[Federal Register: May 6, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 87)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf and South Atlantic 
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 Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel. The 
meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the 

DATES: The Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel will meet from 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2005, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 
13, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel meeting will be 
held at the Wyndham Casa Marine Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, 
Florida 33040; (305) 296-3535 or (800) 626-0777. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Lukens, Gulf and South Atlantic 
Regional Panel Chair and Assistant Director, Gulf States Marine 
Fisheries Commission, at (228) 875-5912.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. I), this notice announces the 
meeting of the ANS Task Force Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel. 
The ANS 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 
renamed the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel in 2004. The Gulf 
and South Atlantic Regional Panel, comprised of representatives from 
Federal, State, local agencies and from private environmental and 
commercial interests, performs the following activities:
    a. Identifies priorities for activities in the Gulf of Mexico and 
the South Atlantic region,
    b. Develops and submits recommendations to the national ANS Task 
    c. Coordinates ANS program activities in the Gulf of Mexico and the 
South Atlantic region,
    d. Advises public and private interests on control efforts, and
    e. Submits an annual report to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task 
Force describing activities within the Gulf of Mexico and South 
Atlantic region related to ANS prevention, research, and control.
    The Panel membership includes six Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic 
States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. 
The Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel will discuss several topics 
at this meeting including: an overview from the Exotic Pest Plant 
Council; participation in the HabitattitudeTM initiative; 
South Carolina's membership in the panel; Status of State plans for 
member States; the panel's 5-year strategic plan; Risk Assessment 
training; research on introduced fish in Florida Natural Areas; Hazard 
Analysis and Critical Control Point training; brown treesnake update; 
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership; Rapid Response Plans; ANS Task 
Force update; National Invasive Species Council/Invasive Species 
Advisory Committee; recommendations for the ANS Task Force; and updates 
from Panel members.

    Dated: April 21, 2005.
Mamie A. Parker,
Co-Chair, Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, Assistant Director--
Fisheries & Habitat Conservation.
[FR Doc. 05-9020 Filed 5-2-05; 4:19 pm]