Two DMR Officials Receive Awards from Maine Lobstermen’s Association
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association presented two awards to Maine Department of Marine Resources officials during last weekend’s Fishermen’s Forum. Marine Patrol Specialist Matt Talbot was given the annual Officer of the Year award and Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher received the MLA award for Outstanding Achievement.
“It’s rare for an industry to honor the agency that regulates and polices it, but the MLA feels strongly that the Department of Marine Resources and the Maine Marine Patrol work in partnership with lobster industry to make sure that we have a healthy resource,” said Maine Lobstermen Association Board President David Cousens.
Specialist Talbot was responsible for the arrest of two mid-coast men for possession of over 400 v-notch lobsters. In Maine, all lobstermen participate in a mandatory resource conservation program that requires them to place a notch in the tail of egg bearing female lobsters. Possession of lobsters with a v-notch is illegal. “This case was important to industry because we recognize the need to have a strong population of breeding females to ensure the future of the industry,” said Cousens.
Specialist Talbot is a twelve year veteran of the Marine Patrol and serves in the Rockland to Searsport area. He is married and has two children.
Commissioner Keliher was honored for his outreach efforts to industry and for his work to improve department morale and effectiveness. Commissioner Keliher and his staff recently concluded a series of 16 meetings with lobster industry stakeholders in communities from Machias to York to solicit input on the state of the fishery.
“Pat has done an outstanding job of building a strong team in the department,” said Cousens. “Since coming on board at the department, he has also done a great job of reaching out to industry to involve us in the decision making process. It means a great deal to know that a state official charged with regulating us is committed to working with industry as a partner.”
Governor LePage also applauded the two award recipients. “The award for Commissioner Keliher provides further confirmation of what I’ve long known for a long time. His depth of knowledge and commitment to dialogue has won great respect among fishermen. I’m also very proud of Specialist Talbot. He has clearly balanced the need for enforcement with a dedication to supporting Mainers who make a living on the water.”
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association was founded in 1954 and is currently the oldest and largest fishing industry association on the east coast. Representing 1,200 members, the MLA works to sustain both the industry and the resource.
Marine Patrol Specialist Matt Talbot (2rd from left) received the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s Officer of the Year award during the recent Fishermen’s Forum. Standing with Specialist Talbot are (from left) Marine Patrol Colonel Joseph Fessenden, MLA Board President David Cousens, Marine Patrol Major Alan Talbot, and Patrice McCarron (right), MLA Executive Director Executive Director.
Commissioner Patrick Keliher received the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s Outstanding Achievement award during the recent Fishermen’s Forum. Standing with Commissioner Keliher are (at left) MLA Board President David Cousens and (at right) MLA Executive Director Executive Director Patrice McCarron.