Archibald wins election as president of PWSRCAC

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council held its fourth annual fishing vessel oil spill response training tour in Whittier. Photo courtesy of Amanda Johnson/PWSRCAC

Long-time Homer resident Robert Archibald, a Coast Guard veteran who served for years as chief engineer for Crowley Maritime Corp., has been elected president of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council.

“The council’s work has never been more important,” said Archibald. “It is crucial we not forget the reasons that led to the creation of this organization and continue to work together to maintain the record of safe, efficient transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound. Memories of the Exxon Valdez oil spill run deep in our minds. Not since regulations were put in place as the result of that spill has the state been so challenged in maintaining these high standards.”

In elections held during a virtual meeting May 6-7, the council also elected Amanda Bauer, a tour boat captain for Stan Stephens Cruises in Valdez, as vice president.

Bob Shavelson, executive director of Cook Inletkeeper in Homer, was elected as secretary, and Wayne Donaldson, a fisheries management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak, as treasurer.

Those elected to the three members-at large seats are Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corp., Robert Beedle, representing the city of Cordova, and Rebecca Skinner, representing Kodiak Island Borough.