Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Socio-Economic Surveys of Vessel Owners, Permit Holders, and Crew in New England and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries, 16611-16612 [2011-6924]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2011 / Notices they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 18, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–6930 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Socio-Economic Surveys of Vessel Owners, Permit Holders, and Crew in New England and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 May 23, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Andrew Kitts, 508–495–2231 or akitts@mercury.wh.whoi.edu. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract This request is for a new collection. The purpose of this survey is to provide for the ongoing collection of social and economic data related to fisheries and their communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. These data are needed to support fishery performance measures recently developed by NOAA’s Northeast Science Center’s Social Science Branch (SSB) in Woods Hole, MA. The measures are: Financial viability, distributional outcomes, stewardship, governance and well-being. Data to support some indicators for these VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Mar 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 measures are already routinely collected by NMFS. This survey will fill in the gaps, and allow the Northeast to collect trend data needed for more thorough analysis of changes in the fisheries, including impacts from changes in regulations. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), as amended, both contain requirements for considering the social and economic impacts of fishery management decisions. Currently, however, no data exist that allow for tracking the social impacts of fishery management policy and decisions over time in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, and insufficient economic trend data are available. In implementing policies and management programs and in meeting the social and economic impact assessment requirements of NEPA and MSA, there is a need to understand how such policies and programs will affect the social and economic characteristics of those involved in the commercial fishing industry. Under this survey, the SSB intends to collect socio-economic data from vessel owners, permit holders, hired captains, and crew involved in commercial fishing in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. Data to be collected include information on crew, wage calculation systems, individual and community well-being, fishing practices, job satisfaction, job opportunities, and attitudes toward fisheries management. SSB intends to collect these data on an ongoing (e.g., annually or biennially) basis in order to track how socio-economic characteristics of fisheries are changing over time and to track the impact of fishery policies and management programs implemented in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. NOAA is aware of a survey begun by the University of Rhode Island in 2009/ 2010 in New England under a grant from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, that seeks PRA clearance for a follow-up in the Mid-Atlantic in summer 2011 under NOAA funding (Social Impacts of the Implementation of Catch Shares Programs in the MidAtlantic, OMB Control No. 0648–xxxx). The current request has learned from some elements of the URI and follow-on survey. However, this request (1) Is focused on fisheries management in general while the earlier study is focused solely on catch shares, (2) is an ongoing survey rather than a one-time effort, and (3) specifically targets performance indicators for which data are not currently being collected. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16611 II. Method of Collection The most appropriate method of collection is still being investigated through an ongoing research project. For the owners/permit holders’ survey, NOAA is considering in-person interviewing, a phone survey, or mail survey, although the possibility of using an e-mail survey is also being considered. For the crew survey, research is being conducted to determine the most appropriate method of collection. Given the population (ships’ crew), NOAA is considering either an in-person intercept approach or a phone survey, depending on the availability of phone numbers for crew. Additionally, in order to reduce perrespondent burdens, SSB is considering splitting questions asked among the respondents. A core set of questions would be asked to all sample respondents, but some questions would only be asked to one half of the sample and another set of questions would be asked to the other half of the sample. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (new collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,000 annually. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 500. 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 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. E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 16612 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2011 / Notices Dated: March 18, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, and other pertinent statues. [FR Doc. 2011–6924 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P II. Method of Collection DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Perceptions About the Biological and Socio-Economic Performance of Marine Regulations in the U.S. Caribbean National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 May 23, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Brent Stoffle, (305) 361– 4276 or brent.stoffle@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to collect demographic, socio-economic, and attitudinal information on the efficacy of marine regulations in the United States (U.S.) Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The data gathered will be used to: (1) Describe the fishermen’s perceptions about the performance of existing marine regulations such as marine reserve designations, seasonal closures and gear bans, (2) document the social and economic changes brought about by these regulations, and (3) evaluate the likely socio-economic impacts of management proposals. In addition, the information will be used to satisfy legal mandates under Executive Order 12898, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Mar 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 In addition to using ethnographic methods—for example, participant observation, group and key informant interviews, a standardized survey will be administered via in-person, telephone and/or mail to a representative sample of the population of U.S. Caribbean fishermen. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (request for a new information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hr. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,500. 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 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. Dated: March 18, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–6914 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Sea Grant Program Application Requirements for Grants, for Sea Grant Fellowships, and for Designation as a Sea Grant College or Sea Grant Institute National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 May 23, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dorn Carlson, 301–734–1080 or dorn.carlson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for a renewal of a currently approved information collection. The objectives of the National Sea Grant College Program, as stated in the Sea Grant legislation (33 U.S.C. 1121– 1131) are to increase the understanding, assessments, development, utilization, and conservation of the Nation’s ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. It accomplishes these objectives by conducting research, education, and outreach programs. Grant monies are available for funding activities that help obtain the objectives of the Sea Grant Program. Both single and multi-project grants are awarded, with the latter representing about 80 percent of the total grant program. In addition to other standard grant application requirements, three forms are required with the grants. These are the Sea Grant Control Form 90–2, used to identify the organizations and personnel who would be involved in the E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 57 (Thursday, March 24, 2011)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Socio-Economic 
Surveys of Vessel Owners, Permit Holders, and Crew in New England and 
Mid-Atlantic Fisheries

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 May 23, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Andrew Kitts, 508-495-2231 or 
akitts@mercury.wh.whoi.edu.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    This request is for a new collection.
    The purpose of this survey is to provide for the ongoing collection 
of social and economic data related to fisheries and their communities 
in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. These data are needed to 
support fishery performance measures recently developed by NOAA's 
Northeast Science Center's Social Science Branch (SSB) in Woods Hole, 
MA. The measures are: Financial viability, distributional outcomes, 
stewardship, governance and well-being. Data to support some indicators 
for these measures are already routinely collected by NMFS. This survey 
will fill in the gaps, and allow the Northeast to collect trend data 
needed for more thorough analysis of changes in the fisheries, 
including impacts from changes in regulations. The National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (MSA), as amended, both contain 
requirements for considering the social and economic impacts of fishery 
management decisions. Currently, however, no data exist that allow for 
tracking the social impacts of fishery management policy and decisions 
over time in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, and insufficient 
economic trend data are available. In implementing policies and 
management programs and in meeting the social and economic impact 
assessment requirements of NEPA and MSA, there is a need to understand 
how such policies and programs will affect the social and economic 
characteristics of those involved in the commercial fishing industry. 
Under this survey, the SSB intends to collect socio-economic data from 
vessel owners, permit holders, hired captains, and crew involved in 
commercial fishing in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. Data to 
be collected include information on crew, wage calculation systems, 
individual and community well-being, fishing practices, job 
satisfaction, job opportunities, and attitudes toward fisheries 
management. SSB intends to collect these data on an ongoing (e.g., 
annually or biennially) basis in order to track how socio-economic 
characteristics of fisheries are changing over time and to track the 
impact of fishery policies and management programs implemented in New 
England and the Mid-Atlantic.
    NOAA is aware of a survey begun by the University of Rhode Island 
in 2009/2010 in New England under a grant from the Commercial Fisheries 
Research Foundation, that seeks PRA clearance for a follow-up in the 
Mid-Atlantic in summer 2011 under NOAA funding (Social Impacts of the 
Implementation of Catch Shares Programs in the Mid-Atlantic, OMB 
Control No. 0648-xxxx). The current request has learned from some 
elements of the URI and follow-on survey. However, this request (1) Is 
focused on fisheries management in general while the earlier study is 
focused solely on catch shares, (2) is an ongoing survey rather than a 
one-time effort, and (3) specifically targets performance indicators 
for which data are not currently being collected.

II. Method of Collection

    The most appropriate method of collection is still being 
investigated through an ongoing research project. For the owners/permit 
holders' survey, NOAA is considering in-person interviewing, a phone 
survey, or mail survey, although the possibility of using an e-mail 
survey is also being considered. For the crew survey, research is being 
conducted to determine the most appropriate method of collection. Given 
the population (ships' crew), NOAA is considering either an in-person 
intercept approach or a phone survey, depending on the availability of 
phone numbers for crew.
    Additionally, in order to reduce per-respondent burdens, SSB is 
considering splitting questions asked among the respondents. A core set 
of questions would be asked to all sample respondents, but some 
questions would only be asked to one half of the sample and another set 
of questions would be asked to the other half of the sample.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (new collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for-
profit.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,000 annually.
    Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 500.
    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 
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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    Dated: March 18, 2011.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-6924 Filed 3-23-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-P