NOAA and OMB Seek Comment on ICR for Papaha¯naumokua¯kea Marine National Monument

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has asked the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to aprove NOAA’s current Information Collection request for the Papaha¯naumokua¯kea Marine National Monument Permit Application and Reports for Permits. This request is for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. There will be minor changes to the forms and instructions.

On June 15, 2006, President Bush established the Papaha¯naumokua¯kea Marine National Monument by issuing Presidential Proclamation 8031 (71 FR 36443, June 26, 2006) under the authority of the Antiquities Act (16 U.S.C. 431). The proclamation includes restrictions and prohibitions regarding activities in the monument consistent with the authority provided by the act.

Specifically, the proclamation prohibits access to the monument except when passing through without interruption or as allowed under a permit issued by NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Vessels passing through the monument without interruption are required to notify NOAA and FWS upon entering into and leaving the monument. Individuals wishing to access the monument to conduct certain regulated activities must first apply for and be granted a permit issued by NOAA and FWS to certify compliance with vessel monitoring system requirements, monument regulations and best management practices. On August 29, 2006, NOAA and FWS published a final rule codifying the provisions of the proclamation (71 FR 51134).

Comments on NOAA’s requested ICR are due to OMB by November 30, 2016.

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