Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)

Albacore Tuna

Name: Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga) **
** Family: Scombridae (Mackerels, tunas, bonitos) , subfamily: Scombrinae **
** Order: Perciformes  (perch-likes) **
** Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Alternative Name: Albacore Tuna Max size: 140 cm FL (male/unsexed; Ref. 3669); max. published weight: 60.3 kg (Ref. 40637) Environment: Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); marine ; depth range 0 - 600 m **
** Climate: Subtropical; 10 - 26°C; 59°N - 46°S, 180°W - 180°E Importance: Fisheries: highly commercial; Gamefish: yes **
** Resilience: Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.13-0.18; tm=4-6; tmax=10; Fec=2 million) **
** Distribution: Cosmopolitan in tropical and temperate waters of all oceans including the Mediterranean Sea but not at the surface between 10°N and 10°S. Western Pacific: range extend in a broad band between 40°N and 40°S (Ref. 9684). Often confused with juvenile Thunnus obesus which also have very long pectorals but with rounded tips. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).


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