Albacore tuna

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Albacore tuna

  • Scientific Name

    Thunnus alalunga

  • Habitat

    Open Ocean

  • Location

    Mediterranean Sea, Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans

  • Status

    Overfished in North Atlantic

  • Length

    Upto 140 cm

  • Weight

    Upto 45 kg

Physical Description
Albacore are bullet-shaped with a dark blue back and lighter blue-gray sides and belly. Albacore also have very long pectoral fins and live for around 12 years. They can grow up to 140cm and weigh up to 45kg.

Habitat and Distribution
Albacore are a highly migratory species found throughout the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans – between 40 degrees north and 40 degrees south – and in the Mediterranean Sea. Young albacore are mainly found in warmer, shallow waters.

Reproduction
Albacore reach reproductive maturity around 5 years of age and 1m in length. Albacore spawn in the spring and summer.

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