Thunnus Alalunga[two_third]There are various different species of Tuna, which vary in colour and size. Tuna isÂ a meaty fish related to the Mackerel family, and is found throughout the worldâ€™sÂ oceans. Albacore Tuna is one of the most sustainable varieties, and migratesÂ throughout the Pacific ocean. It is available in Australian and New Zealand watersÂ and yet it is not widely used in Australia.
Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna grow to a huge size, many at 100+ kg. These greatÂ fish are close to the top of their food chain and take a long time to reach maturityÂ before they are able to spawn. For this reason, as well as our hunger forÂ everything Tuna related, both fresh and canned, their future sustainability isÂ tenuous at least and verging on extremely threatened.
Albacore Tuna in contrast is a much smaller species of Tuna with a pale firmÂ flesh. Many of the fish reach sizes of 15-30 kg and they are further down the foodÂ chain so their biomass is much higher and therefore less threatened. They alsoÂ reach breeding maturity with in a few years, which means they have lessÂ exposure to mercury and other heavy metals. For these reasons and theÂ methods of how it is fished, means that it is a much more sustainable option forÂ those hungry for some seared Tuna.
The New Zealand Albacore Tuna fishery is in primary assessment from theÂ Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). It is expected to reach full MSCÂ environmental certification for sustainability by mid 2011.
For more sustainable Albacore Tuna recipes read â€˜Fish Tales- stories and recipes
from sustainable fisheries around the worldâ€™.
Available signed at the counter for $30[/two_third]Â TOM SAYS:
At Fish & Co. the Albacore Tuna isÂ being served in many ways. Asian,Â Middle Eastern and MediterraneanÂ styles are all popular. One of our mostÂ popular dishes is Carpaccio withÂ toasted fennel seeds, lemon zest andÂ red chilli.Â Currently, Albacore Tuna loins areÂ crusted with chermoula (a spicy NorthÂ African spice mix with coriander andÂ cumin seeds and roast red peppers).
We sear the Tuna and serve it with aÂ jewelled pomegranate cous cous withÂ roast almonds and cranberries. TheÂ Tuna meat is deliciously sweet andÂ subtle and works very well with theÂ spicy, salty and sour elements ofÂ Asian cooking to create the perfectÂ balance of taste.[/one_third]