Low Mercury

Since we're in the albacore tuna business, we can't help but be concerned about mercury and other pollutants that may affect the health and safety of the oceans and our fish. Mercury is, after all, a powerful poison that has been shown to be more toxic in even tiny amounts than lead, cadmium or arsenic. Because of this concern, we have tested the mercury level in our catch several times. Our results have established that the average level of mercury contamination in our products has always been substantially less than the threshold of 1 ppm established by the Food and Drug Administration. An Oregon State University study published in February 2004 indicated that mercury levels for troll-caught albacore fished off the northern Pacific near the coasts of Oregon and Washington were about one-third the level found in most industrial canned tuna.

We are not surprised by the positive results indicated by both the tests of our own fish and Oregon State University's test of 100 troll-caught fish from different boats. It is, after all, generally accepted in the scientific community that younger and smaller fish feeding lower in the food chain amass less methyl mercury. The average fish caught by the Fishing Vessel St. Jude is 15 pounds — compared to the average mature fish weighing in around 50 pounds.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

March 2014 - Troll- or pole-caught albacore U.S. and Canadian North Pacific like fish caught by Fishing Vessel St. Jude 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.
Joe Malley on the St. Jude. Photo by Clare Barboza

St. Jude fishing lure. Photo by Clare Barboza

St. Jude fishing hook. Photo by Clare Barboza

St. Jude bow. Photo by Clare Barboza

St. Jude fishing rope. Photo by Clare Barboza