DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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.
Type of Request:Regular submission.
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.