Prince William Sound Cruise.August 17, 2017
The Chugach Mountains rise high out of the sound. Small islands dot the whole area covered with thick forest. Fishing trawlers are interspersed along the way. We are travelling 110 miles between Whittier and Valdez. There's lots of wildlife along the way as we sail the fjords among glaciers and fresh mountain snow.
We pass by the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. The ship ran aground between Bligh Reef and Bligh Island in the Valdez Arm of Prince William Sound. The Sound's environment and wildlife are largely recovered or recovering.
There's lots of fishing boats out on the Sound but none are fishing yet, they are waiting on a signal to start. The fisheries department first of all must harvest enough to ensure the ongoing hatching for next season. Once the quota is made, the signal is then passed on and fishing can begin. Meanwhile the boats wait on the water for up to a month.Read more