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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.
If you'd like to find out how our products are canned once they are caught, refer to the From Sea to Shelf section.
Purse Seining: Check out this method used to catch skipjack and yellowfin
Longlining: Check out this albacore fishing method
Trolling: Check out this method used to catch albacore.
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 lbs.
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: Eight 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 lbs. and have a higher fat content.
To discover the fishing grounds for each species, roll your mouse over the fish and the map will change to show you where they are caught.