Tales of Tuna Woe: We Will No Longer Sell Yellowfin Tuna and Hawaiian Albacore Tuna
i love blue sea will no longer be selling "hook & line" caught yellowfin tuna (also know as ahi tuna) or long-line caught albacore tuna from Hawaii.
Concerns: Overfishing, Fraud
Tuna stocks in many parts of the world are currently being overfished. Bluefin tuna, once considered garbage fish and used for pet food, is now prized for its taste, and has been hunted to the brink of extinction. Their populations are struggling because they reproduce late in life, so many are killed before they have a chance to produce offspring. We at i love blue sea are unwavering optimists, and believe that the world will curb it's bluefin tuna diet before they are fished to the point of extinction. Unfortunately, bluefin tuna are not the only tuna species affected by human activity. Yellowfin (ahi) tuna populations around the world are also being over-fished, and if bluefin tuna goes the way of the extinct Dodo bird, then yellowfin will most certainly follow suit. We want to proactively encourage people away from these fish before they are endangered. In a fishery where long-lining is the norm, and seafood fraud is disturbingly widespread, we also no longer felt confident that the fish we were receiving had been caught using sustainable hook & line methods. We hope, in time, that this will change.
Hawaiian Albacore (Tombo), long-line caught
Concerns: Catch Method, Bycatch
Long line gear contains thousands of hooks that extend for many miles in the ocean. The fisherman are intending to target a species, which in this case is Hawaiian albacore tuna, but in the process inadvertently catch hundreds of sharks, sea turtles, and sea birds, which are then discarded dead overboard. Hawaii has implemented the use of circle hooks, which has greatly reduced the amount of bycatch. However, bycatch is still a serious concern within this fishery. We feel much more confident supporting and selling the hook & line caught Pacific albacore tuna because the stocks are healthy, and the catch method is far less destructive to delicate ocean ecosystems. Not to mention, it is delicious!
Together, by supporting fisherman using sustainable fishing practices, we can ensure healthy oceans for generations to come.