[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 196 (Wednesday, October 10, 2012)]
[Pages 61626-61627]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24931]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-EA-2012-N234; FF09X60000-FVWF97920900000-XXX]

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
public meeting of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council 
(Council). A Federal advisory committee, the Council was created in 
part to foster partnerships to enhance public awareness of the 
importance of aquatic resources and the social and economic benefits of 
recreational fishing and boating in the United States. This meeting is 
open to the public, and interested persons may make oral statements to 
the Council or may file written statements for consideration.

DATES: The meeting will take place Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 
1 p.m. (Central Standard Time). For deadlines and directions on 
registering to attend the meeting, submitting written material, and/or 
giving an oral presentation, please see ``Public Input'' under 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Texas A & M University--
Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute; 6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus 
Christi, TX 78412-5869.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Hobbs, Council Coordinator, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mailstop 3103-AEA, Arlington, VA 22203; 
telephone (703) 358-2336; fax (703) 358-2548; or email doug_hobbs@fws.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the requirements of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., we announce that the 
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council will hold a meeting.


    The Council was formed in January 1993 to advise the Secretary of 
the Interior, through the Director of the 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 Service Director 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 responsible 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.gov/sfbpc.

Meeting Agenda

    The Council will hold a meeting to consider:
     Finalizing the Council Strategic Work Plan for the 2012-
2014 term.
     Issues regarding the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, 
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, and the Sport Fish Restoration Boating 
Access Program.
     The Rigs to Reefs Program and the Interior Department 
implementation of its ``Idle Iron'' policy for decommissioning and 
removing unused oil and gas production infrastructure.
     The on-going effort to assist the Service in crafting a 
strategic vision for its fishery and aquatic resource conservation 

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     An update on the activities of the Federal Interagency 
Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) in implementing the America's 
Great Outdoors Initiative.
     An update from the Recreational Boating & Fishing 
Foundation on progress in implementing Council recommendations to 
improve the activities and operations of the Foundation.
     An update on the implementation of the National Ocean 
     An update on activities of the Service's Wildlife and 
Sport Fish Restoration Program.
     Other miscellaneous Council business.
    The final agenda will be posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

Public Input

                                              Then you must contact the
                                            Council Coordinator (see FOR
              If you wish to                FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT)
                                                    no later than
Attend the meeting........................  Monday, October 29, 2012.
Submit written information or questions     Monday, October 29, 2012.
 before the meeting for the council to
 consider during the meeting.
Give an oral presentation during the        Monday, October 29, 2012.


    In order to attend this meeting, you must register by close of 
business on the dates listed above in ``Public Input.'' Please submit 
your name, time of arrival, email address, and phone number to the 

Submitting Written Information or Questions

    Interested members of the public may submit relevant information or 
questions for the Council to consider during the meeting. Written 
statements must be received by the date listed above in ``Public 
Input,'' so that the information may be made available to the Council 
for their consideration prior to this teleconference. Written 
statements must be supplied to the Council Coordinator in one of the 
following formats: One hard copy with original signature, and one 
electronic copy via email (acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat 
PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or rich text file).

Giving an Oral Presentation

    Individuals or groups requesting to make an oral presentation 
during the meeting will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, with no 
more than a total of 30 minutes for all speakers. Interested parties 
should contact the Council Coordinator, in writing (preferably via 
email; see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), to be placed on the public 
speaker list for this meeting. To ensure an opportunity to speak during 
the public comment period of the meeting, members of the public must 
register with the Council Coordinator. Registered speakers who wish to 
expand upon their oral statements, or those who had wished to speak but 
could not be accommodated on the agenda, may submit written statements 
to the Council Coordinator up to 30 days subsequent to the meeting.

Meeting Minutes

    Summary minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Council 
Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) and will be available 
for public inspection within 120 days of the meeting and will be posted 
on the Council's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/sfbpc.

Rowan W. Gould,
[FR Doc. 2012-24931 Filed 10-9-12; 8:45 am]