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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of meeting.


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


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.


The meeting will be held at the Department of the Interior, Room 5160, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20240; telephone (703) 358-2336.

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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

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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 Start Printed Page 9353responsible 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​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 format).

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 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.

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Dated: February 6, 2008

Kenneth Stansell,

Acting Director.

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[FR Doc. 08-764 Filed 2-19-08; 8:45 am]