A supporter of the fishing industry

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Alaska's independent fisherman are fortunate to have a gubernatorial candidate who considers commercial fishing one of Alaska's most important industries. Fran Ulmer has worked tirelessly during her time as lieutenant governor to promote, champion and learn from Alaska's commercial fisherman. As governor, she will bring a wealth of expertise, experience, and keen insight to bear on the challenges currently facing Alaska's fisheries.

I have had the good fortune to serve with Fran on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the international body that watch guards high seas salmon interceptions. In her position as U.S. commissioner, she earned respect through tough but effective negotiation and fostered cooperation from once adversarial nations. During her tenure as commissioner, she helped design an international enforcement plan and devise a data sharing system that many considered unachievable; largely due to her work, high seas driftnet pirates now face a formidable enforcement network and Alaska fishermen benefit from healthy salmon runs.

Fran's achievements on behalf of Alaska's fisherman are eclipsed only by her ambitious plans for future initiatives to restore the prosperity of Alaska's salmon industry and fishing communities. Of utmost importance to Alaska independent fishing businesses, she is committed to maintaining competitive markets and has voiced opposition to the processor quota system that would award market control to largely foreign-owned corporations. Her administration will promote sustainable fisheries and support the independent, community-based fisherman who are the backbone of Alaska's coastal economy. In sum, she is the gubernatorial candidate Alaska's fishing industry needs. She has my support, and the endorsement of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association.

Linda Behnken

Director, ALFA


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