Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank, 2647-2648 [2021-00554]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices 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. 2021–00552 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] accessed via telephone by dialing 1– 800–832–0736 and entering room number 5068609. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331; www.mafmc.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this meeting is for the Advisory Panel to develop a fishery performance report (FPR) for both golden and blueline tilefish. The intent of the FPR is to facilitate a venue for structured input from the Advisory Panel for the tilefish specifications processes. The FPR will be used by the MAFMC’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Tilefish Monitoring Committee when reviewing golden tilefish specifications and setting blueline tilefish specifications. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders at the Mid-Atlantic Council Office, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. 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. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [FR Doc. 2021–00557 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration BILLING CODE 3510–22–P [RTID 0648–XA730] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (MAFMC’s) Tilefish Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar, which can be accessed at: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/ tf2021ap/. Meeting audio can also be SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2647 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– 0468 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 Stephen Manley, Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, #13604, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301)-427–8476, stephen.manley@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract In 1989, the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB) was established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Minerals Management Service (MMS), and the U.S. Geological Survey/Biological Resources Division (USGS/BRD). The NMMTB provides protocols, techniques, and physical facilities for the long-term storage of tissues from marine mammals. Scientists can request tissues from this repository for retrospective analyses to determine environmental trends of contaminants and other substances of interest. Under 16 U.S.C. 1421f section 407(d)(1) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the NMFS must establish criteria for access to marine mammal tissues in the NMMTB and make those available for public comment and review. This was accomplished through the proposed rule RIN 0648–AQ51, published on 11/12/ 2002, and codified in 50 CFR 216.47. The NMMTB collects, processes, and stores tissues from specific indicator species (e.g., Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white sided dolphins, pilot whales, harbor porpoises), animals from mass strandings, animals that have been E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 2648 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices obtained incidental to commercial fisheries, animals taken for subsistence purposes, biopsies, and animals from unusual mortality events through two projects, the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) and the Alaska Marine Mammal Tissue Archival Project (AMMTAP). The purposes of this collection of information are: (1) To enable NOAA to allow the scientific community the opportunity to request tissue specimen samples from the NMMTB and, (2) to enable the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) of NOAA to assemble information on all specimens submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Biorepository (NIST Biorepository), which includes the NMMTB. This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection. Most revisions were grammatical. However, two changes were made to data fields in order to streamline data collection. Specifically, instead of relying on a ‘‘please specify’’ text field, more checkbox options have been added to the ‘‘collection type’’ field, and the ‘‘method used to age’’ field on the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank Form. No changes have been made to the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank Tissue Request Form. II. Method of Collection Respondents must complete a specimen banking information sheet for every sample submitted to the Bank. Methods of submitting reports include internet, mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. Those requesting samples send the information, and their research findings, mainly via email. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0468. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (Revision and extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or Tribal government; Federal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100 specimen submission forms (from ∼20 different organizations); 5 requests for tissue samples. Estimated Time Per Response: Request for tissue sample, 2 hours. Specimen submission form, 45 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 85. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $152. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Under 16 U.S.C. 1421f section 407(d)(1) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the NMFS must establish criteria for access to marine mammal tissues in the NMMTB and make those available for public comment and review. 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. 2021–00554 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA747] Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of a 5-Year Review for the Beringia and Okhotsk Distinct Population Segments of the Bearded Seal National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of initiation of 5-year review; request for information. NMFS announces its intent to conduct a 5-year review of the threatened Beringia and Okhotsk distinct population segments (DPSs) of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies Erignathus barbatus nauticus. NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We request submission of any such information on these bearded seal DPSs, particularly information on their status, threats, and recovery, that has become available since their listing on December 28, 2012. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must receive your information no later than March 26, 2021. However, we will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time. ADDRESSES: Submit your information, identified by docket number NOAA– NMFS–2020–0030, by either of the following methods: • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter the above docket number for this notice. Then, click on the Search icon. On the resulting web page, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written information to Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Records Office. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. All comments received are a part of the public record and NMFS will post the comments for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender is publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Olson, NMFS Alaska Region, 907–271–2373, tammy.olson@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: 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; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the 
National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank

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 0648-0468 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 Stephen Manley, Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 
East-West Highway, #13604, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301)-427-8476, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    In 1989, the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB) was 
established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of 
Protected Resources (OPR) in collaboration with the National Institute 
of Standards and Technology (NIST), Minerals Management Service (MMS), 
and the U.S. Geological Survey/Biological Resources Division (USGS/
BRD). The NMMTB provides protocols, techniques, and physical facilities 
for the long-term storage of tissues from marine mammals. Scientists 
can request tissues from this repository for retrospective analyses to 
determine environmental trends of contaminants and other substances of 
interest. Under 16 U.S.C. 1421f section 407(d)(1) of the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act, the NMFS must establish criteria for access to marine 
mammal tissues in the NMMTB and make those available for public comment 
and review. This was accomplished through the proposed rule RIN 0648-
AQ51, published on 11/12/2002, and codified in 50 CFR 216.47.
    The NMMTB collects, processes, and stores tissues from specific 
indicator species (e.g., Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white 
sided dolphins, pilot whales, harbor porpoises), animals from mass 
strandings, animals that have been

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obtained incidental to commercial fisheries, animals taken for 
subsistence purposes, biopsies, and animals from unusual mortality 
events through two projects, the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding 
Response Program (MMHSRP) and the Alaska Marine Mammal Tissue Archival 
Project (AMMTAP).
    The purposes of this collection of information are: (1) To enable 
NOAA to allow the scientific community the opportunity to request 
tissue specimen samples from the NMMTB and, (2) to enable the Marine 
Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) of NOAA to 
assemble information on all specimens submitted to the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology's Biorepository (NIST 
Biorepository), which includes the NMMTB.
    This request is for revision and extension of a current information 
collection. Most revisions were grammatical. However, two changes were 
made to data fields in order to streamline data collection. 
Specifically, instead of relying on a ``please specify'' text field, 
more checkbox options have been added to the ``collection type'' field, 
and the ``method used to age'' field on the National Marine Mammal 
Tissue Bank Form. No changes have been made to the National Marine 
Mammal Tissue Bank Tissue Request Form.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents must complete a specimen banking information sheet for 
every sample submitted to the Bank. Methods of submitting reports 
include internet, mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. Those 
requesting samples send the information, and their research findings, 
mainly via email.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0468.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (Revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit organizations; Not-for-profit institutions; State, Local, or 
Tribal government; Federal government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100 specimen submission forms 
(from ~20 different organizations); 5 requests for tissue samples.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Request for tissue sample, 2 hours. 
Specimen submission form, 45 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 85.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $152.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Under 16 U.S.C. 1421f section 407(d)(1) of the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act, the NMFS must establish criteria for 
access to marine mammal tissues in the NMMTB and make those available 
for public comment and review.

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. 2021-00554 Filed 1-12-21; 8:45 am]
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