Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, some damage heals, some effects linger in Prince William Sound.
Steve Provant, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's on-scene clean-up co-ordinator, examines oily rocks on Green Island, June 25, 1989 in Prince William Sound.
In this April 9, 1989 file photo, crude oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez, top, swirls on the surface of Alaska's Prince William Sound near Naked Island. The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989, and within hours unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline. Twenty five years later, the region, its people and its wildfire are still recovering
Troy Adamson, left, and Nicolette Heaphy clean a cormorant that had been covered in oil at the bird cleanng center in Valdez, Alaska, April 4, 1989. Birds and other animals have been covered in oil as a result of the massive spill from the tanker Exxon Valdez that ran aground in Prince William Sound on March 24.
Thick crude oil washed up on the cobble beach of Evans Island sticks to the boots and pants of a local fisherman in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on April 11, 1989. The Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill on March 24 has blackened hundreds of miles of coastline.
Robert J. Kopchak standing by a sign in front of the Fisherman's Union Hall in Cordova, Alaska. Kopchak lost a quarter of his earnings when the lucrative Pacific herring fishery crashed in the 1990s after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
In this April 16, 1989, file photo, a clean-up worker rakes through crude oil, contained by floating booms off the waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska. The oil, contained here in Snug Harbor off Knight Island, was later sucked off the water by a U.S. Coast Guard skimmer.
The terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline in Valdez, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez loaded up at the terminus and then ran aground near Bligh Reef in March 1989, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude in Prince William Sound.
A sign hanging outside the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in March 1989, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude in Prince William Sound, many fisheries were hurt by the disaster and many fishermen lost boats or homes.
Fisherman Bernie Culbertson was preparing to fish cod when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in March 1989. The spill changed life for many in Valdez, and he said the bottom fell out of the price for fish. Many fishermen lost boats or their homes.
Mark Swanson, director of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council in Valdez, Alaska. Swanson said government and industry officials failed to keep promises that oil could be shipped safely ahead of the March 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. But since then, laws have been passed to require double-hulled tankers, which are escorted by two escort tugs to the Gulf of Alaska Two Coast Guard watchers monitor ship positions, as does radar. There's also radar monitoring icebergs.
Vessels float in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in March 1989, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude in Prince William Sound, many fisheries were hurt by the disaster and many fishermen lost boats or homes.
A sea otter in the bay near the ferry dock in Valdez, Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey report released Feb. 28, concludes sea otters in Alaska's Prince William Sound have recovered to levels seen before the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly 25 years ago.
In this April 1989 file photo, an oil soaked bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.