[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 13 (Friday, January 18, 2013)]
[Page 4124]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00964]



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: Social Capital Survey of Northeast Groundfish (SCSN) Fishery 
Sector Participants.
    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Number of Respondents: 151.
    Average Hours per Response: 20 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 50.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for a new information collection.
    Quota allocations to groups of self-selecting permit holders (known 
as sector allocations) are increasingly being considered as a way to 
provide fishermen with greater control and flexibility in their fishing 
businesses while achieving efficiency gains. This new approach, which 
devolves substantial management responsibilities to groups of 
fishermen, represents a potential transformation in the relationship 
among permit holders as well as the relationship between permit holders 
and fisheries governance structures.
    We expect that the success of sectors is likely to be shaped by the 
strength of the relationships between permit holders including their 
degree of trust and collaboration. We also expect that successful 
sectors will build norms and networks that enable collective action 
over time. The value of these relationships is commonly referred to in 
social and economic literature.
    A baseline of existing social capital in the groundfish fishery in 
the Northeast Region was conducted in 2010 by the Gulf of Maine 
Research Institute. This survey, to be conducted twice over the next 
six years, will follow up on this earlier initiative and will enable 
researchers to measure the change in the types and strength of 
relationships between groundfish permit holders in the Northeast. This 
work will inform our understanding of how best to design collaborative 
management structures in support of sustainable fisheries in the region 
and nationally.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Frequency: Twice in the next six years.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.
    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 
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: January 14, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-00964 Filed 1-17-13; 8:45 am]