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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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before June 3, 2003.


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

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Becky Renko, 206-526-6140, or at

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I. Abstract

This collection contains certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery in the Exclusive Economic Zone for the northwest. These requirements affect fish processing vessels over 125 feet in length and catcher vessels that deliver their catch to motherships. NOAA also proposes to merge the requirement currently cleared under OMB Control Number 0648-0419 into this clearance. This requirement is for a report of intent to off-load non-whiting groundfish in excess of trip limits for purposes of donating that groundfish to a hunger-relief agency.

The information collected is needed to monitor catch, effort, and production for fishery management purposes.

II. Method of Collection

Forms are used for most requirements. These may be submitted by computer or by facsimile machine. Off-load notifications are made be telephone.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0648-0271.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 70.

Estimated Time Per Response: 13 minutes per day for a Daily Fishing and Cumulative Production Log (DFCPL) from a catcher vessel; 26 minutes per day for a DFCPL from a catcher-processor; 13 minutes per day for a Daily Report of Fish Received and Cumulative Production Log from a mothership; 4.3 minutes per day for a Weekly/Daily Production Report; 20 minutes for a Product Transfer/Offloading Logbook; 1.25 minutes for a Start or Stop Notification Report; and 5 minutes for an off-load notification.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,382.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $8,890.

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: March 28, 2003.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-8272 Filed 4-3-03; 8:45 am]