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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.
Trident Seafoods’ mobile kitchen, a retrofitted FedEx truck, offers consumers pollock burgers, fish and chips and more. Photo courtesy of Trident Seafoods

Fish Factor: Trident promotes Alaska Pollock via mobile kitchen

Alaska pollock is the nation’s largest food fishery, usually producing more than three billion pounds each year. The flaky whitefish dominates in fish sticks,...

Fish Factor: Challenging year ahead for commercial fleets

It’s going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen.Following on the heels of announcements of a massive drop in cod stocks, the...

Fish Factor: Company promotes farmed fish to save wild seafood

Recurring news headlines that have widely circulated about alarming declines of Pacific salmon have spawned a savvy new marketing strategy that tells consumers they...

Skill building is key to Young Fishermen’s Summit

The biggest year classes of Alaska fishermen are phasing out of the business and fewer young cohorts are recruiting in. The Alaska Young Fishermen’s...

Fish Factor: Flatulence on an epic scale is revealing

Got gas?  “Not since the campfire scene in Mel Brooks’s film Blazing Saddles has the world been exposed to flatulence on such an epic scale.”So...

Fish Factor: Five Alaska fisheries ports rank in nation’s top 10

Seafood Super PowerAlaska is the nation’s super power with five Alaska ports ranking in the top 10 for seafood landings and values.“Dutch Harbor keeps...

Fish Factor: Cautious optimism abounds for permit prices

It’s steady as she goes for the values of Alaska salmon fishing permits, with upticks in the wind at several fishing regions.“There’s a lot...

Fish Factor: Alaska’s fishing industry workforce is nearly 60,000 strong

Alaska’s fishing fleet of 9,400 vessels would span nearly 71 miles if lined up from bow to stern.And Alaska’s fishing industry catches and processes...
Giant Kelp

Fish Factor: Kelp could be potential source of biofuel

Editor’s note: The first item in this column is simply a long-term research project looking at the feasibility of producing biofuels in Alaska waters at...
Gulf of Alaska

Fish Factor: GOA cod shows recruitment failure

Fishing outlooks for some of Alaska’s largest catches are running the gamut from celebratory (salmon) to relief (Bering Sea crab) to catastrophic (cod). First the...

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