Understanding Recreational Angler Attitudes and Preferences for Saltwater Fishing

The Department of Commerce invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed NEW information collection regarding recreational anglers. 

Written comments must be submitted on or before August 20, 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 at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Kristy Wallmo, 301-427-8190 or kristy.wallmo@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a new collection of information.

    The objective of the survey will be to understand the range of attitudes, preferences, and concerns that recreational anglers hold towards saltwater fishing.

    The National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology will conduct this survey to improve our understanding of anglers' expectations and how they may change with fish stock recovery. As more stocks recover, the survey is well-timed to inform fisheries management on anglers' satisfaction with current management and the types of goals and objectives that should be pursued (e.g., in developing guidelines). Results of the survey will be used to inform fisheries management and planning and establish a baseline for outreach and education.

II. Method of Collection

   The survey will be conducted using two modes: mail and Internet.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.

    Form Number: None.

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

collection).

    Affected Public: Individual recreational fishing permit holders.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,000.

    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,000.

    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 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.