FAQs

The liquid in the package is the nutrient-rich natural juices of the fish that comes directly from the loins during the cooking process. By retaining these juices and mixing them back into the loins as the fish is broken up, the product is that much more nutritious, and the yield is more accurate.

Draining the product would rob it (and your diners) of the power-packed nutrition and delightful flavor of the fish.  Mixing the natural juices back into the fish leaves the product moist and not dry. Also there is less of a need for addition of other wet ingredients, lowering the overall cost.

To eliminate liquid separation in your final product, it is important to first mix the natural juices back into the fish, allow it to rest for a minute or two and then add other ingredients.

That’s a fallacy because with Wild Planet you are paying for tuna… not water. Properly yielded out, our tuna is surprisingly cost effective, in addition to our hallmark benefits of sustainability and superior taste.

Our single bowl process that eliminates the need for colanders, tubs, overnight draining, exposed tuna in the walk-in, etc. reduces labor and clean-up. Plus, it eliminates the possibility of cross-contamination. It’s that simple... and that important.

No BPA is used in Wild Planet’s can or pouch lining. Please see this link for a condensed pdf of additional information: Wild Planet: BPA (Bisphenol A) in Can Linings.

Wild Planet has elected to not use the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as a certifying agency. Please see this link for a condensed pdf of additional information: Wild Planet: MSC Certification.

Wild Planet Foods supports the creation and enforcement of marine reserves and protected areas that limit or prohibit fishing. This is generally accepted as effective conservation measures. Read more at: Wild-Planet-Position-Statement-on-Marine-Reserves.

Our president and founder Bill Carvalho has written an informative document regarding radiation in Wild Planet products. Please see this link for a pdf of this document: Wild Planet Radiation Statement. Please see this link for a condensed pdf of additional information: Wild Planet: Radiation in Wild Planet Seafood.

This coloring is the result of our cook-in-can process. Just tuna steaks and natural sea salt are in Wild Planet cans. There is no water or other liquid added. The natural fat and juices that cook out of the tuna muscle during our once-cooked process are not enough to surround all sides of the fish, thereby producing an almost caramelized effect in certain areas. This produces a far superior taste as compared to boiling the tuna in a can of oil or water.

No. None of our products contain soy in any form.  Unlike many other brands, Wild Planet tuna does not contain vegetable broth, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins or any other liquids or fillers, which often do contain soy.

All Wild Planet products have been tested for gluten levels by a third party testing agency. The results indicate ZERO parts per million detected – our products are 100% gluten free. Our products naturally do not contain gluten – we simply pack fish and sea salt into our tuna products. Click here for test data.

We have studied this issue carefully. Our findings have shown that ocean freight is one of the lowest carbon-load forms of transportation on the planet. In fact, the carbon load of shipping 26 tons of tuna from Seattle to Vietnam is much lower compared to the load generated by trucking and flying local fish around our country every day. See Our Video on Carbon Footprint.

Currently there are no U.S. tuna canneries capable of processing our volume. In addition, the cost of production in the U.S. would increase the price of our products, making them cost-prohibitive for many foodservice operators. In order to support our mission of making sustainable seafood choices mainstream and accessible, we have elected to process our albacore and skipjack tuna in a state-of-the-art partner facility in Vietnam. Please see this link for a condensed pdf of additional information: Wild Planet: Processing Facility in Vietnam. See Our Video on Various Tuna Products.

These harmless crystals, called struvite, are formed by magnesium, ammonia and phosphate, which are naturally found in canned seafood. These elements sometimes come together in the cooking process and form what looks like very small glass particles. They are safe to consume and our natural stomach acids dissolve them.

We use only the highest quality raw materials and in addition, our sustainable catch methods are more expensive and yield less product in comparison to the long-line catch methods used by the large volume producers. Our tuna is hand-cut and packed, a labor-intensive process. But in this way, we can ensure you get a whole steak in every can. In the end the taste and nutritional value are vastly superior to the competition. See Our Video on Competitors.

There are two fishing segments targeting albacore worldwide; surface fisheries, which catch migratory juveniles and deep-water, long-line fisheries, which capture older, spawning stock. The West coast pole and troll fisheries capture less than 15% of the bio-mass which means that 85% of the fish will return to spawning stocks. This escapement is acceptable in order to sustain the population of the species.

The average mercury content of tuna rises with the age and size of the fish. Wild Planet only sources pole and line caught tuna, which are the younger and smaller migratory tuna that are caught at the surface. These fish have accumulated lower levels of mercury as compared to older and larger tuna and our annual testing protocol, summarized in the accompanying document, verifies that Wild Planet tuna products average 0.076PPM for Skipjack and 0.219PPM for Albacore. Please see this link for a condensed pdf of additional information: Wild Planet: Mercury Content In Tuna. See Our Video on Mercury.

In our Albacore and Skipjack tuna products prepared with our once-cooked process, all of the natural oils are retained. Most brands cook their fish before putting it in the can and then add oil or water, thereby losing much of its nutritional value.

Our once-cooked process contain all their natural juices, as the tuna is cooked in its packaging. So all of the rich Omega 3 oils are present. These natural oils contain calories. Most tuna products are packed in water, which is devoid of nutrition, calories and the natural flavor that these oils provide. Because all of the natural juices are in Wild Planet tuna made with our once-cooked process, it is highly potent nutritionally.

We place hand-cut sashimi grade tuna steaks in each can and then cook them in the can, retaining all the natural juices and Omega 3 rich oils. There is no other liquid added. This is 100% pure tuna and sea salt so there is never any need to drain. For our foodservice customers who prefer it, we offer both albacore and skipjack water-packed products. See Our Video on Various Tuna Products.

Unlike conventional tuna products that are cooked twice – once before packaging and once in the package with water or other added ingredients – Wild Planet uses a once-cooked process. We place hand-cut raw sashimi grade tuna steaks in each can or pouch with a touch of sea salt, seal it, and then cook them in the package, retaining all the natural juices and Omega 3 rich oils. There is no other liquid added. This is 100% pure tuna and sea salt so there is never any need to drain. You mix the healthful, natural juice back into the tuna so Wild Planet once-cooked products provide you with 100% yield.  Note: our No Salt varieties contain only tuna.

Wild Planet carries only wild caught products. Pole and troll fleets in the North Pacific, working in the United States and Japan catch our albacore tuna, one fish at a time. We also source a smaller amount of albacore from New Zealand and the southern Pacific waters, working with local pole and troll vessels. We source our pole caught skipjack and yellowfin tuna from Indonesia and Japan, working in partnership with small-scale family fishing vessels. See Our Video on Various Tuna Products. See Our Video on How Our Tuna is Sourced.

Our tuna are caught one at a time, primarily by family fishermen. Using only pole and troll methods, no other marine life is caught or harmed in the process. Unlike the large volume national producers and other competitors, we will never use long-line and FAD (fish aggregating device) purse seine methods, which endanger other marine species. For more information on sustainability and fishing methods, please view our THE WILD WAY page. See Our Video on Catch Methods. See Our Video on Longlining. See Our Video on FADs. See Our Video on Problems with FADs.

Wild Planet Foods was founded in 2004. Two industry veterans, William Carvalho and Bill McCarthy, with a combined 50 years of seafood experience, wanted to start a company that worked to preserve the natural marine habitat while still harvesting wild seafood. It is their vision that these needs can successfully co-exist. Wild Planet Foods emerged from this vision with a product line of eco-preferable wild seafood. The natural ocean ecosystem is an abundant food production resource that must remain that way; the name Wild Planet arose from this concept. See Our Video on Who Are You Guys? See Our Video on Bill Carvalho.