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: Salmon profits are up over 2018 fishery

Alaska’s 2019 salmon season was worth $657.6 million to fishermen, a 10 percent increase from the 2018 fishery.
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Fish Factor: SE Alaska residents oppose roadless rule exemption for Tongass

The federal government’s plan to raze more roads through the Tongass National Forest is facing strong headwinds from fishermen, Native groups and coastal communities throughout Southeast Alaska.
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Fish Factor: Stakeholders meeting set on sea otter predation

They're certainly cute, but the voracious appetites of sea otters continue to cause horrendous damage to some of Southeast Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries.
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Fish Factor: ADF&G taking closer look at kelp farming

As more Alaskans eye the lucrative opportunities in growing kelp, many others are heading to beaches at Lower Cook Inlet to commercially harvest the detached bunches that wash ashore. That practice is now getting a closer look by state managers and scientists and could result in new regulations by year’s end.

Fish Factor: Fisheries board to get update on impacts of climate change

Hundreds of fishery stakeholders and scientists will gather in Anchorage next week as the state Board of Fisheries begins its annual meeting cycle with a two-day work session. The fish board and the public will learn the latest on how a changing climate and off-kilter ocean chemistry are affecting some of Alaska’s most popular seafood items.

Fish Factor: Change urged in halibut bycatch limits

Halibut catches fluctuate based on the ups and downs of the stock from California to the farthest reaches of the Bering Sea. If the numbers decline, so do the catches of commercial and sport fishermen. But similar reductions don’t apply to the boats taking millions of pounds of halibut as bycatch in other fisheries.
Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor. (Sept. 12, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Fish Factor: Funding Young Fishermen’s Development Act would help train future generations

The nation’s farmers of the sea are hoping for a helping hand from Uncle Sam to train future generations of fishermen. It would mirror programs in place for nearly 160 years for U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Fisherman Bret Bradford pilots the F/V Nerka out of Cordova Harbor. (Aug. 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Fish Factor: Federal fisheries council will offer workshop on how it works

Federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries will meet in Homer for the first time since 1983 as they continue their pursuit of involving more people in policy making.

Sockeye salmon harvest was highlight of 2019 season

“Unpredictable” is the way salmon managers describe Alaska’s 2019 salmon season, with “very, very interesting” as an aside.

Seafood benefits to be considered in dietary guidelines update

Federal agencies are meeting now through next March to define U.S. dietary guidelines for 2020-2025, and a high-powered group of doctors and nutritionists are making sure the health benefits of seafood are front and center.

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