Resolution 18-02 – Passed May 3, 2018
WHEREAS; Al Burch started out as a shrimp dragger in Seward, moved to Kodiak shortly after the 1964 earthquake, and has fished Alaskan waters for more than 55 years; and,
WHEREAS, in addition to serving as a member of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Board, Al Burch has served on numerous national and international fishing boards including being a founding member of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and serving 30 years on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch served as Executive Director of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, a non-profit group representing approximately 40 bottom-fish vessels out of Kodiak, since its inception in 1974 and until his retirement from the association in 2008, and remains a Member Emeritus on their Board of Directors; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch was inducted into the United Fishermen of Alaska’s Seafood Hall of Fame in 2009, for his dedication to Alaska’s fisheries and ocean resources; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch was recognized as the recipient of the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, for his exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 20 years or more; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch has represented the Kodiak Island Borough on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council since September 2002; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch served as a member of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’s legislative affairs committee for over 14 years, providing support and credibility as our “crusty old fisherman,” never giving up on an opportunity to politic; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch maintained one of the best attendance records for his participation in Council meetings, even when doing so presented him with many challenges and difficulties; and,
WHEREAS, Al Burch has announced his retirement from the Board of Directors.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council commends and expresses gratitude to Al Burch for his many years of dedication to the safe transportation of crude oil throughout the region of Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska, and for his 16 years of service as a member of its Board of Directors; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’s staff and volunteers will greatly miss Al Burch’s guidance and wish he and his family the very best.
PASSED AND APPROVED by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council on this 3rd day of May, 2018.