[Federal Register: September 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 188)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance 
Species (ANS) Task Force Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel. The meeting 
topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel will meet from 1 p.m. to 5 
p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 
November 9, 2004, and 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 
2004. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public inspection 
during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel meeting will be held at 
the Palace Resort and Hotel, 158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530. Phone 
228-432-8888. Minutes of the meeting will be maintained in the office 
of Chief, Division of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Suite 322, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Lukens, Gulf of Mexico Panel 
Chair, Assistant Director, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, PO 
Box 726, Ocean Springs, MS 39566, 228-875-5912, or Everett Wilson, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service at 703-358-2148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. I), this notice announces 
meetings of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf of Mexico 
Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the Nonindigenous 
Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The Gulf of Mexico 
Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 1999 and is 
comprised of representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies 
and from private environmental and commercial interests.
    The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make recommendations to 
the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues relating to the Gulf 
of Mexico region of the United States that includes: Alabama, Florida, 

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Mississippi, and Texas. Responsibilities of the Panel include:
    a. Identifying priorities for the Gulf of Mexico Region with 
respect to aquatic nuisance species;
    b. Making recommendations to the Task Force regarding actions to 
carry out aquatic invasive species programs.
    c. Assisting the Task Force in coordinating Federal aquatic 
nuisance species program activities in the Gulf of Mexico region;
    d. Coordinating, where possible, aquatic invasive species program 
activities in the Gulf of Mexico region that are not conducted pursuant 
to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 
1990 (as amended, 1996);
    e. Providing advice to public and private individuals and entities 
concerning methods of controlling aquatic nuisance species; and
    f. Submitting an annual report describing activities within the 
Western region related to aquatic nuisance species prevention, 
research, and control.
    The Gulf of Mexico Regional Panel will discuss several topics at 
this meeting including: Panel administrative issues, potential new 
memberships, updates on the status of State ANS management plans, 
presentations from South Atlantic States, a discussion on the pet 
industry project, a discussion of the public aquarium project, work 
group reports, and a discussion of strategic plan development.

    Dated: September 10, 2004.
M. A. Parker,
Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director--
Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 04-21781 Filed 9-28-04; 8:45 am]