Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Individual Fishing Quotas for Pacific Halibut and Sablefish in the Alaska Fisheries, 2644-2646 [2021-00553]

Download as PDF 2644 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices and assessment webinars, and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The SEDAR 68 Assessment Webinar II will be held February 12, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eastern Time. DATES: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Those interested in participating should contact Julie A. Neer at SEDAR (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) to request an invitation providing webinar access information. Please request webinar invitations at least 24 hours in advance of each webinar. SEDAR address: 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator; (843) 571– 4366; email: Julie.neer@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a multistep process including: (1) Data Workshop, (2) a series of assessment webinars, and (3) A Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a report that compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The assessment webinars produce a report that describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The product of the Review Workshop is an Assessment Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, HMS Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO’s; International experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 The items of discussion during the Assessment Webinar are as follows: 1. Using datasets and initial assessment analysis recommended from the data webinars, panelists will employ assessment models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and management criteria, and project future conditions. 2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 business days prior to each workshop. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 8, 2021. Rey Israel Marquez, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–00562 Filed 1–12–21; 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; Individual Fishing Quotas for Pacific Halibut and Sablefish in the Alaska Fisheries National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 March 15, 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– 0272 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 a currently approved information collection that contains requirements for the Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ Program). The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and NMFS Alaska Region manage fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) through regulations established under the authority of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, 16 U.S.C. 773c (Halibut Act). The IPHC promulgates regulations governing the halibut fishery under the Convention between the United States and Canada for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea (Convention). Regulations pursuant to the Convention are set forth at 50 CFR 300 subpart E. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, under the authority of the Halibut Act (with respect to Pacific halibut) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Magnuson-Stevens Act) (with respect to sablefish), manages the IFQ Program. NMFS Alaska Region administers the IFQ Program. Regulations implementing the IFQ Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 679. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices The IFQ Program provides a limited access system for Pacific halibut in Convention waters in and off Alaska and sablefish fisheries in waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The IFQ Program provides coastal Alaska communities a source of revenue, while maintaining the social and economic character of the fixed-gear sablefish and halibut fisheries. The IFQ Program provides economic stability for these fisheries while reducing many of the conservation and management problems commonly associated with open-access fisheries. The IFQ Program includes several provisions, such as ownership caps and vessel use caps that protect small producers, part-time participants, and entry-level participants that otherwise could be adversely affected by excessive consolidation. Participation in the IFQ Program is limited to persons that hold quota share (QS), although there are several very limited provisions for ‘‘leasing’’ of annual IFQ. QS is a transferable permit that was initially issued to persons who owned or leased vessels that made legal commercial fixed-gear landings of Pacific halibut or sablefish in the waters off Alaska from 1988 through 1990. Currently, QS may only be obtained through transfer. Annually, NMFS issues eligible QS holders an IFQ fishing permit that authorizes participation in the IFQ fisheries. Those to whom IFQ permits are issued may harvest their annual allocation at any time during the eight plus-month IFQ halibut and sablefish seasons. More information on the IFQ Program is provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ sustainable-fisheries/pacific-halibutand-sablefish-individual-fishing-quotaifq-program. Some of the collection instruments in this information collection are used by participants in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The purpose of the CDQ Program is to provide eligible western Alaska villages with the opportunity to participate and invest in fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI); to support economic development in western Alaska; to alleviate poverty and provide economic and social benefits for residents of western Alaska; and to achieve sustainable and diversified local economies in western Alaska. In fitting with these goals, NMFS allocates a portion of the annual catch limits for a variety of commercially valuable marine species in the BSAI to the CDQ Program. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Pacific halibut is one of these species. More information on the CDQ Program is provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/ sustainable-fisheries/communitydevelopment-quota-cdq-program. Information collection requirements for the CDQ Program are approved under OMB Control Number 0648–0269. This information collection is required to manage commercial halibut and sablefish fishing under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Halibut Act, and under 50 CFR parts 300 and 679. This information collection contains the forms used by participants in the IFQ Program to apply for, renew, or replace permits; transfer or lease IFQ and QS; determine compliance with IFQ program requirements; and designate a beneficiary for a QS holder. Two of the permit applications are also used by participants in the CDQ Program. This information collection also contains annual reports and other collections submitted by telephone or other methods and that do not have forms. The type of information collected includes information on the applicants, transferors, transferees, permits, IFQ or QS types and owners, beneficiaries, vessels, business operations, medical declarations, landings, gear types, products, and harvests and harvest areas. This information is used to identify and authorize participants in the halibut and sablefish fisheries, to track and transfer quota share, to limit transfers to authorized participants, and to monitor quota share balances and harvest in these fisheries. II. Method of Collection The information is collected primarily by mail, delivery, fax, email, or telephone. Registered buyers may use eFISH to renew or amend their registered buyer permit. eFISH is the NMFS Alaska Region online Fisheries Information System. The forms and applications are available as fillable pdfs on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/alaskaifq-halibut-sablefish-and-cdq-halibutprogram-fishery-applications-andreporting. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0272. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2645 organizations; Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,559. Estimated Time per Response: Application for IFQ/CDQ Hired Master Permit, 1 hour; Application for IFQ/ CDQ Registered Buyer Permit, 30 minutes; Application for Replacement of Certificates or Permits, 30 minutes; Application for Eligibility to Receive QS/IFQ by Transfer, 2 hours; QS Holder: Identification of Ownership Interest, 2 hours; Application for Transfer of QS, 2 hours; Application for Transfer of QS/ IFQ by Self Sweep Up, 2 hours; Application for Medical Transfer of IFQ, 1.5 hours; Application for Temporary Transfer of Halibut/Sablefish IFQ, 2 hours; Annual Report for CDQ IFQ Transfers, 40 hours; QS/IFQ Beneficiary Designation Form, 30 minutes; Appeals, 4 hours; IFQ Administrative Waiver, 6 minutes; Prior Notice of Landing, 15 minutes; IFQ Departure Report, 15 minutes; Transshipment Authorization, 12 minutes; Dockside sales, 6 minutes; Application for a Non-profit Corporation to be Designated as a Recreational Quota Entity, 200 hours; Application for Transfer of Quota Share To or From a Recreational Quota Entity, 2 hours; Recreational Quota Entity Annual Report, 40 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,588 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $21,471. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits; Mandatory. Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, 16 U.S.C. 773c. 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 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 2646 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices 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. 2021–00553 Filed 1–12–21; 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 Chinook Salmon Economic Data Reports (EDR) 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 March 15, 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– 0633 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 Scott SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Miller, 907–586–7416, scott.miller@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Regional Office, is requesting renewal of the currently approved information collection for the Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report Program. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) manages the Bering Sea pollock fishery under the American Fisheries Act (AFA) (16 U.S.C. 1851). AFA fishing vessels harvest pollock in the Bering Sea pollock fishery using pelagic (midwater) trawl gear, which consists of large nets towed through the water by the vessel. At times, Chinook salmon and pollock occur in the same locations in the Bering Sea; consequently, Chinook salmon are incidentally caught in the nets as pollock is harvested. This incidental catch is called bycatch and is also called prohibited species catch (PSC). The Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report (Chinook Salmon EDR) Program provides NMFS and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) with data to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinook salmon bycatch management measures for the Bering Sea pollock fishery that were implemented under Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (75 FR 53026, August 30, 2010). The Chinook Salmon EDR Program provides information to the analysts and the Council and is intended to evaluate the effectiveness of the Chinook Salmon Incentive Plan Agreement (IPA) (see OMB Control No. 0648–0401). The Chinook Salmon EDR Program is intended to evaluate where, when, and how pollock fishing and salmon bycatch occur and to provide data to study and verify conclusions drawn by industry in the IPA annual reports. The Chinook Salmon EDR Program is managed primarily by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, with support from NMFS Alaska Region, and is administered in collaboration with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (Pacific States). The EDR is a mandatory reporting requirement under 50 CFR 679.65 for all entities participating in the AFA BSAI pollock trawl fishery, including vessel masters and businesses that own or lease one or more AFA-permitted vessels active in fishing or processing BSAI pollock, Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 receiving allocations of BSAI pollock, and representatives of sector entities receiving allocations of Chinook salmon PSC from NMFS. The Chinook Salmon EDR Program consists of three separate forms: • Chinook PSC Allocation In-season Compensated Transfer Report—Collects transfer and monetary compensation information for Chinook salmon PSC allocations. • Vessel Fuel Survey—Collects fuel consumption and average fuel costs. • Vessel Master Survey—Collects vessel master impressions of fishing experiences during the year and of Chinook salmon PSC avoidance efforts. The Chinook Salmon EDR Program also includes a means for NMFS to verify the data submitted in the Compensated Transfer Report. These collections are unchanged since the previous renewal in 2018. II. Method of Collection The Compensated Transfer Report, Vessel Fuel Survey, and Vessel Master Survey are completed and submitted using the economic data reporting web application on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website at https://www.psmfc.org//chinookedr/. In 2019, NMFS discontinued automated auditing of EDR Program reporting. Audits will now only be conducted in cases of suspected gross noncompliance. Future audits will be conducted by a designated auditor and an audit report will be provided to NMFS electronically. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0633. 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: 117. Estimated Time per Response: Compensated Transfer Report: 40 hours; Vessel Fuel Survey: 4 hours; Vessel Master Survey: 4 hours; CTR Verification Audit: 4 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 728 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: American Fisheries Act (16 U.S.C. 1851); 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) E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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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; Individual Fishing Quotas for Pacific Halibut and Sablefish in 
the Alaska Fisheries

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 March 15, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please 
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0272 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 a currently approved information 
collection that contains requirements for the Pacific Halibut and 
Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Program (IFQ Program).
    The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) and NMFS Alaska 
Region manage fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) 
through regulations established under the authority of the Northern 
Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, 16 U.S.C. 773c (Halibut Act). The IPHC 
promulgates regulations governing the halibut fishery under the 
Convention between the United States and Canada for the Preservation of 
the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea 
(Convention). Regulations pursuant to the Convention are set forth at 
50 CFR 300 subpart E.
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, under the authority 
of the Halibut Act (with respect to Pacific halibut) and the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et 
seq.; Magnuson-Stevens Act) (with respect to sablefish), manages the 
IFQ Program. NMFS Alaska Region administers the IFQ Program. 
Regulations implementing the IFQ Program are set forth at 50 CFR part 
679.

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    The IFQ Program provides a limited access system for Pacific 
halibut in Convention waters in and off Alaska and sablefish fisheries 
in waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The IFQ Program 
provides coastal Alaska communities a source of revenue, while 
maintaining the social and economic character of the fixed-gear 
sablefish and halibut fisheries. The IFQ Program provides economic 
stability for these fisheries while reducing many of the conservation 
and management problems commonly associated with open-access fisheries. 
The IFQ Program includes several provisions, such as ownership caps and 
vessel use caps that protect small producers, part-time participants, 
and entry-level participants that otherwise could be adversely affected 
by excessive consolidation.
    Participation in the IFQ Program is limited to persons that hold 
quota share (QS), although there are several very limited provisions 
for ``leasing'' of annual IFQ. QS is a transferable permit that was 
initially issued to persons who owned or leased vessels that made legal 
commercial fixed-gear landings of Pacific halibut or sablefish in the 
waters off Alaska from 1988 through 1990. Currently, QS may only be 
obtained through transfer.
    Annually, NMFS issues eligible QS holders an IFQ fishing permit 
that authorizes participation in the IFQ fisheries. Those to whom IFQ 
permits are issued may harvest their annual allocation at any time 
during the eight plus-month IFQ halibut and sablefish seasons.
    More information on the IFQ Program is provided on the NMFS Alaska 
Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/sustainable-fisheries/pacific-halibut-and-sablefish-individual-fishing-quota-ifq-program.
    Some of the collection instruments in this information collection 
are used by participants in the Western Alaska Community Development 
Quota (CDQ) Program. The purpose of the CDQ Program is to provide 
eligible western Alaska villages with the opportunity to participate 
and invest in fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Management Area (BSAI); to support economic development in western 
Alaska; to alleviate poverty and provide economic and social benefits 
for residents of western Alaska; and to achieve sustainable and 
diversified local economies in western Alaska. In fitting with these 
goals, NMFS allocates a portion of the annual catch limits for a 
variety of commercially valuable marine species in the BSAI to the CDQ 
Program. Pacific halibut is one of these species. More information on 
the CDQ Program is provided on the NMFS Alaska Region website at 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/alaska/sustainable-fisheries/community-development-quota-cdq-program. Information collection requirements for 
the CDQ Program are approved under OMB Control Number 0648-0269.
    This information collection is required to manage commercial 
halibut and sablefish fishing under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the 
Halibut Act, and under 50 CFR parts 300 and 679.
    This information collection contains the forms used by participants 
in the IFQ Program to apply for, renew, or replace permits; transfer or 
lease IFQ and QS; determine compliance with IFQ program requirements; 
and designate a beneficiary for a QS holder. Two of the permit 
applications are also used by participants in the CDQ Program. This 
information collection also contains annual reports and other 
collections submitted by telephone or other methods and that do not 
have forms.
    The type of information collected includes information on the 
applicants, transferors, transferees, permits, IFQ or QS types and 
owners, beneficiaries, vessels, business operations, medical 
declarations, landings, gear types, products, and harvests and harvest 
areas.
    This information is used to identify and authorize participants in 
the halibut and sablefish fisheries, to track and transfer quota share, 
to limit transfers to authorized participants, and to monitor quota 
share balances and harvest in these fisheries.

II. Method of Collection

    The information is collected primarily by mail, delivery, fax, 
email, or telephone. Registered buyers may use eFISH to renew or amend 
their registered buyer permit. eFISH is the NMFS Alaska Region online 
Fisheries Information System. The forms and applications are available 
as fillable pdfs on the NMFS Alaska Region website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/alaska-ifq-halibut-sablefish-and-cdq-halibut-program-fishery-applications-and-reporting.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0272.
    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; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,559.
    Estimated Time per Response: Application for IFQ/CDQ Hired Master 
Permit, 1 hour; Application for IFQ/CDQ Registered Buyer Permit, 30 
minutes; Application for Replacement of Certificates or Permits, 30 
minutes; Application for Eligibility to Receive QS/IFQ by Transfer, 2 
hours; QS Holder: Identification of Ownership Interest, 2 hours; 
Application for Transfer of QS, 2 hours; Application for Transfer of 
QS/IFQ by Self Sweep Up, 2 hours; Application for Medical Transfer of 
IFQ, 1.5 hours; Application for Temporary Transfer of Halibut/Sablefish 
IFQ, 2 hours; Annual Report for CDQ IFQ Transfers, 40 hours; QS/IFQ 
Beneficiary Designation Form, 30 minutes; Appeals, 4 hours; IFQ 
Administrative Waiver, 6 minutes; Prior Notice of Landing, 15 minutes; 
IFQ Departure Report, 15 minutes; Transshipment Authorization, 12 
minutes; Dockside sales, 6 minutes; Application for a Non-profit 
Corporation to be Designated as a Recreational Quota Entity, 200 hours; 
Application for Transfer of Quota Share To or From a Recreational Quota 
Entity, 2 hours; Recreational Quota Entity Annual Report, 40 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,588 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $21,471.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain Benefits; 
Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 
1982, 16 U.S.C. 773c.

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

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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. 2021-00553 Filed 1-12-21; 8:45 am]
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