Keliher selected to run Marine Resources

Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in News

Keliher selected to run Marine Resources

photo by Laurie Schreiber

AUGUSTA -- On January 6, Gov. Paul LePage nominated Patrick C. Keliher to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR).

Keliher, of South Gardiner, has served as Deputy Commissioner and Director, Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat within DMR since 2007. He has served, most recently as Acting Commissioner, and has been serving in this capacity since July, when Commissioner Norm Olsen abruptly left the post, alleging that the governor refused to meet with him, shot down every initiative he proposed to achieve his goals, and undermined him with both his staff and members of the industry it was his job to regulate.

LePage applauded Keliher’s efforts since he has taken on the role of Acting Commissioner. “Pat has gone above and beyond demonstrating his ability to serve as Commissioner. He has worked to reorganize the department, focusing on areas that have the biggest economic benefit to the State,” he said. “Keliher has demonstrated his ability to work with the fishing industry on contentious issues, balancing our need to create and sustain jobs while protecting Maine’s numerous marine resources. I am confident that he will continue to serve Maine people well.

Prior to joining DMR, Keliher served as Executive Director of the Atlantic Salmon Commission and Executive Director of the New England States of the Coastal Conservation Association, Greater New England. Keliher has also served as a licensed Coast Guard Captain and is a Registered Maine Guide.

“I am honored to be selected by Governor LePage to be the next Commissioner of Marine Resources,” Keliher said. “We have many challenges facing our coastal communities – it is imperative that our long-term management plans take into account the sustainability of the resources and also the people who depend on these resources for their livelihood.”  

The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources will review the Governor’s nomination. If approved, Patrick Keliher would then need to be confirmed by the Maine State Senate.

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