[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 107 (Friday, June 3, 2011)]
[Pages 32142-32143]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-13811]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska 
Saltwater Sportfishing Economic 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 August 2, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, 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

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instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Dan Lew, (530) 
752-1746 or [email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) plans to conduct a 
survey to collect data for conducting economic analyses of marine sport 
fishing in Alaska. This survey is necessary to understand the factors 
that affect the economic value of marine recreational fishing trips and 
improve estimates of fishing trip value.
    The Federal Government is responsible for the management of the 
Pacific halibut sport fishery off Alaska, while the State of Alaska 
manages the salmon sport fisheries (chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and 
pink), as well as several other saltwater sport fisheries. The survey's 
scope covers marine sport fishing for Pacific halibut, salmon, and 
other popular marine sport species in Alaska (e.g., lingcod and 
rockfish). The data collected from the survey will be used to estimate 
the demand for and value of marine fishing to anglers and to analyze 
how the type of fish caught, fishery regulations, and other factors 
affect fishing values and anglers' decisions to participate in Alaska 
marine fishing activities. The economic information provided from the 
survey will update and augment information collected in an earlier 
survey conducted in 2007 and is necessary to help inform fishery 
managers about the economic values of Alaska marine sport fisheries and 
the changes to participation in these fisheries with proposed 

II. Method of Collection

    The survey will be administered as a mixed-mode survey employing 
both mail and telephone methods. A prepaid return envelope will be 
provided to respondents receiving the survey by mail.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,000.
    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: May 31, 2011.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-13811 Filed 6-2-11; 8:45 am]