Your tuna comes from the Skipjack. Typically found in tropical or warmer waters, the Skipjack provides meat that’s 99% fat free, rich in heart-healthy Omega-3s, and high in protein. The species grows up to 3 feet in length, with an estimated lifespan of 8-12 years.
Chicken of the Sea is committed to the protection of the marine environment and responsible sourcing. We are co-founding members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), which is dedicated to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of Skipjack Tuna stocks, the reduction of bycatch, and the promotion of ocean ecosystems.
We work with environmental advocates and scientists to ensure that our suppliers’ fishing practices protect ocean stocks for decades to come. All fishing techniques used are compliant with our Dolphin-Safe Policy.More about sustainability
Frigid waters off the coast of Russia and eastern Asia — including the Western Bering Sea — are home to some of our Skipjack tuna. This area is located on the northern rim of the Pacific Ocean and separates Asia from North America. This is one of the most abundant fishing ecosystems in the world.
The health of the world’s ocean stock is very important to us. We only fish from FAO areas with stable or increasing stock abundance as determined by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
On its journey from the ocean to your table, the Skipjack Tuna from many boats will be processed in the same facility. We choose only the highest quality to go into each can, and that may include fish from multiple ocean areas.
VESSEL SIZE: 150-250 feet
METHOD: Mile-long nets encircle schools of tuna and are closed off by drawstrings, much like a drawstring purse. This method is used for about 63% of tuna caught globally. Tuna are rapidly cooled by placing them in holds filled with refrigerated seawater or chilled brine and then frozen.
Vessel Name: Ocean Expedition
Flag: United States
Trip Start Date: Jul 1, 2016
Trip End Date: Jul 7, 2016
Note: Actual trip time is based on time zone where fish is caught
Fish are delivered frozen or refrigerated to processing plants worldwide, and stored near 0°F. Quality is evaluated during unloading and again before processing. Fish are brought out of cold storage and thawed, and those meeting our quality standards are gutted and baked in large ovens, which facilitates the removal of the head, tail, skin, and bones. The cleaned tuna loins are either frozen for transport to a canning facility or canned at the processing facility.
Chicken of the Sea routinely tests all of our products to ensure they meet FDA guidelines and all other U.S. regulations, in addition to our own strict quality control standards. We also work regularly with independent auditors who make announced and unannounced visits to our supplier facilities. These audits focus on quality, compliance, health and safety, good business practices, environmental responsibility, labor practices, and human rights.
The cleaned, cooked, and frozen tuna loins are shipped to our US cannery. The loins are put in cans with the appropriate amount of oil, water, or other ingredients. Filled cans are sealed and marked with production codes so the plant, product, date packed, and other information can be tracked. Sealed cans are sterilized by cooking them under pressure.
The can code will indicate where your tuna was processed (which is not necessarily where it was caught).
At Chicken of the Sea, we pride ourselves on our long-standing commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. We realize that our sustainability obligations don’t end when the seafood is caught, but extend all the way through the processing, packaging, and delivery to our customers.
We recognize that the reach and reputation of Chicken of the Sea allows us to lead the industry in affecting real change. We aim to minimize bycatch, protect stock levels, preserve oceans, improve working conditions and ensure safe and legal practices throughout every fishing operation in the world—and we’ve already made considerable progress towards achieving these within our own operations.More about our commitment to sustainability