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

Keliher had been the acting commissioner since July. The previous commissioner, Norman Olsen, resigned after saying he didn’t have Gov. Paul LePage’s full support.

LePage nominated Keliher earlier this month and the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee unanimously voted to confirm him today.

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.


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