Our menu reflects our deep dedication to sustainability.
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Our albacore is caught using 60-foot long lines from day boats that go about 50-100 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The boat tows lures called “jigs” from fishing lines attached to outriggers, that are extended on the sides of the boat. With a crew of about six people, fisherman pull in the albacore hand-over-hand, one at a time directly from the line to process right on the boat. Albacore is one of our fish that is also “Frozen-at-Sea” – a practice of blast freezing fresh fish immediately after it’s caught, at such a low temperature that ice crystals don’t have a chance to form. This stops and breakdown of the fish, while preserving a flavor that is fresher than most fish that is brought back to land to be processed while fresh.
Foraging is one of the more environmentally friendly ways to harvest food with a low carbon footprint and, when done correctly, a lightweight impact on the ecosystem. We work with Terry from Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company to source seaweeds from the Mendocino coast in California. These grow naturally in the rich waters of the Pacific, and are foraged from tidal pools within the rocky coast – a perfect environment for these nutrient rich sea vegetables to thrive. Terry’s harvesting methods ensure continued growth of the seaweeds while maintaining the surrounding ecosystem. Harvested at every new and full moon, the seaweeds are rinsed in the salty ocean water, then taken to the nearby Redwood forests to be dried in the natural forest air. Each front is laid our and turned every hour. The result? A sustainable product, filled with flavor, available on all Bamboo Sushi menus
Blue Ocean Mariculture is one of our most exciting aquaculture partners. Their sustainably raised Hawaiian Kanpachi has set a new standard for the seafood industry. They employ a variety of sustainable farming practices to reduce their impact on the surrounding ocean and wildlife. They use specially designed open water net pens which are engineered to eliminate the risk of unintentional wildlife entanglement, or “bycatch”. And because these fish are raised from hatch to harvest, there is no pressure on wild fish populations. The Hawaiian Kanpachi, a member of the Amberjack family, has a high protein conversion ration (weight of fish divided by its foot intake), making it an efficient and sustainable species to raise. As we grow, we see to support sustainable aquaculture operations across North America.
Montna Farms supplies the non-GMO Japanese short grain rice used across our menu. Every year after harvest, the fields of this California farmland are flooded even further, as part of their BirdReturns Program, providing critical habitat to a wide array of birds. Species like the Long-billed Curlew use the land as sanctuary to rest and feed along their migratory path from Canada to Mexico.