[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 177 (Thursday, September 14, 2017)]
[Page 43222]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-19508]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Web Survey To 
Collect Economic Data From Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico

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 November 13, 

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 [email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to David W. Carter, Economist, SEFSC, NMFS, 75 Virginia 
Beach Drive, Miami FL 33149, (305) 361-4467 or [email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The objective of the short survey will be to understand how anglers 
respond to changes in trip costs and fishing regulations in the Gulf of 
Mexico. We are conducting this survey to improve our ability to predict 
changes the number of fishing trips anticipated with changes in 
economic conditions or fishing regulations. This will improve the 
analysis of the economic effects of proposed changes in fishing 
regulations and changes in economic factors that affect the cost of 
fishing such as fuel prices.
    The population consists of those anglers who fish in the Gulf of 
Mexico from Florida, including those who possess a license to fish, and 
those who are not required to have a license (e.g., seniors). We plan 
to independently sample from the frame designed for the Fishing Effort 
Survey (FES) of the Marine Recreational Fishing Program (MRIP). Anglers 
will be mailed a postcard that directs them to a Web site to complete 
the survey.

II. Method of Collection

    The survey will be conducted using two modes: Mail and Internet.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular (request for a new information collection).
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; 
individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125 hours.
    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: September 11, 2017.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-19508 Filed 9-13-17; 8:45 am]