[Federal Register: April 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 78)]
[Page 21859]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Mississippi River Basin 
Regional Panel Meeting

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


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

DATES: The Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel will meet from 8 a.m. 
to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 with an optional afternoon field 
trip and 8 to 12 on Wednesday, May 26, 2004. Minutes of the meeting 
will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, 
Monday through Friday.

ADDRESSES: The Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel meeting will be 
held at the Holiday Inn Select, 2200 I-70 Drive, SW., Columbia, 
Missouri, 65203. Phone (573) 445-8531. 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 22203-1622.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Rasmussen, Panel Coordinator, 
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resources Association (MICRA) at 
(309) 793-5811 or Everett Wilson, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, 
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 Mississippi River 
Basin Regional Panel. The Task Force was established by the 
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The 
Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task 
Force in 2003. The Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel, comprised of 
representatives from Federal, State, local agencies and from private 
environmental and commercial interests, performs the following 
    a. Identifies priorities for activities in the Mississippi River 
    b. Develops and submits recommendations to the national Aquatic 
Nuisance Species Task Force,
    c. Coordinates aquatic nuisance species program activities in the 
Mississippi River Basin,
    d. Advises public and private interests on control efforts, and
    e. Submits an annual report to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task 
    The purpose of the Panel is to advise and make recommendations to 
the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on issues relating to the 
Mississippi River Basin of the United States. The Mississippi River 
Basin Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will discuss several 
topics at this meeting including: Prevention and Control Committee, 
Research and Risk Assessment Committee, and Education and Communication 
Committee priorities and activity planning; technical presentations; 
recommendations for the ANS Task Force; and updates from Panel member 
organizations and states. The meeting includes an optional field trip 
on Tuesday afternoon.

    Dated: April 12, 2004.
Everett Wilson,
Acting Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant 
Director--Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 04-9146 Filed 4-21-04; 8:45 am]