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The ICV Africa fleet of Pole and Line fishing vessels operates out of the South East Atlantic Ocean (FAO 47), and offer sustainable fishing methods of pole and line caught tuna from South Africa and Namibia.

The main catch consists of Albacore Tuna or Longfin Tuna, and bycatch such as Yellowfin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna, which are ICCAT approved.
Albacore is available Whole Round (WR), while Yellowfin and Big Eye is available Gilled and Gutted (GG) or Headed and Gutted (H&G).
Our Tuna is caught using bamboo poles, with some being frozen on board.

The freezer vessels, from the time of landing to placing the Tuna in the blast freezer, do not exceed an 1hr timeframe. The fish are kept cool and moist until placed in freezers then blast frozen at -30deg Celsius, stored at -25deg Celsius and shipped at -20deg Celsius. The ice vessel in our fleet will maintain ice on the Tuna for the duration of the trip, which does not exceed 5 days at sea. Once offloaded, the Tuna is washed and hung in cages for blast freezing at -30Deg C, stored at -25Deg C and shipped at -20Deg C, in full container loads (FCL) of either 12m (40ft) or 6m (20ft).

ICV mainly catches Albacore, Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna.

Fish Species

Albacore Tuna (Thunnus Alalunga)
Albacore Tuna

Albacore is one of the smaller tuna species, reaching sizes between Skipjack and Yellowfin. They are bullet-shaped with a dark blue back and lighter blue-grey sides and belly. Albacore tuna also have very long pectoral fins. They live for around 12 years. They tend to travel in single species schools, without the level of mixing as seen in other species, and migrate throughout all ocean waters and the Mediterranean. Albacore breed from March to July, but in some cases breeding can last until September.
These fish are important commercially as they are one of the two main canned tuna species (along with Skipjack), and labelled as ‘solid white’ tuna.

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus Albacares)

Yellowfin tuna are torpedo-shaped with dark metallic blue backs, yellow sides, and a silver belly. They have very long anal and dorsal fins and finlets that are bright yellow. Yellowfin can live for up to six or seven years. They are highly migratory and are found throughout the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. They form schools with other tunas like Skipjack and Bigeye, and are also known to associate with dolphins. Yellowfin are able to breed year-round. Yellowfin are an important commercial tuna species, particularly for the raw sashimi market.

BigEye Tuna (Thunnus Obesus)

Bigeye tuna are generally the size of Yellowfin, and smaller than Bluefin. They are long and streamlined, have dark metallic blue on their backs and upper sides, and are nearly white on their lower sides and belly. They can live for as long as 15 years. Bigeye are found in the subtropical and tropical areas of the Atlantic (but not in the Mediterranean), Indian and Pacific Oceans. Bigeye tuna are an important commercial fish, usually marketed as fresh or frozen.

Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonas Pelamis)

Skipjack are the smallest and most abundant of the major commercial tuna species. They have a streamlined body that is mostly without scales. Their backs are dark purple-blue and their lower sides and bellies are silver with four to six dark bands. Skipjack can live as long as 8 to 10 years. They are found mainly in the tropical areas of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, with the greatest abundance seen near the equator. Skipjack usually swim near the surface at night and can dive up to 850 feet during the day. Large schools of adult Skipjack tuna often mix with juvenile Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna. They breed year-round. Skipjack are commercially important as they are the main species used for canned tuna.

Tuna Processing

From the two processing plants in Papua New Guinea, ICV is able to supply a variety of processed tuna products including tuna loins and tuna steaks.

Our suppliers in Papua New Guinea actively partake in conservation and sustainable fishing methods and we are proud to be able to supply FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) free and free schooling purse seiner caught products.

No matter what your demand is for both processed and unprocessed tuna products, ICV will be glad to offer you our expertise and assistance ensuring that you get the right product all the time, every time.

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