The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published notice of the date, time, and location of the public meeting being held prior to the 65th International Whaling Commission meeting. The public meeting will be held August 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held in the NOAA Science Center Room, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
This meeting will discuss the tentative U.S. positions for the September 2014 IWC meeting in Slovenia. Because the meeting will address U.S. positions, the substance of the meeting must be kept confidential. Any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation 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 stringent measures are necessary to protect the confidentiality of U.S. negotiating positions.
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