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: Lawmakers making fast work of fish bills

Legislators have gutted several bills widely supported by Alaska fishermen, writes Laine Welch.

Fish Factor: Commercial fisheries aid subsistence, personal use harvesters

Strong science is necessary to keep Alaska's fisheries bringing in abundant revenues, writes Laine Welch.
Cambryn McKay, fourth grade winner of AK Fish Heritage contest, 2019. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Forever

Fish Factor: ASMI report has myriad of fish facts

A new report draws a vivid and easy-to-understand picture of the state of Alaska fisheries, writes Laine Welch.

Fish Factor: Payments coming for pink salmon run failure

t’s been a long time coming, but payments should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and coastal communities hurt by the 2016 pink salmon run failure, the worst in 40 years.

Fish Factor: Unknowns remain on OA threat to salmon

Alaskans saw salmon die offs last summer across the state when water temperatures soared into the mid-70s to above 80 degrees in some regions. But what about threats to salmon from the accompanying global gorilla - increased acidity?
Photo courtesy of The Lazy Artist Gallery/Pexels

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.
Photo courtesy of James Ahlberg/Unsplash

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.
Photo courtesy of S. Hermann & F. Richter/Pixabay

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.



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