[Federal Register: July 17, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 136)]
[Page 39072-39073]
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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: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting 
of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council).

DATES: We will hold the meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 
August 8, 2007, (Alaska time) and Thursday, August 9, 2007. Members of 
the public wishing to participate in the meeting must notify Douglas 
Hobbs by close of business on Thursday, August 2, 2007, per 
instructions in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. 
Submit written statements for this meeting no later than Monday, July 
30, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Alaska Islands and Ocean 
Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Highway, Suite 1, Homer, Alaska 99603; 
telephone (907) 235-6961.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, Virginia 22203, 
(703) 358-2336 (phone), (703) 358-2548 (fax), or doug_hobbs@fws.gov 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we give notice that the 
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council will hold the meeting 
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 (Alaska time) and 
Thursday, August 9, 2007.


    The Council was formed in January 1993 by the Secretary of the 
Interior (Secretary) to advise the Secretary,

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through the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, about nationally 
significant recreational boating, fishing, and aquatic resource 
conservation issues. The Council represents the interests of the public 
and private sectors of the sport fishing and boating, and conservation 
communities and is organized to enhance partnerships among industry, 
constituency groups, and government. The 18-member Council, appointed 
by the Secretary, includes the Director of the Service and the 
president of the 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, tribal resource management agencies, 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 
role in providing input into the Fish and Wildlife Service's Sport Fish 
Restoration Program; (3) The Council's work in addressing the issue of 
boating and fishing access; (4) The Council's work to assess the Clean 
Vessel Act Grant Program; (5) The Council's role in communicating with 
partners and stakeholders about the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating 
Trust Fund; (6) The Council's role in the continued implementation of 
the National Fish Habitat Action Plan; (7) Future strategic issues that 

the Council will address through its activities; and (8) The Council's 
role in providing the Secretary 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 final 
agenda will be posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

Procedures for Public Input

    We are reserving time at 1:30 p.m. (Alaska time) on Thursday, 
August 9, 2007, for oral public comments, and will assign speaking 
times on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions from the public 
will not be considered during this comment period, which is intended to 
allow interested members of the public to submit relevant written or 
oral information for the Council to consider in the course of its 
business. We are limiting each individual or group's oral presentation 
during the oral public comment period to 3 minutes per speaker, with no 
more than a total of one-half hour for all speakers. Speakers wishing 
to submit a full statement should do so at the meeting. We invite those 
speakers unable to be placed on the agenda, or to attend in person, to 
submit written statements.
    To be placed on our public speaker list for this meeting, contact 
Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, in writing (preferably via e-mail), 
by July 30, 2007, at the contact information under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. We must receive all written statements by July 30, 
2007, so that the information may be made available to the Council for 
their consideration prior to this teleconference. Submit your written 
statements to the Council Coordinator in the following formats: One 
hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-mail 
(acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS 
PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format).
    To ensure that ample seating is available, we recommend that anyone 
wishing to attend this meeting register by close of business August 2, 
2007. Please submit your name, 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. You may purchase personal copies for the cost of duplication.

    Dated: June 19, 2007.
Kevin Adams,
Acting Director.
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