Murkowski Welcomes Endorsement of Bristol Bay Native Corp.
Anchorage, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today, welcomed the endorsement of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation for her write-in campaign to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate. This is the first time that BBNC has ever endorsed a political candidate. The corporation joins 10 Alaska Native regional corporations and the Alaska Federation of Natives in endorsing Murkowski.
“Keeping Lisa Murkowski as Alaska’s senior senator helps make sure that our rural communities continue to sustain the health care, housing and transportation infrastructure, as well as education programs that are so vital to everyday life in rural Alaska,” said Jason Metrokin, BBNC President and Chief Executive Officer.
“The endorsement, plus the endorsement of the other Alaska Native regional corporations and of the AFN is a clear indication that I am the best candidate to represent Alaskans in the U.S. Senate,” said Lisa Murkowski. “This is another confirmation of my successful efforts to promote jobs, natural resource industries and improved energy development and infrastructure in both rural and urban Alaska.”
Murkowski continued, “It is a sign of how hard I have worked to protect Alaska’s fishing industry and the livelihoods of the 56,000 Alaskans who make their livings from the sea and the coastal communities that depend on the seafood industry. Ensuring a robust fishing industry in Alaska will allow for good paying, stable jobs for generations.”
BBNC, which represents 8,600 Eskimo, Aleut and Athabascan shareholders in the Bristol Bay region, understand the Senator’s accomplishments in promoting fisheries. Lisa Murkowski has obtained funding for fisheries and marine mammal research and management, for Yukon and Pacific Salmon Treaty implementation and for the recent Yukon River Chinook salmon disaster.
The Senator has secured a two-year moratorium for commercial fishing boats and charter boats enabling them to have more time to comply with new EPA incidental discharge requirements and is working to protect the industry from being impacted by Endangered Species Act regulations involving the Stellar Sea lion, beluga whale and Pacific Right whale. She has worked to promote new markets for wild Alaska seafood, including providing canned salmon to the Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) program and for school lunch programs. Also she has helped to create a national seafood marketing initiative to promote Alaska seafood sales.