[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 165 (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)]
[Pages 50884-50885]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20228]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0064]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Infectious Salmon Anemia; Payment of Indemnity

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

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ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with the regulations for the payment of indemnity 
due to infectious salmon anemia.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0064.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2014-0064, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-
0064 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA 
South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, 
please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for 
the payment of indemnity due to infectious salmon anemia, contact Dr. 
William G. Smith, Assistant District Director, VS-SPRS District 1, 
APHIS, 160 Worcester-Providence Road, Sutton, MA 01590; (508) 363-2278. 
For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, 
contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Infectious Salmon Anemia; Payment of Indemnity.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0192.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to 
prevent the interstate spread of serious diseases and pests of 
livestock within the United States when feasible. In connection with 
this mission, APHIS established regulations in 9 CFR part 53 to pay 
indemnity to salmon producers in Maine whose fish are destroyed because 
of infectious salmon anemia (ISA). However, payment is subject to the 
availability of funding.
    ISA is a foreign animal disease of Atlantic salmon that is caused 
by an orthomyxovirus. The disease affects wild and farmed Atlantic 
salmon. ISA poses a substantial threat to the economic viability and 
sustainability of salmon aquaculture in the United States.
    In order to take part in the indemnity program, producers must 
enroll in the cooperative ISA control program administered by APHIS and 
the State of Maine. Program participants must inform the ISA Program 
Veterinarian in writing of the name of their accredited veterinarian, 
develop biosecurity protocols and a site-specific ISA action plan, 
submit fish inventory and mortality information, complete an appraisal 
and indemnity claim form, and assist APHIS or State officials with 
onsite disease surveillance, testing, and biosecurity audits.
    Since the last extension of approval for these information 
collection activities, APHIS has decreased the estimated annual number 
of responses from 718 to 182 for two reasons. APHIS overestimated the 
estimated annual number of responses per respondent by listing 16 
responses per respondent for 2 items when it should have been 1 
response per respondent. In addition, there has been a decrease in the 
number of aquaculture operations, which has resulted in a change in the 
estimated annual number of respondents from 16 to 12.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 2.66 hours per response.
    Respondents: ISA program participants, such as certain aquaculture 
industry business owners, managers, site employees, accredited 
veterinarians, or laboratory personnel.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 12.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 15.17.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 182.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 484 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 20th day of August 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-20228 Filed 8-25-14; 8:45 am]