Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Developing Social Wellbeing Indicators for Marine Management

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 request is for a new information collection.

Written comments must be submitted on or before July 8, 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 


 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 

copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 

be directed to Karma Norman, (206) 302-2418 or


I. Abstract


   This request is for a new information collection.

    In order to address Executive Order 13547 requirements to promote 

human wellbeing through implementation of ecosystem-based management 

(EBM), NOAA Fisheries social scientists must collect a broad range of 

social, cultural, and economic information that is currently 

unavailable. This research is designed to improve social science data 

related to the human dimensions of ecosystem-based management and 

marine spatial planning related to marine and coastal management needs 

by: (1) Investigating how marine and coastal conditions and management 

affect human wellbeing; (2) developing and testing theories and methods 

for defining and measuring human wellbeing within an EBM model; and (3) 

identifying indicators of wellbeing for use in such a model. This study 

will focus on marine- and coast-related communities of the US West 

Coast in order to inform the California Current Integrated Ecosystem 

Assessment (IEA) ``Resilient and Economically Viable Coastal 

Communities'' section. It will assist managers with evaluating how 

different management strategies may affect the wellbeing of marine-

dependent and coastal communities beyond commercial harvests and 

economic conditions, such as in terms of health, cultural values, and 

social cohesion. Combined with a literature review, interviews and 

focus groups will assist with identifying salient stakeholder groups 

and locally meaningful indicators in the study area. A survey will 

enable researchers to test the validity of the resulting selected suite 

of indicators with broader samples of each stakeholder group.


II. Method of Collection


    Interview and focus group responses will be collected through 

audio-recordings, handwritten and typed notes, and simple 

questionnaires. Survey responses will be collected through paper and/or 

electronic forms.


III. Data


    OMB Control Number: None.

    Form Number: None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information 


    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not-

for-profit institutions; federal government; state, local, or tribal 

government; individuals or households; farms.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,000.

    Estimated Time per Response: Interviews, 1 hour; focus groups, 2 

hours; surveys, 30 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000.

    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.