[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68105-68106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27735]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

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 Santa Cruz, California.

DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2012, from 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 
Thursday, December 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 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 Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean 
Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.

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: 301-713-7242, 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 Marine Protected Areas (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 4:15 p.m. 
to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. 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 November 30, 2012.
    Matters to be Considered: The focus of the Committee's meeting will 
be the development of workplans by the Subcommittees (Jobs, Recreation 
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Tourism Subcommittee and Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee) to 
address the Committee's charge. The Committee will also hear from two 
panels of experts: One on successful ocean engagement initiatives, and 
one from MPA managers on engaging with the travel, recreation and 
tourism industries. On Wednesday, December 5, the Committee will meet 
with representatives from National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils 
to discuss fostering links between MPAs and the recreation, travel and 
tourism industries. The agenda is subject to change. The latest version 
will be posted at http://www.mpa.gov.

    Dated: November 8, 2012.
Daniel J. Basta,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-27735 Filed 11-14-12; 8:45 am]
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