Sac Zoo Goes Sustainable


The Sacramento Zoo has jumped on the sustainable foods bandwagon: It’s now serving pole-caught tuna in its cafe.


Service System Associates, which operates the zoo’s Kampala Cafe, recently began using pole-caught albacore tuna, rather than tuna caught in nets, in its tuna sandwiches and specials prepared with tuna. The canned fish comes from American Tuna, whose pole-caught wild albacore is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, which monitors well-managed fisheries. Unlike pole fishing, net fishing results in the “bycatch” and death of dolphins.


Pole-caught albacore are caught in U.S. coastal waters inhabited by young fish, which generally have lower levels of mercury and higher levels of omega-3s than other tuna varieties.