April 23, 2009Dr.
Jane LubchencoUndersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and AtmosphereNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationRoom 51281401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20230Via Fax: (202) 408-9674
Dear Dr. Lubchenco,United Fisherman of Alaska recommends Arne Fuglvog for appointment to service as AssistantAdministrator for NOAA Fisheries. Mr. Fuglvog has shown an exemplary commitment tosustainable fisheries and fishing communities, and dedicated work ethic in the necessary readingand research to understand complex fishery issues. In his work he has shown an ability to craftcompromise solutions based on science, and communicate well with all constituents. Mr.Fuglvog’s combination of on deck fishing experience, community leadership, and deepunderstanding of fisheries management science will help NOAA Fisheries restore and preservesustainable fisheries for the benefit of all U.S. citizens and future generations.United Fishermen of Alaska is the largest statewide commercial fishing trade association,representing 37 commercial fishing organizations participating in fisheries throughout the state andthe Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. We appreciate your consideration of Mr. Fuglvog forpublic service in NMFS.Sincerely,Joe Childers Mark VinselPresident Executive DirectorCC Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
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