Electronic Monitoring Systems for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS)

ICR 202208-0648-003

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0648-0372 202208-0648-003
Received in OIRA 202007-0648-009
Electronic Monitoring Systems for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS)
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 08/15/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
07/31/2023 07/31/2023
33,615 35,409
3,305 5,276
238,862 384,233

This is a resubmission, with the final rule, of a request for revision of an existing information collection. The associated rule, Amendment 13 to the 2006 Atlantic Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Amendment 13), adds a requirement to report commercial fishing interactions with bluefin tuna to Atlantic Tunas Longline permitted vessels using green-stick gear, and removal of reporting requirement for vessels fishing with purse seine gear, which would no longer be allowed. (RIN 0648-BI08). Two changes were made to this information collection (ICR) from the proposed to the final rule that resulted in changes to the burden and cost estimates for this collection. Previously, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would cover all costs associated with the installation of electronic monitoring (EM) systems; however, NMFS is now moving toward having vessel owners pay for portions of the EM system consistent with the NOAA Cost Allocation Policy (Procedure 04-115-02). Per this policy change, the final rule now requires that installation of hardware to improve the view of the EM rail camera, and installation of a measuring grid will be incurred by the vessel owner, and will not be subject to reimbursement from NMFS. New entrants to the HMS fishery may still qualify for reimbursement for EM equipment costs if funds are available. As all active vessels now possess EM systems, this ICR has been modified to include full EM installation costs for only one new entrant per year. Finally, the final rule reduces the EM reporting burden for the longline fishery by half. Previously, EM vessels were required to send their EM hard drives to NMFS following every trip, but this rule modifies that reporting requirement to every other trip. While these changes were not included in this PRA supporting statement at the proposed rule stage, the public was given the opportunity to comment on all of them during proposed rule comment period, and summaries of their comments and the agency’s responses are included under question 8. The combined effect of these changes is a significant reduction in reporting burden and costs for the pelagic longline fishery.

US Code: 16 USC 971 Name of Law: Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975

0648-BI08 Final or interim final rulemaking


  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 33,615 35,409 0 2,063 -3,857 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 3,305 5,276 0 2,063 -4,034 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 238,862 384,233 0 52,391 -197,762 0
Miscellaneous Actions
Reduction of the EM reporting burden for longline fisheries as rule modifies reporting requirement to every other trip and removal of reporting requirement for vessels fishing with purse seine gear. Additionally, Electronic Video and Gear Monitoring Requirements was split into 4 separate ICs for increased transparency and it was discovered that there was an administrative error in failing to include burden for service payments and purchase/install and EMP. This has been corrected in this submission.

Clifford Hutt 301 427-8588


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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