[Federal Register: February 20, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 34)]
[Page 9352-9353]
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Fish and Wildlife Service


Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces a public meeting of 
the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, March 10, 2008, from 1:30 
p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 11, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
(Eastern Time). Members of the public wishing to participate in the 
meeting must notify Douglas Hobbs by close of business on Friday, 
February 29, 2008, per instructions under the Supplementary Information 
section of this notice.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, 
Room 5160, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20240; telephone (703) 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, Virginia 22203, 
telephone (703) 358-2336, fax (703) 358-2548, or via e-mail at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given 
that the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council will hold a 
meeting on Monday, March 10, 2008, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 
Tuesday, March 11, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
    The Council was formed in January 1993 to advise the Secretary of 
the Interior, through the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on 
nationally significant recreational fishing, boating, and aquatic 
resource conservation issues. The Council represents the interests of 
the public and private sectors of the sport fishing, boating, and 
conservation communities and is organized to enhance partnerships among 
industry, constituency groups, and government. The 18-member Council, 
appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, includes the Director of 
the Service and the president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife 
Agencies, who both serve in ex officio capacities. Other Council 
members are Directors from State agencies

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responsible for managing recreational fish and wildlife resources and 
individuals who represent the interests of saltwater and freshwater 
recreational fishing, recreational boating, the recreational fishing 
and boating industries, recreational fisheries resource conservation, 
Native American tribes, aquatic resource outreach and education, and 
tourism. Background information on the Council is available at http://www.fws.govv/sfbpc

    The Council will convene to consider: (1) The Council's continuing 
role in providing input to the Fish and Wildlife Service on the 
Service's strategic plan for its Fisheries Program; (2) the Council's 
work in addressing the issue of boating and fishing access; (3) the 
Council's role as a facilitator of discussions with Federal and State 
agencies and other sport fishing and boating interests concerning a 
variety of national boating and fisheries management issues; (4) the 
Council's work to assess the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program; (5) the 
potential Council role in providing information to Service and 
Department on the upcoming reauthorization of the Sport Fish 
Restoration and Boating Trust Fund; (6) the Council's role in providing 
the Secretary with information about the implementation of the 
Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communications Program, 
authorized by the 1998 Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act, that is now 
being implemented by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a 
private, nonprofit organization; and (7) other Council business. The 
final agenda will be posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc

    Procedures for Public Input: Interested members of the public may 
submit relevant written or oral information for the Council to consider 
during the public meeting. Questions from the public will not be 
considered during this period. Speakers who wish to expand upon their 
oral statements or those who had wished to speak but could not be 
accommodated on the agenda are invited to submit written statements to 
the Council.
    Individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at the public 
Council meeting will be limited to two minutes per speaker, with no 
more than a total of one-half hour for all speakers. Interested parties 
should contact Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, in writing 
(preferably via e-mail), by Friday, February 22, 2008, at the contact 
information noted above, to be placed on the public speaker list for 
this meeting. Written statements should be received by Friday, February 
29, 2008, so that the information may be made available to the Council 
for their consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements 
should be supplied to the Council Coordinator in the following formats: 
One heard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy via e-
mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, 
MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM--PC/Windows 98/2000/XP 
    Anyone wishing to attend this meeting must register by close of 
business Friday, February 29, 2008, in order to attend. Because entry 
to Federal buildings is restricted, all visitors are required to pre-
register to be admitted. Please submit your name, time of arrival, e-
mail address and phone number to Douglas Hobbs, and he will provide you 
with instructions for admittance. Mr. Hobbs' e-mail address is 
doug_hobbs@fws.gov and his phone number is (703) 358-2236.

    Summary minutes of the conference will be maintained by the Council 
Coordinator at 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-3103-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203, 
and will be available for public inspection during regular business 
hours within 30 days following the meeting. Personal copies may be 
purchased for the cost of duplication.

    Dated: February 6, 2008
Kenneth Stansell,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. 08-764 Filed 2-19-08; 8:45 am]