NACO

National Association of Charterboat Operators

Proposed Survey to Determine How Many People Participate in Salt Water Fishing

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.  This data collection will test the effectiveness of a longitudinal panel study for contacting anglers and determining how many individuals participate in recreational saltwater fishing.

Written comments must be submitted on or before April 1, 2013.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions
should be directed to Dave Van Voorhees,  (301) 427-8189 or
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a new information collection.
    Marine recreational anglers are surveyed to collect 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 (16 U.S.C.
1801 et seq.), as amended, regarding conservation and management of
fishery resources.
    Marine recreational fishing participation data have been collected
through a combination of mail surveys, telephone surveys and on-site
intercept surveys with recreational anglers. Amendments to the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) require
the development of an improved data collection program for recreational
fisheries. To meet these requirements, NOAA Fisheries is designing and
testing new approaches for sampling and surveying recreational anglers.
    This data collection will test the effectiveness of a longitudinal
panel study for contacting anglers and determining how many individuals
participate in recreational saltwater fishing. The goal of the study is
to assess the feasibility of the data collection design for collecting
recreational fishing data, as well as testing assumptions and measuring
potential sources of error in ongoing recreational fishing surveys.

II. Method of Collection

    Information will be collected through mail surveys.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information
collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,131.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,596.
    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
technology.
    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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