Northeast Region Observer Providers Requirements

ICR 202108-0648-006

OMB: 0648-0546

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ICR Details
0648-0546 202108-0648-006
Received in OIRA 202011-0648-007
Northeast Region Observer Providers Requirements
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 10/12/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
05/31/2024 05/31/2024
35,529 29,809
6,185 5,252
50,547 44,937

This is a request for revision pursuant to RIN 0648-BK68. Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (RIN: 0648-BK68) would make changes to the management of the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) Management Area. Prior to Amendment 21, NGOM-permitted vessels were not required to carry observers. Amendment 21 would require that NGOM vessels call-in to the observer program and, when selected, procure and carry an observer. Expanding the observer call-in requirement to directed scallop fishing in the NGOM means that monitoring requirements will be consistent for all scallop permit types across the entirety of the Atlantic sea scallop resource within the US Exclusive Economic Zone. The information collections which are a result of Amendments 13 and 21 and Frameworks 19 and 24 are reporting requirements used by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP). Amendment 13 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop (scallop) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) implemented an industry funded observer program which included reporting requirements for both observer service providers, as well as the scallop fishing industry. Frameworks 19 and 24 further revised the scallop observer program and implemented additional information collection requirements to allow for more effective administration of the program.

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

0648-BK68 Proposed rulemaking 86 FR 54903 10/05/2021


  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 35,529 29,809 0 5,720 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 6,185 5,252 0 935 -2 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 50,547 44,937 0 5,610 0 0
Changing Regulations
Increase in respondents in two ICs pursuant to changes proposed in Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (RIN: 0648-BK68), reduction of burden hours in one IC due to previous administrative error.

Alyson PItts 978 281-9352


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.

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