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Coastal Conservation Association

6919 Portwest, Suite 100

Houston, Texas 77024

United States

Company Description

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is an organization of strong state chapters comprised of avid recreational fishermen who have banded together to address conservation issues nationally and within their respective states. The outdoor sports enthusi ... more

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Employment History

Commissioner, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Maine Lobster Promotion Council

Commissioner, Department

The Marine Resources Committee

Executive Director

ASC Direct Inc

Director

CCAMaine.org

Director of Sea Run Fisheries

Maine

Affiliations

Board Member
FAME

Committee Member
The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program

Member, Board
The MLA

Council Member
New England Fishery Management Council

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InfoSheet1025 - ME LD #365 cont.

www.chiplakenews.org [cached]

Also speaking among the bill's proponents were Pat Keliher of the Coastal Conservation Association, Dick Anderson, a founding member of the St. Croix Waterway Commission, Fred Hurley, Deputy Commissioner of the DIF&W, Betsy Hamm from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Benjamin Neal of the Island Institute, and private citizens Gail Gould of Calais, and Bill Anderson of Trescott.

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Keliher consigned the Spednic disaster of the 1980's to coincidence, saying that water level draw-downs were the most likely culprit. In characterizing the red blood cell disease VEN known to be borne by alewives, Keliher called it 'inconsequential.' The case made by the champions of LD365 seemed fragile, holding up poorly against the questioning committee members, and weakened further by a lack of acquaintance with the region at issue and its unique challenges.


Pat Keliher: Finding balance in ...

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Pat Keliher: Finding balance in management and fishermen's lives

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Keliher, center, is pictured here with Marine Resources Committee chair Senator Lois Snowe-Mello, R-Poland, and Marine Resources Committee member Senator Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth.
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Augusta - Four working days into his appointment as commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher said his schedule was keeping him plenty busy on the many fronts involved in managing the state's fisheries.
Keliher was sworn in on Jan. 26, after serving six months as the DMR's acting commissioner. He came to the position after serving, since 2007, as deputy commissioner and director of the DMR's Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat. Prior to joining the 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.
On the immediate front, he said, he and his staff are dealing this week with several bills before the state Legislature. "While they're in session, that's a high priority for us," he said.
Water quality and public health figure large in two of the bills of concern to the DMR, he said. One proposes to allow the DMR to utilize private laboratories to test for red tide - bacterial contamination when large rainfall events lead to coastwide closures.
Keliher said the ability to contract with private labs, in addition to using the DMR's own resources, is expected to expedite testing and help re-open areas more quickly than in the past.
The DMR is also seeking to streamline, among other things, the way the agency opens and closes clam flats, he said.
"We currently do it under emergency regulation, which is time-consuming for staff," he said. "We designed a way that will expedite the way we do it, and make it more transparent, through a mapping system."
Keliher said that, as he plans for the state's next biennium 2014-2015 budget, he will continue to pursue efforts to reorganize the agency in a way that will make operations more efficient and will identify high-priority needs. He said he will be making a presentation about those efforts to the Legislature within the next few weeks.
Keliher said the state's smaller fisheries - including elvers, urchins and shrimp - are a top priority as valuable segments of the overall fishing industry along parts of the coast.
On elvers, he said, the DMR is seeking to expand the fishery by more than 200 licenses.
"There's a lot of opposition to that from existing industry," he said.
The species is under consideration by the federal government for listing under the Endangered Species Act, he said.
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Keliher said the DMR is committed to finding a way to provide Zone 1 urchin fishermen either with a few more days to fish (Zone 1 is currently limited to 10 fishing days per season), or to provide flexibility in the fishing schedule so that fishermen can swap bad-weather days for safe-fishing days.
On the shrimp fishery, Keliher said the DMR is committed to trying to manage the fishery in such a way that provides fishermen with the opportunity to fish well into February.
"It's been a challenge, and it will continue be a challenge," he said. "We knew we would have to micromanage it, and we're putting a lot of resources into dockside monitoring. Frankly, I think the weather is helping a lot this year. Some of the bigger boats have been able go out. And we're trying to be flexible with the trap fishery," when it comes to that fishery segment's season and fishing methods.
With regard to the state's largest fishery, lobster, Keliher said the DMR continues to work closely with the industry to develop a balance for protecting endangered whales from endlines while also protecting the fishing community.
"We hope that environmental groups and the federal government will understand that we're doing our part to protect whales," he said.
Keliher said that the DMR will continue to look at limited entry and other issues associated with the lobster fishery.
"It my goal, over the next year, to have in-depth conversations with the industry about the licensing system and about issues surrounding latent licenses - which ties directly into the whale rules," he said.
Among his long-term goals, Keliher said, he will be looking at finding ways to expand the aquaculture industry and to improve the status of finfish and shellfish fisheries along the coast.
The DMR has also taken on the task of writing management plans for the state's fisheries, an effort that recently began with the urchin fishery, he said.
"We don't want be like other New England states and not have a plan if a fishery is in trouble," he said.


AUGUSTA, Patrick Keliher won ...

news.seafoodnet.com [cached]

AUGUSTA, Patrick Keliher won easy confirmation today as commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Keliher had been the acting commissioner since July.
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LePage nominated Keliher earlier this month and the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee unanimously voted to confirm him today.
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Keliher joined the department in 2007 as director of sea run fisheries and habitat. Before that, he was executive director of the Atlantic Salmon Commission and head of the Coastal Conservation Association, Greater New England.


Patrick Keliher won easy ...

www.pressherald.com [cached]

Patrick Keliher won easy confirmation Tuesday as commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Keliher has been the acting commissioner since July.
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LePage nominated Keliher earlier this month and the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee unanimously voted to confirm him Tuesday.
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Keliher joined the department in 2007 as director of sea run fisheries and habitat. Before that, he was executive director of the Atlantic Salmon Commission and head of the Coastal Conservation Association, Greater New England.


LePage nominates Patrick ...

news.seafoodnet.com [cached]

LePage nominates Patrick Keliher to serve as DMR commissioner

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Today, Governor Paul LePage nominated Patrick C. Keliher to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR).
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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.
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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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If approved, Patrick Keliher would then need to be confirmed by the Maine State Senate.

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