Commonwealth stock status reports classify Yellowfin Tuna in both the Indian and Pacific oceans as Sustainable Stocks AMCS lists Yellowfin Tuna caught in Australian Commonwealth waters as THINK TWICE AMCS lists imported Yellowfin Tuna as SAY NO Forest & Bird (NZ) rank Yellowfin Tuna E (RED - AVOID) in their Best Fish Guide. The IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species lists Yellowfin Tuna as 'Near Threatened' Historically overfished. Bycatch from fisheries is a concern. As apex predators, Tunas are important to ecosystems Yellowfin Tuna caught by Walker Seafood Australia in the Western and Central Pacific Oceans is certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council
Yellowfin Tuna are one of the most popular of the Tuna family, very important to commercial fisheries worldwide. They are marine dwelling, migratory fish found mainly in tropical and warm temperate waters. They are caught in waters Australia-wide by drifting long-lines. They are usually caught at 50-80kg and 1m in length. Much of the catch of Yellowfin Tuna is exported chilled to Japan for the sashimi market, though increasingly it is staying in Australia and commanding high prices. If you're eating Tuna sashimi in Australia and the species is unspecified, it's almost definitely Yellowfin.
Preparation and cooking
AUSTRALIAN BONITO are a smaller, abundant species that can be used in much the same way as other tunas. Grill, Bake or BBQ fillets or whole fish. Very fresh specimens can be tried raw as Sashimi.
AUSTRALIAN BONITO or Australian-caught SKIPJACK TUNA are more sustainable options than other Tunas, and can be used in the same way. Grill, Bake or BBQ fillets or whole fish. Very fresh specimens can be tried raw as Sashimi.
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.