[Federal Register: October 19, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 202)]
[Page 61792-61793]
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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: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces that the Sport Fishing 
and Boating Partnership Council (Council) will meet November 8-9, 2006.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, from 12 
p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday, November 9, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 
p.m. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting must notify 
Douglas Hobbs by close of business on Monday, November 6, 2006, per 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Mills House Hotel, 115 
Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401; telephone (843) 577-2400.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, Virginia 22203; 
telephone (703) 358-2336; fax (703) 358-2548; or via e-mail at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given 
that the Sport Fishing and Boating

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Partnership Council will meet on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, from 12 
p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday, November 9, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 
p.m. at the Mills House Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
    The 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, 
appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, includes the Director of 
the Service and the president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife 
Agencies, who both serve in ex officio (by virtue of office) 
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.
    Background information on the Council is available at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.
 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 in addressing the issue of boating and fishing 
access; (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 work to assess the clean 
Vessel Act Grant Program; (5) a possible Council role in communicating 
with partners and stakeholders about the Sport Fish Restoration and 
Boating Trust Fund; and (6) the Council's role in providing the 
Secretary of the Interior with information about the implementation of 
the Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communications 
Program, authorized by the 1998 Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act, 
that is now being implemented by the Recreational Boating and Fishing 
Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization. The agenda may change to 
accommodate Council business. The final agenda will be posted on the 
Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

    Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to 
offer comments and suggestions related to the Council's affairs are 
invited to request a place on the agenda. On November 9, 2006, time 
will be reserved for public comments, and speaking times will be 
assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of time per 
speaker will be determined by the number of requests received, but is 
likely to be 5 minutes each. Questions from the public will not be 
considered during this period. Speakers who wish to expand upon their 
oral statements, those who had wished to speak but could not be 
accommodated on the agenda, and those who were unable to attend in 
person are invited to submit written statements to the Sport Fishing 
and Boating Partnership Council, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 
3103-AEA, Arlington, Virginia 22203; via fax at (703) 358-2548; or via 
e-mail to doug_hobbs@fws.gov.
    All visitors are required to pre-register to be admitted. Anyone 
wishing to attend this meeting must register by close of business 
Monday, November 6, 2006. Please submit your name, estimated time of 
arrival, e-mail address, and phone number to Douglas Hobbs, and he will 
provide you with instructions for admittance. Mr. Hobbs' e-mail address 
is doug_hobbs@fws.gov and his phone number is (703) 358-2336.
    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.

    Dated: September 26, 2006.
Marshall P. Jones, Jr.,
Acting Director.
 [FR Doc. E6-17418 Filed 10-18-06; 8:45 am]