Know Your Fish.

albacore tuna

Scientific Name:  Thunnus alalunga

How it was caught: troll-caught

Port of Landing: coos bay, or

Know Its Story.

Who caught it: Shawn Ryan

Shawn Ryan is a native Oregonian and started fishing in 1976 in California, Oregon, and Washington as a deckhand fishing salmon and albacore in the summers, and herring, crab, rock cod, and blackcod in the winters. He bought his first boat in 1982 and fishes primarily salmon and albacore for a living. He is one of the board of directors for Western Fishboat Owners Association, a director for American Fishermans Research Foundation, and an Oregon Albacore Commissioner.


Pole and troll caught albacore tuna harvested in the US Pacific is a great option when looking for sustainably harvested tuna. These fisheries have low impacts on the environment and other species due to their method of capture. Populations of albacore are abundant in the US and sound management is in place to ensure sustainability of the fishery. Non-profits, such as the American Albacore Fishing Association, exist to bring albacore fishermen together and support responsible fishing practices. This group has also obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for their efforts towards sustainability.