Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Region

Icon of Blue Goose Compass. Click on the compass to view a map of the refuge (pdf)


Research Ship Tiglax

M/V Tiglax. Brian Anderson, USFWS. Click to Enlarge

M/V Tiglax Sails for Science

The M/V Tiglax provides critical support for biological work and management programs on the far-flung lands of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

The M/V Tiglax (TEKH-lah - Aleut for eagle) and its crew work for the Refuge as its research and transportation support vessel. In a season, the Tiglax may sail to islands in Southeast Alaska, the far western end of the Aleutian Chain, and into the Bering Sea, typically traveling, 15,000 to 20,000 nautical miles.

Sea-going Research Platform
Seabird surveys
Oceanographic studies
Marine mammal studies
Fish studies

Transport to Field Camps (personnel and supplies)
Seabird and marine mammal monitoring
Biological inventories
Invasive species management
Archaeological investigations

Chartering the Tiglax

Depending on space available on board or in the schedule, other agencies or universities may apply with projects that contribute to the understanding of marine resources and their management.

To find out about charter costs, availability and the Tiglax schedule contact: (attention Tiglax scheduler)

Tiglax Quick Facts
2012 Tiglax Field Season Report (pdf)
2011 Tiglax Field Season Report (pdf)
2010 Tiglax Field Season Report (pdf)
2009 Tiglax Field Season Report (pdf)
2008 Tiglax Field Season Report(pdf)
Sailing for Science Fact Sheet (pdf)

Last updated: January 2, 2014