[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 1997)]
[Page 6948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-3709]


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Northeast Region Federal Fisheries Permits Family of Forms

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Linda Engelmeier, Acting 
Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 
5327, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Andrew A. Rosenberg Ph.D., Regional 
Administrator, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.


I. Abstract

    Framework Adjustment 9 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery 
Management Plan of the Northeast Region would exempt general sea 
scallop permit holders fishing exclusively under the State Waters 
Exemption Program from a limit of 400 lbs. of scallops per trip. 
Persons wishing to fish under this exemption would have to notify NOAA 
at least 7 days prior to fishing under the exemption as well as when 
they are returning to fish in Federal waters.

II. Method of Collection

    Notifications would be by phone. In the future vessel tracking 
systems may automatically report from the vessel.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0202.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular Submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals, businesses (scallop fishermen).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 567.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 2 minutes per call.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 37.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 6, 1997.
Linda Engelmeier,
Acting Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Office of Management and 
[FR Doc. 97-3709 Filed 2-13-95; 8:45 am]