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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Tuna, Albacore – 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. They 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, Albacore Tuna populations are at a medium to high level of abundance in other regions. Management for Albacore Tuna is weak overall, and most adults are caught by pelagic longlines. In contrast to pole and troll fishing methods, the use of pelagic longlines results in high levels of bycatch that often includes seabirds, sea turtles, sharks, and marine mammals, many of which are protected and endangered. Try poll- and troll- caught Albacore Tuna for a more sustainable option.

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.