[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 76 (Wednesday, April 21, 2010)]
[Pages 20811-20812]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-9114]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Produce 
Processor Profiles of Fish Processing Plants in Alaska

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 21, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Christina Package, (206) 526-6683 or 
[email protected], or Jennifer Sepez, (206) 526-6546 or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    Workers come from many places inside and outside Alaska to work 
seasonally in its fish processing facilities. As a result, the 
population of an Alaska community with a fish processing plant can 
increase significantly during peak processing seasons. However, very 
limited information is available in a consolidated location or format 
about these fish processing facilities. The National Marine Fisheries 
Service's Alaska Fisheries Science Center proposes to obtain such basic 
information, as an accurate number of individuals employed at each 
processing facility during the months of operation, the peak number of 
workers for processing various species by season, the ethnicity of 
processing workers, types of lodging and other accommodations and 
activities available for processing workers, whether or not the company 
provides meals for the processing workforce in a company galley, the 
interactions between seasonal processing workers and permanent 
residents of the community, and the history of the fish processing 
facility in the community. This type of information is important when 
attempting to forecast the possible social impacts of fishing 
regulations on communities which have an onshore fish processing 

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    This project would produce ``processor profiles'', short narrative 
descriptions of all the onshore fish processing plants in the state of 
Alaska that will augment and update existing community profiles.

II. Method of Collection

    Phone surveys will be conducted with all shore-based fish 
processing plants in Alaska. Site visits will be conducted with shore-
based fish processing plants in three communities in Alaska: Cordova, 
Kenai, and Petersburg (these communities have not previously received a 
site visit and have the largest number of fish processing facilities in 
their sub-regions).

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 163 phone survey respondents; 27 
in-person survey respondents (one per each processing plant visited 
during site visits).
    Estimated Time Per Response: 20 minutes for phone survey; 40-60 
minutes for in-person survey.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 82.
    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: April 15, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-9114 Filed 4-20-10; 8:45 am]