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    Dolphin Safe Tuna

    (Photo Courtesy of the American Albacore Fishing Association)

    Dolphins are one of my favorite animals, dolphins and whales! Growing up in the PNW we are lucky enough to see these creatures from the time we are kids, off the shore of Washington and Oregon, and especially up north in the San Juan Islands! You may have already met our adopted Orca whale, Oreo (she's J22), who is a part of the Southern Resident Orcas J-Pod.

    When it comes to dolphin safety, Premier Catch is committed. Let me tell you about a few organizations that Premier Catch partners with to create change within fisheries, including tuna fisheries, and how we ensure our tuna, and all of our products meet those sustainability standards.

    IPLF is the International Pole and Line Foundation. They work to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries around the world. The “pole-and-line” fishing is about using one hook and one line, to catch tuna one at a time. This includes techniques such as pole-and-line, handline and troll. The IPLF has some amazing graphics below that display what these fishing methods look like.

    Pole and Line

    MSC is the Marine Stewardship Council that provides a special certification, noted by a blue label on seafood products, as well as certification of entire fisheries. Certification to the MSC Fisheries Standard is voluntary. It’s open to all fisheries who catch marine or freshwater organisms in the wild. Fisheries are assessed by accredited independent certifiers (called Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) – also called certification bodies), not the MSC. This ensures trust and non-bias in the evaluation.

    NOAA and NMFS is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NMFS is the National Marine Fisheries Service

    PFMC is the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and manages fisheries for approximately 119 species of salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species (sardines, anchovies, and mackerel), and highly migratory species (tunas, sharks, and swordfish) on the West Coast of the United States. They are one of 8 regional fishery management councils established by Congress in 1976. The Council has jurisdiction over the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 miles offshore). The Council manages commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries and complies with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other applicable laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Information Quality Act, various Executive Orders, and the Administrative Procedure Act in their decision making processes.

    Many of these rules and regulations fall on the fishing families themselves. NOAA and NMFS require boats and captains to complete forms like the Fisheries Certificate of Origin and the Captains Statement which you can check out for yourself by clicking the links.

    Premier Catch Albacore Tuna is not only sustainably caught within sustainable fisheries, but it is hands-down the best canned tuna you will ever eat! So purchase with caution, because you won't ever be able to go back to store bought tuna again!