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Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)


Albacore Tuna belong to the Scombridae family.

Albacore have a dark metallic blue body above, silvery-white below, and iridescent, lighter-blue sides. The body is rounded and streamlined and is moderately slender. The anal finlets are white, and the pectoral fins reach almost to the anal finlets in adults. Other fins are yellowish, and there is a white section on the tail.

Albacore Fishery

Albacore are widespread in the warmer tropical waters north of New Zealand, where they arrive in the summer. Generally they are found over the outer shelf and are attracted to current boundaries. Some deep-swimming adults may be found as far as 45 degrees South. Smaller, surface-schooling juveniles appear in the summer from the Bay of Plenty to Cook Strait and down the west coast of the South Island.

Albacore are caught by smaller New Zealand vessels using the troll, pole and longline methods.

New Zealand's Albacore fishery is not managed by quota, as it is a non-ITQ species. Catches for the 2007/08 year totalled 3,630 metric tonnes.

Albacore Meat Quality

Albacore have medium-firm pinkish flesh with a steak-like texture and large moist flakes. They have a medium oil content with more Omega-3 than other tunas. When canned it is called 'white tuna'. The roe is salted and coloured to make a caviar substitue.

New Zealand:  Albacore, Longfinned Albacore
The Netherlands:  Witte tonijn
France:  Thon bianco, Alaonga
Japan:  Binnaga, Bincho, Tombo
Korea:  Da Rang eo
Spain:  Atun blanco, Albacora
United Kingdom:  Tunny