UMA TEMAKERIA'S FISH PROCUREMENT
Yellow Fin Tuna – Green “Best Choice” on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program
Uma’s yellow fin tuna is wild caught via Pole or Troll method in the Pacific, primarily the Philippines. There are generally healthy yellow fin stocks in the Pacific, however the catching method is what indicates whether the fish is sustainable or not.
Tuna are fast-growing fish that reproduce at an early age and produce plentiful offspring - traits that can help them withstand heavy fishing. However, as one of the top three seafood items sold in the U.S., tuna is in high demand and many populations are declining.
Yellow fin is caught with troll, pole, long line and purse seine gear. There is little or no bycatch when yellow fin is caught with troll or pole gear. However, long lines result in large quantities of bycatch, including threatened or endangered species such as sea turtles, sharks and seabirds. Since there are no international laws to reduce bycatch, long lines are contributing heavily to the long-term decline of some of these species.
The bycatch associated with purse seining for yellow fin can also be considerable and can include young tunas and other fishes and sharks.
North Atlantic Salmon – Green “Best Choice” on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Watch Program
Uma’s salmon is from an organic, closed containment Scottish farm, which uses minimal chemicals and organic, non-GMO feed. Research and development have reduced the use of wild fish in salmon feeds, and controlled tanks for farmed fish can help achieve optimal feed and growth efficiencies.
Farmed salmon is sustainable when it is raised in a “closed containment” or “recirculating” aquaculture system. Most farmed Atlantic salmon occurs in marine net pens but a small amount is farmed in closed recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) on land. These systems are tank-based, providing a physical barrier between the fish and the surrounding environment. Water is treated and recycled through the system with a small amount of discharge. The farms have minimal habitat impacts and while diseases to wild fish can occur, the risk is small. Escapes are unlikely because all of the water that leaves passes through screens and filtration.
Fluke (Flounder) – Yellow “Good Alternative” on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
Uma’s Fluke is caught of the East Coast in the winter via bottom trawl method. Flounder stocks have rebuilt after being overfished in the 1980s and 1990s and are currently fished at an appropriate level. Winter flounder from New England fisheries are a "Good Alternative" while those caught from the U.S mid-Atlantic region should be avoided. Trawling has the potential to generate bycatch of overfished or endangered species and for marine mammals to be caught in gillnets which is why fluke is not graded “Best Choice”
Uma uses Luke's Lobster tail certified by the Maine Stewardship Council, carefully sourced from the harbor to the plate. The lobster is traceable and sourced from certified sustainable harbors along the coast of Maine and Canada
Tenants Harbor, ME
Portland/Casco Bay, ME
Clark's Harbor, Nova Scotia, CA
Campebello Island, NB, CA