Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alaska Region Logbook and Activity Family of Forms, 77176-77177 [2020-26492]

Download as PDF 77176 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 231 / Tuesday, December 1, 2020 / Notices The Marine Debris Act establishes the IMDCC (33 U.S.C. 1954). The IMDCC submits biennial progress reports to Congress with updates on activities, achievements, strategies, and recommendations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration serves as the Chairperson of the IMDCC. The meeting will be open to public attendance on December 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST (check agenda on website to confirm time). There will not be a public comment period. Matters To Be Considered: The open meeting will include presentations on the marine debris monitoring and detection activities of the participating agencies. The agenda topics described are subject to change. The latest version of the agenda will be posted at https:// marinedebris.noaa.gov/IMDCC. Special Accommodations: The meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ya’el Seid-Green, Executive Secretariat at yael.seid-green@ noaa.gov or 240–533–0399 by December 9, 2020. Scott Lundgren, Director, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26508 Filed 11–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–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 Logbook and Activity Family of Forms 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES4 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Nov 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before February 1, 2021. 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– 0213 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: DATES: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office, is requesting renewal of this currently approved information collection that consists of paper logbooks and reports used for management of the groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA); for management of the Individual Fishing Quota halibut and sablefish fisheries; and for management of the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program crab fisheries. NMFS, Alaska Region, manages the groundfish and crab fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the BSAI and the groundfish fisheries of the GOA under fishery management plans (FMPs) for the respective areas. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council prepared, and NMFS approved, the FMPs under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Regulations implementing the FMPs appear at 50 CFR parts 679 and 680. Regulations for the logbooks and reports in this information collection are at 50 CFR 679.5. The information collected through the paper logbooks and reports promotes the goals and objectives of the fishery management plans, the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other applicable laws. The collection of reliable data is essential to the effective conservation, management, and scientific understanding of the fishery resources. Collecting information from fishery participants is necessary to promote successful management of groundfish, crab, Pacific halibut, and salmon resources. A comprehensive information system that identifies the participants and monitors their fishing activity is necessary to enforce the management PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 measures and prevent overfishing. An information system is also needed to measure the consequences of management controls. This collection supports an effective monitoring and enforcement system with information that includes identification of the participating vessels, operators, dealers, and processors; location of the fishing activity; timeframes when fishing and processing is occurring; and shipment and transfer of fishing products. All vessels of the United States harvesting EEZ fish and shoreside processors, stationary floating processors (SFPs), and motherships receiving EEZ-caught fish are required to hold a Federal permit and thus comply with reporting requirements per CFR 679.5. The data collected are used for making in-season and inter-season management decisions that affect the groundfish resources and the fishing industry that uses them. This information collection contains four components: Paper logbooks, vessel activity reports, check-in/check-out reports, and product transfer reports. • Daily logbooks provide data about the location and timing of fishing effort, as well as discard information of prohibited species. NOAA Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) use logbook information during vessel boardings and site visits to ensure conservation of groundfish, compliance with regulations, and reporting accuracy by the fishing industry. The logbooks are also an important source of information for NMFS to determine where and when fishing activity occurs and the number of sets and hauls. • A vessel activity report provides information about fish or fish product on board a vessel when it crosses the boundary of the EEZ off Alaska or crosses the U.S.—Canada international boundary between Alaska and British Columbia. NOAA OLE and USCG boarding officers use this information to audit and separate product inventory when boarding a vessel. Without the requirement to submit this prior to crossing, vessel operators may be more inclined to illegally fish in Federal waters and claim retained product was harvested from foreign or international waters. • Check-in/check-out reports provide information on participation by processors and motherships in the groundfish fisheries. The check-in/ check-out information is used by NMFS in-season managers to monitor the fishing capacity and effort in fishery allocations and quotas. Additionally, NOAA OLE agents use this information to track commercial business activity E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 231 / Tuesday, December 1, 2020 / Notices and ensure accurate accountability and proper reporting is being performed. • Product transfer reports (PTRs) provide information on the volume of groundfish disposed of by persons buying it from the harvesters. The PTR is an important enforcement document and provides an important check on buyer purchase reports. Information collected on PTRs is used by NOAA OLE to verify the accuracy of reported shipments through physical inspections. NOAA OLE uses the PTR to monitor movement of product in and out of the processor on a timely basis. II. Method of Collection Paper logbooks are submitted by mail or delivery. The Vessel Activity Report and Product Transfer Report are submitted by fax or email. Check-in/ Check-out Reports are submitted by fax. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0213. 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: 445. Estimated Time per Response: Catcher Vessel Trawl Daily Fishing Logbook (DFL): 18 minutes; Catcher Vessel Longline/Pot DFL: 35 minutes; Catcher/ Processor Longline/Pot Daily Cumulative Production Logbook: 50 minutes; Shoreside Processor Check-in/ Check-out Report: 5 minutes; Mothership Check-in/Check-out Report: 7 minutes; Product Transfer Report: 20 minutes; Vessel Activity Report: 14 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 15,654 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $9,954. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). IV. Request for Comments khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES4 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. 2020–26492 Filed 11–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA673] Index Based Methods and Harvest Control Rules Research Track Assessment Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: Time Activity 8 a.m.–8:30 a.m ................................................. Welcome/Logistics ........................................... Introductions/Process ....................................... Material Introduction and Background ............. TOR #1 ............................................................ Break. TOR #1 cont .................................................... Discussion/Review/Summary ........................... Public Comment ............................................... Lunch. 8:30 a.m.–9 a.m ................................................. 9 a.m.–10 a.m .................................................... 10 a.m.–10:15 a.m ............................................. 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m ........................................ 11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m ........................................ 11:45 a.m.–12 p.m ............................................. 12 p.m.–1 p.m .................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:11 Nov 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77177 NMFS and the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) Panel will convene the Research Track Assessment Peer Review Meeting for the purpose of reviewing Index Based Methods and Harvest Control Rules. The Research Track Assessment Peer Review is a formal scientific peer-review process for evaluating and presenting stock assessment results to managers for fish stocks in the offshore U.S. waters of the northwest Atlantic. Assessments are prepared by Stock Assessment Workshop (SAW) working groups and reviewed by an independent panel of stock assessment experts from the Center of Independent Experts (CIE). The public is invited to attend the presentations and discussions between the review panel and the scientists who have participated in the stock assessment process. DATES: The public portion of the Research Track Assessment Peer Review Meeting will be held from December 7, 2020–December 11, 2020. The meeting will commence on December 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the daily meeting agenda. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via Google Meet (https:// meet.google.com/urc-hmkh-jdw). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Michele Traver, 508–495–2195; email: michele.traver@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For further information, please visit the NEFSC website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/region/newengland-mid-atlantic. For additional information about the assessment process and the stock assessment peer review, please visit the NMFS/NEFSC SAW web page at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/new-englandmid-atlantic/population-assessments/ fishery-stock-assessments-new-englandand-mid-atlantic. SUMMARY: Daily Meeting Agenda—Research Track Peer Review Meeting (Subject to Change; All Times are Approximate and May Be Changed at the Discretion of the Peer Review Chair) Monday, December 7, 2020 Lead Russ Brown/ Michele Traver/Panel Chair. Chris Legault, WG Chair. Chris Legault, WG Chair. Chris Legault, WG Chair. Review Panel. Public. E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 231 (Tuesday, December 1, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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 Logbook and Activity Family of Forms

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 February 1, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0213 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 Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional 
Office, is requesting renewal of this currently approved information 
collection that consists of paper logbooks and reports used for 
management of the groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands Management Area (BSAI) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA); for 
management of the Individual Fishing Quota halibut and sablefish 
fisheries; and for management of the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program 
crab fisheries.
    NMFS, Alaska Region, manages the groundfish and crab fisheries in 
the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the BSAI and the groundfish 
fisheries of the GOA under fishery management plans (FMPs) for the 
respective areas. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council 
prepared, and NMFS approved, the FMPs under the authority of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq. Regulations implementing the FMPs appear at 50 CFR parts 
679 and 680. Regulations for the logbooks and reports in this 
information collection are at 50 CFR 679.5.
    The information collected through the paper logbooks and reports 
promotes the goals and objectives of the fishery management plans, the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other 
applicable laws. The collection of reliable data is essential to the 
effective conservation, management, and scientific understanding of the 
fishery resources.
    Collecting information from fishery participants is necessary to 
promote successful management of groundfish, crab, Pacific halibut, and 
salmon resources. A comprehensive information system that identifies 
the participants and monitors their fishing activity is necessary to 
enforce the management measures and prevent overfishing. An information 
system is also needed to measure the consequences of management 
controls. This collection supports an effective monitoring and 
enforcement system with information that includes identification of the 
participating vessels, operators, dealers, and processors; location of 
the fishing activity; timeframes when fishing and processing is 
occurring; and shipment and transfer of fishing products.
    All vessels of the United States harvesting EEZ fish and shoreside 
processors, stationary floating processors (SFPs), and motherships 
receiving EEZ-caught fish are required to hold a Federal permit and 
thus comply with reporting requirements per CFR 679.5. The data 
collected are used for making in-season and inter-season management 
decisions that affect the groundfish resources and the fishing industry 
that uses them.
    This information collection contains four components: Paper 
logbooks, vessel activity reports, check-in/check-out reports, and 
product transfer reports.
     Daily logbooks provide data about the location and timing 
of fishing effort, as well as discard information of prohibited 
species. NOAA Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) and the United States 
Coast Guard (USCG) use logbook information during vessel boardings and 
site visits to ensure conservation of groundfish, compliance with 
regulations, and reporting accuracy by the fishing industry. The 
logbooks are also an important source of information for NMFS to 
determine where and when fishing activity occurs and the number of sets 
and hauls.
     A vessel activity report provides information about fish 
or fish product on board a vessel when it crosses the boundary of the 
EEZ off Alaska or crosses the U.S.--Canada international boundary 
between Alaska and British Columbia. NOAA OLE and USCG boarding 
officers use this information to audit and separate product inventory 
when boarding a vessel. Without the requirement to submit this prior to 
crossing, vessel operators may be more inclined to illegally fish in 
Federal waters and claim retained product was harvested from foreign or 
international waters.
     Check-in/check-out reports provide information on 
participation by processors and motherships in the groundfish 
fisheries. The check-in/check-out information is used by NMFS in-season 
managers to monitor the fishing capacity and effort in fishery 
allocations and quotas. Additionally, NOAA OLE agents use this 
information to track commercial business activity

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and ensure accurate accountability and proper reporting is being 
performed.
     Product transfer reports (PTRs) provide information on the 
volume of groundfish disposed of by persons buying it from the 
harvesters. The PTR is an important enforcement document and provides 
an important check on buyer purchase reports. Information collected on 
PTRs is used by NOAA OLE to verify the accuracy of reported shipments 
through physical inspections. NOAA OLE uses the PTR to monitor movement 
of product in and out of the processor on a timely basis.

II. Method of Collection

    Paper logbooks are submitted by mail or delivery. The Vessel 
Activity Report and Product Transfer Report are submitted by fax or 
email. Check-in/Check-out Reports are submitted by fax.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0213.
    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: 445.
    Estimated Time per Response: Catcher Vessel Trawl Daily Fishing 
Logbook (DFL): 18 minutes; Catcher Vessel Longline/Pot DFL: 35 minutes; 
Catcher/Processor Longline/Pot Daily Cumulative Production Logbook: 50 
minutes; Shoreside Processor Check-in/Check-out Report: 5 minutes; 
Mothership Check-in/Check-out Report: 7 minutes; Product Transfer 
Report: 20 minutes; Vessel Activity Report: 14 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 15,654 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $9,954.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    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. 2020-26492 Filed 11-30-20; 8:45 am]
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