The Safina Center

Coho salmon.Coho salmon.Photo taken by: Carl Safina

Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Tuna, Albacore (Bin’naga maguro) – Hawaii, Longline These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Albacore Tuna are a migratory, schooling fish with a high reproductive rate. In the Pacific, the abundance of Albacore Tuna is high and fishing levels on this species are sustainable.

Longlines are the most common method used to catch Albacore Tuna. They result in large quantities of bycatch, including threatened or endangered species such as sea turtles, whales, and sharks. In the U.S. Hawaii fishery however, several management regulations are in place to reduce the affects on bycatch species.

When fishing for tuna, longlines do not typically contact bottom habitats. However, because these fisheries catch several top-predator species, there is some concern that these fisheries may affect ocean food webs and ecosystems.

Full species report here.

This fish may have high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in tuna. Check out our mercury in seafood section.