The coast of Northwest Afognak Island includes small, shallow bays, protected by numerous small rocky islands, islets, rocks, and reefs. The vegetation canopy is dominated by a monotypic old-growth Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) forest. This site includes Ban Island, Foul Bay, Devil?s Inlet Bay, and Bluefox Bay.

Ornithological Summary

This site regularly supports 125-150 breeding pairs of Black Oystercatcher. The area also provides nesting and foraging habitat for many other shorebird and seabird species, including Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Black-legged Kittiwake, Glaucous-winged Gull, Tufted Puffin, Horned Puffin, Pelagic Cormorant, Red-faced Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, and Parakeet Auklet.

Conservation Issues

Greatest threats to this area are primarily from disturbance from recreational and commercial activities.

Ownership

This site is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service -- islands, islets, and offshore rocks, form part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, while coastline above mean high tide mark is part of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

Habitat

The bays of NW Afognak Island are small, shallow, and protected by numerous small islands, islets, rocks, and reefs. Dense monotypic old-growth Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) forest dominates the riparian vegetation lining stream and river valleys combined with dense alder at times. Numerous short coastal watersheds (<40km2) with limited tidal flats associated within the restricted estuarine habitats are present in the area.

Land Use

Use of this area is primarily the full array of recreational activities plus the inventory and monitoring management activities carried out by the Refuges. Occasional disturbance from adjacent commercial fishing probably occurs. An unknown level of subsistence harvest may occur as it does in other areas of the Kodiak archipelago.

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