[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68733-68734]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27916]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Vessel 
Information Family of Forms.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0595.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 63.
    Average Hours per Response: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Convention (WCPFC) Area Endorsement Application, 60 minutes; Foreign 
Exclusive Economic Zone form, 90 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 69.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of a currently 
approved information collection.
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued regulations 
under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention 
Implementation Act (WCPFCIA; 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.) to carry out the 
obligations of the United States under the Convention on the 
Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the 
Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), including implementing 
the decisions of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of 
Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean 
(Commission). The regulations include requirements for the owners or 
operators of U.S. vessels to: (1) Apply for and obtain a WCPFC Area 
Endorsement if the vessel is used for fishing for highly migratory 
species on the high seas in the Convention Area (50 CFR 300.212), and 
(2) complete and submit a Foreign Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Form if 
the vessel is used for fishing for highly migratory species in the 
Convention Area in areas under the jurisdiction of any nation other 
than the United States (50 CFR 300.213).
    The application for WCPFC Area Endorsements calls for specified 
information about the vessel and its operator that is not already 
collected via the application for high seas fishing permits issued 
under 50 CFR 300.13. The Foreign EEZ Form calls for specified 
information about the vessel, its owners and operators and any fishing 
authorizations issued by other nations.
    This information collected under the two requirements is used by 
NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Commission to monitor the size and 
composition of the HMS fleets in the Convention Area for compliance-
related and scientific purposes.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

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    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
JJessup@doc.gov).
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: November 13, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-27916 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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