King Cove, Alaska Peninsula

King Cove, Alaska Peninsula

by | Dec 27, 2022

King Cove is a small community on the Alaska Peninsula located partially on a spit separating King Cove Bay and King Cove Lagoon, about 18 air miles (29 km) southeast of the village of Cold Bay, Alaska. King Cove Bay is 15 miles (24 km) across and lies between Cold Bay and Belkofski Bay. The village is named for its founder and was originally called King’s Cove by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in 1888.

King Cove has a school, medical clinic, and a post office that was established in 1914. The village is home to a cannery operated by Peter Pan Seafoods. The plant, with origins back to the early 1900s, has the largest salmon canning capacity of any plant in Alaska. All five species of salmon are abundant in the waters near King Cove. King crab, bairdi and opilio tanner crab, pollock, cod, salmon, halibut, and black cod are caught in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska and are processed here throughout the year.

The community is served by the Alaska Marine Highway, a state-operated ferry service that connects villages on the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands to the road network. A partially completed road between King Cove and Cold Bay is awaiting funding for completion. This road would pass through a wilderness area of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge at a projected cost of about $80 million. An earlier project linked the villages with a road and hovercraft but was abandoned due to high maintenance costs. Read more here and here. Explore more of King Cove here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2022 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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