Albacore tuna from Okinawa (Japan)

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Albacore tuna
Pole & line
Okinawa, Japan

“I was four when I caught my first fish!”

Fumio Tomori comes from a family of fishermen. He was only four when he caught his first fish, alongside his father, who has always been a great inspiration to him. “My father was a fisherman, so I wanted to be one too. Where we live, traditions are passed down from generation to generation.” Seeing the sun rise or set from his boat is something that brings Fumio immense happiness. “It is onlyby treating the earth with care that we can continue to enjoy thenatural world and the fish!

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A good catch

Fumio and his crew use pole and line to catch their albacore and nothing else. It is a tough job, as you can tell from the fishermen’s strong physique. Because the fishers lift the tuna out of the water one at a time and do not remove entire schools, fish populations are given the chance to reproduce.

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By using this highly selective and traditional method, they catch only albacore and limit any bycatch to an absolute minimum. It’s the only sustainable wayto fish for tuna.

A tough tuna job

Fumio is pleased to see young people becoming more and more interested in ocean conservation. His albacore fishery is setting a good example for sustainable fishing, with stocks remaining stable year-on-year. Right now, the average age on board his vessels is pretty high, but Fumio is hopeful that future generations come to recognize and embrace his beautiful craft.

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The sea plays a major role in Okinawa’s culture. The most popular fish on the Japanese island is albacore tuna. They do not like their fish too oily here, hence the fondness f or these light er steaks. The health benefits remain the same: the ‘lean’ albacore contains just as many beneficial nutrients and omega - 3 fatty acids as its oilier relatives, yellowfin and bluefin.

A paradise for tuna lovers

Nestled in the East China Sea is the Japanese is land of Okinawa. Its inhabitants tend to live to a ripe old age, no doubt due to the local diet of fresh vegetables and fish. The southern location means that tuna can be fished all year round here, which fills the rest of Japan with envy.

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Albacore tuna

Albacore is also known as white tuna. As you would expect, its flesh is paler than that of the skipjack and yellowfin varieties. While not big in size, it’s certainly big on flavor. And because this predator feeds mainly on sardines and anchovies, it’s also packed full of omega 3 fatty acids. Delicious, healthy, and sustainable all in one package!