[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 226 (Friday, November 23, 2012)]
[Pages 70138-70139]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28343]



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: Mandatory Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0542.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 1,563.
    Average Hours per Response: 20 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 521.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a current 
information collection.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

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(Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management 
Council (Council) to prepare and amend fishery management plans for any 
fishery in waters under its jurisdiction. National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) manages the shrimp fishery in the waters of the Gulf of 
Mexico under the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The regulations 
for the Gulf Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Form may be found 
at 50 CFR 622.5(a)(1)(iii)(C).
    Owners or operators of vessels applying for or renewing a 
commercial vessel moratorium permit for Gulf shrimp must complete an 
annual Gulf Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Form. The form will 
be provided by NMFS at the time of permit application and renewal. 
Compliance with this reporting requirement is required for permit 
issuance and renewal.
    Through this form, NMFS is collecting census-level information on 
fishing vessel and gear characteristics in the Gulf of Mexico Exclusive 
Economic Zone (EEZ) shrimp fishery to conduct analyses that will 
improve fishery management decision-making in this fishery; ensure that 
national goals, objectives, and requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Executive Order (E.O.) 
12866 are met; and quantify achievement of the performance measures in 
the NMFS' Operating Plans. This information is vital in assessing the 
economic, social, and environmental effects of fishery management 
decisions and regulations on individual shrimp fishing enterprises, 
fishing communities, and the nation as a whole.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
    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: November 16, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-28343 Filed 11-21-12; 8:45 am]