In case you're not already aware of it, I want to call attention to the comment period for information collection requirements associated with charter businesses. I attached a copy of the Federal Register that announces the comment period and solicits comments. Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2020.
This notice is part of NMFS's obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The intent of the PRA is to minimize the time, effort, or financial resources needed by the public to generate, maintain, or provide information to the government.
In this case, NMFS is requesting a continuation of the requirements. The current requirements are:
GAF permit report
GAF landing report
GAF / IFQ transfer application
Annual registration of CHP
Transfer application for CHPs
Application for Military CHPs
Section III of the attached Notice provides information on the current time burden estimates for these collections. I've also attached a table that provides more estimates that the information requirements are based upon: the average annual number of submissions per person; the time to complete the forms, and miscellaneous costs.
Among other things, you might want to take a look at these estimates and comment on their accuracy. The Notice indicates how you can submit comments on these and other parts of the current data collections.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and please feel free to distribute this notice among your fellow charter operators. If you have any questions, I'm happy to help.
Fishery Management Specialist
National Marine Fisheries Service; Alaska Region
PO Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802
tel: (907) 586-7210