Sunday, September 6, 2009

Albacore Tuna Season In Full Swing In Northwest

End-of-Summer Best Time to Try Locally Caught Albacore Tuna

Oregon is in the midst of the Albacore Tuna fishing season, which continues through the middle of October. Pacific Seafood, a family-owned seafood company based in Portland, Ore., notes that Albacore Tuna, also called white tuna, is known for its health benefits and mild flavor, making it a popular item on any menu, and that this season is one of the best in years.

Oregon Albacore Tuna are typically younger (three to five years old) and weigh between 10 and 30 pounds, providing a higher Omega-3 value and lower mercury accumulation than the larger, older Albacore Tuna caught in the high seas of the central Pacific Ocean and other tuna species in the market. Albacore Tuna has a mild flavor and firm flesh, when cooked it is almost white or slightly pink in color, while raw albacore is a deep red. Oregon Albacore Tuna is highly regarded by international markets, as they place great value in oil content and quality.

Albacore Tuna has quickly become a well known staple in restaurants and home kitchens across the country,” said Frank Dulcich, president and CEO of Pacific Seafood Group. “Our Oregon coastline provides just the right environment for Albacore Tuna to flourish, as their ideal water temperature is between 60 to 65 degrees. As a result Oregon provides some of the healthiest varieties available.”

Health Benefits
Albacore Tuna is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, protein, selenium and niacin. It has been recognized as having the highest concentration of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids in the tuna family, and an increased consumption of Omega-3-rich fish such as Albacore Tuna has been linked to:
  • Lowering blood pressure and heart rate and reducing the chance of getting heart disease
  • Increasing brain development in infants and memory in adults
  • Helping lower tissue inflammation and reducing arthritis.

Albacore Tuna is perfect for end-of-summer barbeques, as it cooks quickly and absorbs flavors from marinates well. For tips and recipe ideas, visit:

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