Pacific 'Troll-Caught' Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) are a highly prized member of the tuna family. Known for its “white meat”* and mild-yet-distinctive flavor, this seafood favorite offers plenty of value to both food-service and retail operations. Harvested from abundant stocks using environmentally conscious “hook & line” methods troll-caught Pacific Albacore makes an attractive addition to any seafood menu or counter.
* Albacore is the only tuna allowed to be sold as "white meat" tuna by the FDA.
Albacore off the Oregon Coast...
The Albacore harvested by Oregon fishermen are younger fish (three to five years old) between 10 and 30 pounds and are higher in Omega-3 fish oils than the large, lean, older Albacore
caught mostly by foreign longline fishermen
in the central Pacific. Because these fish are young, mercury accumulation is not a concern. As a result they taste better and are more healthful. Some fishermen sell Albacore fresh on the dock. In local custom-canning operations, fresh Albacore are placed raw in the can and then cooked in their own juices, retaining the healthful fish oils and taste. Industrial canneries precook the fish before canning, losing some taste and fish oils in the process.
Environmental seafood guides produced by Audubon and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have cited the Albacore troll fishery as an example of a clean fishery with little bycatch or impact on the environment. Albacore are very sensitive to water temperature, and few other fish off Oregon are found in those water temperatures, so the bycatch is low.
Albacore off the Oregon Coast from: GETTING TO KNOW OREGON'S COMMERCIAL FISHERIES © 2003 by Oregon State University
U.S./Canada 2013 Fishing Regime: Upon approval of the Canadian Minister, 45 Canadian boats will be allowed to fish in U.S. waters from June 15 to September 15. Representatives from the Oregon Albacore Commission, Western Fishboat Owners Association, American Albacore Fishing Association and the Washington Trollers Association attended the Bilateral Tuna Treaty talks on April 16 & 17 in Portland and fought for a no reciprocal agreement again this year. But in the end a deal was struck between the two governments. The current talk is to phase out the agreement on a shorter rather than longer timeline.
Canadian fishermen representatives tried to reassure the U.S. fishermen groups that any of their boats in U.S. waters will be on their very best behavior and will be grateful to be fishing here no matter how temporary. Click here to view the entire letter to the fleet.
U.S. fishermen are encouraged to keep a log of any problems with Canadian boats using the log sheet: Interactions with Canadian Vessels. The OAC will submit these logs to the State Department at the end of the season.