[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 14 (Tuesday, January 22, 2013)]
[Page 4381]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01091]



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 Region Logbook Family of Forms.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0212.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 6,378.
    Average Hours Per Response: Logbooks, 5 minutes except for 
shellfish logbook, 12.5 minutes; interactive voice response (IVR) 
landings reports, 5 minutes; declaration of days out of gillnet 
fishery, 3 minutes; departure/landing call-ins for monkfish and limited 
access occasional sea scallop trips, 2 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 15,057.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for a revision and extension of a 
currently approved information collection.
    Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 
the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has the responsibility for the 
conservation and management of marine fishery resources. Much of this 
responsibility has been delegated to the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS). Under this stewardship role, the Secretary was given certain 
regulatory authorities to ensure the most beneficial uses of these 
resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the 
conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of 
the resource. Thus, as regional Fishery Management Councils develop 
specific Fishery Management Plans (FMP), the Secretary has promulgated 
rules for the issuance and use of a vessel Interactive Voice Response 
(IVR) system, a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and vessel logbooks 
(VTR) to obtain fishery-dependent data to monitor, evaluate, and 
enforce fishery regulations.
    Fishing vessels permitted to participate in Federally-permitted 
fisheries in the Northeast are required to submit logbooks containing 
catch and effort information about their fishing trips. Permitted 
vessels that catch halibut are also asked to voluntarily provide 
additional information on the estimated size of the fish and the time 
of day caught through vessel logbooks. Participants in the herring, 
tilefish and red crab fisheries are also required to make weekly 
reports on their catch through IVR. In addition, vessels fishing under 
a days-at sea (DAS) management system can use the IVR system to request 
a DAS credit when they have canceled a trip for unforeseen 
circumstances. The information submitted is needed for the management 
of the fisheries.
    This revision/extension removes the VMS requirement for Northeast 
multispecies permit holders participating in the special access 
programs (SAPs), the Category B (regular) Days-at-Sea (DAS) program, 
and fishing in the United States/Canada Resource Sharing Understanding 
Area to avoid duplication, as this information collection is approved 
under another collection (OMB Control No. 0648-0605).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Monthly, weekly and on occasion.
    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: January 15, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01091 Filed 1-18-13; 8:45 am]