[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 36 (Friday, February 22, 2013)]
[Page 12292]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04073]



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: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Recreational Landings 
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0328.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 10,435.
    Average Hours per Response: Maryland and North Carolina catch 
cards, 10 minutes; other landings reports, 5 minutes; verifications of 
bluefin tuna landed over 73 inches, 5 minutes; monthly state reports, 1 
hour; annual state reports, 4 hours.
    Burden Hours: 1,384.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a 
currently approved information collection.
    Recreational catch reporting provides important data used to 
monitor catches of Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) and 
supplements other existing data collection programs. Data collected 
through this program are used for both domestic and international 
fisheries management and stock assessment purposes.
    Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) catch reporting provides real-time 
catch information used to monitor the recreational BFT fishery. Under 
the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (ATCA, 16 U.S.C. 971), the 
United States is required to adopt regulations, as necessary and 
appropriate, to implement recommendations of the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), including 
recommendations on a specified BFT quota. BFT catch reporting helps the 
U.S. monitor this quota monitoring and supports scientific research 
consistent with ATCA and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). 
Recreational anglers are required to report specific information 
regarding their catch after they land a BFT.
    Atlantic billfish and swordfish are managed internationally by 
ICCAT and nationally under ATCA and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This 
collection provides information needed to monitor the recreational 
catch of Atlantic blue and white marlin, which is applied to the 
recreational limit established by ICCAT, and the recreational catch of 
North Atlantic swordfish, which is applied to the U.S. quota 
established by ICCAT. This collection also provides information on 
recreational landings of West Atlantic sailfish which is unavailable 
from other established monitoring programs. Collection of sailfish 
catch information is authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for 
purposes of stock management.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Frequency: Monthly, annually and on occasion.
    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: February 18, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-04073 Filed 2-21-13; 8:45 am]