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Endangered Fish and Wildlife; Final Rule To Implement Speed Restrictions To Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions With North Atlantic Right Whales

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AGENCY:

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION:

Final rule; OMB approval of collection-of-information requirements.

SUMMARY:

NMFS announces approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of collection-of-information requirements contained in regulations implementing speed restrictions to reduce the incidence and severity of ship collisions with North Atlantic right whales.

DATES:

Effective December 9, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments regarding burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule may be submitted to NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gregory Silber, Ph.D., or Shannon Bettridge, Ph.D., Fishery Biologists, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, at (301) 713-2322.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Background

On October 10, 2008, NMFS published a final rule implementing speed restrictions to reduce the incidence and severity of ship collisions with North Atlantic right whales (73 FR 60173). That final rule contained a collection-of-information requirement subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that had not yet been approved by OMB. Specifically, 50 CFR 224.105(c) requires a logbook entry to document that a deviation from the 10-knot speed limit was necessary for safe maneuverability under certain conditions.

On October 30, 2008, OMB approved the collection-of-information requirements contained in the October 10, 2008, final rule. NMFS announces that the collection-of-information requirements are approved under Control Number 0648-0580, with an expiration date of April 30, 2009.

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List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 902

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Dated: December 1, 2008.

Samuel D. Rauch III,

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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For the reasons stated in the preamble,

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PART 902—NOAA INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT: OMB CONTROL NUMBERS

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1. The authority citation for part 902 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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2. In § 902.1, the table in paragraph (b) under “50 CFR” is amended by adding a new entry in numerical order to read as follows:

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OMB control numbers assigned pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
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CFR part or section where the information collection requirement is locatedCurrent OMB control number (All numbers begin with 0648-)
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50 CFR
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224.105(c)-0580
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[FR Doc. E8-28874 Filed 12-4-08; 8:45 am]

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