Only vessels holding an annually-issued Federal permit to fish commercially for Atlantic bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin and albacore tuna are legally allowed to sell their catch. By law, all commercially-caught catch can only be sold to a U.S. federally-licensed fish dealer. Strict catch reporting requirements by permitted fishermen and licensed fish dealers are maintained. In the case of Atlantic bluefin tuna, every fish landed is immediately tagged with a control number when it is received at the dock by the fish dealer and documentation relating to each individual fish must be forwarded by the fish dealer to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within 24 hours.
ABTA fishermen WORK WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND REPUTABLE DEALERS IN THE COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY.
ABTA’s fish dealers all have long experience in handling Atlantic tunas. Beginning with the moment in which the fish is caught and processed onboard on the high seas until the catch is delivered to the customer, the assumption is that the catch will be eaten as sashimi and therefore onboard and dockside/fish house handling of the catch must meet a higher standard than that which is normally used for other species of fish that are always cooked. These quality and freshness standards are not just nice words: they are achieved by adherence to a protocol developed for this purpose by the Japanese.
Compass Seafood LLC
30 Browning Drive
Charlestown, RI 02813
Wild Fish LLC
Jared Auerbach, President
13-15 Boston Fish Pier
Boston MA 02210
Fish pickup north of Cape Cod: Linda Hunt (781) 217-5810
Fish pickup on Cape Cod: Danny Maloney (508) 566-6217
Chatham facility: JP Maloney (508) 348-1875
Boston facility and sales: Rory O’Donnell, tuna manager (781) 413-6171
If you are interested in becoming an ABTA Fish Dealer, please contact our Executive Director, Rich Ruais, at (603) 898-8862.