FR Notice – Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee: Call for Nominations and Public Meeting (Oct. 24, 2018)

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

ACTION: Notice and call for nominations of new Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) members, and notice of public meeting via teleconference.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee advises the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior on implementing Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, focusing mainly on strategies and priorities for the design, monitoring and adaptive management of effective MPAs in U.S. waters. Nominations are sought for 11 highly qualified non-Federal scientists (natural and social), resource managers, and people representing other interests or organizations involved with, or affected by, marine protected areas, including in the Great Lakes. Additionally, notice is hereby given of a Committee meeting to be held via teleconference on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (12:00–1:00 p.m. Pacific Time). The teleconference is open to members of the public.

Nominations: Nominations must be received before or on December 1, 2018. Meeting: The Committee will convene a meeting via webinar on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (12:00–1:00 p.m. Pacific Time). The teleconference is open to the public, and documents will be available for public viewing at the web page noted below. Members of the public who wish to participate in the meeting must register in advance by Friday, November 2, 2018 (see below). These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the following web page for dial in information and for the most up-to-date meeting agenda:

Nominations: Nominations should be sent to Nicole Capps at West Coast Region, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 100–F, Monterey, CA 93940, or Electronic submissions are acceptable.

Meeting: The meeting will be held via teleconference call. Register by contacting Nicole Capps at or by telephone at (831) 647–6451. Teleconference capacity may be limited.

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