Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council
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Fall 2012 Meeting Agenda

November 7, 2012
Corpus Christi, Texas




Meeting of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council Breakfast is on your own.

Location: Harte Research Institute
              Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
              6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX

**Meeting held in the 1st floor conference room – HRI 127

Light refreshments will be provided outside the meeting room.

Draft Agenda

Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2012:

8:00 A.M.

Light morning refreshments outside the meeting room

8:30 A.M


Welcome & Introductions
     - Thom Dammrich, SFBPC Chair

Welcome comments of Fish & Wildlife Service leadership
     - Jeff Underwood, Acting Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

8:45 A.M.

Welcome to Texas & Corpus Christi

Welcome to Corpus Christi
     - Mark Scott, Member, Corpus Christi City Council

Welcome to and briefing on Harte Research Institute
     - Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director

Overview of the Boating in Corpus Christi and State of Texas
     - Peter Davidson, Marina Superintendent, Corpus Christi Municipal Marina

Overview Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife activities and Recreational Fishing in Texas
     - Dale Shively, Leader, Artificial Reef Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
     - Mark Ray, Coastal Conservation Association

9:45 A.M


10:00 A.M.

Update on Gulf of Mexico & Ocean issues

Update briefing on the Removal of Inactive Oil/Gas Production Infrastructure from the Gulf of Mexico (“Idle Iron” policy) & relationship between Rigs to Reefs Program & Idle Iron Policy implementation
     - Director James Watson, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior
     - Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
     - Drew Hunger, Decommissioning Manager, Apache Corporation
     - Ted Venker, SFBPC member & Conservation Director, Coastal Conservation Association
     - Dale Shively, Leader, Artificial Reef Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

12:00 P.M.

National Ocean Policy implementation: National and regional perspectives Update on the National Ocean Policy (via conference line)
     - Deerin Babb-Brott, Director, National Ocean Council
     - Gulf of Mexico Alliance rep TBD

12:30 P.M.

Lunch sponsored by the Harte Research Institute


1:00 P.M.


Deepwater Horizon recovery: Status of Environmental and Natural Resource Restoration (via conference line)
     - Lael Butler, Gulf of Mexico Office, Environmental Protection Agency
     - Linda Walker, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


1:30 P.M.

Update on NOAA Fisheries activities & issues
     - Russell Dunn, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries, NOAA Fisheries


2:00 P.M.

Update on the activities of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
     - Frank Peterson, Jr., President, RBFF

2:30 P.M.

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration program Update
     - TBD, Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Branch of Programs

2:45 P.M.

Potential impact of Budget Control Act of 2011 on funding for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs
     - Ron Regan, Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

3:00 P.M.


3:15 P.M.

Briefing on Establishment of the National Blueways System
     - Susan Wells, National Blueways Team, Department of the Interior

3:45 P.M.

Refuge Vision Implementation Plan update
     - Anna Harris, Division of Visitor Services & Communications National Wildlife Refuge System

4:15 P.M.

Briefing on Tread Lightly Respected Access is Open Access campaign
     - Lori McCullough, Executive Director

4:30 P.M.

Public comment / Open Council discussion
     - T.J. Marshall, The Ocean Conservancy
     - Lori LeBlanc, Gulf Economic Survival Team
     - Andy Radford, American Petroleum Institute

5:00 P.M.


Dinner plans TBD


November 8, 2012

8:00 A.M.

Light morning refreshments outside the meeting room

8:30 A.M.

     - Thom Dammrich, SFBPC Chair
     - Welcome and introductions

8:45 A.M.

Outreach and Communications Committee
     - Scott Kovarovics, Chair

Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation update
     - Presenter TBD

RBFF Triennial Assessment

SFBPC Recommendations to New or Returning Administration

9:30 A.M.

Boating Issues Committee
     - John Sprague, Chair

Boating Infrastructure Grant Program regulations

Discussion: Why are fewer BIG funding requests?

FY 2013 BIG project funding review & ranking

Prep for CVA Regulations

Discussion: Ad Hoc team to look at why some CVA funding is going unobligated, and why there is an increase in BIG projects receiving awards and then not going forward.

10:00 A.M.

Fisheries Issues Committee Chair
     - Mike Nussman, Chair

Update on the activities of the National Fish Habitat Partnership
     - Ron Regan, Executive Director, AFWA

Briefing on the National Fisheries Friends Partnership (NFFP)
     - Kirk Otey, Board member, NFFP

SFBPC Fish & Aquatic Resource Conservation Strategic Vision and Needs      Assessment: Background on expansion (Nussman)

FWS update on status of Fisheries Program
     - Jeff Underwood, Acting Assistant Director, Fisheries & Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Update on outreach and products (Hobbs / Tilt)

Fish chiefs survey summary, summary of AFWA statement & NFHP statement

Ground-truth & definition of fish and aquatic resources

12:30 A.M.

Public comment period / Open Council discussion / consider action items
     - T.J. Marshall, The Ocean Conservancy

1:00 P.M.




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