[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)]
[Pages 18789-18790]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7467]



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: Highly Migratory Species Permit Family of Forms.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0327.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 37,177.
    Average Hours per Response: Initial vessel permit applications, 30 
minutes; renewals, 6 minutes; initial dealer permits, 15 minutes; 
renewals, 5 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 9,801.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a 
current information collection.
    Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the National Marine 
Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for management of the nation's 
marine fisheries. In addition, NMFS must comply with the United States' 
obligations under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 
971 et seq.). NMFS issues permits to fishing vessels and dealers in 
order to collect the information necessary to comply with domestic and 
international obligations, secure compliance with regulations, and 
disseminate necessary information.
    Current regulations at 50 CFR 635.4 require that vessels 
participating in commercial and recreational fisheries for Atlantic 
highly migratory species (HMS) and dealers purchasing Atlantic HMS from 
a vessel, obtain a Federal permit issued by NMFS. Current regulations 
at 50 CFR 300.182 require that individuals entering for consumption 
(importing into the Customs territory of the United States or the 
separate customs territory of a U.S. insular possession, for domestic 
use), exporting, or re-exporting consignments of bluefin tuna, southern 
bluefin tuna, swordfish, or frozen bigeye tuna obtain an HMS 
International Trade Permit (ITP) from NMFS. This action addresses the 
renewal of permit applications currently approved under this 
collection, including both vessel and dealer permits. Vessel permits 
include Atlantic tunas, HMS charter/headboats, HMS angling, smoothhound 
sharks, and incidental HMS squid trawl permits. Dealer permits include 
Atlantic tunas dealer permits and the HMS ITP.
    Revision: Shark and swordfish dealer and vessel permits were found 
to be included also in OMB Control No. 0648-0205, Southeast Region 
Permit Family of Forms, and will be removed from this information 
collection. There have also been reductions in some permit fees.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    OMB Desk Officer: [email protected].
    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 
[email protected]).
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to [email protected].

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    Dated: March 23, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-7467 Filed 3-27-12; 8:45 am]