[Federal Register: August 13, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 155)]
[Page 40835-40836]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2009-N169] [91200-1231-9BPP-L2]

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0121;
Depredation Orders for Double-Crested Cormorants

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:  Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (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 December 31, 2009. 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 October 13, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ,
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.


I. Abstract

    This information collection is associated with regulations
implementing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (16 U.S.C. 703 et
seq.). Under the MBTA, it is unlawful to take, possess, import, export,
transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or
barter, migratory birds or their parts, nests, or eggs, except as
authorized by regulations implementing the MBTA.
    The regulations at 50 CFR 21.47 (Aquaculture Depredation Order)
authorize aquaculture producers in 13 States to take double-crested
cormorants when the birds are found committing or about to commit
depredations on commercial freshwater aquaculture stocks. The
regulations at 50 CFR 21.48 (Public Resource Depredation Order)
authorize State fish and wildlife agencies, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (APHIS-Wildlife Services), and federally recognized tribes
in 24 States to take double-crested cormorants to prevent depredations
on the public resources of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.
    Both 50 CFR 21.47 and 21.48 impose reporting and recordkeeping
requirements on those operating under the depredation orders. We use
the information collected to:
    (1) Help assess the impact of the depredation orders on double-
crested cormorant populations.
    (2) Protect nontarget migratory birds or other species.
    (3) Ensure that agencies and individuals are conforming to the
terms, conditions, and purpose of the orders.
    (4) Help gauge the effectiveness of the orders at mitigating
cormorant-related damages.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0121.
    Title: Depredation Orders for Double-Crested Cormorants, 50 CFR
21.47 and 21.48.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Aquaculture producers, States, and tribes.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually for reports; ongoing for

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
Report take of migratory bird                      1                   1  1 hour.............                  1
 species other than double-
 crested cormorants
 (21.47(d)(7); 21.48(d)(7)).
Report take of species protected                   1                   1  1 hour.............                  1
 under Endangered Species Act
 (21.47(d)(8); 21.48(d)(8)).
Written notice of intent to                       12                  12  3 hours............                 36
 conduct control activities
Report of control activities                      12                  12  20 hours...........                240
 (21.48(d)(10) and (11)).
Report effects of management                       9                   9  100 hours..........                900
 activities (21.48(d)(12)).

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 Recordkeeping (21.47(d)(9))....                 500                 500  7 hours............              3,500
    Totals......................                 535                 535  ...................              4,678

III. Request for Comments

     We invite comments concerning this IC 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
    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,
e-mail 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: August 6, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
FR Doc. E9-19405 Filed 8-12-09; 8:45 am