Standard Names: Skipjack Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Albacore, Australian Bonito
Tunas include members of two distinct groups, the Thunnini (Tunas) and Sardini (Bonitos). Albacore, Skipjack Tuna and Bigeye Tuna, as well as the Australian Bonito, are considered the 'lesser' Tunas, being cheaper than their cousins, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna.
These Tunas have dark red to purple flesh, a result of the blood and oxygen flow needed to maintain the huge bursts of energy that Tunas expend travelling and hunting in their pelagic environments.
Tunas are caught by a variety of methods including trolling, longlines and pole-and-line fisheries in most Australian waters.
Of these lesser commercial species, Bigeye Tuna is the only one used in sashimi preparations and much of its catch is exported to Japan, of the species discussed here it commands the highest price. Albacore Tuna is sometimes referred to as 'the chicken of the sea', as its flesh becomes dry and off white when cooked. Skipjack Tuna is the main species found in canned Tuna products.
|Government Stock Assessment|
|Skipjack Tuna||Eastern Stock||Uncertain||-||-|
|Western Stock||Not Subject to Overfishing||Not Overfished||Say No||-|
Ocean Trap & Line Fishery
|Fully Fished||Say No||-|
|Albacore Tuna||Eastern & Western
|South Pacific Ocean
|Think Twice||Walker Seafood Australia MSC Certified|
|What do these terms mean?|
MACKEREL The mackerel family are closely related to Tuna's and their strong, oily flesh is suitable as an alternative when grilling or BBQ'ing. Also a good smoking fish.