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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Economic Data Collection

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).




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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).


Written comments must be submitted on or before August 11, 2003.


Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Michael Travis at 727-570-5335 or at

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I. Abstract

NOAA proposes to collect information on fishing vessel expenses and earnings on a voluntary and continuous basis in the Gulf of Mexico offshore shrimp fishery. The information will be used to conduct socioeconomic analyses that will improve fishery management in that fishery. It will be used in conjunction with catch and effort data already being collected in this fishery as part of federal and state dealer reporting programs, as well as Coast Guard and federal and state fishing permit data on vessel characteristics, to assess how fishermen will be impacted by and respond to any regulation likely to be considered by fishery managers. In addition, this data will be used to determine how fishing communities will be impacted by proposed fishing regulations.

II. Method of Collection

The information will be collected through interviews.

III. Data

OMB Number: 0648-0476.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; and individuals or households.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 500.

Estimated Time Per Response: 67 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 558.

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: June 4, 2003.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-14796 Filed 6-10-03; 8:45 am]