[Federal Register: September 20, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 182)]
[Page 55004-55005]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; Export of Caviar or Meat of 
Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed From the Wild

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


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SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection 
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 information collection.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before November 20, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection 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).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this information collection request, contact Hope Grey at one of 
the addresses above or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.


I. Abstract

    This information collection is associated with regulations 
implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered 
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES regulates international 
trade in listed species through a system of permits and certificates. 
The Service assesses permit requests according to criteria in CITES and 
Federal regulations for the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial 
of permits. OMB has approved our current applications for CITES permits 
and assigned OMB Control Number 1018-0093, which expires June 30, 2007.
    We have identified the need to develop a new permit application 
form specific to permit requests for the export of caviar and/or meat 
of wild-origin paddlefish and/or U.S. native sturgeon species. In the 
past, we have used FWS Form 3-200-27 (Export of Wildlife Removed from 
the Wild) to collect information to allow us to assess such permit 
requests. However, when using that general form, applicants have had 
considerable difficulty in understanding what and how to supply the 
information required. We have developed a new form, FWS Form 3-200-76, 
to clarify our information collection needs for evaluation of these 
permit requests.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Title: Export of Caviar or Meat of Paddlefish or Sturgeon Removed 
from the Wild, 50 CFR parts 13 and 23.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-200-76.
    Type of Request: New collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals; fishers; commercial dealers/
distributors/suppliers and importers/exporters of paddlefish and 
sturgeon caviar and meat; freight forwarders/brokers; and local, State, 
tribal, and Federal Governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 120.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 1.5 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 180.
    Estimated Cost to the Public: $17,400. Based on an average rate of 
$30 per hour, we estimate the dollar value of the annual burden hours 
to be $5,400. There is a $100 processing fee for each application, for 
an estimated $12,000 annually.

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 
    Your comments in response to this notice are a matter of public 
record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our request to 
OMB for approval of this information collection.

    Dated: August 29, 2006.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-15560 Filed 9-19-06; 8:45 am]