DEC Extends Public Comment Period for Oil Spill Regulations to March 16, 2020

Commissioner Jason Brune of the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to give the public 60 more days to weigh in on the Department’s regulatory review of Alaska’s oil discharge prevention and contingency plans regulations and Alaska’s oil spill response planning laws. For more information and a link to comment with DEC, read our latest e-newsletter.

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee Seeking Members

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee (CIHSC) is a non-profit organization that serves as a forum to promote safe, efficient, and environmentally sound maritime operations in the Cook Inlet.  You can learn more about our mission and activities at The CIHSC Managing Board is now soliciting interested applications to fill the following vacant stakeholder » Learn More

CIRCAC partners with Marathon Petroleum Corp., AVTEC to offer new scholarship to merchant mariners

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) has partnered with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to jointly fund an annual $2500 scholarship for students training at the Alaska Maritime Training Center. The Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward is a US Coast Guard-approved training facility which offers a flow of courses needed to become an approved USCG » Learn More

CIRCAC Recertified through 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified CIRCAC to continue as Cook Inlet’s alternative voluntary advisory group permitted under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CIRCAC received the news in a letter dated August 2. Since its creation in 1990 under OPA 90, CIRCAC has consistently been recertified without exception. In his letter, Rear Admiral M. » Learn More

Read CIRCAC’s final tanker self-arrest study

The purpose of this report is to better understand the capabilities of crude oil tank vessels (oil tankers) to self-arrest. The water depth of Cook Inlet affords tankers the capability to utilize their anchor gear to self-arrest their motion. Due to Cook Inlet’s environmental conditions including currents, wind, and ice, this study provides an assessment » Learn More

CIRCAC holds Annual and Board Meeting Friday, April 6

CIRCAC holds its Annual and Council Meeting at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building in Kenai on Friday, April 6. The meeting is open to the public. Click here, to view the Board Packet and Agenda.

CIRCAC Releases 2016 Annual Report

CIRCAC applies for U.S. Coast Guard recertification to 2018.

CIRCAC has submitted our application to the U.S. Coast Guard for recertification through August 2018. Public comment is now being accepted for our recertification application. A copy of CIRCAC’s application to the USCG is available at the corporate office at 8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK. The deadline for public comment to the USCG is 31 » Learn More

CIRCAC awards $5000 in scholarships to Cook Inlet students

May 4, 2016—Kenai—Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) announces the selection of recipients for the 2016 CIRCAC Memorial Scholarships. For the second year, CIRCAC is awarding scholarships to honor the memories of Captain Barry Eldridge and James Carter to deserving Cook Inlet students who are seeking to advance our mission of promoting environmentally safe » Learn More

Artists paint Alaska “ShoreZone”

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) is hosting the first exhibit of original art based on photographs taken of Alaska’s stunning coastline through the Alaska ShoreZone partnership. ShoreZone is a coastal habitat mapping method that uses high resolution digital imagery to help classify coastal features into useable and searchable data. The imagery and » Learn More