What is Yellowfin Tuna?
Yellowfin tuna is a species of tuna, identified by a bright yellow colouration of the fins and finlets. It is found near the surface of tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. Yellowfin tuna is a highly migratory species, similar to skipjack tuna, and is able to swim vast distances across warm oceans to feed and reproduce. Yellowfin tuna is known to gather around drifting flotsam (natural floating debris) and Fish Aggregating Devices commonly referred to as FADs (FishWatch, 2014a).
In years past, Yellowfin tuna had historically been the most important tuna catch, a distinction now belonging to skipjack. Yellowfin tuna ranges in weight from 30 pounds up to 400 pounds, making it the largest species of tuna used in canning. The species is often referred to as premium light tuna because of its lighter colour and richer flavour, in comparison to skipjack tuna (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014a).
Clover Leaf Yellowfin Tuna
Clover Leaf canned yellowfin tuna offers all of the benefits that are associated with eating fish as part of a balanced diet. Canned tuna is a good source of omega-3 fats providing many important health benefits, including improved heart health, cancer prevention, eye health, as well as infant brain and nervous system development (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014c) (Laguardia M, 2005). Canned tuna is also a significant source of vitamin D and contains important minerals such as selenium, magnesium, and iron, to name a few (Health Canada, 2008).
Canned light tuna is an excellent source of protein and is low in saturated fats. One serving of canned tuna provides approximately 30-50% of the recommended daily intake of protein for an average person. As a source of complete protein, tuna provides all 10 of the amino acids the body needs in order to survive (Tremblay, 2014).
Clover Leaf Sustainability
Clover Leaf Seafoods’ policies concerning responsible fishing methods, practices and techniques underpin the sustainability and business decisions of the company. These include responsibility surrounding sourcing, protection of ocean environments and traceability of the majority of species sold, from ship to plate.
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global organization composed of acclaimed scientists, tuna industry experts from various sectors and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – the world’s leading conservation organization – all of who are united by a common concern over the future of tuna stocks and focused on promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term health of said stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014d).
Clover Leaf is a proud founding member of the ISSF which has invested in a wide range of sustainability projects, from bycatch mitigation, sea turtle and shark conservation projects, to setting limits on fishing capacity based on scientific findings (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014b). Clover Leaf’s conservation efforts allow customers to make responsible canned tuna choices that are both healthy for their consumption and responsible for the future of our oceans.
Clover Leaf yellowfin tuna is caught using purse seine fishing methods on FADs and is sourced mainly from the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014a). This is important to sustainability efforts because yellowfin stocks in this ocean are NOT in a state of being overfished (The Clover Leaf Seafoods Family, 2014b). In addition, bycatch in this fishery is rare and survival rates are estimated to be high, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Fishermen are trained in safe handling and release using specific equipment. Continous monitoring of bycatch levels through logbooks and fishery observer programs are key to long term health of this fishery and sustainability of Yellowfin stock (FishWatch, 2014b).
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