An Observer Program for At-Sea Processing Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

ICR 202103-0648-005

OMB: 0648-0500

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ICR Details
0648-0500 202103-0648-005
Received in OIRA 201804-0648-003
An Observer Program for At-Sea Processing Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 04/06/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 05/31/2021
3,710 3,710
621 621
0 0

This request is for extension of the current collection for the Monitoring Programs for Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. In 2011, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) mandated observer requirements for the West Coast groundfish trawl catch shares program. For all fishery sectors, observers must be obtained through third-party observer provider companies operating under permits issued by NMFS. The regulations at §§ 660.140 (h), 660.150 (j), and 660.160 (g), specify observer coverage requirements for trawl vessels and define the responsibilities for observer providers, including reporting requirements. Regulations at §660.140 (i) specify requirements for catch monitor coverage for first receivers. Data collected by observers are used by NMFS to estimate total landed catch and discards, monitor the attainment of annual groundfish allocations, estimate catch rates of prohibited species, and as a component in stock assessments. These data are necessary to comply with the Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements to prevent overfishing. In addition, observer data is used to assess fishing related mortality of protected and endangered species.

PL: Pub.L. 94 - 265 303 Name of Law: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 522 01/06/2021
86 FR 17369 04/02/2021

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 3,710 3,710 0 0 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 621 621 0 0 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0

Matthew Dunlap 206 526-6119


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