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USDA ANNOUNCES COMMENT PERIOD ON NATIONAL AQUATIC HEALTH PLAN FOR THE UNITED STATES

August 21, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is advising the public that a National Aquatic Animal Health Plan (NAAHP) for the United States is being made available for public review and comment.  The NAAHP was developed by a task force led by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  It is anticipated that this plan will provide a framework for how APHIS, FWS and NMFS should develop programs for diseases that affect the health of aquatic animals such as finfish, crustaceans and mollusks.

            This notice is published in today’s Aug. 21 Federal Register.

            Consideration will be given to all comments that we receive on or before Oct. 20.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0096, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.  Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0096.

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Note to Reporters:  Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet.  Go to the APHIS news release page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button.  For additional information about this topic contact Cindy Ragin at (301) 734-7280 or by e-mail at cindy.n.ragin@aphis.usda,gov.

 

 

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