Murkowski to Testify on Pirate Fishing Fight at Foreign Relations Hearing

Senator Will Provide Alaskan Impacts Wednesday on First Expert Panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski will provide expert testimony on Wednesday in front of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about the threat posed by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing on Alaska’s seafood industry and the need for the Port State Measures Agreement.

“Since 1990, illegal and unlawful fishing is estimated to be a half a billion dollar problem to Alaska’s economy – and we can regain control over our fisheries by better policing and enforcement at the ports where the fishing boats dock and unload their illegal haul,” said Murkowski.  “I thank the Foreign Relations Committee for inviting me to share the views of Alaskans on this threat, on behalf of the 80,000 Alaskans directly or indirectly impacted by our seafood industry.”

Senator Murkowski will be teamed up with her Democratic Co-Chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island for Panel I of the hearing.  (Click here for the hearing schedule with all confirmed participants.)

What: Murkowski testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

When: Wednesday, February 12th, 10:30am (AKST)

View here: http://www.foreign.senate.gov

A video news release will be shared shortly after the hearing’s conclusion.