Black Skipjack


The Black Skipjack⁣ (Euthynnus lineatus), is a marine pelagic ⁢fish and belongs to the⁤ Scombridae ​family, which counts⁤ tuna, mackerel, and‌ bonito among its members. ‍

Conservation Status

Current Status

Currently, the Black Skipjack is listed as⁢ a species of Least Concern as per the International Union for Conservation of‍ Nature (IUCN). Its relatively large population⁣ and​ broad geographic distribution protect it from falling⁤ into the‍ threatened category.

Conservation Efforts

Although ⁤this species is not globally threatened, efforts are ​in⁣ place to maintain its ‌stocks. Regulatory measures⁣ include the implementation ⁤of “catch limits” and encouraging the use of fishing gear that reduces accidental catch.


Average Length 50 cm
Length Range 35-80 cm
Average Weight 2 kilograms
Weight Range 1-5 kilograms
Average Lifespan 8-10 years


The Black Skipjack can be found in the tropical⁤ and subtropical waters of the Pacific⁣ and Indian Oceans. This‌ species also shows⁢ a distinctive seasonal ​migration pattern, moving to warmer waters during cooler⁣ months.


The Black Skipjack is a pelagic-oceanic species, found near ‌the‍ surface in off-shore waters,⁣ usually ranging from ⁤0 to‍ 260 m in depth. It ​thrives in a temperature range from 24 to 28°C.

When and Where to ‍See

Seasonally, ⁢Black⁣ Skipjack tend to be more abundant during summer and news months due to increased food availability and preferable water⁢ temperatures.⁣ They‌ usually feed ⁤during daylight hours, becoming active around dawn and dusk. ‌

Best Fishing Locations

Specific Locations

  1. West​ coast of Mexico
  2. Okinawa, Japan
  3. Hawaii, USA
  4. Fiji
  5. Gulf of Panama

How⁤ to Catch

Commonly ⁣used ⁤bait for catching Black Skipjack includes ⁤small squid and ​fish. Fishing methods such as trolling with artificial lures, live or dead bait fishing are effective in catching ​this species. The best time to fish‌ for‍ Black Skipjack is during the summer months and at⁤ dusk or dawn.

Identification Guide

The‍ Black Skipjack can ⁣be ‍identified by its⁢ elongated body, which is dark blue to black ⁢dorsally,‌ and silver‌ with a gold tinge ventrally. It differs from similar species by ⁤having fewer stripes ⁣on its belly and longer pectoral⁣ fins.


How to Cook

This fish is often grilled, smoked, or used in sushi due to its firm texture and rich flavor.

Taste ​Profile

Black Skipjack has a strong, pronounced flavor with a high fat content which makes it popular in many traditional diets.


The Black Skipjack‍ tends to travel in schools with similar-sized individuals. The fish feeds mainly on other small fish, as well as cephalopods and crustaceans.

Predators and Threats

Natural predators of the‌ Black Skipjack include larger pelagic species such as sharks, while human-induced threats are primarily⁣ overfishing ‍and⁤ habitat pollution. ‌

Cultural/ Historical Significance

In many cultures, especially in Japan, ⁣the Black Skipjack⁢ holds a cultural importance and is considered a delicacy.

References and Further Reading

For⁣ more in-depth study about the ⁢Black Skipjack, you can refer ‍to Fishbase’s comprehensive profile of the ‍species‌ or ⁢The IUCN ‌Red List⁣ of Threatened Species’ ⁤ detailed conservation status report