Yellowfin tuna

Maori name:
Scientific name: Thunnus albacares
Availability: December to March (main season)
Weight: 20-80kg up to 170kg
Length: 60-100cm - reaching 200cm

Yellowfin Tuna belong to the Scombridae family (mackerels, tunas). A major migratory species, they are found in the warm ocean waters north of New Zealand. They move south to East Cape in the summer. They are generally found over the outer shelf and occur above and below the thermocline.

They are caught mainly from December to March to the east of New Zealand between East Cape and North Cape. They are also found north of North Cape in September and October. Yellowfin Tuna are mainly caught by longliners but sometimes by game fishermen with trolling gear.

Yellowfin Tuna is firm and moist with large flakes when cooked. It is bright red when raw (ideally with a glistening, wet look) and popular in sushi and as sashimi.  The meat is a little darker than Albacore when canned and is often blended with Skipjack Tuna

 

 

Yellowfin tuna

Scientific name: Thunnus albacares
Availability: December to March (main season)
Weight: 20-80kg up to 170kg
Length: 60-100cm - reaching 200cm
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General

Yellowfin Tuna belong to the Scombridae family (mackerels, tunas). A major migratory species, they are found in the warm ocean waters north of New Zealand. They move south to East Cape in the summer. They are generally found over the outer shelf and occur above and below the thermocline.

They are caught mainly from December to March to the east of New Zealand between East Cape and North Cape. They are also found north of North Cape in September and October. Yellowfin Tuna are mainly caught by longliners but sometimes by game fishermen with trolling gear.

Yellowfin Tuna is firm and moist with large flakes when cooked. It is bright red when raw (ideally with a glistening, wet look) and popular in sushi and as sashimi.  The meat is a little darker than Albacore when canned and is often blended with Skipjack Tuna

 

 

Sustainability

A Quota Management species, Yellowfin Tuna belong to the Scombridae family (mackerels, tunas). A major migratory species, they are found in the warm ocean waters north of New Zealand. They move south to East Cape in the summer. They are generally found over the outer shelf and occur above and below the thermocline.

They are caught mainly from December to March to the east of New Zealand between East Cape and North Cape. They are also found north of North Cape in September and October. Yellowfin Tuna are mainly caught by longliners but sometimes by game fishermen with trolling gear.