Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Dealer Reporting Family of Forms

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 148 (Friday, July 31, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 148 (Friday, July 31, 2020)]
[Pages 46070-46071]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-16630]
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment
Request; Highly Migratory Species Dealer Reporting Family of Forms
AGENCY: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
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 September 29,
ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to
Adrienne Thomas, NOAA PRA Officer, at [email protected]. Please
reference OMB Control Number 0648-0040 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 Dianne Stephan, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management
Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, (978) 281-9260 or
[email protected].
I. Abstract
 Under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation
and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for management of the Nation's
marine fisheries. NMFS must also promulgate regulations, as necessary
and appropriate, to carry out obligations the United States (U.S.)
undertakes internationally regarding tuna management through the
Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA, 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.).
 This collection serves as a family of forms for Atlantic highly
migratory species (HMS) dealer reporting, including purchases of HMS
from domestic fishermen, and the import, export, and/or re-export of
HMS, including federally managed tunas, sharks, and swordfish.
 Transactions covered under this collection include purchases of
Atlantic HMS from domestic fishermen; and the import/export of all
bluefin tuna, frozen bigeye tuna, southern bluefin tuna or swordfish
under the HMS International Trade Program, regardless of geographic
area of origin. This information is used to monitor the harvest of
domestic fisheries, and/or track international trade of internationally
managed species. We are currently revising this information collection
to implement mandatory electronic, web-based reporting to replace the
downloadable hard copy forms currently used for biweekly bluefin dealer
reporting and international trade reporting of bluefin tuna, swordfish,
and frozen bigeye tuna. No other changes in the reporting program are
being implemented at this time, and no significant changes in the
number of responses or burden estimates are anticipated aside from
removal of postage costs for returning the completed forms by mail.
 The domestic dealer reporting covered by this collection includes
weekly electronic landing reports and negative reports (i.e., reports
of no activity) of Atlantic swordfish, sharks, bigeye tuna, albacore,
yellowfin, and skipjack tunas (collectively referred to as BAYS tunas),
and electronic biweekly and daily landing reports for bluefin tuna,
including tagging of individual fish. Because of the individual bluefin
quota (IBQ) management system (RIN 0648-BC09), electronic entry of IBQ-
related landing data is required for Atlantic bluefin tuna purchased
from Longline and Purse seine category vessels.
 International trade tracking programs are required by both the
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to account for
all international trade of covered species. The United States is a
member of ICCAT and IATTC and required by ATCA and the Tunas Convention
Act (16 U.S.C. 951 et. seq., consecutively) to promulgate regulations
as necessary and appropriate to implement ICCAT and IATTC
recommendations. These programs require that a statistical document or
catch document accompany each export from and import to a member
nation, and that a re-export certificate accompany each re-export. The
international trade reporting requirements covered by this collection
include implementation of catch documents, statistical documents, and
re-export certificate trade tracking programs for bluefin tuna, frozen
bigeye tuna, and swordfish. An electronic catch document program for
bluefin tuna (EBCD) was recommended by ICCAT and implemented by the
United States in 2016 (0648-BF17). United States regulations
implementing ICCAT statistical document and catch document programs
require statistical documents and catch documents for international
transactions of the covered species from all ocean areas, so Pacific
imports and exports must also be
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accompanied by statistical documents and catch documents. Since there
are statistical document programs in place under other international
conventions (e.g., the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission), a statistical
document or catch document from another program may be used to satisfy
the statistical document requirement for imports into the United
 Dealers who internationally trade Southern bluefin tuna are
required to participate in a trade tracking program to ensure that
imported Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tuna will not be intentionally
mislabeled as ``southern bluefin'' to circumvent reporting
requirements. This action is authorized under ATCA, which provides for
the promulgation of regulations as may be necessary and appropriate to
carry out ICCAT recommendations.
 In addition to statistical document, catch document, and re-export
certificate requirements, this collection includes biweekly reports to
complement trade tracking statistical documents by summarizing
statistical document data and collecting additional economic
II. Method of Collection
 Methods of submission include electronic, mail, fax, and tagging of
III. Data
 OMB Control Number: 0648-0040.
 Form Number(s): None.
 Type of Review: Regular submission [request for revision of a
currently approved information collection].
 Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organization.
 Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,391.
 Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes each for catch document,
statistical document, and re-export certificate; 15 minutes for catch
document/statistical document/re-export certificate validation by
government official; 120 minutes for authorization of non-governmental
catch document/statistical document/re-export certificate validation; 2
minutes for daily Atlantic bluefin tuna landing reports; 3 minutes for
daily Atlantic bluefin tuna landing reports from pelagic longline and
purse seine vessels; 1 minute for Atlantic bluefin tuna tagging; 15
minutes for biweekly electronic Atlantic bluefin tuna dealer landing
reports; 15 minutes for HMS international trade biweekly electronic
reports; 15 minutes for weekly electronic HMS dealer landing reports
(e-dealer); 5 minutes for negative weekly electronic HMS dealer landing
reports (e-dealer); 15 minutes for voluntary fishing vessel and catch
forms; 2 minutes for provision of HMS dealer email address.
 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 18,285.
 Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,634.
 Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
 Legal Authority: Legal authority for these data collections are
authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas
Convention Act (ATCA, 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.).
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. 2020-16630 Filed 7-30-20; 8:45 am]