The species of the tuna fish we use for our products is Skipjack. Skipjack is one of the smallest members of tuna fish family. This tuna fish can readily be distinguished by the distinct horizontal stripes on its body. They are the most sustainable species of the tuna fish, which do not go extinct owing to a life span of 3 or 4 years that they have. Weighing about 2 to 5 kg, Skipjack does not contain heavy metals such as mercury in its body since it comes from tropical waters. Skipjack is a perfect source of nutrients with high amounts of protein and omega-3, and is one of the most delicious species among the tuna fish.
In all seafood, it is possible to find mercury residues depending on the age, size and hunting place of the fish. However, fish by Dardanel are caught with great care and with devotion in seas and in oceans not polluted with industrial or chemical wastes. We are very sensitive in this matter. Therefore, there is no risk of mercury in Dardanel tuna fish caught without harming the nature in the clean waters of the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Besides having no mercury risk, these fish, which have a life span of 3 to 7 years, are very useful for your health.
The most common catching method used for Tuna fish of Skipjack and Yellowfin species is the "Purse Seine" method. Tuna fish swimming in large shoals are surrounded by nets and sent to the -18 degree cold air store for freezing. By this way, the fish in our products meet you fresh from the sea.
Frozen aboard as soon as they get caught, our fish are first transferred to Canakkale Port, and then to the factory of Dardanel in Canakkale. Women from Canakkale working here carefully clean the skins and fishbones, and turn them into a fillet. Fillets are canned untouched, closed and then cooked. Nothing is introduced into the can other than water/oil and salt. Approved with due care by the quality control department, the products get ready for delivery.
Besides its superior quality standards, Dardanel contributes to local economy by providing job opportunities to 1000 women living in Canakkale.
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To tell the truth, shoals of tuna fish have love affairs with dolphins. There is an incredible chemical attraction between the shoals of tuna fish and dolphins. Therefore shoals of dolphins are often spotted around the shoals of tuna fish. Special nets are used in our fishing vessels that allow dolphins to escape. This way, dolphins are not harmed. "Dolphin Safe" signs on Dardanel cans is a guarantee that no dolphin is harmed while we are catching tuna fish.