Sullivan will chair Senate Subcommittee on Oceans

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has been named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard for the 115th Congress.

The subcommittee is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Coast Guard and addressing

Matters that impact oceans and coasts, including coastal zone management, marine fisheries and marine mammals, oceans, weather and atmospheric activities, marine and ocean navigation, ocean policy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jerry McCune, president of United Fishermen of Alaska and Cordova District Fishermen United, said the appointment of Sullivan was “good news for fishermen in Alaska and the U.S.

“We are impressed that Senator Sullivan has come up to speed quickly on fisheries issues and has been effective at building coalitions to pass legislation addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries in the North Pacific.  We look forward to continuing to work with him on issues that affect fisheries and our coastal communities and oceans,” McCune said.