[Federal Register: May 31, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 105)]
[Page 34725-34726]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection To Be Submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice, information collection.


    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 
1320, which implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(Public Law 104-13), require that interested members of the public and 
affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). We have 
submitted a request to OMB to renew its approval of the collection of 
information for the Federal Subsistence Hunt Application and Permit, 
Designated Hunter Permit Application and Report, and Federal 
Subsistence Fish/Shellfish Harvest/Designated Harvester Application. We 
are requesting a 3-year term of approval of this information 
collection. Pursuant to our request for OMB approval of this formation 
collection, we invite comments on (1) whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of out functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of our estimate of burden, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used, and (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the information collection through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 30, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Send comments and suggestions to the Office of Management 
and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: 
Department of the Interior Desk Officer, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503; and a copy to our Service Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 1849 C 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Miller, Alaska Subsistence 
Office, 907/786-3888 or Rebecca Mullin, Service Information Collection 
Clearance Officer 703/358-2287.
    Title: Federal Subsistence Hunt Application and Permit and 
Designated Hunter Permit Application and Permit.
    OMB Approval Number: 1018-0075.
    Service Form Number(s): 7-FW 1 and 7-FW 2 7-FW 3.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Alaska National Interest Lands 
Conservation Act (ANILCA) and Fish and Wildlife Service regulations, 
found in 50 CFR 100, require that persons engaged in taking fish and 
wildlife must comply with reporting provisions of the Federal 
Subsistence Board. The harvest activity must be reported. In many 
cases, a special permit is required for the rural resident to be able 
to participate in special hunts. The harvest information is needed in 
order to evaluate subsistence harvest success; the effectiveness of 
season lengths, harvest quotas, and harvest restrictions; hunting 
patterns and practices; and hunter use. Once harvest success 
information is evaluated, the Federal Subsistence Board utilizes this 
information, along with other information, to set future seasons and 
harvest limits for Federal subsistence resource users. These seasons 
and harvest limits are set in order to meet the needs of subsistence 
hunters without adversely impacting the health of existing wildlife 
populations. The Federal Subsistence Hunt Application and Permit also 
provides a mechanism to allow Federal subsistence users the opportunity 
to participate in special hunts that are not available to the general 
public but are provided for by Title VIII of ANILCA. Both reports 
provide for the collection of the necessary information; however, the 
Designated Hunter Report is unique in that it allows the reporting of 
the harvest of multiple animals by a single hunter who is acting for 
others. The Designated Hunter Application and Permit also serves as a 
special permit allowing qualified subsistence users to harvest fish or 
wildlife for others. The collection of information is needed prior the 
expiration of time periods established under 5 CFR 1320, and is 
essential to the missions of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the 
Federal Subsistence Board. Without this information public harm would 
occur as a result of the Service's inability to set subsistence seasons 
and harvest limits to meet users' needs without adversely impacting the 
health and the animal population.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Title: Federal Subsistence Fish/Shellfish Harvest/Designated 
Harvester Application.
    OMB Approval Number:
    Service Form Number(s): 7-FW 3
    Abstract: Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act 
(ANILCA) allows the taking of fish and wildlife on public lands in 
Alaska for subsistence use. In order to take fish and wildlife in 
public lands for subsistence uses, users must possess and comply with 
the provisions of any pertinent permit, harvest tickets, or tags 
required by the State, or Federal permits, harvest tickets or tags as 
required by the Federal Subsistence Board (Board). All Alaskans who are 
residents of rural areas or communities are eligible to participate in 
subsistence taking of that stock or population under the regulations in 
50 CFR 100.
    Information on the fishermen, qualified subsistence users fished 
for, the fish/shellfish harvested, and the location of harvest is 
needed by the Board in making recommendations on subsistence use. Once 
harvest success information is evaluated, the Federal Subsistence Board 
utilizes this information, along with other information, to set future 
seasons and harvest limits for Federal subsistence resource users. 
These seasons and harvest limits are set in order to meet the needs of 
subsistence fisherman without adversely impacting the health of 
existing fish/shellfish populations. The Federal Subsistence Hunt 
Application and Permit also provides a mechanism to allow Federal 
subsistence users the opportunity to participate in special fishing 
opportunities that are not available to the general public but are 
provided for by Title VIII of ANILCA.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals and households.
    Estimated Completion Time: The reporting burden is estimated to be 
.25 hours or 15 minutes each.
    Annual Responses: 5,200 (Federal Subsistence Hunt Application and 
Permit); 700 (Designated Hunter Permit Application and Report); 1,000 
(Federal Subsistence Fish/Shellfish Harvest/Designated Harvester 
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,725 hours.

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    Dated: May 11, 2000.
Rebecca A. Mullin,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 00-13556 Filed 5-30-00; 8:45 am]