Thunnus albacares


It measures up to 240 centimetres in length, and weighs up to 200 kilograms.


Tuna is characterised by firm, lean meat with a mild taste. Its meat is light to dark red and can be roasted or grilled.

Natural habitat

It lives in all tropical and temperate oceans and seas, but not in the Mediterranean Sea. Specimens have already been caught in the Bay of Biscay that were previously tagged in the USA.


The tuna is a sociable fish and keeps its distance when chasing prey. It likes to congregate with other fish of the same size, as well as other types of tuna. Larger specimen have been seen with dolphins and whale sharks.


Yellowfin tuna eat crustaceans and squid, as well as other fish such as mackerel, herrings and perches.


It has a strong, torpedo-shaped body. The second dorsal fin and anal fin are bright yellow, which is how the tuna got its name. The colours of the body range from metallic-blue on the back, to silver on the stomach.


This fish can swim at a speed of up to 90 km/h.

Fishing method

Fishing rods

Fishing rods are used to catch schooling fish. The fish are lured to the water surface with the help of bait and then caught with the fishing rods. This fishing method has no effect on the seabed and is also very selective. Fish that do not belong to the target species or size can be easily released from the hook by hand and put back into the water.

Fishing method

Purse seines

Purse seines are mainly used for schooling fish. These nets are intended to surround the shoal. A line is used to close the net at the bottom and catch the fish.

Fishing area(s)


Fishing method

Fishing rods, Purse seines