Science Advisory Board (SAB)
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, July 17, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http://www.sab.noaa.gov/ Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda. Place: The meeting will be held both days at the Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on July 17 (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by July 11, 2008 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after July 11, 2008, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Final Report from the Working Group to Examine Advisory Options for Improving Communications among NOAA's Partners (Partnerships WG or PWG); (2) Preliminary Draft Report from the Fire Weather Research Working Group (FWRWG); (3) National Climate Service; (4) Climate Working Group Update on Climate Services; (5) Climate Working Group Review on Research and Modeling Review; (6) Oceans and Human Health; (7) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in NOAA; (8) NOAA Transition to the Next Administration; (9) SAB Benchmark Review Discussion; (10) SAB Strategic Planning Discussion; and (11) a series of brief presentations on NOAA activities in the Great Lakes.
Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Rat Population Eradication at Rat Island, AK
NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the eradication of rat populations at Rat Island, AK. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposed IHA for these activities.
Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves
The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Hawaii Coastal Management Program, the Minnesota Coastal Management Program, the San Francisco (California) Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, Subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meetings during the site visits. Dates and Times: The Hawaii Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held July 25-August 4, 2008. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Hilo State Office Building, Conference Rooms A, B, and C, 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii. Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program evaluation site visit will be held August 4-8, 2008. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Monday, August 4, 2008, at 6 p.m. at the Lafayette Community Center, 3026 Minnesota Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota. The joint San Francisco (California) Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the California State Coastal Conservancy evaluation site visit will be held September 22-26, 2008. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, McAteer-Petris Conference Room, 50 California Street, San Francisco, California.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. The meeting will have several purposes. Panel members will discuss and provide advice to the National Sea Grant College Program in fisheries extension enhancement, the November Panel Meeting in Baton Rouge and Sea Grant re-authorization.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Halibut Managers Workgroup (HMW)
The HMW is not a committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), however, the Council has expressed interest in having a report from the HMW, and has offered to provide meeting space. The meeting is open to the public.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Allocation Committee (GAC) will hold a working meeting, which is open to the public.