[Federal Register: September 6, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 171)]
[Page 53026]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force--Joint Meeting of the Western 
Regional Panel and the Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


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

DATES: The Western Regional Panel and Mississippi River Basin Regional 
Panel will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 
2005, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2005, and 8:30 a.m. 
to noon on Friday, September 9, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The Western Regional Panel and Mississippi River Basin 
Regional Panel meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 
West Waterman, Wichita, KS 67202; (316) 293-1918. 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: Bettina Proctor, Western Regional 
Panel Coordinator, 303-236-4515, bettina_proctor@fws.gov, or Jerry 
Rasmussen, Mississippi River Basin Panel Coordinator, 309-793-5811, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), this notice announces a joint 
meeting of the ANS Task Force Western Regional Panel and Mississippi 
River Basin Regional Panel. The ANS Task Force was established by the 
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990. The 
Western Regional Panel was established by the ANS Task Force in 1997, 
and the Mississippi River Basin Panel was established by the ANS Task 
Force in 2003. Both Regional Panels are comprised of representatives 
from Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as from private 
environmental and commercial interests, and each performs the following 
    a. Identifies priorities for activities in its respective region,
    b. Develops and submits recommendations to the national ANS Task 
    c. Coordinates ANS program activities in its respective region,
    d. Advises public and private interests on control efforts, and
    e. Submits an annual report to the ANS Task Force describing 
activities within its respective region related to ANS prevention, 
research, and control.
    Topics to be addressed at this meeting include: Updates on the two 
Panels and discussions of opportunities for the two Panels to work 
together; invasive aquatic plants; invasive aquatic birds; invasive 
fish; updates on the ANS Task Force and the National Invasive Species 
Council; zebra mussels and the effect on diving ducks; white perch; 
marketing strategies; Canada/Mexico cooperation; pathway management; 
and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning.

    Dated: August 9, 2005.
Frank Deluise,
Acting Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant 
Director--Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 05-17621 Filed 9-2-05; 8:45 am]