American Tuna was formed by Six American Pole & Line fishing families in San Diego California in 2005. The Mission of American Tuna is to provide a high quality sustainable canned albacore tuna customers can buy directly from the source. Using a traditional harvest and packing method, we offer the highest quality, all-natural, tuna pack on the market. American Tuna started in just two Whole Foods Markets in our hometown of San Diego and have expanded in to every Whole Foods location Nationwide as well as many other organic markets, restaurants, deli’s, and catering companies. Our products are hand filleted & hand packed Premium Albacore Loins. The Tuna steaks are packed in the can by hand raw, sealed, and pressure-cooked, packing itself in fish oil. No added oil, water, soy, other fish, just premium albacore in its own natural fish oil. The packing method gives the customer approximately 7,800mg’s of Omega 3 per 6oz serving naturally, by not baking the product prior to canning, the Omega 3 retention is 100%, No Draining! The Fish Oil in the Can should be included with the Albacore while breaking up the Steak.
At American Tuna we have 100% Traceability for every single albacore harvested, meaning we can trace our final canned and labeled product back to the vessel that caught it! American Tuna is caught using the MSC Certified Sustainable Pole & Line Harvest Method in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Packed by Hand in Oregon, our cans are BPA Free, and manufactured in America. Pole & Line caught Albacore Tuna are on average 12 - 20lbs, making them Naturally Low in Mercury, we test yearly for Mercury concentrations with Columbia food labs. American Tuna is ranked as the “Best Specialty Tuna” by Bon Appétit and has been featured as “Tuna you can Trust” by Martha Stewart Living.
The quality of canned tuna has decreased over the last few decades as almost all commercial tuna fishing and canning has been outsourced to foreign countries. Unknown to many, the fact the West Coast of the U.S. was the Tuna Capital of the World for almost a hundred years. This transition to foreign flagged vessels led to the decline of west coast fishing communities and a subsequent decline in the quality of canned tuna in general. The West Coast of the U.S. is reliant on this fishery to support the small ports and towns that make up this beautiful coastline. Supporting American Tuna is supporting the preservation of artisanal fishermen, micro-canneries, and fishing families who helped pioneer the West Coast of the U.S.
American Tuna utilizes 100% of the Albacore Tuna we process. We hand filleted the premium cuts off the albacore for canning and currently the remainder of the whole round is utilized for bait for both the crab and eel fisherman. There are new and sustainable industries emerging and will be utilizing the remainder of the whole round in sustainable, fertilizer, protein supplements, fish oil supplements, etc.
American Tuna purchases & processes only MSC certified sustainable pole & line albacore from the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA). AAFA is comprised of 100% U.S certified pole & line vessels. These fishermen and AAFA have strict quality standards and protocols resulting in the highest quality whole round albacore in the world. Traceability back to Harvest Vessel is audited yearly, enabling any customer to view the vessel and fisherman who harvested the albacore purchased.
AAFA was the first tuna fishery in the world to obtain the MSC certification (marine stewardship council, MSC.org) for sustainability in September of 2007. American Tuna was the first MSC labeled canned tuna in the U.S. and has been recognized on multiple media platforms as the most trust worthy canned tuna available, anywhere.
American Tuna’s six fishing families are members of the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA). AAFA is the client for the MSC(Marine Stewardship Council) certification. AAFA represents U.S. Pole & Troll Albacore Fishing Vessels. American Tuna’s families are some of the founders of AAFA. Our families felt that the Pole & Troll Albacore Fisherman needed a voice to tell their incredible story, the story of their heritage, sustainable fishing method, and families. By pursuing the MSC certification, our fishery would finally be recognized, world wide, as a sustainable tuna fishery. We are the first and only tuna fishery to be certified by MSC. Now our story is being told around the world and consumers can ask for pole & troll caught albacore. Every can/package/loin of albacore displaying the MSC eco-label can be traced back to the vessel that harvested it. American Tuna only supports fisherman using the Pole & Troll method and only processes albacore caught by AAFA vessels. This ensures our traceability and chain of custody will stay in tact, and gives our customers the ability to know exactly where there tuna came from, to know that the tuna they are eating are Small and Mercury Safe, and to know that the ocean is being protected.
American Tuna has also had the opportunity to tell our story through Whole Foods Markets. Whole Foods Market was the first retailer to listen to our story, embrace our fishery and carry us on every shelf throughout the Nation. We want to thank Whole Foods Markets Team Leaders and Team Members for their continued support of American Tuna and the pole & troll albacore fishery. Also, the simple fact that our albacore is caught, canned and distributed by American fishermen, which is hard to find on the shelves in the markets today, and is attractive to many consumers.
Finally, the public is so interested and excited that six local commercial albacore fishing families (many 2nd and 3rd generation fishermen) have joined together to create this wonderful product with so much history behind each family in the Tuna community of San Diego. Two of the vessels in American Tuna are each owned separately by a father and son. One owner and fisherman is Paul Hawkins, a 2nd generation albacore fisherman. Another is Scott Hawkins, the Son and 3rd generation commercial Albacore fisherman. His grandfather was a 1st generation tuna fisherman and was lost at Sea, his name resides on the Tuna memorial on Shelter Island, San Diego. There is so much history among the owner’s of American Tuna we are a truly unique company.
San Diego, once the "Tuna capital of the World" has these few Albacore fishermen still living and breathing this Hundred-year old tradition of "pole and line" caught Albacore. Thank you for your time, we hope you’ve enjoyed and learned a little about our American Tuna family.
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