Blue Ocean Institute

King Penguins, Falkland Islands by Carl Safina

Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Tuna, Skipjack – Pole & troll (Katsuo) These fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children.

Skipjack Tuna represent about half of the global tuna catch and are commonly sold as ‘canned light’ or ‘chunk light’. They can spawn millions of eggs each year, grow fast, and have a high rate of population increase.

Although management measures are generally weak, Skipjack Tuna are common in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. There is little bycatch associated with pole and line caught Skipjack Tuna, making it a better alternative to purse seine caught tuna.

Full species report here.

This fish may have moderately 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.