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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/20/11

Rep. Kimberly Olsen Named to Marine Resources Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Kimberly Olsen has been appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, putting her in a position to shape legislation on a range of fisheries management issues in the 125th Maine Legislature.

Rep. Olsen (R-Phippsburg), a first-term legislator, said she is excited to get started on her new assignment. "My district is primarily coastal, and I know that having a voice on this committee will serve my constituents well," she said.

"Maine's fishing industry is facing a lot of challenges as well as opportunities," she added. "It is essential that we deal with them effectively and preserve our heritage, our fishing communities and the character of our waterfront. Our fishermen's rights and livelihoods are high priorities with me."

The Marine Resources Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Marine Resources. It oversees commercial marine fisheries management, licensing and enforcement; aquaculture; marine fish species; seaweed; sea urchins; and sea cucumbers. The committee also has oversight responsibility for the processing and sale of marine fish and shellfish.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.

Rep. Olsen, a graduate of the University of Maine, is a carpenter and building contractor. She also worked for seven years managing and guiding for a whitewater rafting company in Jackman, Maine. Her House district includes Harpswell, Phippsburg and West Bath.

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