[Federal Register: July 2, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 127)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Mississippi River Basin Panel 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance 
Species (ANS) Task Force Mississippi River Basin Panel. The meeting 
topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel will meet from 8 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2003, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, 
July 11, 2003, and a field trip from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 
July 11, 2003.

ADDRESSES: The Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel meeting will be 
held at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, 3800 East 80th Street, 
Bloomington, MN 55425. Phone 952-854-2100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jay Rendall, Mississippi River Basin 
Panel Chair and Exotic Species Program Coordinator, Minnesota 
Department of Natural Resources at 651-297-1464 or Sharon Gross, 
Executive Secretary, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force at 703-358-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), this notice announces 
meetings of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Mississippi River 
Basin Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the 
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The 
Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task 
Force in 2002. The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make 
recommendations to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues 
relating to the Mississippi River Basin region of the United States 
that includes thirty-two Mississippi River Basin States: Alabama, 
Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, 
Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, 
Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, 
Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, 
Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The Mississippi 
River Basin Regional Panel will discuss several topics at this meeting 
including: aquatic invasive species (Asian carp, New Zealand mudsnail, 
round goby, water fleas, purple loosestrife, and Eurasian watermilfoil) 
in the Mississippi River Basin and their management; a discussion on 
pathways of invasive species spread and prevention methods used for the 
aquatic plant trade, recreational activities, and effective boater 
education programs; a discussion on prevention initiatives taken for 
the dispersal barrier and the summit in Chicago, 100th Meridian 
initiative, public awareness campaign, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers, NAISA, 
and National Invasive Species Council's rapid response efforts; a 
discussion on Panel organization and operation and establishment of new 
Panel Committees for education, policy, control, research, and outreach 
efforts; and status and discussion of national legislation regarding 
aquatic invasive species.
    Minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Executive 
Secretary, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Suite 810, 4401 North 
Fairfax Drive,

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Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622, and will be available for public 
inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

    Dated: June 13, 2003.
Mamie Parker,
Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director--
Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 03-16659 Filed 7-1-03; 8:45 am]