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: Crab shell chitosan has new life in textiles

Most people are unaware that the materials that make up our carpets, clothing, car seats and mattresses are coated with chemicals that act as fire retardants, odor preventors, antifungals and anti-microbials. Now, crab shells from Alaska are providing the same safeguards in a bio-friendly way.

Fish Factor: Early ex-vessel salmon prices are way up from 2020

Early prices to Alaska salmon fishermen are trickling in and as anticipated they are up across the board.

Fishery managers say sockeye catches in Bristol Bay are ‘unprecedented’

"Unprecedented" is how fishery managers are describing sockeye catches at Bristol Bay, which topped 1 million fish for seven days straight at the Nushagak district and neared the 2 million mark on several days.

Fish Factor: New phone app helps fishermen report climate change impact

Now a new phone app is making sure fishermen's real-life, real-time observations are included in scientific data.

Fish Factor: Demand soars for crab to cook at home

Crab has been one of the hottest commodities since the COVID pandemic forced people in 2020 to buy and cook seafood at home, and demand is even higher this year.

Fish Factor: Founding members sought for Alaska Mariculture Alliance

Alaskans who are engaged in or interested in mariculture are invited to become founding members of the newly formed Alaska Mariculture Alliance.

Fish Factor: Projected overall salmon harvest is for 190M fish

Eager buyers are awaiting Alaska salmon from fisheries that are opening almost daily across the state, and it’s easy to track catches and market trends for every region.

Fish Factor: Alaskan interest in growing kelp just keeps growing

Alaskan interest in growing kelp continues to outpace that of shellfish, based on applications filed during the annual window that runs from January through April.

Fish Factor: Old fishing gear is being repurposed into Grudens casual wear

Grundéns is using recycled plastics from old fishing gear for a new line of rugged casual wear, and the first batch contains contributions from Cordova.

Fish Factor: ASMI left to fend for itself with pandemic economic challenges

Alaska’s lone seafood marketing arm gets zero budget from the state and to date, has received no pandemic funds.



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