Q: What is Dave's return policy?
A: We only except returns if you were sent the wrong product. Otherwise ALL Sales are final.
Q: Where is Dave’s Gourmet Seafood Caught?
Our wild salmon, King and Sockeye, are caught in the cold Pacific Northwest coastlines of Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
Fishing seasons, as well as fishing locations can change from year to year, especially for the King Salmon. For example, the California season has a fishing boundry, as well as a certain opening date. (Generally May 1st each year)
The albacore are fished in the North Pacific waters, and boats may travel up to 1000 miles to find good fishing. West Coast fishermen leave the harbor in mid July and head West to areas where in past years have been promising.
Q: What methods do you use for harvesting your fish?
Dave’s Gourmet Albacore employs the most ecologically responsible methods available to harvest our seafood.
The process of harvesting both our albacore and salmon are among the most primitive and discretionary when it comes to selecting the best.
We use a specialized ‘Hook & Line’ technique rather than the traditional, non-discretionary, dolphin-harming long lining and netting practices. We then flash freeze our tuna at sea allowing us to reduce the number of times necessary to cook the fish for processing. In terms of our salmon harvest, we freeze all of our salmon at sea unless it is coming in locally. This method facilitates the highest preservation of the natural oils, nutritional content and flavor of the fish.
Q: I have been hearing a lot about high mercury levels in Tuna, does that mean there is mercury in Dave’s Albacore?
There has been a lot of talk about the unsafe mercury levels in “Tuna” recently, which has become a growing concern for many tuna lovers. In order to understand the facts behind these serious statements we must first understand that the “Tuna” with unsafe levels of mercury are by no means all tuna.
There are many different species within the genus of Tuna, and some of which have been found to contain unsafe amounts of mercury.
Some of which are called, Yellow Fin, Blue Fin and Tombo Tuna. These tuna are generally large in size 40+ lbs, and can reach a long life span of over 40 years. What this tells us is, the longer the period of time spent swimming around in the ocean, the higher the level of toxins will accumulate in the fish.
The type of tuna we fish for are small ‘school’ tuna called ‘Albacore’ Tuna. The Albacore generally swim & feed in colder deep Pacific waters, and range in size from 10-15lbs.
Mercury tests results, which we have had on the Pacific Albacore we catch, have resulted in minimal to non-detectable percentage.