[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 217 (Friday, November 8, 2013)]
[Pages 67184-67185]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26804]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R7-MM-2013-N249; FF07CAMM00.FX.FR133707MT000]

Proposed Information Collection; Marine Mammal Marking, Tagging, 
and Reporting Certificates, and Registration of Certain Dead Marine 
Mammal Hard Parts

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. 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. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on May 31, 2014. 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: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by January 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0066'' in the subject line 
of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone).


I. Abstract

    Under section 101(b) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 
(MMPA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361-1407), Alaska Natives residing in 
Alaska and dwelling on the coast of the North Pacific or Arctic Oceans 
may harvest polar bears, northern sea otters, and Pacific walrus for 
subsistence or handicraft purposes. Section 109(i) of the MMPA 
authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe marking, tagging, 
and reporting regulations applicable to the Alaska Native subsistence 
and handicraft take.
    On behalf of the Secretary, we implemented regulations at 50 CFR 
18.23(f) for Alaska Natives harvesting polar bear, northern sea otter, 
and Pacific walrus. These regulations enable us to gather data on the 
Alaska Native subsistence and handicraft harvest and on the biology of 
polar bear, northern sea otter, and Pacific walrus in Alaska to 
determine what effect such take may be having on these populations. The 
regulations also provide us with a means of monitoring the disposition 
of the harvest to ensure that any commercial use of products created 
from these species meets the criteria set

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forth in section 101(b) of the MMPA. We use three forms to collect the 
information: FWS Form 3-2414 (Polar Bear Tagging Certificates), FWS 
Form 3-2415 (Walrus Tagging Certificates), and FWS Form 3-2416 (Sea 
Otter Tagging Certificates). The information we collect includes, but 
is not limited to:
     Date of kill.
     Sex of the animal.
     Kill location.
     Age of the animal (i.e., adult, subadult, cub, or pup).
     Form of transportation used to make the kill of polar 
     Amount of time (i.e., hours/days hunted) spent hunting 
polar bears.
     Type of take (live-killed or beach-found) for walrus.
     Number of otters present in and number of otters harvested 
from pod.
     Condition of the bear and whether or not polar bear cubs 
were present.
     Name of the hunter or possessor of the specified parts at 
the time of marking, tagging, and reporting.
    We are proposing to use FWS Form 3-2406 (Registration of Certain 
Dead Marine Mammal Hard Parts) to record the collection of bones, 
teeth, or ivory of dead marine mammals by non-Native and Natives not 
eligible to harvest marine mammals under the MMPA. It is legal to 
collect such parts from a beach or from land within [frac14] of a mile 
of the ocean (50 CFR 18.26). The information we collect will include, 
but is not limited to:
     Date found.
     Sex of the animal.
     Location found.
     Age of the animal (i.e., adult, subadult).
     Name of the collector of the specified parts.
     Address of collector.
     Phone number.
     Date of birth.
     Signature of collector.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0066.
    Title: Marine Mammal Marking, Tagging, and Reporting Certificates, 
and Registration of Certain Dead Marine Mammal Hard Parts, 50 CFR 
18.23(f) and 50 CFR 18.26.
    Service Form Number(s): 3-2406, 3-2414, 3-2415, and 3-2416.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals and households.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

                                           Number of       Number of       Completion time per     Total annual
               Activity                   respondents      responses            response           burden hours
3-2414 (polar bear)...................              25              60  15 minutes..............              15
3-2415 (walrus).......................             100             500  15 minutes..............             125
3-2416 (sea otter)....................              75           1,280  15 minutes..............             320
3-2406 (beach found)..................             300             300  15 minutes..............              75
    Totals............................             500           2,140  ........................             535

III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, 
email address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your 
personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: November 5, 2013.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-26804 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]