Patrick Keliher Takes the Helm to Head Department of Marine Resources

January 26, 2012

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage administered the oath for Patrick C. Keliher to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to approve the nomination.

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.

Maine’s commercial and recreational fisheries industry is a valuable component of Maine’s outdoor heritage. The marine industry sustains thousands of jobs for hardworking Mainers, which significantly contribute to the overall State economy. Maine is known and recognized worldwide for its fresh seafood.

Governor LePage congratulated Keliher and encouraged him to keep up the good work. “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.”

“I was very honored by the Governor’s nomination. I’m grateful for the show of confidence by the Governor, Marine Resources Committee, and those who came to speak on my behalf,” stated Keliher. “I look forward to working with the Legislature and our Marine industries as we find ways to grow our coastal economy.”

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.

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PHOTO: Governor LePage (to the right of Governor LePage is Commissioner Patrick Keliher) joined by members of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources