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NMFS SAB to Review NOAA Strategy in the Arctic and other Marine Mammal Matters
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service Science Advisory Board will next meet on November 3-4, 2009, in Silver Spring, Maryland, near NMFS' headquarters. The meetings are open to the public, with an opportunity for public comment. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director by October 29, 2009, will be distributed to the SAB before the meetings.

The SAB was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997. It 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 NOAA science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.

Matters to be considered by the SAB at its November meetings include the Preliminary Draft Report from the Oceans and Health Working Group; the Final Report from the SAB Census of Marine Life Subcommittee; the Overview of the Report from the President's Ocean Policy Task Force; an Overview of Marine Spatial Planning and related technology issues; and NOAA Strategy in the Arctic. NOAA's Arctic strategy and other matters to be discussed at the meetings include marine mammal concerns.

  • Click here to read Federal Register notice of NOAA SAB meetings

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