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Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) Records

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ALBACORE/THUNNUS ALALUNGA
4 8 9.76 21.8 Adriatic Italy 031098 M.Primavera
6 12 17.00 37.8 Puerto Rico Canary Is 300712 J Friedrich
8 16 16.20 35.11 Puerto Rico Canary Is 070812 S Friedrich
10 20 29.96 66.1 Cahersiveen Eire 050907 H St J Macaulay
15 30 33.40 73.10 Faial Azores 171190 M.Hotching
24 50 36.70 80.15 Arachon France 201002 M. Carrere
AT AT 40.00 88.3 Gran Canaria Canary Is 141177 S.Dickeman
The albacore (Thunnus alalunga) is an important food fish, a type of tuna (family Scombridae). It is found in the open waters of all tropical and temperate oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea.

The pectoral fins of the albacore are very long, as much as 30% of the total length. The dorsal spines are 11-14 in number, and well forward of the rays of the dorsal fin. The anterior spines are much longer, giving a concave outline to the spiny part of the dorsal fin. Lengths range up to 140 cm and weights up to 60.3 kg.

Albacores swim in schools, and may form mixed schools with skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii). They are predators, feeding on smaller fishes, crustaceans, and squids, and are in turn eaten by marlins and wahoos.

Albacore (thunnus alalunga)Albacore is a prized food, and the albacore fishery is economically significant. Methods of fishing include pole and line, long-line fishing, and some purse seining. The best-quality canned tuna is made from albacore. However, albacores have been observed to accumulate higher levels of mercury than other types of tuna, and some groups have urged testing and recall of canned albacore with high mercury levels. Albacores are also sought after by sport fishers.

This species may also be called albacore fish, albacore tuna, bastard albacore, bonito , longfin tuna, longfin tunny, or even just tuna.

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