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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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