Yellow Fin Tuna

Fact File:

Common Name(s):Yellow Fin Tuna

Scientific Name:
Thunnus albacares (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Usual Size:
To 200cm but common to 150cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:



MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Typical tunny shape. A large tuna species, with some of the larger fish having dorsal and anal fins which can become well over 20% of the total fork length. Pectoral fins moderately long reaching beyond second the start of the dorsal fin. Swim bladder present. Colour: back metallic blue, which changes through to yellow and silver on the belly, which is crossed with approximately 20, broken, nearly vertical lines. Dorsal/anal fins and dorsal/anal finlets bright yellow with a narrow black border.

Egg dispersal - throughout the year. Fish over 120cm have attained maturity.

Habitat:Prefers a water temperature of between 18/31ºC and can live above or below the thermocline. Effectively confined to the upper 100m of the water column. An oceanic species

Squid, Mackerels and other similar pelagic species

For the Eastern Atlantic from the southern coast of Spain down south to The Cape of Good Hope

Additional Notes:
Although none have been caught on rod and line in British Waters one positively identified Yellow fin Tuna was washed ashore in 1972 on a beach in North Wales.

REFERENCES: FAO Species Catalogue 2 - Scombrids of The World - Collette/Nauen

Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler

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