Bluefox Bay, Afognak Island

Bluefox Bay (or Blue Fox Bay) is on the northwest coast of Afognak Island off of Shelikof Strait. The bay extends south for about 5 miles (8 km) from Shuyak Strait that separates Afognak from Shuyak Island. The bay is named for a fox farm that once occupied an island near the entrance.

The bay has an entrance about 2 miles (3.2 km) wide but only the eastern channel is navigable by large boats. Teck Island, Hogg Island, and Bear Island are the three principal islands in Bluefox Bay. On a spit on the south coast of Hogg Island are buildings of an abandoned herring reduction plant, now used as a residence and for the storage of fishing gear. A remote public use cabin is located further in the bay on the western shore.

A marine debris cleanup program was started here by local residents in 2012 with support from the Marine Conservation Alliance, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Funding was provided by the Japanese government to clean up tsunami-related debris. Over 32,000 pounds (14,500 kg) of debris were collected. Fishing gear including nets, lines and buoys made up the largest proportion by weight. Most of the material was plastic including countless single-use items such as drinking bottles, caps, and food packaging. Read more here and here, and see a short video here. Download the latest version and open the CoastView app to explore more of Bluefox Bay here: