Name Scientific: Thunnus obesus
Availability: Main season is January to March, then September to November, with no catch between April and August
Attributes Weight: 30-100kg up to 170kg
Attributes Length: 60-180cm
Bigeye Tuna belong to the Scombridae family (mackerels, tunas). They are present for much of the year off the coast of the North Island and are deeper swimming than other tuna. The main fishing grounds for Bigeye Tuna are off the north and northeast coasts of New Zealand. They are caught in the northeast (from January to March) and in the north (from September to November) mainly by longliners.