Carvalho Fisheries began in 1990. Founder Bill Carvalho participated in various aspects of the West Coast seafood business involving Dungeness crab, salmon, rockfish and albacore tuna.
In 1998 Bill began producing locally caught canned albacore tuna with the same “home-style” process that his Portuguese family had done for decades. Bill grew up packing the pure cleaned tuna loins into glass canning jars without any added liquid. The Carvalho brand albacore tuna became available in 2001. This product has been sold locally in Northern California and online ever since. But, the entry into this ‘home-style’ tuna led to a business bigger than he ever imagined.
In 2004, Bill along with Chief Operations Officer Bill McCarthy launched a new company whose focus would be on what was at the time called “eco-friendly” seafood (now called sustainably sourced seafood). The company is Wild Planet Foods. That new brand name encapsulated the mission of harvesting wild food in a way that retains the healthy wildness of the planet. Since then, the Wild Planet company has grown to be the fourth largest brand of canned seafood in the U.S. Wild Planet albacore tuna is produced with the same ‘home-style’ process as the original Carvalho Fisheries brand.
In 2008, Carvalho Fisheries and Wild Planet merged into one company. We are pleased to continue selling the Carvalho Fisheries albacore tuna online and appreciate the folks that early on supported our business. We hope you enjoy and benefit from what we feel is the best tasting, healthiest tuna product available anywhere.
Here are some points you will appreciate:
- Carvalho Albacore Tuna is troll-caught one at a time with virtually zero by-catch of any other species. Trolling and pole and line are the two most sustainable methods of catching tuna, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch:
- Our tuna is caught and canned in the U.S.
- The albacore is cleaned and the pure steaks are packed in the can fresh (not precooked), then sealed and cooked in the can; this traps 100% of the natural juices and healthy Omega 3 rich oils and thus provides an amazingly rich flavor.
- All the migratory albacore caught along the West Coast are smaller, younger fish naturally lower in mercury compared to the much older longline caught albacore used in most conventional brands.