Arne Fuglvog has dropped out of the hunt for the top job at the National Marine Fisheries Service.
In this letter dated July 31 to Commerce Department Under Secretary Jane Lubchenco, Fuglvog said the process of considering candidates was taking much longer than he expected "and I am no longer able to remain a candidate."
Fuglvog is a former Alaska commercial fisherman now working on the staff of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
The Obama administration recently asked Jim Balsiger to stay on a few more months as NMFS chief while the search for his successor continues.
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