ELLSWORTH — On Tuesday, member states of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission elected Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick C. Keliher as chairman of the interstate fisheries management board.
Keliher succeeds James Gilmore of New York. It is a two-year term.
“It is both a great honor and huge responsibility to be trusted to lead the Commission for the next two years. I am humbled by my fellow commissioners’ confidence in me,” said Keliher. “While my obligation to the great state of Maine will always come first and foremost, I also recognize that Maine sits on boards for just 10 of the 27 species managed by the Commission. As chair, I will be working with ASMFC leadership to shape the course of interstate fisheries management for more than just the Pine Tree State and will ensure substantial resources are devoted to issues of equal importance in the fisheries of the Mid- and South Atlantic states. I look forward to bolstering the Commission’s relationship with NOAA Fisheries and Congress to ensure mutual cooperation.”
A Gardiner native, Keliher has spent much of his life in the woods and on the waters of Maine. Growing up fishing and lobstering with family in Casco Bay instilled in him an appreciation for the importance and value of natural resources. He has been DMR commissioner since January 2012.