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Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga) Photographs and Information


The Albacore Tuna, Thunnus alalunga, is a type of tuna in the family Scombridae. This species is also called albacore fish, albacore tuna, longfin, albies, pigfish, tombo ahi, binnaga, Pacific albacore, German bonito (but see bonito), longfin tuna, longfin tunny, or even just tuna. It is the only tuna species which may be marketed as "white meat tuna" in the United States. Albacore are pelagic fish.



Albacore tuna is a highly migratory finfish species that roams that roams thee waters of the world. It is found in the open waters of all tropical and temperate oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Lengths range up to 140 cm and weights up to 45 kg. In Australia albacore tuna are present in east and south Australian waters and from east of Torres Strait to the north west shelf. The distribution of albacore is related to oxygen concentration and water temperature. Whilst albacore feed at the surface, they primarily live at the thermocline, which is the boundary separating warmer surface waters and deeper, cooler waters. Mature albacore travel from temperate waters to the tropics but return to temperate waters after spawning.

Albacore is a prized food, and the albacore fishery is economically significant. Methods of fishing include pole and line, long-line fishing, trolling, and some purse seining. It is also sought after by sport fishers.  "Troll-caught" albacore are tuna between 3 and 5 years old, harvested by trolling jigs behind a slow-moving boat. Commercial fishermen in North America have used this low-impact, environmentally responsible fishing technique to catch albacore for nearly a century now, while albacore fishing fleets from other countries tend to use other fishing methods.

The pectoral fins of the albacore are very long, as much as 50% of the total length. The dorsal spines are 8 to 10 in number, and well forward of the rays of the dorsal fin. The anterior spines are much longer, giving a concave outline to the spiny part of the dorsal fin.

An Albacore's distinct feature is it's very long pectoral fins, usually one third or more of the fork length, and extending past the insertion of the anal fin. 

Lure fishing for albacore tuna
Photo Jon Schwartz bluewaterjon.com

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Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)
French: Germon
German: Weisser Thun
Italian: Tonno Bianco, Alalonga
Spanish: Albacora, Atun Blanco
Japanese: Bincho; Binnaga; Tombo
Hawaii names: `Ahipalaha

photo of albacore tuna, albacore

 

Scientific Name Thunnus alalunga
Location in Australia QLD, NSW, VIC, SA
Season All year round
Size To 15 kg
Australian Species Code 37 441005

 

Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Albacore Tuna fillet.

Kilojoules 521 (124 calories)
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 37 g
Total fat (oil) 0.5 g
Saturated fat 33% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 13% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 54% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 14 mg
Omega-3, DHA 100 mg
Omega-6, AA 15 mg


Angling for Albacore | Tuna Fishing:

It is a prized sporting fish which will take small lures and also live bait.

Albacore are generally caught in waters off New South Wales from September to December and in April and May. Anglers often use trolling methods with artificial lures and live or dead baits to catch albacore

 


Cooking Albacore Tuna:

Albacore Tuna is the only tuna that can be canned under the "white meat" label.  It is the most expensive tuna to buy. Albacore tuna meat is very delicate, and it is best cooked quickly to avoid overcooking.

 


Commercial Fishing for Albacore Tuna:

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of fisheries. A number of programs have been developed to help consumers identify and support responsible and sustainable fisheries. Perhaps the most widely accepted of these programs is that of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

 


 

 


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