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April 23, 2009 Dr. Jane Lubchenco Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere National Oceanic

April 23, 2009

Dr. Jane Lubchenco Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Room 5128 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20230 Via Fax: (202) 408-9674

Dear Dr. Lubchenco,

United Fisherman of Alaska recommends Arne Fuglvog for appointment to service as Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Mr. Fuglvog has shown an exemplary commitment to

sustainable fisheries and fishing communities, and dedicated work ethic in the necessary reading

and research to understand complex fishery issues. In his work he has shown an ability to craft

compromise solutions based on science, and communicate well with all constituents. Mr. Fuglvog’s combination of on deck fishing experience, community leadership, and deep understanding of fisheries management science will help NOAA Fisheries restore and preserve sustainable 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 and

the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. We appreciate your consideration of Mr. Fuglvog for

public service in NMFS.

Sincerely,

of Mr. Fuglvog for public service in NMFS. Sincerely, Joe Childers President Mark Vinsel Executive Director

Joe Childers

President

public service in NMFS. Sincerely, Joe Childers President Mark Vinsel Executive Director CC Gary Locke, Secretary,

Mark Vinsel Executive Director

CC Gary Locke, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

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