MyGourmet Tuna purchasing agreements require certification of dolphin-safe fishing practices from all tuna suppliers.
The U.S. government dolphin-safe regulations are in the process of being modified through the International Dolphin Conservation Program which will allow for less stringent dolphin-safe regulations.
Despite the new, less stringent criteria, MyGourmet Tuna remains committed to the “no encirclement” policy. The commitment of MyGourmet Tuna to dolphin-safety will remain unchanged regardless of the new law.
At one time, methods of fishing swept the oceans of all life in its wake; fish, mammals, etc. Unfortunately, the dolphin was the one group being greatly devastated. Over the years, the International Environmental Community established a program to be adopted by all countries engaged in farming the sea.
Dolphin-safe is defined by the following factors:
- Drift nets are not used.
- There are no purse seine sets made on dolphin through an entire fishing trip.
- An observer from the National Marine Fishery Service and/or Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission certifies fishing vessels and trips in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.
Dolphin-safe fishing methods are long line, pole and line, and the purse seine method in the Eastern Tropical Pacific with certification only.
As with “all” MyGourmet Tuna products, each is certifiably dolphin-safe and the labeling on our products proudly display the “dolphin-safe” indication symbol.
Commercially canned or pouched tuna may be safely stored for several years under normal conditions as long as the container is not bulged, damaged or leaking in any manner.
Our concern with long prolonged periods of storage is that the product may begin to lose some of its palatability.
MyGourmet Tuna recommends that all canned tuna inventories be rotated every 1 to 2 years to assure the best quality.
It is “not” considered advisable to freeze tuna in cans or in vacuum-sealed pouches.
However, once the container is opened, any unused contents should be placed in a sealed container and refrigerated. The tuna should be used within 3 to 4 days.
To address this concern, MyGourmet Tuna uses the smaller skipjack and yellowfin tuna in all its recipes.
By using skipjack and yellowfin tuna in its recipes, MyGourmet Tuna is able to keep the mercury level from 0.01 parts per million (ppm) to 0.5 ppm ~ far less than the health and safety standards set by the FDA.
- Nomore than one serving per week of fish with a level of 1 part per million (ppm) of mercury
- Or no more than two servings per week of fish with a mercury level of 0.5 ppm.
- Pregnant and nursing women should consume one-fourth that much.
Don’t know how many “parts per million” are in your favorite kind of fish? See the chart to the right for types of fish and their mercury concentration.