Tips For Buying Canned Tuna

Seafood Watch evaluated canned tuna on quality and sustainability, and St. Jude Tuna (Bellevue, WA) topped the list for “beat choice”: 

 
Read more about St. Jude Tuna and its fishing method          St. Jude Tuna

Tuna is the third most popular seafood in the U.S., behind only shrimp and salmon. Most of what we eat being the canned variety. Since all of those cans begin to blur together in store aisles, we’re highlighting a few names and places to make it easier for you to pick an ocean-healthy option off of the shelf.

41gUAVXT+5L.jpgLook for these Seafood Watch PartnersSt. Jude is rated top with buying canned tuna

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Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise by Food Network  Salad Nicoise Recipe

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Spring is coming. Eat some lean protein:
St. Jude Tuna is packed in its own juices or the olive oil pack.
St. Jude Tuna offers a 3.5 oz pop top can http://www.tunatuna.com
that contains 210 calories, 24.5 grams of protein 12.25 grams of healthy fat. Available without salt!!

St. Jude Tuna trolls for their albacore. 
Common Albacore vs. Troll-Caught Albacore Common canned albacore or “white meat” tuna, the kind found on supermarket shelves, comes from tropical Pacific waters. During processing, nearly all the fat is lost. Common canned albacore is almost fat-free, but has very little omega-3 fatty acids. In contrast, Pacific troll-caught albacore, ST. Jude Albacore are younger fish from colder, northern waters. Troll-caught albacore are handled to retain their fat with all its healthful omega-3s. That’s why troll-caught albacore tastes juicy and rich and has all the health benefits of these special omega-3 fatty acids.

Common Albacore vs. Troll-Caught Albacore Common canned albacore or “white meat” tuna, the kind found on supermarket shelves, comes from tropical Pacific waters. During processing, nearly all the fat is lost. Common canned albacore is almost fat-free, but has very little omega-3 fatty acids. In contrast, Pacific troll-caught albacore are younger fish from colder, northern waters. Troll-caught albacore are handled to retain their fat with all its healthful omega-3s. That’s why troll-caught albacore tastes juicy and rich and has all  of the health benefits of these special omega-3 fatty acids.salad nicoise st jude.jpg

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Most Canned Albacore in Grocery Store in Longline Caught

It is mystifying how Industrial tuna can present itself as sustainable.  Big industry tuna companies are creating new labels and logos and paying big dollars to be a major player in the sustainable canned albacore market.  Longlining has been a serious threat to the oceans because of the bycatch.

Longlining Quote by WWF

Bycatch

According to the United Nations, longline fishing has one of the highest bycatch rates of any gear used to fish for tuna. The average bycatch rate is more than a quarter (28%) of the total catch. In the Pacific Ocean, for instance, millions of baited hooks are set each year on longlines in order to catch tuna and other fish that swim deeper like swordfish and mahi mahi. However, sharks, marine turtles, billfish, seabirds, dolphins, juvenile fish and other fish species also get hooked. The bycatch problem is perhaps most sensitive for marine turtles, especially the critically endangered Pacific leatherback turtles.

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This is a picture of trolling for albacore.

This is how the St. Jude catches its albacore.

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Vegetable Panzanella with Tuna Recipe

Vegetable Panzanella with Tuna  Courtesy of  Cooking Light in myrecipes.com

Panzanella [pantsaˈnɛlla] or panmolle [pamˈmɔlle] is a Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar. It is also popular in other parts of central Italy.

Ingredients
Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Salad:
2 1/2 pounds cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced (about 4 cups)
1 1/4 cups diced zucchini
1 cup diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 6oz. can of St. Jude Mediterranean canned tuna!!
4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed day-old whole-wheat bread (about 13 [1-ounce] slices)
Preparation

To prepare vinaigrette, combine first 6 ingredients; stir with a whisk.

To prepare salad, combine cucumber and next 7 ingredients (cucumber through tuna) in a large bowl. Add bread. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to combine.

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Be Wary of Blue Harbor Fish Co.

It is getting harder and harder to stand out of the tuna crowd with good quality troll caught albacore tuna.  Starkist has come along with a new brand that looks like it is nestled in the cute little harbor of Garibaldi Oregon.  It is a big farce.  These tuna are from Chinese and Fijian Longliners. They say that is is MSC certified, but I do not see any documentation on how this fishery could be possibly sustainable when there is so much by- catch in longlining for albacore tuna.  Longlining for albacore is not sustainable.   Blue Harbor says their albacore is sustainable because the MSC has certified them.

Blue Harbor Fish company owned by Starkist  Text Summary Below by

International Biosecurity Intelligence System

“The port used in the marketing for Starkist’s new boutique US brand, which uses albacore caught by Chinese and Fijian longliners and is on sale in Walmart, is in Oregon, according to multiple sources in the tuna business.

According to sources in the US tuna sector, the photo on the website of the Blue Harbor Seafood Co., the new Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-endorsed, boutique brand from Starkist, is of Garibaldi, Oregon. The port authority did not respond to a request for comment from Undercurrent News, however.

Dongwon Industries-owned Starkist, which eventually confirmed its ownership of the brand after request for comment from Undercurrent, did not respond to clarification on why an Oregon port and US fishing vessels are being used to market a brand using albacore caught by foreign longliners.

A spokeswoman for Walmart declined to comment on the use of American imagery on the brand’s website.

The MSC, which is described as being a “partner” of Blue Harbor on the website using the image of Garibaldi, said the responsibility of marketing is with the company itself.”

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St. Jude Tuna Press Release

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Joe Malley                                                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/15/2016

FV St Jude Tuna

425-223-7286

tunatunaseattle@gmail.com

 

 

St Jude Tuna Named Good Food Awards Finalist – Fish Category

 

Bellevue Washington:  St Jude Tuna has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 Good Food Awards. The awards are designed to represent not just the best of America’s growing food movement, but the best of America.

 

“Being named finalist reconfirms all the hard work that goes into developing a sustainable canned tuna product – and the trust that our customers both in the Seattle area and around the nation place in us,” said Joe Malley, captain of FV St. Jude. “We are proud to be a part of greater Seattle’s vibrant food movement.”

 

The fishing vessel and its crew emphasize sustainability from deck to table. The St. Jude participates exclusively in the troll fishery for albacore, with highly targeted- minimal impact on the ocean’s food chain. None of the fish we catch is wasted. The family-owned company conducts regular testing to monitor mercury levels. The company, based in Bellevue, Washington, has being selling its tuna locally since 1998.

 

Representing 14 categories and 38 states, all finalists rose to the top in a blind tasting of the 2,059 entries from nearly every state and passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain. Other Washington State finalists in the fish category include Ekone Oyster Company and Deckhand Seafoods.

 

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its seventh year, awards will be given to winners in 14 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. Good Food Award Winners will be announced Jan 20, 2017, in San Francisco.

 

The Good Food Awards, organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, are proudly supported by the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, the Presenting Sponsor for three years running. Composed of 21 of the country’s top independently owned retailers from Austin to Oakland to Salt Lake City, they are committed to supporting America’s great food producers in their own communities and across the country.

Read about St Jude Tuna – www.tunatuna.com

Read about the Good Food Awards – http://www.goodfoodawards.org/2017-finalists/

 

 

 

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Detox with St. Jude Tuna Salad

Reboot and detox with St. Jude Albacore Tuna Salad  By Rachel O’Regan

Reboot and Detox with St. Jude Albacore in a recipe by By Rachel O’Regan

I Quit Sugar - Detox Tuna Salad recipe

This is a  simple tuna salad recipe on the blog:  “I Quit Sugar” by Rachel Wilson.

St. Jude Tuna is perfect for getting back on track to a healthy no sugar eating style.

Our albacore tuna is caught off of the Washington Coast and Canned in Washington and/ or Coos Bay Oregon.  It is packed with protein and flavor.  You are eating a fish that is on  the green light “Best Choice” by Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch Program.  We have not killed any sharks or other species of tuna.  We solely catch young fatty albacore.

Please get your updated seafood watch card and find out what the green light for fish is in your area…..http://www.seafoodwatch.org/seafood-recommendations/consumer-guides

Joyce Malley

store at: tunatuna.com

 

 

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Eat the Right Tuna!!

How to Make Tuna Salad With Sustainable Fish

Azula writes about St. Jude Tuna and explains about How to Make a Tuna Salad with Sustainable Fish.    By Charyn Pfeuffer

“Eco-minded Seattleites love St. Jude’s sustainable fish albacore tuna products. Owned and operated by Joe and Joyce Malley, the couple trolls solely for Albacore tuna in the North and South Pacific aboard their 95-foot fishing vessel St. Jude. They lived aboard the fishing vessel for 12 years until they decided to have kids and market their catch.

St. Jude’s impact on the ocean is minimal; they employ targeting trolling techniques, which cuts way down on the catch of other species.

“In my personal experience in thousands of hours trolling, we never had a marine mammal encounter, we never killed a shark, we once gave a thrill ride to a three pound green turtle when he got tangled up with a jig line but he was released uninjured after we took a few pictures,” writes Joe.

St. Jude’s jig-caught albacore meets the requirements of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program and is listed as a “Best Choice,” meaning it’s caught in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. Here’s a super simple recipe using St. Jude’s Canned Albacore Tuna.”

Curried Albacore Tuna Salad

(Recipe by Chef Danielle Custer)

This is one of Chef Custer’s favorite quick and easy recipes. She eats it plain and says, on grain bread with watercress, it’s the ultimate picnic or boating sandwich. Try it as a terrific open-face canapé or serve as an albacore cocktail in a pretty glass layered with delicious greens.

2 cans (6 ounces each) St. Jude Albacore Tuna original with juice

½ cup mayonnaise

¾ teaspoon Madras curry

1/3 cup golden raisins

½ cup finely chopped celery

1 (heaping) tablespoon minced chives

Black pepper to taste

With a fork, flake the two cans of tuna with juice into a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Season with black pepper. Best if it sits a day before serving.

Makes 2 cups of salad, 4-6 sandwiches, 16 canapés or 4 cocktails.

Photo Credit: TheBittenWord.com

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Smoked Albacore

St. Jude Tuna in November Issue of Sunset Magazine.

“In the Sunset Kitchen”  Party Ready Instant Appetizers.
Smoked Tuna Serving Idea:
I usually just eat the smoked tuna with a little mayo, onion and pepper.  It is so good plain, but fun to add a variety of things that you may have on hand. (Do not drain St. Jude Canned Tuna just add the juice to salad)
Ideas of things to add:
red wine vinegar, Olive oil ,capers ,shallots ,Kalamata olives, fresh black pepper, red pepper flakes, little mayonnaise to bind, chopped parsley, roasted red peppers, artichokes, red onion, kosher dill pickle.
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Most tuna found on supermarket shelves comes from unsustainable and socially irresponsible fisheries. We are working to change that. Learn more and #ChangeTuna

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