Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece about Marine Resources Commissoner Norman Olsen's resi

Authors

Colin Woodard

Source

Down East

Date

10-1-2011

Pages

19-22

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece about Marine Resources Commissoner Norman Olsen's resignation and the controversy generated by his parting comments about Gov. Paul LePage. Olsen said that he could not be part of an administration that is "more interested in pacifying special interest groups than in responsibly managing Maine's marine resources for the benefit of the entire state." In response, LePage's office denied Olsen's accusations and mentioned that the governor had received complaints about Olsen's ability to communicate with key stakeholders in the marine industry. A review of public records show that LePage and his natural resources policy advisor, Carlisle McLean, spent time learning about how Maine fisheries work. During the same time period, Olsen quickly angered members of the lobster industry with complaints about the "ineffective" Maine Lobster Promotion Council and the hereditary aspects of lobster licensing in Maine.

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