Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery To Support Scientific Research, 7138-7139 [2022-02602]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 7138 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 8, 2022 / Notices Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination In order to issue an IHA, NMFS must find that the specified activity will not have an ‘‘unmitigable adverse impact’’ on the subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal species or stocks by Alaskan Natives. NMFS has defined ‘‘unmitigable adverse impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as an impact resulting from the specified activity: (1) That is likely to reduce the availability of the species to a level insufficient for a harvest to meet subsistence needs by: (i) Causing the marine mammals to abandon or avoid hunting areas; (ii) Directly displacing subsistence users; or (iii) Placing physical barriers between the marine mammals and the subsistence hunters; and (2) That cannot be sufficiently mitigated by other measures to increase the availability of marine mammals to allow subsistence needs to be met. Alaska Native hunters in the Ketchikan vicinity do not traditionally harvest cetaceans (Muto et al., 2021). Harbor seals are the most commonly targeted marine mammal that is hunted by Alaska Native subsistence hunters within the Ketchikan area. In 2012 an estimated 595 harbor seals were taken for subsistence uses, with 22 of those occurring in Ketchikan (Wolfe et al., 2013). This is the most recent data available. The harbor seal harvest per capita in both communities was low, at 0.02 for Ketchikan. ADF&G subsistence data for Southeast Alaska shows that from 1992 through 2008, plus 2012, from zero to 19 Steller sea lions were taken by Alaska Native hunters per year with typical harvest years ranging from zero to five animals (Wolfe et al., 2013). In 2012, it is estimated 9 sea lions were taken in all of Southeast Alaska and only from Hoonah and Sitka. There are no known haulout locations in the project area. Both the harbor seal and the Steller sea lion may be temporarily displaced from the action area. However, neither the local population nor any individual pinnipeds are likely to be adversely impacted by the proposed action beyond noise-induced harassment or slight injury. The proposed project is anticipated to have no long-term impact on Steller sea lion or harbor seal populations, or their habitat no long term impacts on the availability of marine mammals for subsistence uses is anticipated. Based on the description of the specified activity, the measures described to minimize adverse effects on the availability of marine mammals for subsistence purposes, and the proposed mitigation and monitoring measures, NMFS has determined that VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Feb 07, 2022 Jkt 256001 there will not be an unmitigable adverse impact on subsistence uses from NOAA’s proposed activities. the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are followed. National Environmental Policy Act To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6A, NMFS must review our proposed action (i.e., the issuance of an IHA) with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. This action is consistent with categories of activities identified in Categorical Exclusion B4 (IHAs with no anticipated serious injury or mortality) of the Companion Manual for NOAA Administrative Order 216–6A, which do not individually or cumulatively have the potential for significant impacts on the quality of the human environment and for which we have not identified any extraordinary circumstances that would preclude this categorical exclusion. Accordingly, NMFS has determined that the issuance of the proposed IHA qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. Dated: February 3, 2022. Kimberly Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Endangered Species Act Section 7(a)(2) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the Alaska Regional Office, whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. NMFS is authorizing take of Mexico DPS of humpback whales which are listed under the ESA. The NMFS Alaska Regional Office Protected Resources Division issued a Biological Opinion under section 7 of the ESA, on the issuance of an IHA to NOAA under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA by the NMFS Permits and Conservation Division. The Biological Opinion concluded that the proposed action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of Mexico DPS of humpback whales, and is not likely to destroy or adversely modify Mexico DPS of humpback whales critical habitat. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to NOAA for the potential harassment of small numbers of nine marine mammal species incidental to the NOAA Port Facility Project in Ketchikan, provided PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2022–02633 Filed 2–7–22; 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; Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery To Support Scientific Research 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 October 29, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Title: Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery Dependent Data to Support Scientific Research. OMB Control Number: 0648–XXXX. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular Submission (new information collection). Number of Respondents: 39. Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes to complete registration, and 35 minutes per day for vessels collecting trip level data. Total Annual Burden Hours: 908. Needs and Uses: Commercial fishers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will collaborate with NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Cooperative Research Branch to voluntarily collect detailed fishery dependent data during commercial fishing trips. Collection of information regarding fishing for commercial E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 8, 2022 / Notices fisheries is necessary to fulfill the following statutory requirements: the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). Fishers will use the Fisheries Logbook Data Reporting Software (FLDRS) to collect high resolution information on fishing effort and catch. The goal is to enable fishers to collect more accurate and precise data on where and how many fish are caught, and how much effort was expended. This high resolution data will lead to improved accuracy of commercial fisheries data and better understanding of fishery dynamics. The FLDRS software was designed to record data at the haul (effort) level, similar to the level of data collected by the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP) but can be used to collect sub trip level data and is approved for federal eVTR. FLDRS can be integrated with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), depth sounders and temperature/depth sensors. The FLDRS software can use the VMS to transmit a trip data file to NEFSC email account where it is ultimately uploaded to NEFSC database. Alternatively, the vessel operator can choose to manually upload trip files using the web-based application Vessel Electronic Reporting Web Portal (VERS). Temperature and Depth (TD) data will be collected opportunistically and dependent on fisher interest. TD probes will be used to monitor the duration of time gear is fished in addition to collecting temperature and depth data. The high resolution catch data in conjunction with temperature depth data can be used to validate oceanographic and habitat models to produce oceanographic and species density forecasts for fishers. These species specific density forecast can be used as a tool while fishing to maximize efficiency and avoid limited stocks. By collecting these data, we are improving the data available to support improved understanding of population, ecosystem, and fishery dynamics in the northeast region. These improved understandings help the Northeast Fisheries Science Center inform management so they can meet the standards laid out in the Magnuson Stevens Act. Without working with the fishing industry to collect these data we are severely restricting our access to the best available data to support needed research that informs management decisions. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: As needed. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:16 Feb 07, 2022 Jkt 256001 Legal Authority: Magnuson Stevens 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 the title of the collection. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2022–02602 Filed 2–7–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB757] Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Kitty Hawk Wind Marine Site Characterization Surveys, North Carolina and Virginia National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments on proposed authorization and possible renewal. AGENCY: NMFS has received a request from Kitty Hawk Wind for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys offshore and in state waters of North Carolina. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-time, oneyear renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7139 agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than March 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service and should be submitted via email to ITP.Daly@ noaa.gov. Instructions: NMFS is not responsible for comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. Comments, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25megabyte file size. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted online at www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Daly, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. Electronic copies of the application and supporting documents, as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may be obtained online at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The MMPA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of marine mammals, with certain exceptions. Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (as delegated to NMFS) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed incidental take authorization may be provided to the public for review. Authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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[Notices]
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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; Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery To 
Support Scientific Research

    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 October 29, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.
    Title: Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery 
Dependent Data to Support Scientific Research.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-XXXX.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Regular Submission (new information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 39.
    Average Hours per Response: 30 minutes to complete registration, 
and 35 minutes per day for vessels collecting trip level data.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 908.
    Needs and Uses: Commercial fishers from the Northeast and Mid-
Atlantic will collaborate with NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries 
Science Center (NEFSC) Cooperative Research Branch to voluntarily 
collect detailed fishery dependent data during commercial fishing 
trips. Collection of information regarding fishing for commercial

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fisheries is necessary to fulfill the following statutory requirements: 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.).
    Fishers will use the Fisheries Logbook Data Reporting Software 
(FLDRS) to collect high resolution information on fishing effort and 
catch. The goal is to enable fishers to collect more accurate and 
precise data on where and how many fish are caught, and how much effort 
was expended. This high resolution data will lead to improved accuracy 
of commercial fisheries data and better understanding of fishery 
dynamics. The FLDRS software was designed to record data at the haul 
(effort) level, similar to the level of data collected by the Northeast 
Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP) but can be used to collect sub trip 
level data and is approved for federal eVTR. FLDRS can be integrated 
with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), 
depth sounders and temperature/depth sensors. The FLDRS software can 
use the VMS to transmit a trip data file to NEFSC email account where 
it is ultimately uploaded to NEFSC database. Alternatively, the vessel 
operator can choose to manually upload trip files using the web-based 
application Vessel Electronic Reporting Web Portal (VERS).
    Temperature and Depth (TD) data will be collected opportunistically 
and dependent on fisher interest. TD probes will be used to monitor the 
duration of time gear is fished in addition to collecting temperature 
and depth data. The high resolution catch data in conjunction with 
temperature depth data can be used to validate oceanographic and 
habitat models to produce oceanographic and species density forecasts 
for fishers. These species specific density forecast can be used as a 
tool while fishing to maximize efficiency and avoid limited stocks.
    By collecting these data, we are improving the data available to 
support improved understanding of population, ecosystem, and fishery 
dynamics in the northeast region. These improved understandings help 
the Northeast Fisheries Science Center inform management so they can 
meet the standards laid out in the Magnuson Stevens Act. Without 
working with the fishing industry to collect these data we are severely 
restricting our access to the best available data to support needed 
research that informs management decisions.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: As needed.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Legal Authority: Magnuson Stevens 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 the title of the collection.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2022-02602 Filed 2-7-22; 8:45 am]
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