60Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council has 19 voting member entities established in its bylaws. They include villages, cities, and groups representing Alaska Natives, conservation, tourism, commercial fishing, and aquaculture. All member entities were affected in some way by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and all have a significant stake in the prevention of oil pollution and protection of marine resources in the area.
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce directly represents more than 400 Alaskan businesses (paid memberships) and indirectly represents (via local chamber membership) several thousand more.
For more information, visit Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Community of Chenega Bay
Chenega Bay (meaning “under the mountain”) is a Native community practicing a subsistence lifestyle with commercial fishing and an oyster farming operation.
Chugach Alaska Corporation
The Chugach Alaska Corp. was formed in 1972 as an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Corporation. A nine-member board of directors directs the corporation’s management team. The Chugach Alaska Corp. region includes the four communities of Cordova, Seward, Valdez, and Whittier, and the five Native villages of Port Graham, Chenega Bay, Eyak, Nanwalek (English Bay), and Tatitlek.
For more information, please visit Chugach Alaska Corp.
City of Cordova
Cordova is located at the eastern end of Prince William Sound. The population supports a large fishing fleet, fish processing plants, a community hospital, and four schools. Cordova has a significant Alaska Native population with an active Village Council. Commercial fishing and subsistence are central to the community’s culture.
For more information, please visit the City of Cordova.
City of Homer
Homer is located on the north shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula. A 4.5-mile bar of gravel, called the Homer Spit, extends from the Homer shoreline. Homer is a fishing, trade, and service center that hosts a significant seasonal tourist industry.
For more information, please visit City of Homer.
City of Kodiak
Kodiak is 252 air miles southwest of Anchorage in the Gulf of Alaska. The City of Kodiak is located on the northeast tip of Kodiak Island, the second largest island in the United States. At 3,588 square miles, Kodiak Island is second in size only to Hawaii. The city’s population is about 6,200. Kodiak Island, which has been inhabited since 8000 B.C., has a population of approximately 14,000, including several Alutiiq Native villages. Commercial and subsistence fishing is an important part of local culture. The Port of Kodiak is “homeport” to over 700 commercial fishing vessels and is Alaska’s largest fishing port, hosting a year-round commercial fishing industry. It is also home to some of Alaska’s largest trawl, longline, and crab vessels.
For more information, please visit City of Kodiak.
City of Seldovia
Seldovia is located on the Kenai Peninsula across from Homer on the south shore of Kachemak Bay. Seldovia’s economy is based on commercial fishing and tourism, and much of its population is increasingly seasonally based. Seldovia has its own oil spill response team, a thriving arts community, and a small K-12 school.
For more information, visit the City of Seldovia.
City of Seward
Seward sits on Resurrection Bay on the southeast coast of the Kenai Peninsula. As a southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad and a road link to Anchorage and the Interior, Seward is a long-standing transportation hub. Many cruise ships visit Seward each year; it is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. In addition to tourism, the economy includes commercial fishing, ship services and repairs, oil and gas development, a coal export facility for Usibelli Mine, a state prison, and the University of Alaska’s Institute of Marine Sciences and the Alaska SeaLife Center.
For more information, please visit the City of Seward.
City of Valdez
Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep-water fjord in Prince William Sound. Valdez is the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, with four of its top 10 employers affiliated with the oil terminus. As a year-round ice-free port, Valdez is an important seaport with a major cargo and container facility. Seasonal commercial fishing and tourism also contribute to the economy. Three fish processing plants operate in Valdez and a small harbor hosts about 550 commercial fishing boats.
For more information, please visit City of Valdez.
City of Whittier
Whittier is located at the head of Passage Canal on the west side of Prince William Sound. It is a gateway which thousands of visitors travel through into Prince William Sound each year. Whittier’s location on Prince William Sound attracts visitors for sports and commercial fishing, subsistence activities, boating, and kayaking. Fish harvested in this area include cod, halibut, rockfish, and salmon. Crab and shrimp are also available. Area game hunting includes deer, caribou, moose, and bear. Whittier is also a good bird watching destination.
For more information, please visit City of Whittier.
Cordova District Fishermen United
The Cordova District Fishermen United is a nonprofit organization of Cordova area fishermen who have banded together “to preserve and protect Area E fisheries, and promote safety at sea.”
For more information, please visit Cordova District Fisherman United.
Kenai Peninsula Borough
The Kenai Peninsula Borough lies directly south of Anchorage, Alaska’s principal population center. On its south and east sides, it is bordered by the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound, respectively. Cook Inlet divides the borough into two landmasses. The Kenai Peninsula Borough was incorporated in 1964. The Borough’s governmental responsibilities are comparable to those of a county. The Kenai Peninsula has one of the most diverse economies in Alaska. Major industries such as oil and gas, commercial fishing, and tourism strengthen the economy. Commercial fishing and processing included salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp, clams, scallops, herring, and various groundfish.
For more information, please visit Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Kodiak Island Borough
Kodiak Island Borough’s estimated size is approximately 6,559 sq. miles of land and 5,463 sq. miles of water. The borough contains the entire Kodiak Archipelago and also parts of the Alaska Peninsula that drain into the Pacific Ocean. There are four national wildlife refuges (Kodiak, Alaska Maritime, Becharof, and Alaska Peninsula) with land in the borough, as well as Katmai National Park, and Shuyak and Afognak Islands State Parks. Commercial fishing and seafood processing, logging, recreational hunting and fishing, tourism, and the U.S. Coast Guard fuel Kodiak’s economy.
For more information, please visit Kodiak Island Borough.
Kodiak Village Mayors Association
The Kodiak Village Mayors Association meets on an annual basis. The association consists of representatives from the City of Akhiok, City of Ouzinkie, City of Port Lions, Kodiak Island Borough, City of Kodiak, City of Old Harbor, City of Larsen Bay, and Karluk IRA Tribal Council.
Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition (OSREC)
The mission of the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition (OSREC) is to preserve the integrity of the marine ecosystem and coastal communities of Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. OSREC is comprised of conservation and environmental organization members in the Exxon Valdez oil spill-affected region including Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Alaska Forum for Environmental Responsibility, Cook Inletkeeper, Copper River Watershed Project, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Kodiak Audubon Society, and Prince William Sound Keeper.
Port Graham Corporation
Tucked in a mountainous fjord on the southern tip of the Kenai peninsula, the tiny Alaska Native village of Port Graham sits on the ancestral homeland of the Alutiiq people who once populated the entire coast of Southcentral Alaska. Corporation-owned businesses provide services to the community, including a general store, purchase and distribution of fuel, and management of the corporation’s lands. Port Graham Corp creates and develops businesses which empower and advance local native communities.
For more information, visit Port Graham Corporation.
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp. (PWSAC)
PWSAC is a private non-profit corporation founded in 1974 by a local commercial fishermen’s organization. The purpose of the corporation is to ethically and professionally optimize salmon production in Area E for the long-term well-being of all user groups. Approximately 600 million salmon fry and smolt are produced for release into Pacific waters. The returning adults benefit commercial fishing, sport fishing, personal use, and subsistence users.
For more information, please visit Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.
Tatitlek (meaning “windy place”) is situated in eastern Prince William Sound. It nestles between mountains and sea about 20 miles southwest of Valdez. Most residents of this coastal Alutiiq village pursue a traditional lifestyle based mainly on subsistence. Tatitlek’s economy also includes fish processing and oyster farming. Boats are the primary means of local transportation. There is a state-owned lighted 3,700-foot gravel airstrip and a seaplane landing area. Each year, the village of Tatitlek puts on a heritage festival for students from Alaska schools.
For more information, please visit Chugach Alaska Corporation’s History of Tatitlek page.