White tuna (Thunnus alalunga)

Albacore tuna, also known as white tuna or Albacore, is one of the most widespread species of tuna. This fish, which stands out for its exquisite flesh, is highly prized by Galician, Asturian, Cantabrian and Basque fishermen.

Being an oily fish, white tuna has a higher fat content than lean fish. It is important to bear in mind that its fat is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, and at the same time helps to make the blood more fluid. It is therefore an ideal food for those who need to keep cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control.

It is found in all tropical waters and temperate oceans, and in the Mediterranean Sea. It is called “white tuna” when it is caught in the Cantabrian Sea, although it has nothing to do with the bonito species and is often confused and thought to be the same as tuna.

It is caught with hooks, lures, purse seines or trawls.

Scientific name: Thunnus alalunga

Shape: Fusiform body, rounded and moderately tall. Large eyes. Two dorsal fins close together, the second, equal to the anal fin, followed by 7 to 9 pinnules. Pectoral fins very long, reaching beyond the origin of the anal fin. Caudal peduncle with central keel.

Minimum size: 2 kg.

Colour: Dark blue colouring on the back; silvery white flanks and belly; caudal fin with a white edge.

Length and weight: Length up to 140 cm and weights up to 60 kg.

Time of catch: July, August, September and October.

Catch area: FAO 27

Presentation formats:

  • Individually frozen placed in bins or paletbox.