2013 Oregon Coast Albacore Tuna Season Starts July!
Our first delivery last year was 300lbs on July 4th with an opening price of $3.50lb for whole fish. Deliveries will increase as the Summer as progresses. The peak of the season last year was early August and prices dropped to $2.20lb for a 10-day stretch, but every year is different. Don't miss out this time around!!
Oregon Albacore Tuna had been a hidden gem for the locals for years. Today is an entirely different story. Almost all Tuna brought into Oregon Coast ports is now blast frozen at sea and destined for other countries such as Spain and Japan. The Tuna come to the Oregon Coast in the Summer months to feed on anchovies and sardines. Oregon Albacore are fairly small (10-18lbs) and are usually younger than 2 years old. Some smaller boats will pull right up to our front door and unload their catch. Many customers will buy them right off the scales - can't get any fresher than that!
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This is an average size (14lbs) Tuna caught in August.
While much of the Tuna fleet uses blast freezers, there are some that still ice the fish at sea and make short 2-3 day trips. These are the boats that we get most of our tuna from. We will buy 500-1000lbs at a time and will easily sell it in 2 days at the height of the Tuna season. Most customers will buy about 100lbs at a time and can it at home in pint jars to eat throughout the year. The level of quality between our fresh caught and canned Tuna is head and shoulders better than the cans sold in grocery stores.
In 2011 the market was very tight and prices were about a $1.00 more per lb than normal.