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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:Northeast Region Observer Providers Requirements.

OMB Control Number:0648-0546.

Form Number(s):NA.

Type of Request:Regular submission (extension of a current information collection).

Number of Respondents:631.

Average Hours per Response:Observer deployment report, observer availability report, request for an observer, 10 minutes; raw observer data, biological samples, notification of unavailability of observers, observer contact list updates, 5 minutes; observer availability updates, 1 minute; safety refusals, incident reports, requests for observer training, service provider material submissions, service provider contracts, 30 minutes; observer debriefings, 2 hours; observer provider permit applications, applicant response to a denial, 10 hours; rebuttal of removal from list of approved service providers, 8 hours.

Burden Hours:6,236.

Needs and Uses:Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. Much of this responsibility has been delegated to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Under this stewardship role, the Secretary was given certain regulatory authorities to ensure the most beneficial uses of these resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of the resource.

Regulations at 50 CFR 648.11(g) require observer service providers to comply with specific requirements in order to operate as an approved provider in the Atlantic sea scallop (scallop) fishery. Observer service providers must comply with the following requirements: Submit applications for approval as an observer service provider; formally request observer training by the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP); submit observer deployment reports and biological samples; give notification of whether a vessel must carry an observer within 24 hours of the vessel owner's notification of a prospective trip; maintain an updated contact list of all observers that includes the observer identification number; observer's name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone numbers, homeports or fisheries/trip types assigned, and whether or not the observer is "in service." The regulationsalso require observer service providers submit any outreach materials, such as informational pamphlets, payment notification, and descriptions of observer duties as well as all contracts between the service provider and entities requiring observer services for review to NMFS/NEFOP. Observer service providers also have the option to respond to application denials, and submit a rebuttal in response to a pending removal from the list of approved observer providers. These requirements allow NMFS/NEFOP to effectively administer the scallop observer program.

Affected Public:Business or other for-profit organizations.

Frequency:Annually, semi-annually, monthly, daily and on occasion.

Respondent's Obligation:Mandatory.

OMB Desk Officer:

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 6616, 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

Dated: June 20, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.