National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Big ups to Weight Watchers for extolling the benefits of wild salmon to its weight-conscious membership.

I know this because I am a member of Weight Watcher Nation. I joined in January through a group here at the office, hoping to shed the infuriating number of pounds that have crept on over the years. Unfortunately, tapping away at a computer keyboard each day doesn't quite burn off enough calories to offset the amount of fast food that I was consuming all too often.

Hence, rather than look like a tuxedo-clad Oompa-Loompa when I get married next summer, I decided to start exercising more and eating less. And I figured I'd make better nutritional progress in Weight Watchers than I would if left to my own devices. If the organization is good enough for Charles Barkley, the legendary Round Mound of Rebound, then it's good enough for me.

Hence, every Tuesday, I head to a WW meeting for a weigh-in and communion with the other group members. And in one of the weekly handouts we received this week, we learned why the organization lists wild salmon, but not farmed salmon, as a Power Food.

Power Foods are those that are deemed the most filling, yet have the lowest values in Weight Watchers' points system (everything you eat is given a points value) while having the most positive impact on health.

Weight Watchers gives wild salmon the nod because they get more exercise than the farmed variety. That makes wild salmon much leaner with a higher proportion of protein and less fat. "Thus," the handout says, "wild salmon have lower energy density than their farm-raised cousins."

That's just another arrow in the quiver of the health benefits omega-3-rich wild salmon offers consumers. And I can happily chow down on a tasty source of protein that will help whip me into tuxedo shape.

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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