The Safina Center

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

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

Albacore Tuna are a highly migratory fish found throughout the world’s temperate and tropical seas. While Albacore in the Pacific Ocean is reasonably abundant and healthy, it’s less abundant in the North Atlantic.

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, sharks and seabirds. In the U.S. Hawaii fishery however, management regulations are in place to reduce affects on bycatch species.

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.