THIS FISH

Yellowfin Tuna

Species

Yellowfin Tuna

Thunnus albacares

Yellowfin are a mid-sized tuna species and are distinguished, as their name suggests by their yellow fins. They are bigger than Albacore and skipjack but smaller than the famed bluefin. They are a highly migratory fish that roams all the world’s oceans in tropical and subtropical zones. 

Yellowfin have a metallic, dark blue back and yellow to silver belly. Their dorsal and anal fins and finlets are bright yellow and they have streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies adapted to fast and continuous swimming. Yellowfin has a mild, meaty flavour and bright red meat that turns brown to grayish-tan when cooked.  Yellowfin is often served raw as sashimi and in sushi.

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin grow quick with a life span of only six to seven years. They begin to reproduce when they reach the age of two. The species is very productive, spawning throughout the year in tropical waters and seasonally at higher latitudes. Females can spawn almost daily, releasing millions of eggs each time. Their most productive spawning periods are in the spring and fall.  Females release their eggs near the sea surface where they are fertilized. Juvenile yellowfin stay close to the surface, but move into deeper water as they mature. They are also known to gather around drifting flotsam (natural floating debris), anchored buoys, whales and other large marine mammals. They are at the top of the food chain and feed on other fish, squid and crustaceans.

Fishing Methods

Yellowfin Tuna Food Info