Gear-Marking Requirements for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

ICR 202107-0648-002

OMB: 0648-0364

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0648-0364 202107-0648-002
Received in OIRA 202009-0648-001
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Gear-Marking Requirements for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 07/19/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
07/31/2023 07/31/2023
1,544,330 172,584
221,354 14,382
266,594 10,355

NMFS is proposing to revise the existing gear marking regulations in Northeast Region Trap/Pot Management Area commercial trap/pot fisheries because increased gear marking is necessary to improve our understanding of where entanglement incidents occur (RIN 648-BJ09). The goal of this revision is to further enable NMFS to reduce injuries and deaths of large whales, especially North Atlantic right whales, due to incidental entanglement in United States commercial fishing gear. In order to develop fair and effective management measures, the Team requires comprehensive data on when, where, and how fixed gear vessels fish, and where whales become entangled in fishing gear. Any persons setting trap/pot of gillnet gear to fish commercially in some areas of the Atlantic Ocean are required to paint or otherwise mark their gear with one or two color codes, designating the type of gear and area where the gear is set. The surface buoys of this gear need to be marked to identify the vessel or fishery. These marking requirements apply in the various management areas under the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP), developed under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The goal of this collection of information is to enable the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to reduce injuries and deaths of large whales, especially right whales, due to incidental entanglement in United States commercial fishing gear. In order to develop fair and effective management measures, the Take Reduction Team (Team) requires comprehensive data on when, where, and how fixed gear vessels fish, and where whales become entangled in fishing gear.

US Code: 16 USC 31 Name of Law: Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972
  
None

0648-BJ09 Final or interim final rulemaking

No

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IC Title Form No. Form Name
Gear-Marking Requirements for Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan

  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 1,544,330 172,584 0 1,371,746 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 221,354 14,382 0 206,972 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 266,594 10,355 0 256,239 0 0
Yes
Changing Regulations
No
NMFS is proposing to revise the existing gear marking regulations in Northeast Region Trap/Pot Management Area commercial trap/pot fisheries because increased gear marking is necessary to improve our understanding of where entanglement incidents occur (RIN 648-BJ09). The gear marking scheme proposed would include the entire Northeast Region from the coast through the EEZ, including waters currently exempted from gear marking requirements and would add state-specific color markings to lobster and crab trap/pot fisheries in the Northeast Region.

$2,012
No
    No
    No
No
No
No
No
Colleen Coogan 978 282-9181 [email protected]

  No

On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
 
 
 
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.
07/19/2021


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