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Laine Welch

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Laine Welch of Kodiak has been covering news of Alaska’s seafood industry for print and broadcast since 1991. Visit her website at www.alaskafishradio.com.

Fish Factor: Federal reports update seafood economy

The U.S. seafood industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy sank a bit, while Alaska’s output increased slightly and dollar values held steady.An eagerly anticipated...

Fish Factor: Salmon season opener coming up quick

Alaska’s salmon season officially gets underway in less than one week!The first fishery for sockeye and king salmon is set for May 18 at...

Fish Factor: Salmon permits on a downward slide

The values of Alaska salmon permits are on a downward slide, while prices for quota shares of other catches continue to skyrocket.Despite an optimistic...

Fisheries trust bill gains steam in Legislature

Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted Alaska’s “graying of the fleet” (the average age of permit holders is 50), and the lack...

Fish Factor: Salmon season looks very promising

A brighter outlook for Alaska’s upcoming salmon season just got even better.Markets are looking good, the statewide salmon catch forecast of 204 million is...

Fish Factor: EM will soon be tracking fish data for longline, pot gear

Automation is coming to Alaska fishing boats in the form of cameras and sensors to track what’s coming and going over the rails.Starting next...

Domestic seafood sales are on an upswing

Seafood sales at American retail stores are on an upswing and should remain that way for the foreseeable future. Better yet – demand for fish...

Navy moves ahead with NE17 plans

The required permits are not yet in hand, but the U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead on its plans to conduct war training...

Fish Factor: Big humpy catch could boost salmon harvest

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest that nearly doubles last year’s catch, due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.An...

Trump budget would slash funds for fisheries

Massive cuts could be in store for the agencies and people who provide the science and stewardship to preserve and protect our planet.The budget...