[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 135 (Friday, July 13, 2012)]
[Page 41370]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17101]



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: Gear-Marking Requirement for Atlantic Large Whale Take 
Reduction Plan.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0364.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 4,270.
    Average Hours per Response: 5 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 10,235.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a current 
information collection.
    The purpose of this collection of information is to enable National 
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to reduce the serious injury and 
mortality of large whales, especially right whales, due to incidental 
entanglement in the United States (U.S.) commercial fishing gear. Any 
persons setting trap/pot of gillnet gear in some areas of the Atlantic 
Ocean are required to paint or otherwise mark their gear with one or 
two color codes, designating the type of gear and area where the gear 
is set. The surface buoys of this gear need to be marked to identify 
the vessel or fishery. These marking requirements apply in the various 
management areas under the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan 
(ALWTRP), developed under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection 
    The goals of this collection of information are to obtain more 
information on where large whales are being entangled and on what type 
of gear is responsible for the entanglement. This information will 
allow NMFS to focus further risk reduction measures in certain areas or 
fisheries, where needed, to meet the goals of the ALWTRP. Also, 
fisheries observers can provide information to managers on whether 
regulations need to be modified to address compliance or safety issues.
    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].

    Dated: July 10, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-17101 Filed 7-12-12; 8:45 am]