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Socio-Economic Survey of Hired Captains and Crew in New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries

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OMB: 0648-0636

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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 14 / Monday, January 25, 2021 / Notices
years covered by this clearance, data
will be collected via in-person
interviews in American Samoa, Puerto
Rico, Guam, and the Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
III. Data
OMB Control Number: 0648–0646.
Form Number(s): None.
Type of Review: Regular submission
[Revision and extension of an existing
information collection].
Affected Public: Individuals or
households.
Estimated Number of Respondents:
9,840.
Estimated Time per Response: 20
minutes per response.
Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 1,093 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to
Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting
costs.
Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: Coral Reef
Conservation Act of 2000.

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IV. Request for Comments
We are soliciting public comments to
permit the Department/Bureau to: (a)
Evaluate whether the proposed
information collection is necessary for
the proper functions of the Department,
including whether the information will
have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the
accuracy of our estimate of the time and
cost burden for this proposed collection,
including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (c)
Evaluate ways to enhance the quality,
utility, and clarity of the information to
be collected; and (d) Minimize the
reporting burden on those who are to
respond, including the use of automated
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology.
Comments that you submit in
response to this notice are a matter of
public record. We will include or
summarize each comment in our request
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before
including your address, phone number,
email address, or other personal
identifying information in your
comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment—including your
personal identifying information—may
be made publicly available at any time.
While you may ask us in your comment
to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Commerce
Department.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration
Agency Information Collection
Activities; Submission to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for
Review and Approval; Comment
Request; Socio-Economic Survey of
Hired Captains and Crew in New
England and Mid-Atlantic Commercial
Fisheries
National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of information collection,
request for comment.
AGENCY:

The Department of
Commerce, in accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), invites the general public and
other Federal agencies to comment on
proposed, and continuing information
collections, which helps us assess the
impact of our information collection
requirements and minimize the public’s
reporting burden. The purpose of this
notice is to allow for 60 days of public
comment preceding submission of the
collection to OMB.
DATES: To ensure consideration,
comments regarding this proposed
information collection must be received
on or before March 26, 2021.
ADDRESSES: Interested persons are
invited to submit written comments to
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer,
at [email protected] Please
reference OMB Control Number 0648–
0636 in the subject line of your
comments. Do not submit Confidential
Business Information or otherwise
sensitive or protected information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Requests for additional information or
specific questions related to collection
activities should be directed to Lisa L.
Colburn, Social Scientist, NOAA/
Northeast Fisheries Science Center,
(401–782–3253), lisa.l.co[email protected]
noaa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
SUMMARY:

I. Abstract
This request is for a revision to an
approved collection. This collection is
currently approved for implementation
in New England and the Mid-Atlantic
regions by NOAA National Marine
Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries
Science Center’s Social Sciences Branch
(NEFSC–SSB). The NEFSC–SSB, in
collaboration with the Southeast
Fisheries Science Center Social Science
Research Group (SEFSC–SSRG),
requests a revision to expand the

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geographic scope of the survey to
include South Atlantic and Gulf of
Mexico regions, an associated collection
title change (‘‘Socio-Economic Survey of
Hired Captains and Crew in New
England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic
and Gulf of Mexico Commercial
Fisheries’’), and to make minor
revisions to the survey form that address
regional differences in fisheries. The
NEFSC and SEFSC seek to conduct
surveys to provide for the ongoing
collection of social and economic data
related to the fishing industries in those
states. The purpose of this survey is to
assess and track over time the social and
economic conditions of commercial
fishing crews and hired captains for
which little is known. This survey will
provide data on social and economic
impacts for this population and the
changes in fisheries as a result of
regulatory changes. Data to be collected
include demographic information on
crew, wage calculations systems,
individual and community well-being,
fishing practices, job satisfaction, job
opportunities, and attitudes toward
fisheries management. The National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and
Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and
Management Act (MSA) both contain
requirements for considering the social
and economic impacts of fishery
management decisions. There is a need
to understand how such fishery
management policies and programs will
affect the social and economic
characteristics of those involved in the
commercial fishing industry. To help
meet these requirements of NEPA and
MSA, the NEFSC and SEFSC will
collect data on an ongoing basis to track
how socio-economic characteristics of
fisheries are changing over time and the
impact of fishery management policies
and programs implemented in New
England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic
and Gulf of Mexico regions.
II. Method of Collection
This information will be collected
through in-person intercept interviews
and telephone.
III. Data
OMB Control Number: 0648–0636.
Form Number(s): None.
Type of Review: Regular (revision of a
previously approved information
collection).
Affected Public: Individuals,
households; Business or other for-profit
organizations.
Estimated Number of Respondents:
946.
Estimated Time per Response: 15
minutes.

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Estimated Total Annual Burden
Hours: 236.5.
Estimated Total Annual Cost to
Public: $0.
Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary.
Legal Authority: NEPA and MSA.
IV. Request for Comments
We are soliciting public comments to
permit the Department/Bureau to: (a)
Evaluate whether the proposed
information collection is necessary for
the proper functions of the Department,
including whether the information will
have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the
accuracy of our estimate of the time and
cost burden for this proposed collection,
including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (c)
Evaluate ways to enhance the quality,
utility, and clarity of the information to
be collected; and (d) Minimize the
reporting burden on those who are to
respond, including the use of automated
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology.
Comments that you submit in
response to this notice are a matter of
public record. We will include or
summarize each comment in our request
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before
including your address, phone number,
email address, or other personal
identifying information in your
comment, you should be aware that
your entire comment—including your
personal identifying information—may
be made publicly available at any time.
While you may ask us in your comment
to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to
do so.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of
the Chief Information Officer, Commerce
Department.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to
Specified Activities; Taking Marine
Mammals Incidental to Oil and Gas
Activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska
National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; issuance of Letter of
Authorization.
AGENCY:

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Pursuant to the Marine
Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as
amended, and implementing
regulations, NMFS issued a Letter of
Authorization (LOA) to Hilcorp Alaska
LLC (Hilcorp) to take marine mammals
incidental to oil and gas activities in
Cook Inlet, Alaska.
DATES: Applicable until April 21, 2021.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara
Young, Office of Protected Resources,
NMFS, (301) 427–8401.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
SUMMARY:

Background
Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the
MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct
the Secretary of Commerce (as delegated
to NMFS) to allow, upon request, the
incidental, but not intentional, taking of
small numbers of marine mammals by
U.S. citizens who engage in a specified
activity (other than commercial fishing)
within a specified geographical region if
certain findings are made and either
regulations are issued or, if the taking is
limited to harassment, a notice of a
proposed authorization is provided to
the public for review.
An incidental take authorization shall
be granted if NMFS finds that the taking
will have a negligible impact on the
species or stock(s), will not have an
unmitigable adverse impact on the
availability of the species or stock(s) for
subsistence uses (where relevant), and if
the permissible methods of taking and
requirements pertaining to the
mitigation, monitoring and reporting of
such takings are set forth.
NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible
impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as an impact
resulting from the specified activity that
cannot be reasonably expected to, and is
not reasonably likely to, adversely affect
the species or stock through effects on
annual rates of recruitment or survival.
The MMPA states that the term ‘‘take’’
means to harass, hunt, capture, kill or
attempt to harass, hunt, capture, or kill
any marine mammal.
Except with respect to certain
activities not pertinent here, the MMPA
defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: Any act of
pursuit, torment, or annoyance, which
(i) has the potential to injure a marine
mammal or marine mammal stock in the
wild (Level A harassment); or (ii) has
the potential to disturb a marine
mammal or marine mammal stock in the
wild by causing disruption of behavioral
patterns, including, but not limited to,
migration, breathing, nursing, breeding,
feeding, or sheltering (Level B
harassment).
Summary
NMFS issued regulations governing
the take of 11 species of marine

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mammal, by Level A and Level B
harassment, incidental to Hilcorp’s oil
and gas activities on July 31, 2019 (84
FR 37442). These regulations include
mitigation, monitoring, and reporting
requirements for the incidental take of
marine mammals during the specified
activities. As further detailed in the
regulations (50 CFR 217.167), adaptive
management measures allow NMFS to
modify or renew LOAs as necessary if
doing so creates a reasonable likelihood
of more effective mitigation and
monitoring. NMFS issued the first LOA
to Hilcorp under these regulations on
July 31, 2019. NMFS published a
Federal Register notice seeking public
comment on its proposal to modify the
Year 1 LOA issued to Hilcorp on August
16, 2019 (84 FR 41957) and published
a notice of modification on October 4,
2019 (84 FR 53119). The Year 1 LOA
expired on July 30, 2020. To better align
with the open water season, Hilcorp
applied for their Year 2 LOA with a start
date of April 1, 2020, rather than
waiting until the expiration of their Year
1 LOA in July 2020. NMFS reviewed the
application and issued the Year 2 LOA
on April 22, 2020. In error, NMFS did
not publish a Federal Register notice
upon issuance, but the signed LOA and
Hilcorp’s application were published on
NMFS’ website immediately upon
issuance.
Authorization
NMFS has issued a LOA (available at
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/
incidental-take-authorization-hilcorpalaska-llc-oil-and-gas-activities-cookinlet-alaska) to Hilcorp Alaska LLC for
the potential harassment of small
numbers of four marine mammal
species incidental to oil and gas
activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska,
provided the mitigation, monitoring and
reporting requirements of the
rulemaking are incorporated.
Dated: January 15, 2021.
Donna S. Wieting,
Director, Office of Protected Resources,
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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