Tuna (Yellowfin)


The Yellowfin Tuna, scientifically known as Thunnus albacares, is a species of tuna belonging to the mackerel family, Scombridae. Known for its distinctive bright yellow dorsal fin and anal fins, hence is the name ​Yellowfin.

Conservation Status

The ‍International Union for Conservation of ⁢Nature (IUCN) has listed the Yellowfin Tuna as ‘Near ​Threatened’. While no specific conservation efforts are highlighted by IUCN, ‍the Atlantic Tunas Convention ⁤Act of‌ 1975⁢ includes regulations to maintain⁤ the​ health of tuna stocks,⁣ including Yellowfin.


Category Average Range
Length 140 cm 60-239 cm
Weight 60 kg 1-200 kg
Lifespan 7-10 ⁤years


Yellowfin Tuna are widespread​ in⁣ tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Some migratory behavior has been observed, particularly in ⁢the‌ Pacific, where the species moves north ​and ‌south seasonally with changes in sea ‌surface temperature.


Yellowfin Tuna primarily live in saltwater environments, from ⁢depths of surface waters down to about 250 meters. They prefer warmer waters above⁢ 24°C.

When ‍and Where to See

The Yellowfin‍ Tuna is a migratory species and can ‌be seen​ in different ⁣regions around the world during different seasons. In ⁤general, they⁣ are most commonly seen during the daytime.

Best Fishing Locations

For ⁣best chances of catching a ​Yellowfin‌ Tuna, consider visiting:

  • Prince Edward Islands, South Africa
  • West Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina, USA
  • Off the coast of Florida, USA
  • Western Indian Ocean near Somalia
  • Central Pacific Ocean near ⁤Hawaii
  • South China Sea
  • Philippine Sea
  • Gulf of Guinea, West Africa
  • Andaman Sea near Thailand
  • East Australia

How to Catch

Anglers generally use natural bait such as squid or small fish⁤ to catch Yellowfin Tuna. Whether trolling or⁢ drift fishing, it is advisable to fish during ⁢the day, particularly during ⁣the ‍early morning​ and late afternoon.

Identification Guide

Yellowfin ​Tuna⁣ are characterized by⁤ their striking metallic blue dorsal surface, silver⁤ belly, and bright​ yellow dorsal fin and anal fins.⁣ They can ​also be distinguished by their lengthened dorsal fins and anal fins, particularly on larger individuals.

Culinary⁢ Significance

Yellowfin Tuna is ‍a ​popular species ​in⁢ various culinary dishes ‌worldwide. It has a mild, meaty flavor. Common cooking methods include grilling,⁢ broiling, or searing. It is also often used in sushi. ⁣Tuna is a ​good source ​of lean protein, and is rich in various ⁢vitamins ⁣and minerals, including ⁤Vitamin⁤ D,​ Vitamin A, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Addtional Information

Yellowfin Tuna are notorious for their fast and ‌powerful⁢ swimming abilities. When⁣ feeding, they prefer small fish, squid, and crustaceans.‌ Sharks and large predatory fish are natural predators of Yellowfin Tuna. Unfortunately, overfishing is a major human-induced threat to this ​species.

References and​ Further⁤ Reading

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