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

Fish Factor: Bering Sea crabbers await 2020-21 catch limits

Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens Oct. 15.

Fish Factor: U.S. Senate debate is on tap for 2020 ComFish Alaska

Kodiak has again scored a first debate between candidates in one of Alaska’s most high-profile political races: the U.S. Senate.

Fish Factor: Pandemic costs to seafood processors are in the millions

Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of it is coming out of pocket.

Fish Factor: Goodfish puts skin in the game to market wild salmon

Snacks that are good for people and the planet now come in the form of crispy chips made from Bristol Bay sockeye salmon skins.

Fish Factor: Gross supports options for affordable health care for all, including harvesters

Dr. Al Gross has promised to be an "independent voice for Alaska," writes Laine Welch.

Fish Factor: Poor salmon returns spell disaster for many communities

Salmon returns have been so poor that communities already are claiming fishery disasters.

Fish Factor: Federal dietary report advises eating more seafood

It got little attention from the mainstream media, but seafood netted some historic firsts in the nation’s new dietary guidelines.

Fish Factor: Seafood industry stakeholders must comment soon on several issues

Alaska’s seafood industry stakeholders have a four-bagger chance to provide input on policy decisions that directly affect their livelihoods: trade, relief payouts for cod and salmon, Board of Fisheries meeting plans and appointees. For several, the window of opportunity is tight.

Fish Factor: Seafood, Alaska’s top export, omitted from federal trade data

Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its No. 1 private employer. More surprising is that those simple-to-find facts are not included in the official trade sheet for Alaska provided by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Fish Factor: Hearing set over controversial Board of Fisheries nominee

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s controversial selections to the state Board of Fisheries will get a legislative hearing in early fall and the call is out for public comments.



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