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Murkowski Lauds National Marine Fisheries Service Speedy Work

Senator Appreciates Agency for Processing All Bering Crabber Permits

ANCHORAGE, AK — Senator Lisa Murkowski today thanked the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for processing and faxing out all the permits needed for Alaska crabbers and processors yesterday.

While NOAA did not implement the permitting process during the shutdown – though Senator Murkowski and Congressman Don Young told them they had the ability to – the lawmakers’ advocacy did lead to NOAA putting a process in place and all crabbers had permits in hand by the end of the business day Thursday.

“It’s National Seafood Month and we want to see our crab fleet in full gear, so I thank the NMFS personnel for making sure this was atop their to-do list,” said Murkowski.  “NMFS employees crunched the needed numbers and produced the paperwork for each ship in the fleet, turning them around to the permit holders in a remarkably expedited process.  They got the message from us, they did the work, and the ships could be out on the water as early as tonight with pots in the water tomorrow morning and this brief interruption won’t keep them from their peak holiday season goals.”

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