National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.
Notice of public meeting.
Notice is hereby given of a public meeting concerning the development of a national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) pursuant to Executive Order 13158 (May 26, 2000). The New England Region Public Dialogue will be held in Portland, Maine and is the second in a series of regional dialogues to be held around the United States to solicit input from the public concerning their views on a national system of MPAs. Additional meetings will be announced and scheduled pending available resources. Refer to the web page listed below for background information concerning the development of the national system of MPAs. Meeting room capacity is limited to 60 people, and as such interested participants are required to RSVP via the e-mail address (preferable), fax number, or phone number listed below, by no later than 5 p.m. e.d.t. on May 6, 2005. Attendance will be available to the first 60 people who respond.
Those who wish to attend but cannot due to space or schedule limitations can find background materials at the web page listed below and may submit Start Printed Page 20529written statements to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address below. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within one month of its occurrence.
The meeting will be held Monday, May 16, 2005 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. e.d.t.
The meeting will be held at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jonathan Kelsey, National System Development Coordinator, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3155 ext. 230, Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: email@example.com; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://mpa.gov/national_system/.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
These forums are intended to solicit the public's views regarding the development of a national system of MPAs. All input received via these dialogues, e-mail, or fax will be for the public record and considered in developing a draft proposal for a national system of MPAs. At this preliminary stage in the effort to develop the national system, NOAA does not intend to respond to any comments received via these dialogues, e-mail, fax, or mail. Once a draft proposal is developed for the national system of MPAs, NOAA will publish it in the Federal Register for formal public comment and will subsequently provide a formal response to comments received.
Matters To Be Considered: Executive Order 13158 (May 26, 2000) calls for the development of a national system of MPAs. These forums are intended to solicit the public's views concerning the development of a national system of MPAs. Refer to the Web page listed above for background information concerning these dialogues and the development of the national system of MPAs.Start Signature
Dated: April 13, 2005.
Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
[FR Doc. 05-7944 Filed 4-19-05; 8:45 am]
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