Murkowski Building Coalition to Support Fishery Disaster Relief

Senator Joined by Fifteen Colleagues in Seeking Federal Aid for Afflicted Regions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today continued her campaign on Capitol Hill to secure federal disaster relief funds for Alaskan communities damaged by last summer’s low salmon runs, building on the momentum she gained in forming a large and influential bipartisan Senate coalition of sixteen co-sponsors of an amendment  that was adopted to the Senate FY2014 budget resolution.

Senators from Alaska to New England to the Gulf of Mexico joined Murkowski on a letter to the Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging them to allocate relief funds for Alaska Chinook, Mississippi Oysters and Blue Crabs, Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fisheries and Superstorm Sandy-impacted fisheries – and saying the “severity of the situation” is rising as the delay continues

Earlier this year, Senator Murkowski compared the urgency of the situation for impacted regions to those of farmlands who suffer dry seasons damaging their crops – calling fishery failures “droughts in our rivers and streams” – and saying these areas should receive aid as speedily as farms in the heartland.  (Excerpt below)

Murkowski on Fisheries

(“Fish droughts in our rivers and streams,” Murkowski explains.  1/28/2013)

In a letter (attached) from Senator Murkowski and her colleagues, they write:

Fishing is an integral part of our states’ economies and cultures.  The substantial delay in providing disaster relief is deepening the severity of the situation.  We urge you to support the inclusion of these funds in the FY14 CJS Appropriations bill to provide the relief these communities need.

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