Port of Bellingham hires a new manager of marinas

Alan Birdsall

By Stefanie Donahue

With more than 30 years of experience at the Port of Bellingham, Alan Birdsall was appointed as the new manager of marinas for the agency last month.

Previously claiming the titles of harbormaster, stormwater manager and strategic project manager, Birdsall will now manage more than 2,000 permanent moorage slips for recreational, commercial and charter vessels in both Blaine and Squalicum Harbor, according to a statement released by the Port of Bellingham in January.

“I am honored to have been selected as the Port’s Manager of Marinas and excited to take on this new opportunity” Birdsall said. “I look forward to working with port staff, marine-related businesses and our local boating community as we seek to continue providing high quality marina facilities at some of the most affordable rates in Puget Sound.”

Through his role, Birdsall will help to develop programs and policies to manage marina personnel and support commercial fishing and marine-related business.

In a statement, port executive director Rob Fix said, “Our boating community will be in excellent hands with Alan at the helm.”

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