Albacore Tuna

We often refer to this fish as long fin tuna. The long fin fish are often abundant in the offshore canyon areas. Although mainly a Northern Pacific fish, a good twenty-five percent of Albacore caught is right here in the Atlantic Ocean while NJ Tuna fishing. Their long pectoral fins, dark blue flanks and blue backs distinguish albacore Tuna from other similar looking species of fish., thus the reference as long fin tuna. Albacore Tuna meat is white and tastes similar to chicken, thus the nickname "Chicken of the Sea". It is a highly migratory fish.

Here is some information for those of you interested in scientific terms and additional details:

Family: Scombridae Mackerels Tunas

Genus and Species: Thunnus alalunga

Description: The albacore tuna is one of five varieties of tuna that has been harvested for centuries. All tuna belong to the Sombridae family or mackerels. Albacore tuna are marketed at sizes between 4.5 and 12 kg (10 to 30 lbs). They are smaller than most other tuna and have longer than average pectoral fins.