With a name like Safe Catch, you’re right in assuming safety is a top priority for this popular canned seafood brand. And we’re talking about safety in a variety of ways—both the safety of the fishing practices, and the safety of the fish itself (aka, low mercury counts). Canned fish is a nutritional powerhouse when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, but the risks of mercury poisoning might make you pause before adding canned fish to your shopping cart. Not to worry—Safe Catch has developed proprietary technology to assess mercury levels in each and every tuna it catches. If the levels are too high, it doesn’t make it into a can. That kind of peace of mind is one of the reasons Safe Catch is one of the most trusted canned fish options. Here’s a bit more about the brand, and what sets them apart.
The History of Safe Catch
In 2004, canned tuna sales were declining—in part because both the EPA and FDA issued warnings for children and pregnant women to avoid eating tuna due to mercury risks. But a Northern California father and son duo had an idea. Together, Malcom and Sean Wittenberg decided to create a sustainable seafood brand committed to testing each and every fish it caught. The added cost to ensure safety didn’t make it easy to find investors, but the team pressed forward and had mobilized a loyal customer base in the process.
Safe Catch Company Mission
With a mission to provide families with delicious seafood to enjoy—while also protecting the planet—sustainability is at the heart of Safe Catch. To ensure you only eat the best that the ocean has to offer, Safe Catch has eliminated FAD fishing. This technique uses large nets to fish, which can capture entire ecosystems (including animals like turtles) and excessive bycatch. Safe Catch’s FAD-free method uses spotter vessels and sonars to detect when skipjack is swimming by—no bait required.
Benefits of Safe Catch
Knowing you’re getting some of the most sustainable canned seafood on the market remains the best reason to stock up on Safe Catch. This brand is a Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partner and goes beyond FDA requirements with even stricter policies. Safe Catch’s Elite product has been deemed safe for pregnant women by the American Pregnancy Association, and also meets Consumer Reports’ low mercury criteria for pregnant women and young children. After being tested for mercury levels, fish is hand-cut, raw-packed, and slow-cooked so nutrients remain intact. Safe Catch products are also:
- Source of omega-3’s
Top Safe Catch Products
Here are the top Safe Catch products our members love to stock up on.
Wild Albacore Tuna
This can is ideal for fast lunches, salads, or appetizers, and filled with wild-caught albacore tuna. Thrive Market member Mary shares her husband thinks it’s the best-tasting tuna he’s had!
Canned Wild Pink Salmon
Because these canned salmon steaks were slow-cooked, they retain more omega-3 oils than other leading brands. Each can delivers 14 grams of protein per serving, making it easy to add extra nutrients to pasta salads or wraps.
Canned Wild Tuna, Citrus Pepper
Add a pop of flavor to your tuna and cracker situation with this can of wild tuna packed with lemon peel, celery seed, black pepper, parsley, avocado oil, and garlic.
Healthy Canned Fish Recipes
Liven up your next picnic, desk lunch, or no-brainer weeknight dinner with these easy recipes.
Canned Fish Recipes
Reaching for canned fish doesn’t have to mean lunch is boring. Your taste buds will go wild for recipes like Blackened Canned Fish Tacos, Tandoori Tuna Salad, and Salmon Cakes.
A New Salmon Burger to Try
Elevate a can of salmon by forming patties spiced with cumin, cayenne, and paprika. This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, too.
This Recipe Is a Twist on Sushi
With pantry staples like rice, canned salmon, spices, and coconut aminos, you probably have a lot of ingredients on hand to whip up these impressive sushi stacks.