Craig Morris , August 21, 2023

Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers Statement on the Passing of Alvin Burch


SEATTLE, Wash.—The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) joins its members and sister trade associations representing various Alaska fisheries in mourning the loss of industry legend Alvin Burch. Burch’s contributions were significant in building the groundfish industry in Alaska, including founding the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which set up the infrastructure for Wild Alaska Pollock and other groundfish processing in the state. As the industry grew Burch began to serve on many state, national and international boards and committees including a 30-year career on the Advisory Panel of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and was founder and executive director of the Alaska Draggers Association (now called Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association) for nearly 40 years.

“Al was a true advocate for Alaska Groundfish including Wild Alaska Pollock and a steward for responsible fisheries management and community development,” said Bob Desautel, President and CEO of Global Seas and GAPP Chairman of the Board. “Leaving behind a legacy of leadership and vision that will be sorely missed, our thoughts are with his wife Barbara, sons Keith and Bill, and the many family and friends throughout Alaska and the ‘lower 48’ who knew and loved Al.”

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