Murkowski again says no to Russian processing vessels

Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Governor Murkowski has again rejected a request to allow Russian processing vessels into U.S. waters.

This time the request came from Smokie Foods, which wanted a floating processor to go to Prince William Sound to provide another market for pink salmon.

Murkowski said Monday that the domestic processors had assured him they were able to use the entire harvest.

The governor said the Russians have plenty of pink salmon of their own this year, and he's concerned that the Russian product could compete with U.S.-produced salmon.

The denial is the second time this year Murkowski he has turned down a request to allow the Russian processors in.

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