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.
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
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
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding
the proposed collection of information, that the certification
(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
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.