Bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Description: Bluefin are the largest tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet. They are fast swimmers and feed on herring, mackerel and even eels.

Availability: Open year-round, until yearly catch limit is met; closed to large purse seiners for a period of 62 days, from July 29 to September 28, or from November 18 to January 18

Taste: Bluefin tuna has the darkest and fattiest flesh of all tuna. It has a distinctive medium-full flavor and firm, “meaty” texture with large flakes.

Nutrition: Tuna provides selenium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins; contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids