As a matter of policy, we at the Fishing Vessel St. Jude have tested the mercury level in our catch several times — and will continue to do so every time our boat returns to Seattle.
Our tests are based on a random selection of portions from 30 different fish from our last catch, which were macerated together in order to get an average.
We are pleased to report that, to date, our own tests — conducted by the Food Quality Lab in Portland, Oregon — indicate non-detectable levels of mercury, based on equipment with a resolution of one tenth of a part per million, or .1 ppm. That is substantially less than the threshold of 1 ppm established by the Food and Drug Administration — and is well below the stricter guidelines of .2 to .3 ppm recommended by the Environmental Working Group and other consumer groups.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
- Troll- or pole-caught albacore U.S. and Canadian North Pacific like Fishing Vessel St. Jude tuna are a "Best Choice
." Longline-caught albacore is rated as "Avoid
" (except longline-caught from Hawaii where strict bycatch regulations and healthy populations result in a "Good Alternative
" rating) because the larger fish caught by longlines tend to have elevated levels of mercury.