[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 78 (Friday, April 23, 2010)]
[Pages 21231-21232]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-9423]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine 
Recreational Fisheries Statistics 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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 22, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 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(s) and instructions 
should be directed to Rob Andrews, (301) 713-2328, ext. 148 or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    Marine recreational anglers are surveyed for 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 (MSA), (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) as 
amended, regarding conservation and management of fishery resources.
    The marine recreational fishing catch and effort data are currently 
collected through a combination of telephone surveys and on-site 
intercept surveys with recreational anglers. Recent amendments to the 
MSA require the development of an improved data collection program for 
recreational fisheries. To meet the requirements of the MSA, NOAA's 
National Marine Fisheries Service is developing pilot studies to test 
alternative approaches for surveying recreational anglers. Studies will 
test the effectiveness of panel surveys for contacting anglers and 
collecting recreational fishing catch and

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effort data. The goal of these studies is to develop an efficient means 
of collecting fishing data while maintaining complete coverage of the 
angling population, as well as testing assumptions and assessing 
potential sources of error in ongoing recreational fishing surveys.

II. Method of Collection

    Information will be collected by telephone, mail and online (Web) 

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0052.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 912,600 (5,040 new).
    Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes for mail screening 
interviews and 10 minutes for panel survey Web or telephone interviews.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 50,685 (3,192 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 20, 2010.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-9423 Filed 4-22-10; 8:45 am]