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U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.


Notice of public meeting, Notice of public comment.


Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held in Washington, DC. This meeting, the 19th bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed below. This meeting has time allotted for public comment. All public comment must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.


The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 8:30-5:30. Advance public comments can be submitted to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below from Wednesday, February 6, 2008—Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

Location: The meeting will be held at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in the Baird Auditorium, located at 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20560.

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Beth Dieveney, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Steering Committee Co-Chair, Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (Phone: 301-713-3155 ext. 129, Fax: 301-713-4389, e-mail:, or visit the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Web site at

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Established by Presidential Executive Order 13089 in 1998, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force mission is to lead, coordinate, and strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. Co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and Interior, Task Force members include leaders of 12 federal agencies, seven U.S. states and territories, and three freely associated states. For more information about the meeting, registering, and submitting public comment, go to

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Dated: January 10, 2008.

David Kennedy,

Manager, Coral Reef Conservation Program.

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[FR Doc. 08-414 Filed 1-30-08; 8:45 am]