Wild Frozen Pacific Bluefin Belly (Toro) 0.5 lb Portion
This product is available during these seasons:
We receive Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) from local fishermen who catch it off the coast of California and Baja California. Also known as Northern bluefin, the species is smaller in size than a typical farm-raised tuna.
The toro is cut from the fattiest portion of the tuna belly. Especially prized by sushi chefs and sushi aficionados for sashimi and sushi maguro, it presents pink to near white in color with a rich, buttery taste. Because of its high fat content and distinctive flavor, toro is always best enjoyed raw.
Pacific bluefin is highly migratory, moving between Japan and the eastern Pacific off California and Mexico. Though Pacific bluefin historically has been overfished, overfishing in the U.S. is not occurring. According to NOAA FishWatch, although Pacific-wide populations are below target levels, U.S. wild-caught Pacific bluefin tuna is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed under rebuilding measures that limit harvest by U.S. fishermen.
For the last three years, the U.S. has been working with IATTC to rebuild Pacific bluefin stocks. IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of fisheries for tunas and other species taken by tuna-fishing vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean. As a result of the U.S. and Mexico reducing catch limits by 40% in the last three years, we are seeing the highest numbers of bluefin off California in three decades. Further, only a small fraction of the total Pacific-wide bluefin harvest is taken within U.S. waters, and U.S. fisheries represent just 2% of the average annual landings from all fleets fishing in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.