[Federal Register: April 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 73)]
[Page 19747]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the 
Fish and Wildlife Service announces a meeting designed to foster 
partnerships to enhance public awareness of the importance of aquatic 
resources and the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing 
and boating in the United States. This meeting, sponsored by the Sport 
Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council), is open to the 
public, and interested persons may make oral statements to the Council 
or may file written statements for consideration.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, from 9 a.m. 
to 3:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, 
Room 5160, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; telephone (703) 
    Summary minutes of the conference will be maintained by the Council 
Coordinator at 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-3101-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203, 
and will be available for public inspection during regular business 
hours within 30 days following the meeting. Personal copies may be 
purchased for the cost of duplication.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, at 
(703) 358-2336.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership 
Council was formed in January 1993 to advise the Secretary of the 
Interior, through the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, about 
sport fishing and boating issues. The Council represents the interests 
of the public and private sectors of the sport fishing and boating 
communities and is organized to enhance partnerships among industry, 
constituency groups, and government. The 18-member Council includes the 
Director of the Service and the president of the International 
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, who both serve in ex officio 
capacities. Other Council members are Directors from State agencies 
responsible for managing recreational fish and wildlife resources and 
individuals who represent the interests of saltwater and freshwater 
recreational fishing, recreational boating, the recreational fishing 
and boating industries, recreational fisheries resource conservation, 
aquatic resource outreach and education, and tourism. The Council will 
convene to discuss: (1) The Council's continuing role in providing 
input to the Fish and Wildlife Service on the Service's strategic plan 
for its Fisheries Program; (2) the Council's work on the National Fish 
Habitat Initiative as both a lead partner and its role as lead in 
building a Fish Habitat Partners Coalition; (3) the Council's work in 
its role as a facilitator of discussions with Federal and State 
agencies and other sport fishing and boating interests concerning a 
variety of national boating and fisheries management issues; (4) the 
Council's issues of strategic concern for its coming term and (5) the 
Council's role in providing the Interior Secretary with information 
about the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the National 
Outreach and Communications Program. The Interior Secretary approved 
the Strategic Plan in February 1999, as well as the five-year, $36-
million federally funded outreach campaign authorized by the 1998 
Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act that is now being implemented by 
the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a private, nonprofit 

    Dated: March 29, 2006.
Kenneth Stansell,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. 06-3640 Filed 4-14-06; 8:45 am]