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Mar 21--The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce Department, invites comments to OMB by April 21, 2022 regarding the Fishing Effort Survey of the Marine Recreational Information Program.

Marine recreational anglers are surveyed to collect catch and effort data, fish biology data, and angler socioeconomic characteristics. These data are required to carry out provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), as amended, regarding conservation and management of fishery resources.

Marine recreational fishing catch and effort data are collected through a combination of mail surveys, telephone surveys and on-site intercept surveys with recreational anglers. The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Fishing Effort Survey (FES) is a self-administered, household mail survey that samples from a residential address frame to collect data on the number of recreational anglers and the number of recreational fishing trips. The survey estimates marine recreational fishing activity for all coastal states from Maine through Mississippi, as well as Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

FES estimates are combined with estimates derived from complementary surveys of fishing trips, the Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey, to estimate total, state-level fishing catch, by species. These estimates are used in the development, implementation, and monitoring of fishery management programs by NOAA Fisheries, regional fishery management councils, interstate marine fisheries commissions, and state fishery agencies.

The proposed collection will include experimental work to evaluate non-sampling errors in recreational fishing surveys. Specifically, the revision will include three mail survey questionnaires designed to evaluate measurement error in the reporting of saltwater fishing effort and possession of a saltwater fishing license.

MRIP Recreational Fishing Data: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/recreational-fishing-data
Fishing Effort Survey At-a-Glance: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/recreational-fishing-data/fishing-effort-survey-glance
MRIP FES proposal to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202202-0648-007 Click IC List for forms, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-05945
For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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