[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 76 (Friday, April 19, 2013)]
[Pages 23587-23588]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09206]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-EA-2013-N083; FF09X60000-FVWF97920900000-XXX]

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
public meeting of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council 
(Council). A Federal advisory committee, the Council was created in 
part 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 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 take place Monday, May 20, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 21, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
(Eastern Daylight Time). For deadlines and directions on registering to 
attend the meeting, submitting written material, and/or giving an oral 
presentation, please see ``Public Input'' under SUPPLEMENTARY 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, 
Room 5160; 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.

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 email doug_hobbs@fws.gov.

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.


    The Council was formed in January 1993 to advise the Secretary of 
the Interior, through the Director of the Service, on aquatic 
conservation endeavors that benefit recreational fishery resources and 
recreational boating and that encourage partnerships among industry, 
the public, and government. The Council represents the interests of the 
public and private sectors of the recreational fishing,

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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 Service Director 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.

Meeting Agenda

    The Council will hold a meeting to consider:
     A draft vision for fish and aquatic resource conservation 
in the Service. The Council will consider a technical report presented 
to it by an ad hoc steering committee and possible recommendations to 
the Service resulting from information included in the report.
     Issues regarding the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, 
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, and the Sport Fish Restoration Boating 
Access Program.
     Updates on the Rigs to Reefs Program and the Department of 
the Interior's implementation of its ``Idle Iron'' policy for 
decommissioning and removing unused oil and gas production 
     An update on the activities of the Federal Interagency 
Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) in implementing the America's 
Great Outdoors Initiative.
     An update from the Recreational Boating and Fishing 
Foundation on progress in implementing Council recommendations to 
improve the activities and operations of the Foundation.
     An update on activities of the Service's Wildlife and 
Sport Fish Restoration Program.
     Other miscellaneous Council business.
    The final agenda will be posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

Public Input

                                                  Then you must contact the Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER
                 If you wish to                                 INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than
Attend the meeting.............................  Monday, May 13, 2013.
Submit written information or questions before   Monday, May 13, 2013.
 the meeting for the council to consider during
 the meeting.
Give an oral presentation during the meeting...  Monday, May 13, 2013.


    Because entry to Federal buildings is restricted, all visitors are 
required to preregister to be admitted. In order to attend this 
meeting, you must register by close of business on the dates listed in 
``Public Input'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Please submit your 
name, time of arrival, email address, and phone number to the Council 

Submitting Written Information or Questions

    Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or 
questions for the Council to consider during the meeting. Written 
statements must be received by the date listed above in ``Public 
Input,'' so that the information may be made available to the Council 
for their consideration prior to the meeting. Written statements must 
be supplied to the Council Coordinator in one of the following formats: 
One hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via 
email (acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, MS 
PowerPoint, or rich text file).

Giving an Oral Presentation

    Individuals or groups requesting to make an oral presentation 
during the 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 the Council Coordinator, in writing (preferably via 
email; see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), to be placed on the public 
speaker list for this meeting. To ensure an opportunity to speak during 
the public comment period of the meeting, members of the public must 
register with the Council Coordinator. Registered speakers who wish to 
expand upon their oral statements, or those who had wished to speak but 
could not be accommodated on the agenda, may submit written statements 
to the Council Coordinator up to 30 days subsequent to the meeting.

Meeting Minutes

    Summary minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Council 
Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) and will be available 
for public inspection within 120 days of the meeting and will be posted 
on the Council's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

Stephen Guertin,
Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-09206 Filed 4-18-13; 8:45 am]