CIRCAC recertified to 2017

August 24, 2016—Kenai, AK–The U.S. Coast Guard has approved recertification for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) for the 24th consecutive year without exception. Each year, CIRCAC must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard in order to continue operations as the federally mandated regional citizens’ advisory council for Cook Inlet. The U.S. » Learn More

Alaska can’t afford to let oil prices determine spill prevention, by Mike Munger

Among the many lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez oil spill was that it was almost inevitable. “Success bred complacency; complacency bred neglect; neglect increased the risk—until the right combination of errors finally led to an accident of disastrous proportions.” (Alaska Oil Spill Commission 1990.) To combat that complacency, Congress created Regional Citizens Advisory Councils. » Learn More

AOOS launches new Cook Inlet beluga whale portal

AOOS Launches New Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal

CIRCAC releases its 2015 Annual Report

In 2015 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary since creation under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. In our 2015 Annual Report, we chose to focus on the year’s highlights and have created a more comprehensive online report to mark our 25 Years in the Inlet. 

Sue Saupe receives Ocean Leadership Award

The Alaska SeaLife Center has recognized CIRCAC’s Director of Science and Research for a 2016 Ocean Leadership Award. Sue Saupe is being recognized for her contribution to ocean literacy through education, media or other communication about Alaska’s marine ecosystems. Sue Saupe has been with CIRCAC since 1996. As Director of Science and Research, she created » Learn More

CIRCAC Board of Directors Update

CIRCAC’s Board of Directors held its final meeting of the year at the Hotel Captain Cook on Thursday and Friday, December 3 & 4. The two-day meeting presented an update of 25 years of progress in environmental monitoring and assessment, oil spill prevention and response in Cook Inlet, as well as updates from Larry Persily » Learn More

US Coast Guard has activated Phase I of Cook Inlet Ice Guidelines

Update: Given cold temperatures causing a significant buildup of ice in upper Cook Inlet, the US Coast Guard has actived Phase I of the Cook Inlet Ice Guidelines, effective December 16, 2015. For more updates, visit the Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee website.

CIRCAC recertified to 2016

August 31, 2015—Kenai, AK—The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) has been recertified by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Rear Admiral D. B. Abel, Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, notified CIRCAC of its recertification in a letter dated August 20. CIRCAC, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, was first certified in 1991 a year after » Learn More

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee Managing Board extends deadline to apply for membership

This application period is now closed. June 9, 2015–The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee Managing Board is extending the solicitation for applications for membership on the Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee until July 1, 2015 for the following voting member seats: Commercial Fishing Organization Environmental Organization Marine Oil Terminal Operators Tanker Operators Liquefied Natural Gas » Learn More

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee seeking members

Posted: May 23, 2015 – 10:06pm  |  Updated: May 23, 2015 – 10:15pm By BEN BOETTGER Peninsula Clarion The proposed Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is another step closer to reality. After writing and receiving comments on a draft charter, the group’s convening committee is searching for another essential organizational element: members. The Harbor Safety Committee is being assembled » Learn More