Thursday, April 9, 2009

Another Alaskan to head NMFS?

Wow, what's this talk I'm hearing about Arne Fuglvog being in line to become the new National Marine Fisheries Service chief?

Fuglvog, formerly involved in salmon and halibut fishing out of Petersburg, is now an aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

I've heard his name mentioned several times as a contender to head NMFS.

That would be something.

Of course, we've already got an Alaskan, Jim Balsiger of Juneau, at the NMFS helm now. But because he assumed the post under the Bush administration, he's considered a short-timer.

In some ways, it seems unlikely that Fuglvog gets this prestigious position.

Let's consider geography, for instance.

So far in the Obama administation, we've already seen two West Coast people named to the most important jobs when it comes to ocean fisheries.

Gary Locke, the former Washington governor, is the commerce secretary. And Jane Lubchenco is administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, parent agency to NMFS.

Some of the most pressing issues facing NMFS aren't in the West but rather on the East Coast, particuarly New England where many fish folk have no love for the agency.

Anyway, Deckboss will surely be interested to see where Mr. Fuglvog lands.


Kyle said...

what's your e-mail address?

Anonymous said...

Arne would be awesome. He's very smart and understands Alaskan issues, in and out of fisheries. We'd be lucky to have him in that role.

Anonymous said...

Gimme a break!!! He is a sell out from word GO!!!!

Anonymous said...

sell out it to good of a word to describe that piece of garbage

Anonymous said...

Arne has to move on, with the sale of icicle sea foods he doesnt have a puppet master to pull his strings. but im sure he will find some rock to crawl under.

Anonymous said...


Arne Fuglvog...

Wesley, pull your head out of your ass...Just because someone is an "Alaskan" 3rd gen NOT 5th! No matter...Arne is BFFs with Bobby T Mr. sell out CRIMINAL.

Arne is a shill through and through. This would be BAD for ALASKA. PERIOD.

Now that stem cell research is legal, maybe you can grow a spine Wes...