Laine Welch

Laine Welch of Kodiak has been covering news of Alaska’s seafood industry for print and broadcast since 1991. Visit her website at
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Fish Factor: Picks and pans for 2019

Every year since 1991 Fish Factor has selected “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry — a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights.

Fish Factor: Groundfish fisheries open 2020 seafood season

Cod, pollock and tanner crab fisheries have been "open for business" since Jan. 1, writes Laine Welch.
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Fish Factor: 2020 state cod fishery will have limits, staggered openers

They say good things come in small packages, and that’s the case for Alaska cod fishermen heading into the new year.
A new card game teaches players how to identify wild Alaska sea critters and more. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fish Factor: Deal yourself a lesson in Alaska fisheries

A deck of clever playing cards is teaching people about one of Alaska’s most popular yet fragile fishing favorites: rockfish.
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Fish Factor: Seaweed will give economy a boost

An ongoing mariculture initiative aims to develop a $100 million industry in 20 years, writes Laine Welch.
Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor. (Sept. 12, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Fish Factor: Lower catch limits expected for Pacific halibut

Lower catches for Pacific halibut are in the forecast for the foreseeable future.

Fish Factor: Good fishery boosts value of Alaska salmon permits

The value of Alaska salmon permits has ticked upwards in regions that experienced a good fishery this year while others have tanked.

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.
sea otter

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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