[Federal Register: October 23, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 206)]
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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, Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a public meeting of 
the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, November 7, 2008, from 8:30 
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public wishing to 
participate in the meeting must notify Douglas Hobbs by close of 
business on Friday, October 24, 2008, per instructions under 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, in 
the Athens Room, 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA; telephone (703) 549-

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we announce that the 
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council will hold a meeting on 
Friday, November 7, 2008.
    The Council was formed in January 1993 to advise the Secretary of 
the Interior, through the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on 
nationally significant recreational fishing, boating, and aquatic 
resource conservation issues. The Council represents the interests of 
the public and private sectors of the sport fishing, boating, and 
conservation 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 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, Native American tribes, 
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 consider: (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) methods 
for communicating programmatic issues of interest to incoming 
Department and Service personnel; (4) the Council's work to assess the 
Sport Fish Restoration Boating Access Program; (5) information 
pertaining to Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund; (6) 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; and (7) 
other Council business. The final agenda will be

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posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.
    Procedures for Public Input: Interested members of the public may 
submit relevant written or oral information for the Council to consider 
during the public meeting. Questions from the public will not be 
considered during this period. Speakers who wish to expand upon their 
oral statements or those who had wished to speak but could not be 
accommodated on the agenda are invited to submit written statements to 
the Council.
    Individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at the public 
Council meeting will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, with no more 
than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Interested parties should 
contact Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, in writing (preferably via 
e-mail), by Friday, October 17, 2008, (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT) to be placed on the public speaker list for this meeting. 
Written statements must be received by Friday, October 24, 2008, so 
that the information may be made available to the Council for their 
consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements must be 
supplied to the Council Coordinator in both of 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).
    In order to attend this meeting, you must register by close of 
business Friday, October 24, 2008. Pease submit your name, time of 
arrival, e-mail address and phone number to Douglas Hobbs. Mr. Hobbs' 
e-mail address is doug_hobbs@fws.gov, and his phone number is (703) 
    Summary minutes of the conference will be maintained by the Council 
Coordinator at 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-3103-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: October 2, 2008.
Kenneth Stansell,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. E8-25266 Filed 10-22-08; 8:45 am]