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Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0093; Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications, Management Authority, 50 CFR 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, and 23

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC, which is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2007. We 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.

DATES:

You must submit comments on or before April 23, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request additional information about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail, fax, or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

This IC covers permit applications that our Division of Management Authority uses to determine the eligibility of applicants for permits requested in accordance with the criteria in various Federal wildlife conservation laws and international treaties, including:

(1) Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

(2) Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.).

(3) Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.).

(4) Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668).

(5) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (27 U.S.T. 1087).

(6) Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361-1407).

(7) Wild Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4901-4916).

Service regulations implementing these statutes and treaties are in Chapter I, Subchapter B of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These regulations stipulate general and specific requirements that when met allow us to issue permits to authorize activities that are otherwise prohibited.

This revised IC includes:

(1) Modifications to the format and content of the currently approved application forms so that they are easier to understand and complete.

(2) FWS Forms 3-200-61, 3-200-69, and 3-200-70, which are currently approved under OMB control numbers 1018-0130 and 1018-0022.

(3) FWS Form 3-200-76, which is a new form for the export of caviar or meat of paddlefish or sturgeon from the wild. Applicants currently use FWS Form 3-200-27 for this activity. The new form will simplify the reporting requirements and reduce burden on the public.

II. Data

OMB Control Number: 1018-0093.

Title: Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications, Management Authority, 50 CFR 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, and 23.

Service Form Number(s): 3-200-19 through 3-200-37, 3-200-39 through 3-200-53, 3-200-58, 3-200-61, 3-200-64 through 3-200-66, 3-200-69 to 3-200-70, 3-200-73, and 3-200-76.

Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection.

Affected Public: 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.

Respondent's Obligation: Required to Obtain or Retain a Benefit.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

The following table lists the application forms and burden estimates. We have rounded the annual burden hours for each form to the nearest hour. Those applications with an asterisk (*) have a reporting requirement for the associated permit. Each permit specifies the required report information.

Application FormsNumber of annual respondentsNumber of annual responsesCompletion time per responseAnnual burden hours
3-200-19/ Import of Sport-hunted Trophies of Southern African Leopard, African Elephant, and Namibian Southern White Rhinoceros1,0311,07820 minutes359
3-200-20/ Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies (Appendix I of CITES and/or ESA)15211 hour21
3-200-21/ Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies of Argali13418245 minutes137
3-200-22/ Import of Sport-Hunted Bontebok Trophies709520 minutes32
3-200-23/ Export of Pre-Convention, Pre-Act, or Antique Specimens (CITES and/or ESA)12724145 minutes181
3-200-24/ Export of Live Captive-Born Animals (CITES)17148345 minutes362
3-200-25/ Export of Raptors46631 hour63
3-200-26/ Export of skins/products of 7 native species: bobcat, lynx, river otter, American alligator, Alaskan brown bear, black bear, and gray wolf61884320 minutes281
3-200-27/ Export of Wildlife Removed from the Wild (CITES)6911445 minutes86
3-200-28/ Export/Re-Export of Trophies by Hunters or Taxidermists (CITES)579530 minutes48
3-200-29/ Import/Export/Re-Export of Wildlife Samples and/or Biomedical Samples (CITES)1082681 hour, 10 minutes313
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3-200-30/ Export/Reexport/Reimport of Circuses and Traveling Animal Exhibitions73801 hour80
3-200-31/ Introduction from the Sea (CITES)332 hours6
3-200-32/ Export/Re-Export of Plants (CITES)1066191 hour619
3-200-33/ Export of Artificially Propagated Plants (Multiple Commercial Shipments)203032 hours606
3-200-34/ Export of American Ginseng (Commercial only)*4110720 minutes36
3-200-35/ Import of Appendix-I Plants (CITES)111 hour1
3-200-36/ Export/Import/InterState and Foreign Commerce of Plants*111 hour1
3-200-37/ Export/Import/Interstate and Foreign Commerce/Take of Animals*1111652 hours330
3-200-39/ Certificate of Scientific Exchange (COSE)*771 hour7
3-200-40/ Export and Re-Import of Museum Specimens*221 hour2
3-200-41/ Captive-Bred Wildlife Registration*87872 hours174
3-200-42/ Import/Acquisition/Transport of Injurious Wildlife21211 hour21
3-200-43/ Take/Import/Transport/Export of Marine Mammals or Amendment of Existing Permit*16192 hours, 20 minutes44
3-200-44/ Registration of An Agent/Tannery*1130 minutes1
3-200-45/ Import of Polar Bear Trophies Sport-Hunted in Canada (MMPA)787830 minutes39
3-200-46/ Import/Export of Personal Pets (WBCA and or CITES)33534330 minutes172
3-200-47/ Import of Birds for Scientific Research or Zoological Breeding and Display (WBCA)7162 hours32
3-200-48/ Import of Birds Under an Approved Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)*441 hours4
3-200-49/ Approval, Amendment or Renewal of a Cooperative Breeding Program (WBCA)443 hours12
3-200-50/ Approval of Sustainable Use Management Plan Under the Wild Bird Conservation Act1110 hours10
3-200-51/ Approval of a Foreign Breeding Facility Under the Wild Bird Conservation Act118 hours8
3-200-52/ Reissuance or Renewal of a Permit14720015 minutes50
3-200-53/ Export/Re-Export of Live Captive-Held Marine Mammals (CITES)442 hours8
3-200-58/ Supplemental Application for a Retrospective Document (CITES)50501 hour50
3-200-61/ CITES Export Programs*252543 hours, 30 minutes1,088
3-200-64/ Certificate of Ownership for Personally Owned Wildlife “Pet passport” (CITES)11513730 minutes69
3-200-65/ Registration of Appendix-I Commercial Breeding Operations (CITES)2240 hours80
3-200-66/ Replacement Document (CITES)505030 minutes25
3-200-69/ CITES Import/Export- Eagle Transport for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes1130 minutes1
3-200-70/ CITES Import/Export- Eagle Transport for Indian Religious Purposes161630 minutes8
3-200-73/ Re-Export of Wildlife (CITES)3,9855,43330 minutes2,717
3-200-76/ Export of Caviar or Meat of Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed from the Wild (CITES)*121203 hours360
Totals7,77311,3848,544

III. Request for Comments

We invite comments concerning this information collection on:

(1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

(2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information;

(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 respondents.

Comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this information collection.

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Dated: January 25, 2007

Hope Grey,

Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.

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[FR Doc. E7-2959 Filed 2-21-07; 8:45 pm]

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