[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 113 (Thursday, June 12, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 33726]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13801]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD235


International Whaling Commission; 65th Meeting; Announcement of 
Public Meetings

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the date, time, and location of the 
public meeting being held prior to the 65th International Whaling 
Commission (IWC) meeting.

DATES: The public meeting will be held August 7, 2014, at 2 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the NOAA Science Center Room, 
1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Garcia, 301-427-8385.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce is responsible for 
discharging the domestic obligations of the United States under the 
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S. 
IWC Commissioner has responsibility for the preparation and negotiation 
of U.S. positions on international issues concerning whaling and for 
all matters involving the IWC. The U.S. IWC Commissioner is staffed by 
the Department of Commerce and assisted by the Department of State, the 
Department of the Interior, the Marine Mammal Commission, and other 
U.S. Government agencies.
    A draft agenda for the upcoming IWC meeting is posted on the IWC 
Secretariat's Web site at http://www.iwc.int.
    NOAA will a hold public meeting to discuss the tentative U.S. 
positions for the September 2014 IWC meeting in Slovenia. Because the 
meeting will address U.S. positions, the substance of the meeting must 
be kept confidential. Any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in 
U.S. whale conservation policy may participate, but NOAA reserves the 
authority to inquire about the interests of any person who appears at 
the meeting and to determine the appropriateness of that person's 
participation. In particular, persons who represent foreign interests 
may not attend. Persons deemed by NOAA to be ineligible to attend will 
be asked to leave the meeting. These stringent measures are necessary 
to protect the confidentiality of U.S. negotiating positions.
    The August 7, 2014, meeting will be held in the NOAA Science Center 
Room, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Photo 
identification is required to enter the building.

Special Accommodations

    The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Melissa Garcia, Melissa.Garcia@noaa.gov or 301-
427-8385, by July 24, 2014.

    Dated: June 9, 2014.
Jean-Pierre Pl[eacute],
Acting Director, Office of International Affairs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-13801 Filed 6-11-14; 8:45 am]
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