[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 97 (Monday, May 20, 2013)]
[Page 29331]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11951]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Western Alaska 
Community Development Quota Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before July 19, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Patsy A. Bearden (907) 586-7008 or 


I. Abstract

    This request is for extension of a current information collection.
    The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program is an 
economic development program implemented under the Magnuson Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Fishery Management Plan 
for the Groundfish Fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, and 
regulations at 50 CFR part 679. The purpose of the program is to 
provide western Alaska communities the opportunity to participate and 
invest in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area fisheries, to 
support economic development in western Alaska, to alleviate poverty 
and provide economic and social benefits for residents of western 
Alaska, and to achieve sustainable and diversified local economies in 
western Alaska.
    CDQ and prohibited species quota (PSQ) allocations are made to CDQ 
groups. However, in many cases the CDQ groups contract with existing 
fishing vessels and processors to harvest CDQ on their behalf. The CDQ 
group is responsible to monitor the catch of CDQ and PSQ by all vessels 
fishing under its Community Development Plan and to take the necessary 
action to prevent overages. National Marine Fisheries Service monitors 
the reported catch to assure that quotas are not being exceeded. 
Information is collected only through quota transfers in this 

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. 
Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and 
facsimile transmission of paper forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0269.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes for Non-Chinook CDQ/PSQ 
Transfer Request; 5 hours for Application for approval of use of non-
CDQ harvest regulations.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 11.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: May 15, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-11951 Filed 5-17-13; 8:45 am]