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Bristol Bay - Places of Refuge

This website was used to assist the Bristol Bay Places of Refuge Workgroup in the development of a document describing Potential Places of Refuge in the Bristol Bay Subarea. A map of the areas of concern is shown below.

The Bristol Bay Subarea is depicted in the map shown below. Similar projects have taken place throughout all of coastal Alaska. The workgroup record and products from those projects are available on the PPOR homepage.


The objective of this project has been to identify docking, anchoring, mooring and grounding locations that may be selected as Potential Places of Refuge in order to enhance the overall response process for stricken vessels that request assistance.


The documents developed by the workgroup that describe the potential places of refuge will be included in the Subarea Contingency Plan (SCP) for the Bristol Bay. To familiarize responders with the documents an Introductory Section will be included in the SCP. This section is helpful in explaining the how to use the plans and how the documents were developed. Download (PDF 733K) a copy of the draft introduction section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan.


The map below depicts some of the risk factors used in selecting potential places of refuge. The site assessment matrix (PDF 82K) and site assessment key (PDF 56K) summarize the resources at risk for each site.

Download (PDF 344K) a printable copy of this map. The workgroup has identified a total of 16 PPOR sites. The index map below depicts the different PPOR maps developed to include these sites.

Download (PDF 336K) a copy of this map in high resolution version for printing.

Index of PPOR Maps

A total of 3 zones were developed to include the Potential Places of Refuge sites selected in the Bristol Bay Subarea. Each zone had maps developed that show the locations of these sites. In addition to the maps, three tables for each zone were created that give specific information for each individual site. These include site considerations, stakeholders, and physical and operational characteristics. The following is a list of the Potential Places of Refuge maps identified on the index map with links to the corresponding PDF:

Primary Project Participants

  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Marine Pilots Association
  • Association of Village Council Presidents
  • City of Bethel
  • City of Dillingham
  • Bristol Bay Borough
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Crowley Marine Services
  • Bristol Bay Native Association
  • U.S. Coast Guard, District 17
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Coast Guard COTP Western Alaska
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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 Bristol Bay Subarea or for more information or questions pertaining to this project, contact

Acknowledgement: This report website is funded in part with qualified outer continental shelf oil and gas revenues by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Disclaimer: The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.