Blue Ocean Institute

NEED NAME Shorebird, Alaska by Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Tuna, Albacore – Imported pole & troll (Bin’naga maguro) These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Albacore Tuna are found throughout the world’s temperate and tropical seas. These schooling fish are efficient predators that are highly migratory, grow reasonably fast compared to other tuna species, produce many eggs, and mature between two – six years of age.

Heavily fished in the North Atlantic, populations are at a medium to high level of abundance in other areas of the world. Management for Albacore Tuna is weak overall. However, poll- and troll-fisheries result in very little bycatch or damage to oceanic habitats.

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.