Sole of Discretion CIC - Albacore Tuna
|1 x 260g
Albacore Tuna is caught off the coasts of Oregon and Washington using traditional hook & line methods that allow the fishermen from this long established fishers co-op to focus on quality.
We buy our albacore from Lars on the Aquvik, who fishes for a Cooperative owned by over 575 members fishing the waters of the North Pacific. Each member is a small boat hook & line fisherman and owner of the cooperative, and therefore receives the benefits of ownership.
The Cooperative serve families of small boat fishermen and the health of coastal communities. The cooperative was founded to serve fishermen by getting the fairest price for their catch and giving them access to processing and packaging that they wouldn’t be able to achieve working on their own.
We have chosen to sell albacore tuna rather than yellowfin or bluefin tuna, as the stock is in relatively good shape. Albacore caught by U.S. fleets in the North Pacific Ocean with trolling lines or handlines and hand-operated pole-and-lines are generally rated "Best Choice " by many of the sustainability ratings, such as the Marine Conservation Society. The albacore population in the Pacific is healthy, and overfishing is a low concern. This is in spite of the fact that catches since 2012 have continuously declined, with the 2017 catch of 48,836t being the lowest since 1990 and well below the maximum sustainable yield (a much discredited method of evaluating a fishery mind you, and not one that we rely upon entirely). An explanation for this decline is not available at present. More positively, there's little to no bycatch in this fishery. Management is rated moderately effective overall and recently introduced a precautionary plan to freeze the number of fisherman permitted to catch albacore, though there are no controls on the amount of fish they catch. Because they are caught by hook and line, there's minimal impact on the seafloor, but more information is needed about this fishery's effect on the ecosystem.
Albacore from other fishing areas and caught with drifting longlines or deep-set longlines are on the "Avoid" list of most sustainability rankings so be careful to check how and where your albacore was caught. The catch of bycatch is a major concern, and management for these fisheries is rated ineffective overall.
With a very high oil content, albacore tuna is tasty raw and seared. Albacore tuna has a firm, beef steak type texture, with large flakes and a mild rich taste to it. It has a much lighter colour than yellowfin or bluefin tuna, ranging from a light beige to rosy pink in the raw state. It is also has the most omega-3 amongst the tunas.
Our albacore is sashimi grade, but if you like grilled tuna you will love Albacore - for the best flavour cook a little pink in the centre.
Shelf Life: 5 Days
NOTE: This product is an accepted import.