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San Diego – Albacore tuna

Jack has been a fisherman for 39 years and together with his crew he sails out for days to catch albacore tuna one by one. This is done with a pole and line, which eliminates by-catch. Together with his wife, Jack fights for honest fishing with the American Albacore Fishing Association and received the first MSC certificate for a tuna fishery in the world.

Jack loves the sea and his life as a fisherman. He caught his first fish when he was six and now he has been a fisherman for 39 years and a captain for 34 years. Jack fishes from the port in San Diego, in sunny California.

Life at sea is unpredictable, not a day is the same. Wind, weather and water determine the catch. On his boat ‘F/V Millie G’, the crew searches for clues and to spot a school of tuna. “The rush that I feel then, that is why I do this.”

Catch of the albacore tuna: a fair battle
Jack and his crew, including Armando, Ramon, Kyle and Chino, are real fishermen. And a part of a larger fleet. They are away from home for a long period of time and they catch every tuna one by one with a pole. They are tied to the boat by a rope around their waste, and stand on the platform for hours, just above the water.

Jack explains the hard work:

“Do what you really love and act like tomorrow does not exist.”

After a long time at sea, Jack returns home to his wife Natalie. He then likes to open a can of self-caught tuna. He puts in his fork and eats directly from the can. Preferably with some Mexican Chunky Salsa. This is what makes Jack happy as a fisherman as well.

Jack’s albacore tuna
The Latin name for albacore tuna is Thunnus Alalunga. This tuna has an extremely high omega-3 oil content, because this tuna only eats sardines and anchovies. Moreover, the albacore tuna has an extremely low mercury content, therefore a very healthy choice.