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Q: What are the health benefits of your albacore?
A: Our wild-caught pacific albacore have no mercury concerns, and are much higher in Omega-3’s, natural fatty acids that protect human heart and brain functions, then most of the popular commercial tuna brands in the grocery store. Sea Fare Pacific albacore is also a great source of high-quality, lean protein. Our earth-friendly pouch also makes eating this super food easy at home or on the go. Just tear the pouch open and enjoy our 100% white meat albacore in its natural juices and oils!
Q: What about mercury? Isn’t albacore higher in mercury than other tuna?
A: Oregon State University recently addressed this question. Its findings showed that troll-caught albacore tuna that were caught off our west coast have much lower mercury levels than the older, larger fish caught off the Asian coast that are used for most of the supermarket brand tunas. Unfortunately, many of the past reported results that show large tuna can exceed the FDA limit, don’t make any distinction between the larger species caught off the foreign coastlines, and our smaller west coast tuna. For example, a recent FDA study showed that canned albacore from common commercial brands had a higher mercury levels than canned “light” tuna. This is, in part, because the albacore in common brands are larger fish caught in the open Pacific, whereas “light” tuna is often the smaller skipjack species. Moreover, the recent research at Oregon State University that did make a distinction between the two species concluded that the mercury levels in the pacific albacore were well below mandated action levels for the U.S. FDA (1.0 ug/g methylmercury) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s mandated action level of 0.5 ug/g total mercury. That’s why we are proud to tout our superior fish at Sea Fare Pacific as a highly nutritious choice with no mercury concerns.
Q: What are the benefits of tuna in a pouch rather than a can?
A: First, you can forget about the mess of draining oils or water, with our earth-friendly pouch, you can simply tear the seal and enjoy. You can also feel good knowing that our albacore tuna in a pouch is better for the environment! It was an easy decision for us to create an unprecedented environmentally-friendly pouch for tuna when we learned that we could ensure the pouches were BPA-free,they utilized less energy and resources to produce, and actually kept the tuna fresher than a can. Our decision was a win-win-win, and we hope you think so too.
Q: What makes this fish taste so much better?
A: One taste and we are sure you will agree that Sea Fare Pacific tastes like Mom’s home canned tuna. The light, mild flavor of pacific albacore is unmatched. Our wild-caught tuna is packed in its natural oils and juices with no preservatives or fillers–pure and simple 100% white meat albacore! And because albacore caught off the west coast have a higher body fat content than the older counterparts caught off the Asian coast, they stay naturally moist without having to add water or other fillers when canned or in our case, hand packed into our convenient and earth-friendly pouch.
Q: What’s the difference between albacore and chunk light tuna?
A: Albacore, often referred to as “chunk white”, are one of the safest fish you can eat provided they are caught in the US Pacific or Canadian Pacific since they are younger and therefore have had less time to build up high levels of mercury. Meanwhile, “chunk light” tuna is a blend of different species that often include meat from high-mercury bigeye tuna, along with less contaminated yellow fin. Therefore, it’s best to avoid “chunk light tuna. Instead, stock up on troll-caught albacore like Sea Fare Pacific’s that are safe to eat and loaded with nutrients.
Q: Where do you get your tuna?
A: We have many dedicated Albacore fishermen that troll off the pristine Oregon, Washington, and California coastlines and catch one fish at a time with a hook and line to keep the earth and ecosystem safe, and to provide the highest-quality, omega-3 packed tuna with no mercury concerns. We only buy from select boats that handle the fish to our high standards. We then prepare our specially selected wild-caught tuna by hand at ice-cold temperatures in Coos Bay Oregon, cooking it only once to preserve its natural oils and flavors.
Q: Is your tuna dolphin safe?
A: Absolutely! Sea Fare Pacific is committed to sustainable fishing habits. Unlike most of the popular commercial tuna brands in the supermarket, we never use the long-line fishing method or nets which often catch unwanted fish like dolphins, sharks, and turtles. We only catch our albacore with hook and line, one at a time, which is the only way to guarantee dolphin safety and keep the entire ecosystem safe. The bottom line is if you eat troll-caught Sea Fare Pacific albacore you will be supporting the U.S. fishing families, helping keep our oceans healthy and eating the most nutritious tuna available with no mercury concerns!
Q: Is your tuna pouch convenient to pack along?
A: We are getting rave reviews about the convenience of our fresh tuna in a pouch from lots of people on the go. In fact, hikers, back packers, bicycle riders, fishermen, and hunters are finding that the pouch is convenient to pack along, and a high-quality source of lean protein to keep them going. Remember, you can just tear open our pouch of 100% pure and simple albacore tuna and eat it. You don’t have to worry about draining any messy oils or water!
Q: Is the pouch really that durable?
A: Yes. Our multi-layered BPA-Free pouch has been perfected over the years and is FDA-approved to be perfectly safe. In fact, in many ways our metal foil pouch is more durable that a can, and will not dent (compromising the seal) if dropped for instance. The technology of our earth-friendly pouch has been used for years in the military for the MRE meals. As durable as it is, we do advise though you do not eat the tuna in the event that the pouch does get damaged.
Q: Is your tuna really 100% US processed and packed?
A: Absolutely! Many of the popular commercial tuna labels in the grocery stores buy and process their tuna in foreign countries like Vietnam, Samoa, and Thailand, but still claim to be a US product. We take great pride in being 100% American owned and sustainable tuna company. We line-catch our albacore off the west coast, and then package and process all of it right here in the US with American employees.
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Line-Caught Wild Albacore
Sea Fare Pacific is committed to sustainable fishing habits, which is why we only offer line-caught Albacore along U.S. shores. This prevents over-fishing as well as the unfortunate consequences of bycatch (catching unwanted fish like dolphins and turtles). Our line-caught Albacore come from the shores of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.
Canned tuna has been popular for more than a century—sometimes canned in mom’s kitchen, but more often purchased at the grocery store. As popular as this container has been, we have come to realize it is taxing on resources and energy when producing. In response, Sea Fare Pacific has chosen to package wild caught Albacore in a pouch—preserving mom’s home-canned taste with a more environmentally-friendly container.
We are often asked a couple of questions about the pouch which you may share: 1) What about the concerns with food cooked in plastic?, and 2) can the pouch be recycled? The answer to the first is that the pouch does NOT contain plastic. In fact, just like the can, the pouch is primarily a metal-based container with Aluminum foil at the center of its four layers. Many Aluminum containers and then lined with BPA, however this is not the case with the Sea Fare Pacific pouch.
The answer to the second question is actually “no,” the pouch cannot be recycled. There may come a point where we can modify the pouch to allow it to be recycled, but even without the ability to recycle the pouch there is a significantly smaller environmental footprint incurred by the pouch. Cans require much more raw material, transportation, and storage that the benefits of the pouch far outweigh is lack of recyclability.
American Caught, Prepared, & Packaged
Albacore tuna that is caught along the shore of the United States is very different than Albacore caught in the South Pacific. American tuna are younger, smaller, and don’t have the heavy metals in their systems like the older, larger Albacore that are more commonly caught by other brands in the South Pacific. These fish often dwell deeper in the ocean and therefore require different catching techniques. They are then processed overseas by cooking away much of the fish’s natural Omega3 goodness—leaving a fraction of the taste and nutrition for shipment back to the U.S. By choosing Sea Fare Pacific, you will find a more nutritious Albacore that is free of the mercury concerns and has travelled a much shorter distance to get to your grocer’s shelf. Plus you are supporting American fishing families when buying Sea Fare Pacific!
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