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The Department of Commerce has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Title: Basic Requirements for All Marine Mammal Special Exception Permits to Take, Import and Export Marine Mammals, and for Maintaining a Captive Marine Mammal Inventory under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Fur Seal Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Form Number(s): None.

OMB Approval Number: 0648-0084.

Type of Request: Regular submission.

Burden Hours: 6,411.

Number of Respondents: 481.

Average Hours Per Response: 29 hours for an application for a scientific research or enhancement permit; 20 hours for an application for a public display permit or a General Authorization Letter of Intent; 10 hours for an application for a photography permit; 19 hours for a major amendment to a permit; 3 hours for a minor amendment to a permit or for a change to a General Authorization; 2 hours for a request to retain or transfer a rehabilitated marine mammal; 12 hours for a scientific research/enhancement annual or final report; 2 hours for public display or photography permit annual or final report; 12 hours for a General Authorization annual or final report; 2 hours for a marine mammal inventory (1 hour for a transport notification, 30 minutes for a data sheet, and 30 minutes for a person/holder/facility sheet); and 2 hours for recordkeeping.

Needs and Uses: The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Fur Seal Act (FSA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibit the taking, import, and export of marine mammals with certain exceptions. Applicants desiring a permit or authorization to take, import, or export must provide certain information to be used as a basis for determining whether the proposed activity is consistent with the purposes, policies, and requirements of the MMPA, ESA, and/or FSA and if a permit or authorization should be issued. Permit holders and authorized researchers under the General Authorization are required to report periodically on activities conducted and species taken. This requirement ensures compliance with permit conditions and protection of the animals, and updates information, as necessary, on any marine mammals held captive for purposes of maintaining the marine mammal inventory as required under the 1994 Amendments to the MMPA.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, Local, or Tribal Government.

Frequency: On occasion, annually.

Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

OMB Desk Officer: David Rostker, (202) 395-3897.

Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-0266, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to David Rostker, OMB Desk Officer, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: August 19, 2003.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-21725 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am]