NOAA Wants to Expand Bottlenose Dolphin Surveys

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 18, 2012.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should
be directed to Stacey Horstman, (727) 824-5312 or


I. Abstract

    This request is for a revision of a current information collection.
    The objective of these surveys is to assess the level of awareness
on issues related to regulations preventing feeding/harassment of wild
bottlenose dolphins, which are protected under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act. In particular, the surveys are designed to determine
what commercial businesses and the general public know about specific
regulations prohibiting feeding and harassment of bottlenose dolphins,
and how they gained their knowledge and/or perceptions on the topic.
The first survey was conducted in Panama City, Florida, where numerous
incidences of dolphin harassment and feeding are continually
documented. Revision: The intent is to use this survey in one to two
other geographic areas of the southeast region that are also ``hot-
spots'' for dolphin harassment and feeding activities to gain a similar
understanding and ensure outreach messages are appropriate for intended

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will request information
from local residents, tourists, and commercial businesses through a
one-time survey in the geographic location identified in the revision
supporting statement. This information, upon receipt, will be used to
develop effective and better-targeted outreach efforts in order to
enhance bottlenose dolphin conservation in the southeast United States.

II. Method of Collection

Participants voluntarily complete paper questionnaires and methods
of submittal include on-site, mail, and facsimile transmission of paper

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0594.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision of a current
information collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals; business or other for-profits
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,200.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 400. 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.