Teleconference to discuss Migratory Bird Permit Conflicts Management Proposal for the Double-Crested Cormorant – July 8

The Office of Advocacy will be hosting a teleconference to discuss the United States Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Migratory Bird Conflict Management Proposal for the Double-Crested Cormorant on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 4 – 5: 00 p.m.  Teleconference participation details will be provided upon receipt of RSVP. RSVPs should be sent to The purpose of the teleconference will be to gather specific small entity input and presentations on the proposed rule. Agency staff from FWS have been invited to attend this roundtable; however, their participation has not yet been confirmed.  Parties interested in making oral presentations during the teleconference should indicate this in their RSVP. Small entities include small businesses and small governmental jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or less. For specific size standard information please visit:–table-size-standards.


4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.       Introduction and Background

Prianka Sharma, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy
Karen Villatoro, Regulatory Economist, Office of Advocacy

4:05 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Input from Interested Small Entity Stakeholders

*Please note that presentations made during this teleconference will not substitute for written comments directly from interested parties to the agency. Advocacy encourages those entities specifically interested in this notice to provide both oral presentations and written comments.*

Roundtable meetings are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities. Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press. Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small entity concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

FWS Proposed Rule for Migratory Bird Permits Conflict Management for the Double-Crested Cormorant

On June 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule to establish a new permit for State and federally recognized Tribal wildlife agencies for the management of double-crested cormorants. The new permit authorizes specific take activities intended to relieve impacts to lands with state and publicly stocked fish, aquaculture facilities, human health and safety, and State or Tribal-owned assets. The Service is certifying that if finalized, the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Written comments are due by July 20, 2020.

Read the Federal Register notice and submit comments here.

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