Laine Welch: From sockeye to basketballs, the notable fishing news of 2013

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522Alaska’s seafood industry worked hard again in 2013 to ramp up its message to policymakers, most of whom still tend to overlook the industry’s economic significance to the state and beyond. What is that message? That “the industry” is made up of thousands of small businesses — the fishing boats that each supports one or several families. That the seafood companies in coastal towns provide one of the state’s biggest tax bases. Together, fishing and processing provide more jobs in Alaska than oil and gas, mining, tourism and timber combined. Seafood is Alaska’s top export, far exceeding all other natural resources. Here are some other “news notes” from 2013, in no particular order. Read more @fishradio 12:43