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2010 Southeast Alaska Fisheries Economic Activity Survey

The NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) is undertaking a voluntary survey to learn more about commercial fishing and seafood processing in Southeast Alaska (SE Alaska). The survey is to gather data about the important role fishing and seafood processing plays in the SE Alaska economy. The data will provide better information for fishery management decision makers.

A small number of fishermen and processors were selected to help. A questionnaire will be mailed in January 2011 to the selected sample. The vessel registrants receiving the questionnaire can respond via mail or by logging onto a website: . The processors in the selected sample will be called to arrange a personal interview.

The survey asks about vessel or processor characteristics, labor payments, and other operation related spending. It also asks about the portion of the spending that is made in SE Alaska communities. NOAA Fisheries recognizes the sensitivity of the information to be collected and wants to assure everyone it will be handled confidentially. All individual surveys will be held by the retained researchers and destroyed upon completion of the study. Only summary survey results will be reported to the public and no data identifying individual vessels or businesses will be revealed.

Harvesting and seafood processing play a significant role in the SE Alaska economy. One way commercial fishing and seafood processing contribute to the region's economy is through the jobs held by fishing vessel skippers and crew, and jobs for processor line workers and supervisors. Another way the fishing and seafood processing industry contributes to the region's economy is through spending to own and operate a vessel or seafood processing plant. The information about jobs and spending is needed by local and state governments, businesses, and others who make decisions that affect people and industries in SE Alaska. Decision making based on improved data will increase the long-run economic benefits to those who engage in fishing activities.

The reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Comments regarding this burden estimate or any other suggestions about the survey can be sent to Chang Seung, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-6349, phone: 206-526-4250, email: . Questions about completing the survey forms can be directed to the survey contractor: Shannon Davis, The Research Group, P.O. Box 813, Corvallis, Oregon 97339-0813, phone: 541-758-1432, email: Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subjected to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The collection of information has been approved by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (Approval Number 0648-0614 expiration date October 31, 2013).

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