Northern bluefin tuna
We take pride in the fact that our customers know exactly where their fish is coming from.
The Gulf of Maine is home to an abundance of marine wildlife. During the summer months the cold North Atlantic currents and extreme tidal flow provide an ideal habitat for fish populations, particularly the Northern bluefin tuna.
Known for its dark blue skin and high fat content, the meat of the bluefin tuna is highly prized for sushi and sashimi grade products.
Wild caught bluefin tuna is one of the more responsibly regulated species by the NOAA fisheries. In 2017, scientists estimated that the bluefin tuna stock has been increasing since 2004. Despite over a decade of sustained growth, and no evidence of over overfishing, the vast majority of the tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine are still bought and sold to international markets.
Sweet Meat Tuna wants to change that.
from the boat to the local market
More than 80 percent of the bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine is picked up right from the dock by middlemen distributors. After the tuna is processed, the meat is likely shipped out-of-state or out of country to markets located far from the fishing grounds where it was originally caught. In turn, local markets rarely have the opportunity to purchase grade 1 or 2+ fish at a reasonable price, as they are most often shipped overseas.
Sweet Meat wants to shorten the chain of supply to allow the local markets to stay competitive. The concept is simple: we are delivering a product directly from the boat to the local market at the right price. That way we can guarantee our product and rates are not subject to exorbitant shipping and handling fees and international tariffs.
Seafood demand has risen significantly in recent decades. Global markets are meeting this increased demand through major aquaculture operations. Aquaculture (or fish raised in a controlled farm), currently produces half of the world’s seafood. Meanwhile wild caught seafood remains at high risk for illegal, and unauthorized overfishing from regions that don’t comply with international conservation and management measures.
Sustainable fishing protects the local fishermen and the environment. By working locally with New England regulatory agencies and science based management, Sweet Meat ensures sustainable fishing practices mandated by a limited harvest year after year. Sweet Meat fishermen use the one line/one hook method (not long lines or seines) to catch tuna. Our fishing gear is selective by targeting schools of fish at mid-depth levels and allowing for a live release of any species caught unintentionally or measuring under the legal limit for a bluefin. We choose to let our fish “swim” on the line, allowing the tuna to remain cool and calm, which imposes minimal damage to the fish, and retains its high quality grade of tuna meat.
We take pride in the fact that our customers know exactly where their fish is coming from. It is our passion to share the fruits of our labor as a locally sourced, healthy choice of prime seafood.