Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Welcome to the Southeast Alaska -
Places of Refuge Homepage

This website assisted the Southeast (SE) Alaska Subarea Potential Places of Refuge Workgroup in the development of a document describing Potential Places of Refuge (PPOR) in the SE Alaska Subarea. The project was initiated in October of 2008 and completed in September 2010. The documents produced in this project will be forwarded to the SE Alaska Subarea Committee for inclusion in the Subarea Contingency Plan.

Photo of Wilderness Adventurer
photo credit: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The SE Alaska Subarea is depicted in the map shown below. Similar projects have taken place for the Prince William Sound, Kodiak, Cook Inlet and the Aleutian Subareas. The workgroup record and products from those projects are available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/PPR/ppor/wg.htm.


The objective of this project has been to identify and collect information on docking, anchoring, and mooring locations that may be selected as Potential Places of Refuge in order to enhance the overall response process.


The first map below depicts some of the risk factors the workgroup used in selecting potential places of refuge. The workgroup began the process by identifying candidate sites for potential places of refuge. The sites were researched and the resources and attributes of each were placed in the site assessment matrix. This matrix summarizes the resources at risk for each site and aided in the final selection of Potential Places of Refuge. Download a copy of the Site Assessment Matrix and the Key.

SEAK Risk Map

Download a copy of this map, including separate pages for each layer, in pdf format – high resolution version for printing (5MB pdf).

SEAK zone map

The large size of the SE Alaska Subarea made it necessary to further divide it into smaller zones. The zones are reflective of the “response zones” established by Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization to aid in the organization of response efforts. These are illustrated in the Index Map shown above. Download a copy of this map at this link.


Current Project Status

As of September 2010, the workgroup has developed and approved Potential Places of Refuge plans for all 9 Response Zones in the SE Alaska Subarea. The Subarea Committee will review the plans and include the PPOR documents in the Subarea Contingency Plan as part of an administrative update to the plan. The PPOR plans are available for download by clicking on each link below:

Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9


PPOR Introduction Section

Once these plans are included as a section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan, they will have an introductory section that will explain the context and use of the plans. You can download a copy of the introduction section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan.

An associated project, the SE Alaska Subarea Geographic Response Strategy (GRS) Project may be found at the following link: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/PPR/grs/se/home.htm

Primary Project Participants

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
City & Borough of Sitka
City of Skagway
Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Southeast Alaska Conference
Southeast Alaska Pilots Association (SEAPA)
Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization
Southeast Stevedoring
U.S. Coast Guard (Sector Juneau and District 17)
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. National Park Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Invasive Species Considerations

Alien or invasive species include seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species that is not native to an ecosystem. Invasive species commonly are transported in ballast waters and cargo associated oil transport and shipping. During operations any species that are encountered that are suspected to be non-native should be collected and presented to wildlife managers. Additional information on invasive species can be found in the “Useful Websites” section below.


Websites of Interest

Invasive species informative websites:


If you have local knowledge about the Southeast Alaska Subarea or for more information or questions pertaining to this project, contact dec.spar.ppor@alaska.gov


You will need a special program to open some of the files (pdf) that you may download from this site. If you do not already have one, you may download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. If you have special accessibility needs, Adobe offers several free accessibility programs for reading pdf files as well.


This page was updated: November 6, 2012 by Nuka Research & Planning Group, LLC