Albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Description: The large, oceanic albacore tuna is built for speed, with a torpedo-shaped body, smooth skin and streamlined fins. It is metallic dark blue on the back, with silvery-white sides and belly.

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: Fresh Albacore has a mild to medium flavor profile with firm flesh and large flakes. It has a high fat content which gives it a richness of taste.

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