Murkowski Pushes Alaskan, Arctic Priorities in Coast Guard Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the House of Representatives and the Senate consider competing versions of the Coast Guard Authorization Act, Senator Lisa Murkowski is attempting to make sure Alaska’s needs are met. In a letter (attached) to the leaders of the relevant House and Senate committees, Senator Murkowski highlighted a number of key sections that she didn’t want to see left on the negotiating room floor, writing “these provisions are supported by a number of my constituents, who depend on the maritime industry and coordination with the Coast Guard.”
Those key priorities she cites are:
- “Maritime Liens on Fishing Permits” – This section of the House bill would protect Alaska fishermen from losing their permits by not allowing the permits to be considered property able to be seized during legal actions.
- “Small Vessel Discharge Exemption” – This provision in the House bill would exempt thousands of Alaskan fishing and commercial vessels from a burdensome, one-size-fits-all Vessel General Permit process that requires the same permits for common discharges from large and small vessels.
- “Conveyance of the Decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter STORIS” – This provision of the House bill would convey the CGC STORIS to the non-profit Storis Museum in Juneau, Alaska – preserving Alaskan history for future generations and visitors.
<>· additional Coast Guard capabilities in Arctic (and Antarctic) areas.