Focus on fish: Alaska fisheries outlook for 2021

Their fisheries reports are heard on radio stations all over the state, so it’s not surprising that in many fishing families, Laine Welch and Terry Haines are household names.

Laine Welch, producer of Alaska Fish Radio, known by her listeners as “Ms. Fish.”

They joined KTOO’s Rhonda McBride on Juneau Afternoon to take a look at how fishermen are faring in these times of COVID. And that includes some surprising news about just who is buying fish these days.


Terry Haines is a Kodiak fisherman and producer of KMXT’s Alaska Fisheries Report


Also, on Juneau Afternoon: Meet Florence Tong,  crowned by the TOPS group as  the “Alaska Queen of Weight Loss.” TOPS is an acronym for “Take Off Pounds Sensibly,” and Florence explains just how she was able to lose 40 pounds and keep the weight off for more than a year. She also describes the different ways she saw her health improve since taking off the weight.

Florence Tong, before losing 40 pounds in a TOPS program.
Florence Tong, after losing 40 pounds and keeping it off for one year.

Vickie Williams, the head of the Juneau TOPS chapter, joined the conversation and explains how you can become a TOPS member. If you want more details,  go to the TOPS’ website:


Also KTOO’s marketing manager, Jeana Varney, has the latest on KTOO’s annual Seafood Festival fundraiser. A COVID-safe event with the same delicious offerings, only served up as take-out.



This edition of Juneau Afternoon aired on Monday, February 8th. Live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at, and repeated at 4:00 p.m. on KRNN 102.7.