The Department of Commerce will submit 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 (NOAA).
Title: Application and Reports for Scientific Research and
Enhancement Permits under the Endangered Species Act.
OMB Control Number: 0648-0402.
Form Number(s): None.
Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved
Number of Respondents: 115.
Average Hours per Response: Permit applications, 12 hours; permit
modification requests 6 hours; annual or final reports, 2 hours.
Burden Hours: 840.
Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently
approved information collection.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)
imposed prohibitions against the taking of endangered species. Section
10 of the ESA allows permits authorizing the taking of endangered
species for research/enhancement purposes. The corresponding
regulations established procedures for persons to apply for such
permits. In addition, the regulations set forth specific reporting
requirements for such permit holders. The regulations contain two sets
of information collections: (1) Applications for research/enhancement
permits, and (2) reporting requirements for permits issued.
The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the
proposed activity on endangered species, to make the determinations
required by the ESA prior to issuing a permit, and to establish
appropriate permit conditions. To issue permits under ESA section
10(a)(1)(A), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must
determine that (1) such exceptions were applied for in good faith, (2)
if granted and exercised, will not operate to the disadvantage of such
endangered species, and (3) will be consistent with the purposes and
policy set forth in section 2 of the ESA.
The currently approved application and reporting requirements apply
to Pacific marine and anadromous fish species, as requirements
regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations;
Federal government; State, local, or tribal government.
Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.
This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov.
Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections
currently under review by OMB.
Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395-5806.