Albacore (Thunnus alalunga), one of the smaller major tuna species, is a temperate species widely distributed in temperate and tropical waters of all oceans. Albacore tend to travel in single species schools, without the level of mixing seen in other species. Association with floating objects is not common.

In: FAO Species Catalogue, Vol. 2. Scombrids of the World (1983). Courtesy of Fisheries and Aquaculture Department/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


  Size (cm) Weight (kg) Age (yrs)
Common 40-100    
Maximum 130    
Maturity 75-90 8-15 2-5


  • Generally limited to temperate and tropical waters
  • From 45-50° N and 30-40° S in the Atlantic Ocean
  • From 5° N to 40° S in the Indian Ocean, with adults occurring from 5° N to 25° S


The following six albacore stocks are assessed and managed by the RFMOs:

  • North Pacific Ocean
  • South Pacific Ocean
  • North Atlantic Ocean
  • South Atlantic Ocean
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Indian Ocean
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