Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Secretary of Commerce has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. We, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Regional Fishery Management Councils are delegated the majority of this responsibility. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) develops management plans for fishery resources in New England.
In 2010, we implemented a new suite of regulations for the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery through Amendment 16 to the Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 16). This action updated status determination criteria for all regulated NE multispecies or ocean pout stocks; adopted rebuilding programs for NE multispecies stocks newly classified as being overfished and subject to overfishing; revised management measures, including significant revisions to the sector management measures, necessary to end overfishing, rebuild overfished regulated NE multispecies and ocean pout stocks, and mitigate the adverse economic impacts of increased effort controls. It also implemented new requirements under Amendment 16 for establishing acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limits (ACLs), and accountability measures (AMs) for each stock managed under the FMP, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Not all measures that were included in Amendment 16 were ultimately approved, including the Gulf of Maine Sink Gillnet Pilot Program, which would have necessitated a Letter of Authorization (LOA) had it been approved. Therefore, we propose to remove this requirement from the information collection. In addition, Framework 47 to the Multispecies FMP removed Restricted Gear Requirements from the regulations. Therefore the requirement to declare into these areas via vessel monitoring system (VMS), or to receive an LOA are also proposed to be removed from this information collection.
In an attempt to consolidate reporting requirements that are mandated by the NE multispecies regulation, we propose moving some requirements out of OMB Control No. 0648-0202, Northeast Region Permit Family of Forms, and into this collection, including: The Days-at-Sea (DAS) Transfer Program, Expedited Submission of Proposed Special Access Programs (SAPs), and North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Reporting Requirements.
Respondents must submit either paper forms via postal service, or electronic forms submitted via the internet or vessels' vessel monitoring system (VMS).
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 technology.
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.