Murkowski Receives Endorsement from Marine Conservation Alliance
Anchorage, AK- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today thanked the Marine Conservation Alliance for the group’s endorsement of her write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate.
The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) is a coalition of harvesters, processors and communities in the Alaska groundfish and crab fisheries. MCA represents approximately 70 percent of the harvesters and processors who provide seafood from the federal waters off Alaska. Commercial fishing provides over 56,000 jobs in Alaska, half of its exports and contributes more than $5 billion in economic output to the State.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of MCA, which represents all facets of the commercial fishing industry in Alaska,” said Lisa Murkowski. “Protecting our fisheries, so that Alaskan coastal communities will have jobs for generations to come, is one of my top priorities as your Senator.”
“We very much appreciate your leadership to support the Alaska seafood industry in a manner that protects the environment, ensures sustainable harvests, and sustainable coastal communities and jobs. Senator, you have taken a very courageous step with this election effort, and as an Alaskan I want to thank you for putting our state’s interest first,” said David Benton, executive director of the Juneau-based Alliance.
“This endorsement shows that the fishing industry knows how hard I will work to promote the industry that is so vital for all of coastal Alaska,” said Murkowski.
The MCA is made up of the following groups: Adak Community Development Corporation, Alaska Crab Coalition, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, Alaska Pacific Seafoods, Alaska Scallop Association, Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association , Alyeska Seafoods, At-Sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, City of Unalaska, Coastal Villages Region Fund, Groundfish Forum, High Seas Catchers Cooperative, Icicle Seafoods; Mothership Group: Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Prowler Fisheries, Trident Seafoods Corp., United Catcher Boats, U.S. Seafoods, Waterfront Associates; Western Alaska Fisheries, Inc., Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association.