Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia Chesapeake Bay Pound Net Operations, 54437 [2021-21410]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 188 / Friday, October 1, 2021 / Notices 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; Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia Chesapeake Bay Pound Net Operations The Department of Commerce will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite 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. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on June 10, 2021 (86 FR 30918) during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Title: Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia Chesapeake Bay Pound Net Operations. OMB Control Number: 0648–0470. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Number of Respondents: 37. Average Hours per Response: 10 minutes. Total Annual Burden Hours: 167 hours. Needs and Uses: Since 2002, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has promulgated several rules restricting the use of large mesh and stringer pound net leaders in certain Virginia Chesapeake Bay waters during the late spring/early summer each year. On June 17, 2002, an interim final rule was published (67 FR 41196) restricting leader use, which also required yearround reporting of sea turtle takes. In 2004, NMFS issued a final rule further restricting pound net leader use in Virginia (69 FR 24997). The 2004 rule retained the reporting requirement from the 2002 rule. These regulations (modifications to 50 CFR parts 222 and 223) were implemented as a result of high sea turtle strandings each spring in Virginia and the documented take of sea VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Sep 30, 2021 Jkt 256001 turtles in pound net leaders. On March 31, 2018, a revised Biological Opinion on NMFS gear regulations in the Virginia pound net fishery was completed pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). An Incidental Take Statement was included in this Biological Opinion, exempting the incidental take of a certain number of loggerheads, Kemp’s ridley, green, and leatherback sea turtles in pound net operations. A non-discretionary term and condition of the Incidental Take Statement involved the reporting to NMFS of live or dead sea turtles taken in pound net operations (reflected in 50 CFR 223.206). The collection of this information on the incidental take of sea turtles in the Virginia pound net fishery is necessary to ensure sea turtles are being conserved and protected, as mandated by the ESA. Documenting the accurate occurrence of sea turtle incidental take in pound net operations will help to determine if additional regulatory actions or management measures are necessary to protect sea turtles caught in pound net operations. This information will help NMFS better assess the Virginia pound net fishery and its impacts (or lack thereof) on sea turtle populations in the Virginia Chesapeake Bay. The collection of this information is also imperative to ensure that the Incidental Take Statement is not being exceeded, the anticipated take levels are appropriate, and the effects analysis in the Biological Opinion is accurate. Further, reporting the take of live, injured sea turtles caught in pound net gear will ensure these turtles are transferred immediately to a stranding and rehabilitation center for appropriate medical treatment. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Frequency: Reporting occurs when sea turtles are encountered in Virginia pound net gear, which could occur occasionally from May through November. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Endangered Species Act. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54437 selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB Control Number 0648–0470. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2021–21410 Filed 9–30–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB462] 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) Charter Halibut Management Committee will meet October 26, 2021, through October 27, 2021. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alaska Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a web conference. Join online through the link at https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ Details/2495. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1007 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501–2252; telephone: (907) 271–2809. Instructions for attending the meeting via video conference are given under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Marrinan, Council staff; phone: (907) 271–2809; email: sarah.marrinan@ noaa.gov. For technical support please contact our admin Council staff, email: npfmc.admin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Agenda Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Through Wednesday, October 27, 2021 The Charter Halibut Management Committee agenda will include (a) review of ADF&G preliminary estimates of 2021 charter harvest and recommend management measures to be analyzed for 2022; (b) review Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) funding mechanism E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1

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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; Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia Chesapeake 
Bay Pound Net Operations

    The Department of Commerce will submit the following information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. We invite 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. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register on June 10, 2021 (86 FR 30918) during a 60-day comment 
period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments.
    Agency: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.
    Title: Reporting of Sea Turtle Incidental Take in Virginia 
Chesapeake Bay Pound Net Operations.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0470.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 37.
    Average Hours per Response: 10 minutes.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 167 hours.
    Needs and Uses: Since 2002, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) has promulgated several rules restricting the use of 
large mesh and stringer pound net leaders in certain Virginia 
Chesapeake Bay waters during the late spring/early summer each year. On 
June 17, 2002, an interim final rule was published (67 FR 41196) 
restricting leader use, which also required year-round reporting of sea 
turtle takes. In 2004, NMFS issued a final rule further restricting 
pound net leader use in Virginia (69 FR 24997). The 2004 rule retained 
the reporting requirement from the 2002 rule. These regulations 
(modifications to 50 CFR parts 222 and 223) were implemented as a 
result of high sea turtle strandings each spring in Virginia and the 
documented take of sea turtles in pound net leaders. On March 31, 2018, 
a revised Biological Opinion on NMFS gear regulations in the Virginia 
pound net fishery was completed pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). An Incidental Take Statement was 
included in this Biological Opinion, exempting the incidental take of a 
certain number of loggerheads, Kemp's ridley, green, and leatherback 
sea turtles in pound net operations.
    A non-discretionary term and condition of the Incidental Take 
Statement involved the reporting to NMFS of live or dead sea turtles 
taken in pound net operations (reflected in 50 CFR 223.206). The 
collection of this information on the incidental take of sea turtles in 
the Virginia pound net fishery is necessary to ensure sea turtles are 
being conserved and protected, as mandated by the ESA. Documenting the 
accurate occurrence of sea turtle incidental take in pound net 
operations will help to determine if additional regulatory actions or 
management measures are necessary to protect sea turtles caught in 
pound net operations. This information will help NMFS better assess the 
Virginia pound net fishery and its impacts (or lack thereof) on sea 
turtle populations in the Virginia Chesapeake Bay. The collection of 
this information is also imperative to ensure that the Incidental Take 
Statement is not being exceeded, the anticipated take levels are 
appropriate, and the effects analysis in the Biological Opinion is 
accurate. Further, reporting the take of live, injured sea turtles 
caught in pound net gear will ensure these turtles are transferred 
immediately to a stranding and rehabilitation center for appropriate 
medical treatment.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Frequency: Reporting occurs when sea turtles are encountered in 
Virginia pound net gear, which could occur occasionally from May 
through November.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    Legal Authority: Endangered Species Act.
    This information collection request may be viewed at 
www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view the Department of 
Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of 
this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. 
Find this particular information collection by selecting ``Currently 
under 30-day Review--Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search 
function and entering either the title of the collection or the OMB 
Control Number 0648-0470.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2021-21410 Filed 9-30-21; 8:45 am]
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