Species of Tuna

What species of tuna fish are used for canned tuna products?

Tuna is one of the most popular types of fish used for canned seafood products.  It is high in protein and vitamins, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and has an appetizing taste and texture.  The are many different types of tuna but there are only a few that are highly desired for the canned tuna industry.  The most popular types of canned tuna are:

These three species of tuna fish are the most commonly consumed and most commonly used for canning.  They each have unique characteristics, flavor and ocean habitation patterns.  Knowing more about what species of tuna you are eating and it’s relative strength as a species is a good start for choosing a sustainable tuna brand.  Of course when buying canned tuna always ensure that the tuna species is listed prominently on the can and try to choose canned tuna that is caught by pole and line fishing.

One other species of tuna that is not listed here but has been receiving a lot of attention due to it’ s drastic decline is the Bluefin Tuna.  Bluefin Tuna is not commonly used for canning but for sushi and sashimi. It’s popularity has led it to the brink of extinction due to overfishing and we recommend avoiding the consumption of Bluefin Tuna whenever possible.