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Information Collection to be Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; OMB Control Number 1018-0093, Applications for Permits

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (We) will submit the collection of information described below to OMB for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act. An estimate of the information collection burden is included in this notice. If you wish to obtain copies of the proposed information collection requirement, related forms, and/or explanatory material, contact the Service Information Collection Clearance Officer at the address listed below.

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DATES:

You must submit comments on or before May 30, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Send your comments and suggestions on specific requirements to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request a copy of the information collection submission, explanatory information, and/or related forms, contact Anissa Craghead, Information Collection Clearance Officer at 703-358-2445, electronically at Anissa_Craghead@fws.gov, or Amy Brisendine at 703-358-2104 ext. 5100, electronically at Amy_Brisendine@fws.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), require that interested members of the public and affected agencies be given an opportunity to comment on information collection and record keeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). We are submitting a request to OMB to approve: (1) The revision of the collection of information for many of the Service's permit applications (Form numbers 3-200-19 through 3-200-37, 3-200-39 through 3-200-53, and 3-200-58, currently approved under OMB control number 1018-0093); (2) the addition of forms 3-200-64 through 3-200-66, and 3-200-73; and (3) the deletion of forms 3-200-38 and 3-200-51. All of these forms are used by the Division of Management Authority, International Affairs. We are requesting a three-year term of approval for this information collection activity. Federal agencies may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection of information is 1018-0093.

Revisions to the currently approved forms include modification of the format and content of the application forms so that they will be easier to understand and easier for the applicant to complete. We are removing one application form (3-200-38, Import of Wildlife Samples, CITES and/or ESA) from the information collection approval request because it is being combined with form 3-200-29, Import/Export/Re-Export of Samples (Wildlife and/or Biomedical Samples) (CITES and/or ESA). We are also removing Form 3-200-51, Approval of a Foreign Breeding Facility Under WBCA, from the information collection approval request because the regulations (50 CFR 15.41) have not yet been developed. Five new forms have been added to the information collection in order to simplify the information collection process on the public in terms of reporting requirements. The new forms (3-200-58, 3-200-64 through 3-200-66, and 3-200-73) are noted in the table below. In addition, we are requesting that Form 3-200-26, which is currently approved under OMB control number 1018-0092, be transferred to this collection.

We invite comments concerning this renewal on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden on the public; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond. The information collections in this program are part of a system of records covered by the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552 (a)).

The information obtained from the applications for permits will be used to determine the eligibility of applicants for permits they are requesting according to criteria in various Federal wildlife conservation laws, international treaties, and regulations on the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of permits.

The information collection requirements in this submission implement the regulatory requirements of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.), the Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (27 U.S.T. 1087), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361-1407 et seq), and the Wild Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4901-4916 et seq), and are contained in Service regulations in Chapter I, Subchapter B of Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Generic permit application and record keeping requirements shared by our permit-issuing offices have been consolidated in 50 CFR part 13. The following table lists the application forms, with their respective burden estimates and applicable regulations, that we plan to submit to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Application No.ActivityTotal number of respondents annuallyEstimated time to complete application (hours)Total annual public reporting burden (hours)Applicable regulation(s)
3-200-19Import of Sport-hunted Trophies of Southern African Leopard, African Elephant, and Namibian Southern White Rhinoceros8800.326450 CFR 17.40(e), 17.40(f), 23.11, 23.12, and 23.15
3-200-20Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies (Appendix I of CITES and/or ESA)501.05050 CFR 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 23.11, and 23.15
3-200-21Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies of Argali2200.816550 CFR 17.31, 17.32 and 17.40(j)
3-200-22Import of Sport-Hunted Bontebok Trophies1100.33350 CFR 17.21 and 17.22
3-200-23Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Specimens (CITES and/or ESA)3000.721050 CFR 14.22, 17.4, 18.14, 23.11, 23.13(c), and 23.15
3-200-24Export of Live Captive-Born Animals (CITES)4500.731550 CFR 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-25Export of Raptors1001.010050 CFR 21.21, 21.29, 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
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3-200-26Export of Skins/Products of Six Native Species: bobcat, lynx, river otter, Alaskan brown bear, Alaskan gray wolf, and American alligator (CITES)37600.3112850 CFR 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-27Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (CITES)100.7750 CFR 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-28Export/Re-Export of Trophies by Hunters or Taxidermists (CITES)600.53050 CFR 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-29Import/Export/Re-Export of Samples (Wildlife and or Biomedical) (CITES and/or ESA)6001.561550 CFR 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-30Export/Re-import of Circuses and Traveling Animal Exhibitions2301.023050 CFR 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-31Introduction from the Sea (CITES)402.08050 CFR 23.11, 23.12, and 23.15
3-200-32Export/Re-Export of Plants (CITES)1801.018050 CFR 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-33Export of Artificially Propagated Plants (Multiple-use)1002.020050 CFR 17.61, 17.62, 17.71, 17.72, 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-34Export of American Ginseng*700.32150 CFR 23.11, 23.12, 23.13, 23.15 and 23.51
3-200-35Import of Appendix-I Plants (CITES)101.01050 CFR 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-36Export/Import/Interstate and Foreign Commerce of Plants (ESA and/or CITES)51.0550 CFR 17.61, 17.62, 17.71, 17.72, 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-37Export/Import/Interstate and Foreign Commerce/Take of Animals (ESA and/or CITES)2302.046050 CFR 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
3-200-39Certificate of Scientific Exchange (CITES)*201.02050 CFR 23.11, 23.13(g) and 23.15
3-200-40Export and Re-import of Museum Specimens (ESA)*101.01050 CFR 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 17.61, 17.62, 17.71 and 17.72
3-200-41Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration*3002.060050 CFR 17.21(g) and 17.31
3-200-42Import/Transport of Injurious Wildlife352.07050 CFR 16.22
3-200-43Take/Import/Transport/Export of Marine Mammals or Amendment of Existing Permit*1004.040050 CFR 18.11, 18.22, 18.31, 17.21, 17.22, 17.31, 17.32, 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
3-200-44Registration of an Agent/Tannery (MMPA)*200.51050 CFR 18.11, 18.12 and 8.23(d)
3-200-45Import of Polar Bear Trophies Sport Hunted in Canada600.53050 CFR 18.11, 18.12 and 18.30
3-200-46Import or Export of Personal Pets (CITES and/or WBCA)4400.522050 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21 and 15.25
3-200-47Import of Birds for Scientific Research or Zoological Breeding and Display (WBCA)502.010050 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21, 15.22 and 15.23
3-200-48Import of Birds Under an Approved Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)*201.02050 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21 and 15.24
3-200-49Approval of a Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)103.0 3050 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21 and 15.26
3-200-50Approval of Sustainable Use Management Plan Under WBCA1101050 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21 and 15.32
3-200-51Approval of Sustainable Use Management Plan Under WBCA18850 CFR 15.11, 15.12, 15.21 and 15.41
3-200-52Reissuance or Renewal of a Permit2000.35050 CFR 13.21 and 13.22
3-200-53Export/Re-Export of Captive-Held Marine Mammals (CITES)202.04050 CFR Part 18, 23.11, 23.12, 23.13 and 23.15
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3-200-58Retrospective Documents**501.05050 CFR 23.11, 23.15
3-200-64Certificate of Ownership for Personally Owned Wildlife “Pet passport” (CITES)**4000.520050 CFR 23.11, 23.15
3-200-65Registration of Appendix-I Commercial Breeding Operations (CITES)**1544.524550 CFR 23.11, 23.15
3-200-66Replacement Documents (CITES)**500.52523.11, 23.15
3-200-73Re-Export of Wildlife (CITES)**3000.515050 CFR 23.11, 23.12 and 23.15
Total Hours95076391
* Note: There is a reporting requirement associated with the issuance of permits granted as a result of this information collection which is included in the estimated burden. Required information to be submitted is outlined on the corresponding permits issued.
** Note: These are new forms.

Title: Federal Fish and Wildlife Permit Application, Management Authority.

OMB Number: 1018-0093.

Service Form Numbers: 3-200-19 through 3-200-37, 3-200-39 through 3-200-53 and 3-200-58, 3-200-64 through 3-200-66, and 3-200-73.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

Description of Respondents: Individuals, biomedical companies, circuses, zoological parks, botanical gardens, nurseries, museums, universities, scientists, antique dealers, exotic pet industry, hunters, taxidermists, commercial importers/exporters of wildlife and plants, freight forwarders/brokers, local, State, tribal and Federal governments.

Total Annual Responses: 9507 responses.

Total Annual Burden Hours: 6391 hours.

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Dated: March 14, 2003.

Charlie R. Chandler,

Chief, Branch of Permits—Domestic, Division of Management Authority.

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[FR Doc. 03-7568 Filed 3-28-03; 8:45 am]

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