Pacific skipjack tuna, Katsuwonus pelamis

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Description: Skipjack is relatively small and the most abundant and widely-fished of tuna species.

Availability: Open year-round; 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: Pronounced flavor and meaty texture

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