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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:Gear-Marking Requirement for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

OMB Control Number:0648-0364.

Form Number(s):None.

Type of Request:Regular submission.

Burden Hours:10,235.

Number of Respondents:1,470.

Average Hours per Response:5 minutes.

Needs and Uses:Gear-marking requirements in accordance with the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, developed under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, assist National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in obtaining detailed information about which fisheries or specific parts of fishing gear are responsible for the incidental mortality and serious injury of right, humpback, and fin whales. Generally, only a portion of gear is recovered from an entangled whale and it is almost impossible to link that portion of gear to a particular fishery. Therefore, requiring fishermen to mark surface buoys and the buoy line provides NMFS with an additional source of information, which could then be used to determine the gear responsible for and the location of the entanglement event. The following fisheries are affected by this information collection: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic lobster trap/pot fisheries; Atlantic blue crab trap/pot fisheries; Atlantic mixed species trap/pot fisheries targeting crab (red, Jonah, and rock), hagfish, finfish (black sea bass, scup, tautog, cod, haddock, pollock, redfish, and white hake), conch/whelk, and shrimp; Northeast anchored gillnet; Northeast drift gillnet; Mid-Atlantic gillnet; Southeast Atlantic gillnet; and Southeastern United States Atlantic shark gillnet.

Affected Public:Business or other for-profit organizations.


Respondent's Obligation:Voluntary.

OMB Desk Officer:David Rostker, (202) 395-3897.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-0266, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, FAX number (202) 395-7285,

Dated: February 4, 2009. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.