Albacore Tuna | Food and our planet | What you can do | David Suzuki Foundation
Photo: Albacore Tuna

This migratory fish is caught at a young age in the cold northern waters of the Pacific ocean. Albacore tuna swim up to speeds of 80 km/hr and can be found in enormous schools in the open ocean that are 30 km wide. Most people will not have the experience of seeing an albacore tuna in the wild, but if they did, they would notice these tuna have an exceptionally long pectoral fin (the one that comes off the side of the fish). Why the fin is so long is not known.

Ask for:

Albacore tuna caught by troll/pole from Canadian and US Pacific waters.

Avoid:

Albacore tuna caught by pelagic longline.

Cooking & nutrition:

Albacore tuna is the only species labeled as white meat, which is a helpful tip for finding it in the canned tuna aisle of your grocery store. Chefs use Canadian albacore tuna as a premium seafood choice for numerous dishes, including sushi and sashimi. Available fresh, frozen, canned and smoked, this fish can be enjoyed year-round.

Albacore tuna is a low-fat, high-protein choice with an abundance of Omega 3 fatty acids and selenium. It also makes for a better tuna choice when it comes to mercury and other pollutant concerns as albacore are caught at a young age, before they can accumulate high levels of toxins. Be sure to check how much albacore tuna is safe for you to eat each month.

Recipe:

Fancy Tuna Melt with Fine Herbs Mayonnaise and Swiss Cheese

Fishery:

B.C. albacore tuna is considered sustainable because the fish are troll caught with barbless hooks, which helps to eliminate bycatch of species like dolphins. The fishery is primarily managed through the International Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western Central Pacific.

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