[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2016)]
[Page 72779]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25454]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine 
Recreational Fishing Expenditure 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 December 20, 

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 Sabrina Lovell, (301) 427-8153 or 
[email protected].


I. Abstract

    This request is for revision and extension of an existing data 
    The objective of the survey is to collect information on both trip 
expenditures and annual durable good expenditures made by marine 
recreational anglers. The survey will be conducted in two parts. One 
part will ask anglers about the expenses incurred on their most recent 
marine recreational fishing trip. The other part of the survey will ask 
anglers about their purchases of durable goods such as fishing gear, 
boats, vehicles, and second homes. As specified in the Magnuson-
Stevenson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1996 (and 
reauthorized in 2007), NMFS is required to enumerate the economic 
impacts of the policies it implements on fishing participants and 
coastal communities. The expenditure data collected in this survey will 
be used to estimate the economic contributions and impacts of marine 
recreational fishing to each coastal state and nationwide. Slight 
revisions will be made to the existing trip expenditure questions to 
clarify certain types of expenditures, and two questions on the trip 
expenditure instrument will be dropped.

II. Method of Collection

    The survey will be conducted using a combination of four modes: 
Phone, in-person interviews, mail, and electronic (Internet and/or 
mobile app).

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0693.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a 
currently approved information collection).
    Affected Public: Individual anglers or households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,200: 14,200 for durable goods 
and 86,000 for trip expenditure surveys.
    Estimated Time per Response: Durable goods survey, 15 minutes; trip 
expenditures survey, 5-8 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,816.
    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: October 17, 2016.
Sarah Brabson,
NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-25454 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]