Albacore Longfin TunaScomberomorus guttatus, also known as longfin tuna, is a species of fish in the family Scombridae. It is found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, typically between latitudes of 30° N and 30° S. Its maximum recorded length is 177 cm (70 in), and its maximum recorded weight is 34 kg (75 lb).
This species is an important food fish and is caught both commercially and recreationally. It is considered to be a good game fish and is popular in light tackle fishing. The longfin tuna is sometimes marketed as "longfin albacore". The longfin tuna is a pelagic fish that spends most of its time in the open ocean. It is a highly migratory species and has been recorded in all the major oceans of the world. In the Indian Ocean, it has been recorded from the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Sri Lanka. In the Pacific Ocean, it has been recorded from Japan, Hawaii, and the coast of Australia. In the Atlantic Ocean, it has been recorded from the United States, Brazil, and off the coast of Africa.
The longfin tuna is a fast-swimming fish and can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). It is an opportunistic feeder and will eat a variety of prey, including fish, squid, and crustaceans. The longfin tuna is a highly valued food fish and is caught both commercially and recreationally. In the commercial fisheries, it is mainly caught using purse seines, longlines, and trolling. It is also sometimes caught using gillnets and handlines. The recreational catch of longfin tuna is mainly by angling.
The longfin tuna is an important food fish and is consumed fresh, canned, frozen, and dried. It is also used as bait in commercial fisheries. The longfin tuna has a high market value and is one of the most valuable fish in the tropical tuna fisheries. In 2016, the average price of longfin tuna was US$4,959 per metric ton. The longfin tuna is a popular game fish and is highly sought after by anglers. It is considered to be a good fighting fish and is often caught on light tackle.
Global albacore (longfin tuna) production
Albacore is a commercially important fish, with a global annual production of over 300,000 tonnes. The vast majority of this catch comes from the Pacific Ocean, with smaller amounts from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Albacores are an important food fish and are canned or frozen for consumption.
Albacore stocks in the Pacific Ocean are managed by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). The IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and other fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The total albacore catch in 2015 was 334,898 tonnes. This is a decrease from the 2014 catch of 351,593 tonnes.
The majority of the albacore catch in 2015 came from the United States (143,974 tonnes), followed by Japan (60,873 tonnes) and Taiwan (18,280 tonnes). Albacore stocks in the Pacific Ocean are healthy and there is no evidence of overfishing.