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NOAA Seeks Comment on Information Collection Request to Determine Commercial Fishing Effects on Marine Mammals
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks public comment on proposed collections of information that have been sent to OMB for review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act. According to NOAA's Federal Register notice:
    "Reporting injury to and/or mortalities of marine mammals is mandated under section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This information is required to determine the impacts of commercial fishing on marine mammal populations. This information is also used to categorize commercial fisheries into Categories I, II, or III. The participants in the first two categories have to be authorized to take marine mammals, while those in Category III are exempt from that requirement. All categories must report injuries or mortalities on a National Marine Fisheries Service form."
Public comments on the proposed collection of information must be received by NOAA by May 15, 2006.
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