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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Region Dealer Purchase Reports

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).




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, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before April 23, 2002.


Direct all written comments to Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6086, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230 (or via Internet at

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Kelley McGrath, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 (phone 978-281-9307 or e-mail

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I. Abstract

Federally-permitted dealers in specified fisheries are required to submit information weekly regarding their fish purchases. Other dealers are asked to submit the information on a voluntary basis. A small number of commercial fishermen may also be asked to voluntarily provide information related to the purchase. The information obtained is used by economists, biologists, and managers in the management of the fisheries. NOAA is seeking to renew Paperwork Reduction Act approval for these requirements and to merge similar requirements approved under 0648-0390 (bluefish) and 0648-0406 (herring).

II. Method of Collection

Depending upon the fishery, dealers submit forms on either a mandatory or voluntary basis. Mandatory respondents must also report via an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Vessel captains maybe interviewed for related information.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0648-0229.

Form Number: NOAA Forms 88-30, 88-142.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations, individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,427.

Estimated Time Per Response: 2 minutes for a NOAA Form 88-30 or an interview; 4 minutes for an IVR report; and 30 minutes for a NOAA Form 88-142.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,163.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,000.

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 technology.

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.

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Dated: February 14, 2002.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-4274 Filed 2-21-02; 8:45 am]