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Tuna

Our tuna is caught by poleline vessels operating in the crystal clear blue Atlantic Ocean off the South West African seaboard.

We contract two types of vessels. Our sea frozen vessels hold between 40 and 90 tonnes with a blast freezer on board, freezing to a minimum core temperature of -20°C. They are able to operate at sea for up to 1 month and land their catches in Cape Town, South Africa, or in Luderitz, Namibia. Meanwhile, our ice vessels stay out for a maximum of 7 days and deliver the fish to our contracted freezing facilities in the Cape Town harbour.

The season normally commences at the end of October and closes at the end of May. The Albacore is frozen whole round with an average weight of between 7 and 12 kg.

Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)
Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)

Standards

We export only first grade South African and Namibian origin albacore that are catch certificate compliant & NRCS (SABS) & EU approved.

Blue Seas Tuna Catching Area: FAO 47
Blue Seas Tuna Catching Area: FAO 47

Ice vessels alongside the quay

Ice vessels alongside the quay
Ice vessels alongside the quay
Ice vessels alongside the quay
Ice vessels alongside the quay

Discharging the catch

Discharging the catch
Discharging the catch

On pallets, washed in cold store. Going into the blast freezer

Discharging the catchOn pallets, washed in cold store. Going into the blast freezer
On pallets, washed in cold store. Going into the blast freezer