[Federal Register: February 13, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 29)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-EA-2008-N0019; 97600-9792-0000-5d]

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 Monday, March 2, 2009, from 1 p.m. 
to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
(Eastern Time). Members of the public wishing to participate in the 
meeting must notify Douglas Hobbs by close of business on Monday, 
February 23, 2009, per instructions under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, 
in the Room 5160, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC; telephone (703) 

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 
Monday, March 2, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3, 2009 
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time).
    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

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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) the 
Council's work to assess the Sport Fish Restoration Boating Access 
Program; (4) 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 
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 Monday, February, 23, 2008 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT) to be placed on the public speaker list for this meeting. 
Written statements must be received by Thursday, February 26, 2009, 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 Monday, February 23, 2009. Because entry to Federal buildings 
is restricted, all visitors are required to pre-register to be 
admitted. Please 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) 358-2336.
    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: January 30, 2009.
Rowan W. Gould,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. E9-2992 Filed 2-12-09; 8:45 am]