[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 9, 2012)]
[Pages 61378-61379]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24707]



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: Northeast Multispecies Days-At-Sea Leasing Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0475.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 500.
    Average Hours per Response: Days at Sea Lease Transfer, 5 minute 
per party; downgrade vessel specifications baseline request, 1 hour.
    Burden Hours: 88.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for an extension of this 
information collection.
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Region manages 
the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery of the Exclusive Economic Zone 
(EEZ) of the Northeastern United States through the NE Multispecies 

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Management Plan (FMP). The New England Fishery Management Council 
prepared the FMP pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act (MSA). The regulations implementing the FMP are 
specified at 50 CFR part 648 Subpart F. The NE multispecies DAS leasing 
requirements at Sec.  648.82(k) form the basis for this collection of 
    The NE Multispecies Days-at-Sea (DAS) Leasing Program was 
implemented in 2004 as a result of Amendment 13 (69 FR 22906) which 
substantially reduced the number of DAS available for the NE 
multispecies vessels. To mitigate some of the adverse impact associated 
with the reduction in DAS, the NE Multispecies Leasing Program was 
developed to enable vessels to increase their revenue by either leasing 
additional DAS from another vessel to increase their participation on 
the fishery, or by leasing their unused allocated DAS to another 
    NMFS requests DAS leasing application information in order to 
process and track requests from allocation holders to transfer DAS to 
another vessel. This information, upon receipt, results in an 
increasingly more efficient and accurate database for management and 
monitoring of fisheries of the Northeastern U.S. EEZ. The DAS leasing 
downgrade information is collected to allow vessel owners that are 
eligible to lease NE Multispecies DAS a one-time downgrade in their 
baseline specifications to their current vessel specifications. This 
one-time downgrade provides greater flexibility for vessel to lease 
their DAS.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: On occasion, one time.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or maintain benefits.
    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.
    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 
    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: October 2, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-24707 Filed 10-5-12; 8:45 am]