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Southeast Alaska - Potential Places of Refuge

This webpage assisted the workgroup in the development of a document describing Potential Places of Refuge (PPOR) in the SE Alaska Geographic Zone. The project was initiated in October of 2008 and completed in September 2010.

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.

Site Selection Documents

The risk layers map depicts some of the risk factors the workgroup used in selecting potential places of refuge. The workgroup identified candidate sites for potential places of refuge. These sites were researched and the resources and attributes of each were placed in a site assessment matrix and key.

Potential Places of Refuge (PPOR)

Southeast Alaska PPOR Contingency Plan Document (PDF 257K) - includes introduction and references

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:

For More Information

If you have local knowledge about the Southeast Alaska Geographic Zone or for more information or questions pertaining to this project, contact

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