authorization incidental-take-authorizations-under(IHA) to take marine mammals marine-mammal-protection-act. In case incidental to construction activities of problems accessing these documents, associated with an expansion project at please call the contact listed above. the POK on the Lower Columbia River, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Washington. These activities are identical to those covered in the current Background authorization. The project has been The Marine Mammal Protection Act delayed and none of the work covered (MMPA) prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of marine in the initial IHA has been conducted. mammals, with certain exceptions. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the Protection Act, prior to issuing the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct currently active IHA, NMFS requested the Secretary of Commerce (as delegated The agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ Details/1683 prior to the meeting, along with meeting materials. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 204 (Wednesday, October 21, 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 American Fisheries Act Reports

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 December 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 0648-0401 in the subject line of your 
comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise 
sensitive or protected information.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Alaska Region, is 
requesting extension of a currently approved information collection for 
American Fisheries Act reporting requirements.
    NMFS manages the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area in the Exclusive Economic Zone off 
Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared 
the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) under the authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq. and other applicable laws. Regulations implementing the 
FMP are at 50 CFR part 679.
    The Bering Sea pollock fishery is managed under the American 
Fisheries Act (AFA). The purpose of the AFA was to tighten U.S. 
ownership standards for U.S. fishing vessels under the Anti-reflagging 
Act and to provide the Bering Sea pollock fleet the opportunity to 
conduct its fishery in a more rational manner while protecting non-AFA 
participants in the other fisheries. The AFA established sector 
allocations in the Bering Sea (BS) pollock fishery, determined eligible 
vessels and processors, allowed the formation of cooperatives, set 
limits on the participation of AFA vessels in other fisheries, and 
imposed special catch weighing and monitoring requirements on AFA 
vessels.
    This information collection contains the annual and periodic 
reporting requirements for AFA cooperatives. These requirements consist 
of reports about on-going fishing operations of the cooperatives and 
reports specifically focused on efforts to minimize salmon bycatch in 
the Bering Sea pollock fishery. These reporting requirements are 
located at 50 CFR 679.21 and 679.61.
    This information collection provides the Council and NMFS with 
information about the organization and fishing operations of the AFA 
cooperatives, allocations to the AFA cooperatives, and the 
effectiveness of the Chinook salmon and chum salmon bycatch management 
measures. This information is used to manage the BS pollock fishery, to 
evaluate the salmon bycatch management measures, and to provide the 
public with information about how the program operates and information 
about bycatch reduction under this program. This information is 
necessary to ensure long-term conservation and abundance of salmon and 
pollock, maintain a healthy marine ecosystem, and provide maximum 
benefit to fishermen and communities that depend on salmon and pollock.

II. Method of Collection

    There are no forms associated with this information collection. 
Respondents submit the information by mail or fax.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0401.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8.
    Estimated Time per Response: AFA Cooperative Contract 8 hours; AFA 
Annual Cooperative Report 16 hours; Incentive Plan Agreement amendment 
50 hours; IPA Annual Report 80 hours; IPA administrative appeals 4 
hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 486 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $557.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits, 
Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, American Fisheries Act.

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

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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. 2020-23228 Filed 10-20-20; 8:45 am]
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