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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Region Sea Scallop Exemption Requirements

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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 September 2, 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 Peter Christopher, 978-281-9288, or at

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I. Abstract

Sea scallop fishermen wishing to fish in exemption areas are subject to certain vessel monitoring system (VMS) and communications requirements. The information requirements are: (1) VMS purchase and installation, (2) documentation and verification of VMS installation, (3) automated position reports from the VMS twice per hour, (4) daily reporting of catch and related information, (5) notification of intent to participate in the fishery 15 days prior to the opening of the exemption area, and (6) notification at least 5 days prior to leaving on a fishing trip to allow for observer assignment.

II. Method of Collection

Verification of VMS installation is made by submission of a paper document. Other reporting is done electronically via the VMS unit's e-mail messaging system.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0648-0416.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations, individuals or households, and not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 267.

Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour for VMS installation; 5 minutes for a VMS documentation/verification requirement; 5 seconds for an automated VMS position report; 10 minutes for daily transmittal of catch and related information; and 2 minutes for a notification of intent to participate in the fishery or a notification before leaving on a fishing trip.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,950.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $195,000.

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: June 25, 2003.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-16780 Filed 7-1-03; 8:45 am]