[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 180 (Monday, September 19, 2022)]
[Page 57181]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-20203]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XC352]

International Whaling Commission; 68th Meeting; Announcement of 
Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the date, time, and location of the 
public meeting being held, in a hybrid format, prior to the 68th 
meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The meeting is 
open to U.S. citizens only.

DATES: The public meeting will be held September 27, 2022 at 1 p.m. 

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. In-person 
attendees will join the meeting at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 
Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Virtual attendees can register to 
attend the public meeting by registering at the following link: https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/j.php?RGID=r45c98c107d00773a8d62670ff3f302f7.

[email protected] or 202-480-4592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce is responsible for 
implementing 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 
Marine Mammal Commission, and other U.S. Government agencies.
    Additional information about the IWC meeting, including a draft 
agenda for the meeting, is posted on the IWC Secretariat's website at 
    NOAA will hold a public meeting to discuss the tentative U.S. 
positions for the October 2022 IWC meeting in Portoro[zcaron], 
Slovenia. Any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale 
conservation and management 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 measures are necessary to limit 
statements to those conveying U.S. interests.
    The September 27, 2022, meeting will be held at 1 p.m. EDT in a 
hybrid format. In-person attendees can join the meeting in the Fenton 
Room of the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, 
MD 20910. Persons may also attend virtually. Meeting access and 
conferencing platform information will be sent to those who register. 
To participate virtually, interested persons must register in advance 
via the following link: https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/j.php?RGID=r45c98c107d00773a8d62670ff3f302f7.

Special Accommodations

    The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Madison Harris, [email protected] or 202-
480-4592, by September 21, 2022.

    Dated: September 14, 2022.
Alexa Cole,
Director, Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-20203 Filed 9-16-22; 8:45 am]