Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Processed Products Family of Forms

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 122 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 122 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)]
[Pages 37874-37875]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-13532]
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment
Request; Processed Products Family of Forms
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
ACTION: Notice of information collection, request for comment.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other
Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information
collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information
collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The
purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment
preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
DATES: To ensure consideration, comments regarding this proposed
information collection must be received on or before August 24, 2020.
ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0018 in the subject line of your
comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise
sensitive or protected information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
specific questions related to collection activities should be directed
to Melissa Yencho, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology,
(301) 427-8193 or [email protected].
I. Abstract
 This request is for extension of a current information collection.
 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National
Marine Fisheries Service annually collects information from seafood and
industrial fishing processing plants on the volume and value of their
processed fishery products and their monthly employment figures. These
data are required by the Secretary of Commerce in carrying out
provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management
Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. as amended). Each Fishery Management Plan
(FMP) established under the Act must determine the estimated capacity
by United States (U.S.) seafood processors for the managed fishery.
Data from these surveys are used in economic analyses to estimate the
capacity and extent to which U.S. fish processors, on an annual basis,
will process that portion of the optimum yield harvested by domestic
fishing vessels. Employment data are used in socioeconomic analyses for
determining potential impacts on processing employment, due in part to
management measures.
 Federally permitted dealers of Atlantic mackerel, squid,
butterfish, Atlantic sea scallop, Northeast multispecies, monkfish,
summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Atlantic bluefish, spiny
dogfish, Atlantic herring, Atlantic hagfish, Atlantic deep-sea red
crab, tilefish, skate, surf clam or ocean quahog in the National Marine
Fisheries Service's (NOAA Fisheries) Northeast Region are required
under 50 CFR 648.7 to complete and submit all sections of NOAA Form 88-
 NOAA Form 88-13c is used to collect monthly production of fish meal
and oil. These data are needed by the Department of Commerce to report
market and supply conditions and are used by the industry to procure
sufficient inputs to produce such products as animal feeds, paint,
lubricants, and fertilizers (13 U.S.C. 61 et seq.).
 NOAA Fisheries and Regional Council economists use the collected
information to estimate processing capacity and to forecast and
subsequently measure the economic impact of fishery management
regulations on fish and shellfish supplies using the data on volume and
value. The employment data are used to analyze the seasonality of a
specific fishery. The data are also used for establishing negotiating
positions on international trade by determining which seafood
industries might be adversely affected by reducing or eliminating
established tariffs.
 Data from the annual survey are reported in Fisheries of the United
States (NOAA Fisheries), Statistical Abstract of the United States
(Census Bureau) and Agricultural Statistics (U.S Department of
Agriculture (USDA)). As a member of the United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development, NOAA Fisheries supplies aggregate data to these
 In addition to the aforementioned publications, the information
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through the 88-13 family of forms supports activities of other federal
agencies. NOAA Fisheries supports the International Trade Commission
(ITC) with their various trade investigations by supplying aggregate
data on specific processed seafood items. The Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) annually requests information on the processing of
seafood. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), establishes the annual tariff-rate quota for
tuna fish described in item 1604.14.22 of the Harmonized Tariff
Schedule of the United States based on the U.S. canned tuna production
for the preceding calendar year (19 U.S.C. 3007). Failure to collect
these data would prevent the Secretary of Commerce from meeting the
statutory obligations under the Act. It would also prevent the CBP from
establishing the annual tariff-rate quota on canned tuna.
 In the current survey, NOAA Fisheries provides each processor with
a pre-printed paper survey form that includes the products produced by
that processor in the previous year. The processor only needs to fill
in the quantity of product, value of product, monthly employment, and
add any new products. New firms to the survey are provided blank forms.
II. Method of Collection
 Responses are submitted by mail, via postage-paid envelopes
provided by NOAA Fisheries. If preferred by the processor, an
electronically fillable pdf can also be provided and transmitted via
encrypted messaging.
III. Data
 OMB Control Number: 0648-0018.
 Form Number(s): NOAA Forms 88-13, 88-13C.
 Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current
information collection).
 Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
 Estimated Number of Respondents: 650.
 Estimated Time Per Response: 30 minutes.
 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 325.
 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
 Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
 Legal Authority: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act.
IV. Request for Comments
 We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department/Bureau
to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is
necessary for the proper functions of the Department, including whether
the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the accuracy
of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed
collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
used; (c) Evaluate ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of
the information to be collected; and (d) Minimize the reporting burden
on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection
techniques or other forms of information technology.
 Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available
at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-13532 Filed 6-23-20; 8:45 am]