Shellfish management trailblazer thanked for service

By Dan Otis Smith | May 12, 2017
Photo by: Dan Otis Smith Pictured, from left, are Thomaston Selectman Bill Hahn, Carl 'Butch' Taylor, Cushing Selectman Daniel Staples and Sheri Taylor.

Cushing — Carl "Butch" Taylor is stepping down as chairman of the Georges River Regional Shellfish Management Committee after 21 years in the position.

Members of the Joint Board of Selectmen, made up of town officials from Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston and Warren, showed their appreciation May 11 at the Cushing Town Office with plaques and flowers for Taylor and his wife, Sheri Taylor.

Butch Taylor said he was "speechless" at receiving the surprise honor.

Then Cushing Selectman Daniel Staples revealed two letters that audibly impressed those in attendance.

Hannah Annis, area biologist for the Shellfish Management Program, wrote to express "great appreciation for Butch Taylor and his efforts and dedication to the Georges River Shellfish Program and its shellfish resources."

"The committee and the shellfish program have benefited from his leadership, commitment and wisdom," the letter continued. "I will long remember his hard work, devotion, and great sense of humor."

Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher wrote, "I am sure that you have seen a great deal of change in your time on the Shellfish Committee, but your leadership has been a constant for the shellfish harvesters in your community. I know that it has probably often been a thankless task, but it is important work. The initial ordinance that you helped to develop has served as a model for other areas of the State, and has provided broad benefit to shellfish programs well beyond your own.

"Thanks to people like you, the shellfish industry has remained one of the State's most important fisheries, and provided a livelihood to many hard-working Maine citizens."

Taylor was instrumental in writing the ordinance which established the committee 21 years ago, and he and his wife have been involved with Shellfish Committee work since.

Butch Taylor will remain on the committee, but member David Taylor will take over as chairman.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Patrick Michael Florance | May 13, 2017 10:12

Congratulations ,Butch!  Great job.



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