- Certifier :
- SAI Global
- Certified status :
- Certified since :
- 23 Mar 2010
- Certificate expires :
- 08 Jun 2020
Albacore tuna is a highly migratory tuna found in all of the global oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. In the Pacific Ocean there are two separate and distinct stocks of albacore, in the North Pacific and the South Pacific.
Pacific albacore stocks are generally seen as at healthy levels, and the troll-and-jig fishing method used by the Canadian fishery helps to keep them that way.
Small boats – usually a captain and one or two crew – tow lines with barbless hooks, which reduces bycatch. Instead of live bait, they use artificial lures (jigs) so smaller fish don’t need to be caught to attract the tuna. The fish are caught and hauled in one at a time.
Albacore tuna swim through many countries' waters. Quotas have not been set for individual countries, but the CHMSF has agreed not to increase its fishing capacity so as not to increase the pressure on Pacific tuna stocks.
"There's no bait; we don't use another resource to catch our resource. We also use barbless hooks so that we don't have a bycatch issue – we don't catch dolphins, we don’t have sharks, we don’t catch birds. It's considered an extremely clean fishery for that reason." - Lorne Clayton, Executive Director, Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation