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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Tilefish Reporting in the Gulf of Mexico

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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)).

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Written comments must be submitted on or before October 5, 2004.


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 John Poffenberger, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149,(phone 305-361-4263).

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I. Abstract

Fishery quotas are established for species in the tilefish management unit within the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (see 50 CFR 622.42(a)(1)(iv)).

The existing methods of monitoring the tilefish quota established by the FMP are likely to be ineffective. The Southeast Fisheries Science Center intends to use the authority under section 50 CFR 622.5(c)(3)(ii) to require dealers to report purchases (landings) of species in the tilefish fishery on a monthly basis. This reporting methodology is the same as the procedures that have been established to monitor the deep-water and shallow-water grouper quotas also established under the Reef Fish FMP.

II. Method of Collection

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center will provide a reporting form to each dealer selected to report. The dealer must complete the reporting form by providing the name and permit number of the company and the amount purchased (landed) for the previous month for the individual species in tilefish management unit. This form must be faxed or sent as an e-mail attachment to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FL, within five business days of the end of each month until the quota is reached and the fishery is closed. For dealers that do not have a rapidfax machine or access to e-mail, pre-addressed, pre-paid envelopes will be provided.

III. Data

OMB Number: None.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations (seafood dealers and fishermen).

Estimated Number of Respondents: 85.

Estimated Time Per Response: 2 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

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: July 20, 2004.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-18054 Filed 8-5-04; 8:45 am]