[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 129 (Friday, July 5, 2013)]
[Pages 40435-40436]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16094]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Gulf of Alaska 
Trawl Fishery, Rationalization Sociocultural Study

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 September 3, 

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 66165, 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 Amber Himes-Cornell (Phone: (206) 526-4221), 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    Historically, changes in fisheries management regulations have been 
shown to result in impacts to individuals within the fishery. An 
understanding of social impacts in fisheries--achieved through the 
collection of data on fishing communities, as well as on individuals 
who fish--is a requirement under several federal laws. Laws such as the 
National Environmental Policy Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (as amended 2007) describe such 
requirements. The collection of this data not only helps to inform 
legal requirements for the existing management actions, but will inform 
future management actions requiring equivalent information.
    Fisheries rationalization programs have an impact on those 
individuals participating in the affected fishery, as well as their 
communities and may also have indirect effects on other fishery 
participants. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is 
considering the implementation of a new, yet to be defined, 
rationalization program for the Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery. This 
research aims to study the affected individuals both prior to and after 
the implementation of the rationalization program. The data collected 
will provide a baseline description of the industry as well as allow 
for analysis of changes the rationalization program may create for 
individuals and communities. The measurement of these changes will lead 
to a greater understanding of the social impacts the management measure 
may have on the individuals and communities affected by fisheries 
regulations. To achieve these goals, it is critical to collect the 
necessary data prior to the implementation of the rationalization 
program for comparison to data collected after the management program 
has been implemented. This study will be inclusive of both a Phase 1 
pre-implementation data collection effort, as well as a Phase 2, post-
implementation data collection effort to achieve the stated objectives.

II. Method of Collection

    Literature reviews, secondary sources including Internet sources, 
United States Census data, key informants, focus groups, paper surveys, 
electronic surveys, and in-person interviews will be utilized in 
combination to obtain the greatest breadth of information as possible.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750.
    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.

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    Dated: June 28, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-16094 Filed 7-3-13; 8:45 am]