Bluefin tuna is one of the most highly prized of all types of tuna used by sushi chefs. It is always in high demand, particularly in Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Bluefin can get as long as six feet and up to 300 pounds, but the average weigh is 60 to 100 pounds. Voracious predators, they feed mainly on clupeid fish, squid, crabs, and other organisms.
Bluefin is not very popular cooked as it is far more popular for sushi. Traditionally, a bluefin tuna is graded by the quality of the cuts of meat which can be obtained from it. Particularly favored is the belly fat known as toro. The higher fat content of the belly results in meat that is pink to white color versus the deep red color seen in the center and top loins.
Bluefin tuna are found all over the world, usually in deep offshore waters. At Catalina Offshore we carry wild and farmed Northern Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis). Northern bluefin tuna is found from the Gulf of Alaska to Baja California and across the northern Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Okhotsk, Japan and the Philippines to north and central America. Our local wild bluefin is harvested off California and Baja. Our farmed Pacific bluefin is grown in tuna ranches off Mexico – an ideal location for the production of northern bluefin tuna due to its extensive coastline, available work force, proximity to sardine and tuna stocks, and “aquaculture friendly” environmental regulations.
While Pacific bluefin is considered overfished in some areas, it is not considered threatened. The U.S is working with ICCAT to rebuild wild bluefin stocks and adheres to strict catch regulations. U.S fisheries generally harvest a small fraction of the total Pacific-wide bluefin harvest, and represent only two percent of the average annual landings from all fleets fishing in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Our fish are handled with the utmost care and inspected by our seafood specialists who grade them for color and fat content.
Primary Product FormsG&G, H&G, Loins
Farm-raised , Hook & Line and Bycatch*
Harvest Area:California and Baja California Pacific side
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