Grading tuna is an art. Our team has inspected tens of thousands of tuna worldwide and we are confident we can accurately determine what a fish is worth. We are skilled at matching the right fish to the right customer, whether it is headed to Japan to be sold at auction or perfect for a local customer. We take note of its shape from the minute the fish hits the dock, checking for any gashes on the skin, examining it again after the fish is iced, inspecting the body inside and out. We consider how it was caught: by rod and reel, harpoon, longline or trap. Our methodology is focused and precise; each step of the process helps in determining the value of a specific fish.
To evaluate our tuna, we first cut a sample from the tail of each fish and grade it in the following categories.