Aleutians East Borough
The Aleutians East Borough includes the communities of Akutan, Cold Bay, False Pass, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, and Sand Point. Commercial fishing and seafood processing are the driving force of the region's economy. Salmon, crab, pollock, halibut, rockfish, and other species are harvested by both local and non-resident fishermen and processed in local facilities. In 2001, seafood-processing jobs accounted for 90 percent of the borough's private sector wage and salary employment.
Cold Bay is located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula. It is important as the major air transportation hub of the region, connecting the surrounding villages and most of the borough with Anchorage. It is also the home of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. A second wildlife refuge, The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge covers much of the Aleutian chain. Both are administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.