[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2010)]
[Page 5945]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-2504]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Coast 
Groundfish, Rationalization Sociocultural Study

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 6, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Suzanne Russell (206) 860-3274, 


I. Abstract

    Historically, changes in fisheries management regulations have been 
shown to result in impacts to individuals within the fishery. An 
understanding of social impacts in fisheries--achieved through the 
collection of data on fishing communities, as well as on individuals 
who fish--is a requirement under several federal laws. Laws such as the 
National Environmental Protection Act and the Magnuson Stevens Fishery 
Conservation Act (as amended 2007) describe such requirements. The 
collection of this data not only helps to inform legal requirements for 
the existing management actions, but will inform future management 
actions requiring equivalent information.
    Fisheries rationalization programs have an impact on those 
individuals participating in the affected fishery. The Pacific 
Fisheries Management Council is on track to implement a new 
rationalization program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish limited entry 
trawl fishery in January 2011. This research aims to study the 
individuals in the affected fishery both prior to and after the 
implementation of the rationalization program. The data collected will 
provide a baseline description of the industry as well as allow for 
analysis of changes the rationalization program may create for 
individuals in the fishery. The measurement of these changes will lead 
to a greater understanding of the social impacts the management measure 
may have on the individuals in the fishery. To achieve these goals it 
is critical to collect the necessary data prior to the implementation 
of the rationalization program for comparison to data collected after 
the management program has been implemented. This study will be 
inclusive of both a Phase 1 pre-implementation data collection effort, 
as well as a Phase 2, post-implementation data collection effort to 
achieve the stated objectives.

II. Method of Collection

    Literature reviews, secondary sources including Internet sources, 
United States Census data, key informants, focus groups, paper surveys, 
electronic surveys, and in-person interviews will be utilized in 
combination to obtain the greatest breadth of information as possible.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 800.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,200.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,000 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: February 2, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-2504 Filed 2-4-10; 8:45 am]