third time in five years, Alaska's congressional delegation is introducing
legislation that would protect Alaskan's fishing permits from liens. The
Maritime Lien Reform Act of 2011 failed to get enough support in the House and
Senate in both 2008 and 2006.
would protect fishermen's livelihoods by allowing them to continue to work and
pay their debts in times of financial hardship.
Bob King is an aide to Senator
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sec "Over the years the ... problems
they may be in.")
permits can be bought and sold, King says they are a different kind of
than a fishing boat, for example.
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sec "Well, they are transferrable ... it
the majority of commercial permit holders are Alaskan residents, but
quarter of them live outside. He said that may give the bill leverage as
makes its way through Congress:
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sec "Well, hopefully so ... that's our
Don Young called the act a win-win for fishermen, creditors and Alaska.
Lisa Murkowski described it as imperative to keep fisherman on the water
earn a living and pay back their creditors.
already protects limited entry permits from liens. The Maritime Lien
will protect them on a federal level.