[Federal Register: August 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 168)]
[Page 51841-51842]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force--Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic 
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 Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel. The meeting is 
open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the 

DATES: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
on Wednesday, September 7, 2005, and 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 8, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel meeting will be held at 
Cacapon State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV 
25411; (304) 258-1022. Minutes of the meeting will be maintained in the 
office of Division of Environmental Quality, Chief, Branch of Invasive 
Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Suite 322, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1622, and will be made available for 
public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Thompson, Mid-Atlantic Regional 
Panel Coordinator, 410-573-4517, Julie_Thompson@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), this notice announces a meeting 
of the ANS Task Force Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel. The ANS Task Force 
was established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and 
Control Act of 1990. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel was established by 
the ANS Task Force in 2003 and includes eight Mid-Atlantic States 
(Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia) and the District of 
Columbia. The Regional Panel is comprised of representatives from 
Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as from private 
environmental and commercial interests, and performs the following 
    a. Identifies priorities for activities in the Mid-Atlantic region,
    b. Develops and submits recommendations to the national Aquatic 
Nuisance Species Task Force,
    c. Coordinates aquatic nuisance species program activities in the 
Mid-Atlantic region,
    d. Advises public and private interests on control efforts, and
    e. Submits an annual report to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task 
    Topics to be addressed at this meeting include: Regional Panel 
business (standard operating procedures and membership), international 
ballast water standards, a spotlight on the northern snakehead (Channa 
argus), development and implementation of an ANSTF management plan, 
status of ANS management plans in the Mid-Atlantic Region, updates on 
ANS Task Force activities and the National Aquatic Invasive Species 
Act, and

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concurrent workgroup sessions to discuss potential projects.

    Dated: August 17, 2005.
Frank DeLuise,
Acting Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Acting Assistant 
Director--Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 05-17328 Filed 8-30-05; 8:45 am]