[Federal Register: December 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 250)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Western Regional Panel

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of workshop and meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance 
Species (ANS) Task Force Western Regional Panel and an Invasive Species 
Screening Process workshop. The meeting topics and workshop agenda are 

DATES: The Invasive Species Screening Process workshop will be held 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2002, and 9 a.m. to 
noon, Wednesday, January 9, 2002. The Western Regional Panel will meet 
from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2002, and 9 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002.

ADDRESSES: The Invasive Species Screening Process workshop and the 
Western Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Hotel San Remo, 115 
East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. Phone 800-522-7366.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tina Proctor, Aquatic Nuisance Species 
Coordinator, at 303-236-7862 ext 260 or by e-mail at 
bettina_proctor@fws.gov; or Sharon Gross, Executive Secretary, Aquatic 
Nuisance Species Task Force at 703-358-2308 or by e-mail at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), this notice announces a 
meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Western Regional 
Panel and an Invasive Species Screening Process workshop. The Task 
Force was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention 
and Control Act of 1990 (16U.S.C. 4701-4741). The purpose of the 
Invasive Species Screening Process workshop is to discuss methods for 
screening nonindigenous invasive species imported for sale or 
introduced into natural water bodies. A goal of the workshop is to 
bring affected parties together to discuss cooperative options to 
prevent the introduction of invasive species. Topics to be covered 
during the workshop include shipping industry perspective for the 
importation of invasive species; perspectives from nursery, pet, and 
aquaculture industries; Australia's invasive species screening program; 
Federal screening process and under development by the National 
Invasive Species Council and the ANS Task Force; an overview of 
screening programs in Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii; and a panel 
discussion on developing an invasive species screening process. The 
Western Regional Panel will discuss several topics including: 
Facilitation of State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans; 
development of a rapid response plan; and development of a brochure and 
display; an update on aquatic nuisance species activities from 
individual states; a summary of the Invasive Species Screening Process 
workshop; a review of the new work plan and budget; NISA 
reauthorization; and updates on West Coast ballast water 100th Meridian 
initiative, and Lewis and Clark activities.
    Minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Executive 
Secretary, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Suite 810, 4401 North 
Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622 and will be available for 
public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

    Dated: December 17, 2001.
Cathleen I. Short,
Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director--
Fisheries and Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 01-32096 Filed 12-28-01; 8:45 am]