[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 134 (Thursday, July 12, 2012)]
[Page 41166]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16999]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Marine Recreational Information Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0052.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (revision of a current 
information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 464,868.
    Average Hours Per Response: 10 minutes per survey.
    Burden Hours: 63,687.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for revision of a current 
information collection.
    Marine recreational anglers are surveyed to collect catch and 
effort data, fish biology data, and angler socioeconomic 
characteristics. These data are required to carry out provisions of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.), as amended, regarding conservation and management of 
fishery resources.
    Marine recreational fishing catch and effort data are collected 
through a combination of mail surveys, telephone surveys and on-site 
intercept surveys with recreational anglers. Amendments to the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) require 
the development of an improved data collection program for recreational 
fisheries. To meet these requirements, NOAA Fisheries has designed and 
tested new approaches for sampling and surveying recreational anglers. 
Revision: A mail survey that samples from a residential address frame 
will be implemented to collect data on the number of marine 
recreational anglers and the number of recreational fishing trips. This 
survey will replace the Coastal Household Telephone Survey, which has 
traditionally been used to collect recreational fishing effort data. In 
addition, the sampling and estimation procedures for the access-point 
angler intercept survey have been revised to ensure better coverage and 
representation of recreational fishing activity.
    This revision also eliminates several data collections that were 
implemented to test revised sampling procedures. The following data 
collections will be eliminated: Longitudinal Sampling for Coastal 
Household Telephone Survey, a Directory Frame Telephone Survey of 
Licensed Marine Recreational Anglers, the Angler Diary Recruitment 
Screening Questionnaire, Vessel Directory Maintenance and Biological 
Data Collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Frequency: Annually, on occasion, every three years.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    OMB Desk Officer: [email protected].
    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
[email protected]).
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to [email protected].

    Dated: July 6, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-16999 Filed 7-11-12; 8:45 am]