Rep. Young Commends Governor Parnell On Decision To File Suit
Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement this afternoon commending Governor Parnell and the State of Alaska on their decision to file suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service over the agency's decision to significantly curtail fishing in the western Aleutians out of concern for Stellar Sea Lions:
"I commend Governor Parnell for taking the necessary steps to ensure the economic strength and freedom of Alaska. The restrictions placed on fishing in the western Aleutians will cost the State of Alaska jobs and income, and be detrimental to our economy. The livelihoods of many Alaskan families and communities are dependent on the fishing industry and they will take a direct hit from this misguided decision.
"Issuing a more restrictive biological opinion when the population of Stellar Sea Lions is growing was not just ridiculous, it was irresponsible. Threatening Alaskan communities as a result of this foolish ruling based on insufficient science is criminal. The State was one hundred percent correct in filing this lawsuit and I will do everything in my power as Congressman to support them in this effort."