Contact Point is located on the western shore of lower Cook Inlet at Kamishak Bay. It forms the southeast border of Bruin Bay. A large seabird nesting colony exists here. Extensive eelgrass beds in the Contact Point tidelands provide important nursery habitat for salmon and shellfish and spawning Pacific herring.

Ornithological Summary

Over one thousand seabirds, representing seven species, nest at Contact Point, including 30 pairs of Red-faced Cormorants, an Audubon Alaska Watchlist species of conservation concern. Pelagic Cormorants (250 birds), Common Murres (500), Pigeon Guillemots (24) and Tufted and Horned Puffins (6 and 12 respectively) also breed here [1].

Large numbers (54 birds/km2) of seaducks (primarily scoters) raft in nearby waters during spring months. Gulls (55 birds/km2) , diving ducks (24 birds/km2) and dabbling ducks (17 birds/km2) are also common in spring; densities drop dramatically by summer [4].

Conservation Issues

Aquaculture/fisheries and natural resource extraction industry.

Ownership

The Exxon Valsez Oil Spill Trustee Council has endowed a Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) program to conduct long-term research and monitoring efforts in the northern Gulf of Alaska, which includes Kamishak Bay and hence involves Contact Point. The mission of GEM is to: Sustain a healthy and biologically diverse marine ecosystem in the northern Gulf of Alaska and the human use of the marine resources in that ecosystem through greater understanding of how its productivity is influenced by natural changes and human activities. The GEM program will use four highly interdependent natural systems in the Gulf of Alaska -- nearshore, watersheds, Alaska Coastal Current, and offshore habitats - as a tool to organize and provide focus to the overall program. The Cook Inlet Regional Citizen's Advisory Council (CIRCAC) will continue to conduct aerial video imaging at low tide in Kamishak Bay. The mapping characterizes the general morphology (substrates) and biological habitat types for the intertidal zone [3].