A Statement from Commissioner Keliher Regarding Yesterday's Loss of Fishermen Joe Nickerson and Chris Pinkham

"We're all deeply saddened by the loss of both Chris and Joe and our heartfelt condolences go out to their friends and families.

"I've known Joe for years, and he has been an incredibly valuable contributor for two terms on the DMR Advisory Council, especially with regard to the groundfish and elver fisheries with which he was most directly involved. I chose him to serve on the Council because of his perspective as an experienced, successful fisherman and his calm and constructive approach to problem solving. He was committed to the proper management of Maine's marine resources, and was willing to give his time to help his fellow fishermen. I always valued his insights and ideas. He was a first rate fisherman, and an excellent representative for Maine's fishing community."

Patrick Keliher Commissioner Maine DMR