U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting and Public Comment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announced a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and a request for written comments. This meeting, the 28th biannual meeting of the USCRTF, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, State and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners.

DATES: Meeting Dates: August 20, 2012, through August 23, 2012.   

Please be aware of the following dates:

    Advance Public Comments: Submit to Liza Johnson at the email, fax, 

or mailing address listed below by July 22, 2012.

    Registration To Attend the Meeting: Attendees can register online 

prior to the start of the meeting, or on site at the registration desk. 

The following events will take place on the following dates, with 

registration details to be announced on site:

     Steering Committee: Monday, August 20, 2012.

     Field site visits: Monday, August 20, 2012.

     Workshop: Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

     Business Meeting: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, and 

Thursday, August 23, 2012.

    Public Comments Given at the Meeting: Submit in writing to Liza Johnson by email, fax, or mail (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by 

September 24, 2012.


ADDRESSES: Lee Auditorium, Pago Pago, American Samoa (phone number is 684-633-5155).


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Liza Johnson, DOI USCRTF Steering Committee Point of Contact, U.S. Department of the Interior, MS-3530-

MIB, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240 (phone: 202-208-1378; fax: 202-208-4867; email: Liza_M_Johnson@ios.doi.gov); or Silmarie 

Padr[oacute]n, FWS Liaison, USCRTF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 750, Arlington, VA 22203 (phone: 703-358-

2150; fax: 703-358-2232; Silmarie_Padron@fws.gov); or visit the USCRTF Web site at www.coralreef.gov.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Presidential Executive Order 13089 in 1998, the USCRTF has a mission to lead, coordinate, and 

strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The Departments of Commerce and the Interior co-chair 

the USCRTF, whose members include leaders of 12 Federal agencies, 2 U.S. States and 5 U.S. territories, and 3 freely associated States. For 

more information about the meetings, draft agendas, and how to register, go to www.coralreef.gov. A written summary of the meeting 

will be posted on the Web site within 2 months after the meeting.


Public Comments


    Comments may address the meeting, the role of the USCRTF, or general coral reef conservation issues.


Public Availability of Comments


    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 

aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 

ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 

able to do so.