[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 19 (Tuesday, January 29, 2013)]
[Pages 6070-6071]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01743]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine 
Recreational Information Program Longitudinal Survey of Recreational 
Fishing Participation

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 1, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Dave Van Voorhees, (301) 427-8189 or 


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new 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 participation data have been 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 is designing and 
testing new approaches for sampling and surveying recreational anglers.
    This data collection will test the effectiveness of a longitudinal 
panel study for contacting anglers and determining how many individuals 
participate in recreational saltwater fishing. The goal of the study is 
to assess the feasibility of the data collection design for collecting 
recreational fishing data, as well as testing assumptions and measuring 
potential sources of error in ongoing recreational fishing surveys.

II. Method of Collection

    Information will be collected through mail surveys.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,131.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,596.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 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: January 23, 2013.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01743 Filed 1-28-13; 8:45 am]