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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:Reporting Requirements for Commercial Fisheries Authorization under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

OMB Control Number:0648-0292.

Form Number(s):NA.

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

Number of Respondents:200.

Average Hours Per Response:15 minutes.

Burden Hours:50.

Needs and Uses:This request is for an extension of a currently approved information collection.

Reporting injury to and/or mortalities of marine mammals is mandated under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This information is required to determine the impacts of commercial fishing on marine mammal populations. This information is also used to categorize commercial fisheries into Categories I, II, or III. Participants in the first two categories must be authorized to take marine mammals, while those in Category III are exempt from that requirement. All categories must report injuries or mortalities on a National Marine Fisheries Service form.

Affected Public:Business or other for-profit organizations.

Frequency:On occasion.

Respondent's Obligation:Mandatory.

OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet atJJessup@doc.gov).

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice toOIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

Dated: October 29, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.