[Federal Register: March 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 50)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Northeast Regional 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 Northeast Regional Panel. The meeting topics 
are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

DATES: The Northeast Regional Panel will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 
Monday, May 17, 2004, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. 
Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection during 
regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Northeast Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Inn 
at Newport Beach, at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Wave Avenue, 
Newport RI 02840. Phone 401.846.0310. 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-

Manager at (603) 796-2615 or, by e-mail, at info@northeastans.org or 
Everett Wilson, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, at (703) 358-2148.

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 Northeast Regional 
Panel. The Task Force was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic 
Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The Northeast Regional 
Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 2001. The NEANS Panel, 
comprised of representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies 
and from private environmental and commercial interests, performs the 
following activities:
    a. Identifies priorities for the Northeast Region with respect to 
aquatic nuisance species,
    b. makes recommendations to the Task Force,
    c. assists the Task Force in coordinating Federal aquatic nuisance 
species program activities in the Northeast region,
    d. coordinates aquatic nuisance species program activities in the 
Northeast region,
    e. provides advice to public and private individuals and entities 
concerning methods of controlling aquatic nuisance species, and
    f. submits an annual report describing activities within the 
Northeast region related to aquatic nuisance species prevention, 
research, and control.
    The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make recommendations to 
the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues relating to the 
Northeast region of the United States that includes seven Northeast 
region States: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode 
Island, Connecticut, and New York. The Northeast Regional Panel will 
discuss several topics at this meeting including: proposed bylaws for 
the panel; future panel meeting scheduling; status update on NAISA bill 
reauthorization; activities update on the Invasive Species Advisory 
Committee; activities updates of the ANS Task Force and Invasive 
Species Council; committee break-out planning sessions and updates; a 
group discussion on establishing research priorities; a discussion on 
the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE); a summary of the New 
England Rapid Assessment; a discussion on species priority listing, the 
pet industry and zebra mussels.

    Dated: March 8, 2004.
Mamie Parker,
Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director--
Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 04-5767 Filed 3-12-04; 8:45 am]