Proton-Frozen Wild Sushi Grade Pacific Bluefin Tuna Belly (Toro) 0.5 lb Portion
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Our wild Pacific bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) is caught 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 the fattiest portion of the tuna belly. Especially prized by sushi chefs and sushi aficionados for sashimi and sushi maguro, it presents pink to white color with a rich, buttery taste. Because of its high fat content and distinctive flavor, toro is always best enjoyed raw.
Proton-freezing our wild toro maintains its sashimi quality. This quick-freeze technology combines evenly distributed electromagnetic waves and cold air to reduce ice crystal formation and cell membrane damage. As a result, taste and texture are preserved naturally, without any additives or chemicals. Color is also comparable to fresh if fish is properly stored and defrosted.*
*Certain species, like tuna, naturally turn brown once exposed to air or if stored in a traditional freezer. Proton freezing technology slows this process but does not prevent it. For best results, we recommend placing proton frozen tuna in the coldest part of your freezer and storing for no more than 7 days. When ready to eat, slowly defrost in refrigerator and consume within same 24 hours.
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.