[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 96 (Thursday, May 17, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 29316]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11949]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected 
Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Silver Spring, 
Maryland.

DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 
Thursday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These times and the 
agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web 
page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 
Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara Yeager, Designated Federal 
Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East 
West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-713-3100 x162, 
Fax: 301-713-3110); email: kara.yeager@noaa.gov; or visit the National 
MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee, composed of external, 
knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by 
the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries 
of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of 
Executive Order 13158, which calls for the development of a National 
System of MPAs. The National System aims to strengthen existing MPAs 
and MPA programs through national and regional coordination, capacity 
building, science and analysis. The meeting is open to the public, and 
public comment will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012. In general, each individual or group will be 
limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. If members of the public 
wish to submit written statements, they should be submitted to the 
Designated Federal Official by June 8, 2012.
    Matters To Be Considered: This meeting will be a joint meeting of 
the Committee and National System of MPA Partners (representatives from 
state and federal MPA agencies). The focus of the meeting will be 
learning about the findings and recommendations of the MPA Center 
External Review, sharing information about capabilities, needs and 
priorities of partners, and identifying ways in which the Committee can 
better support the federal and state programs that make up the National 
System of MPAs. The Committee meeting will include a panel presentation 
on MPAs and recreation and tourism. The Committee will receive a draft 
charge and form Subcommittees to address that charge. The agenda is 
subject to change. The latest version will be posted at http://www.mpa.gov.

    Dated: May 12, 2012.
Margaret A. Davidson,
Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National 
Ocean Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-11949 Filed 5-16-12; 8:45 am]
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