, sometimes known as Bligh Island Reef
, is a reef
off the coast of Bligh Island
in Prince William Sound
. This was the location of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill
. After the incident, US Code 33 § 2733 mandated the operation of an automated navigation light to prevent future collisions with the reef. Bligh Reef is also where Alaska Steamship Company
's Olympia ran aground in 1910
Bligh Reef serves as a fishing ground for halibut and a harvesting area for shrimp. The nearest town is Tatitlek, which lies 7 miles to the northeast.
The reef was named after William Bligh, of future Bounty fame, who served as Master aboard ship during James Cook's third world voyage.