[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 193 (Friday, October 4, 2013)]
[Pages 61866-61867]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24314]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-EA-2013-N219; 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, October 28, 2013, from 8:30 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, October 29, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 
12:30 p.m. (Central 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 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel; 
621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70140.

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, 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:
     Issues related to the Louisiana and the Gulf coast, 
including fishery management, boating, and tourism;
     Issues regarding the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program 
and Clean Vessel Act Grant Program;

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     Updates on the Rigs to Reefs Program and the Interior 
Department 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 of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration 
     An update on the implementation of the National Wildlife 
Refuge System Vision, in particular recommendation 17: Hunting, Fishing 
and Outdoor Recreation;
     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
         If you wish to                Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER
                                    INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than
Attend the meeting.............  Friday, October 18, 2013.
Submit written information or    Friday, October 18, 2013.
 questions before the meeting
 for the council to consider
 during the meeting.
Give an oral presentation        Friday, October 18, 2013.
 during the meeting.


    In order to attend this meeting, you must register by close of 
business on the dates listed above in ``Public Input'' under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Please submit your name, time of arrival, 
email address, and phone number to the Council Coordinator (see FOR 

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. 2013-24314 Filed 10-3-13; 8:45 am]