Know Your Seafood
We take great pride in sourcing and catching seafood with a level of integrity that is leagues above. The care we bring to our practices not only contributes to long-term sustainability, it puts only the best seafood on your family's table.
Our Fishing Techniques
Chicken of the Sea products come from all over the globe and are caught through a variety of fishing methods. All fishing techniques are compliant with our Dolphin-Safe Policy.
VESSEL: 150-250-foot vessels
METHOD: These vessels use mile-long nets to encircle the tuna. These nets encircle the tuna and are closed off by drawstrings much like a drawstring purse. They are rapidly cooled by placing them in holds filled with refrigerated seawater or chilled brine and are then frozen.
FISH: Used to catch skipjack and yellowfin tuna that make up the majority of the light canned tuna pack.
VESSEL: 80-200-foot vessels
METHOD: Bait and hook method: six 60-mile mainlines and branch lines with baited hooks catch two to three fish per 100 hooks.
FISH: Mature albacore that average 25-40 pounds each.
VESSEL: Ships 25 to 90 feet in length in length accomplish this method of fishing. Carrying capacity is generally 25-100 tons of frozen tuna.
METHOD: 8 to 12 lines with baited hooks tow the fish. The lines are pulled by hand or by hydraulic haulers. The fish are quickly unhooked upon landing and are stored whole in blast or spraybine freezer holds.
FISH: Albacore that are generally 10-20 pounds each and have a higher fat content.
Chicken of the Sea shrimp comes from all over the globe and is procured through a process called “aquaculture.” Shrimp aquaculture, also known as farming, a method of shrimp production which recreates the shrimp’s natural open-ocean environment in a coastal area, usually near a low-lying bay or river inlet. Aquaculture allows for more control in raising and harvesting shrimp and results in a high quality product. Refer to the Shrimp Processing section to see how shrimp are processed after they are caught.
To discover the fishing grounds for each species, select a fish and the map will show you where they are caught.