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.

Lightly seasoned salmon strips are a tasty, health baby food

“I also wanted to honor our indigenous families and traditions and share how natural, nutrient-rich omega strips can be so good for a little one to enjoy. Instead of a cookie or cracker, a frozen salmon strip,” said Zoi Maroudas, Bambino’s founder and operator.

Fish Factor: Alaska’s total salmon catch down 44% from 2019

Tamped down prices due to toppled markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with low salmon returns to many Alaska regions added up to reduced paychecks for fishermen and will mean lower tax revenues for fishing communities.

Fish Factor: Commercial harvesting job numbers swing below five-year average

The number of boots on deck in Alaska has declined and most fisheries have lost jobs over the past five years. Overall, Alaska’s harvesting sector ticked downward by 848 jobs from 2015 through 2019.

Fish Factor: Some ups, mostly downs for salmon permit values

After a salmon season that successfully fished its way through a pandemic and upturned markets, the value of Alaska salmon permits is ticking up in two regions while toppling in others.

Fish Factor: PWS fisheries board meeting set for March 30-April 5 in Cordova

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water. And Alaska legislators will be distracted by hearings for hundreds of unconfirmed appointments as they tackle contentious budgets and other pressing issues.

Fish Factor: Collapsible pots keep whales off of black cod catch

Light-weight collapsible pots prevent whales from pirating pricey black cod from longline hooks and give a break to small boats.

Commentary: Vote for healthy oceans and thriving coastal communities

For Sen. Dan Sullivan, party loyalty is more important than the will of the Alaska public, writes Laine Welch.

Fish Factor: Young fishermen get financial help to buy into longline fisheries

More young Alaskans are officially among the next generation of professional fishermen and ocean stewards to hail from Cordova, Haines, Homer, Ketchikan and Sitka.

Fish Factor: Lower supply pushed up price of wild Pacific salmon

Now that the 2020 pack of Alaska salmon has been caught and put up, stakeholders will get a better picture of how global prices may rise or fall.

Fish Factor: 2020 seafood harvest in line with previous years

Some surprising results are revealed in the first of a series of briefing papers showing how Alaska’s seafood industry has been affected by the pandemic from dock to dinner plates.

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