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

Seafood benefits to be considered in dietary guidelines update

Federal agencies are meeting now through next March to define U.S. dietary guidelines for 2020-2025, and a high-powered group of doctors and nutritionists are making sure the health benefits of seafood are front and center.

Fish Factor: Some layoffs likely in ADF&G

“Now that the salmon season is about over, we’re taking a good close look at this and what we’re going to put in the water next season,” Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang said.

Fish Factor: Interest in shellfish, seaweed farms growing

"Underwater and out of sight are the makings of a major Alaska industry with two anchor crops that clean the planet while pumping out lots of cash: shellfish and seaweed," writes Laine Welch.

Boot camp’s aim is jump starting, nurturing businesses

Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor on Aug. 5, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova TimesInvestment...

Fish Factor: Trade war with China hit US seafood industry hard

It’s been one year, so how’s that trade war with China working out for the nation’s seafood industry? As with farmers, there’s...

ADF&G faces research project funding

Fisheries fare better than most people in terms of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts. Just under $1 million was cut from the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, leaving it with an $85 million budget, half from state general funds.

Sharing of local fish taxes so far escapes veto axe

One fisheries item that appears to have escaped Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto pen so far is his desire to divert local fish taxes...

Pink salmon dominate early harvest

The biggest fish story for Alaska’s salmon season so far is the early plug of pinks at the South Alaska Peninsula. 

New law creates headache for fishing vessel owners

A well-intended new Alaska law has gone awry from a botched roll out that has turned thousands of Alaskan fishing vessel, tender, barge and...

Salmon season is off to a mixed start

Salmon dominates the summer fishing headlines, but it’s among many other fisheries going on throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. 



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