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Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council Fall 2013 Meeting Agenda

October 28-29, 2013
Omni Royal Orleans
621 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA

 

Breakfast is on your own.

Draft Agenda

Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2013

08:30 A.M.

CONVENE

Welcome & Introductions
     - Thom Dammrich, SFBPC Chair

08:35 A.M.

Welcome from the Department of the Interior and the Office of Governor Bobby Jindal

  • Rachel Jacobson - Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Garret Graves - Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana and Executive Assistant to Governor Bobby Jindal for Coastal Activities

09:05 A.M.

Welcome to Louisiana & New Orleans

  • Overview of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries activities and recreational fishing and boating in Louisiana
    • Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Bayou Sauvage & Big Branch Marsh: Overview of National Wildlife Refuges in the New Orleans area
    • Kenneth Litzenberger, Refuge Complex Manager

09:05 A.M.

BREAK

10:00 A.M.

Federal  / State fisheries management in Louisiana and the Gulf Region
- Randy Pausina, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fisheries, LDWF
- Doug Boyd, Chair, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
- Jeff Angers, Center for Coastal Conservation

11:00 A.M.

Gulf Restoration / RESTORE Act update

- Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary, DOI
- Garret Graves, Executive Assistant to Governor Jindal for Coastal Activities
- Chris Macaluso, Director, Center for Marine Fisheries, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

12:00 P.M.

LUNCH (Lunch is on your own.  There are many restaurants within walking distance.  Please back prior to 1:15 so that we can stay on schedule.)

01:15 P.M.

National Ocean Policy implementation Update
- Deerin Babb-Brott, Director, National Ocean Council
- Garrett Graves, Executive Assistant to Governor Jindal for Coastal Activities
- Laura Bowie, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Alliance

02:00 P.M.

Update on the Implementation of the DOI Idle Iron policy and the Rigs to Reefs Program
- Herb Leedy, Chief, Environmental Review Unit, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior
- Douglas Peter, Artificial Reef Coordinator, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior
- Mike McDonough, Rigs to Reefs Program manager, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

02:30 P.M.

Implications of Federal shutdown on boating, hunting, and angling
- John Arway, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission & SFBPC member

02:45 P.M.

Refuge Vision Implementation Plan update
- Anna Harris, Division of Visitor Services & Communications, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

03:00 P.M.

BREAK

03:15 P.M.

Outreach and Communications Committee
- Scott Kovarovics, Chair

  • RBFF assessment: Update and project scoping
    - Scott Kovarovics
    - Doug Hobbs, SFBPC Coordinator
    - Phil Seng, D.J. Case and Associates

04:30 P.M.

ADJOURN   (Dinner plans TBD)  
     

October 29, 2013

Breakfast is on your own.

 
08:30 A.M.

CONVENE – Thom Dammrich, SFBPC Chair
      - Welcome and introductions

 

08:35 A.M.

Outreach and Communications Committee
      - Scott Kovarovics, Chair

  • Update on the activities of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
    - Frank Peterson, President, RBFF
  • Discuss follow-up to Council letter to Secretary Jewell regarding issue priorities
    - Scott Kovarovics,
    - Doug Hobbs, SFBPC Coordinator

09:05 A.M.

Fisheries Issues Committee
         - Mike Nussman, Committee Chair

  • FWS update on status of Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program (15 minutes)
    -  David Hoskins, Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • SFBPC Fish & Aquatic Resource Conservation Strategic Vision and Needs Assessment: Status update and report back from FWS (45 minutes)
    - Hoskins, Nussman, Hobbs
  • Update on the activities of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (10 minutes)
    - Ron Regan, Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Update on Susquehanna River smallmouth bass disease (10 minutes)
    - John Arway, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission & SFBPC member      
  • Mass marking of salmonids in the Great Lakes and reauthorization of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (15 minutes)
    - John Arway, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission & SFBPC member
    - James Dexter, Fisheries Division Chief, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    - Leroy Young, Jr., Director, Bureau of Fisheries, PA Fish and Boat Commission
  • Update on NOAA Fisheries activities & issues (10 minutes)
    - Russell Dunn, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries, NOAA Fisheries

11:00 A.M.

Boating Issues Committee
- John Sprague, Committee Chair

  • Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration program Update (15 minutes)
    - Lisa Van Alstyne, Acting Chief, Division of Policy and Programs, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Trust Fund reauthorization update (10 minutes)
    - Lisa Van Alstyne, FWS
    - Ron Regan, AFWA
    - SFBPC members
  • E-15 and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (15 minutes)
    - Ron Regan, Thom Dammrich, John Arway
  • Update of the National Boating Access Assessment being conducted by the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) (10 minutes)
    - James Adams, SFBPC member & SOBA President
  • Update on Ad Hoc team to options for increasing participation in both the Boating Infrastructure and Clean Vessel Act Grant Programs (10 minutes)
    - Ryck Lydecker, Ad Hoc Team Chair

12:15 P.M.

Public comment / new business

12:30 P.M.

ADJOURN

   

**NOTE: Meeting minutes will be made available 90 days after the meeting date.

   
   

 

 

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