[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 199 (Friday, October 15, 1999)]
[Page 55902]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-27016]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[I.D. 101299A ]

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce (DOC) has submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for 
collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Title: Individual Fishing Quotas for Pacific Halibut and Sablefish 
in the Alaska Fisheries.
    Agency Form Number: None.
    OMB Approval Number: 0648-0272.
    Type of Request: Existing collection in use without an OMB approval 
    Burden: 22,775 hours total but 4,005 hours for the requirements 
being approved.
    Number of Respondents: 6,700 (multiple responses).
    Avg. Hours Per Response: Varies between 5 minutes and 30 minutes 
depending on the requirement.
    Needs and Uses: Participation in the U.S. groundfish fisheries in 
the exclusive economic zone off Alaska grew faster than anticipated 
after the cessation of the foreign groundfish harvesting operations. 
The rapid expansion in the U.S. fishery placed increased pressure on 
the resource and eventually led to overcapitalization and a dangerous 
``race for fish'' in the groundfish fisheries off Alaska. To prevent 
this, an Individual Fishing Quota Program for fixed gear Pacific 
halibut and sablefish fisheries off Alaska Was established. This 
request is for the requirements established to administer this program 
including, but not limited to, vessel clearance and departure reports, 
dockside sales receipts, transshipment authorization, shipment reports, 
and requests for administrative waivers.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household, businesses or other for-
profit organizations.
    Frequency: On occasion, recordkeeping.Respondent's Obligation: 
    OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395-3897.
    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Linda Engelmeir, DOC Forms Clearance Officer, 
(202) 482-3272, Department of Commerce, Room 5027, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20230 (or via the Internet 
at LE[email protected]).
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication to David 
Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, 
725 17th Street, NW., Washington, D.C. 20503.

    Dated: October 6, 1999.
Linda Engelmeier,
Departmental Forms Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
[FR Doc. 99-27016 Filed 10-14-99; 8:45 am]