Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Pat Keliher and Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson in her Washington, D.C., office.
“The Maine Department of Marine Resources works tirelessly to preserve the health of our waters and marine life, while ensuring that our fishermen can responsibly reap the benefits of our precious natural resources,” said Senator Collins. “I look forward to my continued work with Commissioner Pat Keliher and Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson to protect the Gulf of Maine, support the hardworking Mainers who earn a living on the water, and keep our ocean and coastline pristine for the benefit of Mainers for generations to come.”
As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins secured key funding to support Maine’s lobster industry and fisheries—as well as the National Sea Grant Program and other ocean research initiatives—in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill that was signed into law last month.