Yellowfin Tuna

The Yellowfin tuna (or Thunnus Albacares) is a fairly common tuna species found throughout the world in tropical and subtropical oceans.

Once canned it is typically called Canned Chunk Light Tuna and is usually very easy to find in grocery stores and supermarkets.  Yellow fin tuna is a large predator fish that can weigh close to 500 pounds when full sized and reach lengths of over 7 feet.  It’s name comes from a stripe of yellow that runs along its side and its yellow fins.

Yellowfin tuna is usually canned in salt water, oil or natural spring water. Each variety will have a distinct flavor and taste.  This type of tuna will have a stronger flavor than Albacore Tuna and may be similar in taste to swordfish.

Unfortunately the Yellowfin Tuna is in decline because of rampant human consumption and unsustainable fishing practices.  Yellowfin is commonly fished using longline or purse seine techniques involving fish aggregation devices which causes stress on both the Yellowfin stocks and the entire ocean ecosystem.  In order to continue to enjoy our consumption of Yellowfin tuna we need to promote sustainable fishing methods, support preservation initiatives and buy sustainable canned tuna whenever possible.