Obama Appoints Pat Keliher as Commissioner to NASCO


Obama nominates Maine DMR Commissioner to be commissioner of salmon conservation organization

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted April 11, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.    

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama has appointed Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher to serve as commissioner of the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

Keliher was not immediately available for comment Friday morning, but Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols said Keliher’s work on the council would not affect the time and energy he devotes to the Department of Marine Resources.

Maine’s congressional delegation on Thursday congratulated Keliher on the appointment.

“I’ve been proud to call Pat a friend for years,” Rep. Mike Michaud said in a release. “He has spent his career preserving Maine’s marine and environmental resources, and there is no doubt that he is among the foremost of experts when it comes to marine resources and conservation.”

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King praised Keliher’s appointment, as well as that of Colby College President Dr. William “Bro” Adams as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“We applaud the president’s selection of Patrick and Bro for these important positions,” the two senators said in a statement. “Both are demonstrated leaders in their respective fields whose work in Maine has made a significant and positive difference across our state. We join with the people of Maine in congratulating them, and we certainly look forward to continuing our work with them in the future.”

Keliher has served as commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources since 2011.

The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is an international organization, established in 1984 with the mission of conserving, restoring, enhancing and rationally managing Atlantic salmon through international cooperation and the best available scientific information.