Thunnus albacares

With more than one million tonnes caught each year, yellowfin tuna is the second species of tuna landed in the world.

Product details

Catching Areas: Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean

Catching Methods: Pure seining, Long-lining, Pole and Line

Certificates: FDA, HACCP, ISO, HALAL


Quantity Load IN 20FT Container: 18 Metric Tons

Quantity Load IN 40FT Container: 26 Metric Tons

Supply details

Supply Ability: 4 000 Metric Ton per Month

Order Preparation: 3-5 days after confirmation

Shipping Port: Port od Rades, Tunisia

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More About Yellowfin

Present in the tropical and subtropical waters of the world (except in the Mediterranean), this species likes water at temperatures between 20 and 30 ° C up to 250 meters deep. It can be grouped with other tunas by the bench of the same size. The common sizes of the adults caught are between 40 and 170 cm (1.2 kg and 100 kg) and the fish reach sexual maturity when they measure 100 cm on average (between the age of 2 and 3 years). Yellowfin tuna can reach 200 kg for 2.5 meters long and has a longevity of 8 years.

At the seine

Yellowfin tuna is caught in the three great oceans, mainly purse seine. It is easily grouped around FADs (see TO KNOW), which facilitates its capture. Its exploitation has been growing everywhere for more than 50 years.

Fully exploited stocks

• Atlantic stock: after a period of overexploitation, current catch levels (115 000 tonnes in 2015, 102 000 tonnes between 2011 and 2015) are considered sustainable and biomass is gradually increasing towards an optimal level (according to 2016 data). However, ICCAT strongly recommends reducing the fishing mortality of juveniles on FADs which impacts the maximum sustainable level of catches. A moratorium prohibiting FAD fishing in January and February in an offshore area from Ghana to Equatorial Guinea has been in force since 2013.

• East Pacific Stock:

According to the latest 2016 assessments (catches of 195 000 tonnes in 2015), spawning biomass has increased in recent years and the level of fishing mortality in the eastern Pacific is slightly below the level of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY). Conservation measures to limit fleet capacity have been taken by IATTC: 62 days per year of fishing closure for purse seiners over 182 tons of carrying capacity, a seasonal closure of fishing west of the islands Galapagos where catches of juveniles are important, as well as the landing obligation for all skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin tuna seiners.

• Central and Western Pacific stock:

This stock, whose catches reached 526 000 tonnes in 2015, is not over-exploited and exploited at the MSY level. However, situations vary from one area to another and fishing mortality should not increase in the western part. Management measures have been put in place, including a three-month moratorium (from July to September) prohibiting FAD fishing in national and international waters between 20 ° N and 20 ° S.

• Indian Ocean stock:

The 2016 assessment (catch level of 398 000 tonnes in 2015) shows that stock biomass and fishing pressure are outside the sustainability of the stock. Fishing effort has increased since 2011. Efforts to limit catches of juvenile tuna and bycatch of sensitive species (sharks, turtles, marine mammals) have been undertaken and need to be continued. European purse seine fleets have put in place observer programs, co-financed by the European Union, to obtain data on these bycatch and discards. With regard to artisanal and semi-industrial fisheries (Iran, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia), little information is available, bycatch levels are probably very high, especially for gillnetters and longliners. In 2016, scientists recommended reducing catches of yellowfin tuna (2014 catch level) by 20% in the Indian Ocean.

Preserves and fresh slices

Yellowfin tuna is widely used in the canning industry in Europe. It is also marketed in fresh loin (fillet) without skin. Processed in this form in producing countries, the product is sold by wholesalers serving the retail and restaurant markets. At the fishmonger’s stall, the yellowfin tuna is also exposed in the loin, then sliced at the consumer’s request.
In 2016, Belgium imported 3 202 tonnes of yellowfin tuna: 23% from Italy, 21% from the Netherlands, 12% from Germany and 10% from Spain; most imports (89%) are in prepared or canned form.