[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 65 (Thursday, April 4, 2013)]
[Pages 20296-20297]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07833]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine 
Recreational Information Program Fishing Effort Survey

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.

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DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 3, 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 Rob Andrews, (301) 427-8105 or 


I. Abstract

    This request is for revision of a current information collection. 
The title will be changed from ``Marine Recreational Information 
Program'' to ``Marine Recreational Information Program Fishing Effort 
    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 effort data have traditionally been 
collected through the Coastal Household Telephone Survey, a random-
digit-dial telephone survey of coastal county residences. 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, the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries has designed 
and tested new approaches for sampling and surveying recreational 
anglers. Revision: A mail survey that samples from residential address 
frames and collects information on the number of marine recreational 
anglers and the number of recreational fishing trips is currently being 
tested in MA, NY, NC and FL. The survey will be expanded to all 
Atlantic and Gulf coast states (except TX), HI and Puerto Rico.

II. Method of Collection

    Information will be collected through mail surveys.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0652.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 153,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 25,500 (16,600 new).
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

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: April 1, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-07833 Filed 4-3-13; 8:45 am]