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Southeast Alaska - Places of Refuge

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.

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 on the Southeast Alaska PPOR workgroup webpage.


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 (PDF 76K) and the Key (PDF 33K).

Download (PDF 5M) a copy of this map in high resolution, which includes separate pages for each layer.

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 (PDF 2.6M) a copy of this map.

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:

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 is the SE Alaska Subarea Geographic Response Strategy (GRS) Project.

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