Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) are found in the tropical and subtropical areas of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Yellowfin reach intermediate sizes, between albacore and bigeye. They form both free and associated schools, with adults generally forming schools of similarly sized individuals. The free-swimming schools tend to contain large individuals and are mono-specific. In the Eastern Pacific, schools are often associated with dolphin pods, which is not common elsewhere.

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 40-170 1.2-100  
Maximum 205 194 8
Maturity 85-108 12-26 2-3


  • From 45°-50° N and S, although in the Pacific Ocean they occur mainly from 20° North and South


The following four yellowfin stocks are assessed and managed by the RFMOs:

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