2014 Oregon Coast Albacore Tuna IS HERE!!!
October 20th 2014 Update - The season is about over for Albacore Tuna. Some Tuna will remain off of the Oregon Coast until November. Rough weather is keeping fishermen tied up at the dock. We still have one boat ready to go if we get a nice day of weather before the end of October. Otherwise we will be selling whole frozen and frozen tuna loin through the winter.
Oregon Albacore Tuna had been a hidden gem for the locals for years. Today is an entirely different story. Almost all Tuna brought into Oregon Coast ports is now blast frozen at sea and destined for other countries such as Spain and Japan. The Tuna come to the Oregon Coast in the Summer months to feed on anchovies and sardines. Oregon Albacore are fairly small (10-18lbs) and are usually younger than 2 years old. Some smaller boats will pull right up to our front door and unload their catch. Many customers will buy them right off the scales - can't get any fresher than that!
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This is an average size (17bs) Tuna caught in August.
While much of the Tuna fleet uses blast freezers, there are some that still ice the fish at sea and make short 2-3 day trips. These are the boats that we get most of our tuna from. We will buy 500-1000lbs at a time and will easily sell it in 2 days at the height of the Tuna season. Most customers will buy about 100lbs at a time and can it at home in pint jars to eat throughout the year. The level of quality between our fresh caught and canned Tuna is head and shoulders better than the cans sold in grocery stores.