Montague Island (Alaska)

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Montague Island at low tide in 2010
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Montague Island lies in the Gulf of Alaska at the entrance to Prince William Sound, Alaska. The island has a land area of 790.88 km² (305.36 sq mi), making it the 26th largest island in the United States. As of the 2000 census, Montague did not have a permanent resident population, making it at that time the largest uninhabited island in the United States.[1] Since then, the 2010 abandonment of the Coast Guard station on Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands, which at 344.7 square miles is larger than Montague Island, causes Attu to claim that title. Montague Island is well known among sport fishing out of the Seward port as it is referred to as 'The Land of the Giants'. In 2007 it produced a 350 lb halibut and many boats full of fish over 100 lbs. Montague Island was named by Captain James Cook in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, one of his greatest supporters.

The island's coastal ecology has been subject to 'unprecedented amounts of ocean trash' transported by wind and currents from Japan's March 2011 tsunami, according to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, in May 2012.[2] A large scale clean-up began on 22 May 2012, funded by The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation.


  1. ^ Montague Island: Block 1061, Census Tract 3, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska United States Census Bureau
  2. ^ Patrick Chandler, Special Programs Coordinator (15 May 2012). "The First Wave of Tsunami Debris Cleanup" (PDF). Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Retrieved 24 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 60°06′33″N 147°20′28″W / 60.10917°N 147.34111°W / 60.10917; -147.34111