Murkowski Vows to Keep Fighting for Alaska’s Sustainable Fisheries
Senator Gives Remarks to Sustainable Seafood Seminar with NOAA
Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke before federal and commercial seafood representatives at the Sustainable Seafood Seminar – pledging to continue her support for strong federal funding for fisheries management. Additionally, she reiterated her commitment to protect the seafood industry from threats posed by genetically-engineered salmon and third-party sustainable seafood certification schemes.
As Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus, Murkowski updated attendees on her recent efforts to ensure sound support and policy for the seafood industry, which employs 63,000 in the state and contributes over $4 billion to the Alaskan economy. Reminding the audience that she takes professional and personal pride in her efforts – with her sons both working in the fisheries – she discussed:
- Her work pushing back against third-party groups using questionable methods to advance their agenda to cast doubt on the sustainability of Alaska’s fisheries
- Her recent success in the Appropriations Committee passing her amendment to require the labeling of GE salmon if the FDA approves it.
- Her success working with the State of Alaska and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to secure Wal-Mart’s continued commitment to sell wild Alaska salmon.
- Adding several provisions to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill to support the continued sustainable management of Alaska’s fisheries.