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International Whaling Commission: Nominations

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.


Request for nominations.


This notice is a call for nominees for the U.S. Delegation to the May 2002 International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting.


All nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC annual meeting must be received by March 1, 2002.


All nominations for the U.S. Delegation to the IWC annual meeting should be addressed to the U.S. Commissioner to the IWC, and sent via post to: Chris Yates, 13739, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Prospective Congressional advisors to the delegation should contact the Department of State directly.

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Chris Yates, 301-713-2322, Extension 114.

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The Secretary of Commerce is charged with the responsibility of discharging the obligations of the United States under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S. commissioner has primary responsibility for the preparation and negotiation of U.S. positions on international issues concerning whaling and for all matters involving the IWC. He is staffed by the Department of Commerce and assisted by the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, Marine Mammal Commission, and by other agencies. The non-federal representative selected as a result of this nomination process is responsible for providing input and recommendations to the U.S. IWC Commissioner representing the positions of non-governmental organizations.

The IWC is hosting its 54th annual meeting from May 20-25, 2002, in Shimonoseki, Japan.

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Dated: February 12, 2002.

David Cottingham,

Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. 02-3824 Filed 2-14-02; 8:45 am]