Unangax have occupied Atka for thousands of years. Their first contact with Russians occurred in 1747, when Atka became an important trade site and safe harbor for the Russians. Atka has been rebuilding since the Aleut evacuation and internment during World War II. The village was burnt to the ground by the U.S. government to prevent the Japanese forces from using it.
Atka is located on Atka Island, 1,100 miles from Anchorage on the southwest shore of Nazan Bay near a deep, protected anchorage. The location of the island allows relatively easy access to the Bering Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The community is adjacent to rich Pacific cod, pollock, sablefish, Atka mackerel, and Aleutian Islands golden king crab.
In 1994, APICDA and the Atka Fishermen’s Association formed Atka Pride Seafoods to process halibut and sablefish, operating seasonally from May through September. The plant has provided good-paying jobs and advancement opportunities for residents and supports the City of Atka through raw fish taxes. APICDA also owns and operates the Nazan Bay Inn, a small hotel providing lodging for processors and visitors.
Additional APICDA investments in Atka include funding for the floating dock, the city dock, playground equipment, the hydro plant, Fishermen’s Association grants, clinic boiler replacement, post office improvements, culture camp sponsorships, school grants, water and sanitation improvements, generator repairs, street lighting upgrades, city duplex, fuel subsidies and planning for the new health clinic (please see video on health clinic project at the bottom of this page).
Atka needs a new health clinic; find out more about their critically important clinic replacement project below. APICDA was proud to support the making of this video.