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Albacore Tuna

Scientific Name: Thunnus alalunga
Australian Standard Fish Name:  Albacore
Australian Species Code: 37 441005
Catch Method:  Wild caught

Other Names:
Also known as Albacore Tuna

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About Albacore
Habitat - Saltwater

The albacore (Thunnus alalunga) is a type of tuna in the family Scombridae. This species may also be called albacore fish, albacore tuna, longfin, albies, pigfish, tombo ahi, binnaga, Pacific albacore, German 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.

It is found in the open waters of all tropical and temperate oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Lengths range up to 140 cm (55 inches) and weights up to 60 kg (132 lbs).

Albacore is a prized food, and 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.

The pectoral fins of the albacore are very long, as much as 30% of the total length. The dorsal spines are 11 to 14 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.

Tunas have firm, thick fillets and make succulent meat substitutes. Cutlets and steaks can be cooked by grilling, barbecuing, baking, smoking, poaching or marinating. Japanese demand for sushi and sashimi has highlighted some species superb eating qualities raw.

Flavour Mild to Medium
Oiliness Low to medium, sometimes high
Moisture Dry to medium
Texture Soft to firm, coarse grain
Flesh Colour Pink, off-white yellowish, reddish or reddish brown, with bands of very dark flesh along the sides. Colour varies with species, condition and cut; lateral cuts are darker. Generally creamy white when cooked
Price Medium priced finfish


Nutrition Facts for Albacore (Based on 100g of Raw Product)
Kilojoules 521 (124 calories)
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 37 mg
Total Fat (Oil) 0.5g
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

Recovery Rate
Fillets 70 - 75% of whole tuna, gilled and gutted.


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US Food & Drug Administration:
In the past the EU has accepted and used the FDA list of approved seafood establishments for acceptance of U.S. seafood shipments. However, due to a change in EU legislation, the EU began maintaining their own Official List of approved establishments. This has resulted in two separate (and different) lists:




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