[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 49 (Wednesday, March 13, 2013)]
[Page 15932]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05720]



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 Amendment 16.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0605.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
current information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 1,482.
    Average Hours per Response: Pre-trip notification, trip start hail, 
trip forward hail, 48-hour notification for all multispecies vessels 
and provision of weigh-out slips to monitoring providers, 2 minutes 
each; monitoring system for discards and database entry, 3 minutes; 
transfer of annual catch entitlement, call-in for vessel monitoring 
system (VMS) unit confirmation, area and days-at-sea declaration, 
notification of monitor emergency, relay catch/discard data, days-at-
sea transfers, 5 minutes each; VMS certification form, reporting of 
monitor deployments, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization 
reporting, 10 minutes each; catch-reporting requirements, vessel trip-
end hails, 15 minutes; notification of ejection from sector, monitoring 
reporting requirements for safety, copies of contracts and supporting 
documents, 30 minutes; Office of Law Enforcement debrief of monitor, 2 
hours; sector manager weekly catch reports; 4 hours; sector manager 
annual catch reports, 12 hours; monitoring and reporting service 
provider's application, and response to denial, 10 hours each; 
submission of proposed special access programs; 20 hours; operations 
plan and NEPA analysis, 640 hours total.
    Burden Hours: 80,637.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a 
current information collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Secretary 
of Commerce has the responsibility for the conservation and management 
of marine fishery resources. We, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and 
the Regional Fishery Management Councils are delegated the majority of 
this responsibility. The New England Fishery Management Council 
(Council) develops management plans for fishery resources in New 
    In 2010, we implemented a new suite of regulations for the 
Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery through Amendment 16 to the 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). This action 
updated status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies 
or ocean pout stocks; adopted rebuilding programs for NE multispecies 
stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; 
revised management measures, including significant revisions to the 
sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild 
overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and 
mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. It 
also implemented new requirements under Amendment 16 for establishing 
acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and 
accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, 
pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
    Revisions: The Restricted Gear Requirements have been removed from 
the regulations. Therefore the requirement to declare into these areas 
via VMS, or to receive an LOA are also removed from this information 
    Also, percentages of trip monitoring, planned to change after the 
first three years, are changed.
    In an attempt to consolidate reporting requirements that are 
mandated by the NE multispecies regulation, we propose moving some 
requirements out of OMB Control No. 0648-0202, Northeast Region Permit 
Family of Forms, and into this collection, including: The Days-at-Sea 
Transfer Program, Expedited Submission of Proposed Special Access 
Programs, and North Atlantic Fisheries Organization Reporting 
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Annually, weekly, 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: March 7, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-05720 Filed 3-12-13; 8:45 am]